What a month for stocks as the major averages rebounded sharply in July. After witnessing an incessant selloff over the past few months, July turned out to be the best month for stocks in years. After falling into bear market territory, the S&P 500 (see chart here) gained almost 10% last month cutting its year to date losses in dramatic fashion. As I look at the Dow Jones Industrial Average (see chart here) a thousand-point gain in the last week or so is not too shabby either. Last but not least, both the Nasdaq Composite (see chart here) and the small-cap Russell 2000 (see chart here) also has enjoyed a strong recovery from their recent lows.
So why was there such a strong performance in the month of July? Q2 earnings reporting season is in full swing and at best this Q2 earnings so far have been a mixed bag. The Fed last week also raised interest rates another 0.75%. Inflation remains at or near 40-year highs. So, if you solely look at these metrics one would think the recent selloff would be accelerating. Clearly this is not the case, yet! The bears would argue that this is an “oversold” bounce and part of me agrees with that. However, I think it is too early to say that we are back to a full-fledged bull market. I do think if the markets remain stable over the next couple of months this could be a sign of a bottoming process. Let’s see how the rest of the summer plays out.
Now let’s move over to the technical shape of the aforementioned indexes. What has caught my eye is how the major averages are either at or have recaptured their 100-day moving average. This important support and/or resistance line is key as to whether stocks will pause into the resistance that moving averages experience, or if the momentum continues, then this could mean that this latest bull run will continue.
Good luck to all 🙂