Tom Fitzpatrick continues:

“We saw that in 2000, 2007, and again in 2011, that when consumer confidence peaked and turned, it’s often an early warning sign that markets are headed lower.  Within a couple of months you started to see equity markets come under pressure.

It’s been no different this year, with the consumer confidence turning in February.  Then we saw the S&P turn in April, and the Dow top out on the first trading day of May.  Looking at the chart, we’re convinced it’s a very strong double-top formation, very similar to what we saw back in 1980.

The suggestion to us is that we are headed all the way back down again, possibly even to the lows that we saw in 2011, when we got down to about 41 on the index.  This is likely to weigh on equities.”

Fitzpatrick also added: “When turning to the German 10-Year yield, I think that is also supportive of the markets heading much lower than current levels.  The German 10-Year stalled at resistance and has come off it, and the same is true of US long-end yields.  Money is being placed in both of these markets because of the high level of fear.

Everything on both charts still suggests to us that we are going to see a reemergence of yields moving to the downside, in both Germany and in the US.  At the same time, we have already seen the start of yields moving to the topside in both Spain and Italy....

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“Spanish and Italian 2-Year yields are moving faster than 10-Year yields, so we are seeing those curves bear-flatten, as distinct from the bull-flattening pattern in Germany and the US.  We expect to see a reemergence of the stresses, as well as the equity markets beginning to fall again.  Our feeling is we will see that once again after we get through this weekend.”

Fitzpatrick had this to say regarding the crisis in Europe: “At the end of the day, Merkel has been consistent in terms of the path she’s taking.  Any concessions she tends to make, she wants to see further austerity measures put in place.  At this point in time, her bias has been that any increase in coordination or coordinated responsibility, should come after the right actions have been taken.

That is something that is a very strong indicator going into the meeting at the end of this week.  For people who feel that Germany is just going to capitulate, Merkel has been fairly clear that she is taking a hard line.  But the markets like to interpret everything that comes out as the glass is ‘half full.’ 

I think what you are likely to see is this meeting is going to come and go, like so many of these other European meetings have come and gone, with little or no resolution to the underlying problems.”

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