Some short-term offshore trade ideas for the week, focussed on the U.S. markets.
Month: August 2020
Over the last few weeks the tone of the Weekly game plan and the trade ideas coming out of the International outlook blogs have become somewhat more bearish. Whether or not we are completely missing the mark here is still to be seen, however we are becoming more and more concerned about the sustainability of the current developed market (particularly U.S.) rally.
Gold and silver have been the talk of the town amongst most professional investors in recent months. With the Fed printing the dollar into oblivion, gold caught a decent bid and became massively overbought, along with its cheaper brother silver. Gold and silver sentiment became extreme and as you know, when the hysteria hits the market, it’s normally the end of the bull run. We have now had a decent retracement and believe that we can start looking at gold shares again for a bounce.
Building on some of the thoughts we shared in our blog post last week (U.S. commentary), we want to start off the weekly game plan by urging caution. We need to remain ‘trend followers’ and keep dancing while the music is playing, but we must acknowledge the possibility that the carpet can be swept out from under us at any minute. Most importantly, we need to be ready to jump when the carpet is pulled so that we don’t fall flat on our faces… but also not spend the entire party just jumping up and down in the middle of where everyone else is trying to have a good time. It is best then to keep a flexible ‘everything is temporary’ mindset, and be open and ready to change our views when presented with evidence contrary to what we might think we know.
So, in the depths of the COVID gloom there was talk of a depression and stocks dropping another 50% from the lows. There was absolute conviction that you should not be buying. Now, after one of the most insane V-shaped recoveries we have ever seen, most analysts tell you to buy Apple, Tesla and anything tech-related as we have entered a new type of world. And yes, a V-shaped recovery… as most analysts say it isn’t happening, but it’s a clear V – as you see in the chart of the Nasdaq. Anyway, the consensus has swung from “don’t buy” when it was low to “buy everything” here and now? We disagree. We think it’s time to go risk-off.
Over the last few weeks we’ve noticed a trend among the tax queries we are receiving. Rather a lot of the questions we’ve received have been around the tax treatment of income generated from trading and investment activities, over and above salaries earned. We’ve received questions like; how do I report additional income on my taxes?, how do I claim stock losses on my taxes?, what is a tax directive? Therefore we thought it would be helpful if we shared some tax guidance for individuals with multiple income streams.
Some of our U.S. trades ideas on GILD, INTC and NFLX.
We’re not going to get into too much detail here today. The world is looking forward to a COVID-19 vaccine and we think that markets will likely continue to respond positively. On the home front, it seems that most of the lockdown restrictions are being lifted as well, which will likely positively boost selected sectors and stocks in the week ahead.
There does not seem to be too many good setups around at this stage, and the only relatively attractive setups are slightly longer-term in nature. That is, on a swing trading basis were trades are taken for a number of weeks, rather than just a few days or hours. A catalyst might come in the form of Trump signing an executive order to provide further coronavirus relief directly to US households.
After strong earnings reports from tech stocks in the U.S. and more rhetoric around continued stimulus, markets closed last week on a strong note. We’re sticking to the good old technicals for this week and highlighting some of the stocks that we have been watching.