The SP500 has pushed up to the 1600 zone, which fits with the Birinyi/Bannister target, in a potential overthrow move. Plus this weekend marks the shift from the lunar positive to the lunar negative period, and a geomagnetic storm is predicted to be on its way. Lastly, economic surprises for the main regions have been in collapse and a change in trend in this indicator has previously led tops in the market. So collectively reasons for a top here.
However an opposing case can be made too. We don’t see particular degradation in stocks breadth and the SP500 has broken out into clear air. We see a strong/stable position in leading indicators. Here is the latest OECD collection:
Plus CB reported Japan leading indicators at +1.0, in the first of this month’s updates. Using narrow money the updated picture is one of potentially moderating growth ahead, but as yet no significant downturn.
In terms of overbought and overbullish, some measures for equities are elevated, but there is a lack of major warning signs. Conversely we do see extremes in sentiment versus some commodities and commodity related sectors but the other way: bearish.
If you are following the SP500 or Nikkei then things look to be overwhelmingly bullish, but it should be noted that these are the two countries with the most aggressive central bank stimulus/easing programmes. A wider look at pro-risk is captured through combining the world stock index, equally weighted commodities index, euro-usd and 10 year treasury yields:
We see collective behaviour in pro-risk, but with under- and out-performers. So, up from June to Sept 2012, down to mid-November, up then to the turn of January into February, down into the end of last week. Could we now be the start of a new collective uptrend for pro-risk? Again, followers of the SP500 or Nikkei might find that hard to believe, but the wider look at pro-risk suggests it could be possible, and a rotation in leadership if of course feasible. The collective picture for pro-risk fits with 5-models-in-alignment:
Namely, a pullback from the end of Jan to Mar/April, then a final rally into around June time, to either end the cyclical bull (in my primary scenario) or produce a significant swing top (in my alternative scenario).
With US earnings season just getting under way, there is another potential mover in the markets. Let’s see.