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This Unloved Sector Is Set to Rally 20% This Year

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Posted by Chad Shoop - Banyan Hill

on Tuesday, 12 June 2018 07:16

It’s no secret: I expect the stock market to rally in the second half of the year.

In fact, I have said the S&P 500 could rally double-digits from here.

Well, today, I want to let you know which sector is the one you want to own.

This is important because we’re not going to see a straight shot higher — this is going to be a volatile second half of the year.

But amidst this volatility there’s one sector that will stand out amongst the others.

It has been unloved since the start of the year. It sold off along with the rest of the stock market during the latest correction, but it is the one sector that has failed to bounce back at all.

That’s about to change. Here’s why…

A Steady Group of Stocks 

The consumer staples sector isn’t one we generally think of as being unloved. It’s typically a steady group of stocks that go back as much as a century in their respective fields.

Stocks like The Procter & Gamble Co. (NYSE: PG)The Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO) and Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT).

These stocks also tend to follow the market, at the very least.

But since the latest stock market correction, it’s a sector that has failed to recover, and is actually down more than it was during the correction.

That represents an opportunity when you understand one simple concept about the major sectors of the market — there is always a rotation.

It’s a concept I have talked about before, and have been studying for years now.

Over and over again, one thing is certain: Stocks rotate around the S&P 500 Index in a predictable fashion.

The Relative Rotation Graph™

The graphical representation is in the Relative Rotation Graph™ (RRG) concept. I’ll keep it brief today, but if you want to read more, click here.

Basically, it looks at the relative performance of a stock or sector compared to the S&P 500, and adds a momentum indicator to that. This shows that stocks or sectors rotate in a predictable fashion of moving from lagging the S&P 500, to improving, then leading, and eventually weakening again to fall back to lagging — and then do it all over again.

This is the rotation that occurs in the stock market.

Consumer Staples Sector

And right now, the consumer staples sector has drifted a significant distance from the center, which represents the S&P 500. Take a look:


We can confirm this lagging segment for the sector by looking at a price chart of the sector itself. You’ll see it hasn’t participated in the rally the broader stock market has in the past couple of weeks.



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Late-Cycle Sadness: Value Investors Give Up And Buy Netflix, Apple

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Posted by John Rubino -

on Friday, 08 June 2018 09:07

Growth stocks continue to outperform value stocks and have been doing so for such a long time that this analyst believes we've reached a point where a switch where value stocks will lead with growth stocks behind and declining - R. Zurrer for Money Talks

Back in the late 1990s I interviewed for an analyst job with a value-oriented money manager. My main impression of our talk was how sad the guy was. The tech bubble was in full swing, any little nothing company with even a tangential relationship to the Internet was soaring, and this poor guy’s cash-rich, super-safe stocks were lagging so far behind the market averages that it was hard to see how he kept a single client. 

Fast forward to today, and his value investing successors are in that same boat, underperforming their tech stock counterparts day after day and wondering how to keep from sinking without a trace. From today’s Wall Street Journal: 

Value Investors Face Existential Crisis After Long Market Rally

Hunting for cheap stocks has been out of favor for so long that some self-proclaimed “value” investors are embracing a broader mandate, a potentially costly move in the later stages of an economic cycle.

Many such buyers have drifted away from the hallmark of value investing championed by the likes of Benjamin Graham and Warren Buffett : actively picking stocks the market has overlooked. Those legendary investors assessed what they called a company’s intrinsic value and compared it with metrics such as its cash flow and price-to-book ratio, a measure of net worth.

Value stocks—traditionally shares of consumer-staples companies, basic materials firms and big manufacturers, among others—have been stuck in a rut for most of the nine-year rally in U.S. stocks. The Russell index of 1,000 of the biggest value stocks in the market has fallen 2.1% in 2018, the fifth straight year—and the 10th of the past 11 years—that the index has lagged behind its growth counterpart, which is up 6.9%.

Some critics say the measures used to identify value have aged poorly in a market dominated by passive investing strategies and asset-light technology companies. Those trends have pushed more investors into the shares of fast-growing companies such as Apple and Netflix that have powered the market higher in recent years. Other investors have turned to studying momentum trading, crowded positions, fund flows and event-driven trading, strategies not typically associated with value investing.

“One of the toughest things is being able to articulate what value investing is anymore,” said Laton Spahr, the portfolio manager of Oppenheimer’s value fund. “It’s hard to pinpoint what value investing is today, and that is the hard thing to making it relevant to retail clients again.”

Many investors say they aren’t looking back, even as most analysts generally agree the U.S. is in the later stages of an economic cycle. That would suggest stocks are due for a pullback, putting investors who have altered their strategies at risk of missing out if the pendulum swings back in favor of traditional value stocks that historically shine when the broader market is under pressure.




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The Rise in US Share Market in Foreign Currencies

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Posted by Martin Armstrong - Armstrong Economicsstrong Economics

on Thursday, 31 May 2018 07:38

Martin Armstrong forecast the current flood of money from foreign countries into the US Stock Market 28 years ago on Michael Campbell's Equity Magazine (Martin's posting to follow):


Now here is today's post "The Rise in US Share Market in Foreign Currencies" - R. Zurrer for Money Talks


COMMENT: I spoke this “pretend” analyst who use to be a goldbug and is now a cryptobug. Boy does he hate you. I really had to laugh for heInvisibleHand-2 said your computer is a fraud and your forecast on the euro was only correct because you organized it with central banks. I asked him who writes more than 500 reports on every market around the world each and every day? He said you did with staff. I asked him, how many people would it take to do that? He had no answer.

I probably would have lost an equal amount in BitCoin buying it at the high based on his emails. Thank you for opening my eyes to see everything globally. It really has helped.


REPLY: I know. I use to get real hate mail from the goldbugs. Now it is the crypto people. They really get all worked up all the time about this new technology and that how a central ledger will overtake the world. They seem to have forgotten it took 100 years for the Fax Machine to become practical. They are desperate to preach their theories because they are trying to convince the world they are right so they can make a fortune. They are like the people they hate. They are trying to manipulate the world to be as they desire rather than observing how does the world actually work.

Here is the S&P500 expressed in various currencies (click on image). This simple illustration shows how the world really functions. You will note that the S&P 500 is consolidating in US$ terms, but it is starting to breakout and make all time new highs in various currencies like the Euro. This is what I mean that each and every person will act according to their own self-interest. That is Smith’s invisible hand. The crypto advocates



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Todd Market Forecast: Looking For Wednesday Turnaround

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Posted by Stephen Todd - Todd Market Forecast

on Tuesday, 29 May 2018 19:48

 After an exceptional 2017 showing a 31% return, in 2018 Stephen Todd remarkably missed the big Stock decline in January and currently has a positve return on the year with 3 profitable out of 5 trades - R. Zurrer for Money Talks

For Tuesday May 29, 2018 - 3:00 PST

DOW - 392 on 507 net declines

NASDAQ COMP - 37 on 732 net declines



STOCKS: On Friday, I predicted that the next couple of days should be up unless some sort of geopolitical event comes out of left field. Well, that's exactly what happened. There was a political crisis in Italy and this spread fear of multiple exits from the euro currency. 

And if that weren't enough. the prospect of a China, U.S. trade conflict raised its ugly head again. 

Then there were interest rates which dropped sharply. Lower rates hurt the banks. Hey wait. Weren't we concerned about rates being too high a few weeks ago? That's why we have to look at the charts. They tend to summarize the diverse inputs.

GOLD: Gold was up $2 You would think that with all the uncertainty, and a big drop in interest rates, that gold would have done better. Of course, the dollar kept surging and that kept a lid on the yellow metal. 

CHART: Just looking at the chart without the indicator, it looks negative. we've seen some support lines broken. However, we are not oversold as measured by 5 day RSI (arrow). An oversold RSI has a pretty good record for predicting rebounds.

Screenshot 2018-05-29 18.38.01

BOTTOM LINE: (Trading)



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GE Share Slide - A Buying Opportunity?

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Posted by Victor Dergunov

on Thursday, 24 May 2018 11:45

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General Electric (NYSE:GE) shed about $10 billion in market cap Wednesday, in what amounted to being its worst trading day percentage-wise since the height of the financial crisis in early 2009. The industrial conglomerate’s shares cratered by about 7.4% as CEO John Flannery spoke at an annual Electrical Products Group conference in Florida... Click for the complete article


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