Responsible Investor is a weekly newsletter and an Apple/Spotify podcast for those who are interested in investing responsibly. Go to responsibleinvestor.dk for more information and to read our disclaimer. This week’s newsletter is titled “Has the Nasdaq just saved the stock market?”, and was written on March 18th, 2023.
Weekly summary in a paragraph
The US stock market indices were mixed in a week which was dominated once again by the banking sector being under pressure despite notable interventions on First Republic in the US, and on Credit Suisse in Europe. The Nasdaq was very strong partly due to a golden cross finally forming on Wednesday, and joins all the other major US indices who already achieved the mother-of-all technical signals weeks or months ago. Europe experienced the second week of decline as the ECB raised interest rates by 0.5%, with more hikes seen ahead due to inflation still being high: this move may help the Fed justify at least a 0.25% hike at next Wednesday’s FOMC meeting. The 10-y yield staged a sharp reversal to the point that the 2-10y spread dropped to -42 basis points. In corporate news, Adobe and Fedex beat Q4 2022 estimates while Dollar General reported in-line.
Asset classes weekly performance
This week the Dow finished -0.15% lower (-3.9% year to date) while the S&P500 gained +1.43% (+2.0% year to date), the Nasdaq shot up +4.41% (+11.12% year to date) and the Russell 2000 lost -2.64% (-2.01% year to date, we have a 3x short position). Gold finished +4.33% higher (+7.07% year to date, we are long) while Silver gained +3.22% (-6.8% year to date). Oil tanked -7.0% (-14.15% year to date). The 10-y US treasury yield finished a whopping -6.68% lower (-10.49% year to date). The European stock market gave up -2.5% (+7.4% year to date). The Euro finished -0.12% lower against the US Dollar (-0.36% year to date).
I am fundamentally a value investor but like using technical analysis to guide entry/exit points in my positions from time to time. According to technical analysis a ‘golden cross’ occurs when the 50-day moving average crosses above the 200-day moving average. Many algorithms use this event as a prompt to buy an asset. Conversely, a ‘death cross’, ie when 50-day moving average crosses below the 200-day moving average, is seen as a bearish sign. As mentioned in the weekly summary, the Nasdaq finally saw a golden cross form this week, and is the last of the major US stock indices to do so after the Dow (mid December 2022), the Russell 2000 (late January 2023), and the S&P500 (early February 2023). The flows in equities were stable this week, and it is possible that had the Nasdaq not experience a golden cross the markets may have had another sharp decline.
Weekly Portfolio Update
Here are this week’s movements: we took profits on our Williams-Sonoma short position (+6.5%); we initiated new short positions on Adobe, Pinterest, Snapchat and Five Below. Cash, precious metals and hedges amount to 40% in our portfolio (reduced compared to last week).
Top 5 Weekly Portfolio Performers
Newmont Mining Corp +14.26% (Precious metals)
ACI Worldwide +13.38% (Technology)
Google +12.58% (Technology)
Microsoft +12.41% (Technology)
Silver +9.38% (Precious metals)
Portfolio Asset Allocation
US Long stock positions 51% (increased)
EU Long stock positions 9% (unchanged)
US Short stock position 4.5% (increased)
Hedges 7.5% (increased)
Silver & Gold 5% (unchanged)
Cash 23% (reduced)
1-year Portfolio Performance
Our portfolio performance over the last 12 months is -3.5% (excl. dividends) vs the S&P500 loss of -11.2%, which corresponds to a +7.7% market beat.
…in case you missed it…
Check out our first 2023 weekly newsletter to read the 5 things I got right in 2022…and the 5 I got wrong.