The financial markets have been telling a fragmented story ever since the beginning of 2019, but that appears to be changing. Over the past month, the messages coming from stock and bond markets have begun to coalesce in a manner that unfortunately, will likely leave a bearish taste in your mouth.
Article Category: Global Growth
We saw a strong rally in global equity markets yesterday, and much of that move was predicated on an improving Chinese landscape. On Sunday, the official Chinese Purchasing Managers’ Index came in at 50.5 (for March), signaling expansion for the first time in four months. The previous reading of 49.2 represented a three-year low.
There have been quite a few interesting developments over this past week, so we have a lot to cover. I want to begin by drawing your attention to the divergence between stock prices and bond yields. We discussed this back on March 5th, but since then, things have deteriorated even further.
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.
When the market collapses as it did during December, it’s usually a function of ETF and futures driven selling. Rather than going through the process of selling individual stocks, larger investors use these baskets of securities to effectively sell everything at once. This is especially true when we’re talking about short-term, algorithmic style trading.