Leading Indicators Lag As S&P Suffers Key Reversal


  • Jason Goepfert

    Jason Goepfert

    Published: 2020-01-27 at 11:00:00 CDT

Lagging leading indicators

The Conference Board’s Leading Economic Indicator model is showing its worst growth in years. After the month-over-month reading in the Conference Board’s Leading Economic Index turned barely positive in November, it dropped again in December, with the worst reading in years.

This ends one of the longest streaks of “not bad” readings since 1959.

LEI ends long streak above -0.3

When a long streak of readings higher than this finally ends, and when the LEI m/m is so negative despite stocks being at record highs, both indicate a low probability for further sustained gains over the shorter-term at least for the S&P 500.


Key reversal?

The S&P gapped up on Friday morning then fell throughout the day. As a result, the S&P's OPEN on Friday was above its highest close over the past 5 days, and its CLOSE on Friday was below its lowest close over the past 5 days, triggering what many technicians would consider a key reversal day.

S&P 500 key reversal dayThis reversal pattern often led to short term weakness over the next week.

Table after S&P 500 key reversal day

Almost all of the signals preceded a negative return at some point over the next 2-8 weeks.

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