Monday Market Update December 18, 2023
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The melt-up continues this week as buyers returned from the weekend well-rested and ready for more.
Some are wondering if the persistent buying has front-run the Santa Claus rally.
Or can the melt-up continue and send more bullish signals as we move into 2024?
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That question is especially pertinent as the theme of seasonality continues. The turn of the year provides several observable data points to give clues about the following twelve months.
The Santa Claus Rally
Another creation and observation by the late great Yale Hirsch, founder of the Stock Trader’s Almanac, this period runs from the last five trading days of the year into the first two of the following year.
Stocks are often up for this short time frame, and we want to see that continue. If it doesn’t, that’s a red flag for the coming year.
The January Effect
This theory posits that buying pressure accelerates in the early part of the year as traders and investors look to re-purchase stocks previously sold for tax losses before year-end.
The January Barometer
Another Yale Hirsch observation: the idea here is very straightforward. If the month of January is positive for stocks, there is a higher likelihood that stocks will be higher for the whole year.
We will revisit each of these here as the action and results unfold.
SPY continues the high, tight action, and today’s move brings the 21-day MA up to the breakout level.
QQQ has day two closing at new highs.
IWM puts in an inside day to help the consolidation.
DIA looks like it could be in the early stages of building another bull flag.
TLT takes a break and moves back toward the 200-day MA.
DXY The Dollar remains quiet for the day.
The Closing Bell
Positive, yet mostly quiet and uneventful action. At least for the indexes.
Some individual names were a bit more exciting as AMZN finally broke out, NVDA traded beyond $500, crypto name HUT jumped more than 15%, and TSLA broke out but quickly gave up the gains.
Now, we settle in for what could be a quieter rest of the week as many traders, investors, and money managers leave their desks for the holidays.
We’ll see what transpires and be back with more on Thursday.
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December 18, 2023, 4:00 PM
Long: IWM, NVDA, QQQ, TSLA
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