The Word from Main Street

Market Update for the Week of December 5, 2022

As we enter the month of December, we can add another tally to the number of rare occurrences we have seen in what has been an eventful 2022. On the back of Wednesday’s rally coming after the seemingly dovish tilt by Fed Chair Powell suggesting smaller rate hikes coming as soon as this month, an indicator we follow, the Ten Week for SPX (^TWSPX), surged to 92%. As a reminder, this indicator measures the percentage of stocks within the S&P 500 that currently lie above their 10-week (50-day) moving average. With that said, while the sensitive nature of the indicator in comparison to others we follow leads to more printed action over time, the trips above 90% (in this case 92%) are rare at best. Readings of 92% or higher have only been seen a total of 14 times over the indicator's now 2-decade-long history. That count dwindles further when you consider the number of times the reading has printed 2 separate 92 or better readings within a rolling 12-month period, with Wednesday’s action leading to only the 5th occurrence of such near-term reparative nature. While the population is small, it may be conversationally useful to observe forward returns after each such occurrence. While the chart below suggests previous instances left much to be desired across nearly all timeframes, Wednesday’s action did provide some ammo for an argument that this instance may be different, at least in the short term.

Source: Nasdaq Dorsey Wright

Source: Nasdaq Dorsey Wright

With Wednesday’s gain, the Nasdaq Composite (NASD) returned to a positive trend on its default point and figure chart. Furthermore, other major domestic equity indices have now all printed consecutive buy signals after returning to positive trends earlier last month. The recent action has allowed the U.S. Equity Core Percent Rank to solidify its lead over a weakening money market, jumping to over 90% after Wednesday. This deteriorating money market is most likely a more direct result of a now strengthening International Equity group. With the U.S. dollar (DX/Y) on the verge of printing a now third consecutive sell signal, International Equities should continue to see some much-needed relief from a cooling greenback. While we have seen Domestic Equities rally, and subsequently break into positive trends multiple times this year until ultimately breaking down to new lows, the weight of the evidence seems to be shifting towards a more risk-on, equity-focused nature for the time being. As we wrap up the end of the year, we will continue to monitor these macro themes for any new leaders emerging to start 2023. 

The current reading for the Nasdaq Dorsey Wright PR4050 Cash Trigger is: Money Market = 54.93% & U.S. Equity Core = 92.25%. For the PR4050 indicator to trigger and alert us when we should consider moving to cash, Money Market must be 50% or above and U.S. Equity Core must be 40% or below.


Source: Nasdaq Dorsey Wright

Below is the most recent DALI (Dynamic Asset Level Investing) Indicator showing Cash maintaining the top spot, while Commodities, International Equities, and Domestic Equities battle for the remaining top spots. 


Source: Nasdaq Dorsey Wright

Switching to the economy, below is the most recent High Frequency Data Tracker from First Trust Advisors showing the 2019 level, month-over-month (MOM), and week-over-week (WOW) comparisons of economic data.

Source: First Trust Advisors

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