Investing Strategies: Breaking Down The Software Sector's Leadership | Hosted By Alissa Coram | Summary and Q&A

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August 12, 2019
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Investing Strategies: Breaking Down The Software Sector's Leadership | Hosted By Alissa Coram

TL;DR

An analysis of the recent whipsaw action in the stock market, with insights on indicators investors should watch and a review of software stocks worth considering.

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Questions & Answers

Q: What indicators does Katie Stockton look at to determine when a market pullback is over?

Stockton looks at market internal measures such as sentiment and breadth to signal the end of a pullback. When these reach oversold extremes, it indicates a potential market entry point.

Q: How will investors know when the coast is clear in the stock market?

Investors can look for support levels, such as the 50-day moving average, and momentum gauges to determine when the market is ready for a tradable low. Momentum buy signals and positive indicators are signs that the coast may be clear.

Q: What is the importance of market breadth and participation?

Market breadth, measured by the percentage of stocks above their 50-day moving averages, indicates the level of participation in a market rally. Investors want to see broad participation, including in small and mid-cap stocks, to complement a momentum buy signal.

Q: How should investors manage their portfolios amidst trade war tensions and other headline risks?

Stockton suggests that some hedging may be appropriate and that investors should wait for momentum indicators to turn positive before increasing exposure. Short-term downside exhaustion and counter-trend signals in affected markets can be promising signs.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Founder and Managing Partner of Fairlead Strategies, Katie Stockton, discusses the indicators she watches to determine market trends and confidence in a tradable low point.

  • Stockton highlights the importance of support levels and momentum gauges in determining when the market is clear for investors to be more aggressive with their exposure.

  • She also emphasizes the significance of market breadth and participation in determining the strength of a market rally.

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