State of The Markets | Stocks Up, Yields Down Amid Mixed Sentiments


Stocks up, yields down amid mixed sentiments. US stocks climbed higher on Thursday, led by defensive sectors as risk averse investors bid on bonds and sent yields lower in a mixed market sentiment. Nasdaq (+1.62%) climbed the most, followed by Russell (+1.27%), S&P (+0.95%) and Dow (+0.64%). The 10Y benchmark slipped to 3.09% while the 2Y closed at 3.01% as the Dollar stands firm above the 104.40 mark.

In the commodities market, recession fears and Dollar strength sent major commodities lower with crude settled lower below $103.30/bl while gold at around $1,822.50/oz. Elsewhere, iron ore rebounded on hope of China reopening demand and settled higher around $131.45/tn as New York closed.

In the FX space, short term traders bought the oversold Yen with Swiss and Kiwi while sending Euro, Aussie and Loonie to offers. Sentiments were mixed as the high beta Kiwi is in demand alongside the safe haven Swiss and Yen while King Dollar retreated to offers in the short term accounts.

On Friday, as markets going into month end, we might see further bidding in defensive sectors like utilities (XLU), healthcare (XLV) and consumer staples (XLP) as the thin calendar only bears the earnings report from Carmax (KMX) and Carnival (CCL) as well as the latest outlook in consumer sentiments and new home sales.

OUR PICK – No New Picks

No new picks going into the weekend. A week of outflow from major markets – US equity for $2.7 billion, $11.2 billion out of the taxable bond funds and $1.9 billion out of money markets. Apparently long term investors are cashing out and sitting on the sideline waiting for better opportunities to scoop some bargains in value and growth names as well as adding to the core. As oil prices come down, so does gasoline at the pump, hopefully we’ll see peak inflation and another leg of relief rally soon.

Trades updates:

Equities: We continue to see resiliency in VIPS (27% undervalued with 4.78 z-score) while T (9% undervalued, 5.39% yields), CRON (26% undervalued with 27.69 z-score), and WBA (31% undervalued, 4.67% yields) rebound this week. We still see M (47% undervalued, 3.30% yields) offers better opportunities for long term investors.

**FX & Commodities: AUD/JPY **reached short term TP1 while USD/JPY was stopped out.

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