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Stock-Markets / Stock Markets 2011 Sep 14, 2011 - 01:26 AM GMT

By: Chris_Ciovacco


Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe S&P 500 has been regarded as a relative “safe haven” given:

  1. The high probability of a default by Greece.
  2. Concerns debt markets will focus on Italy next.
  3. Weakening economic data in Europe.

On the morning of September 13, German stocks rallied strongly, but the S&P 500 seemed a bit more hesitant. If under-performance of the S&P 500 relative to German stocks continues for a time, it may be an ominous sign for U.S. stocks and safe haven sectors, such as consumer staples (XLP). Recently, the S&P 500’s performance relative to German stocks reached the top of the pink trend channel shown below (see point C).

Investment Strategy - US Germany - Deflation - Bear Market

Compare points A and B in the charts above and below.

Investment Strategy - US Germany - Deflation - Bear Market

The charts of the U.S. and Germany align well with our concerns relative to a possible deflationary signal given by the U.S. Dollar Index last week. As mentioned in our recent look at the U.S. dollar, we continue to watch the relative performance of inflation-friendly assets:

  1. Silver (SLV)
  2. Agriculture (DBA)
  3. Copper (JJC)
  4. Australian Dollar (FXA)

and deflation-friendly assets:

  1. Short S&P 500 (SH)
  2. U.S. dollar (UUP)
  3. Long-Term Treasuries (TLT)
  4. Intermediate-Term Treasuries (IEF)

If the inflation assets hold up well vs. the deflation assets, it gives hope to the bulls. If inflation assets, such as the Australian dollar, become increasingly weak vs. deflation assets, such as the U.S. dollar, it is another bearish signal, in an increasingly long-list of negative developments, for the economic/market bulls.

The market’s current risk-reward profile and present debt market conditions do not bode well for the S&P 500 maintaining safe haven status. As shown in the charts of the 2008 bear market below, safe haven markets tend to be a temporary phenomenon in the context of a bear market.

Investment Strategy  - Deflation - Bear Market

Investors who have been told “you will be fine” in defensive sectors or “tried and true” stocks may want to brush up on their bear market history.

Investment Strategy  - Deflation - Bear Market

The current state of the S&P 500 is fragile at best. Last week, the CCM Bull Market Sustainability Index (BMSI) dropped into a range that typically means the bears have overtaken the bulls in terms of probable outcomes – said another way, the odds are against the S&P 500 overtaking the spring 2011 highs relative to the S&P making new lows in the months ahead.

Investment Strategy  - Deflation - Bear Market

The excerpt below from Bloomberg should throw some cold water on the face of the “now is the time to buy” crowd:

We’re getting close to a full-blown banking crisis in Europe,” El-Erian, Pimco’s chief executive officer and co-chief investment officer, said in a radio interview on “Bloomberg Surveillance” with Tom Keene and Ken Prewitt. “We are in a synchronized global slowdown. There’s very little confidence in economic policy making both in Europe and the U.S.”

In terms of our deflationary stance, we may add to our shorts (SH) and/or small position in the dollar (UUP) if we see reversals near the levels shown above. We would feel more comfortable relative to the probable next leg down in stocks if the S&P 500 closes below 1,140 (1,146 is also a good step). On the upside (above 1,172), the several pockets of potential resistance sit between 1,174 and 1,195, with 1,180 being a very reasonable level to revisit.

A Bloomberg article may have captured the ongoing concerns in Europe, despite a relatively-decent bond auction in Italy and talk of the Chinese stepping in to solve all the world’s problems:

“This auction (Italian bonds) will do little to improve the deteriorating sentiment,” Michael Leister, a fixed-income strategist at WestLB AG in London, wrote in a note to investors. “Neither will this morning’s reports on possible Chinese support, as the market has heard these stories before with regards to Greece, Portugal and Ireland, with no follow up. The only institution with both the ability and flexibility to act is the ECB.”

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