China, Delta, Earnings!
“Investors should purchase stocks like they purchase groceries, not like they purchase perfume.” Benjamin Graham
by Alex Cunningham on Aug 1st, host of Market Adventures Podcast
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China Business Crackdown
Billions In Market Value Erased From US-listed Chinese Companies
July was filled with escalating government regulation in China on many of its largest companies. Alibaba, Tencent and various education related businesses were made examples of in an apparent attempt to reaffirm control. The world’s 2nd largest economy has maintained an economic policy that allowed it to rise rather rapidly in the last century. However, it seems that leader Xi sees a need to tighten the reins. The most recent news, after their crackdown on DIDI (Chinese Uber), was that they might consider forcing all education related companies in China to become non-profit.
Popular money manager Cathy Woods announced that she had sold much of her stock holdings in Chinese companies. She’s not the only one. Take a look at these charts.
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Best Approach To Investing In Chinese Stocks
There are 3 ways to look at this. What are the facts?
China is a risky investment because the government can act with impunity and prioritizes control over economic interests. Buying Chinese stocks is not smart because you could lose a lot of money if the government decides to discipline a company or change an industry. Again, very risky.
The Chinese government has always been authoritarian and still their economy has grown at an unprecedented pace. With that, many investors in the Chinese economy have made fortunes irregardless of potential or actual government action. Moreover, China’s economy is so intertwined with the global economy that there is virtually no way they can completely remove themselves from foreign investment. That means that there will always be a margin of safety in certain asset classes.
There’s already been so much bad news. Could it get worse? Possibly, but the floor is much closer than the ceiling with these stocks. Publicly listed Chinese stocks, as a group, are far cheaper relative to their counterparts around the world, relative to where they’ve been in the past. When you find quality companies at a DEEP discount, you buy.
Yeah, to many new investors-the US stock market looks much more appetizing. High prices and widespread optimism lures the masses in because they feel safe amongst the crowd. However, the rich are the ones who get there first.
Make no mistake, if this is the end of bad news out of China regarding government interference in business, there will be a lot of money made when the quality Chinese stocks make their way back to true value.
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What’s The Buzz In The Market
Okay, so we just talked about the craziness coming out of China. Another headline, more globally this time, is the rapid spread of the Delta variant of the Covid 19 virus. Recently, the CDC changed its guidelines for masks and has now recommended masks be worn by everyone indoors, even those who’ve been vaccinated already.
In addition to that, businesses have pushed back return to office dates and are likewise enforcing localized mask mandates as well.
On another note, earnings from the largest companies in the world ended the month unimpressively. Most of the FAANG stocks beat their earnings estimates, with the exception of Amazon.
The Federal Reserve noted an increase in inflation and progress toward their economic goals, but suggested there was still a way to go. Interest rates remain near zero.
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Open Interest: Open interest is the total number of outstanding derivative contracts, such as options or futures that have not been settled. Increasing open interest represents new or additional money coming into the market while decreasing open interest indicates money flowing out of the market. (source: Investopedia)
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A Look At The Big Boys
Profit Target $6000 (46%) | Near-term resistance: $48000 (17%)
A lot of news circulating around about crypto lately, particularly Bitcoin. Late last month, Twitter CEO (Jack Dorsey), Tesla CEO (Elon Musk) and ARK Invest CEO (Cathy Wood) got together on a live conference call to talk about Bitcoin. The crypto space got a boost from the discussion, but that was short-lived. Later, a job posting by Amazon looking for someone to help with crypto led to rumors that the platform would begin accepting crypto. Though that rumor was quickly denied, Bitcoin held on the gains and hasn’t looked back. 40k was a huge resistance level. If it can hold above there, then there could be more upside.
*Current position* Entry Price: $2030.17 | Profit Target $3500 (43%) | Near-term resistance: $2900 (18%)
When there is positive Bitcoin news, all cryptos rise higher. Ethereum has always been acknowledged for its utility and value.
I’ve always chosen to play Ethereum when I’m bullish on the crypto space. The way I see it, if every crypto goes to 0 tomorrow. I’d rather own an asset with utility that I understand, not just “digital gold.”
Important Economic reports this month: 08/02 ISM manufacturing | 08/04 non-manufacturing| 08/06 unemployment rate | 08/09 JOLTS Job openings | 08/11 Core CPI | 08/12 PPI | 08/17 Retail Sales | 08/19 Manufacturing
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