Stocks Rebound But Big Risks Lie Ahead

The Fed will start tapering before year-end. It is just a matter of when they start tapering, September or November. Additionally, this meeting will give us the famous dot-plots, with a chance for some of those expectations for when rates start to rise being pulled forward. There is no reason for the Fed not to taper, GDP growth at 3.7% is robust, and U6 underemployment reading below 9% is solid.

A tapering announcement should result in the 2-year rising and TIP yields rising. I fear that it will result in the long end of the curve falling, though, and there is the big risk. With TIPS and the 2-year rising spreads across the yield curve will contract, and inflation expectations will fall. I think this will happen because rates globally are very low, which will suppress long-end rates, coupled with the fear that global growth is slowing. But the bond market will not be able to fight the Fed at the short-end of the curve, pushing shorted dated rates higher.

These spread changes are risk-off indicators if they play out, which will be a big problem for the market as we move forward. For now, resistance is around 4,500 if it should continue to rebound tomorrow after rising out of this rising wedge pattern yesterday.

Exxon (NYSE:XOM) had a nice day following oils lead higher but couldn’t quite make it above the 50-day moving average. Additionally, there is still a downtrend to contend with on the RSI. If we can clear those two hurdles, then perhaps it can push higher to around $59. But much of that will also depend on what oil does.

Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) fell yesterday below support at $140. The trend in the RSI is still signaling lower prices are ahead for it, with support for the shares around $130.

Today could be a big day for Zoom (NASDAQ:ZM). If it can rally, perhaps it has a path to filling the gap at around $340. The price made a new low yeserday support around $276, while the RSI did not make a new low. It is close, but that could be the start of a bullish divergence. Today will be important.

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