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Week Ahead: Wavering Rotation Into Value, Out Of Tech Stocks Will Persist

By Investing.com (Pinchas Cohen/Investing.com)Market OverviewDec 13, 2020 13:32
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Week Ahead: Wavering Rotation Into Value, Out Of Tech Stocks Will Persist
By Investing.com (Pinchas Cohen/Investing.com)   |  Dec 13, 2020 13:32
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  • US states will start getting vaccines Monday
  • Record US cases and deaths on Friday
  • Lawmakers remain unable to agree on coronavirus fiscal aid package
  • Cyclical rotation unclear on Friday

Equites trimmed losses on Friday after US President Donald Trump signed a stopgap funding bill to avoid a government shutdown. Helping ease the investor move out of stocks, Trump also announced, via video, that the first Pfizer (NYSE:PFE) vaccines will be administered “in less than 24 hours.”

However, lawmakers made no mention of the broader COVID fiscal aid package that's been roiling markets for weeks. As such, expect market volatility to continue on rapid sentiment reversals between hopes of vaccine availability and pessimism on rising coronavirus cases worldwide along with increasing fatalities that will continue to pressure the global economy.

Time is running out for passage of additional US fiscal stimulus in 2020 as the year winds down and the holidays rapidly approach. Congressional parties hit a brick wall yet again, even with the scaled-down $900 billion plan, this time on conflict over employer virus liability. Each time the negotiations appear to be about to settle, another hurdle seems to emerge.

At the same time, coronavirus cases across the US continue building while hospital-bed availability shrinks. As well, this coming week, the US COVID death rate will likely hit 300,000, with millions already testing positive for the virus.

US Benchmarks Hit New Records Before Slipping Moderately

Stocks saw their first weekly declines in three weeks as trading ended on Friday. Though the S&P 500 erased an almost 1% loss in the final three hours of the session, the the index declined by 1% for the week, its worst weekly performance since October.

On Thursday, the broad benchmark closed at 26 times earnings. That’s close to the Sept. 2 ratio of 27.2, the highest since data started being compiled by Bloomberg in 1990. This indicator was cited by Jeffrey Gundlach, chief executive officer of DoubleLine Capital LP, in a presentation on Tuesday. The SPX hasn’t set a similar high relative to the past year’s earnings or next year’s estimates.

All major US equity benchmarks hit records last week before slipping moderately. Only the Dow Jones closed higher on Friday, but still finished 0.6% lower for the week.

Nevertheless, even with pandemic and repeated stimulus disappointments during the latter part of the year, the S&P 500 posted 30 all-time highs thus far in 2020. Yet more surprising, 17 of these followed the COVID-driven, fastest bear market on record during March. Another four occurred during the past two weeks.

Given that the much vaunted exuberant economic recovery fizzled, are investors complacent? Or are they making an intelligent gamble?

We couldn’t possibly know, of course. However, we've been bearish and mistrustful of one of the strongest rebounds on record since the March bottom.

Meanwhile, the rotation out of technology stocks continued as the trading week came to a close.The NASDAQ Composite slumped 0.25%, underperforming the S&P and Dow, as investors presumably moved out of stocks that outperformed during the first coronavirus wave, rotating into value stocks on expectations of an economic recovery as the availability of vaccines becomes a reality.

However, on Friday, the cyclical rotation wasn’t completely evident. Energy and Financial sector shares underperformed, with each group declining around a full percent. Materials and Consumer Discretionary were also pressured lower, while Communications Services—the poster child for work-from-home shares—outperformed for the day, up 0.6%.

The NASDAQ 100 dropped on Friday and plunged 1.2% for the week, dragged lower by Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) and Tesla}} (NASDAQ:TSLA). The electric car manufacturer informed employees on Friday it would unexptectedly be shutting down production of its Model S and X autos for 18 days beginning Dec. 24.

Facebook has been under pressure since Wednesday when an antitrust suit was filed against it by the US federal government as well as 46 individual states. The social media behemoth has been accused of "using a “buy or bury” strategy to snap up rivals and keep smaller competitors at bay."

We find it astonishing that even after legal proceedings of this magnituted have been levied against it, investors continue to buy the stock.

FB Daily
FB Daily

The price is developing a symmetrical triangle. While, by definition, the symmetry between supply and demand suggests the breakout could go either up or down, there is a bias to continue in the direction of the uptrend. Though the RSI is in a holding pattern, the MACD is decidely bearish.

On Friday, the Dow's positive performance was attributable to Disney (NYSE:DIS) which vaulted higher by 14%, hitting a new record for the entertainment company stock, bringing it to a $300 billion market cap, surpassing competitor Netflix’s (NASDAQ:NFLX) valuation of $219 billion. The jump came after the company said its Disney+ streaming service would triple its subscriber base.

Investors increased their Treasury holdings on Friday.

UST 10Y Daily
UST 10Y Daily

This pulled yields for the 10-year note back below 0.9% after the benchmark sovereign bond came within a hair of the 1% level on Thursday, for the first time since March. Nevertheless, rates are still in an uptrend and hovering near 9-month-highs.

The dollar found its footing after a three-week straight loss.

DXY Daily
DXY Daily

The greenback formed a pennant, considered bearish after the preceding drop.

Sterling tumbled for a second day as the trading week came to a close, when both UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen warned that a no-deal Brexit is “very, very likely.”

GBPUSD Daily
GBPUSD Daily

From a technical perspective, Cable rebounded off the uptrend line since the March bottom, supported by both the 50 and 100 DMAs.

Gold climbed for the second week, for the first time in over two months.

Gold Daily
Gold Daily

The price of the precious metal is being squeezed between the 50 and 200 DMA, in the center of a falling channel.

Oil bulls rested after a significant rally, even amid increasing COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.

Oil Daily
Oil Daily

The breather follows the confirmation for the commodity of a completed bullish flag.

Week Ahead

All times listed are EST

Sunday

18:50: Japan – Tankan Large Non-Manufacturing Index: expected to rise to -6 from -12.

Monday

21:00: China – Industrial Production: seen to edge up to 7.0% from 6.9%.

Tuesday

2:00: UK – Claimant Count Change: anticipated to soar to 50.0K from -29.8K.

Wednesday

2:00: UK – CPI: probably edged down to 0.6% from 0.7%.

3:30: Germany – Manufacturing PMI: forecast to slip to 56.5 from 57.8.

4:30: UK – Manufacturing and Services PMI: seen to edge higher, to 55.9 and 50.5 respectively.

8:30: US – Core Retail Sales: to fall 0.1% from 0.2%.

10:30: US – Crude Oil Inventories: to plummet to 1.424M from 15.189M.

14:00: US – Fed Interest Rate Decision: predicted to remain steady at 0.25%.

19:30: Australia – Employment Change: forecast to plunge to 50.0K from 178.8K

Thursday

3:30: Switzerland – SNB Interest Rate Decision: anticipated to stay at -0.75%.

5:00: Eurozone – CPI: to remain flat at -0.3%.

7:00: UK – BoE Interest Rate Decision: expected to hold at 0.10%.

8:30: US – Building Permits: to edge higher to 1.550M from 1.544M.

8:30: US – Initial Jobless Claims: seen to ease to 800K from 853K.

8:30: US – Philadelphia Fed Manufacturing Index: to drop to 19.0 from 26.3.

Tentative: Japan – BoJ Interest Rate Decision: expected to hold at -0.10%.

Friday

2:00: UK – Retail Sales: anticipated to plunge to -4.2% from 1.2%.

4:00: Germany – Ifo Business Climate Index: seen to edge to 90.5 from 90.7

5:30: Russia – Interest Rate Decision: predicted to keep rates steady at 4.25%.

8:30: Canada – {{ecl-65||Core Retail Sales: seen to rise to 0.3% from 0.1%.

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