Below please find subscribers’ Q&A for the Mad Hedge Fund Trader June 6 Global Strategy Webinar .
As usual, every asset class long and short was covered. You are certainly an inquisitive lot, and keep those questions coming!
Q: What does the coming Kim Jong-Un summit with North Korea mean for the market?
A: It means absolutely nothing for the market. The entire North Korean threat has been wildly exaggerated as a distraction from the chaos in Washington. Whatever North Korea agrees to, we will not see any follow through; they won’t buy the Libyan model of denuclearizing North Korea for fear of their leader meeting the same end as Libya’s Khadafy (i.e. being hunted and shot in a storm drain.) North Korea will never give up its nuclear weapons.
Q: What do you do at market tops?
A: Well, hopefully if you’re reading this letter you’re long up the wazoo, so you sell everything you have. Then, wait for a double top in the market (which is clear as day) and falling volume. You start looking at things like the ProShares Ultra Short S&P 500 ETF (SDS). That’s the -2X version (there’s the (SH), which is the -1X short S&P 500) and you just start buying outright puts on a lot of different things, particularly the overbought sectors of the market, which are generally pretty obvious. It’s also good to look for a stock that has made a new high and has negative money flow.
Q: Why are the banks doing so poorly?
A: I believe they fully discounted all of this year’s interest rate hikes last year when the stocks nearly doubled. We just talked about a technical setups; Goldman Sachs (GS), Bank of America (BAC), and other stocks had those bear setups. At this point, I believe they’re coming down to a place of support and probably getting a decent dead cat bounce. They’ve had their selloff, they had their run, and it was triggered by one of the best technical short setup patterns you’ll see.
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Q: Would you buy financials here?
A: Absolutely not. It’s unclear why they’re doing so badly, but I would not buy it with anyone’s money. Their earnings growth is nowhere what you see with technology stocks.
Q: Is crude oil poised for the next leg up?
A: No, it’s not. The oil game may be over if they rush to overproduce once again. It’s clearly been artificially boosted to get the Saudi Aramco IPO done. After the end of the quota system, you can get oil back down to the $50’s easily. I don’t want to touch it here; if anything, I’m more inclined to buy it if we get down to the $50s’s, which would essentially be the February low.
Q: Is the U.S. dollar overbought here?
A: Yes. The dollar has had a great run all year, which is evident from the rising interest rates. It’s done a 10% move up in a fairly short time, which is a lot for the foreign exchange market. Its way overbought; you could easily get a round of profit taking in the dollar, either going into or right after the next Fed interest rate hike in two weeks. I’m staying away from the currencies. There are too many better fish to fry in the equities.
Q: Can you expect Tech to keep going up after this next run?
A: Yes, I expect us to break out to a new high and give back some ground in a retest of the old high. The old high will then hold and then I expect a sort of slow grind up. Tech could well go up for the rest of 2018.
Q: If the S&P 500 is in a trading range, would you sell any rally?
A: Yes, but I’m going to wait for the rally to come to me; I’m not going to reach for any marginal trades. When the (SPY) gets to $280, I’ll be looking very closely at the $285-$290 vertical bear put spread one or two months out. So, that peak should hold for the summer and you can make a good 25%-30% on that kind of spread.
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Q: Would you buy Biotech here?
A: Yes, the chart setup here is looking very positive, and it’s natural for people to rotate out of Tech to Biotech because the earnings growth is so dramatic. That’s why I sent out a Trade Alert to buy the NASDAQ Biotechnology ETF (IBB) yesterday. They have been unfairly held back by fears of drug pricing regulation, which has nothing to do with biotech, but it effects their share prices anyway. But so far, it has been all talk from Trump and no action. I think he’s busy with North Korea and the trade wars anyway.
Q: My custodian won’t let me sell short the United States Treasury Bond Fund (TLT) so I bought the ProShares Ultra Pro Short 20+ Treasury Fund (TTT). Is that alright?
A: You definitely want to be short the Treasury bonds market for the next several years going forward, so you have the right idea. If the ten-year US Treasury bond yield jumps from 2.95% today to 4% in a year as I expect that takes the (TLT) down from $119 to $97. If you can’t make money shorting bonds in that environment you should consider another line of work.
The problem with these 3X leveraged funds is that the cost of carry is very high. In the case of the (TTT) it is three times the 3.0% ten year bond coupon you are shorting plus a 1% management fee for a total of 10% a year. For that reason, the 3X funds are really only good for day trading. You run into a similar problem with the 2X (TBT). This is why I use non-leveraged put spreads or outright puts for this asset class.
Q: Why are we seeing strength in the Alerian master limited partnership (AMLP) when oil prices are falling, and interest rates are rising? Shouldn’t it be going the other way?
A: How about more buyers than sellers? There are so many retirees out there desperate for yield they will take on inordinate amounts of risk to get it. With an 8.0%% dividend yield you always have an underlying bid for this ETF. That’s why we have been recommending this since April. An 8% dividend can cover up a lot of sins, even when interest rates are rising, and oil prices are falling. Also, the US is infrastructure constrained now that production is approaching 11 million barrels a day. That is great for the kind of energy projects (AMLP) finances.
Q: What’s the next support price for NVIDIA (NVDA)?
With the stock going straight up there is little need for support. Our 2018 target is $300. If you recall, we have been recommending this cutting-edge GPU manufacturer since $68 and people have made fortunes. Those who bought long dated deep out-of-the-money leaps $100 out made 1,000% on this Trade Alert 18 months ago. That said, the 200-day moving average at $213 looks rock solid.