The Word from Main Street

Market Update for the Week of February 24, 2020

Anxiety over the coronavirus and its potential drag on global economic growth has renewed market volatility. With a spike in the number of confirmed cases, particularly evident in South Korea, Italy, and Iran, investors are becoming increasingly concerned over a rapid spread outside of China.

Chief Investment Officer with Navellier & Associates, Louis Navellier, recently shared his view regarding the impact of the coronavirus:

- Based on the history of other virus outbreaks (e.g. SARS), Navellier believes the coronavirus will likely be old news in a few months.
- He believes this is similar to a bad flu season. If contracted, the death rate from coronavirus is currently at 2%.
- The spread of coronavirus is indeed having a global impact, with Germany and Japan likely dipping into recession, but money is flowing into the U.S. for the perceived safety.
- The flow of money into the U.S. is pushing government bond yields to near all-time lows. The dividend yield on the S&P 500 Index is currently higher than the yield on U.S. government bonds. He believes this will eventually push money back into the market as investors seek higher yields.
- Navellier believes the year-over-year comparisons for sales and earnings for the next four quarters will be much higher, which he believes will lead to a higher market.
- The Federal Reserve is under renewed pressure to lower rates.
- Election years are historically strong years for the market.
 
In volatile times like these, it is important to have a disciplined investment approach and to execute on it when the data says to do so. To help avoid the pitfalls of opinion or bias, our process is approximately 90% science and 10% art. As new market data becomes available every day, prices and trends will move. By following the strength of the market, we believe our process will help us move away from the troubled spots around the globe (or laggards) and move into the new areas of opportunity (or leaders). According to Nasdaq Dorsey Wright, the application of a Relative Strength methodology continues to show that it adds real value over time.

Below is the most recent chart of the S&P 500 Index (SPX) showing the current levels of support. The first line of support is 3,225, followed by 3,075. While our focus will remain on the data coming from the D.A.L.I. Indicator, we will indeed keep an eye on other important charts and indicators to support our decision to stay put or to make some adjustments.

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Source: Nasdaq Dorsey Wright

Below is the most recent DALI indicator with the buy signal changes since the prior reading: #1 Domestic Equities (+1), #2 International Equities (-1), #3 Fixed Income (+/-0), #4 Cash (+1), #5 Commodities (-1), #6 Currency (-1).

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Source: Nasdaq Dorsey Wright
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