An ECB meeting, Fed minutes, U.S. inflation data and an emergency EU summit on Brexit are all lined up for investors (more details on all of that below). But this may all be a sideshow for Friday’s earnings and to be sure, after another IMF global growth downgrade and fresh trade tensions between the U.S. and Europe have dinged sentiment.
Disappointed that the S&P 500 on Tuesday snapped its longest string of victories since October of 2017, as Apple also narrowly missed a 10-day winning run? South African-based money manager Vestact notes that the iPhone maker has only notched four 10-day win streaks in its history as a public company, in an emailed note to clients.
“Think about that. Apple, the first listed company to be worth $1 trillion, has only had four 10-day winning streaks. Despite creating vast shareholder wealth over time, it has not all been happy days,” says Vestact.
Elsewhere in the technology sector, investors will note the Nasdaq Composite Index has been coming about 2.5% of last August’s record close of 8,109.69 for the last several sessions — a veritably stone’s throw away.
Our call of the day, from Daily Wealth blogger and Stansberry Research analyst, Steve Sjuggerud, says investors may be losing their nerve over tech stocks at precisely the wrong moment, and stand to miss out on more big gains.
He points to the most recent Commitment of Traders report, from the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), which shows positioning of big institutional traders and small speculators and can sometimes indicate future direction of equities and other assets.
“Futures traders recently made record bets on lower prices for tech stocks. The last time we saw a similar extreme was last spring. The index spent the next several months marching higher, rising by double-digit percentage