Seasonality is an interesting concept that's generally used incorrectly by the Internet. Seasonality never overrides the primary trend. With that said, nearly all discussion about it fail to reference the direction of the primary trend. US stocks primary trend is up. The path of least resistance; therefore, is up. Seasonal tendencies often create short-term pauses within it - nothing more. The Evolution of the Trade defines pauses within the primary trend as a disagreement of direction across the daily, weekly, and monthly trends. We call this cause building or consolidation.
Seasonality for stocks can be defined by monthly risk-free returns for stocks (large and small cap). The computer also breaks it down for the 4-year election cycle. 2021 is the first year of the election cycle.
Large cap stock performance is generally bad in August (Table 1). Seasonal performance worsens when performance is taken with in the first year of the four-year cycle (Table 2)*. Seasonal weakness usually extends into September and resumes it decline into December.
Watch the S&P 500 (large cap stocks) energy build and primary trend closely in September and October. A quick review of the Matrix shows that the S&P 500's energy build is bearish and statistically significant. The bearish build creates a block dome that will either slow or flip the primary trend. The longer the bearish energy build lasts, the more influential it becomes.
Seasonal tendencies are helpful, but they do not override the primary trend. If the S&P 500 primary and composite trends flip down, bullish seasonal trends won't do much to stop the selling.
* The tables shown below are found in the LT SEASONAL CYCLES section in
the Trends Tab of the Matrix (Line 135). The computer updates these
tables every month. Subscribers should keep track of the changes. Stocks will enter the second year of the 4-year cycle in 2022. This changes the seasonal tendencies.
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