Earnings Recession; Investors Reduce Exposure; Record Outflows

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Recession talk

Concerns are rising about a recession. Even if we don’t see an economic one, we may be in store for an earnings recession.

The data is not showing that as likely, but even if it happens, it does not necessarily mean that stock prices will decline according to all of the earnings recessions since 1928. The economy is not the stock market, and the two can diverge at times. Same goes for stock prices and fundamentals. Even when companies in the S&P were about to show consecutive quarters of negative earnings, the S&P itself managed to hold up most of the time. Over the next 9 months, it rose 8 out of 10 times.

Reducing exposure

Exactly one year ago, mom and pop investors were the most exposed they’d been since the year 2000. They were holding a high allocation to stocks and very low one to cash. That has changed dramatically, especially in December, as they reduced their stocks and added cash. They’re now holding a below-average exposure to the gyrations of the market.


Despite a 2% loss in the S&P 500, on the NYSE there were fewer 52-week lows than the day before, and there were more 52-week highs. This lack of participation in the downside has usually been a decent medium-term sign.


According to Lipper, over the past four weeks, $94.3 billion has come out of equity funds. That is more than double the previous record.

No optimism

The 3-week average of the AIM Model is going to a lowly 1% after this week. In the past 35 years, the 3-week average has been this low only one other week, which was September 11, 1998.

The post titled Earnings Recession; Investors Reduce Exposure; Record Outflows was originally published as on SentimenTrader.com on 2019-01-04.

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