Thursday, December 20, 2012

Tell your wife and kids you love them and buckle your seat belt, it only happens every 26,000 years and today our galaxy will travel through the Milky Way, or something like that.  Quant sees 4 Russell funds as good vehicles for our magic carpet ride.  All are among today’s 20 A rated funds that score above that magical 70 Quant mark.  So on this dawning of the Age of Aquarius let’s shine some sunlight into these 4 funds.

Leading the pack in 4th place today is the small cap iShares Russell 2000 Growth Fund (IWO).  Coming from iShares and having 2000 constituents gives it a very high Quality Score of 96.3 but that has always been the case and didn't move the fund into Quant’s upper ranks today.  Its Sentiment Score of 80.8 moved up more than 20 points which is responsible for it gaining 16 Quant positions overnight.  Option activity was the driver here with the Put/Call score rising from 28.7 to 76.  On the large cap value side Quant also likes the iShares Russell 1000 Value Fund (IWD) in 15th place today also driven by a rising Put/Call Score as well as a rising Implied Volatility Score.  Maybe it’s going to be a bumpy ride across the universe.  If you can’t decide between growth and value, the broad large cap iShares Russell 1000 Fund (IWB) and broad small cap iShares Russell 2000 Fund (IWM) are in 18th and 20th place respectively.  Someone with a lot of money thinks something bad is going to happen because heavy put buying is also responsible for these two gaining dozens of Quant positions overnight.  However, not so bad that they won’t be able to cash in those puts on the other side of the galactic alignment.  Aside from those rising Sentiment Scores and very high Quality Scores, all 4 funds have decent but not great Technical Scores in the 60s with the broad small cap IWM scoring best at 65.4.  On the Fundamental Side the small cap growth IWO is best at 70.8.

If the planet Nibiru doesn't collide with earth today those puts will have to be covered which should give these funds a boost in the new age of spiritual transformation.  We hope they still have ETFs then and we hope you all still come here to transform your portfolios into outperformers.  We hope it all goes well and we’ll see you on the other side. Godspeed friends.

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