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The jump in crude oil on Monday was one of the most shocking in 30 years.
For energy stocks, a 4 standard deviation jump in oil prices tended to be a good sign going forward, with only a single loss over the next 2-3 months. Contrary to what many may believe, it was also a good sign for indexes like the Nasdaq Composite, which was positive every time 6 months later.
It came at a good time
As noted last week, energy stocks were the most undervalued major sector, with a dividend yield at a record high relative to Treasuries. It also came when these stocks made up a record low percentage of the S&P 500 index.
It faded during the day, so the S&P’s energy component didn’t quite pop enough above its 200-day average, which would end one of the longest downtrends since 1926. Other times long streaks ended, it was a decent long-term sign.
Even though it rose a little bit on Monday, on Friday the VIX dropped below 14 for the first time in more than a month. As Troy noted, of the more than 20 times this has happened since 1990, all but one led to a higher return in the S&P 500 6-12 months later. The VIX itself tended to rise in the weeks ahead, but that wasn’t necessarily a consistent negative for stocks.
The percentage of stocks on the NYSE above their 200-day averages hit a 1-year high. That has led to a positive return over the next 2 months all but once (a loss of -0.2%).
The post titled Oil's Shocking Jump Is Fooling People was originally published as on SentimenTrader.com on 2019-09-17.
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