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Weekly S&P500 ChartStorm - 12 December 2021

The S&P500 ChartStorm is a selection of 10 charts which I hand pick from around the web and post on Twitter.

The purpose of this post is to add extra color and commentary around the charts.

The charts focus on the S&P500 (US equities); and the various forces and factors that influence the outlook - with the aim of bringing insight and perspective.

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1. The 50-Day Moving Average: It looks like the S&P500 is back to its old habit of bouncing off the 50-day moving average! After a sharp rebound, the market is currently contending with resistance — next week will be key… and on that note, the big event next week will be the December Fed meeting!

chart of the S&P500 bouncing off the 50-day moving average

2. Fed vs Markets: Speaking of the Fed, here’s a useful schematic of how the S&P500 tends to perform during different types of Fed hiking cycles. Unfortunately it does leave us guessing as to what type of regime we will be in this time. If we look at how some of the EM central banks have been exiting stimulus so far (they tend to move faster/earlier than the Fed) we have seen some fairly aggressive/rapid moves — which makes sense given the easing cycle was triggered by a shock, and the easing was aggressive and rapid. So with inflation expectations at risk of being anchored at high levels the Fed may need to go faster: thus at this juncture I’d guestimate that it’s either of the two lower lines…

graph shows stockmarket performance when the Fed is hiking rates and inflation

3. Real Yield Real Low: Speaking of the Fed & Inflation, here's the "real yield" for the S&P500... Historically whenever it approached or fell below 0% things tended not to work out too well (...unless you like bear markets!).

chart of real earnings yield

4. Real Earnings Yield v2.0: Different version of the "real earnings yield" -- this one uses the CAPE earnings yield (more stable/less-noisy) and uses TIPS breakevens (arguably forward looking inflation*). Basically comes to a similar conclusion. Albeit, I would note that neither this nor the previous chart factors in the level of interest rates. Do you dare say “it’s different this time“?

chart of real earnings yield (CAPE yield and inflation breakevens tips)

5. Non-profitable tech stocks: Seems like there may be a transition from the line "no profits? no problem!" to "no profits? no, problem!"

performance of unprofitable tech companies chart

Source: @RobinWigg

6. Peak Profit Margins? Speaking of profitability, I wonder if all those issues around inflation, backlogs, wage pressures, etc are starting to trickle their way into profit margins… (not to mention the prospect of rising interest rates and taxes)

S&P500 profit margins peaking graph

7. Price to Sales Ratio: A sign of the times — the S&P500 Price to Sales ratio has reached new all time highs: even higher than the dot-com bubble. Albeit an important piece of context is the previous chart… the profit margin is now almost *double* that seen during the dot-com bubble era.

chart of S&P500 price to sales ratio valuation

Source: @nirkaissar

8. Insider Selling: Just another sign of the bull market times — more and more corporate insiders cashing out with bigger and bigger cheques. Clearly a higher stockmarket enables this, but I guess higher cost of living could be a factor?! Also, these people are clearly not fools to be in this type of position, and would actually be fools to not take a little off the table given where things sit.

chart of insider sales at the larger end

9. Wild Ride: “despite accounting for just 2.3% of the overall index, Tesla accounted for 86% of the amount spent on call option premiums for the top 50 stocks in the S&P500"

Tesla options volume chart

Source: @choffstein

10. “The S&P 5“ No that’s not a typo, this chart shows the “S&P 5“ — i.e. the top 5 stocks (…what it looks like if you just held the top 5 stocks: rebalancing monthly). Funnily enough it looks like the top 5 stocks are up 5 x over the past 5 years!

chart of the "S&P5"

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