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Investors are bailing on a popular trade due to the coronavirus surge.

Allianz Global Investors’ Mona Mahajan finds a rush of money is flowing back into stay-at-home plays.

“The cyclical story is on hold for now,” the firm’s U.S. investment strategist told CNBC’s “Trading Nation” on Thursday. “The trade is moving out of that reopening, cyclical trade which was more about sectors like airlines [and] hotels.”

Mahajan attributes the shift to investor fear and uncertainty regarding the country’s ability to contain the virus.

Despite the setback, Mahajan is optimistic.

“It’s not dead forever,” she added. “There are a few things that could reignite it.”

She lists a vaccine that becomes widely available, evidence virus cases have peaked and a resolution to the November presidential election.

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“Historically when elections are done, presidential elections in particular, markets tend to breathe a sigh of relief regardless of which party wins because that uncertainty is behind us,” noted Mahajan.

According to her base case, stocks should grind higher in the year’s second half.  But due to seasonal pattern, virus and elections risks, she predicts it’ll be a volatile environment for stocks over the next few months.

“That time period in September and October has not been great for markets,” said Mahajan. “This year, it happens to coincide with one: school reopenings and potentially, what we’re hearing, of another flare-up in virus cases.”

To cope with uncertainty, Mahajan favors a barbell approach to investing and looking to China and Europe — two regions that are reporting progress against new virus outbreaks. 

“There’s room to be a little bit more diversified,” said Mahajan, who views market downturns as a buying opportunity.

On Thursday, the tech-heavy Nasdaq closed at a new all-time high. However, the S&P 500 and Dow closed lower.

Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/07/09/virus-fears-push-investors-back-into-stay-at-home-trades-mona-mahajan.html

I hope this article helps you in your trading. 

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The market was weak throughout much of Thursday’s session as risk-off sentiment returned following a Supreme court ruling that will allow the grand jury to have access to President Trump's tax returns and other financial records. The Court blocked Congress' access to the records, but the ruling magnified nervousness over the November presidential election and provided another unwelcome bout of uncertainty for the market.

The Russell 2000 tapped a low of 1,384 while finishing at 1,398 (-2%). Key support at 1,400 failed to hold with continued closes below this level suggesting additional downside weakness towards 1,375.

The Dow traded to an intraday low of 25,523 before settling at 25,706 (-1.4%). Crucial support at 25,500 held with a close below this level opening up additional risk towards 25,250-25,000 in play.

The S&P 500 tested a low of 3,115 before going out at 3,152 (-0.6%). Prior support at 3,125 was breached but held with a close below this level signaling additional downside risk towards 3,100.

The Nasdaq traded to another all-time high of 10,578 before closing lower at 10,547 (+0.5%). Key resistance at 10,500 was cleared and held with continued closes above this level keeping upside towards 10,650-10,750 in focus.

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ANALYST UPGRADES/DOWNGRADES

Becton Dickinson (BDX) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
Constellation Brands (STZ) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus
Regeneron (REGN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at SunTrust

Plug Power (PLUG) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays
Square (SQ) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen
Wingstop (WING) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG

FRIDAY'S EARNINGS ANNOUNCEMENTS
Before the open: Greenbrier Companies (GBX)
After the close: SemiLEDs (LEDS), Shaw Communications (SJR), VOXX International (VOXX)

FRIDAY'S ECONOMIC NEWS
Producer Price Index - 8:30am
Baker-Hughes Rig Count - 1:00pm

METALS/ OIL
Gold closed at $1,803.80  an ounce, down $16.80
Silver settled at $18.96 an ounce, down $0.20
Copper finished at $2.84 a pound, up $0.02
Crude Oil was at $39.61 a barrel, 
down $1.27
Bitcoin Investment Trust (GBTC) ended at $9.87 down $0.46.


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OPTION BLOCK 916:  THE BERKSHIRE BACKDOOR TO APPLE

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  • Our current thoughts on market and volatility levels. 
  • Is Berkshire Hathaway really just a cheap back door into Apple?
  • How did that crazy $GNUS call trade work out?
  • How to properly gauge $SPX skew. 
  • Your thoughts on current $SPY valuation levels
  • and much more...

 

Over the last few days, shares of Novavax (NVAX) exploded higher.

All after the U.S. government awarded the company a $1.6 billion contract to cover the testing, commercialization, and manufacturing of a potential vaccine — the biggest award issued from the White House’s “Operation Warp Speed” program.

“What this Warp Speed award does is it pays for production of 100 million doses, which would be delivered starting in the fourth quarter of this year, and may be completed by January or February of next year,” Novavax Chief Executive Stanley Erck told Reuters.

The award will also cover the cost of a large Phase III trial as well.

“Adding Novavax’ candidate to Operation Warp Speed’s diverse portfolio of vaccines increases the odds that we will have a safe, effective vaccine as soon as the end of this year,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said, as quoted by Barron’s.

Further progress from NVAX could easily send the stock to $150, near-term, we believe.  In fact, our Biotech program profited on the latest move from $72.72 to $108.

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The market was choppy for much of Wednesday’s session before gaining momentum during the second half of action and into the final hour. The fact that new coronavirus cases confirmations in the U.S. saw a record 60,000 additions in one day weighed on sentiment before Tech led the overall market higher while recording its 25th record close for 2020.

The Nasdaq tested a late day high of 10,494 while closing at 10,492 (+1.4%). Current resistance at 10,400 was recovered with a close above the 10,500 level and the recent all-time high of 10,518 would suggest additional momentum towards 10,700-10,750.

The S&P 500 traded to an intraday high of 3,171 before finishing at 3,169 (+0.8%). Short-term resistance at 3,175 was challenged but held with continued closes above this level, signaling additional upside towards 3,200.

The Dow reached a morning high of 26,109 before going out at 26,067 (0.7%). Key resistance at 26,000 was cleared and held with continued closes above this level, suggesting another push towards 26,250 and the 200-day moving average.

The Russell 2000 settled at 1,427 (+0.8%) after testing an opening high of 1,431. Key resistance at 1,425 was recovered with continued closes above this level keeping a return trip towards 1,450 and the 200-day moving average. 

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ANALYST UPGRADES/DOWNGRADES

Kohl's (KSS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA
Nikola (NKLA) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
S&P Global (SPGI) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman Sachs

Altria Group (MO) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays
HubSpot (HUBS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho
Vista Outdoor (VSTO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley FBR

THURSDAY'S EARNINGS ANNOUNCEMENTS
Before the open: ​Azz (AZZ), Helen of Troy (HELE), Jerrick Media Holdings (JMDA), Park Electrochemical (PKE), Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA)
After the close: Capstone Turbine (CPST), Franklin Covey (FC), Griffin Industrial Realty (GRIF), PriceSmart (PSMT), Simulations Plus (SLP), WD-40 (WDFC)

THURSDAY'S ECONOMIC NEWS
Jobless Claims - 8:30am
Wholesale Trade - 10:00am

METALS/ OIL
Gold closed at $1,820.60  an ounce, up $10.70
Silver settled at $19.16 an ounce, up $0.46
Copper finished at $2.82 a pound, up $0.02
Crude Oil was at $40.88 a barrel, 
up $0.43
Bitcoin Investment Trust (GBTC) ended at $10.33 up $0.58


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Walmart’s answer to Amazon Prime will launch this month, according to a report by Vox’s Recode.

The big-box giant confirmed in February that it plans to roll out a subscription-based service called Walmart+, but it hasn’t revealed details or its strategy to attract members and stand out from competitors.

Shares rose by nearly 7% Tuesday to close at $126.95.

The membership program will cost $98 per year and include same-day delivery of groceries, fuel discounts at Walmart gas stations and other perks, according to the Recode report. The report cites multiple unnamed sources.

Walmart planned to launch Walmart+ in late March or April but delayed it because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to Recode.

Walmart declined to comment about when the service will launch.

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Since Amazon launched the Prime program about 15 years ago, it’s grown to more than 150 million members. Amazon has used the subscription-based service to entice customers to shop more frequently on its site. For $119 each year, customers get fast and free shipping, access to Amazon’s streaming service and discounts at Amazon-owned grocery store Whole Foods.

Walmart has significantly grown its e-commerce business, but it’s lagged behind Amazon in market share and market cap. Amazon is valued at about $1.5 trillion, compared with Walmart, which is valued at about $360 billion as of late Tuesday.

Walmart reported online sales growth of 37% for last year, topping its own goal of 35% growth. Its online sales surged by 74% in the fiscal first quarter that ended April 30, as the coronavirus pandemic drove more customers online for groceries and other essentials.

The retailer has leaned on its grocery business to grow online. Walmart delivers to the home, but it also offers curbside service at its brick-and-mortar locations as a convenient option for customers. This spring, Walmart launched Express Delivery at many of its stores. The new service, which has a $10 fee, delivers purchases to customers’ doors in less than two hours.

Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/07/07/walmarts-answer-to-amazon-prime-set-to-launch-in-july-according-to-report.html

I hope this choice of news article is helpful to you. 

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The market traded lower throughput much of Tuesday’s session on worries of increased coronavirus concerns and a pause or pullback in reopenings. Fresh worries the bounce in the economy could limit or even thwart additional stimulus recovery funds also weighed on sentiment.

The losses helped cool near-term and slightly overbought levels after the Nasdaq’s tagged its 25th all-time intraday high for 2020. The losses snapped 5-session winning streaks for the index and the S&P 500.

The Russell 2000 tapped a low of 1,414 while finishing at 1,416 (-1.9%). Crucial support at 1,415 held with a close below this level suggesting additional downside weakness towards the 1,400 level.

The Dow traded to a late day low of 25,866 before settling at 25,890 (-1.5%) while closing back below its 200-day moving average. Key support at 26,000 failed to hold with continued closes below this level keeping risk towards 25,500 in play.

The S&P 500 bottomed at 3,142 before going out at 3,145 (-1.1%). Near-term support at 3,125 is back in focus with a move below this level signaling additional downside risk towards the 3,100 area.

The Nasdaq traded to an all-time and intraday high of 10,518 before closing lower at 10,343 (-0.9%). Fresh support at 10,300 held on the late day backtest o 10,337 with a close below this level signaling a possible near-term top and risk towards 10,200.

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ANALYST UPGRADES/DOWNGRADES

Acadia (ACAD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel
Trex Company (TREX) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird
Valmont (VMI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel

Dominion (D) was downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse
Kinder Morgan (KMI) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman Sachs
Yeti (YETI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman Sachs

WEDNESDAY'S EARNINGS ANNOUNCEMENTS
Before the open: MSC Industrial Direct (MSM), Northern Technologies International (NTIC), Simply Good Foods (SMPL)
After the close: Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY), Exfo (EXFO), Saratoga Investment (SAR)

WEDNESDAY'S ECONOMIC NEWS
MBA Mortgage Applications - 7:00am
Consumer Credit - 3:00pm

METALS/ OIL
Gold closed at $1,809.90  an ounce, up $16.40
Silver settled at $18.70 an ounce, up $012
Copper finished at $2.80 a pound, up $0.03
Crude Oil was at $40.45 a barrel, 
down $0.26
Bitcoin Investment Trust (GBTC) ended at $9.75 down $0.19


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The U.S. needs more face masks – and fast.

Dr. Anthony Fauci just said the U.S. is “going in the wrong direction” and “would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 a day if this does not turn around.”

Making the situation far worse, the U.S. just ran out of free face masks.  And with demand outweighing supply, the U.S. could run into a massive problem.

If we see a boom in face mask demand, some of the top stocks to keep an eye on include:

Alpha Pro Tech (APT)

This is the company that makes disposable face masks for the public, so you can guess why they’ve had such an astounding run lately.

3M (MMM)

3M also makes face masks and respirators, and could see big demand. As recently as April 2020, the company said, “The demand we have exceeds our production capacity.” That could happen again, we believe, if the virus gets out of control again.

Etsy Inc. (ETSY)

ETSY exploded on face mask demand in recent weeks. “A surge in mask sales on ETSY since April has helped introduce its broader offerings to new shoppers,” wrote the Jefferies analysts, who recommend buying the stock and have a $110 price target,” reported CNBC.

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The market settled higher to kick off the first full week in July, with traders pegging at least part of the bullishness on Wall Street to a powerful rally in the Chinese markets and better-than-expected economic news here at home. The gains helped push the major indexes towards early June peaks with volatility falling to its lowest intraday level in a month.

The Nasdaq tagged another all-time and intraday high of 10,462 while closing at 10,433 (+2.2%). Fresh resistance at 10,400 was cleared and held with a close above this level keeping momentum towards 10,500 in play.

The Dow reached a morning high of 26,297 shortly after the open before going out at 26,287 (1.8%). Key resistance at 26,250 and the 200-day MA were recovered with continued closes above this level suggesting additional strength towards 26,500.

The S&P 500 traded to a morning high of 3,182 before finishing at 3,179 (+1.6%). Prior resistance from early June at 3,175 was recovered and held with continued closes above this level signaling additional upside towards 3,200.

The Russell 2000 settled at 1,442 (+0.8%) after testing an opening high of 1,461. Key resistance at 1,450 and the 200-day moving average were cleared but held for the 3rd-straight session with a close above these levels leading to a possible push towards 1,475.

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ANALYST UPGRADES/DOWNGRADES

Acasti Pharma (ACST) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley FBR
Infosys (INFY) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman Sachs
Turquoise Hill (TRQ) upgraded to Outperformer from Neutral at CIBC

Flowserve (FLS) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen
Intel (INTC) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman Sachs
Netflix (NFLX) downgraded to In-Line from Outperform at Imperial Capital

TUESDAY'S EARNINGS ANNOUNCEMENTS
Before the open: Paychex (PAYX)
After the close: Aspen Group (ASPU), Levi Strauss & Co. (LEVI),
SMART Global Holdings (SGH)

TUESDAY'S ECONOMIC NEWS
Redbook - 8:55am
Jolts - 10:00am

METALS/ OIL
Gold closed at $1,793.50  an ounce, up $3.50
Silver settled at $18.58 an ounce, up $0.26
Copper finished at $2.77 a pound, up $0.02
Crude Oil was at $40.71 a barrel, 
up $0.41
Bitcoin Investment Trust (GBTC) ended at $9.94 up $0.57


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OPTION BLOCK 915: HOW AMERICA TRADES OPTIONS

  • HOST: MARK LONGO, THE OPTIONS INSIDER MEDIA GROUP
  • CO-HOST: MARK SEBASTIAN, THE OPTION PIT
  • CO-HOST: MIKE TOSAW, ST. CHARLES WEALTH MANAGEMENT

TRADING BLOCK SEGMENT

  • VIX: 27.5 - UP .75 FROM LAST SHOW
  • VVIX: 114.5 - DOWN 5 FROM LAST SHOW
  • VXX: 31.75 - UP .25 FROM LAST SHOW
  • EARNINGS THIS WEEK IN PAYCX, LEVI, WBA

ODD BLOCK

  • BACK DOOR COVERED CALLS IN FIZZ
  • LINE IN THE SAND PUTS IN BABA
  • IN THE MONEY CALLS IN GNUS

STRATEGY BLOCK

  • TRADING OPTIONS IN AMERICA

AROUND THE BLOCK

WHAT’S ON OUR RADAR FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK?

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