A “Wall of Blurry.”
That’s how JonesTrading’s Michael O’Rourke describes recent action for equity markets, which he says have been “overtaken by mechanical trading that defies all logic.” He finds it odd to see so much optimism in the face of plenty of political disarray — a U.S. shutdown entering its 26th day and the U.K. in the grips of a seemingly never-ending Brexit nightmare.
And, and…: “After nearly a year into a trade war, it appears the only thing the U.S is set to gain is an even larger trade deficit with China. Global industrial production and global manufacturing PMIs are rolling over,” he writes in a note to clients. Cats and dogs.
But then others, like Cracked Market’s Jani Ziedins, says those gains are pretty easy to explain. “Big money returned from the holidays and is definitely more inclined to buy the discounts than sell the fear,” though he says that is nothing a few bad headlines couldn’t spoil.
And the money for sure was screaming tech on Tuesday as Netflix
and its subscription jump got everyone excited. Our call of the day from iBankCoin’s The Real Fly says if Wall Street gets rally fever again, investors can count on one big sector to keep scooping up the gains.
The self-described “Le Fly” says that 3% bump for the software sector Tuesday “represented alpha personified prior to the recent downturn.”
“The fundamental story is revenue repeatability, the same simple business model that made NFLX so successful and took Amazon from” a bookseller to Amazon Web Service “and then prime Gods,” he writes, adding that the “subscription model is precisely where you want to remain invested,” rattling off names that are seeing rapid growth like HubSpot
and New Relic
Then there is Salesforce
which Fly notes has punched 150% higher, versus a 98% gain for the S&P over 5 years.
There is a caveat though, as he says a high-growth sector like software isn’t exactly cheap. And should the market turn again, software will most likely suffer.
While Netflix is already off to a blazing start this year — up 32%, HubSpot and the rest haven’t seen gains nearly that good.
Keep in mind, that it seems there is a limit to what the I-want-it-now consumer will pay for their Netflix addiction. Twenty bucks, Reed.
What price do U cancel your Netflix subscription?
— Anousha (@anoushasakoui) January 15, 2019
With a number of big bank earnings rolling out Wednesday morning, Dow
and S&P 500
futures are attempting to edge higher, while the Nasdaq
may be ready to take a breather after a potent surge. The tech index
led an overall solid day for stocks Tuesday, with the S&P 500
up nicely and the Dow
also ending higher.
is softer, gold
is pausing and crude
a mixed bag.
The FTSE 100 index
is sagging as investors getting the first chance to react to that huge Brexit defeat for the U.K. government. Europe stocks
are largely down across the board. Meanwhile, Asia saw a pretty uneventful session, with the Nikkei
Does the classic 60-40 stock/bond diversification recommendation for the average investor stand the test of time? Our chart of the day from Wealth of Common Sense’s Ben Carlson leans toward the affirmative. It apes a chart that he often refers to which looks at the historical probability of positive returns from the S&P 500 over time, which shows the lengthier the period, the more positive it becomes.
His 60/40 chart also paints a pretty positive picture for the investor willing to hang in there. “I was surprised to see not a single negative return over 10 years but even 5 years out was positive 9.5 out of every 10 years,” says Carlson.
And he also did this nice scatterplot of calendar-year returns that help put a lousy 2018 for the S&P 500 in perspective. Top-heavy indeed:
It’s a big day for results from the financial realm. Goldman
is up after topping estimates. Bank of America
is climbing on big revenue beat. Bank of New York Mellon
and Charles Schwab
is up after are still to come, and after the bell Wall Street hear from Alcoa
is soaring in premarket after Fiserv
announced an all-stock deal worth $22 billion for the financial tech group. Fiserv is faring less well.
is getting whacked by a downgrade and price cut from Goldman.
is slumping after another top-level executive departed, this time CFO Tim Stone.
The Brexit drama keeps coming Wednesday, as beleaguered Prime Minister Theresa May could be facing a no-confidence vote. Here’s what’s next for Britain and the EU, and check out what the richest man in Britain did ahead of that disastrous Brexit vote. Odds are even rising for the whole thing to be scrapped altogether. The drama has definitely triggered some European politicians:
What we will not let happen, deal or no deal, is that the mess in British politics is again imported into European politics. While we understand the UK could need more time, for us it is unthinkable that article 50 is prolonged beyond the European Elections. #Brexit #EPlenary
— Guy Verhofstadt (@guyverhofstadt) January 16, 2019
Investors likely won’t get an update on retail sales due to the government shutdown, but a home builders’ index is on tap, along with the Fed’s beige book due later in the afternoon.
$80 million — That’s how much a bad bet on S&P 500 derivatives during the Christmas meltdown may cost French bank BNP Paribas. Bloomberg reports that the bank’s head of U.S. index trading, Antoine Lours, made that trade just before his Christmas vacation. Surprise, surprise, he isn’t back yet, says the report.
“For people who are struggling, we will make them more aware of their responsibilities, because some of them are behaving properly, while others are screwing about.” That was not-so-popular French President Emmanuel Macron in a town hall meeting Tuesday with 600 mayors as he tries to calm the “yellow jacket” protesters.
An American was among 15 killed when terrorists attacked an upscale Kenya hotel
Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said she’s running for president
Spaniards want smiling, selfie-snapping devil statue to get the hell out of their city
Maine can’t get enough of that spinning ice disk
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Published at Wed, 16 Jan 2019 14:08:58 +0000