Warnings from Early Divergences in the Oversold Bounce – Above the 40 (July 23, 2021)

Stock Market Commentary The oversold bounce last week exceeded my expectations. I did not expect the week to end with the S&P 500 and the NASDAQ hitting fresh all-time highs. Both indices seemed to offer limited upside for trading oversold conditions.The oversold bounce also disappointed me. I looked to beaten up stocks as the source … Read more

How Declining Market Breadth Delivered A Beating On Stocks – Above the 40 (July 16, 2021)

Stock Market Commentary The stock chickens have come to roost on declining market breadth. The stock market indices still generally appear fine, but an ever growing swath of individual stocks have fallen further and further behind. Last week in particular, sellers delivered an extended beating on individual stocks. The signs of waning confidence in the … Read more

How to Play Catch-Up With the Housing Market

The early 2000s built upon the 1990s momentum for extending home loans to as many people as possible. The drive culminated in the “ownership society” which incentivized the financial system to over-extend credit and fuel a housing bubble. That bubble collapsed spectacularly from 2008 to 2009. In the wake, builders became very wary about building … Read more

The Spring Selling Season Extended Key Downtrends – Housing Market Review (July 3, 2021)

Housing Market Intro and Summary The housing data for April and now May confirm that the housing market had a kind of false start to the Spring selling season. Normalization continues to pressure short-term trends. Housing starts, new home sales, existing home sales, and home builder sentiment are in key downtrends. These measures are now … Read more

Lennar Corp Throws Another Save for the Trade On Home Builders

The Downgrade Zelman & Associates gut-punched home builder stocks with a major downgrade of the sector on June 10th. Zelman used a survey of builders to conclude that soaring housing prices are reducing demand. The survey also revealed “a fourth straight month of weaker-than-seasonal order activity in May”. (I have covered this dynamic as “normalization” … Read more

Near Breaking Out, Realogy Bids to Add to Housing Outperformance

Turnkey Two years ago I wrote a somewhat snarky article about a partnership between Realogy Holdings (RLGY) and Amazon.com (AMZN) titled “Realogy and Amazon.com Partner Up But Does It Matter?” Real estate services company Realogy (RLGY) worked out a deal to increase order flow by hooking into Amazon.com (AMZN) smart products for the home. They … Read more

A Strong Market Rebound that Failed to Heal All Wounds – Above the 40 (June 25, 2021)

Stock Market Commentary Even the Federal Reserve must sit back and marvel as the S&P 500 (SPY) refuses to rest for long. Post-Fed handwringing sent the stock market into a period of doubt over previous assumptions of inflation fears. The previous week even ended with oversold conditions looming. However, as is the case with so … Read more

Follow-Through Trades: Another Bounce from “Oversold Enough”

The Follow-Through Intro Stocks and Indices Covered S&P 500 (SPY) Nasdaq (COMPQX) iShares Trust Russell 2000 Index ETF (IWM) volatility index (VIX) AGNC Investment Corp (AGNC) Allegheny Technologies Incorporated (ATI) Applied Materials (AMAT) Australian dollar vs Japanese yen (AUD/JPY) Best Buy (BBY) BHP Group Limited (BHP) Corning Incorporated (GLW) DoorDash (DASH) Financial Select Sector SPDR … Read more

A Rare Stumble for the Stock Market As Oversold Conditions Loom – Above the 40 (June 18, 2021)

Stock Market Commentary The Federal Reserve seemed to change the rules of the game. To-date, easy money policies and stubborn dovishness in the face of rising inflation was a formula for higher asset prices, reflation and inflation-friendly trades, and even rising fears of an over-heating economy. Last week, Federal Reserve Chair Jay Powell shifted the … Read more

Powell Served Up the Ball On Inflation, Bullard Delivered the Slam Dunk

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell served up the alley-oop and James Bullard delivered the slam dunk. While the latest statement on monetary policy had nothing to say about a hawkish turn at the Fed, Powell served up notice during the press conference. Powell noted growth and inflation prospects that exceeded prior expectations, which in turn … Read more