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Morning Commentary


By Charles Payne, CEO & Principal Analyst
9/2/2020 9:07 AM

On Tuesday, all eyes were on tech stocks and new breakout darlings, such as Zoom Video Communications (ZM) and CrowdStrike (CRWD), but there was another source of market excitement -the economic rebound.

Most Wall Street experts said a V-shaped recovery was impossible, and it turns out they were right, although they were wrong. 

More and more economic data are creating checkmarks. The latest example was from the Institute of Supply Management (ISM) Manufacturing data, which crushed consensus. Powered by a surge in new orders (the most important component), manufacturing climbed to the highest level since January 2019:

ISM Manufacturing

United States ISM Purchasing Managers Index (PMI)

Observations from the report:

Buyers Fan Out

Market breadth improved. Although the overall volume remains light, there were finally more winners than losers on the NY Stock Exchange.

There was also a noticeable jump in 52-week lows on the NASDAQ, underscoring the ‘haves and have-nots’, an element of the market that has been lost in the media narrative of mass hysteria.

Market Breadth









52 Week High



52 Week Low









The Message of the Market

The rotation out of old-school havens into Technology and Communication Services continues, but Industrials and Materials attracted significant buying as well.

S&P 500 Index



Communication Services XLC



Consumer Discretionary XLY



Consumer Staples XLP



Energy XLE



Financials XLF



Health Care XLV



Industrials XLI



Materials XLB



Real Estate XLRE



Technology XLK



Utilities XLU




An eclectic mix of names topped the list of the biggest percentage winners, suggesting we are buying lingerie, shopping online with Walmart, and still think nothing beats cocooning (forced or otherwise) with Netflix. While it’s not sexy, the jump in chemical names was the best news for the broad economy.

L Brands Inc. (LB)



Albemarle (ALB)



Walmart (WMT)



Westrock (WRK)



Netflix (NFLX)



Eastman Chemical (EMN)



Dow, Inc. (DOW)



Portfolio Approach

Yesterday, we added to Consumer Discretionary, and today we are adding a new position in Technology in our Hotline Model Portfolio.

Today’s Session

Equity futures have been higher all morning, powdered by familiar names, and even a couple of surprising names.  But there is concern about the ADP Employment Report, which came in well below consensus.  The street was looking for 1.17 million, the actual number was 428,000.  Small business job creation is particularly worrisome. 

Don’t Bury Me Yet

Guess (GES)

-Loss $0.01 per share vs -$0.58 consensus

-Revenues -40% $398.5M vs $384.82M

-Gross Margin 36.9% vs 29.6% consensus

-Operating margin -0.2% vs 7% y/y

-Resumed dividend

-No guidance

Macy’s (M)

-Loss $0.81 per share vs -$1.80 consensus

-Revenue -35.9% $3.56B vs $3.51B

-Comps (ex-licensed departments) -34.7% vs. consensus of -34%

-Gross margin of 23.6%, an improvement of approximately 650 basis points from first quarter 2020

-No guidance


I enjoyed your presentation w/ Dave today. I'm glad the stock slices were covered for new cash limited investors. The protective trailing stop on market buys is something that could help limit risk for the folks that can't watch their positions closely as they work.
Best Regards,
George Massey
Your book was great & I particularly got a lot out of the chart analysis in it , as well as the webinars.

George F Massey III on 9/2/2020 6:14:32 PM
I'm surprised that given Apple's projected introduction of certain 5G models in Sept. that it's stock sagged 2.07% today. Is it still considered a good buy early this month, or should investors wait until quarterly earnings are reported for Apple between Sept. 28th and October 2nd to buy in? What your opinion?

Frank on 9/2/2020 6:25:11 PM

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