12/23/22 GDP Gets Better & Better, Why The Market Hates It


In October, the Bureau of Economic Statics released the preliminary Q3 GDP estimate, which revealed strong growth…

  • 2.6% annualized
  • In November, they revised that figure upward to 2.9%
  • Yesterday they revealed their final estimate for Q3 … 3.2%!
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A recession is becoming less likely by the day… But the market tanks on the news. Intraday, major indexes fell as much as 3%.

In the end, all four indexes settled deep in the red but well off their lows and within the previously-established weekly range.

  • Dow Jones -1.0%
  • Nasdaq -2.2%
  • S&P 500 -1.4%
  • Russell 2000 -1.3%

Why the selling?

The better the economy, the less likely the Fed is to pivot from its rate hikes.

Given the Fed has already forecast its next moves… 

  • Their hiking to 5%
  • The current rate is 4.25%
  • That means we can expect another 0.5% hike in February 2023
  • And 0.25% in March

Your take-home—Yesterday’s new figure shocked the market. We don’t believe it changed the outlook.

Sector Round Up

All 11 sectors ended Thursday lower.

Falling the hardest…

  • Consumer Discretionary (XLY) -2.6%
  • Technology (XLK) -2.5%
  • Energy (XLE) -2.3%

The best performers…

  • Healthcare (XLV) -0.1%
  • Consumer Staples (XLP) -0.2%
  • Real Estate (XLRE) -0.5%

Free Ride?

Shares of Tesla (TSLA^) fell 9% on Thursday. The decline dragged the Nasdaq and Consumer Discretionary sector lower.

Image by the Florida Highway Patrol
  • CEO Elon Musk promised not to sell more stock for 2 years
  • The company announced deep discounts on its EVs 
  • The stock is trading at its lowest level in more than two years
  • Musk also floated the idea of stock buybacks in 2023


What does consolidation look like? Look at what’s circled…

DIA Daily Candles – Chart via thinkorswim

At each market bottom this year, the Dow Jones has consolidated for several days before breaking out to the high side. 

We’ve marked false starts and false breakdowns with the arrows. 

Yesterday’s selloff did not change our outlook.


2023 is now 5 trading days away.

The “Santa Rally” begins today.


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