Stableford Capital Market Commentary: June 2019

Stableford Market Commentary

 

Powell Put?

…So much for sell in May and go away.

The S&P 500 increased 7% in June, after dropping nearly the same amount in May. A spectacular turnaround driven by yet more easy money signals from the Fed. It sure is nice, if a bit excessive given the US is near full employment and inflation looks fine. As it stands now, the S&P 500 is up 18.5% through June. (Figure 1).

Stableford Capital Market Commentary June 2019_Figure 1
Stableford Capital Market Commentary June 2019 Figure 1

What Changed in June?

Recall that during May yields on the US Treasury 10 yr. fell from 2.5% to 2.125% (Figure 1). This large decline was the result of the bond market sniffing out a slowdown in the economy. At the same time, the S&P 500 fell nearly 7% as equities also anticipated a slowdown.

 

However, during June the Federal Reserve began to speak more dovishly, signaling lower interest rates. This was all the equity market needed. Once investors believed that “the Fed has your back”, equities rallied to finish the month up 7% (Figure 2).

Stableford Market Commentary June 2019 Figure 2

 

But how do we know it was Fed driven? According to Goldman Sachs, valuation expansion accounted for 97% of the increase in the stock market during June (i.e. earnings were nearly unchanged). So almost all the market move was the anticipation of better future earnings as the Fed eases.

 

Perversely, as economic news got worse, the equity market went up, reflecting the view that the Fed was increasingly likely to lower rates further.

 

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