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Bearish Momentum Stays Amid Rising Recession Dangers

Our Q2 forecast for equities had centred round a mentality shift from a “purchase the dip bias” to a “promote the rip” with the Federal Reserve and central banks alike in a tightening overdrive to combat inflation pressures. Consequently, with inflation but to have peaked and the Fed elevating rates of interest in 75bps increments, nearly all of fairness markets have fallen into bear market territory, posting one of many worst first half-year returns in historical past. Utilizing the S&P 500 as a benchmark, on the time of writing the index has fallen over 22% in H1. Solely 1962 and 1932 produced worse returns in H1 at -25.7% and -54.1% respectively (Determine 1).

Determine 1. S&P 500 H1 Returns (1928-2022)

Supply: DailyFX, Refinitiv

Can H2 Be as Dangerous as H1?

Heading into Q3, the bias will stay the identical, fade rallies till the Fed pivots away from its extraordinarily hawkish tone. Nevertheless, with inflation at 8.6% and inflation expectations extraordinarily elevated, a coverage put by the Fed continues to be far away. Subsequently, momentum will stay with the bears. Remember, as is usually the case in bear markets, sharp market rallies are widespread and get bigger the deeper the bear market.

Wanting again on the prime 10 worst performing H1 returns within the S&P 500 (outdoors of 2022), H2 has tended to fare higher on common because the desk beneath highlights. What’s extra, Q3 returns throughout these years have been fairly good, averaging 7.5%. Utilizing present ranges (3800), a 7.5% acquire would counsel a transfer to 4080-4100. Though, ought to we see recession dangers more and more priced into the market, the S&P 500 dangers a transfer to 3400-3500.

High 10 Worst H1 Performances within the S&P 500

Equities Q3 2022 Forecast: Bearish Momentum Remains Amid Rising Recession Risks

Supply: DailyFX, Refinitiv

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