Weekly Chartology (In Which We Discover That David Kostin Is Now Hedged For Every Possible Outcome)
Goldman's David Kostin, as usual, provides this week all you can eat chart buffett. In this latest edition we also find out that Goldman is also very good at hedging for every possible outcome: while calling for 1,200 on the S&P by year end (and 1,160 in three months, meaning in December the market will have to rise by 40 points), Kostin also admits that recommended sectors have generated -42 bps of alpha YTD, the recently introduced low operating leverage trade was down 1.9% in the past week, the long dividend growth stocks strategy lost 0.7%, yet all this was hedged with a long BRIC sales trade (up 1.1%), and a long Sharpe ratio strat (up 0.8%). Of course, all those strategies will likely net out to zero on a weekly basis going forward, as Kostin now has all bases covered. Some observations: "The S&P 500 was up 4.2% this week. Materials was the best performing sector this week (+6.0%) while Consumer Staples was the worst performing sector (+2.4%)." This is only fitting as Materials was the sector most beaten down going into the last week of August, and there is nothing like a little short covering rally to pass for a new bull market. All this and more inside.