Cocktail Investing Ep. 10 - The Market Gets The Jitters As The 'Perfection Expectation' Trade Comes Into Question

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While D.C. is heating up with the first round of the ACA repeal vote, the stock market suffered its worst session in six months on Tuesday, with the S&P 500 down more than 1 percent for the first time since October 11th. Your resident mixologists, Chris Versace and Lenore Hawkins, break down the latest moves in the markets and what they see going on beneath the headlines on this episode of Cocktail Investing - from FedEx's insight into the economy, to what we are seeing in consumer credit card debt, to what used car sales tell us about the state of households.

  • Lenore, our High Priestess of Global Macro walks us through what she sees as data points in conflict with the prevailing mainstream media narrative of reflation, while not quite reformed comic book nerd Chris weighs in on Netflix's (NASDAQ:NFLX) latest Marvel offering - Iron Fist - as well as what Sears (NASDAQ:SHLD) recent warning in its 10-K filing means for retail and retail-related REITs.
  • While the Fed has raised rates and talks about being data dependent, we are seeing a slowdown in bank lending and retailer woes continuing - not exactly a picture consistent with the need to reign in an overheating economy. We're also seeing more warnings signs flashing for new car and truck demand. Chris and Lenore share their thoughts on all of that as well as several Thematic Signals that we collect each and every day that serve to confirm our 17 investment themes.
  • During this episode, our hosts share some of the latest news that pertains to our Connected Society, Aging the Population, and the Cash Strapped Consumer. Chris shares with us that while investors are shifting into more safety trades, he's seen prophylactic pants popping up in India. Wait, WHAT?
  • While we've been hearing a lot about how robots are endangering jobs, Lenore shares a little history on the impact of technology and automation. All that and Amazon's (NASDAQ:AMZN) latest move to solidify its growing position in the apparel market.

Companies/Stocks Mentioned on the Podcast:

  • Ally Financial (NYSE:ALLY)
  • Amazon
  • Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL)
  • Costco Wholesale (NASDAQ:COST)
  • Disney (NYSE:DIS)
  • Reckitt Benckiser Group (OTCPK:RBGLY)
  • FedEx (NYSE:FDX)
  • Ford (NYSE:F)
  • General Motors (NYSE:GM)
  • HoloLens
  • Instagram
  • McCormick & Co. (NYSE:MKC)
  • Metaio
  • Netflix
  • Oculus
  • Payless
  • PrimeSense
  • RealFace
  • Sears Holding Corp.
  • Skyworks (NASDAQ:SWKS)
  • Universal Display (NASDAQ:OLED)
  • Zappos
  • S&P 500 (SPX)