After a period of mostly downbeat action, a risk-on mood has taken shape Tuesday, after Goldman and other big corporate names sprinkled around some earnings cheer.
Some investors may still be rattled by last week’s mini meltdown. Perhaps in a bid to calm any uneasy future retirees, Charles Schwab has been steering clients to a chart from earlier in the year, which shows how three types of investors fared during the past four decades of investing.
There is the stalwart, who stayed the course on his investments no matter what; the reactor who pulled out money in 2008 and stayed out (depicted in red) and the waffler (blue), who moved money out after any downbeat year. The latter two kept saving 10% of their salary. Guess who came out ahead? Yep, the stalwart:
More of that keep-calm-and-invest-on advice comes from our call of the day, provided by Urban Carmel, the writer behind the Fat Pitch blog and ex-president of UBS Securities in Asia.
“This might feel like the start of a bear market, but that is the least likely outcome,” says Carmel, who suggests investors get ready for higher prices in the weeks and months ahead.
Supporting that perspective, he points to a still-robust U.S. economic expansion and macroeconomic data that have historically weakened before a final equity top, contrary to what many investors might think. Based on that, he doesn’t believe that the stock market will hit a peak (implying a pronounced downturn is imminent) before the end of 2018.
Carmel backs up his view by pointing to momentum in the S&P 500, breadth and sentiment washing out, the latter of which has seen investors flooding into ETFs that bet on equity falls. He says this chart from Dana Lyons at J. Lyons Fund Management as evidence of that:
Still, Carmel says investors should stay alert as the recent selloff hasn’t entirely run its course.
Although, he believes that stocks are set to rise, a “topping pattern” under way for the S&P 500, in which prices weaken before they reverse, is one piece of evidence that Carmel references to support his call for near-term caution. That the broad-market index has just logged a three straight weeks of declines—something that has happened 20 times since 2003—also underscores the market’s fragility, he said. As the following chart shows, in past times that the S&P 500 suffered such a losing streak, the low was eventually retested within the following seven weeks:
Back in May, he was cautioning against seasonal selling, warning that investors could be buying back at higher prices in November. That’s a call that proved to be spot on, with the S&P 500 up by about 4.6% since that point.
A hefty rally is underway, with the Nasdaq, S&Pm and Dow well in the black.
Our chart of the day comes from the latest Bank of America Merrill Lynch fund manager survey (from Oct. 5 to 11), which shows that global growth expectations among money managers has slumped to the lowest levels since November of 2008.
Now, how can growth optimism be so gloomy when the U.S. is on a boom? As BAML analysts explain, the Fed is causing some hopes over U.S. growth to “wane.”
Walmart is dipping after cutting its 2019 adjusted earnings outlook. But Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley after both banks topped estimates, Domino’s Pizza is down after a revenue miss. United Health, BlackRock, Johnson & Johnson results are all rolling in this morning, with Netflix due after the close.
U.S. Sec. of State Mike Pompeo has just arrived in Riyadh to discuss the disappearance of missing dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Some suspect the Saudis will say Khashoggi died of an interrogation that went badly wrong, or “rogue killers,” as suggested by POTUS on Monday.
Tossing shade at big tech rivals, Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos told a Wired audience that he’s not going to turn down working with the Pentagon. At the same conference, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said his company needs to work on filter bubbles, and Google’s chief executive Sundar Pichai defended his company’s plan to explore a search engine tailored for users in China.
Industrial production, job openings and a home builders’ index are all on tap this morning on the data front.
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13 million—that is how many civilians in Yemen are at risk of starving to death over the next three months, in what the United Nations has warned could be the “worst famine in a century.” Yemen has been locked in civil war for three years after Iran-backed Houthi rebels took control of a swath of the country. A blockade by the Saudis, which back the government, is keeping most aid out.
Some are also using the fact it’s #WorldFoodDay to drive home the starvation in Yemen: