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These Lines Need to Hold

CAMS Weekly View from the Corner – Week ending 8/16/2019

August 19, 2019

Post Federal Reserve comments our central focus has been if market participants will retract the entire summer rally having been built on the expectation of on-going cuts.  Would taking away the expected cuts lead to market participants taking away the rally they had created? 

The above is an excerpt from our previous Weekly View and takes us directly to the focal point of recent stock market behavior.

After the Federal Reserve’s most recent meeting stock market participants have continued with their volatile downside trading.  The central observation point relative to the stock market currently is will the summer rally be able to hold or will it be erased.

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The above is a well worn chart here in our Weekly View’s dating back to the fall season of 2018.  Numerous lines have been added as an on-going narrative unfolded.

This is two years worth of trading depicted.  The red lines clearly reflect the roller coaster ride the stock market has been on in this time frame.

The horizontal black line is considered the break out point.  It begins at the high point in early 2018.

For the stock market to trend this line should be surpassed and not revisited again.  This has not been the case.  Currently the S&P 500 is on its 3rd attempt of surpassing this black line and failing to continue with its trend.  Not good.

The newly added blue arrow line speaks to our header excerpt in that its starting point is the beginning of the summer rally in early June.  If the S&P 500 fails to hold the black line and simultaneously fails the blue line market participants will be offering a high likelihood the summer rally will be erased.

The stock market is at a crucial point in its trading.  To fail the above lines yet again would be a very important message from collective market participants that all is not well.

As the fall season of 2018 reminded us when the stock market begins a downtrend in earnest it can go much further than most expect.  For now we are watching closely to see if the above lines can hold.

I wish you well…

Ken Reinhart

Director, Market Research & Portfolio Analysis

Portfolio Manager, CAMS Spectrum Portfolio


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