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Value Stocks Outperforming For Now

 February 25 2021     David Templeton
Large cap value stocks have come to life this year after underperforming growth for most of the last 15-years. As the below chart shows, the Invesco Pure Value Index (RPV) is up nearly 15% this year compared to the Invesco Pure Growth (RPG) Index return down .12%.Even on a slightly longer term time frame Pure Value is outperforming Pure Growth. The below bar chart shows the Pure Value return of 11...

Interest Rates Pressuring Bond Returns

 February 22 2021     David Templeton
It is not uncommon for the yield curve to steepen as the economy exits a recession and transitions into expansion mode. After another Fed induced yield curve inversion in August of 2019, the economy dipped into a recession at the end of 2020. Certainly the pandemic shutdown contributed to the recession, but possibly the economy was headed in that direction anyway following the yield curve inversio...

High CEO Confidence Not Reflected In Consumer Confidence

 February 21 2021     David Templeton
Last week the Conference Board reported the Measure of CEO Confidence for the first quarter of 2021 at 73, a 17-year high for the reading. A as the Board notes, readings above 50 reflect there were more positive than negative responses. The survey was conducted January 14 through January 29. As reflected by the consumer though, the Conference Board's reading shows consumer confidence at 89.3 and f...

Continued Deterioration In Small Business Optimism

 February 9 2021     David Templeton
Today's Small Business Optimism Report by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) shows continued deterioration in business owners optimism in January. The Index fell .9 points to 95.0 versus December's reading and taking it below the 47-year average of 98. The quarter over quarter absolute change is a minus 9 points and is the largest change since the -13.4 and -10.1 point change i...

A Weaker Jobs Recovery Seems To Be Unfolding

 February 7 2021     David Templeton
In a post I wrote in late January I noted the headwind that an increased regulatory and tax burden is likely to have on economic growth. Last week's jobs reports provided further evidence that a slower economic environment may be taking hold. As the below chart shows, the level of employment seems to be trending sideways and is approaching the trajectory of the slow job recovery following the fina...

Most Shorted Stocks Power Higher

 February 1 2021     David Templeton
At the end of November last year I highlighted the fact the most shorted stocks had started to gain momentum at the beginning of October. Fast forward to the start of February and Refinitiv's U.S. Most Shorted Stock Index has continued to generate outsized gains. For the last four months the Refinitiv U.S. Most Shorted Index is up 92.8% versus 10.4% for the S&P 500 Index. Half of this gain has occ...

Retail Traders Inflict Pain On Some Hedge Funds

 January 31 2021     David Templeton
Last week investors were reintroduced to the terminology of  'short squeeze' and 'gamma squeeze'. It has been some time since the phrase gamma squeeze was bantered about as much as it was last week as the volatility in a few stocks captured headlines. Stocks like GameStop (GME) and the movie chain AMC Holdings (AMC) saw their stock prices swing widely, but mostly to the upside. So what is going on...

Dividend Aristocrat Changes For 2021

 January 30 2021     David Templeton
S&P Dow Jones Indices announced the results of its annual rebalancing of the S&P 500 Dividend Index. Three companies are being added in this rebalancing and three are being removed, leaving the number of Dividend Aristocrats at 65. The changes go into effect prior to the market open on February 1, 2021. As noted by S&P, "S&P 500® Dividend Aristocrats® measure the performance of S&P 500® companies ...

Foundation For Slower Economic Growth Being Laid, Stocks Still Work

 January 23 2021     David Templeton
In our Winter 2020 Investor Letter released earlier this month, our firm indicated our real GDP growth expectation for this year is in the mid single digit percentage range. We continue to hold that view given likely pent-up demand and our expectation the economy is exciting the recession. The uncertainty around the virus spread and vaccination progress is a headwind to our growth expectation thou...

Maybe Time To Include Dividend Growth Equities To One's Portfolio

 January 20 2021     David Templeton
The broadening in performance across multiple equity asset classes is providing investors with investment opportunities outside of the S&P 500 Index. The S&P 500 Index has certainly been a stalwart in terms of performance over the last five and ten years. Given the strength in the equity market and the index trading at valuation levels that some call stretched, investors might consider dividend pa...
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