FOMO – S&P 500 and CSI 300 have seen both a rally into the closing
Since last year’s September, we have not seen a pullback in the S&P 500 of more than 5%. This week we do see some minor pullbacks in both CSI 300 (China A-shares) and in the S&P 500. FOMO is back. Yesterday in the US we had 8 earnings warnings of which 4 came from major Wall Street strategist that predict a correction in September. Still S&P 500 shows a lot of resilience.
The fear of missing out is the dominant topic among investors, while strategists or hedge fund managers warn of a meltdown. Ray Dalio, co-CIO of Bridgewater, and Michael Burry (from the Big Short) have both several times warned this year that markets are at the edge of a sharp correction, worse than the one we have seen during the GFC in 2008-2009.
Fig. 1: CSI 300 closed at the day’s high after a strong buying the dip rally in to the close
Nobody can know the future and espoecially the exact time of the start of a market crash. Both have valid points and they will be right in the future, but when is completelly unkown.
At the moment we do see mini pullbacks which were immediately reflected in the fear and greet index, which was in the greed area one week ago, while we are already back in the fear area after two minor negative days. There is more room for pullbacks, but as long as we get so much support from the fiscal and monetary side we would not bet against the Fed or the market pariticipants, who are in the “buying the dip” mood.
Fig. 2: CNBC Fear and Greed Index back in the fear area after a short time in the greed space
Fig. 3: European High Yield bonds are now delivering negative real yields
Equities are seeing money inflows from bond martkets as well. The dividend yield in Europe is bewteen 2-3% while European corporate non investment grade bonds deliver negative real yields. It is the first time in history that you are not compensated while holding European junk bonds.
For diversivication purposes and to protect wealth mining and industrial metals are recommended across the board. We did see a rally in aluminium while silver and copper (both needed for the green revolution) lost gound. Meanwhile uranium and its mining companies have seen a strong rally. The trend is going to last as around 100 nuclear power station will start producing electricity untill 2025.
Fig. 4: Global Uranium ETF rose more than 40% in 2 weeks
But gold keeps disappointing investors. We did see another attempt to break out of the trading range only to be followed by another drop below USD 1’800 per ounce. There was no news supporting this price movement. Gold mining shares are trading at very low price to book ratios and most pay a divided. However, without a higher gold price these stocks will not substantially rise. We would keep physical gold as a protection in the portfolios, but in the mining area we do expect mid-term a recovery in copper miners and would as well expect uranium miners to go further up after a mean reversion.
People who follow seasonality patterns are divided into two camps – some say that September is the weakest month of the year on average, while others expect a strong September in the Nasdaq 100 followed by a difficult October (figure 6).
The Market Ear goes a step further and reckons that the actual US market movements look very similar to 1995. Therefore, they have been saying for some months that we might see a melt up until year end. If so, we do remember that 1996 was a difficult year for equity markets.
Fig. 5: Gold has dropped below USD 1’800
Fig. 6: Seasonality patterns do point to a strong year end
Fig. 7: Will we see a melt up like we have seen in 1995 (www.themarketear.com)?
We simply think you cannot foresee the next 8 weeks and foretell that in one month we go up and in the other down. We would however still say that until year end higher equity markets are quite likely as we have not seen any major melt up. On top, driven by retail investors least the US markets have seen several buy the dip market movements.
Overall, you should stay invested and be globally diversified. Asian equities are in the process of mean reverting. European equites should continue to perform well, but only if the US is not correcting sharply.
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