12 months-to-date, U.S. inventory market efficiency has been nothing in need of extraordinary. As of September 10, the S&P 500 is up greater than 18% year-to-date and up a spectacular 33% during the last twelve months. The NASDAQ Composite is up 17% year-to-date and 38% during the last twelve months. The S&P 500 has not suffered a 5% or better pullback since February-March. It has solely briefly traded under its 50-day transferring common this yr and has not breached its 100-day transferring common since early November 2020.
This sturdy efficiency has been pushed by three elements: the sturdy rebound in U.S. company earnings (represented by S&P 500 EPS), the reopening of the U.S. financial system following lockdowns, and the low rates of interest and excessive quantity of liquidity injected by the Federal Reserve. So long as these three drivers stay intact, shares are more likely to grind their approach increased.
Total, 2021 earnings estimates have steadily risen every quarter, as proven within the desk under. Full-year EPS is now forecast to be $199 for the S&P 500, an astounding 44% acquire versus 2020. Equally, 2022 S&P 500 EPS estimates have risen to $217 at present, one other sturdy acquire of 9%. Nevertheless, given the variety of rising COVID instances because of the Delta variant, it’s attainable earnings estimates have peaked. This previous week noticed the primary drop in 2021 and 2022 S&P 500 estimates for the reason that week of March 23. As well as, Goldman Sachs
A pullback or correction right here would match with historic market seasonality. As seen within the desk under, September is definitely the worst month for shares, usually producing a loss. As well as, the market can be down barely on common in September within the first yr of a presidency. I’d wish to level out that, in very sturdy years like this one, September is usually higher, though nonetheless not considered one of best-performing months.
The present technical image additionally helps the potential for a pullback. Whereas the S&P 500 stays in an uptrend with a low variety of distribution days (in accordance with our O’Neil Methodology), and the index is above its positively sloped 50- and 200-day transferring averages, breadth has worsened. In the beginning of buying and selling on Monday, September 13, solely 49% of shares within the S&P 500 had been buying and selling above their 50-day transferring common. This mediocre breadth leaves equities a bit weak ought to the pretty slim group of large-cap leaders start to pause or pull again.
Even when the inventory market corrects this fall, the outlook for the rest of the yr remains to be constructive. As seen within the desk under, during the last 50 years, the S&P 500 has reported a median acquire of three.8% within the final quarter of the yr and a median acquire of 5.0%. Within the 19 years since 1970 the place the S&P 500 has risen greater than 10% within the first three quarters of the yr (together with 2021), the fourth quarter has a barely increased common acquire of 4.2%. In these years, the market has been constructive 15 of 19 occasions.
I counsel traders to be cautious as we transfer by means of the autumn, as seasonality and breadth counsel the market may very well be getting into a short-term pullback. In the long run, although, sturdy earnings forecasts
mixed with low rates of interest and a still-accommodative Federal Reserve counsel that shares are more likely to finish the yr increased than the place they’re right now. Joyful investing!
Kenley Scott, Director, World Sector Strategist at William O’Neil + Firm, an affiliate of O’Neil World Advisors, made vital contributions to the information compilation, evaluation, and writing for this text.
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