New S&P 500 Highs Reduce Long-term Bear Market Risk to Zero

Yes, this is a pretty bold headline, but it’s not just a sensationalistic attention grabber, it’s simply the result of my research.

I published a similar article before in February 2016, when the S&P 500 traded below 1,900. The title then was: 2016 Bear Market Risk is Zero Based on this Rare but Consistent Pattern

In fact, a pattern similar to February 2016 played out in January of this year (discussed here: Is the ‘Bear Market’ Already Over?)

But the reason for this bullish long-term article is the new S&P 500 all-time high, not a breadth thrust from the low (as in February 2016 and January 2019). Here is why this is bullish:

Bullish ‘Round Trip’

Last week’s new S&P closing high completed a tumultuous round trip: A 20% drop sandwiched by two all-time highs in 146 days (see chart below).

Since 1928, something similar (at least a 14% drop sandwiched by all-time highs) has only happened 12 other times, 6 of those occurred since 1980 and are listed in the table below (the table includes the 2018 round trip, although it was only 10.16%).

‘Round Trip’ Implications

The stat is interesting, but does it mean anything? Yes, it does.

As the right column (table above) shows, 1 year after the S&P eclipsed its prior all-time high, it was higher every time, on average 12.66%.

The chart below shows the average performance for the year following the day when the S&P 500 fully recovered its prior losses (based on the data shown in table).

Based on the average trajectory, the first 80 trading days (about 4 month) after the all-time high tended to be choppy, but price action is outright bullish thereafter.

Odds of a deep but temporary S&P 500 pullback in the 3,000 range are high.

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Simon Maierhofer is the founder of iSPYETF and the publisher of the Profit Radar Report. Barron’s rated iSPYETF as a “trader with a good track record” (click here for Barron’s evaluation of the Profit Radar Report). The Profit Radar Report presents complex market analysis (S&P 500, Dow Jones, gold, silver, euro and bonds) in an easy format. Technical analysis, sentiment indicators, seasonal patterns and common sense are all wrapped up into two or more easy-to-read weekly updates. All Profit Radar Report recommendations resulted in a 59.51% net gain in 2013, 17.59% in 2014, 24.52% in 2015, 52.26% in 2016, and 23.39% in 2017.

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