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Stock Market Outlook for May 1, 2023

S&P 500 Index has gained an average of 0.4% in the month of May with 75% of periods closing higher.

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*** Stocks highlighted are for information purposes only and should not be considered as advice to purchase or to sell mentioned securities.   As always, the use of technical and fundamental analysis is encouraged in order to fine tune entry and exit points to average seasonal trends.

Stocks Entering Period of Seasonal Strength Today:

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Colliers International Group Inc. (TSE:CIGI.TO) Seasonal Chart

Colliers International Group Inc. (TSE:CIGI.TO) Seasonal Chart

Electrovaya Inc. (TSE:EFL.TO) Seasonal Chart

Electrovaya Inc. (TSE:EFL.TO) Seasonal Chart

Hon Industries, Inc. (NYSE:HNI) Seasonal Chart

Hon Industries, Inc. (NYSE:HNI) Seasonal Chart

A10 Networks, Inc. (NYSE:ATEN) Seasonal Chart

A10 Networks, Inc. (NYSE:ATEN) Seasonal Chart



The Markets

Stocks drifted higher to close out the week and the month as investors shook off concerns pertaining to a banking crisis and instead focused on earnings, which have predominantly come in better than expected.  The S&P 500 Index closed with a gain of just over eight-tenths of one percent, closing, once again, in the range of overhead resistance between 4100 and 4200.  The cloud of major moving averages between 3950 and 4050 remains in a position of support, helping to carry the benchmark through to the peak of its best six month of the year trend at the start of May.  MACD remains on a sell signal that was triggered around the start of this week, but this hasn’t stopped portfolio managers from stepping in as they seek to pad their books as the month comes to a close.

Today, in our Market Outlook to subscribers, we discuss the following:

  • Monthly chart of the large-cap benchmark
  • Tendency for stocks in the month of May
  • Review of our forecasted general direction of stocks for this year
  • Securities that have gained or lost in every May over their trading history
  • Canada GDP
  • Pipelines

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Just released…

Our monthly report for May is out, providing all of the insight that you need to know about in order to navigate the market from a seasonal, technical, and fundamental perspective through the month(s) ahead.

Highlights in this report include:

  • Equity market tendencies in the month of May
  • Examination of the “Sell In May” strategy
  • Shockingly weak manufacturer sentiment indicative of a manufacturing recession underway
  • Shipping activity attests to the same manufacturing contraction
  • Manufacturing/business weakness, but ongoing resilience in the consumer
  • Consumer prices offering two opposing views on the state of inflation
  • Coincident indicators still giving cause for concern
  • Defense or Offense: Industry groups that provide the best of both worlds during the summer
  • Building a portfolio around defense
  • Cryptocurrencies on the rise and this bodes well for the trajectory of technology stocks
  • Looking for an opportunity in India
  • Spring is the time for real estate
  • Time to overweight bonds?
  • Gold
  • Gold over Copper
  • Fed having difficulty rolling off assets from its balance sheet
  • Growth over Value
  • Lack of expansion of the new 52-week high list
  • Our list of all segments of the market to either Accumulate or Avoid, along with relevant ETFs
  • Positioning for the months ahead
  • Sector Reviews and Ratings
  • Stocks that have Frequently Gained in the Month of May
  • Notable Stocks and ETFs Entering their Period of Strength in May

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With the new month upon us and as we celebrate the release of our monthly report for May, today we release our screen of all of the stocks that have gained in every May over their trading history. While we at Equity Clock focus on a three-pronged approach (seasonal, technical, and fundamental analysis) to gain exposure to areas of the market that typically perform well over intermediate (2 to 6 months) timeframes, we know that stocks that have a 100% frequency of success for a particular month is generally of interest to those pursuing a seasonal investment strategy. Below are the results:

And how about those securities that have never gained in this fifth month of the year, here they are:

*Note: None of the results highlighted above have the 20 years of data that we like to see in order to accurately gauge the annual recurring, seasonal influences impacting an investment, therefore the reliability of the results should be questioned.  We present the above list as an example of how our downloadable spreadsheet available to yearly subscribers can be filtered.

Sentiment on Friday, as gauged by the put-call ratio, ended neutral at 0.99.


Seasonal charts of companies reporting earnings today:

Stryker Corporation Seasonal Chart Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated Seasonal Chart Arista Networks, Inc. Seasonal Chart NXP Semiconductors N.V. Seasonal Chart VICI Properties Inc. Seasonal Chart WEC Energy Group, Inc. Seasonal Chart ON Semiconductor Corporation Seasonal Chart Global Payments Inc. Seasonal Chart SBA Communications Corporation Seasonal Chart Diamondback Energy, Inc. Seasonal Chart Hologic, Inc. Seasonal Chart Invitation Homes Inc. Seasonal Chart Everest Re Group, Ltd. Seasonal Chart MGM Resorts International Seasonal Chart Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. Seasonal Chart FMC Corporation Seasonal Chart CF Industries Holdings, Inc. Seasonal Chart Franklin Resources, Inc. Seasonal Chart Loews Corporation Seasonal Chart Lattice Semiconductor Corporation Seasonal Chart Service Corporation International Seasonal Chart CNA Financial Corporation Seasonal Chart Logitech International S.A. Seasonal Chart KBR, Inc. Seasonal Chart Avis Budget Group, Inc. Seasonal Chart Brixmor Property Group Inc. Seasonal Chart Credit Acceptance Corporation Seasonal Chart Sonoco Products Company Seasonal Chart Woodward, Inc. Seasonal Chart Amkor Technology, Inc. Seasonal Chart Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. Seasonal Chart MSA Safety Incorporporated Seasonal Chart Affiliated Managers Group, Inc. Seasonal Chart Surgery Partners, Inc. Seasonal Chart Rambus, Inc. Seasonal Chart Kite Realty Group Trust Seasonal Chart Air Lease Corporation Seasonal Chart Flowserve Corporation Seasonal Chart ONE Gas, Inc. Seasonal Chart Leggett & Platt, Incorporated Seasonal Chart Transocean Ltd. Seasonal Chart MicroStrategy Incorporated Seasonal Chart Instructure Holdings, Inc. Seasonal Chart Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc. Seasonal Chart Black Stone Minerals, L.P. Seasonal Chart National Storage Affiliates Trust Seasonal Chart


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