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U.S. Stocks: Yes, It’s That Time of Year

This deep-pocketed group of traders are “betting against a return of stock market volatility”

by Bob Stokes
Updated: September 08, 2022

There are certain times of the year when the stock market tends to go up and other times down.

The emphasis is on "tends" because there are some years which defy these seasonal tendencies.

That said, the market tends to rally during the holiday season. On the other hand, the performance of stocks tends to be weak during September and October.

Given that it's now September, let's review a little history:

In 1929, the Dow Industrials hit a high on Sept. 3 and then plummeted 49% before reaching an interim low on Nov. 13, 1929. In 1987, the Dow peaked on August 25 and fell 41% to Oct. 20. And in 2000, the NASDAQ hit a second-wave high on Sept. 1 and went on to crash 78% to Oct. 2002.

Whether Sept. 2022 turns out to be a super-rough month for stocks remains to be seen. Of course, we do know that volatility has already picked up from the summer doldrums and there are other factors worth considering.

For example, the rally in stocks from mid-June through mid-August has breathed new life into investors' bullish expectations.

On August 19, this headline expressed the sentiment of a veteran market observer:

Expect markets to reach new highs next year

And, on August 26, no less than The New York Times had this headline:

To Make Money in the Stock Market, Do Nothing

These expressions of bullish sentiment are mentioned because they often serve as contrarian indicators at key market junctures.

Another potential contrarian indicator is from our just-published September Elliott Wave Financial Forecast:

Large Speculators have increased their net short position in VIX futures for seven straight weeks, betting against a return of stock market volatility. This cohort of traders is net short 106,345 contracts, their largest position in a year and a half.

Keep in mind that Large Speculators, mainly comprised of hedge funds, are usually on the wrong side of the market at major turns.

Here at Elliott Wave International, our main focus is the message of the Elliott wave model, which reflects the repetitive patterns of investor psychology.

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