It was another big week for stocks as US markets advanced by 2.71% and a super strong 3.91% outside the US. Bonds were up 1.46% as interest fell on a good inflation report.
The market appears to be broadening out, the equal-weighted S&P 500 has doubled the S&P 500 performance over the last six weeks, 6% v 3%. The S&P 500 trades at 18.9x earnings, but when you back out the seven leaders (that trade at 40x), the index trades at 15x. Meanwhile, quarterly earnings are expected to drop for the third quarter.
The market appears overbought. 83% of S&P 500 stocks are above their 20-day exponential moving average, 82% are above the 50-day, and 71% are above the 200 day. Two of the last times stocks were at similar metrics, greater than 80/80/70, led to sell-offs. From February 1, 2023, to March 13, the market fell by 6.4%. Prior to that, the other time was at the end of 2021, which turned out to be the last peak of the S&P 500. The market would fall by about 25% over the next ten months.