Investors Are More Comfortable With Old-School Stable Businesses

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In his Daily Market Notes report to investors, Louis Navellier wrote: 

Looking for Footing

Stocks are still looking for footing.

Crude oil is below $75, now flat for the year, and natural gas is back to March levels and down 45% from the August high, though still plenty high enough for solid cash flows for producers.

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Recession fears, fed by comments from major CEOs, have driven interest rates to lows not seen since mid-September with the US 10-year now at 3.46% and the 2-year at 4.27%, still an 81bps yield curve inversion. On the bright side, mortgage rates have now fallen for 4 weeks in a row.

In other news, Democrats won the Georgia Senate runoff, giving them 51 seats, and leaving the Red Wave officially dead and a split in DC which should limit any major surprises in legislation.

Old-School Stable Businesses

In company news, Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) is back down below $175 due to questions about China production and news of discounting prices to drive sales. The stock is down 56% YTD.  Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is below $142 and is now down 22% YTD.

Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) is below $89 and down 47% YTD. News of a potential bankruptcy filing by Carvana (NYSE:CVNA) has pushed the shares down 33%, down 98% YTD.  MongoDB (NASDAQ:MDB) is up 19% on an earnings beat and strong guidance, albeit still down 64% YTD.

Campbell Soup (NYSE:CPB) is up 5% on earnings, +27% YTD, a reflection of how investors are more comfortable with old-school stable businesses.

Santa's Lost Sled

The sag in the market is being driven mostly by negative sentiments, with surveys showing a majority of investors saying it's a bad time to invest and only 26% saying it's a good time, the second worst gap in 15 years. Crypto is worse to no surprise, with 58% of actual crypto investors calling for more regulation.

History says (actually Baron Rothschild) the best time to buy is when there's blood in the streets, but given a Fed apparently willing to tighten into a slowdown for the first time ever, its best to keep adding high-quality cash flow names until a clear capitulation bottom has formed.

The Santa rally isn't dead yet but so far the sled appears to be lost. 

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