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More Guessing

The guessing continues as data evolves.

Don’t look now, but the BigFoot system flipped a circuit-breaker. We lost the credit macro.

If you’ve been following this saga the last few weeks you’ll know this is a tricky deal because the (St. Louis) Fed changed the way they calculate one of the data points that feeds this signal. This is a little like when the powers that be decided to remove food and energy from the CPI calculation… it changes things. We’ve manually reconstructed the data for the index for now, and the signal did, in fact, go negative.

Here’s where we’re concerned –

  1. the Credit Macro has been quite reliable over time as an indicator of economic health. Typically, if this thing fails (which is rare) this is the real deal… bad stuff typically follows
  2. The overall database of macro indicators actually added net-long positions (albeit only about 1%, so a pretty small number)
  3. Things are moving FAST these days, and government intervention has been swift…

What we’re saying is our typically ‘old faithful’ BigFoot Credit Macro has us watching closely because the government appears to be trying to manipulate things such that we could see a rapid stabilization in credit markets, thus whip-sawing this indicator. Yes, it’s out, but will it stay out?

There are some suggesting we’ve already seen the bottom of this market. Perhaps they’re right. Perhaps not. Since the total number of infected is essentially unknown, we’re in a statistical quandary… which data do we use to build our expectations?

Oh yeah… it’s still guessing.

So, for now, we’ll look at what the market seems to be giving us, which is about a 300 point SPX range between 2350 and 2650 until we get further clarity. Trying to do a lot more technical analysis on this stuff is, as I said, just a guessing game.

As the data changes, we’ll evolve. Until then, the word remains caution. It’s probably too soon to sound the all-clear on this one.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION

Please remember that past performance may not be indicative of future results. Different types of investments involve varying degrees of risk, and there can be no assurance that the future performance of any specific investment, investment strategy, or product (including the investments and/or investment strategies recommended or undertaken by BigFoot), or any non-investment related content, made reference to directly or indirectly in this blog will be profitable, equal any corresponding indicated historical performance level(s), be suitable for your portfolio or individual situation, or prove successful. Due to various factors, including changing market conditions and/or applicable laws, the content may no longer be reflective of current opinions or positions. Moreover, you should not assume that any discussion or information contained in this blog serves as the receipt of, or as a substitute for, personalized investment advice from BigFoot. To the extent that a reader has any questions regarding the applicability of any specific issue discussed above to his/her individual situation, he/she is encouraged to consult with the professional advisor of his/her choosing. BigFoot is neither a law firm nor a certified public accounting firm and no portion of the blog content should be construed as legal or accounting advice. A copy of the BigFoot’s current written disclosure statement discussing our advisory services and fees is available for review upon request.

In Search Of…

It seems we’re all in search of something right now. For most of us, it’s clarity in data. Will the markets pull back from here? Is there an all-clear to buy more?

The frustrating reality is that the rules of this game are being re-written mid-game. Somewhere between a pandemic and the largest global stimulus package in history is some truth. Unfortunately, we won’t know what the truth was until after it happened.

For now, we’re all taking calculated guesses. But to be clear, that’s what these are: guesses.

Technical pricing is all over the place. When you start having 10% daily swings in pricing, you’re no longer dealing with a typical market. So keep that in mind: nothing about this is typical.

When looking at the BigFoot data, we’re in a rough spot. Unless the markets rally about 25% this week we can expect the Market Macro to flip to sell.

Meanwhile, the Fed has been jiggering its own data reporting mid-crisis here, and they’ve altered the way data gets delivered to the Credit Macro (we’re fixing it, but still… really guys? now?).

The Credit Macro is still positive… barely. But there is no mid-point on that one. It’s either in or not in. So we watch with great interest as the credit markets have been seriously roiled in the past few weeks. (Don’t believe me, go check out the wild right in mortgage rates or high yield bonds.)

One bright spot is the economic indicator, which is still in the green. But even this is showing signs of shift as it has started to roll over.

The final big-picture concern is the database of algo’s. It is presently at the lowest level I’ve ever seen, with only 18.67% of positions long in the system (and of those, about half have wait signals).

Yes, folks, this is a mess. And trying to call it is a mess. A quick look at the futures tells us we’re likely to see a positive opening (futures gapped down at the open Sunday but then steadily climbed through the entire session). The question on everyone’s mind is, will this hold?

I don’t know. If technical price movement tells us anything, it’s that we’ve seen a major rally in the last week… unlike anything I’ve seen in my 20 years as an investment pro. So we’re literally in uncharted waters here.

If traditional analysis were to hold, there may be some additional up-side from here based on this push… we could get to perhaps a 50% recovery, which would be somewhere around 2750/2800 on the S&P500 (close to the original bear-market threshold). However, we’re close to a resistance area already by some measures, so a re-test of the 2400/2350 levels would not be unexpected.

But again, this thing is not functioning right now. Folks got all excited about stimulus — big stimulus — HUGE stimulus. But that stimulus is going to pick a lot of winners and losers. The bill was loaded with pork… and politics. We have no idea what the actual results of this thing will be.

As the details of the bill become knowns instead of hope, my expectation is we may see a pull-back again in the markets. This is just a hunch, but it’s based on the idea that this bill will likely only help some players.

Also, the virus has become a political football. The shelter-in-place orders will damage parts of the economy. The longer this goes on, the more difficult it is to assess the damage. Which areas of the supply chain are permanently impacted? Who wins, who loses?

For the week… we need to see what happens technically. If we push higher, it could be another 10% up this week. If not, about 5% down… Those are decent up-side/down-side numbers. Unfortunately, trying to game the odds of which one will happen may as well be a coin flip.

So for now, we’ll watch. As this unfolds, if there are material changes worth mentioning, I’ll update the blog mid-week. Until then, good luck gang…

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION

Please remember that past performance may not be indicative of future results. Different types of investments involve varying degrees of risk, and there can be no assurance that the future performance of any specific investment, investment strategy, or product (including the investments and/or investment strategies recommended or undertaken by BigFoot), or any non-investment related content, made reference to directly or indirectly in this blog will be profitable, equal any corresponding indicated historical performance level(s), be suitable for your portfolio or individual situation, or prove successful. Due to various factors, including changing market conditions and/or applicable laws, the content may no longer be reflective of current opinions or positions. Moreover, you should not assume that any discussion or information contained in this blog serves as the receipt of, or as a substitute for, personalized investment advice from BigFoot. To the extent that a reader has any questions regarding the applicability of any specific issue discussed above to his/her individual situation, he/she is encouraged to consult with the professional advisor of his/her choosing. BigFoot is neither a law firm nor a certified public accounting firm and no portion of the blog content should be construed as legal or accounting advice. A copy of the BigFoot’s current written disclosure statement discussing our advisory services and fees is available for review upon request.

What a Mess

Pricing is basically guessing at this point. A stimulus package may completely alter economic modeling as we currently know it. From loan payment deferrals to utility bill deferrals, it’s all up in the air. And that means uncertainty…

Markets hate uncertainty. And now we get to add politics to the mix, as Congress can’t seem to get a bipartisan stimulus package pulled together… yet.

Meanwhile, each state is managing their viral response independently.

In short, everything in is flux. This is not a recipe for happy markets.

Despite the fact markets are already way down it does not appear the blood-letting is subsiding yet. As of the writing of this blog the futures had hit their 5% limits. This does not bode well for Monday’s market open.

It appears the self-fulfilling prophecy have declared 2000 to be the ‘target’ for this pull-back. At this point, the technical trend for the week shows an SPX lose of about 2085.

The problem is, there are some technical indications that is not the bottom. It could be 2000… it could also be 1810… or even worse, 1713. Shall I continue? (Probably not, honestly… about 40-50% appears to be the likely downside to this thing, but we need to see how the news cycle evolves going into April. Do we see massive spikes in death rates, or does this end up being over-blown?)

Whatever the case, the set-up for this week looks pretty negative. If a strong stimulus package emerges perhaps things will shift. Otherwise, momentum remains strongly to the downside.

Downside Target appears to be 2085 for the week
Here you can see some of the more extreme downside projections

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION

Please remember that past performance may not be indicative of future results. Different types of investments involve varying degrees of risk, and there can be no assurance that the future performance of any specific investment, investment strategy, or product (including the investments and/or investment strategies recommended or undertaken by BigFoot), or any non-investment related content, made reference to directly or indirectly in this blog will be profitable, equal any corresponding indicated historical performance level(s), be suitable for your portfolio or individual situation, or prove successful. Due to various factors, including changing market conditions and/or applicable laws, the content may no longer be reflective of current opinions or positions. Moreover, you should not assume that any discussion or information contained in this blog serves as the receipt of, or as a substitute for, personalized investment advice from BigFoot. To the extent that a reader has any questions regarding the applicability of any specific issue discussed above to his/her individual situation, he/she is encouraged to consult with the professional advisor of his/her choosing. BigFoot is neither a law firm nor a certified public accounting firm and no portion of the blog content should be construed as legal or accounting advice. A copy of the BigFoot’s current written disclosure statement discussing our advisory services and fees is available for review upon request.

Breather

If the futures are any indicator, this equity markets are in for a breather Monday. Signs point to a drop of over 1.5% for major indexes.

Before you go panicking about this pull back, be warned, this was not unexpected. Stocks have been on a major tear, trading about 1.5 standard deviations above their monthly trading average for the past several weeks. This kind of run is bound to tempt some short-term traders into profit taking.

Now that earnings season is fully underway and the Q2 projections are rolling out, it makes sense for markets to give back a little as traders trim gains.

The bigger question folks are probably asking is, ‘is this the start of something more serious?’

Too early to tell, but probably not ‘serious serious.’ Most of these pull-backs have been met with folks piling back into the markets. We need to see a sign that this is not going to be the case. However, given the low rates around the globe, one has to ask two big questions: 1) where else would I put my money? and 2) Has the Fed made any material changes in monetary policy that would lead me to change tactics right now?

The short answer to both of those questions leads to the short-term conclusion that the stock market is still the most likely option for folks seeking anything more than preservation of capital.

When looking at the support/resistance areas, the down-side target for this move is approximately 3217/3196. The lower of these figures is the 50-day moving average. The higher is about 1.5 standard deviations below the average 1-month trading range (a reversal of the last month’s trend). For context, that’s about a 2.3%-to-3% pull-back; not too ‘serious’ if that’s the extent of it.

Of course, should those support areas fail, a more ‘serious’ correction phase will need to be examined. For now, a pull-back and recovery towards or above prior highs looks likely to play out over the coming week or so.

As a side note, the coronavirus, while garnering headlines, is not yet to a point the markets are panicked about it. However, this is worth tracking.

The fact that the US Embassy has evacuated all US personnel is somewhat disconcerting. While the spread of the virus is relatively small at this time, one has to wonder what is NOT being said when we figure it’s safer to clear out an embassy than it is to just wash your hands more often. If this becomes a true pandemic, all bets are off.

We’ll keep an eye on this not-yet-situation-that-could-become-a-situation, but for now, let’s let the main thing stay the main thing.

Now, for the picture you’ve all been waiting for… markets go down, but probably back up later this week… assuming this coronavirus thing stays mainly in China… we’ll see…

SPX projections for the week of January 27th… take with the usual grain of salt
Note the 50-day moving average and support arrow – this is the area to watch. Pierce this and more down-side could be in the works

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION

Please remember that past performance may not be indicative of future results. Different types of investments involve varying degrees of risk, and there can be no assurance that the future performance of any specific investment, investment strategy, or product (including the investments and/or investment strategies recommended or undertaken by BigFoot), or any non-investment related content, made reference to directly or indirectly in this blog will be profitable, equal any corresponding indicated historical performance level(s), be suitable for your portfolio or individual situation, or prove successful. Due to various factors, including changing market conditions and/or applicable laws, the content may no longer be reflective of current opinions or positions. Moreover, you should not assume that any discussion or information contained in this blog serves as the receipt of, or as a substitute for, personalized investment advice from BigFoot. To the extent that a reader has any questions regarding the applicability of any specific issue discussed above to his/her individual situation, he/she is encouraged to consult with the professional advisor of his/her choosing. BigFoot is neither a law firm nor a certified public accounting firm and no portion of the blog content should be construed as legal or accounting advice. A copy of the BigFoot’s current written disclosure statement discussing our advisory services and fees is available for review upon request.

Home Stretch

This is the last full trading week of 2019. It may also be the last big push of the year for the markets to move higher.

If futures markets are any indication, there should be a pop Monday morning. This may create additional momentum for the week, pushing the SPX up over 3200.

Given the unusual holiday schedule (with both Christmas and New Year’s on Wednesday), this may very well be the high-water mark for the year. Still, as far as the calendar YTD performance goes, it’s been a heck of a year already.

There really is no ‘resistance’ on the upside right now. With markets essentially at all-time highs, the question is just how high can things go?

And things may go higher than we thought. With trade war talk softening, some of the pricing expectations may be off. IF — and it’s still if at this point — the trade war is going to soften, earnings expectations could benefit. That could mean this bull has room to run. 2020 may be an interesting year…

As far as support goes, around 3130 for the SPX. If this level is breached there may be some additional downside. Odds are portfolio managers are trying to sew up their bonuses for the year, so it doesn’t seem terribly likely we’ll have the bottom fall out of the market.

So while there is never a ‘known’ future for the markets, the set-up looks pretty good. It would take a major shift in market expectations to really throw a wrench in this thing. Folks seem to be asking how much higher this market goes rather when will the next drop happen. So grab some eggnog and cross your fingers – Santa Claus is coming to town 🙂

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION

Please remember that past performance may not be indicative of future results. Different types of investments involve varying degrees of risk, and there can be no assurance that the future performance of any specific investment, investment strategy, or product (including the investments and/or investment strategies recommended or undertaken by BigFoot), or any non-investment related content, made reference to directly or indirectly in this blog will be profitable, equal any corresponding indicated historical performance level(s), be suitable for your portfolio or individual situation, or prove successful. Due to various factors, including changing market conditions and/or applicable laws, the content may no longer be reflective of current opinions or positions. Moreover, you should not assume that any discussion or information contained in this blog serves as the receipt of, or as a substitute for, personalized investment advice from BigFoot. To the extent that a reader has any questions regarding the applicability of any specific issue discussed above to his/her individual situation, he/she is encouraged to consult with the professional advisor of his/her choosing. BigFoot is neither a law firm nor a certified public accounting firm and no portion of the blog content should be construed as legal or accounting advice. A copy of the BigFoot’s current written disclosure statement discussing our advisory services and fees is available for review upon request.

Trade Winds Improving

Last week markets got a pop on ‘less bad’ trade news as China indicated a partial trade agreement may be on the table. This could mean additional planned tariffs would be suspended.

Markets viewed this as a positive and finished last week with a strong push higher.

While the news is good, the technical set-up for this week may have a quick down-draft to fill in a price gap for the SPX. There is technical support around 2930 or so — right at the 100-day moving average (the 50-dma is only 5 points higher).

Interestingly enough, the market is neither over-bought nor over-sold. It’s pretty much right in the middle of its 21-day trading range. So positive news from here could lead to a push higher (especially if the small price gap created last Friday gets filled quickly this week).

This is the first technical sign that the markets could be setting up for a break-out to the up side in a while. There is still a chance the sideways pattern could simply persist, but the price reversal last week was a good sign the 2900 is significant support for the SPX.

For this week, look for a quick dip down, followed by a potential surge to the up-side. Breaching 3000 on the SPX is possible this week, although it is unlikely the all-time highs will be reached. It would take a more definitive deal with China to spark that kind of move.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION

Please remember that past performance may not be indicative of future results. Different types of investments involve varying degrees of risk, and there can be no assurance that the future performance of any specific investment, investment strategy, or product (including the investments and/or investment strategies recommended or undertaken by BigFoot), or any non-investment related content, made reference to directly or indirectly in this blog will be profitable, equal any corresponding indicated historical performance level(s), be suitable for your portfolio or individual situation, or prove successful. Due to various factors, including changing market conditions and/or applicable laws, the content may no longer be reflective of current opinions or positions. Moreover, you should not assume that any discussion or information contained in this blog serves as the receipt of, or as a substitute for, personalized investment advice from BigFoot. To the extent that a reader has any questions regarding the applicability of any specific issue discussed above to his/her individual situation, he/she is encouraged to consult with the professional advisor of his/her choosing. BigFoot is neither a law firm nor a certified public accounting firm and no portion of the blog content should be construed as legal or accounting advice. A copy of the BigFoot’s current written disclosure statement discussing our advisory services and fees is available for review upon request.

Oil Grabs the Headlines

Markets are set to open lower with oil spiking higher. This is after Saudi Arabia had two oil facilities attacked by drones over the weekend.

The US blames Iran. Iran claims innocence. Name calling ensues, and things quickly escalated to saber rattling. So, long story short, oil prices are spiking higher as some of Saudi Arabia’s production went offline. And, of course, markets are roiled because uncertainty is up.

Oil is an interesting deal. It is highly integrated into the entire global economy. So a shift is oil is a fairly systemic event. The real question is, does this little tiff lead to something more significant? Or does it simply blow over after a few days and life goes on?

Judging from the futures markets, stocks don’t seem terribly concerned… at least not yet.

Futures are down about a third to a half of a percent or so. But that’s not really that particularly out of the ordinary with stock markets already nearing their all-time highs again.

The set up, at least for now, appears to be a sideways move. This is encouraging as market participants are taking time to digest this news rather than knee-jerk and panic over it.

The key to watch for is contagion. If this issue becomes larger, energy prices in general could become an issue. Interestingly, this is not necessarily a negative for the US. In fact, if oil prices climb, it make be stimulative for job creation in the US. That could drive the dollar even higher as the US has shifted to a net oil exporter. Higher prices could spool up the Dakotas and shale production (something the present administration is friendly towards).

During the shuffle, keep an eye on some simple moving averages. Overall technical signals have been pretty consistent recently. Money continues to seek the safer corners of the equity markets. Fixed income has corrected recently, so it’s less also in less rarefied air now. That makes the 50-day and 100-day moving averages of the SPX useful barometers for the time being. They’re at roughly 2950 and 2915 respectively.

Bottom line, the US has a lot of oil. The instability in the middle east is a cause for concern, but it shouldn’t be a cause for panic. The bigger issue is how this gets handled. Stay tuned… and, as always, if something material changes, this blog will get updated as well.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION

Please remember that past performance may not be indicative of future results. Different types of investments involve varying degrees of risk, and there can be no assurance that the future performance of any specific investment, investment strategy, or product (including the investments and/or investment strategies recommended or undertaken by BigFoot), or any non-investment related content, made reference to directly or indirectly in this blog will be profitable, equal any corresponding indicated historical performance level(s), be suitable for your portfolio or individual situation, or prove successful. Due to various factors, including changing market conditions and/or applicable laws, the content may no longer be reflective of current opinions or positions. Moreover, you should not assume that any discussion or information contained in this blog serves as the receipt of, or as a substitute for, personalized investment advice from BigFoot. To the extent that a reader has any questions regarding the applicability of any specific issue discussed above to his/her individual situation, he/she is encouraged to consult with the professional advisor of his/her choosing. BigFoot is neither a law firm nor a certified public accounting firm and no portion of the blog content should be construed as legal or accounting advice. A copy of the BigFoot’s current written disclosure statement discussing our advisory services and fees is available for review upon request.

Keep Your Eyes On The Fed

The SPX may be in a sideways pattern, but the short-term momentum has shifted to the positive. Now all the analysts come out of the woodwork to try and explain why. Here’s the simple thing to do:

Watch the Fed.

If the news cycle isn’t going to change what they’re doing, odds are, the market shakes it off in short order and resumes its current trend.

This trend is not on fire. It is not likely to spike higher in the near future. No, it’s likely to keep grinding higher and higher — likely to and through all-time-highs — as the year moves on toward 2020.

Why? Because the macro story is unchanged. And we’ve beaten the drum enough — still in expansion, growth slowing, international growth slower than US growth, international rates negative, US rates ultra-low. All of this still forces money into the more conservative pockets of the US stock market – which creates a bid that keeps things from breaking down too quickly.

It’s still a TINA story — there is no alternative — and until we have a reason to change, we’ll press on.

Look for the SPX to challenge — and likely close above — the 3000 level for the week. Support is at the 100-day moving average around 2915. Any trading above this range is simply… ‘normal.’

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION

Please remember that past performance may not be indicative of future results. Different types of investments involve varying degrees of risk, and there can be no assurance that the future performance of any specific investment, investment strategy, or product (including the investments and/or investment strategies recommended or undertaken by BigFoot), or any non-investment related content, made reference to directly or indirectly in this blog will be profitable, equal any corresponding indicated historical performance level(s), be suitable for your portfolio or individual situation, or prove successful. Due to various factors, including changing market conditions and/or applicable laws, the content may no longer be reflective of current opinions or positions. Moreover, you should not assume that any discussion or information contained in this blog serves as the receipt of, or as a substitute for, personalized investment advice from BigFoot. To the extent that a reader has any questions regarding the applicability of any specific issue discussed above to his/her individual situation, he/she is encouraged to consult with the professional advisor of his/her choosing. BigFoot is neither a law firm nor a certified public accounting firm and no portion of the blog content should be construed as legal or accounting advice. A copy of the BigFoot’s current written disclosure statement discussing our advisory services and fees is available for review upon request.

Estimated range of SPX for week of 9/3/19

Uncertainly

A perfect storm of uncertainty seems to be brewing for this week. But that uncertainty does not seem to be the kind that will significantly derail this market — at least not this week. It just adds to the drama.

The set-up for the SPX has about a 100-point range for the week. That’s pretty big – but the test is near the top of the range.

The range is built around the small head-and-shoulders pattern that has been forming over the past several weeks. The left shoulder peaked at 2954. So the movement of the SPX will be interesting here as we approach the potential right shoulder. Do we break up or down from here? (hint: the trend appears to be up)

With Hurricane Dorian slated to hit the East Coast this week, this test could be tricky. While the storm does not change the geopolitical and economic mix much, it will be a meaningful distraction to productivity in an already-shortened ‘back-to-routine’ week (does that even make sense?).

Typically activity picks up in September as kids across the country are back to school. There is no significant holiday between now and Thanksgiving in November. And the shortened work-week post-Labor-Day-holiday often suffers what many shortened weeks do – heightened volatility as the market crams a lost day into 4 (and yes, this is mostly anecdotal, but it certainly ‘seems’ this way).

With Dorian in the mix, the question is also whether or not there will be a measurable impact to the economy in the form of a slowdown in productivity or massive damage that requires repairs.

Bottom line, the international picture has not presented any significant revelation the market is trying to digest. So the news cycle will likely follow Dorian’s impact for this week, with some side discussion about Brexit and interest rates. Throw in some ‘I hate the other team’ political banter, and the week isn’t really that out of the ordinary.

The technical picture, strangely enough, appears to have volatility narrowing compared with prior weeks. The question is more about whether or not the markets find support at these levels and grind higher, or if we stay in a sideways pattern with volatility for a while.

If the story remains unchanged, the support area for the SPX is about 2854, with consolidation happening in the 2900-2950ish range. Resistance isn’t really a factor here – it’s simply all-time-highs. And if those are taken out, that’s a good sign. The concern comes if the market closes below 2825. A breach of this level could mean more significant downside to follow.

For this week, just hang on. There may be a few whip-saws, but the data indicating a more significant decline hasn’t shown itself yet. We’ll see how many headlines traders try to play off of though.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION

Please remember that past performance may not be indicative of future results. Different types of investments involve varying degrees of risk, and there can be no assurance that the future performance of any specific investment, investment strategy, or product (including the investments and/or investment strategies recommended or undertaken by BigFoot), or any non-investment related content, made reference to directly or indirectly in this blog will be profitable, equal any corresponding indicated historical performance level(s), be suitable for your portfolio or individual situation, or prove successful. Due to various factors, including changing market conditions and/or applicable laws, the content may no longer be reflective of current opinions or positions. Moreover, you should not assume that any discussion or information contained in this blog serves as the receipt of, or as a substitute for, personalized investment advice from BigFoot. To the extent that a reader has any questions regarding the applicability of any specific issue discussed above to his/her individual situation, he/she is encouraged to consult with the professional advisor of his/her choosing. BigFoot is neither a law firm nor a certified public accounting firm and no portion of the blog content should be construed as legal or accounting advice. A copy of the BigFoot’s current written disclosure statement discussing our advisory services and fees is available for review upon request.

Escape Velocity

Equity markets enjoyed a strong 1-week recovery but seem to have more-or-less stalled out after last week. The question is, can momentum break out above these levels, or will a more ominous ‘triple top’ signal a re-test of the 2600 level (or lower) for the S&P500?

The BigFoot Economic Macro Indicator continues to slowly erode. There is still plenty of margin before any type of sell signal would be issued. However, it’s notable the trend has been weakening. Pair this with the uncertainty of trade and tariff, and it’s easier to understand how 2900 or so remains resistance for the SPX recently.

Last week’s intra-day high was 2910.61. That was Tuesday. It may be a point markets do not see this week.

Conditions remain fairly uncertain. It does not appear to be a recipe for collapse, but neither does it appear to be a recipe for things to move higher from here.

For the week, look for SPX support around 2840, with resistance at 2895.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION

Please remember that past performance may not be indicative of future results. Different types of investments involve varying degrees of risk, and there can be no assurance that the future performance of any specific investment, investment strategy, or product (including the investments and/or investment strategies recommended or undertaken by BigFoot), or any non-investment related content, made reference to directly or indirectly in this blog will be profitable, equal any corresponding indicated historical performance level(s), be suitable for your portfolio or individual situation, or prove successful. Due to various factors, including changing market conditions and/or applicable laws, the content may no longer be reflective of current opinions or positions. Moreover, you should not assume that any discussion or information contained in this blog serves as the receipt of, or as a substitute for, personalized investment advice from BigFoot. To the extent that a reader has any questions regarding the applicability of any specific issue discussed above to his/her individual situation, he/she is encouraged to consult with the professional advisor of his/her choosing. BigFoot is neither a law firm nor a certified public accounting firm and no portion of the blog content should be construed as legal or accounting advice. A copy of the BigFoot’s current written disclosure statement discussing our advisory services and fees is available for review upon request.