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What Could End This Bull Market?

LPL Financial strategists Ryan Detrick and Jeff Buchbinder react to last week’s Federal Reserve rate hike, rising recession odds after recent weakness in economic data, and discuss prospects for ending this bear market.

On the Federal Reserve (Fed), the 0.75% rate hike was not a surprise to markets after the leak to the Wall Street Journal. The good news is the hike and the tough talk around inflation helps the central bank restore at least some lost credibility as an inflation fighter, though the market’s concern shifted from runaway inflation to recession and sent markets lower the rest of the week. The Fed is far from done as another 75 basis points is quite possible at the July meeting, with several more hikes likely to follow by year-end.

On the economy, the needle the Fed is trying to thread to engineer a soft-ish landing has gotten smaller. The odds of recession have risen, to perhaps over 50% within the next two years. But consider how strong the economy has been coming into this slowdown, which may help it stave off recession longer than many expect. The Atlanta Fed GDPNow forecast is tracking toward no growth in gross domestic product (GDP) in the second quarter and some parts of the economy such as housing have seen material slowdowns already. The strategists also point out that the National Bureau of Economic Research is the official arbiter of recessions and they look at much more than gross domestic product.

The strategists believe that a fair amount of progress has been made toward completing the bottoming process, but it’s extremely difficult to call the bottom on a particular day. The good news is some of the stock market breadth readings from the past week point to levels of extreme selling often observed at major lows. Other readings based on implied volatility and hedging activity in the options market are not quite at levels the strategists would consider a complete flush out. Still, an eventual bottom at or near where stocks ended last week would not be surprising.

History shows stocks tend to bounce back strongly after two straight down weeks of 5% or more declines for the S&P 500—with gains over the next year on average of 28% (1987 was the only decline in the past seven occurrences). Finally, quarterly declines of 15% or more—likely in Q2—have historically been followed by very strong gains—31% on average with gains in all seven cases since WWII, according to Bespoke Investment Group.

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