|Bid||29.92 x 2900|
|Ask||30.05 x 3100|
|Day's Range||28.10 - 30.19|
|52 Week Range||20.87 - 44.54|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|YTD Daily Total Return||32.52%|
|Beta (5Y Monthly)||-1.96|
|Expense Ratio (net)||0.95%|
The third quarter corporate earnings season is looking gloomy and could test a market that has already been rocked by weak economic data and ongoing trade risks. According to FactSet, a number of companies, such as Wynn Resorts Ltd., Macy’s Inc. and Tyson Foods Inc., are already trying to temper investors' expectations ahead of the coming earnings season, warning that Q3 results could be lower than analysts had expected, the Wall Street Journal reports. Wall Street analysts have been cutting back earnings expectations for all 11 sectors in the S&P 500 in recent months as well.
As the earnings season begins, ETF investors should keep in mind that the upcoming quarterly results may come up short compared to what we have been accustomed to. If the estimate for a decline holds up, it would mark the first time the S&P 500 reported two straight quarters of year-over-year earnings declines in three years.
The decade-old U.S. bull market has been threatened by renewed trade fight lately. Investors could ride out the downbeat sentiments through inverse or leveraged inverse ETFs as these products offer big gains in a short span.
As the market is on its way to witness the worst month since December on renewed trade tensions, shorting the same with ETFs could be a good option.
As the equity market continues to pullback and more or less erase gains for the year, concerned investors can take on some exposure to bearish or inverse ETFs to hedge against further falls. For example, the ProShares Short S&P500 (SH) takes a simple inverse or -100% daily performance of the S&P 500 index. Alternatively, for the more aggressive trader, leveraged options include the ProShares UltraShort S&P500 ETF (SDS) , which tries to reflect the -2x or -200% daily performance of the S&P 500, the Direxion Daily S&P 500 Bear 3x Shares (SPXS) , which takes the -3x or -300% daily performance of the S&P 500, and ProShares UltraPro Short S&P 500 ETF (SPXU) , which also takes the -300% daily performance of the S&P 500.
Historically, the Dow Jones Industrial Average returned an average 0.6% over October, which has made it the seventh-best month of the year. The S&P 500 typically added 0.9% over October, which is also good enough for seventh place, with the same ratio of positive October months to negative ones as the Dow. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite Index's October was historically the eighth-best month of the year, going back 46 years.
Equity investors who are wary of any further swings can look to alternative ETF strategies to limit the potential risks. According to data from "Stock Trader's Almanac," the month of September has been the worst performing month of the year for the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 since 1950, the worst for the Nasdaq since 1971, and the most difficult for the Russell 1000 and Russell 2000 since 1979, CNBC reports.
Trade tensions, especially between the world’s two largest economies, have been playing foul on the stock market over the past several months. The new tariff will go into effect sometime after Aug 30. China’s commerce ministry called the U.S. actions “completely unacceptable” and warned of retaliatory moves.
Seasoned professional traders typically understand the investment theory behind 'Sell in May and Go Away,' but it is not always that cut and dry. The procedure is to sell in May and buy stocks back in October, or at least after the summer swoon, and avoid the typical summer losses. In fact, we have seen solid summer market rallies in the recent past, since the credit crisis, and this has made the old adage lose credibility.