A bull market recovery as yields plunge

Bull market recovery

Context is everything.

The decline to a 90-day low last week, then huge gain on Monday, all came while the S&P 500’s 200-day average was still rising.

S&P 500 rises more than 4%

This has made a big difference on forward returns. Bear markets often seen periods of extremely high volatility, so swings like we saw in recent days are not unusual. When the 200-day average on the S&P 500 is rising, though, swings like this are much less common, and have tended to precede much better returns, especially over the next 6 months.

S&P 500 recoveries in bull markets

Flight to safe haven

Bonds surged while stocks crashed last week. And despite yesterday's monster rally, bond prices continue to climb (while yields continue to fall). The 10 year Treasury yield's 14 day RSI has been pushed to one of the lowest levels ever:

10 year yield rsi is oversold

When the 10 year Treasury yield was extremely oversold in the past (bonds were extremely overbought), the 10 year yield had a slight tendency to rise in the months ahead:

10 year rsi below 20 oversold

Stocks had a strong tendency to rally after these signals.

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  • Smart Money / Dumb Money Confidence has cycled to a new extreme
  • The put/call ratio is spiking
  • What happens after breadth swings wildly

The post titled A bull market recovery as yields plunge was originally published as on SentimenTrader.com on 2020-03-03.

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