1.Small Cap Stocks on Longest Winning Streak in 20 Years.
Small company shares on Friday notch their longest winning streak in 20 years on a shortened Black Friday trading session. The Russell 2000 Index rose 0.4% in in the shortened session to book its 15th advance in row. This streak ties a run last seen in February 1996. The longest ever streak, 21, was hit back in 1988. Investors are betting that President-elect Donald Trump will relax regulations, lower taxes and pump money into infrastructure projects. Such policies should benefit small caps more than there larger brethren.
So far, the Russell 2000 has climbed 12.7% since Election Day, compared with an advance of 3.5% for the S&P 500. History suggests that long streaks of gains tend to keep going. On the heels of the 1996 streak of gains, the Russell 2000 was 2.2% higher after the first month and 8.4% higher over the next three
FINANCIALS, TECH AND STAPLES EXCEEDING STREET ESTIMATES:As of last Friday, 474 of the S&P 500 Index companies have reported Q3 earnings, of which 337 have beaten earnings (71.10%) and 100 have missed (21.10%), albeit on lowered estimates. Furthermore, 70 out of 108 companies beat on sales. Thus far, 54 out of the 64 Financials that reported earnings and 54 of the 61 Tech firms that reported earnings have beaten estimates.
1.Rate Rise…Foreign Holdings of U.S. Treasuries Fell 0.7% in September Alone.
Foreign holdings of U.S. Treasury securities fell for a third straight month in September as China and Japan, the two biggest foreign owners of Treasury debt, both trimmed their portfolios – The Treasury Department says total foreign holdings dropped 0.7 percent to $6.15 trillion in September – China, the top foreign holder of Treasury debt, reduced its holdings 2.4 percent to $1.16 trillion in September – It marked the fourth straight month that China has cut back.