Just Call Me “No One”

FYI, I have the privilege of co-hosting Fox Business’ Opening Bell this Monday from 10:00am – 11:00am. Maria Bartiromo is on vacation so I finally get to meet Liz Claman after being interviewed by her for years and years. I am a HUGE fan!

All Time Highs… Bull Market Alive

Earlier last week, I wrote an article called All Time Highs on Tap where the Dow and S&P 500 would see all time highs unaccompanied by the other major indices. There has been an ongoing divergence or non confirmation with the Dow and S&P 500 that has some calling for the bull market to end here. I could not disagree more.

While some of the ingredients may be in place when bull markets end, many of the key ones, like the NYSE advance/decline line, are not. Much of 2012 and all of 2013 saw a very powerful bull rally, perhaps even borrowing some of this year’s return. In January, I forecast a digestive type year and remain in that camp. There are going to be times to make money and times to preserve money, but most of the time it will be a year to sit in a trading range.

Sector Rotation Vicious

Sector leadership rotation has been fierce this year and I don’t think that’s about to end until we see a full fledged 10%+ stock market correction. This action is causing some short-term frustration in our sector program, but that’s one of the consequences that this type of investing sometimes brings.

Strength in REITs, utilities and consumer staples along with the incredible rally in the treasury bond complex are all forecasting something on the dark side this year. Whether that’s a single event or big picture issue, it should not be ignored.

Something Dark Out There

As an aside, the 10 year note yield is almost at my 2.50% downside target. For the time being, I am just going to sit back, watch, and enjoy the large position we have in our global macro strategy. Last week, I saw an interview with Brian Belski on CNBC’s Squawk Box where he said that “no one saw this treasury bond rally coming”. That just seemed like an excuse for Brian getting it wrong or he gave me the new nickname, No One.

European stocks continue to do very well and I am glad our global macro strategy has had a position here for a long while. One of my strongest trades of 2014 was in the emerging markets after they were left for dead to begin the year. EM hasn’t been kind to investors, present company included, for several years and I am glad they are reemerging as leaders, excluding China and Russia. Some are explaining this rally away as simply a play on the rally in bonds, but that’s a dangerous path to go down as both stocks and bonds in the US have both rallied since early February, breaking the expected inverse correlation.

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Bull Market Run to Continue

Stocks have a done a good job over the past few weeks of shrugging off the events in Syria, the uncertainty at the Fed and the less than stellar economic news. It doesn’t “feel” like the two month consolidation is over and Dow 16,000 is right around the corner, but we will let the market tell us. I do continue to believe that more all time highs are ahead in the fourth quarter and into 2014.

Here is my most recent segment on Fox Business where I discuss a forecast and my favorite sectors.

http://video.foxbusiness.com/v/2630224224001/will-the-bull-market-continue-to-run/

While stocks are bouncing back nicely from the August lows, the bond market simply cannot get off the mat. Given the underwhelming economic news which should have led to a rally, the bond market is fixated on the Fed meeting next week. With the extreme level of negative sentiment, my first reaction to any announcement of tapering by the Fed will be to buy bonds. More on this later…

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Fox Business TODAY at 1:30pm

I am going to be on Fox Business today at 1:30pm assuming Mother Nature lets me get there! The discussion will focused on the Dow’s run to all time highs, today’s very good employment report and IF you should commit new money to stocks right here.

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