Seemingly, the markets are trying to make up their mind on whether to breakout or breakdown. Over the past couple weeks, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (see chart here), the S&P 500 (see chart here), the Nasdaq Composite (see chart here) and the small-cap Russell 2000 (see chart here and below) have all been consolidating in a very tight trading range. As you can see in the charts of these major averages, consolidation has occurred while also finding support at their 100 and 200-day moving averages. These tight trading ranges along with moving average support bodes well for an inevitable break from this current trading range . The question is will the markets breakout before year end or breakdown and through their respective moving averages support lines?
Let’s face it, we are currently in a bear market and rightfully so. It has been repulsive to see how inflated asset prices were during the heart of the pandemic. Stimulus was abound, interest rates remained at all-time lows and then speculation went from reasonable to very disturbing. This recipe set up the bear market and then Federal Reserve launched it by aggressively raising interest rates. My comment to that is what took them so long? The Fed had no choice to but to start raising rates and inflation took off to levels not seen in over 40 years. The silver lining to all the above is that finally we are moving towards a market that is now more trustworthy. Trustworthy from the standpoint that stocks may actually start trading at reasonable levels to where opportunities can be found. In fact, it is possible that certain stocks and sectors for that matter will overshoot to the downside to where great opportunities could come to the forefront.
As mentioned above, stocks are currently trading in a tight trading range and have support at their moving averages. However, with year-end approaching and as traders and investors reposition their portfolios I would not be surprised if we exit this tight trading range the markets have been in.
Good luck to all 🙂