Good breadth is a sign of a high-quality market. And we just haven’t been seeing that lately. The bulk of the S&P’s gains have come from just five stocks: Tesla, Nvidia, Google, Microsoft and Apple. Meanwhile, more and more stocks keep declining. It’s like a dangerous game of stock market Jenga. The tower is still there, but pull out the wrong block, and it all comes tumbling down. Could a Fed interest-rate hike bring about the big downfall? Ted Bauman and Clint Lee talk about the best- and worst-case scenarios, which types of stocks would be hit the hardest once the Fed pulls back, industries that are likely to do well and the perfect defensive ETF.
Now, anyone who enjoys toiling in the kitchen has their favorite foods. For me, just about any Cajun dish will do. And in the world of Cajun cooking, you quickly learn that the “holy trinity” of onion, bell pepper and celery are the foundation for many recipes. In the same way, you need that trinity — that backbone — for a solid foundation that underpins your investment outlook. You’re in luck. You might not get to taste any of my Cajun dishes soon, but I can give you that investment foundation…
Markets were down sharply this morning as fears of a possible Lehman Brothers 2.0 unfolds in China. Still, the S&P 500 has defied reason this year, as a handful of big, strong companies, such as Amazon and Facebook, keep pulling the market higher. Beneath the surface though, most stocks are in correction territory. This kind of “breadth deterioration” has preceded many significant market declines. So … is it time to get out of stocks? Ted and Clint show you what’s going on behind the curtain and reiterate a classic strategy to help you get ahead. Plus, you’ll see that big names aren’t the only way to play this lopsided market with the three stock picks they reveal at the end of the video.
Continuing our discussion on breadth this week, I want to take a long-term look to put the recent weakness into perspective…
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