Market Action Summary: 11/19/18

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S&P 500 Overview: Direction Unclear as Negativity Builds

  • Extreme negativity in tech dominating sentiment.
  • Upside risk if 2700 holds. Otherwise 2018 low around 2530 potentially in play.
  • Watching 20DMA, 30DMA for direction as index chops around 2700.
  • Market still in longer-term uptrend.
  • Transports not confirming bearishness.
  • Is negativity too extreme?

Company & Sector News More Bearish Than Economy

  • Energy / oil is down because of U.S. production, OPEC missteps — not just weak demand/recession.
  • Tech is down for a series of its own reasons.
  • Tech factoid: Data-center REITs (DLR, EQIX) lagging despite REIT strength.
  • Jobless claims still near long-term lows. Manufacturing still positive.
  • Fed may be turning dovish.

Noteworthy Calls:

  • Bob Doll of Nuveen, Michael Hartnett of BAML see more downside in S&P 500.
  • Steve Cohen: Bear market coming as economy slows
  • Chintawongvanich of Wells: Need to see more panic for this to be bottom.
  • Conference Board: CEOs don’t see economic slowdown yet.
  • Hatzius of GS: US to slow amid less stimulus but avoid recession.
  • Warren Buffett amassing banks.

Don’s Watch List:

  • Manufactured housing in focus: Cavco Industries (CVCO), Patrick Industries (PATK), Sun Communities (SUI)
  • Campbell Soup (CPB) reports tomorrow morning, November 20.
  • BJ’s Wholesale (BJ) reports tomorrow afternoon, November 20.

Russell’s Watch List:

  • Tesla Motors (TSLA): Lone gainer in the tech world.
  • Apple (AAPL) holding $190 zone. Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) at 50-day MA.
  • Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Pfizer (PFE), Merck (MRK), Eli Lilly (LLY) impervious to selloff.
  • Survival of the dullest: Coca Cola (KO), Procter & Gamble (PG), Verizon (VZ), Starbucks (SBUX), PepsiCo (PEP)
  • Gold miners (GDX) may turn higher as Fed gets dovish.
  • Homebuilders (ITB) holding long-term support. Rose on bad news today.
  • Wireless tower REITs outperforming since October crash: AMT, CCI, SBAC
  • CubeSmart (CUBE) is a long-term mover no one’s ever heard of.

Items to Watch Going Forward:

  • 11/28: GDP revision, Jerome Powell speech.
  • 11/27: Potential Brexit ruling.
  • 11/30-12/1: G20 meeting.
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