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Even a Dead Cat Will Bounce If You Drop It From High Enough…

Posted March 3, 2020

Here is your S&P 500 index over the past two months:

SP 500


This a classic example of a dead cat bounce. Stocks tend to bounce back 33% from the low. I expect we will fill that gap at 3,120 and sell off for the rest of the week.

Ten Years of Bouncing Felines  

Here is the S&P 500 over the past decade: 

10 Year SP500 Chart


As you can see, we’ve had four selloffs in the last 10 years that have broken the up trendline, not including this month. Out of those four, only one put in a “V” bottom. The other three put in several lows that retested the support line.

You will also notice that the MACD (lower indicator) always went negative before rebounding. Today, we aren't even close to negative. Nor have we retested the lows.

You absolutely don’t want to buy today. 

Double Bottom

What you should do is learn some bottom signals. My favorite and most common is the double bottom. You will see it in 2010, 2011, and 2015, 2016.

The double bottom looks like a letter “W”. It twice touches the previous low. The first drop should be between 10% and 20%, and the second low should fall within 4% of the previous low. A double bottom always follows a serious downtrend and signals a reversal.

Rate Cuts

Right now, the market is pricing in three or four rate cuts this year. The Fed cut 50 basis points today in an emergency move. The idea is that they will follow up with two more cuts at the end of the year.

The international group of finance ministers of the seven largest economies or the G7 put out a statement today that it is willing to take action to help the global economy but didn’t say what those actions will be.

There has also been a host of upgrades for Apple, GE, Micron, JPMorgan, Verizon, and many more as analysts try to push up their stocks.

Don’t get me wrong, there are a number of stocks I’d like to own, Disney looks pretty good at $119 for instance. But it pays to have patience. Now is time to build your list of stocks you want to own and the price you want to pay for them.

For next year, I see three dominant trends: Fintech, Space, and Sports Gambling.

Fintech, because technology is growing exponentially. I've written about financial technology a lot. 

Space, because we are at a turning point in commercial space travel. Virgin Galactic Holdings (NYSE: SPCE) went from $6.90 to $42.49 over the last three months. Though it got hit last week and sold off to $25. They have a p/e of 458, which by the way, is stupid expensive.

I actually met a guy who has some space tickets, and he seemed excited. You can own some, they are selling for $250,000 apiece. However, the bang for your buck seems limited. The flights will be just 90 minutes with four minutes of weightlessness. 

In regards to sports betting, in 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the sports betting ban violated states' rights. Since then, 16 states and counting have passed laws making sports betting legal.  

It is now the wild west with companies trying to build market share. Many of those companies got hit hard over the last two weeks, losing as much as 30% of their value as there is now speculation of crowds avoiding sports venues for fear of coronavirus.

It is a bit overdone and a good place to look for big growth companies.

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Since 1995, Christian DeHaemer has specialized in frontier market opportunities. He has traveled extensively and invested in places as varied as Cuba, Mongolia, and Kenya. Chris believes the best way to make money is to get there first with the most. Christian is the founder of Bull and Bust Report and an editor at Energy and Capital. For more on Christian, see his editor's page.

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