January finished January down 0.2%. But the does not necessarily meaan the rest of the year will be. We look at the historical record to see how other years performed when January did not do well. It turns out 2 of 3 indicators often are enough to propel the markets higher.
Novemeber is tracking the seasonal patterns very closely. We still expect a mild pullback early next week, but from then on we are likely to see post-Thanksgiving gains. Early December can be disappointing for bullish traders, but as Christmas approaches the bulls come back to the parade.
We noted previously that the market would likely work its way higher in the first few weeks of September. Now momentum appears to be fading short of previous all-time highs. With the Fed’s interest rate cut behind us, future price increases need support from alleviating trade issues and more interest rate cuts. Neither of those factors exist yet.