After a banging start to the week, stocks look ready to sell at Tuesday’s start on stronger-than-expected retail sales, with bond yields on the march higher.
If you’re among the investors fearing a stock-market failure, our call of the day has some ideas that aren’t going to break the bank, given where those shares in question have been trading so far this year.
Those ideas come from Phoenix-based Smead Capital Management, which has laid out its assessment of where things stand in a new investor letter. The year has been tough for value managers like Smead, whose value fund SVFAX, is up about 2% year-to-date as of Sept. 30, but an annualized 16.7% over three years.
Lead portfolio manager Bill Smead and his son, co-portfolio manager Cole Smead, think this year will end up in the history books for a mania/bubble over Magnificent 7 tech stocks and AI.
And while that will “end badly,” they see some of the capital tied up in that making its way “into whatever investors gravitate toward in the future.”
They believe the market is in the “early stages of a commodity supercycle,” with a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in oil and gas shares.” Those stocks have “dramatically underperformed the price of oil this year and have created what we believe is an excellent short-term buying opportunity of the industry,” they say.
Here’s their chart showing where the current supercycle is tracking:
The second call from the Smead managers looks to cash in on the “upcoming dominance” of the social media generation — the millennials who represent a hefty and biggest 72.24 million chunk of the population as of 2022.
“The inverted yield curve and the Fed tightening are scaring people away from economically sensitive businesses that should benefit the most from the fact there are 40% more millennials in the 27-42 year-old age group than the Gen Xers who preceded them.
“Any economic contraction that would bring interest rates down would kick in strong economic activity from this powerhouse population group,” say the Smead managers.
And while the housing market is tough for both buyers and sellers right now, thanks to high interest rates, the managers are betting on home builders, financial institutions and retail-oriented companies to “feed off the millennial move to the suburbs.”
Their picks include: D.R. Horton
which is down 2.7% this year, American Express
up 2.4% and U-Haul
unchanged this year. If that call is right, then indeed it may be a cheap time to pick up those millennial bets.
“This era is providing us the opportunity to own high return-on-equity companies trading at very depressed prices relative to the average stock and at a huge discount to the shares dominating the S&P 500 index,” say Smead.
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Retail sales rose 0.7%, stronger than the 0.3% gain that was expected for September. Industrial production is due at 9:15 a.m., followed by a home builders confidence index at 10 a.m. A handful of Fed speakers are also ahead,
Bank of America
and Bank of New York Mellon
are up on earnings beats, and Goldman Sachs
beat Wall Street’s pared estimates, but shares are flat. Johnson & Johnson stock
is climbing after beating forecasts and lifting guidance. And analysts are upbeat ahead of Netflix’s
earnings on Wednesday.
Check out MarketWatch’s live earnings coverage here.
Iran’s foreign minister has warned of “pre-emptive action” against Israel in the coming hours over its bombardment of Gaza. President Joe Biden heads to Israel and Jordan on Wednesday to meet Israeli and Arab leaders as concerns grow of an expanding conflict.
A House speaker vote is coming at noon, with Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan stacking up the votes.
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