Mish's Market Minute

The Stock Market in 2023 is Like Picasso's Cubist Period

Mish Schneider

Mish Schneider

Director of Trading Education, MarketGauge.com

Pablo Picasso is known as the father of cubist painting. He and others used geometric shapes and patterns to represent a specific form. Cubism, in Picasso's mind, was created to emphasize the different ways of seeing the world around us. Picasso painted cubes and shapes using the concept of relativity while employing multiple perspectives.

The market in 2023 feels like a cubist painting. The different indices and sectors relate to one another with a similar concept of relativity and multiple perspectives. And clearly, these multiple perspectives have distorted reality and perception, yet still are recognizable.

Using the Timeframes Within Business Cycles: Expansion, Peak, Contraction, Trough

Some sectors/indices are in expansion.

Some sectors/indices are in contraction.

Others are stagnating or not quite expanding or contracting.

Nothing appears to have peaked yet, and possibly some areas may have seen their trough.

Even in terms of inflation/disinflation, the same cubist analogy holds true. Some areas look more disinflationary, while other areas look more inflationary.

In other words, everything is happening simultaneously, which defies the logic of fitting the market or economy into a symmetrical box. Or trying to fit a round peg in a square hole.

How do you invest at this time?

The areas in expansion are in growth and chip stocks as well as precious metals and many industrials. (DIA is closest to breaking out, with QQQs second.) A few areas in contraction are the regional banks, discretionary retail, small caps, and, in energy, natural gas.

Sectors/indices are in stagnation, and it's perhaps the most difficult to predict their next move. This can really be seen in the S&P 500, transportation, and oil.

The same is true with inflation and disinflation. Some areas of disinflation can be seen with the recent ISM and PMI numbers. Housing and labor patterns tend to support disinflation. Yet inflation hasn't gone away, especially considering the falling yields and the US dollar. There's been a massive rally in sugar, coffee, gold, silver, and metal miners.

Looking for signs, Regional Banks showed signs of a potential double bottom (a trough) on Thursday. KRE held the March low this past week; the price came close to that low yet held closing green for the day. (Although still red for the week.)

We want to see the price clear the cyan line or 10-day moving average.

Momentum on our Real Motion Indicator, interestingly, showed a mean reversion in March. Since then, momentum has picked up only slightly.

KRE is key as it's part of the small caps or Russell 2000. Should KRE continue to run from here, that will boost the entire market, offering many low-risk opportunities.

Some Favorites

Both Utilities and the Agriculture ETF DBA have been recent subjects on the Daily and should remain on your radar.

Other sectors to watch are:

  1. Global Live Streaming Sports/Music: PARA, FWONA, TME, RUM
  2. Emerging Markets: VGK, DAX, FXI, VNM
  3. Medical/Healthcare: VRTX, BIIB, TEVA
  4. Commodity Staples or Commodity-based companies that have pricing power: TECK, VLO

We will report more on these in the coming week. In the meanwhile, have a very Happy Easter weekend.

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ETF Summary

  • S&P 500 (SPY): 405 support and 410 pivotal.
  • Russell 2000 (IWM): 170 support, 180 resistance still,
  • Dow (DIA): Through 336.25, could go higher.
  • Nasdaq (QQQ): 325 resistance, 314 10-DMA support
  • Regional banks (KRE): 41.28 March 24 low held, now has to clear 44.
  • Semiconductors (SMH): 247 is the most significant support.
  • Transportation (IYT): Held weekly MA support and now must clear 224.
  • Biotechnology (IBB) Great job changing phases to bullish, but must confirm over 130.
  • Retail (XRT): Don't want to see this break under 59.75, and best if clears 64.50.

Mish Schneider


Director of Trading Research and Education

Mish Schneider
About the author: 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. Learn More