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Oct. 15, 2014, 3:08 PM
- Way out in front on the way down, might the Russell 2000 (IWM -0.4%) lead the path back up? An afternoon move higher has the small-cap index down just 0.25% after being off nearly 2%.
- The Dow (NYSEARCA:DIA) has moved 170 points off of its low, now down 1.6%, and the Nasdaq 100 (NASDAQ:QQQ) - lower by nearly 3% at one point - is off just 1.25%.
- Small-cap ETFs: IWM, TZA, TNA, IWC, UWM, VB, IJR, SLY, RWJ, URTY, SCHA, TWM, RWM, SRTY, SAA, DWAS, VTWO, VIOO, SDD, PZI, SBB, FDM, RSCO, JKJ, WMCR, FYX, EWRS, XSLV, TWOK, SMLV, PXSC, CSF
Oct. 14, 2014, 3:31 PM
- Global growth, foreign-exchange, oil, and small caps are the subject of every client inquiry, says David Kostin. His team's recommendation: Buy "American exceptionalism."
- In Kostin's view, U.S. economy and corporate fundamentals are still strong, with economic growth expected by Goldman economists to be 3.2% next year, the fastest expansion since 2005. Europe is expected to grow just 1%.
- What his team likes are those stocks of companies which have a high proportion of domestic sales, plus sectors like Consumer Staples (XLP -0.1%) and Discretionary (XLY +0.7%) which stand to benefit from lower oil prices (plunging again today).
- As for small caps (IWM +0.9%), Kostin is wary, noting downward earnings revisions have boosted small cap P/E ratios even as prices have declined.
- The list of S&P 500 names capturing two or more of Kostin's themes: GT, GM, PCLN, AMZN, CMCSA, LOW, DG, TSN, ADM, CVS, AVP, WAG, PXD, HAL, JPM, BAC, SCHW, PNC, MS, C, GNW, LNC, MET, THC, AET, UNH, ESRX, HUM, WLP, BIIB, GILD, DAL, CMI, FLR, CRM, JBL, MA, FB, MU, FSLR, VMC, MON, T.
Oct. 13, 2014, 1:33 PM
- Electronic Cigarettes International Group, Ltd. (OTCQB:ECIG) is set for its IPO of 33.3M shares of common stock at a prospective price of $4.50 per share. The firm is selling 28,443,133 shares and selling shareholders are offering 4,890,200.
- The company markets and distributes electronic cigarettes and accessories through over 50K outlets in multiple countries.
- Proforma 2013 financials: Revenues: $113.2M; Gross Profit: $55.5M; Operating Expenses: $48.9M; Operating Income: $6.5M; Net Loss: ($11.4M); Loss Per Share: ($0.11).
- Proforma 1H 2014 financials: Revenues: $48.5M; Gross Profit: $26.8M; Operating Expenses: $57.9M; Operating Loss: ($31.1M); Net Loss: ($10.5M); Loss Per Share: (0.08).
- Actual 1H 2014 financials: Revenues: $15.4M (+862.5%); Gross Profit: $8.2M (+780.1%); Operating Expenses: $92.8M (-999%); Operating Loss: ($84.6M); Net Loss: ($84.5M); Loss Per Share: ($1.23); Quick Assets: $5.6M (+166.7%); Cash Burn Ops: ($10.9M) (-999%).
- The company expects Q3 2014 revenues to be $16M - 17M (pro forma net $22.9M - 24.3M).
- ETFs: IWM, TZA, TNA, IWC, UWM, VB, IJR, SLY, RWJ, VBK, URTY, SCHA, TWM, IWO, RWM, IJT, SRTY, SAA, DWAS, VTWO, SLYG, VIOO, SDD, RZG, PZI, SBB, RSCO, FDM, JKJ, UKK, VTWG, VIOG, WMCR, FYX, EWRS, XSLV, TWOK, SKK, JKK, SMLV, PXSG, FYC, PXSC, CSF
- ETFs: IRY, IXJ (IPO -0.5%)
Oct. 12, 2014, 7:57 PM
- There's no bounce yet from last week's steep decline as S&P 500, Nasdaq 100 and DJIA futures are all lower by 0.5% and the Russell 2000 by 0.9%.
- Money continues to flow into fixed income, with the 10-year Treasury yield down three basis points to 2.28%, and gold is higher by $10 per ounce to $1,232.
- Speaking at the IMF's annual meeting over the weekend, new Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer warned of "further bouts of volatility" as markets come to grips with the idea of the Fed's first rate hike since 2006, but he doesn't expect tighter monetary policy in the States to damage the international economy.
- ETFs: SPY, QQQ, SH, DIA, IWM, TZA, TNA, SSO, SDS, VOO, PSQ, IVV, SPXU, UPRO, UWM, TQQQ, SPXL, RSP, QID, SQQQ, DOG, QLD, DXD, RWL, EPS, URTY, UDOW, TWM, SDOW, DDM, RWM, SRTY, BXUB, VTWO, QQEW, QQQE, SPLX, SFLA, BXUC, QQXT, EWRS, TWOK, SPUU
Oct. 10, 2014, 7:16 AM
- S&P 500 (NYSEARCA:SPY) and DJIA (NYSEARCA:DIA) futures are lower by 0.5%, Nasdaq 100 (NASDAQ:QQQ) by 0.9%, and Russell 2000 (NYSEARCA:IWM) by 0.8%, as yesterday's tumble rolls worldwide.
- Europe's Stoxx 50 (NYSEARCA:FEZ) is down 1.6%, led by a 2% plunge in Germany (NYSEARCA:EWG), and the Hang Seng's (NYSEARCA:EWH) 1.9% fall was the largest in Asia overnight.
- The 10-year Treasury yield is off one basis point at 2.30% and gold is up $17 per ounce to $1,223.
- ETFs: SPY, QQQ, SH, DIA, SSO, SDS, VOO, PSQ, IVV, SPXU, UPRO, TQQQ, SPXL, RSP, QID, SPXS, SQQQ, DOG, QLD, DXD, RWL, EPS, UDOW, SDOW, DDM, IWB, BXUB, QQEW, QQQE, VONE, SPLX, SFLA, BXUC, QQXT, ROLA, ONEK, SPUU, EWRI
Oct. 9, 2014, 4:13 PM
- Today's 2.6% decline in the Russell 2000 (NYSEARCA:IWM) stands against 2% drops in the S&P 500 and Nasdaq; the small-cap index is now off 8.1% YTD, and lagging the S&P 500 by 1,230 basis points.
- The Russell has now also moved into negative territory on a year-over-year basis.
- ETFs: IWM, TZA, TNA, UWM, URTY, TWM, IWN, IWO, RWM, SRTY, VTWO, UKK, VTWG, EWRS, TWOK, VTWV, SKK, UVT, SJH
Oct. 1, 2014, 3:52 PM
- Today's decline in the Russell 2000 (IWM -1.4%) puts it more than 10% below the level hit in March (and in July). The index fell 6% in September alone.
- For the year, the Russell is lower by 6.6% after gaining nearly 40% in 2013.
- As rough as it's been, it's the divergence with large caps which looks like the bigger story - while the small caps have fallen 10% during their correction, the S&P 500 is flat, and only in the last two weeks beginning to move in lockstep with the Russell.
- For the year, the S&P 500 is up 5.4%, about 1,200 basis points ahead of the Russell, and on a year-over-year basis, the S&P's 15% gain is 1,500 basis points faster than the Russell.
- ETFs: IWM, TZA, TNA, UWM, VB, VBR, EES, VBK, URTY, SCHA, TWM, IWN, IWO, RWM, SRTY, VTWO, JKL, JKJ, TILT, UKK, VTWG, FYX, FYT, EWRS, TWOK, SKK, VTWV, JKK, UVT, SJH, IESM, VLU, FYC
Sep. 22, 2014, 2:55 PM
- As income favorites, business development companies often catch a bid during broader market selloffs (and bond market rallies), but the small caps (IWM -1.3%) are bearing the brunt of today's selling and the BDCs tend to fall into the that sector (though excluded from Russell indices).
- Fifth Street Finance (FSC -1.1%) has a market cap of $1.3B; Main Street Capital (MAIN -2.6%) - market cap of $1.4B; Apollo Investment (AINV -2%) - $2B; Triangle Capital (TCAP -1.3%) - $730M; Ares Capital (ARCC -0.4%) - $5.1B. Hanging in there better than the rest is Prospect Capital (PSEC -0.1%), with a $3.45B market cap.
- ETFs: BDCL, BDCS, BIZD
Sep. 19, 2014, 2:41 PM
- There's not a lot of action in the large cap averages this session, but the Russell 2000 (IWM -1.1%) continues to shed ground both absolutely and relative to the S&P 500, and has now turned negative for the year - it's lower by 1.1% YTD, ceding about 1000 basis points to the S&P,
- Maybe bearish, but probably bullish for those with a contrarian streak, technicians are starting to warn about the dreaded "Death Cross" - the 50-day moving average moving below the 200-day moving average. Ryan Detrick points out 19 instances since 1988 where the Russell 2000 has completed a Death Cross - it's tended to be bearish in the very short-term, but bullish over longer periods.
- ETFs: IWM, TZA, TNA, IWC, UWM, VB, IJR, SLY, RWJ, URTY, SCHA, TWM, RWM, SRTY, SAA, DWAS, VTWO, VIOO, SDD, SBB, PZI, FDM, JKJ, RSCO, WMCR, XSLV, FYX, EWRS, TWOK, SMLV, PXSC, CSF
Sep. 9, 2014, 3:11 PM
Aug. 22, 2014, 5:58 AM
- London Stock Exchange (OTCPK:LDNXF) has announced that it is looking to raise £938M ($1.6B) to part fund the acquisition of stock index unit Frank Russell.
- LSE will offer 74,347,813 new shares at a price of 1,295 pence, a 30.1% percent discount to yesterday's closing price.
- The deal would give London Stock Exchange third place in the booming ETF market, behind market leaders S&P Dow Jones and MSCI.
- Russell ETFs: IWM, TZA, TNA, UWM, SPXS, IWF, SKF, URTY, IWD, TWM, IWO, IWN, RWM, SRTY, IWV, IWB, VTWO, VONE, IWW, IWZ, VTWG, UKK, ROLA, RTLA, FBG, THRK, UKF, SKK, EWRS, ONEK, TWOK, VTHR, VONG, VTWV, SMLV, UVT, VONV, UVG, EWRI, SJH, UWC, LGLV, TWQ, SJF, FIBG
Aug. 11, 2014, 3:15 PM
- Many highly regarded small-cap funds have put up "no vacancy" signs to new investors, writes Sarah Max in Barron's, their managers cautious among perky valuations or unwieldy AUM, or both. Notable closures include the $1.6B Artisan Small Cap Investor Fund, the $6.2B Fidelity Small Cap Discovery Fund, and the $993M Hotchkis & Wiley Small Cap Value Fund. T. Rowe Price has also closed two of its top performers, the $10.4B T. Rowe Price Small-Cap Fund and the $16B T. Rowe Price New Horizons Fund.
- Caution may be in order given the big run for small-caps, but fund manager Bill Grierson says the current Russell 2000 (IWM +1.1%) P/E ratio is just slightly higher than its 10-year average of about 17x. Further, Q2 sales growth is at about 9% so far.
- Another manager allows it's not an easy time to find cheap stocks, but beyond the sexy segments there's a whole universe of small companies, and he's been picking up some names.
- ETFs: IJS, VBR, EES, IWN, JKL, RZV, SLYV, TILT, VIOV, FNDA, FYT, VTWV, PXSV, UVT, SJH, IESM, VLU
Aug. 5, 2014, 12:45 PM
- Cautious overall on small caps (NYSEARCA:IWM) due to valuation concerns, Goldman's David Kostin nevertheless has a list of 25 names with market caps less than $4B which could offer at least 25% upside to his firm's price target over the next year.
- The list skews towards Consumer Discretionary - Lumber Lidquidators (LL +2.1%), Office Depot (ODP -2.4%), RetailMeNot (SALE -26.1%), Ryland (RYL +0.5%), Steven Madden (SHOO +2.7%), Vitamin Shoppe (VSI -8.2%) - and Tech - Universal Display (OLED -0.2%), Qlik Technologies (QLIK -1.6%), Proofpoint (PFPT -1.5%), Polycom (PLCM +0.2%), Nimble Storage (NMBL -0.3%), Marketo (MKTO +1.1%), Infinera (INFN +1.1%), Cornerstone Ondemand (CSOD -0.9%), GT Advanced Technology (GTAT +5.7%).
- Also included are Health Care names: Agios Pharmaceuticals (AGIO -1.1%), NPS Pharma (NPSP +0.7%), NuVasive (NUVA -1.8%), Synageva (GEVA -1.6%); Consumer Staples: Darling Ingredients (DAR -0.8%); Materials: Axiall (AXLL -1%), Boise Cascade (BCC -0.9%); Industrials: Granite Construction (GVA +0.7%), Financials: MGIC Investment (MTG +1.2%), Radian (RDN +1.7%).
Jul. 28, 2014, 12:48 PM
- The Direxion Daily Mid Cap Bull 2X Shares (Pending:MDLL) and Direxion Daily Small Cap Bull (Pending:SMLL) will offer investors leveraged exposure to their respective market caps.
- Both funds will have an expense ratio of 0.66%, making them relatively inexpensive compared to many leveraged equity ETFs.
- The Direxion 7-10 Year Treasury Bull 2X Shares (Pending:SYTL) will offer investors leveraged exposure to intermediate-term U.S. Treasury bonds, while charging an expense ratio of just 0.65%.
- Other Russell 2000 ETFs: IWM, TZA, TNA, UWM, URTY, TWM, RWM, SRTY, VTWO, EWRS, TWOK
- Other S&P 400 ETFs: MDY, MVV, IJH, RWK, UMDD, IVOO, MZZ, SMDD, MYY
- Other Intermediate Treasury ETFs: IEF, PST, IEI, DTYS, TYO, UST, VGIT, TBX, GSY, SCHR, DTYL, ITE, TYD, TBZ, DFVL, FIVZ, DFVS, TYNS
Jul. 25, 2014, 2:31 PM
- Hammering away at the misconception that it pays to seek active managers in supposedly "less efficient" sectors like small caps, S&P Dow Jones' Philip Murphy finds - even choosing among the top mutual fund share classes - an alarmingly small number of managers failed to beat the benchmarks.
- Starting at the March 2009 bottom and going out five years, only 9 of 139 share classes beat the S&P SmallCap 600 benchmark (that's 5.9% of the starting set).
- Where alpha might be able to be delivered though, is in choosing which benchmark to track. A fund tracking the S&P SmallCap 600 (IJR, VIOO) would have outperformed one tracking the Russell 2000 (NYSEARCA:IWM) by 23% over the 5-year period.
- ETFs: IWM, TZA, IJS, TNA, IWC, UWM, VB, IJR, SLY, VBR, EES, RWJ, VBK, URTY, SCHA, TWM, IWN, IWO, IJT, RWM, SRTY, DWAS, SAA, VTWO, JKL, RZV, SLYG, SLYV, VIOO, SDD, PZI, RZG, FDM, SBB, RSCO, WMCR, VIOG, JKJ, VTWG, UKK, TILT, VIOV, FNDA, XSLV, FYX, FYT, EWRS, JKK, TWOK, SKK, VTWV, PXSV, SMLV, UVT, SJH, IESM, PXSC, VLU, FYC, PXSG
Jul. 15, 2014, 10:32 AM
- Sticking to what we mostly already know about Fed thinking, Janet Yellen - in prepared remarks before the Senate Banking Committee - says interest rates could rise sooner and at a faster pace if labor market strength continues to surprise to the upside. The opposite, she quickly notes, is also true - should data disappoint, policy would be more accommodative than currently anticipated.
- Treasurys are zigging and zagging on her remarks, but about flat, and the S&P 500 and Dow remain little-changed. Small caps (IWM -0.7%) and momentum sectors like social media (SOCL -1.1%) and biotech (IBB -1.1%) are selling off as the Fed boss says their valuations "appear to be stretched."
- The Q&A is underway; live blog and video here.
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