Relief Rally On Fed's Favorite Inflation Data, AI Earnings Expectations Overdone

To gain an edge, this is what you need to know today.

Relief Rally

Please click here for an enlarged chart of SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust SPY which represents the benchmark stock market index S&P 500 (SPX).

Note the following:

  • The chart shows that the stock market has fallen into the support zone.
  • The chart shows that RSI had approached the oversold level prior to the release of PCE data. PCE is the Fed’s favorite inflation gauge. RSI foreshadowed that there would be a relief rally if PCE came inline with expectations.
  • The chart shows that the stock market is rallying, exactly as foreshadowed by RSI.
  • Here are the details of PCE:
    • Headline PCE came at 0.3% vs. 0.3% consensus.
    • Core PCE came at 0.2% vs. 0.3% consensus.
  • The U.S. economy is 70% consumer based.  Therefore, prudent investors pay attention to personal income and spending. The latest data shows that spending is deteriorating in spite of rising income. Here are the details:
    • Personal spending came at 0.2% vs. 0.3% consensus.
    • Person income came at 0.3% vs. 0.3% consensus.
  • Bonds are also experiencing a relief rally on PCE. Yields are pulling back.
  • There has been a lot of Fed speak:
    • Williams said that progress on inflation is slow but the Fed does not need inflation to be at exactly 2%.
    • Bostic said that inflation will come down very slowly.
    • Goolsbee said that it is important that the Fed hits its 2% target.
    • Logan said that the progress to 2% is bumpy. She added that the monetary policy may not be as restrictive as thought.
  • There are two important AI related pieces of news.
    • The U.S. government is restricting sales of AI chips from NVIDIA Corp NVDA and Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. AMD to the Middle East. The fear is that from the Middle East, these chips will be diverted to China.
    • Dell Technologies Inc DELL stock is falling 17% as of this writing in the premarket. Dell reported earnings in line with consensus but worse than whisper numbers. The negative reaction to Dell’s good earnings is an indication that for many stocks, momo crowd expectations are running much higher than reality on AI frenzy.


The expectation is that the European Central Bank (ECB) is about to cut interest rates.

Eurozone flash May CPI came at 0.2% vs. 0.2% consensus.


The latest data shows that manufacturing in China is slowing. This has implications for the U.S. stock market. Here is the latest data:

  • Manufacturing PMI came at 49.5 vs. 50.4 consensus.
  • Non-Manufacturing PMI came at 51.1 vs. 51.5 consensus.

Magnificent Seven Money Flows

In the early trade, money flows are positive in NVDA, Apple Inc AAPLAlphabet Inc Class C GOOG, Meta Platforms Inc META, Microsoft Corp MSFT, and Tesla Inc TSLA.

In the early trade, money flows are neutral in, Inc. AMZN.

In the early trade, money flows are positive in S&P 500 ETF (SPY) and Invesco QQQ Trust Series 1 QQQ.

Momo Crowd And Smart Money In Stocks

The momo crowd is buying stocks in the early trade. Smart money is inactive in the early trade.

Note for new investors: Smart money often sells into the strength generated by momo crowd buying and buys into the weakness generated by momo crowd selling. Over a long period of time, investors come out ahead by adopting smart money’s ways. The exception is in a raging bull market – for very short term trades, consider following the momo crowd and not smart money.


The momo crowd is buying gold in the early trade. Smart money is inactive in the early trade.

For longer-term, please see gold and silver ratings.

The most popular ETF for gold is SPDR Gold Trust GLD. The most popular ETF for silver is iShares Silver Trust SLV


OPEC+ is contemplating some oil production cuts that are scheduled to expire in 2024 with the intention of extending them to 2025.

The momo crowd is buying oil in the early trade.  Smart money is inactive in the early trade.

For longer-term, please see oil ratings.

The most popular ETF for oil is United States Oil ETF USO.


Bitcoin BTC/USD is also experiencing a mild relief rally on PCE data not coming worse than expected.

Protection Band And What To Do Now

It is important for investors to look ahead and not in the rearview mirror.

Consider continuing to hold good, very long term, existing positions. Based on individual risk preference, consider a protection band consisting of cash or Treasury bills or short-term tactical trades as well as short to medium term hedges and short term hedges. This is a good way to protect yourself and participate in the upside at the same time.

You can determine your protection bands by adding cash to hedges. The high band of the protection is appropriate for those who are older or conservative. The low band of the protection is appropriate for those who are younger or aggressive. If you do not hedge, the total cash level should be more than stated above but significantly less than cash plus hedges.

A protection band of 0% would be very bullish and would indicate full investment with 0% in cash. A protection band of 100% would be very bearish and would indicate a need for aggressive protection with cash and hedges or aggressive short selling.

It is worth reminding that you cannot take advantage of new upcoming opportunities if you are not holding enough cash. When adjusting hedge levels, consider adjusting partial stop quantities for stock positions (non ETF); consider using wider stops on remaining quantities and also allowing more room for high beta stocks.  High beta stocks are the ones that move more than the market.

Traditional 60/40 Portfolio

Probability based risk reward adjusted for inflation does not favor long duration strategic bond allocation at this time.

Those who want to stick to traditional 60% allocation to stocks and 40% to bonds may consider focusing on only high quality bonds and bonds of seven year duration or less. Those willing to bring sophistication to their investing may consider using bond ETFs as tactical positions and not strategic positions at this time.

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