Peruzzi’s Perch Dec 09 2016 : Equity Market View Dominated by Trump Tweets Aimed at Companies; Back to Active Management to Capture Alpha
We close out a remarkable week in which markets flirted with new highs daily. Wednesday was the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attacks. That event prompted Japanese Field Marshal Isoroku Yamamoto to say “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve”. A fitting quote that could also ring true for the current state of global equity markets. The Trump victory and growing sentiment that market friendly policies are forthcoming have U.S indices hitting new all-time highs daily.
Volatility, as measured by the VIX index, is near the lowest levels of the year. We are seeing shorts being squeezed as investors are putting idle cash to work, albeit mostly by means of passive investing. The month of December has historically been the best performing month for the S&P 500. Since 1950 the S&P 500 averages a gain of 1.7% in December. This year we are firmly ahead of average with the S&P gaining 2.2% through the first 6 trading days. Normally we start to see some investors taking gains in December but with Trump’s pledge to reduce capital gain taxes, investors are holding off on selling. This will help add more fuel to the market, which in turn has pushed more sideliners into the market.
Since the Wednesday after the U.S election 392 of the S&P 500 names (505 companies) are trading higher. Economic releases this week were mostly backwards looking, with the exception of Friday’s Michigan sentiment reading, which saw an uptick in both current conditions and expectations. Thursday the ECB announced that the stimulus package will be extended at a reduced rate of 60 billion Euros per month, but it will be extended for another 9 months. This was greeted positively by European markets. South Korean President was ousted on Friday as South Korea joined the growing list of countries (U.K, Brazil, Italy, New Zealand, and Kuwait) whose leaders have stepped down this year. Also Coca Cola CEO announced he is stepping down on May 1, 2017.
Looking ahead to next week, we have a quiet start to the Economic releases, but then we pick up the pace on Wednesday when the Federal Reserve is expected raise rates for the first time in a year. The thought of rising rates was a market mover earlier in the year, but the current momentum makes Wednesday Fed announcement largely a formality. The only way it will move markets is if it is a smaller or large hike than the currently priced in 25 bps. The announcement’s wording should garner some interest.
Also making rate decisions next week will be: Bank of England, Switzerland, Mexico, Chile, Peru, Indonesia and South Korea. Other stats due next week are November retail sales and PPI data on Wednesday, Current account balance, November CPI data and jobless claims on Thursday. The week closes out with November Housing Starts and Building permits on Friday.
With crude oil back over $51 (up 13.6% since 11/29) a barrel at 2016 highs commodity traders will be watching the OPEC outlook discussion on Tuesday and inventory numbers on Tuesday and Wednesday. Gold start the week at its lowest levels since February and the 10 year Treasury yield at its highest level since July 2015. Look for the allocation trade to continue, but somewhat ease next week.
Oracle and Adobe Systems are the highlights of a handful of firms reporting on Thursday. We expect markets and market strategy to return toward a more active managed approach from our current passive approach. With the current rally pushing idle cash into the market, the next step is the search for alpha. So, starting to pay attention and analysis of fourth quarter earnings next month will be a good first step. The course of action next week seems to be: Put cash to work, watch President-elect Trump’s tweets and comments for policy resolve, see what the Fed has to say on Wednesday, mail out those Christmas Cards and get ready to roll up your active management sleeves in January.
Godspeed John Glenn
Managing Director International Trading
Mischler Financial Group
Investment Banking | Institutional Brokerage
Larry Peruzzi is a 20 yr global trading markets veteran and brings to Mischler a unique background. His career experience and best execution perspective stems from his sitting on ‘both sides of the aisle.’ For more than half of Larry’s career, he ran buy-side trading desks for Standish Mellon and thereafter, The Boston Company. In both of those roles, Larry was responsible for implementing and managing international equities trade execution. Larry’s perspectives are frequently cited by the leading financial news publishers, including The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg LP and Reuters
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Equity Market View Via Peruzzi’s Perch 12.09.16 :Trump Tweets; Back to Active Management
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