5 Charts to Understand the Fed's Liquidity Injection and Its Effect on Markets
In this week’s newsletter, we’re going to run through several interesting market charts on our radar...
Let’s dive right in.
GMI Chart 1 – Fed Net Liquidity vs. S&P 500
Another week, another EXPLOSION in Fed liquidity as we have been expecting. We have now erased eleven months of QT in less than two weeks with a $434 billion dollar injection. Boom!
GMI Chart 2: Fed Net Liquidity vs. S&P 500 (Scatter Chart)
The surge in liquidity also means that the
is back to trading bang on fair value versus domestic liquidity implied fair value conditions; liquidity is the only thing that matters for risk assets right now.
GMI Chart 3: S&P 500 with % of Stocks Above the 50-Day Moving Average
Additionally, the S&P 500 is also back to being oversold on a number of metrics:
- 1. The % of stocks trading above the 50-day moving average fell below the 20% threshold this week:
- 2. The 25-Day Toraku Ratio is also back in oversold territory after signaling overbought back at the beginning of February – currently the most oversold since October of last year.
- 3. The % of stocks trading with a 14-day RSI less than 30 rose to 27% last week, which triggered right on key support for the S&P 500. We think it holds. Let’s see:
GMI Chart 4: CFTC S&P 500 Net Speculative Positioning as a % of Total OI vs. S&P 500 YoY%
Also, speculators remain very short the S&P 500 at -4% of total open interest.
GMI Chart 5: CFTC Aggregate Net Speculative Positioning in US Treasuries
... and it’s the same when we look at bonds – still near record short. Fuel for the fire!
The GMI Big Picture
We continue to hold the view that
is going to melt over the coming three to six months. Regional Fed Supplier Delivery Times continued to collapse in March and currently have CPI closer to 0%.
Also, don’t forget what we’ve been saying for some time: big spikes in inflation tend to be reflexive (symmetrical in rise and fall) due to the base effect: elevator up = elevator down!
Additionally, our GMI Financial Conditions Index continues to skyrocket higher on the back of recent dollar weakness, plunging commodity prices and lower bond yields, which will be a tailwind for the
in a couple of months.
... with our GMI ISM Momentum Index currently suggesting that the ISM could be up as much as 2.7 points year-on-year by September, targeting an ISM of around 54...
In the meantime, the record short in Treasuries coupled with a near-record dislocation of bonds with the business cycle, needs to close. Bond yields are heading MUCH lower from here.
The last chart we’ll leave with you to mull over is below. Remember, liquidity is the tide that lifts all ships and, as we’ve been saying now since September 2022 when we wrote our September GMI Monthly titled “The Turn is Near”, more cowbell (liquidity) is coming. MOAR!
Next week, as we are writing the April GMI Monthly, we will not release a weekly update but, as ever, we will share something special with you from one of our recent GMI Monthly publications. Stay tuned!
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