Stocks are down just slightly following a rocky session in Asia, with the S&P 500 very close to some critical support.

Stocks Find Themselves on The Cusp

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August 20, 2020



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Anyway, we’re back, and I know the immediate reaction as you look at the markets today is that the dip will just be bought, and this is the same thing we have seen over the past few months. Well, consider for a moment that something here is very different. If you look at the bloodbath that took place in Asia overnight, you might want to think again. There is something notably different this time, and that is what happened in South Korea, with the KOSPI falling by 3.6%, and down 7.6% over the past week. But more important is that for the time since early April, the index broke its massive uptrend.


Meanwhile, the most significant stock in South Korea, Samsung, fell too and managed to at least hold its uptrend, despite falling 4.1%.

SK Hynix

Plus, SK Hynix looks beyond horrible, and could be heading back to its March lows! That can’t be good for Micron or Western Digital.

Now it is possible the KOSPI got out ahead of itself, but the correlation between that market and the S&P 500 futures is undeniable. No, the red line in the chart below is not a moving average; that is the Kospi index on top of the S&P 500 futures.

S&P 500 (SPY)

S&P 500 futures fell to and tested the uptrend overnight, but managed to bounce so far. That uptrend is crucial and must hold; it can not go the way of the KOSPI. If it does, it will be a terrible signal for the market. A break of 3,340 is awful news for the futures and the index.

Nvidia (NVDA)

Nvidia shares are trading just slightly lower, but when thinking about those results, it becomes a little bit more clear that most of the significant gains were due to Mellanox. If you back out at the 14% of revenue Mellanox contributed, revenue would have been $2.58 billion, or about 29% growth y/y, which don’t get me wrong, is still incredible. But importantly, Mellanox attributed more than 30% of the revenue growth to the data center, which means it would have only been $1.226 billion, which would have been growth of 7.5% versus the previous quarter. I guess the question is if you want to pay almost 50 times earnings for growth through acquisition. I’m not saying Nvidia is not a great company; it is. I’m just saying the valuation may have gotten a little bit ahead of itself here. (Forbes story- Nvidia’s Massive Stock Gains May Be Over Following Quarterly Results)

Micron (MU)

Micron keeps dropping and is likely heading back to $42—a pretty good example of what happens when an uptrend is broken.

Gold (GLD)

Anyway, golds not looking so hot, with a break of $1925, send it lower to $1864, and then $1790. How can you have inflation when there is no output growth? How can you have inflation when GDP is will be down dramatically year over year, for many years to come?


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