In mild of the Vacation weekend, at this time’s article might be mild on commentary and heavy on graphics.
“Recently it happens to me, what an extended, unusual journey it has been.” – “Truckin'”, Grateful Lifeless
March is within the books and the tables under spotlight the outcomes for the Indices and sectors I observe for the Month and Q1.
The Nasdaq Composite (+6.6%) with the related Expertise ETF (XLK), (+10.6%) and Semiconductor ETF (SOXX) (+8.5%) had been the clear winners as Progress got here again to life. Many if not the entire large-cap progress names are within the XLK and with these shares rallying robust, it is no shock that the ETF was a transparent winner.
The transfer out of worth was highlighted finest within the small caps. The Small-cap worth ETF misplaced 8%. Whereas small-cap progress was solely down 1%.
The Russell 2000 (-5%) was hit laborious because it’s made up of smaller regional banks and small power firms. Each had been out of favor in March.
The Q1 and the year-to-date efficiency additionally present expertise because the clear winner. Along with Tech, Client Discretionary (+15.7%) additionally posted a double-digit acquire. Notice that each sector that has posted these large rallies in ’23 was additionally the toughest hit final 12 months. That does make me marvel if what we’re witnessing is nothing greater than a reversion to the imply for these teams.
The final entry of the YTD efficiency chart signifies that the S&P sits about 14% off the all-time excessive. All knowledge as of March thirty first.
Seasonality suggests upside momentum ought to proceed.
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The S&P has been up in April in all ten prior years the place the index fell within the prior calendar 12 months after which gained in Q1. April outcomes are much more bullish once you have a look at the 4 prior instances that the S&P fell greater than 10% within the prior 12 months after which gained in Q1. The identical holds for the remainder of the 12 months as effectively.
Each time since WW2 that the S&P has fallen within the prior 12 months after which gained in Q1, the index has posted additional features for the rest of the 12 months.
The Week On Wall Road
A shortened vacation buying and selling week that was as anticipated – Uninteresting. The latest rally “paused”, and the S&P closed out the week drifting greater breaking a fast 2-day shedding streak. The index closed at 4105 and completed the week down flat – shedding 4 factors within the 4-day buying and selling week.
The Economic system
Atlanta Fed’s GDPNow index slid additional to 1.5% for Q1 following this week’s ISM-NMI and commerce knowledge. The index was at 1.71% on Monday, having dropped from 2.49% final Friday. I used to be skeptical of the preliminary 2.5%-3% forecasts and this forecast appears extra in step with actuality.
Friday’s Nonfarm payrolls report got here in as anticipated and from the look of the “futures,” it seems to be thought-about a slight constructive. Each the 2 and ten-year Treasuries moved greater.
Manufacturing within the US stays in recession.
US Manufacturing Buying Managers’ Index posted 49.2 in March, up from 47.3 in February and broadly in step with the sooner launched ‘flash’ estimate of 49.3.
The index stays sub-50 and in contraction territory.
ISM manufacturing index dropped 1.4 factors to 46.3 in March, under estimate, after edging 0.3 ticks to 47.7 in February. It’s the lowest since Might 2020 and has been in contractionary territory since final November.
The U.S. ISM-NMI companies index fell to 51.2 in March from 55.1, leaving the measure again close to the 3-year low of 49.2 in December.
Building spending dipped 0.1% in February following the 0.4% bounce in January. Residential development spending remained weak, falling one other 0.6% versus the 0.2% loss in January. This sector has been declining since June.
Manufacturing facility orders declined 0.7% in February after falling 2.1% in January. Swings in transportation orders have been a significant supply of volatility they usually had been down 2.8% versus the 14.0% January drop. The report is weaker than anticipated and mixed with the drop within the March ISM yesterday will add to views of a weakening financial system that will restrict Fed tightening. Nevertheless, primarily based on at this time’s market response, the view could also be altering to 1 the place a weakening financial system isn’t such a great signal. The crosscurrents in sentiment proceed.
Three out of the final 4 months have been weaker supporting the view that manufacturing is in recession.
The World Scene
World Manufacturing PMIs
The latest bounce in world manufacturing was short-lived.
Eurozone Manufacturing PMI posted 47.3 in March, down from 48.5 in February to a four-month low.
UK Manufacturing Buying Managers’ Index fell to 47.9 in March, down from February’s seven-month excessive of 49.3 and the sooner flash estimate of 48.0. The PMI has stayed under the impartial 50.0 mark for eight successive months.
The Canada Manufacturing Buying Managers’ Index registered 48.6, down noticeably from 52.4 in February. It was the bottom studying recorded by the index since June 2020 and represented a modest deterioration in working situations.
The Caixin China Buying Managers’ Index posted on the impartial degree of fifty.0 in March. This was down from an eight-month excessive of 51.6 in February to sign secure enterprise situations on the finish of the primary quarter.
India’s Manufacturing Buying Managers’ Index rose from 55.3 in February to 56.4 in March, signaling the strongest enchancment in working situations in 2023 up to now.
The headline au Jibun Financial institution Japan Manufacturing Buying Managers’ Index rose from 47.7 in February to 49.2 in March to sign a softer deterioration within the general well being of the Japanese manufacturing sector. The adverse studying was solely delicate, and the softest within the present five-month sequence.
The ASEAN Manufacturing Buying Managers’ Index printed 51.0 in March, down from 51.5 in February. The most recent studying prolonged the present run of enhancing enterprise situations to 18 consecutive months however pointed to a weaker fee of progress in comparison with February which was solely marginal.
World Companies PMIs had been additionally launched this week all stay in constructive territory
The headline Caixin China Companies Exercise Index rose additional above the impartial 50.0 degree in March, from 55.0 in February to 57.8, to sign a pointy and accelerated enhance in service sector exercise. The upturn prolonged the present sequence of progress to 3 months, with the speed of growth the very best recorded since November 2020.
UK Companies PMI registered 52.9 in March, down from 53.5 in February. It was above 50 for the 2nd consecutive month.
Eurozone Composite PMI Output Index rose to its highest degree since Might 2022 on the finish of the primary quarter. At 53.7, this was up from 52.0 in February and a 3rd successive month above the crucial 50 ranges.
Posting 57.8 in March, the India Companies PMI was in progress territory (above 50.0) for the 20th successive month. Regardless of falling from 59.4 in February
The au Jibun Financial institution Japan Companies Index posted at 55.0 in March, up from 54.0 in February. The studying signaled a seventh successive enchancment in output throughout the Japanese service sector that was the second-strongest within the historical past of the survey.
The Technical View
Right this moment we’ll check out the Month-to-month charts of the Main indices.
S&P 500 (SPY)
Russell 2000 (IWM)
The charts all have the identical factor in widespread. They’re All under their respective 20-month transferring averages (inexperienced line), a Bear market pattern. That trendline is now rolling over. The technicians on the market will keep in mind this is identical “look” the indices had in 2000 and 2008. That does not indicate we have to see the identical consequence. However it does imply there’s a respectable likelihood that the markets might be in for turmoil within the months/12 months forward.
Right here is the chart of the Solely sector in a Bull market pattern.
For people who keep in mind, I declared Vitality in a brand new Bull market when the ETF crossed Above that necessary Month-to-month trendline in February 2021 (documented right here). That pattern has not been disturbed and stays in place at this time.
- This is not a Bull market.
- Company Earnings will assist decide the path of the market within the subsequent couple of quarters.
- The Fed cuts charges this 12 months provided that the financial system falls off a cliff.
- Vitality costs stay resilient.
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