Weekly Street Sentiment: Four More Industries Slip into Bullish Sentiment Range

 |  Includes: DLTR, V, WMT
by: First Coverage

First Coverage
Market Sentiment:
First Coverage
Sell-Side Certainty:
Industries (2)
Industries (4,-2)
Industries (4,+2)
Sentiment Change
Basic Materials
Consumer Goods (-)
Consumer Services
Health Care
Industrials (-)
Oil & Gas
Bearish (x2)
Telecommunication (+)
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Sell-Side Believes It’s All Downhill from Here
Let’s get the obvious out of the way. The sell-side is no longer split. They are unified and are clearly telling their buy-side clients to either go short, get under-invested or, if possible, take their assets out of the market and get back into cash.
After a rise of over 25% since March 9, our data is finally clear in the fact that the sell-side does not feel like the earnings period is going to meet or exceed expectations and those left in the market are going to be left with a lot less than they might expect.
At the industry level, we still have two bullish industries (barely), but, more importantly, we also now have four industries that have slipped into the bullish sentiment range. What’s more, a comparison of those four create an eerily similar quartet as those that have been in the dog house and helped lead us down over the last six months with a mosaic of Financials, Consumer, Industrials and Energy all being on the outs.
For those who are desperately looking for something to buy and just can’t fight the urge, (And really, there are safer ways to get your kicks…including bungee jumping without a bungee and skydiving without a chute)…here are this week’s three most bullish securities:
  1. Visa (NYSE:V)
  2. Dollar Tree Stores (NASDAQ:DLTR)
  3. Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT)
Staring at that list does paint a somewhat discouraging and yet probably fairly accurate picture of where Americans are shopping and how they are currently paying for their new frugal purchases.
Finally, an update pertaining to the latest analysis we’ve been running on sell-side sentiment. We’ve been gathering this data on a daily basis for over two years and are happy to say that the longer we go, the more impressive the track record of the ‘aggregate’ sell-side becomes in all types of market conditions. With a larger data set and more sophisticated tools to assist in the analysis, we also understand how to better utilize the data to help our readers gain an edge in understanding where this market is heading. Based on what we’re learning, over the next few weeks, there will be some changes in how the weekly information is presented, which we believe will be very helpful to everyone.