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Stock Market Outlook for August 29, 2019


While the yield of the 30-year treasury bond continues to reach unprecedented levels, price of the investment has reached a pivotal level around the mid-point of its long-term rising trend channel.

 

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Axis Capital Holdings Ltd. (NYSE:AXS) Seasonal Chart

Axis Capital Holdings Ltd. (NYSE:AXS) Seasonal Chart

CVB Financial Corp. (NASD:CVBF) Seasonal Chart

CVB Financial Corp. (NASD:CVBF) Seasonal Chart

China Southern Airlines Co. Ltd. (NYSE:ZNH) Seasonal Chart

China Southern Airlines Co. Ltd. (NYSE:ZNH) Seasonal Chart

 

 

The Markets

Stocks drifted higher on Wednesday in typical month-end fashion as  investment managers reallocated portfolios before August comes to a close.  The S&P 500 Index added close to two-thirds of one percent, trading back to its declining 20-day moving average, a level that the benchmark has struggled around through the course of the month.  The energy, consumer discretionary, and industrial sectors each posted performance in excess of 1% during the session as investors flocked to those areas that they are underweight; the much loved utilities sector was the lone decliner on the session.  This end of summer lift has typically supported stocks into the middle of September as the low volume trading environment around the Labor Day holiday creates a vacuum for stocks to move mildly higher.

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The activity in the bond market continues to capture attention.  The yield on the 30-year treasury note fell to a record low below 2% and is now undercutting the yield of the S&P 500 Index at 1.94% for the first time ever.  These are unprecedented times with the cost of borrowing an any point along the curve seemingly on a path towards zero as investors buy the asset not for the income, but rather the capital appreciation.  This creates a lack of commitment to the fixed income asset class as it is used more of a trading vehicle given the lacklustre income it generates for buy-and-hold investors.  The price of the 30-year treasury note has reached an important pivotal level in its long-term trend of higher-highs and higher-lows.  Price is testing the mid-point of its rising trading range, a level that has historically fuelled reaction in the bond and equity markets.  While there is no telling what the longer-term implications of extraordinarily low rates will be, in the shorter-term it is overwhelmingly positive as the cost of borrowing is cheaper for businesses and consumers and equity valuations are improved.

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On schedule for the Wednesday session, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) released the status of petroleum inventories in the US.  The EIA reports that oil stockpiles fell by 10.0 million barrels last week, while both gasoline and distillate inventories fell by 2.1 million barrels. The days of supply of oil fell by seven-tenths to 24.4, while gasoline saw its days of supply contract by half of a day to 23.7. The average for each at this time of year is 21.7 and 23.0, respectively. Subscribe now to read our analysis of what the prospects are for the price of oil into the end of summer.

Weekly U.S. Days of Supply of Crude Oil excluding SPR  (Number of Days) Seasonal Chart

Sentiment on Wednesday, as gauged by the put-call ratio, ended  bearish at 1.18.

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Seasonal charts of companies reporting earnings today:

Abercrombie & Fitch Company (ANF) Seasonal Chart Ambarella, Inc. (AMBA) Seasonal Chart American Outdoor Brands Corporation (AOBC) Seasonal Chart Best Buy Co., Inc. (BBY) Seasonal Chart  Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (BBW) Seasonal Chart Burlington Stores, Inc. (BURL) Seasonal Chart Dollar General Corporation (DG) Seasonal Chart Dollar Tree, Inc. (DLTR) Seasonal Chart EDAP TMS S.A. (EDAP) Seasonal Chart Golar LNG Limited (GLNG) Seasonal Chart Golar LNG Partners LP (GMLP) Seasonal Chart KNOT Offshore Partners LP (KNOP) Seasonal Chart Malibu Boats, Inc. (MBUU) Seasonal Chart Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (MRVL) Seasonal Chart Methode Electronics, Inc. (MEI) Seasonal Chart Patterson Companies, Inc. (PDCO) Seasonal Chart Sanderson Farms, Inc. (SAFM) Seasonal Chart Spark Networks, Inc. (LOV) Seasonal Chart Tech Data Corporation (TECD) Seasonal Chart The Cooper Companies, Inc. (COO) Seasonal Chart The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (HAIN) Seasonal Chart Titan Machinery Inc. (TITN) Seasonal Chart Toronto Dominion Bank (The) (TD) Seasonal Chart Ulta Beauty, Inc. (ULTA) Seasonal Chart Workday, Inc. (WDAY) Seasonal Chart

 

 

S&P 500 Index

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