Unexpectedly Intriguing!
24 January 2022

Do you remember 3 January 2022? On the first trading day of the year, the S&P 500 (Index: SPX) closed at an all-time record high of 4,796.56.

Since then, the index has fallen by 398.62 points (or 8.3%), with two-thirds of that decline in the past week. On the alternative futures chart, that drop during the past week looks like bottom dropping out with the trajectory of the S&P 500 shooting below the dividend futures-based model's lowest projections for this period.

Alternative Futures - S&P 500 - 2022Q1 - Standard Model (m=-2.5 from 16 June 2021) - Snapshot on 21 Jan 2022

On a side note, it's not just this chart showing the bottom dropping out of the S&P 500. We have another chart that will better drive that point home, which we'll present in a separate analysis.

Since Friday, 21 January 2022 saw atypically large values of options expiring, the jury is still out on how much noise that contributed to the market's action, so we're paying especially close attention to the new week's trading activity. With that event in the past, we should get a clearer signal on where stock prices are heading in short order.

We're also paying attention to how we might need to reset the level of the dividend future model's multiplier, which is something we've anticipated since December 2021 might become necessary with the Federal Reserve altering its monetary policies. That's in addition to paying attention to the market-moving headlines as they hit the newstreams, where we noted the following stories in the past week.

Tuesday, 18 January 2022
Wednesday, 19 January 2022
Thursday, 20 January 2022
Friday, 21 January 2022

As of 21 January 2022, the CME Group's FedWatch Tool projects quarter point rate hikes in March 2022 (2022-Q1), June (2022-Q2), July (2022-Q3), and December (2022-Q4).

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