How Long Can Semiconductors Lead the Market?

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With Jerome Powell so data-dependent, as he stated on his second and last day of testimony, it seems pretty obvious where most of the growth and labor strength is coming from.

This isn’t the first time we have seen semiconductors lead the market, and we can say that it has not historically ended well if the rest of the Economic Modern Family cannot keep up.

Tech’s relative premium compared to the S&P 500 is nearing its pandemic bubble peak. This is in an environment a bit different than late 2021, thought, as we now have much higher interest rates, and slower economic growth. And that is both the good news and bad news.

With AI and chip stocks so obviously outperforming the SPY and the rest of the Economic Modern Family, you have to wonder — is this a delusional response, or like Wonder Woman herself, impervious to the barbs of rates, GDP, geopolitics and sentiment?

Of all the sectors in the Modern Family, SMH is indeed the strongest. Our “Sister” SMH sits right below the 23-month or 2-year business cycle. Why is this significant?

In 2021 we saw a major bull market. In 2022, we had a major bear market. Is it any wonder that 2023 remains the “what’s up” year to date? Yet it is also the reason we are watching SMH so carefully. 

If SMH fails to take out the 23-month and begins to decline from here, clearly the weakness of Regional Banks (KRE) and Retail (XRT) has come home to roost. Conversely, should SMH clear and close by month’s end the 23-month moving average, then it tells us 2 things. 

The best hope for the US economy’s growth lies with chip technology.The rest of the Family may not run hot, but it will more than likely stop the bleed.

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ETF Summary

S&P 500 (SPY): 390 support with 405 pivotal, 410 resistance.Russell 2000 (IWM): 190 resistance, 185 support.Dow (DIA): 326 support, 335 resistance.Nasdaq (QQQ): 300 the pivotal area, 290 major support; 284 big support, 300 pivotal, 305 resistance.Regional Banks (KRE): 57 big support, 60 resistance.Semiconductors (SMH): 240 pivotal, 248 key resistance; 248 resistance, 237 then 229 support.Transportation (IYT): 240 resistance and 230 support.Biotechnology (IBB): 125-135 trading range.Retail (XRT): 66 pivotal with 64 key support.

Mish Schneider

Director of Trading Research and Education