“Active funds are now 71% overweight in the FANG companies after making the biggest move from value to growth since 2008.". . . Bank of America
The June 14 Fed policy decision was expected to overshadow the mid-month economic figures. Instead, the soft data reports contrasted with the relatively more upbeat central bank. Did the Fed make a mistake? Or are the financial markets placing too much emphasis on the short-term data?
Recently the word “they” has surfaced with the media; THEY are influencing elections, THEY colluded with the Russians, THEY are selling U.S. dollars, THEY are manipulating markets, THEY are buying bonds, and a week and a half ago THEY sold the tech stocks causing sort of a minicrash as whispers of a “bubble” careened down the canyons of Wall Street.
The market odds of a June 14 Fed rate hike have risen in recent weeks. Another 25-basis-point increase in short-term interest rates is seen as a near lock.
One of the good things about traveling is one gets the chance to read, think, and reflect on events that have taken place. To that point, while traveling last week I had the chance to read the transcript of ex-FBI director Comey’s testimony to the Senate intel committee.
Currently, we believe a trading high is due here with a subsequent 'hover' around the recent highs in the offing over the next few weeks. Following that, if correct, there should be another whole new leg to the upside.
In today’s Morning Tack, however, we are referring to “Better Call Shad,” not Saul, meaning Frederick “Shad” Rowe, the founder of Dallas-based Greenbrier Partners and also a “fixer of sticky situations.” The current short-term “sticky situation” would be the stock market flat-lining for a few weeks and in the process frustrating both bulls and bears alike. After our talk, I went back and re-read Shad’s April letter to shareholders. There were a few lines that really resonated with me.
On a craps table, if a 7 or 11 rolls on the first throw of the dice, you are an automatic winner if you are betting the “pass line.” But, if you roll a 2, 3, or 12 on the first roll, you lose.
Following the election, stock market participants gained optimism on the view that the new administration would push through a reduction in regulations, sharply boost infrastructure spending, and achieve broad tax reform.
Some inflation numbers were reported last week. They read: April PPI jumped 0.5% month/month, +2.5% year/year; +2.2% year/year was expected. Meanwhile, core PPI increased by 0.4% month/month, +1.9% year/year; +0.2% month/month and +1.6% year/year were expected.