Category Archives: Style & Sector Trends

utilities

And the 2014 shock sector winner is…..Utilities!

Apart from oil prices the other great shock this year was lower interest rates. This has produced an entirely consistent response in terms of sector performance with Utilities taking top spot for the year in the US.

December 30th, 2014 by

Style & Sector Trends

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trader bored

Trading stat that makes you go hmmmm…..

Yes, we know companies are availing of cheap funding to buy back shares; some might call it smart financial engineering, others might see it as massaging of EPS growth rates and management options packages.

September 18th, 2014 by

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alibaba

NASDAQ looking a bit knackered….

We often look to market leadership in the technology and financials sector so as market highs are hit it was striking to see a Bloomberg article highlighting how badly technology stocks are faring right now…

September 18th, 2014 by

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risky dance

Applaud the cause, but the behaviour…..?

This is a hated bull market but the central bankers are succeeding in steering behaviour. Despite nervy low volume markets the headlines have been eye-catching. Take your pick from the following…

July 14th, 2014 by

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evolution

Industrial evolution versus Services revolution….

In Q1 this writer went on the road with a little presentation. One of the key messages was that we were very worried about lots of traditional services businesses but more hopeful on industrials.

June 30th, 2014 by

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phone hang up

Telecom profit erosion continues….

Only last week we were writing about global telecoms diving into new channels like TV, cable and satellite to  defend against the steady erosion of profits in core voice and messaging assets.

May 21st, 2014 by

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storm brewing

Telecoms diversify as core revenues pressured…

Watch what they do not what they say is frequently quoted on WealthiFi. Check out the latest news and you’ll see AT&T is edging closer to a $50 billion purchase of satellite TV player DirectTV.

May 13th, 2014 by

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wolf short

What was the most difficult market to short in April?

Most market participants found April very difficult. The ongoing implosion of social media stocks and other hedge fund winner darlings has seen a pretty violent momentum shift. One equity market however proved more resilient than all other asset classes.

May 1st, 2014 by

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Heart of Summer

Utilities sector worryingly leads the way…

The implosion of portions of the high expectation technology and biotech sectors in recent weeks could be interpreted as risk expectations rising and hitting mega-valued stocks. However, does that merit a fully-fledged fear trade?  

April 9th, 2014 by

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wow!

Utilities sector star performance in Q1….whoodathunk!

Well, well, well…. there we were all set for a 2014 with a steady further recovery in growth as the Fed eased off the QE pedal. Didn’t quite pan out in Q1 did it?

April 1st, 2014 by

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