They Will Indeed Continue Their Rate Hike Campaign

Posted by Capital Trading Group on Nov 5, 2018 8:55:11 AM

We have a lot to get into and we will start this note off with this week’s big news, which was delivered by Apple. Here are the numbers as reported:

 

  • Q4 EPS: 2.91BN, beating Exp. $2.78
  • Revenue: $62.9BN, beating Exp. $61.44 billion
  • iPhone sales: 46.9 million, missing Exp. 48.4 million
  • iPad sales: 9.8 million, missing Exp. 10.5 million, and down from 10.3 million a year ago
  • Mac sales: 5.3 million, beating Exp. 4.9 million, and down from 5.4 million a year ago
  • iPhone ASP: $793, up from $618, smashing Exp. $729
  • Guidance for holiday quarter revenue: $89-$93billion, with the midline below Wall Street estimates of $92.74 billion (Zerohedge)

 

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It's Not What You Buy, But When You Buy It.

Posted by Capital Trading Group on Oct 25, 2018 10:29:46 AM

Its kind of amazing how at certain points in time, things happen and they tend to be a wake up call – that is if we just open our ears and listen. We have talked at length about our disdain for the likes of the big investment houses and their pitching of zero fee fund management products. 

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Are Interest Rates Driving the Stock Market?

Posted by Capital Trading Group on Oct 17, 2018 10:38:57 AM

Last week we saw the technology laden NASDAQ market drop over 10% from its prior week high, hitting 6906 down from a high of 7728 a week earlier. We have spoken at length over the last few letters how insiders and institutions have been selling out of technology positions but retail seems to be picking up what they are putting down. This kind of action where the weak hands are buying from the strong hands is a notorious set up for a market set back and last week did not disappoint. 

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The Bond Market Will Be The Bear That Crushes The Equity Market

Posted by Capital Trading Group on Oct 4, 2018 2:40:23 PM

This last week was full of reports of wide spread over valuations across the gamut of both global equity markets as well as global bond markets, especially Europe. Now we aren’t talking about some bobble headed main stream media types, we are talking about titans, the likes of Ray Dalio, Stan Drunkenmiller, Jeff Gundlach all relaying the same theme, “well above historical norms.” We even read a great piece on the PEG ratio from Fasanara Capital, which stated that the PEG, which is a statistical measure of how expensive a stock is relative to its ability to generate earnings, is well above 1999 highs and probably rightfully so given the plethora of cheap financing from zero rates, unprecedented HY rates and of course continued tax breaks. All that said, the pressure from the rhetoric from the guys we just mentioned should begin to mount, as they most certainly have an agenda attached to such warnings.

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Fed Raises Rates in Highly Anticipated Move

Posted by Capital Trading Group on Sep 27, 2018 10:12:20 AM

The FOMC decided to raise rates another 25bp to a high mark range of 2.25%. We applaud the continued move; however, we feel that we could be doing more and doing it faster. Holding interest rates or real rates still negative, some 10 years after the 2008 crisis is deeply concerning. All too often people focus on the Fed Funds rate, but the real rate, the FF less inflation, is still negative. Rates are still very accommodative...although the FED left that word out of the statement today. Watching Powell is like watching your Accounting professor discuss reconciling the balance sheet on a late spring afternoon. He and the FED continue to use words like transitory, gradual and appropriate, a decade into a recovery and we are still using these words. The dot plots are all calling for continued hikes peaking around 3.25/3.65%. We view this as highly opportunistic and we do not think the global economy nor the domestic economy will be able to absorb such a short rate given the sheer size of global debt growth. For those that haven’t seen, we often use our own “dot plot” picture:

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