TRADING THE WEEK: Does Trump Rally Have Legs?
After traders spent the week wary of an Inauguration Day selloff that never came, market views have come around to indicate a fresh wave of buying could be in the offing.
Last week was a quiet one on Wall Street as the market rally took a respite and traders and portfolio managers were content to take a breather and let the markets meander. According to William Mingione, managing director and head of equities at Drexel Hamilton, the market seemed to be set up for a “Buy the election – Sell the inauguration” trade.
“That never materialized,” Mingione said. “We were essentially flat for the week. The financials, which have been the leadership group, traded down marginally with many of the large caps reporting.”
Daily U.S. equities trading volume averaged 6.38 billion shares for the holiday-shorted week ended January 20, down from 6.73 billion shares in the previous week, according to Bats Global Markets.
From recent calls and market chatter, Mingione noted the perception that many portfolio managers were caught off guard by the November-December rally and missed the majority of it. This, he said, should and could provide good support for the group as these same PM’s will likely be buyers on any weakness.
“The bears have been desperately looking for a sell off, claiming that Trump’s regulatory proposals will take time, and the market has gotten way too far ahead of itself,” Mingione continued. “That sell off hasn’t come to fruition. The longer we go without a correction, the more likely we are to slingshot upwards.”
To back his point, Markets Media reports that several technicians see 2,400 as the next resistance level for the S&P500, almost 6% above the current 2,267 level. “We could be setting up for a run to that level over the balance of this quarter,” Mingione added.
Another trader said this so-called “Trump trade” could continue to divert the market’s attention from the Federal Reserve, which up until last November’s election, was foremost on the market’s collective mind. He reminded that the Fed is still a major concern and that it still is expected to hike short—term interest rate at least twice, if not three times, this year.
“Just because the headlines have ignored the Fed doesn’t mean they’re not a concern – or a major concern – to the market,” the trader said. “I’d still be very wary in this market environment of a move.”
In other market news, Thesys Technologies was selected over Sungard and Finra to build the Consolidated Audit Trail. Originally, ten firms were vying to build the market tracking system designed to monitor and collate equity and options market data.
The CAT is expected to help regulators track the complex machinations and microsecond dealings in the US equities and options markets and provide a data repository. This repository would be used for either research or for policing the markets in cases of suspected wrongdoing.
This Week’s U.S. Economic Indicators of Interest:
|Tuesday||Redbook Retail Sales|
|Wednesday||Existing Homes Sales
Richmond Fed Mfg Index
New Home Sales
Leading Economic Indicators
Each pass with strong bipartisan support.
Regulators remain firm on timeline.
Legislators voice cyber-security concerns.
Scarce resources need to be deployed holistically.
Long-pondered audit trail will soon be a reality.