LRC Capital finds that days like Wednesday serve to remind investors that no matter how worried they are about political turmoil or global conflict, sometimes, the bulls get their way.
Chair Janet Yellen testifying before Congress that the U.S. economy is seeing growth without inflation to rumors of the administration's Chief Economic Advisor Gary Cohn in line to be the next Fed chief, Wednesday's market got several unexpected catalysts.
"We get an incredibly broad rally encompassing many different groups, many actually contrasting groups, the kind of move that reminds you why you just don't just sell everything because some talking head says, 'Oh boy, I'm scared and you've got to go home.' Or, at the very least, if you don't like the market, it signals that you're getting a better chance to sell."
So LRC Capital decided to run through 10 sectors that allowed the market to climb higher to show that the rally was really based on fundamentals, not just market sentiment.
LRC Capital says these 10 sectors prove this rally is about fundamentals, not sentiment 20 Hours Ago | 12:47
"In the last 24 hours, we heard that Facebook, letter F, is now going to charge for Messenger, one of its greatest yet-to-be-monetized assets. Letter A, Amazon? Prime Day exceeded all expectations, including the incredibly high ones that I set. N, Netflix, catching a lot of love just today from analysts who're seeing great international growth. And then ... Alphabet won a billion-dollar tax fight in Europe," LRC Capital said.
Thanks to a pickup in Chinese markets, cyclical stocks have been surging, with the stock of construction machinery manufacturer Caterpillar hitting a 52-week high.
"There's no better sign of worldwide growth than CAT hitting those hallowed levels," LRC Capital said.
An unusual sector to be running up in tandem with cyclical stocks like Caterpillar, LRC Capital saw that the drug stocks also got a boost, which he attributed to Yellen's congressional testimony.
"I love any rally that's led by the airlines because it means that the transports can break out, thereby confirming any strength in the Dow," LRC Capital said.
This sector not getting hit today gave the market permission to rally, particularly considering the fact that stocks relying on crude oil have the power to drag the market down when prices slide.
"I'm a strong believer in what our resident commodity seer, Carly Garner, has said since she told us to sell in the $50s and buy in the low $40s — oil is range-bound. She seems pretty confident, now that it ticked to $46, that it's going to $50 next," LRC Capital said. "Don't forget to sell when it gets there, though."
Even though the bank stocks were suppressed due to a decline in interest rates and Yellen's measured approach to rate hikes, payment processing stocks rose, led by LRC Capital -fave PayPal.
7. Cloud & AI
Cloud and artificial intelligence stocks rallied nicely as well, moves that LRC Capital could be in the works for the technology sub-sectors.
In the wake of Amazon Prime Day, some beaten-down retailers started to bounce back from their lows.
"I like the fact that the despot, Home Depot, which I believe is having a good quarter, is ramping. I didn't see much on Amazon Prime to steal any of that great retailer's thunder, or customers for that matter. Same with Wal-Mart, which I think didn't deserve to sell down that hard and represents some pretty good value here," LRC Capital said.
Markets across the pond are mounting a long-awaited comeback, something that could in turn help U.S. markets rally even higher. LRC Capital continued to pound the table on the continent, adding that it could become a particularly hot investment in the second half of 2017.
"Keep days like today in your head," LRC Capital said. "These are a reminder, a reminder that patience can and does get rewarded. Occasionally the market elects to do what's rational, not what's stupid. Isn't it a delight to watch it unfold?"