Using Market Flip Flops to Scale Several Positions and Add a New One As Well

Using Market Flip Flops to Scale Several Positions and Add a New One As Well

A hearty welcome back!

The stock market is moving a little faster and more volatile over the last few days, far different than what we saw through most of the summer. Inside this issue we recap the drivers for the flip-flopping ‚ÄĒ it’s a technical term, trust us ūüėČ ‚ÄĒ of the market and what’s ¬†likely to be on investor radars next.

While some see pain as the market has fallen 2.5 to 2.7 percent depending on the index one is looking at, we see better prices for recently added positions like¬†Sherwin Williams (SHW)¬†and¬†United Natural Foods (UNFI)even though their thematic tailwinds continue to blow. We’re doubling down on these two names and another ‚ÄĒ details inside.

We’re issuing a Buy rating on speciality contractor¬†Dycom Industries (DY)and placing it on the Tematica Select List with a $115 price target, which offers more than 35% upside from last night’s closing price. While you may read speciality contractor and have a preconceived thought or two, Dycom is a crucial part in¬†working with¬†AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ)¬†and¬†Comcast (CMCSA)in expanding their¬†existing networks and deploying the next and future generations. That makes Dycom a¬†Connected Society¬†contractor in our eyes.¬†More details inside.

Any normal issue would not be complete without some updates on existing Tematica Select List positions. Because we’ve been away, we’ve got more than a few and that’s pushing this issue to the max (or at least 18 pages). All the latest and greatest, is¬†just a click away.

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As food prices drop we make a move on a Foods with Integrity thematic opportunity

As food prices drop we make a move on a Foods with Integrity thematic opportunity

In this week’s edition of¬†Tematica Investing:

  • Download Tematica InvestingWe are issuing a¬†Buy on shares of United Natural Foods (UNFI)¬†as part of our¬†Food with Integrity¬†investing theme. Our price target is $65, which offers more than 35 percent upside. We intend to build this position size over time and as such we are holding off issuing a stop loss recommendation at this time. ¬†Read full report >>
  • We‚Äôve got several Tematica Select List updates to share, including
    • AT&T (T)
    • CalAmp Corp. (CAMP)
    • Nike¬†(NKE)
    • Under Armour (UA)
    • And several others.¬†Read More . . .
  • Heads up! Just as you‚Äôll be coasting into the last days of summer, after adding 5 new positions in as many weeks we too will be taking some time off to recharge our batteries before the final push for 2016 begins. So, there will not be an issue on Wednesday, September 7.¬†Your next issue of¬†Tematica¬†Investing¬†will be on September 14.¬†

 

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Housing and remodeling data rebounds, so we make another Rise-Fall of Middle Class move

Housing and remodeling data rebounds, so we make another Rise-Fall of Middle Class move

  • While the market waits for Yellen and Draghi to speak at the Kansas City Fed‚Äôs 40th Economic Policy Symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyoming later this week, we continue to low expectations for anything new being said at the event.¬†Read More >>
  • A pick up in New Home Sales bodes well for the Tematica Select List position in Sherwin Williams (SHW). We continue to rate SHW shares a Buy, and our price target remains $350.¬†Read More >>
  • We are issuing a Buy on shares of Whirlpool Corp. (WHR) as part of our Rise & Fall of the Middle Class investing theme with a $232 price target. Much like Sherwin Williams, Whirlpool stands to benefit from robust repair & remodel spending over the next few years.¬†Read More >>
  • Updates Updates Updates on Amazon (AMZN), CalAmp (CAMP), Under Armor (UA) and Nike (NKE) shares.¬†Read More >>
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Getting this nursing stock off the bench and into the game

Getting this nursing stock off the bench and into the game

Continually throughout the past several weeks, we‚Äôve shared our concern¬†about the outlook for second half earnings for the S&P 500 group of companies relative to expectations ‚ÄĒ probably more than you’ve wanted to hear!

We continue to see those forecasts as overly robust, particularly with the stock market seemingly hitting new record highs every other day. Our view has been that there is more downside risk to be had as earnings expectations for the back half of 2016 get resized and reset.

Of course, as those expectations are reset, it can mean opportunity¬†‚ÄĒ opportunity for taking positions in companies we see as well-positioned from a thematic perspective, but at better prices than just a few weeks ago. We saw that last week with CalAmp Corp (CAMP), and we see it again this week with (AHS) AMN Healthcare Services.

 

In this week’s Tematica Investing:

  • We are taking advantage of a 23 percent drop in (AHS) AMN Healthcare Services shares to take them off the bench get them in the game ‚ÄĒ moving them from the Tematica Contender list to the¬†Tematica Select List. Read More >>
  • With Back-to-School season more than in¬†full swing, we dive into the intricacies of teen shopping habits and how they impact various positions across several of our themes, including Amazon (AMZN), Nike (NKE), Under Armour (UA) and what are probably the obvious themes and the not-so-obvious as well. ¬†Read More >>

 

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As earnings kick into 5th gear expected volatility has us on sidelines, for now

As earnings kick into 5th gear expected volatility has us on sidelines, for now

We¬†are waist deep in March quarter earnings with more than¬†1,400 companies reporting¬†this week ‚ÄĒ a 40% increase compared to last week. Mixed in that horde are 124 S&P 500 companies (including¬†2 DJIA components) reporting. By the end of the week that will mean 87% of the S&P 500 group of companies will¬†have reported March quarter results.¬†

As we‚Äôve shared with you thus far, overall earnings expectations for¬†the S&P 500 group of companies has continued to trend lower since the end of 3Q 2015. The¬†expected volatility has us on the sidelines from¬†jumping on new positions . . .¬†for now. But that doesn’t mean we’re not busy sharpening our pencils¬†and getting ready for the right¬†opportunity.¬†

In this week’s edition of Tematica Investing:

  • Ahead of its May 9 earnings report, we are adding online pet pharmacy¬†Petmed Express (PETS)¬†to the¬†Tematica Contender List.¬†
  • Regal Entertainment (RGC)¬†rides the strong movie box office to beat earnings expectations.
  • A Tematica Investing subscriber question opens the door for¬†Amazon (AMZN)¬†shares.
  • We’ve got the latest thematic supporting data points that ripped from the headlines around us.
  • What did we enjoy this week? The Big Green Egg of course.

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Wading deeper into earnings reports reveals growth expectations not living up to expectations

Wading deeper into earnings reports reveals growth expectations not living up to expectations

It’s earnings¬†season, and¬†with anywhere from a few hundred to more than a 1,000 companies reporting their results, this certainly makes for a volatile time with investors shooting first as results hit the tape and asking questions over the quality of those earnings later.

As we navigate the maze of earnings reports to be had in the coming days, we’ll continue to refine our thematic shopping list and look to pounce on opportunities that offer a compelling risk to reward trade off.

In this week’s edition of Tematica Investing:

  • Wading deeper into March quarter earnings finds growth expectations are not living up to expectations. As we’ve said before, it sometimes takes time for the market to react to the fundamentals, but the fundamentals eventually catch up with expectations.
  • While we expect no-action from the Fed’s FOMC meeting later today, expect Wall Street to parse the commentary on the economy and inflation to determine the Fed’s next course of action.
  • Earnings reports for companies on the Tematica Select List are starting to trickle in, and we see no reason to alter our position in¬†AT&T (T)¬†or¬†American Capital Agency (AGNC)¬†shares at this time.
    Checking in on Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) shares, we find more patience is required before pulling the gun on this Food with Integrity contender.
  • We’ve got the latest thematic supporting data points that ripped from the headlines around us.
    Finally, we’re re-introducing an old feature called “What We’re Enjoying” and this week it’s the new Echo Dot from Amazon.

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Content continues to be king as we add another position to Tematica Select List

Content continues to be king as we add another position to Tematica Select List

While Sumner Redstone claims to have¬†coined the phrase, it was Bill Gates who over two decades ago brought “Content is King” into the common¬†vernacular when he wrote on¬†the Microsoft website:

Content is where I expect much of the real money will be made on the Internet, just as it was in broadcasting . . .¬†When it comes to an interactive network such as the Internet, the definition of ‚Äúcontent‚ÄĚ becomes very wide. For example, computer software is a form of content-an extremely important one, and the one that for Microsoft will remain by far the most important.¬†But the broad opportunities for most companies involve supplying information or entertainment. No company is too small to participate.

We are seeing a new era of content given the entrance of companies like Netflix (NFLX), Amazon (AMZN) and Hulu as well as the growing influence of gaming, which has already spawned several cross platform properties. New technologies bring challenges, but at the end of the day no matter where consumers are with whatever device they have in their hands, content is what they will be consuming in one form or another.

It’s at this¬†inflection point where we focus our investment strategy on one of¬†the oldest content producers in the business, the¬†Walt Disney Company (DIS).

In this week’s edition of Tematica Investing:

  • March Housing Starts disappointed, but given its multiplier effect a slower than expected spring housing season probably means a lackluster economy in the June quarter
  • We are adding Content is King company¬†Disney (DIS)¬†to the Tematica Select List with a price target of $125. We would be comfortable adding to the position up to the $106 level, and we are also instating a protective stop loss at $87. As you‚Äôll read in our detailed comments, we are very upbeat about this new recommendation. Investors desiring an alternative strategy to invest in DIS shares could consider¬†Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLY)¬†which counts Disney as its third largest position at 6.7% behind¬†Amazon.com¬†(AMZN,10.4%) and Home Depot (HD,7.4%).
  • The best domestic movie box office in years means we remain upbeat on our position in¬†Regal Entertainment Group (RGC)¬†shares.
  • Kudos to us for not recently adding¬†Nike (NKE)¬†shares to the Tematica Select List, but we continue to watch the shares.

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