Stock Market Outlook entering the Week of December 12th = Uptrend
- ADX Directional Indicators: Uptrend
- Price & Volume Action: Uptrend
- Elliott Wave Analysis: Uptrend
The stock market outlook maintains an uptrend heading into Monday’s trading session, with all three signals showing green. This week, be on the lookout for November PMI and retail sales, as well as U.S. Fed meetings Wednesday and Thursday.
Last week capped another volatile week for the ($SPX); this time to the upside. The index rallied off the 50-day moving average and now sits ~3% above that level.
I called last week a make or break week for the market, and the investors chose “make”, so I was a bit premature putting the trendline out to pasture.
The ADX directional indicators flipped back to bullish last Tuesday. The price/volume signal dropped last week’s asterisk from it’s uptrend signal.
For Elliott Wave, the December 3rd low of 4495 looks to be the end of Minor Wave 2 and the recent correction. That wave didn’t quite make it to the 61.8% Fibonacci level, but did pass the typical minimum of a 50% retracement.
It’s still possible for the December 3rd low to be first part of a larger Minor Wave 2 correction; the A-wave of an ABC zigzag pattern, similar to the one from late September. For now, the count puts the S&P into the first wave of a Minor Wave 3.
As expected, inflation came in hot for November (CPI at 6.8%). Anyone who’s buying pretty much anything knows that prices have increased this year.
While the monthly jobs report may have underwhelmed, the overall unemployment rate is below 5%, so you’ve probably noticed that discussion getting less and less airtime. Instead, be prepared for a breathless discussion of tapering and interest rates this week, ahead of the Dec 15 & 16 Fed meeting.
As far as your investing process is concerning, tapering means removing liquidity from financial markets, and less liquidity means higher volatility. Higher volatility means larger price swings, which impacts your entry and exit signals.
Rising rates change the valuation of future cashflows, which changes financial estimates for all sorts of fundamental analysis. And changes to underlying financials will impact sector performance, as well as your overall asset allocation strategy.
Best to Your Week!