|Bid||0.00 x 800|
|Ask||0.00 x 3200|
|Day's Range||271.81 - 272.86|
|52 Week Range||239.96 - 286.58|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|Expense Ratio (net)||0.09%|
After regaining strength on May 23, the S&P 500 started Thursday on a mixed note and traded with mixed sentiment throughout the day. On Thursday, only four out of 11 major S&P 500 sectors closed the day higher. Strength in the utilities and industrials sectors limited the market losses.
A gain of 33.53% in 2018 for shares of Lululemon Athletica Inc. ( LULU) likely couldn't have happened without strong institutional support. LULU's shares have been performing very well this year alongside other apparel names, with Nike, Inc. ( NKE) up 14.03% year to date (YTD) and Under Armour, Inc. ( UA) up 31.64% YTD. In our opinion, this performance supports a bullish undertone for the sector and thus for Lululemon stock. With athleisure growing in popularity, Lululemon is a key beneficiary of that growth.
President Trump has canceled the scheduled meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un on June 12. The Trump administration and China have achieved consensus in their trade war negotiations, with China agreeing to import natural gas to the tune of $50 billion annually as well as increase agricultural imports by ~30%.
In its meeting, the FOMC indicated that US financial market volatility had increased since its last meeting in March. Members felt that low-volatility (VXX) strategies had been less prevalent in February, leading to market turmoil. The May meeting minutes indicated that members felt that US financial conditions had somewhat tightened in the inter-meeting period but that they remained accommodative—a signal that members were comfortable with the further tightening of financial conditions.
The most recent FOMC meeting was on May 1–2. The decision to leave the rate unchanged had been expected by the markets, but the FOMC used the meeting to announce a likely rate hike in June. FOMC meeting minutes are usually released three weeks after an FOMC meeting.
“Sadly, based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, I feel it is inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting,” Trump wrote in a letter. Late Wednesday, North Korea’s vice minister of foreign affairs had warned that if the U.S. called off the June 12 talks, a “nuclear-to-nuclear showdown” may ensue.
Key emerging market economic indicators released in the past week include the following: India manufacturing PMI India final services PMI Indonesia manufacturing PMI Mexico manufacturing PMI Brazil final manufacturing PMI Russia final manufacturing PMI China final manufacturing PMI China final services PMI Brazil final services PMI Russia services PMI
The S&P 500 started this week on a stronger note by surging to two-month high price levels on Monday. After a brief pullback on Tuesday, the S&P 500 opened lower on May 23 and rebounded amid the improved risk appetite. On Wednesday, six out of 11 major S&P 500 sectors closed the day higher.
Investors are unduly optimistic about the economy and stocks, according to Lakshman Achuthan, co-founder of the Economic Cycle Research Institute, in remarks on CNBC. More words of warning were voiced by Neil Dwane, global strategist at Allianz Global Investors, in another CNBC report.
Previously, we discussed billionaire investor David Tepper’s largest holdings and top buys and sells in the first quarter. In this part, we’ll look at Tepper’s top investment sectors based on his Appaloosa Management holdings.
David Tepper’s Appaloosa Management’s top buys in the first quarter were Micron Technology (MU), Lam Research (LRCX), Wells Fargo (WFC), UBS (UBS), and Allergan (AGN), changing its holdings by 8.5%, 2.7%, 1.6%, 1.3%, and 1.1%, respectively.
Billionaire investor David Tepper’s largest holdings suggest his company, Appaloosa Management, has an optimistic view on the technology sector (XLK). Appaloosa’s top sells in the first quarter were Apple (AAPL), the PowerShares QQQ ETF (QQQ), the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (EEM), the Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLF), and Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLE) call options, changing its holdings by 7.2%, 7.1%, 4.0%, 2.5%, and 1.4%, respectively.
Some bad ideas just won't die. It seems to matter not that many are silly beyond logic. When it comes to money matters, a big one stands out as ridiculous. That is the recurrent meme that China will somehow imminently oust the U.
The first quarter was challenging for hedge fund managers as the broader-market S&P 500 (SPY), Dow Jones Industrial Average (DIA), and NASDAQ Composite (QQQ) were unstable due to rising US-China trade war concerns and rate hike expectations.
As noted previously, US-China trade war fears have subsided for the time being after the second round of talks held last week. Financial markets breathed a sigh of relief after the US-China trade war was put on hold. Broader market indexes like the S&P 500 (SPY) closed with gains on May 21 after constructive trade talks between the world’s two biggest economies. Notably, during the annual shareholder meeting, Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway’s (BRK-B) chair, also expressed optimism about US-China trade relations. ...
China invests the trade surplus it has with its trading partners in US government securities (GOVT). According to the data available from the US Treasury, China owns close to 20% of total outstanding US debt, and the total value of these securities is close to $1.2 trillion.
Does the US Steel Industry Look Healthy This Month? President Donald Trump has exempted several regions from the stringent Section 232 tariffs that were imposed on national security grounds. While countries such as Canada, Mexico, Brazil, and Germany managed to get exemptions, Japan was a notable exception.
After a brief pullback last week, the S&P 500 started this week on a stronger note by surging to eight-week high price levels on Monday. Carrying forward the strength, the S&P 500 opened higher on May 22, lost strength, and declined as the day progressed. On May 22, seven out of 11 major S&P 500 sectors closed the day lower. Weakness in the industrials, energy, and materials sectors pushed the market lower. Strength in the financials and utilities sectors limited the market losses.
The S&P 500 rose ~0.7% to 2,733.01 on May 21 due to the rise in industrial stocks and crude oil prices. The index is at the highest level in more than two months. All of the major sectors in the S&P 500 advanced on May 21.
The recently announced U.S. sanctions on Iran will likely give a boost to prices for the yellow metal. At least that's according to one analyst who has studied the bullion market for decades. The skinny is below. ISTANBUL, TURKEY - MAY 18: President of Iran Hassan Rouhani.
In the consumer sector, 93% of the companies have already reported their earnings for the first quarter. Last week was okay for most of the sectors in the S&P 500. The S&P 500 Index (SPY) fell 0.54% due to an ~3% and 1.4% slump in the utility and technology sectors.
Small-cap stocks have been on fire, with the iShares Russell 2000 Index (ETF) (NYSEARCA:IWM) continuously grinding out new highs last week and on Monday. While the markets have been strong — ranging from the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average to the PowerShares QQQ Trust, Series 1 (ETF) (NASDAQ:QQQ) — there’s still a “one foot out the door” mentality. A higher U.S. dollar may punish large-cap multinational companies, but it doesn’t inflict much damage to small caps.
Last week, the broader market traded on a negative note, and the S&P 500 benchmark fell 0.5%. Uncertainties about the US-China trade negotiations could be one of the key reasons that kept investors at bay in the week ended May 18. Despite these negative broader market sentiments, some of the auto stocks managed to remain in positive territory last week. Let’s take a closer look.
The S&P 500 pulled back from two-month high price levels last week and consolidated with mixed sentiment. The S&P 500 regained strength and opened higher on May 21 amid the improved US market sentiment and reclaimed two-month high price levels. On Monday, all 11 major S&P 500 (SPY) sectors closed the day higher.
The S&P 500 ( SPY) is moving higher and appears to be well positioned to advance further in the coming weeks, based on the current technical setup. The S&P 500 initially broke out back on May 9, when it rose above 2,685. The chart below shows the S&P 500 rising above a downtrend dating back to May 14, creating a bullish continuation pattern called a symmetrical triangle.