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Growth > unemployment
The President’s triumphant gaffe about a 100-year high in economic success masked a relatively common signal. When GDP growth was higher than the unemployment rate, stock returns were in line with random, suggesting there was more use for politicians than investors.
On both the NYSE and Nasdaq exchanges, technical warnings have triggered for over a week straight. This is the largest cluster of warnings since 2014, and 3rd-most in 50 years, leading to broadly negative returns, but less so in defensive sectors.
The SMH semiconductor fund was down more than 3% intraday before recovering to close off just over 1%. Over the past 15 years, it has had similar reversed 29 times.
The ICI reports that investors withdrew more than $5.5 billion from equity mutual funds and ETFs in early September. According to the Backtest Engine, such large outflows led to a rally in the S&P over the next month 69% of the time.
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The post titled Growth Better Than Unemployment As Warnings Cluster was originally published as on SentimenTrader.com on 2018-09-13.
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