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Opinion: Evergrande crisis and the U.S. debt-ceiling showdown could give stock investors a buying opportunity

International inventory markets took a decidedly risk-off tone on Monday. The spark was the China Evergrande Group
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disaster. Fears are rising that Evergrande is popping from a liquidity disaster by which the true property big doesn’t have sufficient money to pay its obligations, to a solvency disaster by which the corporate’s belongings are lower than its liabilities whether it is compelled to fire-sale its properties.

Within the U.S., the S&P 500
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had been largely proof against Evergrande information till Monday. The U.S. benchmark index decisively violated its 50-day moving average. Buyers have gotten spooked not solely over the potential of an Evergrande contagion however a looming disaster in Washington over the debt ceiling.

Is that this a shopping for alternative, or a crack within the dam that foretells catastrophe?

A home disaster

Take a deep breath. An Evergrande collapse is unlikely to spark an rising market disaster and contagion. That’s as a result of a lot of the firm’s money owed are RMB denominated and little is in U.S. {dollars} and different foreign exchange. International markets have been comparatively unscathed by the disaster. There shall be little international contagion impact as a result of it’s going to all be contained in China.

Quite a few bearish buyers have pointed to plummeting iron ore prices as indicators of slowing progress in China, which may have international repercussions. However George Pearkes at Bespoke identified that metal and different industrial steel costs are nonetheless holding up nicely. 

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So relax. Any contagion effect will be minimal.

 A panic bottom?

In the U.S., the stock market is starting to flash signs of a panic bottom. The Zweig Breadth Thrust Indicator has plunged into oversold territory, which is often a signal of a short-term bottom.

My S&P 500 bottom models are starting to flash buy signals. The five-day RSI is deeply oversold. The VIX Index
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has surged above its higher Bollinger Band, which is one other oversold sign. The time period construction of the VIX inverted intraday, indicating concern. 

Learn: Evergrande fears sink stock market: Here’s what investors need to know about the teetering property giant

To be sure, this week (the week after September OpEx) is historically the weakest week of the year, as documented by Rob Hanna at Quantifiable Edges. However, Hanna identified that the common weekly “weakest week” drawdown is -2.3%. Because the S&P 500 was down 1.7% on Monday, the index is nearing its common draw back goal. 

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Whereas oversold markets can turn into extra oversold, a backside is close to. Nonetheless, this market isn’t with out danger. MarketWatch’s Mark Hulbert studied the inventory market’s return within the two weeks previous to debt-ceiling showdowns and returns have been disappointing. As nicely, the FOMC assembly this week could possibly be a supply of volatility. 

My inner trader plans to take an initial position on the long side in the S&P 500 at the open on Tuesday. This is a volatile market and traders should size their positions accordingly. Be prepared for a short-term bounce, followed by a retest of the lows later this week or possibly next week.

Cam Hui writes the investment blog Humble Student of the Markets, on which this text first appeared. He’s a former fairness portfolio supervisor and sell-side analyst.

Extra: Why Evergrande has suddenly exploded into a potential global financial market crisis

Plus: Will Evergrande be China’s ‘Lehman moment’? Wall Street says no

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