The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe | ETF Trends


The Ned Davis Research Catastrophic Stop Loss Model, part of our Smart Sector Global Balance Portfolio Strategy, remains, since November 2022, fully invested versus its S&P 500 benchmark. If our indicators reverse and suggest otherwise, we will follow. Also, while upside participation has improved, there is still a lot of work ahead (Figure 2)! Until this is resolved, the “Winter of Discontent” continues.

Winter on Wall Street

In C. S. Lewis’s book, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, his famous Chronicles of Narnia, the evil White Witch imposes an eternal winter on Narnia. This period symbolized a dead, stagnant time. Nothing grows, and animals hibernate. The Witch’s winter destroys the beauty and the life in Narnia. Nearly every human has a visceral negative reaction to winter. And so, it has been on Wall Street.

One can make a case, by looking at the weekly chart of the S&P 500 as an example, that a dead and stagnant time has existed over the past 14+ months—February 2022 to the present. One could also make a case that, despite many big swings up and down, the SPX is at the same level as it was mid-April 2021—24 months. Figure 1.

Figure 1: S&P 500 weekly w/ rising 40-week MA. | “Grind it Out – Down & Difficult – Wear ’em Out.”

Figure 2: S&P 500 and % components above 200-day MA and 50-day MA. | Please compare the price action in the top frame with that in the middle and lower frame and the verbiage—middle frame.

Figure 3: S&P 500 (4137.04) 1-year daily. | Working through earnings reports, how the market reacts will be more telling than the news itself. Currently, we are up near the lower end of a range of selling pressure. As discussed last week, don’t be surprised to see some hesitation/pullback now.

The Day Hagan/Ned Davis Research Smart Sector strategies utilize measures of price, valuation, economic trends, monetary liquidity, and market sentiment to make objective, unemotional, rational decisions about how much capital to place at risk, as well as where to place that capital. Please reach out for specifics.

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Art Huprich, CMT®
Chief Market Technician
Day Hagan Asset Management

—Written 4.24.2023. Chart and table source: unless otherwise noted.

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