8 Monster Stock Market Predictions – The Week Of February 22

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Rates will likely be all of the focus this week, especially after the big move higher last week across the yield curve. The 10-year jumped to finish last week around 1.35%, while the 30-year closed at 2.13%. It seems possible these rates are likely only to rise further, especially after the Fed minutes last week revealed that the Fed’s interruption of inflation is likely to be very different than what the market’s view is.

10- Year (TLT)

As I noted in my 10 predictions for 2021, I thought the 10-year could rise to around 1.5% in the first half of the year on the “illusion” of higher inflation rates. So far, I am sticking with that call, and with just 15 bps to go, I will have to think about whether that prediction was too low.

The next big level I am expecting on the 10-year will come at 1.51%.

But the big story last week was the big break high in real rates, also known as TIPS. The 10-year TIP saw its rate rise to -81 bps, while the 30-year TIP rose to +3 bps, huge moves last week.

10-Year TIP 

It led to a rather big breakdown in the TIP ETF, which is the best way to easily follow the TIP market. For now, the TIP ETF found some support at $125.70, but I do not expect that to last, and I see the TIP ETF falling $124.30 in the weeks ahead.

S&P 500

As I noted in this week’s video for members of Reading The Markets, I still believe the S&P 500 index (SPY) is likely heading back to support at roughly 3,780. (First, two-weeks are free to try out the service. T.W.A – Are The Bears Back?)

It could also mark the top of this leg higher in the index off of the March 2020 lows.

Tesla

Tesla (TSLA) is at a critical inflection level with the RSI on a big uptrend that dates back to the March lows. If the RSI uptrend breaks, it will indicate a major change in the trend and likely lower prices to follow. The stock has been hovering around support at $790, with the next major level at $730.

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