Is This REALLY a Bull Market?

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SPY – The S&P 500 (SPY) keeps making record highs…but does that mean that market conditions are truly bullish? 44 year investment veteran shines a light on how hollow recent gains are as they are only accruing to a handful of stocks with most investors searching high and low for stock market gains. Read on for more…

Welcome back to 2023.

What do I mean?

Mega caps are walking away with all the gains pushing the S&P 500 (SPY) to new record highs. But by comparison most people are wondering where is there slice of the stock market profit pie.

Today’s Reitmeister Total Return commentary will talk about these unique trends…what it means…and where we go from here.

Market Commentary

Let’s start with the following…do these performance charts look bullish to you???

Just like early 2023, all the gains are accruing to a small handful of the usual suspect mega cap tech stocks that dominate the S&P 500 pulling it forward as everyone else gets left behind.

So you are not alone in wondering why your portfolio is not measuring up of late. And you are not alone in thinking that doesn’t sound like a healthy bull market.

This same situation was the way the market looked for much of the early bull market in 2023. The rest of the market came along for the ride starting November 1st after the Fed’s dovish tilt. In fact, small caps led the charge (which is a good thing).

I suspect that once the Fed is truly on course to lower rates that this same broadening of gains will be on tap for stocks. And that will be good news for ALL concerned.

Helping the cause on Tuesday was the weaker than expected Retail Sales announcement. This is a positive under the heading of slowing demand which helps further soften inflationary pressures and allows Fed to contemplate the first rate cut.

The key with all these soft readings is to make sure the US economy not slipping into recession. And that too is going along swimmingly well as the Q3 GDP Now estimate currently stands at a healthy +3.1%. I suspect it will come in softer than that towards 2%. The point is that a recession is nowhere in sight.

Going back to the Fed meeting on 6/12 they told us that they no longer expect 3 rate hikes this year. That was slashed to 1 as the consensus with four officials expecting zero cuts this year.

This tells me that the 68% probability the market is putting on a September 18th first rate cut is far too high. That is because once the Fed starts cutting rates, then history shows they will likely keep cutting.

So starting September 18th would mean 2-3 rate cuts this year…which they just told us AIN’T GONNA HAPPEN!

This sets up investors for a bit of disappointment in September if that first rate cut is not served up on a platter. But as we have seen the several times in the recent past that when the starting line for rate cuts is moved back that it doesn’t elicit more than a 1-3% haircut. So don’t get bearish on this concept.

The main point is that “logically speaking” stocks should not move much higher until that rate cut is in hand…but who says the market is ever logical?

This leaves us open to a wide range of potential outcomes. When that is the case it is best to pull back to the big picture. And that is to appreciate that we are in the midst of a long term bull market.

Since that is the case, then best to stay 100% invested in the best stocks.

Which are those?

The next section will shine some light on that to help you outperform.

What To Do Next?

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Wishing you a world of investment success!

Steve Reitmeister…but everyone calls me Reity (pronounced “Righty”)
CEO, and Editor, Reitmeister Total Return

SPY shares were trading at $548.49 per share on Tuesday afternoon, up $1.39 (+0.25%). Year-to-date, SPY has gained 15.75%, versus a % rise in the benchmark S&P 500 index during the same period.

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