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Weekly Market Recap Jun 3, 2018

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After 2 weeks of low volatility, that variable was introduced back into the holiday shortened week!  Another change from 2017 when almost every week was a low volatility week.   That said, small caps (Russell 2000) and tech stocks held in quite well and we don’t have any major technical change in the indexes – more on that later.

“Political drama in Italy” was what caused some ruckus Tuesday when traders returned from the long break.

“Today’s selling is happening on a larger volume, which is concerning. It means that investors are now worried about contagion from the fallout in Italy,” said Joe Saluzzi, partner and co-head of equity trading at Themis Trading.

And then Wednesday it was “not so much” as indexes rebounded.  With a “gap up” pre market. (A coalition government was formed later in the week).

“The fact that the market is shrugging off Italy’s political drama suggests that maybe it was a crowded trade that was being unwound and not something more serious,” said Michael Antonelli, equity sales trader at Robert W. Baird & Co.

Ah, she is a mercurial beast.

Thursday, TRADER WARS!! ™ were back on the forefront as the U.S. decided to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from the European Union, Canada and Mexico.  Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Ottawa would impose a 25% tariff on steel imports from the U.S., a 10% tariff on aluminum and other U.S. goods.

Friday, a Trump tweet about the employment data led to a “gap up”.

For the week the S&P 500 closed up 0.5% while the NASDAQ added 1.6%.  Second straight week of big outperformance by the NASDAQ.

Wednesday, the first revision of Q1 gross domestic product  showed the U.S. economy grew a touch softer than originally reported, mainly because of a slower buildup in inventories. GDP was trimmed to an annual 2.2% pace from 2.3%.  The Federal Reserve said in it’s “beige book” that the U.S. grew “moderately” from late April to early May.  ISM Manufacturing rose to 58.7 which is a quite strong number.

Friday’s employment report was a bit more positive than expectations with 223,000 new jobs created in May, while the unemployment rate fell to 3.8%. Wage growth was modest, with the yearly rate of pay rising to 2.7% from 2.6%.

“The market wanted a goldilocks jobs report and that’s exactly what May’s report was. The economy is still adding jobs but wage growth and inflation are not at extreme levels,” said Lisa Erickson, head of traditional investments for U.S. Bank Wealth Management.

“The latest jobs numbers only reaffirm the Fed’s plan to raise interest rates twice more this year — one in June and one in September, with a 50/50 chance of third hike in December,” said Wouter Sturkenboom, senior investment strategist at Russell Investments.

Probably the most interesting part of the report was Trump “front running” the news with a tweet that many read as signaling positive…

Financials had a rough week as the drop in Treasury yields hurt prospects for some fatter margins.

These market favorites just look so strong again….

Here is the 5 day weekly “intraday” chart of the S&P 500 …via Jill Mislinski.  (please note she transposed the words Thursday & Tuesday)

A lot of you folk are borrowing a LOT of money on new cars!

In the first quarter of this year, the average monthly loan payment for a new vehicle climbed $15 compared with last year, hitting an all-time high of $523, according to Experian. The credit analysis company’s review of new and open auto loans for the first three months of this year found buyers of new cars, trucks and SUVs borrowed an average of $31,453 — also a record high.

Experian says the average length of an auto loan in the first quarter was just over five years and nine months.

The week ahead…

Tuesday brings ISM Services but overall it appears not too much eye opening lays ahead outside of TRADE WARS!!(tm) – we’ll see if volatility dies down.

Index charts:

Short term: The S&P 500 remains mostly range bound and has for a few weeks, meanwhile the NASDAQ is looking a bit more spiffy of late.

The Russell 2000 has been the best of the bunch.  So far in 2018, the Russell is up 7.3% to the S&P 500’s 2.3% rise.

The NYSE McClellan Oscillator remains in a positive spot.

Long term: Still very positive for the “buy and never sell” crowd.

Charts of interest / Big Movers:

Wednesday, retailer Michael Kors (KORS) skidded 11% after the fashion house posted its results but investors are more concerned with weak sales growth going forward.

Meanwhile, Dick’s Sporting Goods (DKS) jumped 26% after the retailer reported first quarter earnings and revenue that beat expectations and raised its guidance.

Thursday, General Motors (GM) surged 12.9% after the car maker said the SoftBank Vision Fund plans to invest $2.25 billion in its self-driving unit.   Now the company just needs to announce it is using “block chain” to develop the self driving cars and the stock should double overnight.  Or was that a 2017 thing???

Hmmm even the discount retailers are getting hit on earnings – #AMAZON’D

This one has been in a death spiral for years – Sears Holdings (SHLD) fell 12.5% after the department store chain swung to a fiscal first-quarter loss and revenue fell sharply.   Seems like a likely candidate to some day be #TOYSRUS’D.

Yoga pants are still in fashion and Lululemon (LULU) late Thursday reported forecast-beating earnings and issued better than expected guidance.

Zuora (ZUO) soared 21% after the business-subscription software company late Thursday announced results and an outlook that topped expectations.

Have a great week and we’ll see you back here Sunday!



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Jeffrey Gitomer Interview with Michael Covel on Trend Following Radio

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Jeffrey Gitomer is an author, professional speaker, and business trainer, who writes and lectures internationally on sales, customer loyalty, and personal development. He is best known for “The Little Red Book of Selling” and his newest book, coming out at the end of October, is “Truthful Living: The First Writings of Napoleon Hill.”

Jeffrey was introduced to the Napolean Hill Foundation about 10 years ago and volunteered to start writing for their newsletter with an article every Friday. Napoleon Hill was the founding father of positive attitudes. In 1917 he had a course in advertising and selling. At the end of every course he would lay out positive thinking. When the Napolean Hill Foundation found these writings, what they call “After the Lesson Visits by Napolean Hill,” the foundation approach Jeffrey about writing a book outlining his teachings. Jeffrey did not hesitate to say yes – and after years of pining over these lecture notes, his newest book was formed.

What energizes Jeffrey and motivates him to write? He loves what he does. Every day is a great day for him. He doesn’t have two days that are alike, or two books alike, or two speeches alike. He is most excited about “What is next?”. Jeffrey lives in the moment but is ready for tomorrow and his ideas, strategies, and connections – they are all in place to set him up for success in the present day and the next.

In this episode of Trend Following Radio:

  • Personalization
  • Service as the foundation of success
  • Truthful living
  • Communication

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Weekly Market Recap Oct 7, 2018

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Certainly the chart of the week was not in the stock market but the bond market.  The yield on 10 year bonds surged over recent highs, which rattled the indexes late in the week; in fact these are levels not seen since 2011.

“Yields spiking up this week have caught many by surprise and some repricing is happening; however, the reason yields are rising are positive, not negative,” said Jamie Cox, a managing partner at Harris Financial Group, who argued that higher yields are a result of a strong economy.

In other news TRADE WARS(tm)!! with Canada seemed to have come to an end which bolstered the market Monday.

The Chinese market was closed for holiday last week but let’s see if it can continue this reversal which would indicate “those in the know” are seeing a trade deal being done…

Oil remained strong:

Housing stocks do not appear to like those rising interest rates!

For the week the S&P 500 fell 1.0% while the NASDAQ sunk 3.2%.

Economic news of interest: (1) ISM Manufacturing came in at a very strong 59.8 Monday, a tad bit below expectation, (2) ISM Services rose to 61.6 which was the 2nd highest reading on record!

The big one was of course (3) the employment report for the month of September:

The economy created a modest 134,000 new jobs in September, but it was enough to push the U.S. unemployment rate down to a 49 year low of 3.7%.   The last time the jobless rate was lower was in December 1969.  Economists had expected a gain of 168,000 nonfarm jobs. The average hourly wage paid to American workers rose 0.3% to $27.24 an hour.   Employment gains for August and July were revised up by a combined 87,000. The government said 270,000 new jobs were created in August instead of 201,000. July’s gain was raised to 165,000 from 147,000.

“Overall, a strong report that will keep the Fed firmly on track to continue raising rates once a quarter, with the next hike likely to come in December,” said senior U.S. economist Michael Pearce of Capital Economics.

Here is the 5 day weekly “intraday” chart of the S&P 500 … via Jill Mislinski.

The week ahead…

All eyes on those bond yields.

Index charts:

Short term: NASDAQ broke a trend line Thursday that connected at the recent lows since summer; meanwhile the S&P 500 has been so impervious to selling it had not even touched the 50 day moving average since early July… until Friday.

This Russell 2000 had not really joined the party with the other indexes and actually fell as far as the 200 day moving average at its low Friday.

The NYSE McClellan Oscillator has been red for a long time while the major indexes have continued to rally – that is usually not the case.  THAT said, the Russell 2000 has been weaker during this time and now we are seeing some of this correlation coming back even in the senior indexes.  At this point we are a bit oversold so one would normally expect a bit of a bounce near term.

Long term: Still very positive for the “buy and never sell” crowd.

Charts of interest / Big Movers:

Monday, Tesla (TSLA) Chairman and Chief Executive Elon Musk settled a Securities and Exchange fraud probe. The settlement will force him to step down as chairman and cost him and the company a combined $40 million in fines. He also reportedly told employees in a weekend email that the electric-car maker is on the verge of making a profit.  However, all those gains disappeared by Friday when Greenlight Capital’s David Einhorn argued that Tesla was following the same doomed path as Lehman Brothers. The criticism comes a day after Chief Executive Elon Musk took to Twitter to mock the Securities and Exchange Commission and accuse the agency of helping short sellers.

General Electric (GE) has been a bit of a disaster in 2018 but Monday the stock surged 7.1% after the industrial conglomerate said its chief executive officer, John Flannery, was being replaced after a little over a year in the role.

Tuesday, Stitch Fix (SFIX) tumbled 35% after it late Monday reported fourth-quarter earnings that beat expectations, though revenue was slightly under forecasts and it missed estimates for active clients, considered a key metric for subscription-based companies.

Thursday, Barnes & Noble (BKS) soared 22% after the bookstore chain said its board of directors has decided to enter a formal review process to evaluate “strategic alternatives” for the company.

Tilray (TLRY) is still holding up and consolidating.  The Canadian based cannabis company announced the pricing of $450 million in convertible debt late Thursday, valuing the company’s stock at a 15% premium.

Have a great week and we’ll see you back here Sunday!



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Tom Basso Interview with Michael Covel on Trend Following Radio

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Tom Basso is back for episode 700. Tom is featured across Jack Schwager’s “Market Wizard” series and most famously known as “Mr. Serenity.” He was featured on episode 400 of Trend Following Radio with a mega 4 ½ hour episode, and today he is back for this new episode. Now retired from managing client money, Tom was president and founder of Trendstat Capital Management. He became a registered investment advisor in 1980, a registered commodities advisor in 1984, and was elected to the board of the National Futures Association in 1998.

Although Tom has been retired for over 15 years he still gets emails daily from aspiring traders. While on vacation with his wife, they came up with a more efficient solution to answering all these emails. Tom decided to start an educational platform that he more candidly describes as a “Tom Basso brain dump into a website.” He has had 28 years of experience managing money and over 40 years of managing his own money. With all that knowledge, his new website addresses what he feels new and old traders alike struggle with. All content on his website will be free aside from his personal training videos and a narrated version of his book “Panic-Proof Investing.”

What is it about the individual that is so important in trading? How do you become the best trader you can be? How does exercise and diet play into trading? How do you separate self worth from your net worth? How do you stay young in your energy? Michael and Tom keep their conversation on trading today more philosophical rather than technical.

In this episode of Trend Following Radio:

  • Trend following philosophy
  • Separation of net worth from self worth
  • How to view winning trades vs. losing trades
  • Staying mentally young
  • Brooks Koepka vs. Tiger Woods
  • Dealing with stress in the markets
  • Social media stressors

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