I'm going to keep this article short and sweet. We're going higher.
If you're still convinced that the U.S. stock market is staring at a doom-and-gloom environment, I don't know what to say. Several months ago, I created a User-Defined Index, my "Pandemic Index", to track the worst-performing indexes during the pandemic. This index of the WORST groups just broke out. Here's the chart:
The hard-hit pandemic industries like airlines, hotels, etc., are rebounding. You can bury your head in the sand if you'd like, but the truth is the truth. The worst-performing groups in March and April are now showing leadership, and that is incredibly bullish, in my view. A secular bull market requires wide participation, so I didn't believe true confirmation would arrive until my Pandemic Index broke out. Well, it broke out. The above chart shows that the S&P 500 is trading just beneath where it was at the early-September high. The Pandemic Index is well above its early-September level and it just cleared its high from June.
One lagging group in March and April is now leading the charge. It's hotels ($DJUSLG). The more industry groups that break out, the more bullish it is for U.S. equities. Hotels broke out with the vaccine news last Monday. Check it out:
Watch the top of gap support near 1950. Hotels remain strong so long as that support holds. While I understand the rush into areas that have been rising since the vaccine news, I still believe many of the best investing ideas involve companies that have performed extremely well throughout the pandemic.
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