Weekly S&P 500 ChartStorm: Stock Vs. Bonds; Rate Hike Tsunami; Bear Market Rallies

Welcome to the Weekly S&P 500 #ChartStorm—a selection of 10 charts which I hand pick from around the web and post on Twitter.

These charts focus on the (US equities); and the various forces and factors that influence the outlook—with the aim of bringing insight and perspective.

1. Tails of the Fed: market put in a relief rally of 3%

…next day: market realizes zero relief will be provided until is under control and “soft landing” acquired, down -3.6%. Two tails of the distribution in one week.

S&P 500 Daily Returns Since 1970

Source: @R_Perli

2. Stocks vs Rising Bond Yields: The monetary tides are going out and equities are going to be left high and dry (especially those that traded on priced-for-perfection record high valuations).

Stocks vs Rising Bond Yields Chart

Source: @beursanalist

3. Bonds to the Slaughter: Bonds are getting murdered.

This is not good for stocks…

T-Bonds Chart

Source: @murphycharts

4. Rate Hikes: This chart shows the “A/D Line“ for central banks (cumulative sum of net amount of rate cuts minus rate hikes). Basically if it is going up then more central banks are cutting rates, and if it is going down then more central banks are hiking rates. As you might expect, the market echoes its movements, and apparently the market seems to follow with a lag, which makes sense (i.e. in terms of leads/lags of monetary policy transmission).

My take: don’t overthink it, you can either swim with the tide or try to swim against the tide… and right now it is a tsunami of rate hikes.

A/D Line For Central Banks

Source: @BarnabeBearBull

5. Monetary Policy Tightening: Similar type of indicator: , but focused on the underlying economic pulse…

Globally there has been a big pivot to monetary policy tightening by central banks, and this should logically lead to an economic slowdown.

Global Monetary Policy Stimulus

Source: @topdowncharts

6. Corporate Earnings Sentiment: Should be no surprise then to see that corporate sentiment has plunged: EPS at risk.

(tighter financial conditions hits stocks directly in terms of liquidity, but also indirectly in terms of the economic/earnings pulse)

Corporate Earnings Sentiment

Source: @MichaelAArouet

7. Stocks vs Bonds: Seems like the S&P 500 has melted up vs bonds.

Chart shows the S&P 500 vs the ultra long bond since 1980: “Not only is the level high, but massively overbought in a relatively short period of time.”

Stocks vs Bonds Chart

Source: @AtlasPulse

8. History Lesson—Bear Market Rallies: Useful piece of reference material in terms of how seducing and stark the bear market rallies can be.

Bear Market Rallies Chart

Source: @WifeyAlpha

9. Stock Market Valuations: Smoothed longer-term view of S&P 500 valuations

Maybe we ditch that “permanently higher plateau” term and instead go with “Permanently Parabolic?

Stockmarket Valuations Chart

Source: @LeutholdGroup via @StuLoren

10. ETF Strategies Performance post-Launch: According to a study, thematic strategies have a habit of underperforming post-ETF launch (might say they are good at picking the top—easiest time to raise AUM is when a strategy/style/sector is hot).

Performance Of Indexes Post Newly Launched ETFs

Source: @SnippetFinance

oh… that’s right, almost forgot!

BONUS CHART >> got to include a goody for the goodies who subscribed.

Investor Sentiment vs Positioning: As noted , investor sentiment has crashed to levels last seen in 2008. But this time we compare it to investor *positioning*.

Basically, while investors *say* they are extremely bearish, their portfolio allocations appear to tell otherwise: investor allocations to equities remain near the top end of the range. Hodl has come to the stock market?

Portfolio Allocations Vs Surveyed Sentiment

There have been a few times where sentiment has become quite disconnected from positioning, in some cases it ended up being simply hysteria. But in other cases it ended up basically being early… Or said differently: sentiment reacts immediately, while positioning moves more slowly.

Probably what is needed to move the black line is an actual fall in the PMI below 50, disappointing earnings, and more proof that the Fed means business in terms of taking the punchbowl away and driving toward a soft landing.

The other thing is bonds are still being bludgeoned. That makes portfolio allocations to stocks vs bonds a little muddy. So in that respect, what is likely also needed is a bottom in bonds (which would likely come when it is clear that the economy is turning down and perhaps when the Fed is a bit more progressed).

Finally though, it should be said, one potential implication of this chart is that there could still be a lot of selling yet to come.