Monday, September 21, 2020 - US markets closed down last week with the S&P 500 finishing down .64% and the Nasdaq Composite .56%. The broad market, as measured by the S&P 500, closed the week at 3,319.47. The NASDAQ Composite closed at 10,793.28. Nevertheless, the indexes hide the pain felt by investors in the hot tech stocks, some of which got hit with corrections of more than 5% in a single day.
The NASDAQ Composite and S&P 500 continued their 3 week sell off as the US Equity Markets continued their rotation into so called Value Stocks i.e., cyclicals, energy and to some degree less popular names that do not fit in the Work From Home theme. Encouraging reports on COVID 19 vaccine progress were not enough to support the tech sector. Commentary by Fed Chairman Jerome Powell that the Federal Reserve plans to keep its overnight fed funds rate target at 0 -.25% until 2023 and continue to flood the system with liquidity until the unemployment level returns to the 3.5% also weren’t enough to stem the tide. The NASDAQ 100 ETF, QQQ, on Thursday hit correction territory as it dropped 10.7% from its closing high on Sept 2nd.
Despite the softening of the lead FAANG tech names, investors continue to show strength in Tech IPOs as SnowFlake more than doubled on its first day of trading at a valuation of 100x Sales. If you believe that the market bottomed this year in March, then this could be evidence of a young bull market. We, however, are not so sure that the worst is over.
All these issues got us thinking about seasonality. As we enter the Fall, September and October are traditionally characterized by market turbulence particularly after coming out of August’s strong performance. Market leadership rotations are typically accompanied by sudden and strong corrections to the stocks of the day. This is what we are experiencing. We note that for the week ended September 6th, outflows from money market funds were approximately $50.5 Billion while ETFs added some $9.9 Billion split between equity and fixed income ETFs. Investors do not add funds to stocks if they believe they are going down.
Given the upcoming elections in November, investors and traders should be especially ready to take advantage of volatility on both the down and upside.
As of early morning today, overseas markets are weak with investors focusing on weakening oil markets and concerns that the virus resurgence will continue to weaken the global economy. Traders and active investors can use ETFs to take advantage of real-time market volatility – both up and down!
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