With crude oil falling and the U.S. dollar rebounding, today King World News is featuring a piece from one of the greats in the business discussing bulls and bears battling in key global markets.
May 7 (King World News) – Well, if you are basing your investment decisions on news headlines, it's probably time to sell out of everything and go hit your favorite vacation spot for the foreseeable future. In doing my daily rounds across the Internet yesterday, I found it very difficult to find a positive headline on the major business sites, which was to be expected on a day that saw the S&P 500 slice through its 50-day moving average on its way to a 0.41% loss.
Yellen Rocks Markets
Early morning futures and a strong opening initially pointed toward a favorable session, but the jovial mood was quickly deflated by the combination of a poor ADP employment report, the announcement of weaker-than-expected U.S. productivity for the 1st Quarter, and, most importantly, a statement by Federal Reserve Chairperson, Janet Yellen, admitting that stock valuations were "quite high."
Ms. Yellen was answering questions at an International Monetary Fund conference, and, while it may not have been her intention to shake up the equity markets, traders jumped all over her dreary declaration and started selling. Of course, shortly afterward the headlines began to pop up everywhere, propagating her condemnation in bold letters to the world and accelerating the pace of questions into my inbox.
The strong words make for good reading (and give me a topic to write about), but I'm not sure how much of a news flash this actually was. It is not exactly a secret that many common valuation metrics for the market (like the S&P 500's P/E ratio) are above long-term averages, but let's not confuse high valuations with overvalued valuations. There is no rule demanding that the market revert to its mean whenever it gets extended one way or the other, so as I have repeatedly stated, we should be letting the charts dictate our investment decisions instead of ominous prognostications and fears.
Bulls And Bears Battle In Key Markets
And right now, we are still very within reach of all-time highs and may even get another rally attempt here. Despite all the negativity yesterday, the last hour of trading actually saw the S&P 500 bounce off of its 100-day moving average, which sits right at the lower end of the ascending triangle that has contained stocks over the last few weeks. So, while I always recommend vigilance and keeping an objective market opinion, reports of this Bull Market's death have been greatly exaggerated (for now at least).
However, investors in oil-related assets may want to proceed with caution. The commodity put in a bearish reversal day yesterday, falling almost $2 from its high to close near its low for the session. That is typically not good trading action, and with the run it has been on recently, it would not surprise me to see some sort of pullback in the near term. ***ALSO JUST RELEASED: 5 Of The Most Jaw-Dropping Charts Of 2015! CLICK HERE.
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