What is going on to occur within the inventory market in 2023? For the second, it nonetheless is determined by the inflation narrative. Futures are down Friday morning as November nonfarm payrolls got here in stronger than anticipated — 263,000 versus 200,000 estimated, in accordance with Dow Jones — however extra importantly common hourly wages have been greater than anticipated, up 0.6% from the prior month (0.3% anticipated) and 5.1% on a year-over-year foundation (4.6% anticipated). That’s taking part in towards the “inflation knowledge is bettering” narrative that has been powering the inventory market just lately. What about 2023? Judging by among the feedback from strategists, 2023 sounds fairly gloomy. This is JPMorgan: Within the first half of 2023, “we anticipate S & P 500 to re-test this yr’s lows because the Fed overtightens into weaker fundamentals,” they mentioned of their observe, citing “disinflation, rising unemployment, and declining company sentiment” which can power the Fed to start slicing charges later in 2023. JPMorgan shouldn’t be alone. Michael Hartnett at Financial institution of America mentioned the 2022 “inflation shock” story is over, however that 2023 will see a “recession shock” for Important Road and that job losses within the new yr will possible be “as surprising as inflation in 22.” Throughout the board, most Wall Road strategists — who’re paid to look at the economic system after which extrapolate the place the inventory market will go — have been reducing their earnings estimates for 2023. Mike Wilson at Morgan Stanley, who has been bearish for a while, thinks earnings will shrink 15% to twenty% in 2023. Analysts presently anticipate earnings to rise roughly 4%, however most strategists do certainly assume earnings will probably be flat to down subsequent yr. This is the issue: Merchants do not appear to need to consider it. This week, the ache commerce — the transfer available in the market that may trigger the best shock to merchants — has been for the market to go greater. That is quite a bit totally different than final week. A couple of days in the past, the buying and selling group had been loading up on safety, anticipating Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell to sound uber-hawkish in his Wednesday speech. There have been fears of a repeat of the December 2018 catastrophe , when Powell was final elevating charges, and the S & P 500 dropped 16% from the beginning of December into Christmas. The Fed continues to be elevating charges, way more aggressively than 2018, however the reverse is occurring. Market breadth — the variety of shares advancing every day versus these declining — has been increasing dramatically. The S & P 500 is above its 200-day shifting common for the primary time since April. Seven of the 11 sectors of the S & P 500 are above their 200-day shifting common. The greenback is collapsing, and bond yields are in a downtrend. The chattering courses (analysts, strategists, bloggers) are mad, anticipating the markets would drop, and it isn’t. “Individuals have been calling me up and yelling at me… the markets cannot go greater, there is a recession coming!” one dealer advised me. So preserve this in thoughts while you examine all these “2023 forecasts” from the massive corporations that at the moment are flooding your inbox: They have been assembled by committees over a month in the past. Since then, the info has turn out to be extra blended. The inflation forecast for some knowledge factors has improved, for others it has not. The issue for shares now: Costs are rising, whereas earnings estimates are dropping. That is an issue, as a result of the market a number of (P/E ratio) is now increasing into territory that suggests a mushy touchdown and a comparatively benign financial atmosphere in 2023.