Buy on the rumour, sell on the news

Index Nov09.jpg“Buy on the rumour, sell on the news” is the classic indication of a weak market. A lack of follow-through buying reveals that market action is not supported by fundamentals, but only by sentiment and momentum.

Friday’s 2.8% fall on the US S&P 500, in reaction to Thursday’s positive US GDP number, was therefore a clear sign of underlying weakness. Equally, the new IeC Boom/Gloom Index (above) shows no increase in sightings of “green shoots”. And the Frugal Index has actually risen.

This conclusion is supported by the generally cautious tone of recent company results. The chemical industry is a well-known leading indicator for the global economy. If a real upturn was underway, the major western companies would have noticed it by now.

About Paul Hodges

Paul Hodges is Chairman of International eChem, trusted commercial advisers to the global chemical industry. Paul is also an invited member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council. The aim of this blog is to share ideas about the influences that may shape the chemical industry over the next 12 – 18 months. It will try to look behind today’s headlines, to understand what may happen next in important issues such as oil prices, economic growth and the environment. We may also have some fun, investigating a few of the more offbeat events that take place from time to time. Please do join me and share your thoughts. Between us, we will hopefully develop useful insights into the key factors that will drive the industry's future performance.

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