“They call him the streak!” My wife and I saw Ray Stevens sing “The Streak” in concert years ago. The premise of the hilarious song is that a man keeps streaking the town, and everyone is in an uproar. Right now, the markets are doing some fun streaks, too, but we aren’t in an uproar; we are egging them on.
Stocks continue to inch higher this week on the news that the Federal Reserve has finished raising interest rates. Lower Treasury yields have also helped stocks bounce back strongly as it tries to recover losses from its three-month correction.
Stocks in the S&P 500 have risen eight consecutive days and nearly 7% since the October lows as of November 8. According to Dow Jones Market Data, if it ends November 9 positive, it would be the first nine-day winning streak in nineteen years.
The Nasdaq stock index (technology stocks), not to be outdone, was up for a ninth straight day as of November 8. The technology index closed above its October high on November 7, the first time a major stock index has reached a higher high (double peak) since July, showing positive momentum, according to Dow Jones Market Data.
The negative news is that the Russell 2000 index (small-caps stocks) is still near its low for the year, showing that the market run isn’t extending beyond the largest companies and the big tech companies. This weakness suggests that cautious investors currently prefer high-quality, profitable stocks over small companies with more potential to grow.
Even though small caps continue to struggle, it looks like the rest of the stock market is gearing up for a fresh run at reaching new all-time highs. Here is what we need to see for it to be a possibility.
– The S&P 500 needs to move above its October high (around 4420).
– The Russell 2000 needs to return to the 1800-point level to show broader market strength.
– The US Dollar also needs to weaken so US companies can be competitive in selling overseas. The US Dollar Index needs to stay below 106; it hovered at 105.5 on November 9.
The markets seem confident that the Fed has finished its rate-hiking cycle. If rates continue to pause and the dollar continues to soften along with the normal end-of-the-year seasonal market strength, it may provide a more enjoyable market experience closing out the year.
“The Streak” was released in February 1974 during the then-popular craze of streaking. It was such a craze that nearly 40 other songs about streaking came out during that period. In Stevens’ song, a reporter is interviewing a man who tried to warn his wife with “Don’t look, Ethel,” but is always too late. In the end, Ethel gets in on the fun and streaks, too. I hope, like Ethel, the rest of the stock market gets in on the streaking fun.
Have a blessed week!
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