Raymond James' Chief Investment Strategist, Jeff Saut, is out with his weekly market commentary. As we pointed out last time around, he was cautious but a buyer on dips. His thoughts remain unchanged in this regard. Hedge funds also agree as they've reduced equity exposure.
However, this time around he revealed some interesting thoughts about where he thinks we are in the overall stock market cycle. He points out that according to Dow Theory, this is a bull market. But when asked if it would be tactical or secular, he replies that, "Personally I think it is tactical within the context of the broad trading range we have been experiencing since the turn of the century."
And although he makes this distinction, he can't help but pay attention to the potential warning signs flashing at him. He notices numerous similarities between the current market and the action before the April 2010 market top. As such, he is cautious in the short-term. However, he does not see another 17% decline like last year's drop in May.
Overall, Saut is still a buyer on dips (if they ever come). He is bullish on technology and specifically likes CA (CA), Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), and NII Holdings (NIHD). Additionally in the bank sector, he suggested ideas of Iberiabank (IBKC), Peoples United Financial (PBCT), and Huntington Bancshares (HBAN).
Embedded below is Jeff Saut's latest market commentary: