September 17, 2017
Weekly Market Outlook
By Keith Schneider
Equity markets continued their spiral up with three of the four key US market indexes hitting new highs. Even better news, is the rally is contagious with foreign equities outperforming, led by Emerging Markets. Cash levels are high globally and allocation to US equities is the lowest in a decade, which is bullish across the board.
The only selloff or hiccup (minor at that) lasted just a few hours and occurred after North Korea launched yet another missile, threatening to level Japan, the US and Guam but not necessarily in that order. North Korea’s recent actions are not surprising after new sanctions were imposed by the UN.
Kim’s response was to extend his middle finger to the UN as he announced his intentions to reach military parity with the US. After the Trump administration threatened military action, we got a rebuke from both Russia and China about not escalating tensions.
It makes one wonder what either one of them would do under similar circumstances. The takeaway from a trading perspective is that anything short of a nuclear exchange won’t unhinge the markets.
The highlights of the recent global market action are the following: