TLDR: CPI is lenient, the Fed is lenient, the economy is headed for a soft landing, SPX earnings are trending higher, PMIs are recovering. It seems all is well on the western front. Is this the end of bearish news?
We often told you to beware of 20x P/E for SPX as a sign of an overbought market.
This is to say that SPX could easily get back to the 2021 peak of ~4,800 before you reach a 20x P/E.
Does that have any implication for your investment choices?
Absolutely not. If you’re deciding on your asset allocation then you need to be aware that expensive equities as we head into a landing (soft or hard) are no place to park your money. Treasuries, on the flip side, look sweet - no matter what the fixed income Cassandras say.
What about the implications on your trading choices?
Well that’s another matter entirely. After the latest trendline breach (a) momentum is piling in and (b) shorts are squeezed to death. Be wary of the market’s reaction, shorting here is dangerous business - but you certainly come in at an interesting time.
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