Are Stocks Making a Bull Trap?

The benchmark S&P 500 hit a fresh all-time record today. Stocks and risk appetite are on the rise as investors remain hopeful that a U.S./China trade agreement will be reached. Over the weekend, President Trump met with Chinese Leader Xi Jinping at the G20 meetings in Japan, and the two leaders essentially called a truce. The U.S. agreed not to raise levies on additional Chinese goods, while China reportedly agreed to purchase more U.S. agricultural products. With the two sides seemingly back at the bargaining table, the question is whether they will be able to formalize a viable long-term deal.

Although stocks came out of the gate strong to start the trading week, gains had been cut down significantly by mid-day.

With so much negative sentiment heading into the meeting over the weekend, stock investors may simply be cheering on a lack of fresh bad news rather than getting increasingly bullish on good news.

To be sure, a long-term agreement is likely still quite a ways off, and there may be tense negotiations along the way. Some analysts have suggested that a long-term deal may not be reached until 2021, after the next U.S. presidential election. If Trump were to lose the election, all bets for a deal could be off.

During his trip overseas, President Trump also made history, becoming the first sitting U.S. President to set foot into North Korea. Trump had a short meeting with Kim Jong Un, and the two nations are reportedly set to continue talks over North Korea’s nuclear program.

In another part of the globe, the situation with Iran remains tense. Headlines have been quiet over the last several days, but with a major global oil choke point in play and the country’s nuclear ambitions at the heart of the matter, the conflict could potentially get worse before it gets better.

The bottom line?

There are numerous economic and geopolitical issues at work that could send the economy and global markets lower, sharply lower. The U.S. Fed is already expected to cut rates this month in order to combat the ongoing global slowdown, and a July cut could be the first of a series of cuts the central bank is forced to make.

As the current economic expansion gets longer and longer in the tooth, the next major recession could be getting closer, and there may be little the Fed can do to fight it.

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