350 Days To Nowhere, And Why Lagging Energy Isn't A Problem


  • Jason Goepfert

    Jason Goepfert

    Published: 2019-06-20 at 10:29:22 CDT

350 days to nowhere

The Dow Industrials Average is trying to break out for the third time. It hasn’t gone anywhere since late January 2018, which was 350 days ago. It saw minimal upside and substantial downside since then.

If we go back to 1900, there have been a handful of times it went this long with no real progress, in the process showing minimal upside and substantial downside. Other times it behaved like this, it broke to the upside each time, showing gains over the next 6 months.

Similar sectors

The S&P has mostly recovered from its pullback and move to within 1% of its prior high. Its being led by some defensive sectors, with energy badly lagging. There have been 20 other periods since 1928 when the S&P neared a high with a high correlation among the sectors.

Other times it approached a high with the most similar sector leadership (and laggards), it tended to keep going, showing better returns than when there was a different mix of sector leaders.

An almost-guaranteed new high

Of the 99 times the S&P got to within 1% of a new high, it actually closed at a fresh high within the next week 59% of the time, within two weeks 76% of the time, and within 3 weeks 83% of the time. 

Buy everything

Stocks, bonds, and gold all rallied on a day the FOMC announced their rate decision. Of the 17 other times they did this, SPY’s most consistent performance was 8 days later, when it added to gains only 5 out of the 17 times, averaging -1.0%.

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