Beyond the traditional bear market technical profile — that would see the first selloff retraced by at least 50% (like now) — for the current rally in stocks to make fundamental sense the macro setup has to have either stopped deteriorating, or is deteriorating at a measurably slower pace. And of course an economic rebound would have to be in the not-too-distant offing.
Of course we don’t know for certain at this juncture; as things such as economic rebounds aren’t always easily foreseen (although we do have a process)… So we dig around and look for clues.
Here are two items that today’s digging uncovered:
Institute for Supply Management’s report on COVID-19 effects:
47% have reduced revenue targets
36% have reduced capex
54% will delay hiring this Q
33% will reduce hours; 24% will reduce headcountDemand for health care/social assistance +50%Lead times for inputs +200% in Asia, Europe & US