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Morning Commentary

Angst Weighing on Investors

By Charles Payne, CEO & Principal Analyst
3/30/2021 9:35 AM

It was another intriguing session yesterday, where overall angst and pockets of serious selling were not reflected in the quotes of the major indices.  The S&P 500 was down fractionally, as five of the eleven sectors eked out gains, while profit-taking hit Energy stocks (crude was higher), and the Archegos fallout pressured the Financial sector.

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



Market Breadth

A look under the hood reveals the degree of pressure the market truly faced yesterday.  Declining issues on the NASDAQ were three to one to advancers, and down volume was significantly higher on both major exchanges.

Market Breadth









52 Week High



52 Week Low



Up Volume



Down Volume




Individual Names

At the close yesterday, there were 403 winners in the S&P 500 with an average gain of 15.5%. 

The damage is in the NASDAQ, which now has 398 losers for the year with an average decline of 15.48%.  The high-flyers that have come down hard are the real issue.  The twenty worst performers on the NASDAQ are down an average of 48.25%.

As you know, many of the stocks under the most pressure also have outsized influence on major indices. 

Safe Haven

Early in yesterday’s session, Consumer Staples was the best performing sector.  It finished higher, and it beginning to build momentum since breaking through key resistance. The sector was briefly the big pandemic winner last spring, as investors that didn’t sell and head for the hills, dove into these solid names.  In the past six months, I have watched a lot of value stocks, typically low Beta names, take off like mega growth high Beta names (see VIAC). 

Could Staples not only be a great place to chill for a moment but also outperform while investors wait for a number of issues to settle down?

We added a Consumer Staple name on Friday in the Hotline Model portfolio and have others high up on our potential buy list.


Portfolio Approach

There were no changes to our Hotline Model Portfolio yesterday.


Today’s Session

The ten-year yield is creeping higher once again, and the NASDAQ Composite is looking lower once again.  The yield is taking out the recent high point, and while it doesn’t feel like an eruption, it’s a reminder that the bias is to the upside.  The question is how high it goes from here?

10Y & NASDAQ Composite

Voice of Optimism

Yesterday, President Biden spoke about mask mandates and echoed comments from the head of the CDC, Janet Walensky, who shares her feeling of impending doom.

I get her heartfelt comments, but I’m from the school of optimism.  I think politicians in general are far too pessimism, especially when they are out of power.  

I’m not doctor or scientist, but I think its time to look to optimism on Covid-19, and the rebound of the United States, and even the rest of the world.



It's good to be optimistic ! Thanks Charles.

Lorin K on 3/30/2021 11:19:27 AM
Thank you for the uplifting VOICE in todays "GLOOM AND DOOM NEWS"

Al Bruning on 3/30/2021 12:53:03 PM
On march 29 TX announced that new covid cases were down for the 17th straight week. president Biden should be called Dr. Gloom or Dr No

william slutz on 3/30/2021 5:26:39 PM

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