Is the bear market actually over?
Are the bulls back or are we seeing another "bear market rally" that will eventually lose steam? Let's discuss.
When stocks are caught between surges and pullbacks, and it's not entirely clear what’s going on, it's useful to go back to the fundamentals.
What bullish factors support the rally?
1. Despite all the worrying, it doesn't look like a recession is here yet.2
The labor market is still extremely strong and the housing sector is showing signs of optimism again. More positive signs of a strong economy will support a rally.
2. Inflation seems to be under control and the Fed has (finally) paused interest rate hikes to see how the economy responds.3
Investors are more likely to stay optimistic if the Fed holds to its plan to limit future rate increases.
3. FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out). Some of the greedy sentiment behind this rally is due to a legitimate fear of missing out on the next bull market. No one wants to be on the sidelines when markets move.
What bearish factors could kill the rally?
1. The current surge has been largely driven by technology stocks and hasn't broadened across all sectors.4
That means any negative sentiment about these tech high-flyers is likely to have a disproportionate effect on the overall rally.
2. We still can't be certain that a recession won't hit this year and the economy is still facing headwinds that are likely to impact corporate earnings.2
3. Growth may be hard to come by for U.S. businesses.5 Since stock prices reflect the value of their underlying companies, earnings misses or negative surprises could tank sentiment.
Bottom line: For the rally to keep going, investors will not only have to stay positive about technology stocks but also gain confidence in the overall state of the economy.
Here's some good news: Whether or not the bear market is actually, finally over, the overall picture is looking brighter.
We’re watching closely and we’ll reach out if we have any specific advice for you. In the meantime, do you have any questions? Hit “reply” and let us know.
Until Next Week,
Your Eagle Wealth Team
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The Week on Wall Street
Stocks took a breather last week as investors digested the previous week’s surge and the month-to-date solid gains.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 1.67%, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 fell 1.39%. The Nasdaq Composite index dropped 1.44% for the week. The MSCI EAFE index, which tracks developed overseas stock markets, tumbled 2.00%.6,7,8
The stock market drifted lower last week as the tug-of-war between bulls and bears played out in a week that was light on market-moving news.
After falling in the first days of a holiday-shortened trading week, stocks rebounded on Thursday to recover some of the week’s losses. Stocks looked past Congressional testimony by Fed Chair Powell, who said two more rate hikes are likely in the wake of interest rate hikes by central bankers in the U.K., Switzerland, Norway, and Turkey.
The retreat continued into Friday, fueled by global growth fears from new economic data indicating more robust economic slowdowns in the eurozone, Japan, and Australia.
Housing Sentiment Improves
Home builders' confidence edged into positive territory for the first time in 11 months, aided by strong demand, low inventory, and a recovering supply chain. May’s new home sales, which rose 21.7%–the most significant percentage gain since October 2016, validated this confidence. The number of new home starts in May (1.63 million) hit a 13-month high, with both single- and multi-family homes up substantially.9,10
Sales of existing homes in May rose 0.2% month-over-month while declining 20.4% from a year ago. The existing home market continues to suffer from low inventory and still-high prices. The median price of a home sold in May declined 3.1% year-over-year to $396,100.11
THE WEEK AHEAD
KEY ECONOMIC DATA
Tuesday: Durable Goods Orders, New Home Sales
Thursday: Gross Domestic Product (GDP), Jobless Claims
Friday: Personal Income and Outlays, Consumer Sentiment
Source: Econoday, June 23, 2023
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COMPANIES REPORTING EARNINGS
Tuesday: Walgreens, Boots Alliance, Inc. (WBA)
Wednesday: Micron Technology, Inc. (MU), General Mills, Inc. (GIS)
Thursday: Nike, Inc. (NKE), McCormick & Company, Inc. (MKC)
Source: Zacks, June 23, 2023
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6. The Wall Street Journal, June 23, 2023.
7. The Wall Street Journal, June 23, 2023.
8. The Wall Street Journal, June 23, 2023.
9. National Association of Home Builders, June 19, 2023
10. Reuters, June 20, 2023.
11. CNBC, June 22, 2023.
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