Powell: Inflation is Public Enemy #1 to the Stock Market | Mish's Market Minute

The Economic Modern Family tells us the macro story, and the charts are warning us. The indices and sectors closed the week lower and very stressed out.

The speech by Fed Chair Powell on Friday clarified what some did not want to believe, while others knew and were prepared for: inflation is still very much alive and a problem in our economy. The most interesting part of today’s conference was when Chairman Powell addressed inflation directly. He said it’s enemy number one, but also stressed they want to control inflation through raising rates as the data dictates.

The data at this point has the economy in a technical recession, while food and energy prices keep the economy in inflation. Inflation and recession=stagflation.

Those who know our work know we have used this word for months now. Stagflation, as we can see from Powell’s data-driven desire to control higher prices, is a quagmire for monetary policy to fix. The Economic Modern Family saw this move on Friday coming, and the Dow sold off 1000 points on Friday.

If you recall, last week, we featured the Retail sector along with the small caps index. Both have been technically perfect.

What is next from here?

To refresh your memory, the Russells are our Granddad of the Economic Modern Family, while the Retail sector is our Grandma. We also noted pivotal areas for both sectors to close above to keep the bear market rally intact. Yes, this was a bear market rally from the July lows to the mid-August highs. Anyway, after the mid-August highs failed at the 200-DMA, the market stalled at about 50% from the lows to the highs (July-August). That is why we wrote and stated on media that 190 was the key level in IWM and 67.00 was the key level in XRT. Both closed lower, giving up 3.5-4% on Friday.

Now, the 50-DMA becomes the next focus. In XRT, it’s at the 64.00 area (64.00-64.25). In IWM, it’s at the 182.00 area.

Based on closing levels, Granny is much closer and deserves the rightful attention. If the consumer gives up shopping because of the higher rates, nagging and consistent inflation, that will clearly prove a quagmire for the Fed.

Another interesting development on Friday was the long bonds. Yields fell a bit as a flight to safety, so another big clue is how TLTs (20+ year long bonds) do compared to the SPY. In other words, if the market continues the carnage, bonds could move up, while SPY will move down — something we have not really seen much in 2022. Yields move down too much, and guess what? More inflation.

Keep your eyes on Gramps too. And while you’re at it, the rest of the Family. Transportation, Regional Banks, Semiconductors, Biotechnology and Bitcoin are all players and have their own story to tell.

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  • S&P 500 (SPY): 399 major support, 410 pivotal, 417 resistance.
  • Russell 2000 (IWM): 190 pivotal, 182 major support, 195 resistance.
  • Dow (DIA): 320 major support.
  • Nasdaq (QQQ): 312.50 pivotal, 303 major support and 319 resistance.
  • KRE (Regional Banks): 64.00 pivotal.
  • SMH (Semiconductors): Pierced the 50-DMA support, making 222 pivotal.
  • IYT (Transportation): If 234 holds, that could be reason to think retest of 243.
  • IBB (Biotechnology): Broke the 50 DMA 124; needs to clear again or see 118-120.
  • XRT (Retail): 64.25 area the major 50-DMA support and 67 resistance.

Mish Schneider


Director of Trading Research and Education

Mish Schneider

About the author:
Mish Schneider serves as Director of Trading Education at MarketGauge.com. For nearly 20 years, MarketGauge.com has provided financial information and education to thousands of individuals, as well as to large financial institutions and publications such as Barron’s, Fidelity, ILX Systems, Thomson Reuters and Bank of America. In 2017, MarketWatch, owned by Dow Jones, named Mish one of the top 50 financial people to follow on Twitter. In 2018, Mish was the winner of the Top Stock Pick of the year for RealVision.

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