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Momentum Monday - A Pause That Refreshes? Will Strong Rotation Continue? And Banks Start Reporting

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Good morning…

I was under the weather last night so Ivanhoff went solo and did a great job making the show. I added a bunch of great links to podcasts and best of articles from my fave follows.

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Here are Ivanhoff’s thoughts:

The market tends to surprise the majority. There was a lot of overconfidence and complacency at the end of last year, so the market staged a rug pull and corrected the exuberance in the first week of the new year. The reasons behind the pullback are always clear after it happens. It could be profit-taking among people who wanted to lock in some gains without paying taxes for 2023. It could be worrying about rates remaining higher for a longer period because the economy and the job market remain strong. It could be the rise in tensions in the Middle East – marine shipping and coal stocks perked up last week as a potential sign of increasing energy insecurity. 

None of these reasons should be taken too seriously. If the market wanted to rally, it would’ve rallied on even much scarier news. What matters is that currently there’s more selling and dip buyers are not able to absorb it, so prices are coming down. If we assume that this is still an uptrend, then this pullback is creating a great risk-reward buying opportunity – better than the one at the beginning of the year. So many stocks and ETFs are now down multiple days in a row. Where do we buy this dip without getting burned? At the very least, wait for a move above the previous red candle. Then put a stop below the bounce candle low and trail it.

So far, we are seeing a bit of a defensive rotation. Large-cap biotechs are the top four best-performing stocks on the Nasdaq 100 year-to-date – MRNA, REGN, AMGN, GILD. The financial sector ETF made new 52-week highs as the S&P 500 pulled back last week. This isn’t new – financials tend to run in expectations of strong earnings. Most start reporting in a few days. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a buy the rumor, sell the news action here. 

The vast majority of stocks are in a pullback mode so trading on the long side has been challenging. The good news is that earnings season starts in a week or so which will spice up the tape. 

Next up…

Charlie’s year In charts:

Riley’s Corner:

Riley shared a few words on this week’s results… 

Some notable names,

Ramaco Resources ($METC) is the New High Standout of the Week. The coal miner carried +18.74% and closed at an all-time high. 

Natural Resource Partners ($NRP) is a notable new high. The coal company advanced +5.96% and closed at its highest level since January 2012.

Cytokinetics ($CYTK) is a notable new high. The biotech bounced +12.26% and closed at its highest price since June 2004. On December 27th, the company announced positive results from SEQUOIA-HCM phase 3 trial for patients with obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. The stock sailed +105% since the news. 

AMC Entertainment ($AMC) is the New Low Standout of the Week. The movie theater operator fell -15.52% and closed at an all-time low. 

STAAR Surgical ($STAA) is a notable new low. The implantable eye-lense manufacturer lost -8.81% and closed at its lowest price since March 2020. 

Rumble ($RUM) is a notable new low. The video platform tumbled -4.01% and closed at a weekly all-time low. 

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