Markets Turning Lower as US Yield Curve Inverts

In the last FOMC meeting, the Fed turned cautious and said they will not raise benchmark interest rate this year. In addition, balance sheet normalization will also end in September from an “auto-pilot” approach. Normally the market cheers when the Fed is taking a dovish stance as this signals a loose monetary policy. However, it does not appear to be the case this time as the market is genuinely concerned about a global downturn. Euro Zone’s Flash service PMI  last week missed the expectation by a significant margin, signalling a weakening economy.

Then last Friday the yield on US 10 year Treasury note dipped below the yield of 3-month paper. This is what’s commonly called yield curve inversion, and this happens for the first time since mid 2007. The Fed considers this as one of the most reliable recession indicators in the market. The chart below supports this view point:

Yield Curve Inversion

Since post Bretton Woods era, the 3 month – 10 year yield inversion always follows a recession without any false negative. It’s also important to consider that the monetary tightening by the Fed last year with multiple rate hikes and balance sheet reduction has 12 – 18 months lag effect. This means the full effect of the monetary tightening most likely will appear at the second half of this year. Markets came under pressure last week as S&P 500 closed -1.9% last Friday. Stronger Yen also sent Nikkei -3% lower on Monday.

This week market has somewhat recovered but if the fear of recession continues to materialize, it may provide a ceiling to the market’s rally.

DAX Weekly Chart

Markets Turning Lower as US Yield Curve Inverts

Analysis of the DAX weekly chart above shows that the Index broke below the ascending channel from Sept 2011 low. The recovery which started at the end of last year retested the broken trend line and getting rejected. There’s a possibility that the Index has started to roll over and potentially can extend lower especially if data continues to reinforce the economic slowdown. At the minimum, the Index can see a larger 3 waves pullback to correct the 3 months old rally. A close above the broken trend line from Sept 2011 low will invalidate this bearish view.

DAX 1 Hour Elliott Wave Chart

The 1 hour Elliott Wave chart for DAX shows that the rally to 11825.64 ended wave x. This ends right around the apex as the weekly chart above shows. The Index has started to roll over. The decline from there is unfolding as a zigzag  Elliott Wave structure and ended wave ((w)) at 11299.80. Short term, wave ((x)) bounce is expected to fail at 11577 – 11703 for further downside as far as pivot at 11825.64 stays intact.

Keep in mind that market is dynamic and the view may have changed since the publication of the article.