Cliff Notes - Good Night Little Bear

September 1, 2020

In This Week's Update:

Back in the dark ages before TikTok, one of my generation’s favorite books as youngsters was the warm and reassuring Richard Scarry’s “Good Night Little Bear”.  Little Bear always stalled, but his Dad patiently got him ready for a good night’s sleep.  What peaceful reading it was!

Investors have had a few sleepless nights this year too, but thanks to the Fed, the Govt, and medical and civilian action, investor see a brighter dawn, and have put the bear to sleep for now.   

The bear market of 2020 officially ended last week as the S&P500 recovered over 50% from the March 23rd low.  But plenty of worries abound, so we focus on investor fortitude this week.

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Cliff Notes - Good News Bad News

August 14, 2020

After last week’s job release I performed a little research.  First, I went to FoxNew’s website to see the fresh headline shout “Blow Out Jobs Numbers.”  Then I went to CNN’s site to see a more-dour “Employment STILL a Disaster.”   The truth was somewhere in the middle, but a clear indication of the virulently partisan world we live in today. 

Although US fiscal stimulus negotiations soured last week, equities continued their trajectory upward. Stronger-than-expected Q2 earnings, continued tech sector momentum, vaccine hopes, lower jobless claims, and a better-than-expected July jobs report helped the S&P 500 rise 2.49% higher last week. 

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Cliff Notes - The Golden Apple

August 7, 2020

In This Week's Update:

Apple passed Saudi Arabia’s monstrous AramaCo last week to become the largest company on the planet at $1.85 trillion, following a massive quarterly report of nearly $60 billion in 2nd quarter revenue, earnings UP 18% and return on equity at stunning 70.7%.

US stock markets continue to rally and beat the world on the strength and concentration of the tech sector.  When Marc Andreeson wrote his now-famous “Why Software is Eating the World” technology was 18% of the S&P500 – now it is 33% on its way to a probable 40%.

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Cliff Notes - The 2nd Wave

June 15, 2020


In This Week's Update - 

  • Markets declined last week on renewed fears of what a 2nd coronovirus wave portends.
  •  Measures to contain the virus are gradually being eased in many developed economies.
  • May’s data suggested the worst of the contraction may be behind us, but we see a bumpy restart in coming months. We are tracking the interplay of containment measures and mobility changes on activity as economies have started to reopen.
  • The unprecedented policy response has boosted markets, leaving a potential second wave of infections and policy implementation as key risks. U.S. Congress is headed for a fiscal cliff as jobless benefits, state support and payroll protection measures are expiring soon.

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Cliff Notes - Starship S&P500 Blasts Off

June 9, 2020

In This Week's Update:

-Elon Musk's SpaceX had the 1st private, human space launch ever last week, with NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken taking the S&P500 with them apparently.

-Stocks rallied hugely Friday on an unexpected decline in US unemployment, which despite some grumbling, clearly showed improvement

-The stocks in sectors pummeled the worst so far this year (leisure, hospitality, energy, gaming) all saw eye-popping gains during the week

-Measures taken to control the virus are gradually being eased in many developed economies

-May's data suggested the worst of the contraption may be behind us, but we see a bumpy restart in coming months

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