Nurture your mind with great thoughts; to believe in the heroic makes heroes. ~ Benjamin Disraeli
In this week’s Dirty Dozen [CHART PACK] we cover bullish breakouts, strong turn-of-year and presidential cycle seasonality, a zero returning China, a bearish consensus in Ags, and a dirt cheap fertilizer stock to play for a rebound, plus more…
1. We got the bullish breakout on Friday that we talked about last week. The SPX is trading in a Bull Quiet regime with confirming market internals, a supportive liquidity backdrop, and an increasingly parabolic trend. Current odds favor an acceleration to the upside.
2. Wayne Whaley’s TOY (Turn Of Year) Barometer fired a bullish signal this past week. Wayne Whaley is a legendary quant who once remarked that if he were limited to using only one indicator for betting on trend direction for the year, it’d be his TOY Barometer.
There’s a good reason for this. A bullish TOY signal has a very high win rate. You can find more on how the TOY Barometer is constructed here.
3. Trend Fragility is high and our TF sell signal hasn’t yet reset, but a TF sell signal is only a condition and not a catalyst or reason to sell in and of itself. Another potential bearish conditional we’re tracking is our weekly Nervous & Number indicator, which is inching toward a sell signal — we’ll probably see it fire in a few more weeks. The previous sell signal marked the July 23’ top.
4. BofA’s Bull & Bear, a longer-term measure of sentiment and positioning, is currently giving a neutral reading. Meaning there’s still sentiment fuel to drive this market higher.
5. This is an election year where markets tend to perform well. But this chart from T. Rowe Price shows that the first half of election years are historically weak and the strong seasonality doesn’t come until the third quarter.
6. But BofA points out that this isn’t your normal election year. They note that “when Presidential Cycle Year 3 is up 20% or more, which occurred in 2023, Year 4 is up 100% of the time on an average return of 13.4% (12.6% median), which equates to SPX 5,400.”
7. This chart from BofA shows the current 4-year Presidential Cycle relative to the historical average. Again, note the coming period of weak seasonality over the the next 3-4 months.
8. We’ve been big bulls on Japan for over a while now (examples here, here, and here). And while sentiment is beginning to shift, it’s turning up from very low levels. This chart from BofA shows how investors remain structurally underweight Japanese equities.
9. The UK has a housing problem, er, crisis on its hands. Decades of political red tape and NIMBY’ism have stunted the country’s homebuilding sector. The country needs more homes, it will build more homes, and those that build them should do well. We’re digging into the sector. ~ Brandon, Macro Ops Value
10. MSCI’s China Index is about to turn negative since its creation in 1992, as pointed out by @EconomPic. There are a number of reasons for this, the primary one being that Chinese companies are the more egregious share issuers globally. ~ Octavio, Macro Ops Quant
11. Sentiment and positioning in softs are at bearish extremes, especially in corn and wheat (chart via SentimenTrader).
12. CVR Partners (UAN) is a fertilizer play that is largely driven by pricing in the corn and wheat markets. I first wrote about this stock back in Dec 2020 (link here) when it was trading for under $15 a share. Despite its meteoric rise over the last 3 years, the stock still only trades for 3x free cash flow and has a tiny flow of under 7mn shares. This name will rip once corn and wheat finally find a bottom.
Thanks for reading.