Will the S&P 500 remain Teflon coated in October?

The month of October is upon us, a month that carries a reputation for delivering elevated volatility, largely courtesy of the 1987 stock market crash. In 2018, October’s reputation for volatility was further enhanced as surging U.S. yields triggered a +20% fall in the S&P 500 and other global equity markets. A fall that forced several the worlds key central banks to flip from a hawkish flight path to a dovish path and which culminated in the RBA slashing interest rates today, for the third time in 2019.

The month of October is upon us, a month that carries a reputation for delivering elevated volatility, largely courtesy of the 1987 stock market crash.

In 2018, October’s reputation for volatility was further enhanced as surging U.S. yields triggered a +20% fall in the S&P 500 and other global equity markets. A fall that forced several the worlds key central banks to flip from a hawkish flight path to a dovish path and which culminated in the RBA slashing interest rates today, for the third time in 2019.

As was the case in early October 2018, the S&P 500 is currently trading near to all-time highs. However, there are some key differences in 2019.

1. After an unrelenting flow of mixed signals emanating from the U.S. – China trade dispute, including the latest instalment overnight as U.S. officials denied they planned to block Chinese listings on U.S. exchanges, markets have become somewhat desensitized.

This may also explain why last week’s political dramas on both sides of the Atlantic including the Democrats opening an impeachment inquiry into President Trump and the UK Supreme Court ruling that PM Boris Johnsons suspension of parliament was unlawful, failed to have a lasting impact.

2. Interest rates are at extremely low levels and this makes stocks significantly more attractive.

3. The prospect of fiscal stimulus is rising in countries including Europe and Australia.

Whether the three points of difference above are enough to ensure the S&P500 remains Teflon coated during October 2019 remains to be seen.

From a technical point of view, we are open-minded keeping an eye on two possibilities with vastly different implications.

The bullish case: Should the S&P 500 break and close above the July 3029.50 high without first falling through the key near term 2940/30 support region, it would suggest a rally towards 3100/50 is underway for a Wave V.

The bearish case: Should the S&P 500 break and close below the key near support at 2940/30 without trading above 3030 beforehand, it would open the way for a deeper pullback towards 2770 to commence.

Will the S&P 500 remain Teflon coated in October?

Source Tradingview. The figures stated are as of the 1st of October 2019. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance.  This report does not contain and is not to be taken as containing any financial product advice or financial product recommendation

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