Just a mere 2 weeks ago the pundits came out in full force declaring the end of the bull market or at the very least a 10-20% correction for stocks. Fast forward to today and we find ourselves yet again in record breaking territory. For the month of May, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (chart) closed up 0.82% at a new record closing high of 16,717.17, the Nasdaq (chart) closed the month up 3.11% at 4242.61, the S&P 500 (chart) closed at an all time record high of 1923.57 and the small-cap Russell 2000 (chart) closed out May up 0.68% at 1134.50.
In my previous blog I wrote about certain experts calling for an imminent correction in which I thought was a bit pre-mature considering how the Federal Reserve continues to accommodate the economy and the markets. I understand where the bear camp is coming from, as soon as the Fed begins to hike interest rates, we should indeed see the markets react accordingly. The problem with the sell-side thesis is this just isn’t happening now. Policymakers continue to reiterate their stance on interest rates which are to remain low for the foreseeable future as the bond tapering program continues and ultimately exhausts itself, which could be by year-end. Then I think bear growl may have a lot more punch to it.
So how do we continue to make money in an environment that continues to make record highs seemingly with no end in sight? In addition to honoring the power of the Fed, I will continue to refer to the technical shape of the key indices to spot opportunities as we wait for the second quarter to wind down. With the incessant “melt-up” of the markets, one may think that stocks maybe overbought a bit. This most certainly is the case with select individual stocks, however, as I look at the closely followed Dow (chart), Nasdaq (chart), S&P 500 (chart) and the Russell 2000 (chart), none of these indexes are in overbought territory at least according to their respective Relative Strength Indexes. Remember, the Relative Strength Index (RSI) is a technical indicator which signifies whether or not a stock or index is overbought or oversold, with the 70 plus value level indicating an overbought condition, and the 30 minus level indicating an oversold condition. Click here for the expanded definition of the RSI. In addition, all of the moving averages are intact for the aforementioned indexes. Click here for the moving averages definition.
So as we enter the month of June, I am expecting the continuation of the “melt up” that has occurred so far this year with modest pullbacks. Of course as we witnessed in mid-May, sentiment can change quickly and the pundits and press for that matter can spread fear like wild fire, and should this be the case, I will prepare myself to add to certain long positions to take advantage of any potential weakness. As always, it is best practice to consult with a trusted financial advisor(s) before making any investment decisions. Good luck to all 🙂