At this week’s close, the FANG stocks were valued at just under $1.2 trillion, meaning they have gained $450 billion of market cap or 60% during the last 11 months - even as their combined earnings for the September LTM period were up by only 13%. In a word, the gamblers are piling on to the last train out of the station. And that means look out below!
While FANG (Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, Google) has become ubiquitous among the retail investing public still 'trading stocks', now it is time to meet NOSH (Nike, O'Reilly, Starbucks, Home Depot). The reason is simple - without these 8 stocks, the S&P 500 would be down year-to-date... "solid foundation" for the next leg in the bull market? Or teetering inverted pyramid scheme?
Never mind that one of the "smartest people in the room" just dumped 15% of his stake, Facebook fanboys are buying the stock's dip with both hands and feet... you can't keep a good momo stock down.
Another month-start massive short-squeeze...
In a "world of disappointments", where beta is king and where alpha has become a joke (or, now that equity is a risk-free asset and debt is risky, is outright punished) where growth no longer exists, drowning under the weight of $200 trillion in debt, and where value strategies have been all but forgotten replaced instead with "stories" about companies that have no cash flows but just might be "the next big thing" (one day), what should one to do? Why, engage in the most idiotic of strategies: chase momentum.
To believe this isn’t a bubble is to believe that all of the hot momo money from insti’s, high/biotech, flipper, flappers, fraudsters, and foreigners buying houses is fundamental and here to stay, which is exactly what everybody thought in 2006. Or, to believe that interest rates will keep falling 1% per year going forward, which would lend an element of support to prices.
In a day in which the walking dead were on the verge of going green (Twitter nearly wiped out its entire loss following last night's earnings), there was some hope that momo stocks would finally make a come back. Alas, for the company which we first dubbed "camera on a stick" it was just not meant to be.
WTI Crude is back above $50 to its highest in almost 3 months following a 10%-plus gain on the week (the 2nd best since Jan 2009). This surge has sparked the biggest surge in European and US Oil & Gas stocks since 2008 as Bloomberg notes, output from the world’s biggest consumer drops and Shell and PIMCO claim the worst may be over (while Goldman sees "lower for longer" suggesting this rally is a squeeze). However, while Energy stocks and raw materials are soaring, credit markets remain notably less impressed.
It was just a matter of time before the market realized that the happy days for biotechs are now over. Sure enough, a quick glance at the Nasdaq Biotech Index reveals that after a modest drop yesterday when mostly Valeant was punished, the weakness today is widespread and is hitting the entire biotech sector which moments ago was down a whopping 6.4%, and just over 3,000, the biotech sector is once again not only red for the year, but danger of taking out the 2015 lows hit in the last days of September.
Stocks are down hard, JPY momo is not working, nor is VIX... time to break something...
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