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Nasdaq 100 Forecast: U.S. Tech Stocks Remain Attractive as Real Yields Decline, Powell Reappointed

Nasdaq 100 Forecast: U.S. Tech Stocks Remain Attractive as Real Yields Decline, Powell Reappointed

Warren Venketas, Analyst
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  • Real yields a key contributor to U.S. tech upside.
  • NDX rallies as Fed Chair Powell is re-elected.


The endurance of the U.S. stock market stems from falling real yields and accommodative policy environment. Although the Federal Reserve has announced its QE taper directives, the fundamental backdrop and access to liquidity remains supportive for U.S. companies.

Real yields represent the return an investor receives after adjusting for inflation. The relationship real yields have with the stock market is inverse, meaning investors are receiving lesser return in the bond market due to inflationary pressure as opposed to the stock market which can offer higher returns. This simple formula has been sustaining the extraordinary bull run since early 2020.

Despite bouts of higher U.S. 10-year Treasury yields which have a negative effect on tech stock valuations (see chart below), Treasury yields linger at historically low levels.

NDX vs inflation vs 10-year Treasury yields

Chart prepared by Warren Venketas, Refinitiv Datastream

Year-to-date, the NDX is up roughly 25% and with the announcement of Fed Chair Powell to serve a second term in his current role, markets rallied as any doubts around policy uncertainty has been dismissed. Sectors outperforming today are shown in the graphic below:

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nasdaq sector summary today

Source: Refinitiv

Stock highlights today:

  • iSpecimen receives contract from U.S. government to assist in advanced COVID-19 research – iSpecimen +140.5%
  • Vonage to be acquired by Ericsson for $6.2bn – Vonage +25.2%
  • Model S Plaid to launch in China around March – Tesla +4.7%
  • Astra Space rocket launch reaches space, gets boost from Musk shoutout – Astra Space +36.62%


NDX Daily Chart:

NDX daily chart

Chart prepared by Warren Venketas, IG

The daily NDX chart above reflects the recent rally since early October 2021. Markets are now testing new ground as the key 17000 psychological level is in reach. The steep and swift move to current levels are somewhat extended and reversion to the mean may be on the cards short-term.

The Relative Strength Index (RSI) supports this notion (lower highs) in the form of bearish divergence (red) which contradicts price action on the NDX chart (higher highs). Technically, this is indicative of an impending downside reversal/correction which could bring in to focus subsequent support levels.

Resistance levels:

  • 17000
  • 16750

Support levels:

  • 16500
  • 20-day EMA (purple)

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