According to Mitchell Clark, contributor to the popular financial newsletter and web site, Profit Confidential, the S&P 500 Index is currently trading around the same level it was back in April of 1999, highlighting the extreme volatility the stock market’s experienced since then. On balance, Clark believes the stock market today is fairly valued considering earnings, but he can’t get bullish on the stock market at this time.
In the recent article S&P 500 Trading at April 1999 Level—What this Means for the Investor
, Clark outlines why he’s cautious.
“The market’s been due for a pullback,” says Clark. “Going forward, the trading direction will obviously be based on corporate earnings, which I estimate will be uneven, but generally positive.”
A key indicator for Clark is the Dow Jones Transportation Index, which broke down significantly over the last few days.
“This index, which was holding up very well, has now given up all of its gains produced since the beginning of the year and I’d like to see it turn around soon,” says Clark. “Any further breakdown below 4,850 on this index would definitely be bearish.”
Clark believes that what the stock market
needs in order to advance materially is outperformance in the earnings department.
The Profit Confidential analyst wonders if the old adage “Sell in May and go away” will apply once again.
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