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Topley’s Top 10 – June 29, 2020

1. Nasdaq and Russell 2000 Spread Highest Since 2000

Bespoke Investment Group–Nasdaq – Russell Spread Pulling the Rubber Band Tight

The Nasdaq has been outperforming every other US-based equity index over the last year, and nowhere has the disparity been wider than with small caps.  The chart below compares the performance of the Nasdaq and Russell 2000 over the last 12 months.  While the performance disparity is wide now, through last summer, the two indices were tracking each other nearly step for step.  Then last fall, the Nasdaq started to steadily pull ahead before really separating itself in the bounce off the March lows. Just to illustrate how wide the gap between the two indices has become, over the last six months, the Nasdaq is up 11.9% compared to a decline of 15.8% for the Russell 2000.  That’s wide!

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Topley’s Top 10 – June 24, 2020

1. What Happens After A Stock Reaches 10 Largest Stocks in U.S.

Future expectations are already in the price

Investors should remember that any expectations about the future operational performance of a firm are already reflected in its current price. While positive developments for the company that exceed current expectations may lead to further appreciation of its stock price, those unexpected changes are not predictable.

To this point, charting the performance of stocks following the year they joined the list of the ten largest firms shows decidedly less stratospheric results. On average, these stocks outperformed the market by an annualised 0.7% in the subsequent three-year period. Over five- and ten-year periods, these stocks underperformed the market on average.


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Topley’s Top 10 – June 23, 2020

1. Nasdaq, Tech, Growth Keep Going

With Technology rallying and once again outperforming to start the new trading week, we wanted to note that the sector’s weighting in the S&P 500 has pushed above 27% recently up to 27.2%.  That’s nearly twice as big as the next biggest sector in the S&P — Health Care — at 14.5%.  Just three other sectors have weightings above 10%, and they’re all just only slightly above the 10% mark — Communication Services, Consumer Discretionary, and Financials.  We’d note that Amazon (AMZN) makes up about a quarter of the Consumer Discretionary sector’s 10.8% weighting in the S&P, and while it is technically a retailer, between its web services division, and strong technology platform, you could argue that its just as much a Technology stock as it is Consumer Discretionary.

Industrials and Consumer Staples have seen their weightings dip below 8%, and the four smallest sectors each have weightings of just 2-3%.

At the moment, Tech’s 27.2% weighting in the S&P is larger than the weightings of the six smallest sectors combined.

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