Weekend Market Review March 17, 2023
The bad news banks continue.
The Fed has increased its balance sheet dramatically, essentially reversing 6 months of Quantitative Tightening. Interest rates have come down quickly. The probability of the Fed increasing rates by 50 bps next week is virtually zero. A 25 bps hike at the March meeting followed by one more 25 bps hike in May is the higher probability scenario now.
The ‘higher for longer’ narrative is changing.
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Banks are down.
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Tech is up
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Don’t be. There is a logical business and economic reason for this. But as long as you’re managing risk properly there’s no urgent need to figure that out right away. For now, there are many unresolved issues; in the banks, the Fed, the economy, and in the charts.
This is a good time to do less.
Fewer positions. Smaller position size. And a lot of patience.
SPY - Lots of back and forth, but ultimately it’s gone nowhere this week.
Open last Friday - $390.99
Close this Friday - $390.17 0.21%
Does it feel like nothing happened?
The 8 EMA, 200 SMA, and the Oct. 2022 low AVWAP are all within a $1.01 range. Indecision prevails as traders, investors, and money managers try to figure out what’s next.
QQQ - This has been the strongest group, by far. Today it found resistance.
IWM - Small caps are trying to stay above the $170 pivot. Below that would likely send prices back to the 2022 low.
DIA - Sandwiched between the flat 200-day MA and the flat anchored VWAP, in a bearish consolidation pattern. A move below the AVWAP would very likely lead to a continuation lower.
DXY - The lower Dollar may be helping some stocks, but not all.
VIX - Volatility isn’t going away quietly
This has been a busy week, and one with much uncertainty. That will probably continue next week as we have the Fed and interest rates Wednesday.
Let’s take the weekend to unplug and refresh a bit. Maybe watch some basketball.
I will have the Weekend Weekly Charts Saturday morning, as usual. Come hang out with me and we’ll keep an eye on the news and banking developments, and see how the bigger-picture charts are developing.
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Oh, and Happy St. Paddy’s Day 🍀
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March 17, 2023 4:00 PM
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