Uptrends, uptrends everywhere


  • Jason Goepfert

    Jason Goepfert

    Published: 2020-12-09 at 09:00:00 CST

Throughout October and into November, we looked at the thrusts and breadth of buying interest. It was some of the best we've ever seen, and that was on the heels of near record-shattering positive breadth in April and May. 

As a result of that and follow through into December, almost every stock in the S&P 500 is above its 200-day moving average. With so many stocks in uptrends, it stands to reason that most industries would be as well. And in recent weeks, that has been the case, with 100% of them above their 200-day averages. 

industries above 200 day average

The rally has broadened out across the globe, with all major global equity indexes also in uptrends.

When we've seen this kind of global coordinated buying interest before, stocks in the U.S. have stumbled over the short-term as overbought conditions wore off. Over the next year, however, the S&P 500 was higher after all but one signal. Overbought doesn't have to be a bad thing.


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Stat Box

More than 35% of technology stocks are now overbought according to the Relative Strength Index (RSI). That's the most since late January. Over the past 20 years, there have been 69 days with this many overbought tech stocks. For funds like XLK, readings this high led to almost flat returns over the next month, with about a 50/50 chance of showing a positive return, a bit weaker than random.

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. Yet another sentiment model has reached a level that suggests investors are somewhere between giddy and downright euphoric. [Goldman Sachs]

goldman sachs sentiment model

2. Folks are bullish, and backing it up with their money. Equity allocations are pushing the upper bound. [Goldman Sachs]

investor equity allocation

3. Commodity Trading Advisors (CTAs), who typically employ trend-following strategies, are back to holding a substantial net long position in the big tech stocks that dominate the Nasdaq 100. [Nomura via Isabelnet]

cta exposure to nasdaq 100 ndx

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