Hiding behind the defensive? This does not seem like such a crazy strategy lately, as investors are waiting to see if worries about the US economy turn into real problems in the coming year.
Tuesday's session provided the most recent evidence: health care, consumer staples and utilities led to gains for the S & P 500. Compare these numbers: SPDR Utilities Sector
is up 4% for the quarter, while the SPDR segment of the Select Technology sector
XLK, + 0.81%
dropped by more than 12%.
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Another burning question for investors is whether the bleeding has stopped for growing names of shooting stars – Facebook
AAPL, + 0.58%
AMZN, + 1.87%
NFLX, + 0.38%
and Google Alphabet
-Who have been pushed to bear territory after helping to drive a nearly decadent bull market.
Our call of the day Canaccord analysts say to stay crouching. They consider that the outperformance of the defensive is just beginning, because the underperformance of FAANG is also in its infancy.
The defense actions were supposed to be the story of 2019, but quickly took the lead because the high value-added sectors – finance and energy – did not change, according to Martin Roberge and Canaccord's Guillaume Arseneau.
The portfolio managers have not suffered much in this growing group of stocks as some of these technology names have outperformed the market since the beginning of the year, they note. Apple beat remains up nearly 3% since the beginning of the year, against a rise of 0.3% for the S & P.
"We expect the real pain to occur when a clear rotation occurs. This rotation is expected to begin when it becomes clear that the earnings growth of the companies FAANG and other technological names in 2019 is not up to expectations, "said Canaccord analysts. And this second wave of sales is expected to begin in January, when the fourth quarter results begin to appear, they say.
The final word goes to hedge fund manager Mark Yusko, who compares the withdrawal of this year's shares to a "melting ice cube".
"I think next year, with the economic downturn, the situation will get worse, probably a double-digit decline. The big year is the bursting of the credit bubble in 2020, "the founder and CEO of Morgan Creek Capital told CNBC.
YMZ8, + 0.54%
S & P 500
ESZ8, + 0.23%
NQZ8, + 0.42%
the futures are firmer, with all eyes on a speech by Fed Chairman Jerome Powell, waited for later. The sp
SPX, + 0.24%
DJIA, + 0.58%
COMP + 0.36%
all closed higher on Tuesday.
DXY, + 0.12%
are also pretty flat.
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Check the Market Snapshot column for the most recent action.
SXXP, + 0.24%
is up slightly, while Asian equities posted strong gains, with the Nikkei
NIK + 1.02%
Down 20% with just three sessions in November, Apple
AAPL, + 0.58%
is on track for its good month since the week ending September 30, 2008, while markets were under financial crisis and the iPhone maker suffered a 32% drop. See below for reflection table of the day:
"Apple has become synonymous with macro-economic narrative, a state of affairs that aggravates its already disproportionate hold on the entire market," notes the anonymous blogger behind the Heisenberg report.
The blogger also points out this cold comfort chart, which shows how the 10-day correlation between Apple and the S & P 500 is at its highest in 2018:
In an interview with the Washington Post, POTUS interviewed Fed chief Powell, who was scheduled to speak at noon, saying he was not "a little happy with my selection of Jay" and accusing him of Wall Street difficulties. Trump too threatened to cancel a G20 summit meeting this weekend with Russian President Vladimir Putin following a clash between this country and Ukraine.
CRM + 4.30%
climbed after the company's earnings and its outlook exceeded expectations. The cloud computing company could be a refuge in a possible technological storm.
slips on the results and Burlington
BURL, + 6.82%
is up after recovering its earnings outlook.
Just months after its launch, YouTube, owned by Alphabet
Google – is in the process of withdrawing its premium subscription service.
Curaleaf Cannabis Society
tanked in Canada after recording a substantial loss.
The employee, Mark S. Luckie, said his company was "a failure for black employees and its black users" while he was talking about widespread discrimination in the company of social media in a letter that he made public.
Also on the economic beat, Third quarter GDP and new home sales were released this morning.
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