Russia is grumbling. Seems they are not happy that rising debt, slow growth and record Treasury bond sales are dragging the U.S. dollar down. In fact, Russian president Medvedev is calling for some kind of global currency to replace the U.S dollar as the world’s reserve currency. (Sound familiar? Like he’s taking a page from the Chinese?)
In an interview with CNBC on Monday he said, "We need some kind of universal means of payment, which could create the basis of a future international financial system…"
Of course, this is a horrible idea. As one analyst put it, "It took decades for the euro to be established. I can only imagine how long it would take for the BRIC countries to put together a currency."
*****It’s an investing truism that the financials always lead the stock market. Recall that it was bullish comments from Citigroup that kicked off this rally back in early march. And I’m sure nobody needs reminding that it was the financials that kicked off the worst bear market in 80 years.
When the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq blew through their 200-day moving averages on Monday, the financials were out in front. But today, even though the major indices finished with slight gains, many financials finished in the red.
American Express (NYSE:AXP) dropped nearly 5%. JP Morgan (NYSE:JPM) lost 4.46%. Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC) lost 4% and Citigroup (NYSE:C) lost 4.88%.
Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) is about the only major financial stock to finish in the green, and that was a 1.7% gain. In fact, the Financials SPDR (AMEX:XLF) failed to make a new recovery high along with the Nasdaq and S&P 500.
So what gives? Why have the financials underperformed, and why were they weak today?
*****One clue comes from the Healthcare Select SPDR (AMEX:XLV). As you may know, healthcare stocks are considered defensive stocks. That’s because their revenues are seen as being stable as healthcare is a necessary, as opposed to discretionary, expense.
In difficult markets, institutional investors will park their money in healthcare stocks as a way to maintain exposure, but lower risk.
If we compare the Healthcare SPDR XLV to the Financial SPDR XLF, we see an interesting divergence starting on May 8. Healthcare has been trending up since that date. And the Financial SPDR has been trending down. To me, this looks like sector rotation.
It appears that institutional investors are moving money out of aggressive financial investments and into defensive healthcare stocks. When the institutional investors start playing defense, individual investors should pay attention.
*****Technical analyst for TradeMaster Daily Stock Alerts, Jason Cimpl, thinks the rally has about another week before we start seeing some downside. And for good measure, he recommended that his readers take their 29% profits on Fushi Copperweld (Nasdaq:FSIN). This trade took less than 3 weeks. Nice job, Jason.
Jason is still holding the two stocks you may have learned about from the TradeMaster video I included in yesterday’s Daily Profit. In case you entered either trade, you should know that Jason has recommended a stop loss for FXI at $35.15 and UNG at $12.60. If you missed the video, you can check it out HERE.
*****As you know, Wednesday is usually Newsletter Advisors Weekly. In the spirit of summer I’m giving my friends in the investment advisory world a break this week, so there won’t be any interview today. If it’s sunny and nice where you are, be sure to get out and enjoy the weather; before you know it, the dog days of summer will be upon us.