These Charts Say 2018 Produced a Major Stock Market Bottom

Chris Ciovacco

RECENT SIGNAL SEEN NEAR 2002 AND 2009 STOCK MARKET LOWS

As shown in the chart below, the S&P 500 Bullish Percent Index (BPSPX) recently completed a bullish turn that has only taken place two previous times since 1996.

In late December 2018, BPSPX reached a rare oversold state denoted by the lower blue horizontal line.

A significant shift in the perception of future economic and market outcomes pushed BPSPX all the way back to 83% on January 17, 2020.

The two previous signals were completed in 2003 and 2009 (reaching upper blue line).

january year 2020 stock market bullish signal confirmation bull market chart

HOW DID STOCKS PERFORM IN PREVIOUS CASES?

The answer to the question above is quite well from a long-term perspective.

Notice the S&P 500 makes very little progress in the six-month to one-year window, telling us to keep an open mind about normal pullbacks and corrections. The signal above speaks to the long-term outlook as evidenced by the average gain of 51.92% looking out four years from the date of the signals (high date in table below).

s&p 500 investing performance returns after bullish percent index signal history

THE MOST IMPORTANT INVESTING AND STOCK MARKET VIDEO THAT YOU WILL EVER WATCH

One of the most important things in investing and trading is to understand a wide range of outcomes, from wildly bullish to wildly bearish. This week’s video tests six bearish concepts using historical data, allowing us to have a more accurate perspective of how markets operate in the real world.

THIS CHART SAYS A LOT ABOUT ECONOMIC EXPECTATIONS

Semiconductors are used in a wide variety of ways throughout the global economy, including in TVs, phones, computers, and automobiles. Therefore, we can gain insight into the market’s expectations regarding future economic outcomes by monitoring the performance of semiconductor stocks (SMH) relative to the S&P 500 (SPY). 

semiconductor stocks sector inverse head shoulders pattern bullish chart year 2020

DAY BY DAY WITH REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS

It is easy to review a long-term bullish study and expect the market to be green every day, every week, and every month. We all know the S&P 500 experienced a ton of scary volatility between the October 2002 low and October 2007 high, which serves as a valuable reality check even if good things happen for a long period of time walking forward in 2020.

Our approach assesses probabilities based on the facts in hand. If the facts change in a bearish manner, we must be flexible enough to reassess the odds. The charts and facts have been helpful numerous times since the December 2018 low. See prior articles here.

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