Below are some market stats that I recently collected from a few research sources. They are largely fundamental rather than technical, but should still be of interest to readers of this blog. I will admit a “confirmation bias” here. I am bearish in the short to intermediate term. These comments back that bias. At least I admit my bias!
Pre-comments disclosure: I am long a VIX ETF (Horizons HUV-T) with a short termed trading horizon, and two bear/Inverse ETF’s (HDGE-US and HIU-T) with a short to intermediate termed trading horizon. Readers should conduct their own diligence when considering these strategies.
Market sentiment specialists at Sentimentrader note that analysts tend to upgrade or downgrade stocks in knee-jerk reactions to current market movements. If markets move up, they don’t want to have mud on their collective faces, so they upgrade stock targets. If markets go down, the reverse happens – stock targets by analysts go down. This phenomenon often peaks prior to reversals in the market. As a contrarian indicator, you look for a rush of increases in stock price objectives by analysts to indicate a market high. The reverse is true for market lows. Sentimentrader notes that the recent rush by analysts to upgrade stocks on the S&P500 – reversing their downgrades made in January (a market low) may be a bad sign. They note a similar pattern as we are seeing today coming into August of 2011 – a date some readers of this blog may recall as a market peak proceeding a 20% correction on that index.
- 720 Global Research notes that Equity valuations are higher than average by many measures. “The current P/E is 55% above the historical mean and surpasses 92% of all P/E data. Only multiples from the 2000 and 2008 bubble periods were higher than today”.
- Doug Short – another research analyst from Advisor Perspectives– created a simple model that averages four common equity valuation techniques. Based on his analysis, “The market is 76% overvalued as compared to the average dating back to 1900.”
- Sentimentrader notes that we are in line for 6th straight quarter of declining earnings With a trailing PE of 25 (at time of report a week ago), they note that these bad earnings are NOT baked into stock prices and that this is the longest such streak in 140 years. The chart below, courtesy of www.multpl.com shows a trailing PE of just under 24 at this time.
Finally, Mark Gerstein wrote in a Forbes article on April 29th that the VIX has historically been higher than 13 over 80% of all days since 1990 and over 83% of all days over the past 12 months. In other words, the odds are, based on history, higher VIX levels at current levels. The VIX has recent risen off of a low of 13 to sit at over 16. My target remains 18-26.
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