Weekend Stock Market Outlook

Stock Market Outlook For The Week of
February 2nd = Downtrend


ADX Directional Indicators: Downtrend
Price & Volume Action: Mixed
Objective Elliott Wave Analysis: Downtrend


The stock market outlook switched over to a downtrend early last week, as markets reacted to uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.

The ADX directional indicators crossed over twice, and OEW shows a downtrend underway. The index is less than half a percent above the 50-day moving average, but the levels of institutional selling were really high. 5 of the last 10 trading days were distribution days!

Technical analysis of daily SPX prices

2020-02-02 - SPX Trendline Analysis - Daily

The price channel failed last week as well. But even with all the selling, the S&P500 hasn't crossed its 50-day, and remainis 7% above the 200-day moving average, as well as that July-October trendline.

Technical analysis of weekly SPX prices

2020-02-02 - SPX Trendline Analysis - Weekly

There's a possibility that prices find support at the 50-day, and the sell-off is already over. The Chinese government has pledged $22 billion to prop up their market, which many hope will east the sell off.

But Chinese equity markets have been closed since Jan. 24, and they're expected to reopen deep in the red tomorrow. You may hear "knee-jerk response" a lot from the talking heads, but that doesn't make it feel better when you're the one getting kicked.

While the pandemic was unexpected, the reaction by financial markets wasn't. With millions of people affected personally and professionally, there will be an economic impact. We don't know how large that impact will be, or how long it will take to recover. This uncertainty creates a fear of losing money, which drives behavior in the near-term; investors reduce their risk of loss by reducing the money they have in areas with high uncertainty.

What can you do? Adjust.

Until we have better answers to "how big" and "how long", fundamental analysis won't be really accurate, forcing investors to guess what will happen when. Prices will be volatile. Technical analysis can give you a summary of behavior...kind of like an EKG. Watch the charts and pick your spots.

    The reason this site covers the "process" rather than a single analysis technique is for situations like this; different times call for different methods.

The good news out of all of this? Mispricing.

Benjamin Graham once said that in the short term the market is a voting machine (measuring which companies are in/out of favor), while in the long term it is a weighing machine (measuring the value of a company).

The downtrend tells us the votes are in and stocks are out of favor. The longer we're in a downtrend, the more mispricing occurs. That means that companies with solid financials and good long term prospects will see their shares sold along side companies with weak financials and poor long term prospects. People will throw the baby out with the bathwater.

So long-term, they'll still weigh the same, so to speak, just be on sale. I, for one, would be very happy to buy a bunch of dividend kings at a discount!

Best to your week!

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