The Past Week, In A Nutshell
What Happened: Last week ended negative on relative weakness in the technology sector.
Remember This: “While valuations have hinted to overstretched markets in the past, it’s tough to say where stocks should be trading right now. We just witnessed the fastest bear market and one of the fastest recoveries on record. The Federal Reserve is more engaged in the markets than it has ever been, which has distorted reality with record-low Treasury yields.” said Callie Cox, senior investment strategist for Ally Financial Inc-owned (NYSE: ALLY) Ally Invest.
“One thing is for sure: when investors’ expectations for the future rise, stocks tend to rise as well. High expectations can leave a lot of room for disappointment, and investors’ fortunes can turn quickly when markets stray too far from the economy and earnings. That’s still a major risk here, but valuations alone aren’t enough reason to expect another historic slide.”
Pictured: Profile chart of the Micro E-mini S&P 500 Futures
Technical: Broad-market equity indices ended the week lower with the S&P 500 correcting to 3,300.
Recapping Last Week’s Action: On Tuesday, alongside Brexit news, on a second attempt, the S&P 500 broke through the 3,400 low-volume area, suggesting directional conviction changed. After spending much of the day trading neutral, the S&P extended lower, in-line with delta and away from value.
On news of AstraZeneca plc‘s (NYSE: AZN) suspended COVID-19 trial, selling continued overnight into a base of liquidity in the 3,290 region before buyers regained control and one-time framed the market higher, to and through prior value and the low-volume area broken the day prior.
On Thursday’s economic data, the S&P 500 liquidated after non-convicted buyers failed to take out the prior day’s low-excess high. Selling intensified as the market ate into prior low-volume, before closing off on a weak low, in-line with the prior day’s cash-session low. After tech shares led an overnight rally up to some low-volume areas from the prior day’s session, machine-like selling appeared and pushed the market through the weak low’s, before buyer’s regained strength to finish Friday off in-range.
Overall, the recent mechanical activity to and from key technical levels denotes the non-presence of larger other time frame (OTF) participants and conviction. Heavily weighted index constituents are breaking trend while the broad market’s failure to extend much lower into the poor structure below it, coupled with reduced volatility pressures, suggests immediate downside may be limited. As a result, it’s time to temper expectations and look to reposition in line with emerging macro-economic and geopolitical themes.
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Fundamental: ARK Invest analyst Sam Korus suggested that the risks to auto loans, the securities supporting them, and underlying collateral may threaten the entire auto ecosystem.
“The percent of auto loans delinquent by 90 days or more has been rising for almost four years and is approaching levels last seen during the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) in 2009, as shown below. During the GFC, most consumers and businesses prioritized the servicing of auto loans over their mortgages because, in the absence of ride-hailing, they relied on vehicles to keep their jobs and businesses going. Now working from home, they seem to be prioritizing mortgages and home equity (HE) loans over auto and credit card debt.”
Korus also noted delinquencies may double while the underlying collateral will likely see a depression in residual value due to the mobility revolution. As a result, consumers, lenders, dealerships, and auto manufacturers may suffer financial damage as secular risks rebound in the tail-end of the COVID-19 recovery.
Source: ARK Investment Management
- Tuesday: Industrial Production.
- Wednesday: MBA Mortgage Applications; Retail Sales; Business Inventories; NAHB Housing Market Index; EIA Stocks Change; FOMC Economic Projections; Fed Interest Rate Decision; Fed Press Conference; Foreign Bond Investment; Overall Net Capital Flows.
- Thursday: Building Permits; Jobless Claims; Housing Starts; Philadelphia Fed Manufacturing Index.
- Friday: Michigan Consumer Sentiment; CB Leading Index; Michigan Inflation Expectations.
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