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Stock Market Outlook for March 18, 2020


US retail sales was trending 1.8% above average through January and February, representing the strongest start to the year since 2013.

 

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Stocks Entering Period of Seasonal Strength Today:

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Coca Cola Co. (NYSE:KO) Seasonal Chart

Coca Cola Co. (NYSE:KO) Seasonal Chart

Linamar Corp. (TSE:LNR.TO) Seasonal Chart

Linamar Corp. (TSE:LNR.TO) Seasonal Chart

Discovery, Inc. (NASD:DISCA) Seasonal Chart

Discovery, Inc. (NASD:DISCA) Seasonal Chart

MGM Resorts International (NYSE:MGM) Seasonal Chart

MGM Resorts International (NYSE:MGM) Seasonal Chart

Cemtrex Inc. (NASD:CETX) Seasonal Chart

Cemtrex Inc. (NASD:CETX) Seasonal Chart

Algoma Central Corp. (TSE:ALC.TO) Seasonal Chart

Algoma Central Corp. (TSE:ALC.TO) Seasonal Chart

iShares JPMorgan USD Emerging Markets Bond ETF (NASD:EMB) Seasonal Chart

iShares JPMorgan USD Emerging Markets Bond ETF (NASD:EMB) Seasonal Chart

Vanguard Consumer Staples ETF (NYSE:VDC) Seasonal Chart

Vanguard Consumer Staples ETF (NYSE:VDC) Seasonal Chart

 

 

The Markets

Equity markets continue to “yo-yo” as investors attempt to get a grasp of the amount of economic damage that will result from the coronavirus.  The S&P 500 Index gained an even six percent, clawing back about half of Monday’s loss.  The benchmark is attempting to rebound from oversold levels, however, judging by Tuesday’s candlestick, traders remain highly uncertain about taking a stance at pegging a low.  The zig-zag trading range during Tuesday’s session resulted in the formation of a rather indecisive candle with long upper and lower wicks.  The action was certainly reminiscent of a battle between the bulls and the bears.  Major moving averages continue to roll over, suggesting negative trends across short, intermediate, and long-term timescales.  We provide further technical analysis for subscribers, including the level on the S&P 500 that you should start buying this market.  Signup now to stay up-to-date.

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On the economic front, a report on retail sales in the US was released before Tuesday’s opening fell.  The headline print of February’s report indicated that activity fell by 0.5% in February, which is weaker than the 0.2% increase that was expected by analysts. Less gas and autos, retail trade was down by 0.2%, which is a miss versus the 0.4% increase that was expected by analysts. Stripping out the adjustments, retail sales actually fell by 1.1% versus the month prior. This is weaker than the 0.4% decline that is average for February. The year-to-date change is now 1.8% above the seasonal average trend, which is still the strongest start to the year since 2013. The result follows a stellar 2019 when overall retail trade was higher by 5.8%, the best pace since 2010 as the economy emerged from the recession. Signup now and we’ll tell you what the results mean and what to expect ahead.

Retail Trade: Total Seasonal Chart

Also released to subscribers was our report on US Industrial Production.  Tracking these metrics against what is normal for this time of year is going to become vitally important ahead as we gauge the impact of the coronavirus on the economy.  Subscribe now to follow along with us and we’ll highlight everything you need to know without the spin and manipulation that is common with economic reports.

Sentiment on Tuesday, as gauged by the put-call ratio, ended slightly bearish at 1.01.

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Seasonal charts of companies reporting earnings today:

General Mills, Inc. Seasonal Chart Trip.com Group Limited Seasonal Chart Five Below, Inc. Seasonal Chart Williams-Sonoma, Inc. Seasonal Chart Baozun Inc. Seasonal Chart Fanhua Inc. Seasonal Chart Herman Miller, Inc. Seasonal Chart Arcos Dorados Holdings Inc. Seasonal Chart QAD Inc. Seasonal Chart Guess?, Inc. Seasonal Chart Tailored Brands, Inc. Seasonal Chart Cumberland Pharmaceuticals Inc. Seasonal Chart

 

 

S&P 500 Index

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TSE Composite

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