- The Conference Board’s Leading Indicator is bullish for stocks
- The stock market’s sectors are performing as expected.
- Emerging markets will outperform the U.S. stock market
2 pm: the Conference Board’s Leading Indicator is bullish for stocks
The Conference Board’s Leading Economic Index is one of the best leading indicators for the U.S. economy and stock market. This indicator is usually EXTREMELY early. It can top years before the stock market’s bull market is over.
The Leading Indicator is making a new high right now. This means that this bull market still has a lot of room to run. Here’s the Leading Indicator.
* Based on current data, the Medium-Long Term Model predicts that this bull market has 2 years left.
4 am: the stock market’s sectors are performing as expected.
Here’s the year to date performance for the S&P 500’s sectors (using sector ETFs).
The stock market’s sectors are behaving as expected.
- Growth sectors (technology and consumer discretionary) are outperforming, as they usually do in the final few years of a bull market.
- Finance is outperforming, which is normal when interest rates rise.
- Energy is outperforming, which is normal when commodities are in a bull market.
- Interest rate sensitive sectors are underperforming (utilities and real estate), which is normal when interest rates rise.
4 am: emerging markets will outperform the U.S. stock market
The U.S. dollar’s bear market is a cause for emerging markets’ outperformance.
- Foreign investors in U.S. stocks lose money when the USD goes down and they convert those U.S. stocks into their own currencies.
- American investors in foreign stocks earn money when the USD goes down and they convert those foreign stocks into USD.
Hence, many investors are buying foreign stocks as a way to diversify away from the U.S. dollar. This is one of the reasons why I expect emerging markets to outperform U.S. stocks over the next 2 years. The U.S. Dollar Index is in the midst of a multi-year bear market.
Read Stock market on January 25, 2018.
Here’s what I think will happen based on my discretionary outlook.
- The S&P will make a small 6%+ “small correction” in Q1 2018. The current rally is the longest one in history without a 6%+ “small correction”.
- The S&P 500 will close higher at the end of 2018 vs the beginning of 2018.
I do not use my discretionary outlook to trade. I remain 100% long UPRO because my Medium-Long Term model does not foresee a significant correction at this point in time. I ignore small corrections. I only sidestep significant corrections and bear markets.
I have been 100% long UPRO since September 7, when the S&P was at 2465 and UPRO was at $109.3
*I also have a small Day Trading portfolio. Click here to view my day trades.