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Equity Market Insights – Strong Signs of Sector and Style Rotation

It’s Happening- Signs of Sector and Style Rotation

  • Value sectors are gaining momentum while Growth sectors such as Tech is losing steam quickly
  • Similarly, strategies such as low volatility are gaining ground at the expense of pure momentum strategies
  • The last month has been brutal for equity investors but some signs of stability have emerged
    • Higher rates contributed to this as well as slower expected global growth due to an escalation of tariffs
  • YTD US large and small caps are in positive territory
    • The S&P 500 is up 5.7% for the year while the Russell 2000 is up a meager 1.9%
    • International strategies have underperformed due both to local market returns and a strong USD

Countries & Region:

  • The carnage continues among Chinese stocks
  • Commodity indices took a beating last week (due to oil primarily) while the Real Estate market kept recovering
  • In the US Value out-performed Value over the last 5 trading by over 40 bp
  • In international markets Value outperformed Growth by 90 bp
    • Traditional Value sectors such as Utilities and Staples outperformed along with Health Care
  • Health Care and Technology are the two best sectors YTD but Tech has been losing momentum

 

Style & Sector:

  • In the US, we saw a strong size effect last week with mega-caps outperforming
  • Value once again out-performed Growth as the Utilities, Health Care and Real Estate performed well
  • Growth and Momentum keep dominating YTD among US stocks but the lead is shrinking
  • Developed international markets were flat last week but EM equities took yet another hit
  • EM LATAM continues extremely volatile and driven by politics

This Coming Week:

  • Risk Aversion should stay high and we expect choppy markets this coming week again
  • Equity Technicals have deteriorated but have recovered from the ugliness of prior weeks
  • Tax loss selling is likely to intensify in the next few weeks
  • Tariff wars are taking a bite with the IMF recently citing trade wars as the main reason for a cut in their forecast of global growth
  • Small caps have massively under-performed large caps over the last 3 months – risk is being shunned at the moment
  • Will EM equities recover? Seems to be all about the direction of the US dollar at the moment. Pretty beat up despite stronger fundamentals
  • REITS have performed extremely well and are YTD only slightly behind US equities
  • Q3 reporting is heavy in the US – looking for commentary on tariffs, slowing growth and inflationary pressures

To read our weekly report including style factor breakdowns please click  here

Eric J. Weigel

Global Focus Capital LLC

eweigel@gf-cap.com

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