Its been a V-shape rebound for S&P/ASX 200, up almost 7% since June.
After such an extended rebound, many investors can't help but to think - are we due for a pullback?
Here's some food for thought.
The ASX 200 has rallied itself back up to a cautiously optimistic level. By that, I mean:
20-day (red): Short-term trend is pointing upwards
50-day (green): Indicator many use as a trend filter for mean reversion, closed above the 50-day on 27 July. It's flattened out and starting to point upwards
100-day (yellow): Mid-term trend indicator is flat
200-day (blue): Starting to flatten. The ASX 200 is about 0.7% away from the 200-day, it hasn't closed above the 200-day since 30 May
Short-term momentum is building but more is needed to help repair the damage that's been dealt to longer term moving averages.
At the same time, a momentum indicator like relative strength index suggests the ASX 200 is in overbought territory. The last time the RSI hovered around 68-70 was in early January and late April - both of which were followed by sharp selloffs.
Markets have rallied on hopes of a dovish pivot from the Fed as inflation eases and economic growth weakens.
This week will serve as a reality check for markets, with US inflation data due on Wednesday night.
Year-to-date, US inflation prints have been above consensus every single month except January and on average, the S&P 500 has fallen -1.04% on the day of CPI data.
However, its worth noting that US gasoline prices have fallen for 50 consecutive days from highs of almost US$4.4 to US$2.8 a gallon.
Contrary to what might support a cooler-than-expected inflation print, Fed Governor Michelle Bowman said last week that she had seen "few, if any, concrete indications that support this expectation," of easing inflation.
"I will need to see unambiguous evidence of this decline before I incorporate an easing of inflation pressures into my outlook."
"My view is that similarly-sized [75 bp] increases should be on the table until we see inflation declining in a consistent, meaningful, and lasting way," said Bowman.
Will the markets see a cooler-than-expected inflation print, which would then support a dovish Fed. Or, will history repeat itself and we get an ugly print, which causes another cycle of hawkish interest rate revisions and selling for equity markets?
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