Richard Bernstein

RELIEF RALLY

Stocks opened higher today on some ever-so-slightly encouraging trade headlines. The Dow is currently up 390 points and the SPX is up 1.5%. The best performing sectors—financials and tech—are up over 2% in early trading. Real estate and utilities are in the red. The VIX Index sank back to 17 and somehow traders are in the mood to buy stocks, saying we’re “oversold.” European markets closed up by about .5% to 1%. Commodities are mostly trading higher, save gold. WTI crude oil fell at the open but recovered to $53.30/barrel. The bond market is broadly lower today. The 10-year Treasury note yield rebounded to 2.14% this morning after falling to a 20-month low. By the way, 2019’s downshift in bond rates and inflation have stoked speculation that the Federal Reserve will be cutting its policy short-term interest rate before long. Fed officials are obviously noncommittal but Chair Jerome Powell said in a speech today that the Fed will “act as appropriate to sustain the expansion.” That’s exactly what investors want to hear.


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July 12, 2018

Stocks are rebounding from yesterday’s rout (Dow +209 pts; SPX .7%). The tech sector is up 1.5% in early trading; industrials and healthcare sectors are up 1%. Consumer staples and utilities are down slightly. The VIX Index crated back down to 12.8 and VIX August futures are trading around 14.5. So market volatility isn’t expected to spike in the near future. Bonds are mostly unchanged today and we’ve noticed that over the last month bond market volatility has tanked. The 5-year and 10-year Treasury note yields are at 2.76% and 2.85%, respectively.


*The foregoing content reflects the author's personal opinions which may not coincide with the opinions of the firm, and are subject to change at any time without notice. Content provided herein is for informational purposes only and should not be used or construed as investment advice or a recommendation regarding the purchase or sale of any security. There is no guarantee that these statements, opinions, or forecasts provided herein will prove to be correct. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results. Indices are not available for direct investment. Any investor who attempts to mimic the performance of an index would incur fees and expenses which would reduce returns. All investing involves risk. Asset allocation and diversification does not ensure a profit or protect against a loss. Finally, please understand that–as with other social media–if you leave a comment, it will be made public.

October 19, 2017

Stocks opened lower this morning due to “anxiety” according to Bloomberg. The Dow is currently down 38 pts and the SPX is down .17%. The Nasdaq is faring worse, down .6%. This is a clear risk-off day with utilities and telecoms in the green but most everything else in the red. The VIX Index is trading up toward 10.5 and VIX November futures are up around 11.8. The dollar is a trading a bit lower as well. WTI crude oil fell 1.3% to trade around $51.40/barrel. Not surprisingly, bonds are rising in price as yields fall. The 5-year Treasury yield edged down to 1.96% after testing 2% yesterday. And by the way, 2% was a 7-month high. The 10-year Treasury yield backtracked to 2.31%. But make no mistake, rates are rising. Famed technical analyst Louise Yamada says the recent upward move in shorter term interest rates suggests they’re “on their way for a reversal from the 36-year declining interest rate cycle, to a new rising interest rate cycle.” 


*The foregoing content reflects the author's personal opinions which may not coincide with the opinions of the firm, and are subject to change at any time without notice. Content provided herein is for informational purposes only and should not be used or construed as investment advice or a recommendation regarding the purchase or sale of any security. There is no guarantee that these statements, opinions, or forecasts provided herein will prove to be correct. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results. Indices are not available for direct investment. Any investor who attempts to mimic the performance of an index would incur fees and expenses which would reduce returns. All investing involves risk. Asset allocation and diversification does not ensure a profit or protect against a loss. Finally, please understand that–as with other social media–if you leave a comment, it will be made public.

November 8, 2016

Stocks opened modestly lower but quickly turned around on election day (Dow +74 pts; SPX +.3%). The defensive sectors (utilities, telecom) are performing the best in early trading. Transports, retailers, and biotechs are lower after yesterday’s rally. European markets are poised to close modestly higher and most of Asia was higher overnight. WTI crude oil is up a bit to nearly $45/barrel and other commodities are also participating. Don’t miss the fact that copper and iron ore are up almost 10% this month. These commodities say a lot about global economic growth. Bonds are selling off a bit. The 5-year Treasury yield backed up to 1.33% and the 10-year is trading at 1.86%. Rising rates are signaling one or more of these factors: rising Fed rate-hike expectations; higher inflation; rising economic growth expectations. 


*The foregoing content reflects the author's personal opinions which may not coincide with the opinions of the firm, and are subject to change at any time without notice. Content provided herein is for informational purposes only and should not be used or construed as investment advice or a recommendation regarding the purchase or sale of any security. There is no guarantee that these statements, opinions, or forecasts provided herein will prove to be correct. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results. Indices are not available for direct investment. Any investor who attempts to mimic the performance of an index would incur fees and expenses which would reduce returns. All investing involves risk. Asset allocation and diversification does not ensure a profit or protect against a loss. Finally, please understand that–as with other social media–if you leave a comment, it will be made public.