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Scotia sticks to bullish call on S&P 500 despite a tough August

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, July 29, 2013.


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Summer trading activity has been dominated by the pending shift in U.S. monetary policy and the continued increase in long-term treasury yields. We believe tapering's influence will stay in the spotlight.

The annual focus on seasonality is also sure to make headlines. September/October are the worst months of the year for the S&P 500.

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Our positive equity bias is unchanged, and we plan to stay constructive on the S&P 500 as long as jobless claims keep improving. August was tough for the U.S. benchmark, but it feels premature to pound the table as challenging seasonality and Fed policy volatility lie ahead. The S&P 500 could retest its 200-day moving average (-5 per cent). A shift in regional leadership may also occur, especially amongst the developed markets group, and U.S. domestic cyclicals (financials, discretionary) could lag global cyclicals (energy, base metals, industrials) as Euro/China data momentum picks up.

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