Markets are rebounding today after yesterday’s precipitous fall, in which the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrials both experienced their worst day in four months. But make no mistake – the short-term trend remains down.
Article Category: Earnings
It’s been a busy week so let’s jump right in. We’ll begin today with a brief look at where markets stand, get caught up to speed on the earnings front, and then examine recent trends in the latest economic data.
As earnings season chugs along it’s starting to look like analysts may have tempered their expectations a bit too much during the 4th quarter, which is typical. As you can see in the chart below, actual earnings (blue bars) have a steady habit of coming in above estimates (gray bars).
Over the weekend, our long-in-the-tooth bull market supposedly turned 10 years old. The reason I say supposedly, is because at least according to Dow Theory, we’re technically in a bear market. In addition, should the S&P 500 fail to reach new highs and instead fall below its December 24th low, the bull run could conceivably have ended back on September 20th.
Most investors, including myself, generally sit squarely within one of two camps: bullish or bearish. My research and observations over the years have left me with a rather simple premise on which to base this judgement. When the economy is expanding, remain firmly bullish, and when growth begins to slow and recession clouds gather, get bearish.