Posts Tagged ‘institutional investors’
The convulsions taking place in the Japanese capital markets are emblematic of the monetary exuberance that both captivates investor sentiment and distorts its reality.
It’s a trader’s paradise with such volatility, based not on Main Street fundamentals, but on the ability and willingness of policymakers to puppeteer capital markets.
While liquidity and certainty are hugely important to investor sentiment, all the financial engineering should soon produce its own blowback. Investment risk in capital markets remains high.
Investor sentiment among institutional investors in U.S. equities still has strength to carry this market higher if corporations perform.
Corporate earnings are managed, but that’s how the system works. There’s been a paring down of earnings estimates for the second quarter.
E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (NYSE/DD), or simply DuPont, reduced its expectations for its first half of operating profits due to the weather (the wettest spring in almost 120 years in the farmbelt states). The company said full-year earnings per share will be at the low end of its forecast, between $3.85 and $4.05. Agriculture is the company’s most important operating division. (See “Why DuPont’s Earnings Results Are So Typical for This Stock Market.”)
Capital markets, especially the equity market, are looking for catalysts. From what I read, there are still great expectations for the Japanese equity market. Unscientific investor sentiment among fund managers maintains an outlook of perpetual volatility in that market.
Getting back to the U.S. market, economic news is not robust, but there … Read More
The appetite that institutional investors have had to bid the stock market is diminishing.
Earnings estimates for the second quarter are actually being trimmed by corporations and Wall Street. It makes for a genuinely peculiar environment for the stock market—share prices at their highs on declining expectations for corporate earnings.
The lesson is clear: it doesn’t pay to fight the Fed.
Being a leading indicator, the stock market went up after employment numbers came in just slightly below consensus last week. Share prices going up on bad or weaker-than-expected economic news is powerful.
This has been going on for a number of months now. Even on days when equities open lower based on weak economic data or on technical metrics, the market has often fought its way back up.
The powerful stock market action since the beginning of the year has been a combination of renewed confidence, relative monetary certainty, the slow investment of new cash inflows, and good corporate health (strong balance sheets and solid earnings maintenance). (See “Stock Market Fake-Out: Where Is the Retrenchment?”)
But with the stock market now gyrating on the end of quantitative easing, it is distracted until second-quarter earnings season begins.
A massive stock market pullback is due anytime. Expect it. Be prepared for it. Equities have been due for a significant retrenchment for months.
The fact that stocks didn’t sell off during first-quarter earnings season really surprised me. It increases the likelihood that institutional investors will use this as the catalyst to book profits during or right after second-quarter earnings season.
Monetary policy will always be the great arbiter for … Read More
The average American Joe isn’t participating in the U.S. housing market. As a matter of fact, according to the Campbell/Inside Mortgage Finance HousingPulse Tracking Survey, investors purchased 69% of “damaged” properties in April 2013, while first-time home buyers accounted for only 16% of “damaged” purchases.
It is very well documented in these pages how home prices in the U.S. economy are being driven upward by institutional investors. Affirming my stance on the U.S. housing market, Suzanne Mistretta, an analyst at Fitch Rating Services, was quoted this week as saying, “The [housing price] growth is being propelled by institutional money… The question is how much the change in prices really reflects the market demand, rather than one-off market shifts that may not be around in a couple of years.” (Source: Popper, N., “Behind the Rise in House Prices, Wall Street Buyers,” New York Times Dealbook, June 3, 2013.)
Major financial institutions like The Blackstone Group L.P. (NYSE/BX) have become major buyers in the U.S. housing market. Blackstone has spent more than $4.0 billion for 24,000 homes in the U.S. housing market that it plans to rent out.
Rising prices on homes in various pockets of the U.S. housing market are a direct result of large institutional investors buying in.
Take Atlanta, for example. Blackstone bought 1,400 properties worth more than $100 million in Atlanta last year. (Source: Bloomberg, April 25, 2013.) And what happened to prices for homes in Atlanta? According to CoreLogic, a housing data compiler, home prices in Atlanta increased 12.4% in the 12-month period ended February 2013, compared to a 10.2% increase in the overall U.S. housing … Read More
Change in the railroad business is not something you expect, but it is happening with Bakken oil.
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) is the industry group for North American railroad stocks, and while all trade groups are to be taken with a grain of salt, you can garner insight on the U.S. economy by reading the AAR’s data.
Even if you aren’t interested in railroad stocks, business conditions for railroads are still very relevant. They remain the backbone of North America and the industrial economy.
According to the AAR, U.S. Class I railroad stocks originated a record 97,135 carloads of crude oil in the first quarter of 2013. This represents a gain of 20% from 81,122 carloads in the fourth quarter of 2012 and a substantial increase of 166% from 36,544 carloads originated in the first quarter of 2012.
While the shipment of oil—Bakken oil, in particular—is the source of renewed growth for railroad stocks, the numbers also reveal a flatness that coincides with the rest of the U.S. economy.
The AAR reported that in the first 21 weeks of 2013, U.S. railroad stocks reported volume of 5.8 million total carloads, down 1.8% from the comparable period in 2012. Total U.S. traffic for the first 21 weeks of 2013 was 10.8 million carloads and intermodal units, up 0.8% comparatively.
For the same period, Canadian railroads reported volume of 1.6 million carloads, up 2.3% comparatively, and 1.1 million intermodal units, up 4.7%.
Volume on Mexican railroads came in at 315,377 carloads, up nine percent, with 192,060 intermodal units, down 0.3% from last year.
Railroad stocks have been on a … Read More
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