January 11, 2022
Stocks continued the big bounce today into technical support.
Let’s take an updated look at the S&P 500 chart …
So, we had a 5.5% decline in this benchmark index to start the year, and now we have a sharp bounce of nearly 3% from this big technical trendline, which comes in from the election day lows of November 2020 (an important marker).
We heard from Jay Powell today, in his renomination hearings before the Senate. He did nothing to change the expectations on the Fed’s guidance on the rate path. Whether it be three or four hikes this year, we’ve just finished a year with around 10% nominal growth and over 5% inflation.
The coming year may be more of the same, and yet we have a market and Fed posturing and speculating over how close to 1% the Fed Funds rate might be by year end. That dynamic only adds fuel to the inflation and growth fire.
On that note, we’ve been watching three key spots that should be on the move with this policy outlook: bonds (down), gold (up) and the dollar (down).
Gold was up 1.25% today, making another run at this 1830-50 level. If that level gives way, the move in gold should accelerate. As you can see in the chart, we would get a breakout from this big corrective trend that comes down from the August 2020 all-time highs.
On a related note (dollar down, commodities up), the dollar looks vulnerable to a breakdown technically …