This week started off with the vote no one expected. Global markets were shocked with the outcome of the United Kingdom’s vote to the leave the European Union. Here at home, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (see chart below) lost close to 1,000 points between Monday and Tuesday, the Nasdaq (see chart below) over that same two-day period lost close to seven percent as did the S&P 500 (chart) and the small-cap Russell 2000 (chart). A breathtaking 2-day drop which was so swift and profound that it violated the 200-day moving averages of all of the aforementioned indexes. Fast forward to today and what seemingly was the start of an angry correction, has turned into yet another “buy the dip” opportunity. No matter what the challenges are or have been on the macro-economic or political front, markets over the past several years have shrugged them off. I honestly did not think stocks would snap back this time as quickly and as powerfully as they have.
Yet again, oversold conditions created a trader’s dream with this snap-back rally. Ever since this bull market began, every shocking or unexpected headline which have rattled the markets have always been met with strong support that then turns into the resumption of this protracted bull market. However, it is also very clear that we have been trading in a range for quite some time now and every time we have tried to breakout of this trading range, resistance is met and we retrace back to a variety of moving averages.
So you may be asking how do we break out of this S&P 500 (chart) 2000 to 2120 trading range? One catalyst that can do this is the upcoming second quarter earnings reporting season which kicks off here in July. I do not think that the economy is such that record earnings results will come forward. In fact, companies may take it upon themselves to use the Brexit circumstance to soften their future guidance? We will see. In my humble opinion I think the possibility of a downward break is more probable in the near term than stocks breaking out to all-time highs, especially after this snap back rally. Good luck to all!
Paula and I wish everyone a safe and Happy 4th of July holiday 🙂
~George Mahfouz, Jr.