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Equities seem like the Energizer Bunny of up trends right now… they just ‘keep going and going’, even if in a choppy and grinding manner some of the time. Yet, as we noted in the wake of Wednesday’s first September S&P 500 future daily Close above the 1,399-1,402 resistance, the burden of proof was on the bears to put the market back down or it was likely headed higher in the near term.
We will be very concise once again on the specific market comments in this post, because yesterday’s TrendView Brief Update is a pointed discussion of the significant clash of forces between the equities market and other asset classes. And a lot of the intermarket tendencies were just plain inconsistent with classical tendencies, and that became more so the case into late last week.
As we noted in our QE is the Opiate of the Perma-Bulls part 1a (part 2 to be provided soon) post a week ago Wednesday, it has been a “bad news is good news” equities market of late. And Perma-Bulls seem to feel the worse the better, at least insofar as that increases the chances for additional central bank Quantitative Easing or other forms of market intervention.
In a “rock and a hard place” psychology, that would be the ‘rock’ that underpins the market. And yet the ‘hard place’ that both investors and short-term portfolio managers find themselves in is the now almost pervasive weak economic data outside of the US. Even the stronger than expected UK Employment figures and Retail Sales this week along with US Retail Sales, Industrial Production, NAHB Housing Market Index, Michigan Sentiment, and Leading Indicators did not seem to help equities all that much in the face of weak data elsewhere.
And the other key aspect we keep a close eye on also reconfirmed those troubling global economic tendencies two weeks ago…