CNBC Closing Bell
This morning I joined Ade Nurul Safrina on CNBC “Closing Bell” Indonesia to discuss the Fed’s move yesterday, Emerging Markets, Earnings and Markets Outlook moving forward.
As many of you know, Cooper-Standard (CPS) started as one of our largest three positions (by capital deployed) in May of 2022 and has grown into our largest position through price appreciation.
Those of you who listen to the podcast|videocast and were in at the $4-6 range are now up at least ~3x+ or ~200%+. Even if you first heard about it on Liz Claman’s The Claman Countdown on Fox Business on June 7, 2022 or on December 28, 2022 with Kelly O’Grady, you still have at least a double or triple so far.
This week when GM reported, it became evident that the thesis is playing out exactly as we presented last May:
For another look-through on Auto production, you need only listen to the colorful CEO of Cliff’s Natural Resources. He not only lays out the bull case for autos, he has a bit of unsolicited advice for the host (a must listen)!
CPS reports Thursday, August 3 (after the bell).
A couple months back we put out a very unconventional pick in 3M (MMM):
Like Liz Claman (above), Charles Payne is not afraid of featuring managers who think differently from the crowd. It’s what makes their shows the best in the business.
After beating earnings and raising guidance this week, Bank of America upgraded the stock and forward estimates:
MMM is now coming out of its slumber and starting to move:
With the PFAS settlement reached last month, and the Earplug litigation mediation expected to resolve in coming months, the catalysts are lining up to begin a significant recovery:
When I said on Charles Payne’s show that “this will be the last chance to buy Alibaba under $100,” I wasn’t kidding:
We anticipated the Politburo meeting to be a catalyst for Chinese markets and it has been:
Here are the key takeaways summarized by Reuters:
As we mentioned in our now famous “Sea Change” article from June 1, Banks and Small caps are now leading the way:
From June 1, 2023:
Everything you need to know about the Fed Meeting is summarized by these lines in Nick Timiraos’ (The Fed Whisperer) article following the Fed Meeting:
The Fed is done. They just don’t know it yet…
2 Jobs reports and 2 inflation reports before the September meeting will put the final nail in the coffin of relentless tightening. If they stop (correctly), they will be able to keep rates elevated for some time. If they overshoot (lower probability), they will be cutting in months…
As a friendly reminder, we are moving into a seasonally weak period and volatility is to be expected. We anticipate normal 3-5% pullbacks (if they come) will be met by a large institutional bid playing “catch up” into year end – in an attempt to salvage performance that is devastatingly missing their benchmarks year-to-date (present company not included):
Now onto the shorter term view for the General Market:
In this week’s AAII Sentiment Survey result, Bullish Percent dropped to 44.9% from 51.4% the previous week. Bearish Percent rose to 24.1% from 21.5%. The retail investor is still optimistic. This can stay elevated for some time based on positioning coming into these levels, but it would not surprise us to see a little give-back in coming weeks (even if we were to push a bit higher first). Keep in mind, institutional investors are nowhere near fully invested yet, so there will be a persistent bid on any bumpy pullbacks through year-end.
The CNN “Fear and Greed” ticked down from 82 last week to 80 this week. Sentiment is hot and has remained pinned for several weeks.
And finally, the NAAIM (National Association of Active Investment Managers Index) moved up to 99.05% this week from 93.34% equity exposure last week. Managers have been chasing the rally.
*Opinion, not advice. See “terms” at hedgefundtips.com.