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Stock Buybacks Increase As Reported Earnings Jump

 December 20 2020     David Templeton
S&P Dow Jones Indices' recent report on buyback activity for the third quarter shows buyback activity increasing to $101.79 billion from $88.66 billion in the second quarter. With the economy mostly reopening, at least through Q3 2020, companies reported an improvement in 'as reported earnings,' increasing to $273.2 billion versus $98.5 billion for the first quarter. As the red line in the below c...

Too Many Individuals On The Sidelines

 December 13 2020     David Templeton
In the blog post I wrote about a year ago commenting on the October 2019 Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) I noted the employment market was extremely strong and there were not enough workers to fill job openings. At that time the unemployed workers per job opening ratio was .81. In other words there were more job openings than unemployed. Fast forward one year later to the October 20...

Small Business Optimism Ticks Lower

 December 8 2020     David Templeton
The NFIB's November Small Business Optimism Index declined 2.6 points to 101.4. As NFIB notes in their report the Index level is at a historically high level with the 47-year average reading equaling 98. Below are a few key findings in the report:"Earnings trends over the past 3 months declined 4 points to a net negative 7% reporting higher earnings quarter over quarter.""Six percent of owners cit...

Broadening Equity Market Participation

 December 6 2020     David Templeton
It seems a broad range of equity indices are hitting new all time highs every day and some investors question whether this can continue. The S&P 500 Index closed at an all time high Friday, December 6, bringing its year to date return to 14.5% on a price only basis. In earlier posts I discussed the roller coaster ride of the market as it traversed the coronavirus shutdown and reopening. The S&P 50...

Earnings Matter And They Have Improved Significantly

 November 26 2020     David Templeton
This week the government released the second estimate of third quarter U.S. GDP at 33.1% growth at an annual rate, unchanged from the earlier advanced estimate. This is a sharp snapback from second quarter's 31.4% contraction. Of course this significant swing is a result of the virus mandated economic shutdown and reopening.Although virus cases have increased near term, the reopening process conti...

Shorts Getting Squeezed

 November 25 2020     David Templeton
If the performance of Refinitiv's U.S. Most Shorted Stocks Index is any indication, the shorts have been caught off guard since the market has accelerated higher over the last two months. Most of the move began subsequent to the U.S. election. As the below chart shows the Most Shorted Index is up over 30% while the S&P 500 Index is up 7.9%. Investors likely are not surprised by some of the perform...

Dogs Of The Dow Are Dogs This Year

 November 22 2020     David Templeton
With less than thirty trading days left in the year, the Dogs of the Dow have a great deal of ground to make up just to be competitive with the return for the Dow Jones Industrial Average Index and the S&P 500 Index. Not one of the Dow Dogs has a positive return on a price only basis this year. The Dow Dogs are down 15.0% on a price only basis and down 11.2% on a total return basis. The Dow Jones ...

The Tide Might Be Going Out On Growth

 November 17 2020     David Templeton
The dominant investment theme since the financial crisis in 2008/2009 has been the outperformance of the growth investment style versus the value style, evident in the large, mid and small cap stock space. As the below chart shows, growth has dominated value in large caps since 2008 and has accelerated higher this year.Over the past few months though, the value style has been leading growth. As a ...

Higher Individual Bullish Investor Sentiment, Weaker Forward Equity Returns?

 November 12 2020     David Templeton
Based on this week's AAII Sentiment Survey, over the course of one week individual investors are now super bullish. The survey notes bullish investor sentiment jumped 17.9 percentage points to 55.8%. The below chart shows bullish sentiment is above the plus one standard deviation level. From week to week the sentiment readings can be volatile; thus, looking at the 8-period moving average removes s...

Equity Market Tends to Perform Well After Election Day

 November 8 2020     David Templeton
Yes, there was a presidential election in the U.S. this past week and up until election day on Tuesday, the uncertainty around the election seemed to weigh on the markets. With Joe Biden now leading in the electoral count, some of the uncertainty seems to be behind the market and the S&P 500 Index rallied 7.13% in the week ending 11/6/2020. President Trump and his team is indicating they will chal...
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