Sat, Jan. 17, 8:28 AM
- Up for discussion is not necessarily where oil prices are going (who knows?), but the effect of the recent plunge in price on the economy.
- Summing up the bear case is Felix Zulauf who says It'll hurt the economy dramatically thanks to lower capital spending, and he notes a lot of oilfield jobs are high-paying ones. Consumers will benefit from lower energy costs, but will save the money instead of spending it. If lower oil prices benefit consumer discretionary spending, says Marc Faber, why did 89% of S&P consumer discretionary companies (NYSEARCA:XLY) offering Q4 guidance issue negative guidance?
- Those are lagging figures, says Mario Gabelli, reminding the big collapse in prices only came around Thanksgiving and the effects are just beginning to show up in the form of lower credit card statements. "I talk to the guys who are pumping gas, and they say the consumer is buying more beer."
- Also on the bullish side is Abby Cohen, who reminds the transportation (NYSEARCA:IYT) and utility companies (NYSEARCA:XLU) are major consumers of energy, and her team at Goldman sees the oil decline as boosting S&P 500 (NYSEARCA:SPY) profits this year.
- Barron's Roundtable Part 1
Jun. 30, 2014, 6:53 PM
- Barclays upgrades its view of the transportation sector to positive, as an improving fundamental backdrop is set to drive meaningful earnings expansion across a broad array of transport companies.
- Among signs of improving fundamentals: rail volume up 7%, U.S. trucking demand up 3%-4%, small package markets up 5%, and global trade up 5%-6% - all implying strong industrial demand.
- Sector valuations are the highest since the 2009 recession and has outperformed YTD, but with Q2 results ripe to usher in more bullish sentiment in the space, Barclays expects valuations could have further to run as markets discount a more robust outlook.
- The firm's top recommendations in sector are UNP, UPS, SWFT, CP and JBHT, while also upgrading CNI and NSC to Overweight, adding more exposure to the favorable North American rail vertical.
- ETFs: IYT, XTN.
Jan. 24, 2014, 12:08 PM
- Previously immune to the selloff in the broader averages, things catch up to the Dow Transports Index (IYT -3%), with today's decline following yesterday's new all-time record.
- Richard Russell alert? Followers of Dow Theory like to see industrials and transports moving together to confirm a trend. Prior to today's action the DJIA (DIA -1.2%) was down 2.3% YTD while the transports were up 2.3% - giving hope the broad market might be set to reverse course. Today's slump though, brings the transports into the red for the year.
- Another transport ETF is the XTN.
- DJIA ETFs: DIA, DOG, DXD, UDOW, SDOW, DDM
Nov. 12, 2013, 12:10 PM
- AMR (AAMRQ +24%) soars upon settlement of the DOJ suit over its merger with U.S. Airways (LCC -0.6%).
- The two will divest 52 slot paris at Reagan National and 17 at LaGuardia, as well as two gates each at Logan International, O'Hare, Love Field, LAX, and Miami. Even with the divestitures, the new American is expected to generate net synergies of more than $1B beginning in 2015.
- IYT +0.6%.
- Press release.
Nov. 12, 2013, 10:25 AM
- Airline stocks are higher on chatter that a settlement between US Airways and AMR (AAMRQ) is close to being finalized.
- The industry for the most part would like to see the American-US Airways merger go through as it would make it easier to keep capacity discipline in line than if American emerged from bankruptcy as a feisty stand-alone.
- Advancers: US Airways (LCC) +2.7%, United Continental (UAL) +2.8%, Delta Air Lines (DAL) +1.7%, JetBlue (JBLU) +0.9%, Alaska Air Group (ALK) +0.9%.
- Related ETFs: IYT
Jul. 9, 2013, 11:10 AM
Jul. 1, 2013, 11:32 AMGet out of transports (IYT), says Citigroup, noting the sector will be hard-pressed to continue its 400 basis point outperformance to the S&P 500 over the last quarter. In addition to expected cyclical weakening, Citi says seasonals don't favor transports during the summer. Also lowered to underweight is telecoms (XTL, IYZ) despite attractive valuations, as Citi believes technology will continue to erode pricing power. | Comment!
May. 17, 2013, 8:13 AMThomas Lee lifts his year-end S&P 500 (SPY) forecast to 1,715 from 1,580 as the bull has already outrun his expectations. His team sees clues economic performance is picking up, including the outperformance of semiconductors (XSD) vs. transports (IYT), and the steepening of the 10 year/30 year Treasury curve. Risk/reward is particularly appealing in tech (XLK), healthcare (XLV), and financials (XLF). | Comment!
Mar. 7, 2013, 3:17 PMDow Theorists get chatty as both the DJIA (DIA) and DJ Transports (IYT) set all-time highs yesterday. "I've never seen anything like the action since the 2009 bottom," says Richard Russell. Ryan Detrick says when both averages make new highs near the same time, stocks tend to see strong returns over the following year. | 4 Comments
Jan. 30, 2013, 9:11 AMQuick question: What's the biggest holding in the SPDR Retail ETF (XRT)? It's Netflix, with 1.68% of assets. Money poured into the XRT yesterday, with the fund growing AUM by 31.25% (Amazon is a 1.07% holding). The Transports (IYT) saw a big inflow, growing AUM by 17.9%. Losing funds was the SPDR Oil & Gas Explorers (XOP), down 15%. | Comment!
Sep. 29, 2012, 8:55 AMStick the part from Dow Theory about the Transports and the DJIA needing to confirm each other in the same closet with your bell-bottoms, writes Jacqueline Doherty. Since the 1970s - as the U.S. has become a more service-oriented economy - the S&P 500 has gained an average 6.5% in the six months following a period (such as now) when the Transports have lagged. This handily beats the S&P's average 6-month gain of 4%. | 11 Comments
Sep. 24, 2012, 11:10 AM
Sep. 12, 2012, 5:01 PMOne leg of the bear case for stocks - the lagging performance of the transports (IYT) - may be getting knocked out. In the last week, transports have sharply outperformed, catching up to the SPY on a M/M basis. In fact, the broader - but obviously economically sensitive - cyclical index has led the way for the past 6 weeks. (h/t ukarlewitz) | Comment!
Sep. 3, 2012, 1:30 PMTechnician Louise Yamada urges clients to keep stops tight as she watches equities with growing unease. "You could call it a vacuum rally," she says, characterized by short-covering, low volume, and deteriorating new highs vs. new lows. The lagging Transport Index (IYT) has her attention as well, but following this indicator kept some out of the big summer rally. | 31 Comments
Aug. 14, 2012, 1:05 PMDoug Kass continues net short into this rising market, noting the S&P - back at its spring highs - could be making a triple top. Also of interest, the Transports (IYT) and Small-caps (IWM) have sharply diverged from SPY's solid performance over the past month. Then there's the VIX - it's rarely paid to buy stocks when it's been this low, he says. | 10 Comments
Jan. 19, 2012, 9:40 AMDefining overbought as being more than 5% above a 50-day moving average, Bespoke says 24% of tracked ETFs fit the bill. Leading the list is the homebuilders (XHB), more than 13% above its 50 day MA; Brazil (EWZ) leads the country ETFs, 8.2% above. A few more days of market gains and look for talk about the entire market being overbought. | Comment!
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