6 signs of the coming apocalypse



Stock prices are stretched, their valuations are absurd, and investors are all-in.

So notes money manager John Hussman in a recent post outlining the dangers that investors are currently facing. As he states:

"The red bars in the chart below show one of the more extreme syndromes of “overvalued, overbought, overbullish” conditions one can define. The specific conditions are shown in the chart text. The bars with yellow shading show instances where this syndrome has been in place, and the S&P 500 dropped at least 7% over the following month. All of these instances, prior to those of the past few days, are shaded yellow."

john hussman warning

Regarding his latest warning, the criteria that have preceded big declines include:

  1. The S&P 500 is within 2% of a 52-week high
  2. It is at least 3.5% above its 55-day exponential moving average
  3. Its 14-day Relative Strength Index is > 60%
  4. Its 14-day rate of change is > 5%
  5. Investor's Intelligence survey bulls are > 55%
  6. Investor's Intelligence survey bears are < 30%

We should all be immediately triggered by the use of super-specific conditions and a lot of them. Regardless, if we look objectively at every instance when all of these criteria were met, then we can see that the S&P 500's forward returns were better than random across most time frames.


What else is happening

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  • S&P 500 returns following all Hussman "triple O" warning signs
  • Forward returns after 5 warning signs outlined by Bloomberg, too

Stat Box

As of Friday, 8 out of the 9 major sectors, as represented by the popular iShares sector funds, saw more than 80% of their stocks trading above their 200-day moving averages. The only outlier was XLU (utilities) where "only" 75% of stocks were in uptrends.

Sentiment from other perspectives

We don't necessarily agree with everything posted here - some of our work might directly contradict it - but it's often worth knowing what others are watching.

1. With traders all in a dither over bitcoin, the demand for "other money" has shifted from gold. As money poured into bits and bytes, it flowed out of gold funds. [Bank of America via Daily Shot]

gold etf flow

2. Citi's sentiment model has become stretched and is well into the euphoric stage, which has preceded below-average returns. [Bloomberg]

citi panic euphoria sentiment model

3. Emerging markets have been among the biggest beneficiaries of improving sentiment over the past 2 months, and we can thank a lessening of market stress in those markets for that sentiment shift. [Unigestion]

emerging market stress

The post titled 6 signs of the coming apocalypse was originally published as on SentimenTrader.com on 2020-12-07.

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