As we go into the dog days of summer, our latest book club gathering proved to be a delightful fusion of intellectual exploration and culinary adventure. Amidst the chatter and laughter, I proudly unveiled my newest acquisition—a specialized grill designed to craft mouthwatering kabobs. To everyone's surprise and delight, it surpassed all expectations, making the evening an absolute hit. As we revealed in the joy of mastering the art of kebab making, the thought-provoking discussions from our book club added an extra layer of enrichment to the experience. Truly, combining the pleasures of the book club with the joys and tastes of summer is an unparalleled delight.
The assigned book, "Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World," was an immense success for more than just its captivating storytelling. Growing up in Ukraine for me, the empire of Genghis Khan was portrayed as an evil force, perpetuating a certain narrative. However, the book's eye-opening revelations taught me an invaluable lesson—no matter where we hail from or what propaganda we've been exposed to, it is crucial to stay flexible and seek truth through our own research.
The author's remarkable journey to Mongolia after decades of communist isolation shed new light on the secrets of "The Secret History of the Mongols." Through these newfound scrolls, the empire and its dynasty were portrayed in an entirely different perspective. The Mongols, with their canny strategies and a mere fraction of the opponent's army, managed to build the largest empire in history. Surprisingly, they didn't occupy local cities but instead encouraged self-governance while collecting taxes—a unique approach to domination.
Beyond their military prowess, the Mongols' fascination with science and the adoption of new technologies for warfare underscored their progressive mindset. They even promoted religious tolerance, debate, and education among the people they conquered, which was an uncommon practice during that era.
The rise of Genghis Khan from the depths of poverty and his ability to unite warring nomadic tribes displayed an extraordinary vision for global harmony. Unlike many other leaders who met tragic ends, Genghis Khan passed away in peace, leaving the empire at its zenith.
What struck me most was the book's claim that Europe's Renaissance wouldn't have been possible without the Mongol Empire. The Mongols' influence fostered commerce, globalization, currency, propaganda, printing advancements, credit systems, fair trade, education, modern sea commerce, and scientific advancements—all of which laid the foundation for Europe's transformation.
Drawing parallels to the present, where we find ourselves oscillating between globalization and isolationism, it's evident that history continues to shape our future.
Now, how does this all tie into the world of finance? Just as the book urged us to stay flexible and open-minded, the stock market demands a similar approach. Despite a bearish outlook and economic forecasts of an impending recession, it is essential to heed both sides and avoid assumptions about future outcomes.
As we delve deeper into the financial landscape in future newsletters, let us remember the lessons learned from the remarkable journey of Genghis Khan and the Mongol Empire. Their adaptability, foresight, and resilience hold valuable wisdom for navigating the ever-changing tides of the market. As well as, the understanding of things not being always as they seem.
Stay tuned for our latest symbol of the week and current market landscape, where we'll explore the financial implications of the past week and its relevance going forward. Until then, embrace the spirit of exploration and discovery, and may your financial endeavors thrive under the guidance of knowledge and flexibility. Happy investing!
Recent Trade Review
In our most recent trade using the Profit Accelerator Trader (PAT) services, we had the opportunity to take advantage of a winning trade with Walmart Inc. ($WMT) stock. The PAT model, powered by cutting-edge A.I. technology, identified $WMT as a promising opportunity, leading us to a successful trade.
The trade was recommended and discussed during our live trading room session, which took place this past Tuesday. If you missed the live trading room, you can catch up on the recording by visiting the link provided: https://yellowtunnel.com/live-trading-room-recordings#live-trading-room-recordings.
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As we move forward with our trading strategies, we will continue to rely on our A.I. models and the invaluable benefits they bring to our Profit Accelerator Trader services. The successful $WMT trade serves as a testament to the effectiveness of combining technology-driven analysis with timely notifications, all geared towards achieving profitable outcomes for our traders.
CURRENT TRADING LANDSCAPE
The trading week began on a positive note with a strong start, although there was a slight pullback on Thursday. While market sentiment remains positive, and the market continues to trade higher, investors should be prepared for increased volatility during the second half of this year. As the earnings season unfolds, companies have been reporting better-than-expected earnings data, which has contributed to the market's upward trajectory. Additionally, the recent better-than-expected CPI data from Great Britain and Europe may have the potential to push interest rates down in those regions, resulting in a possible increase in the $DXY (U.S. Dollar Index). It is worth noting that the $DXY is currently extremely oversold.
Despite the market being overbought, there is a possibility that it can continue to climb, especially as technology stocks build a top, and value stocks maintain their upward trend. Investors have witnessed rallies in Europe, small caps, regional banks, and cyclicals, further contributing to the overall market optimism. The tech sector is still in an intact uptrend, adding to the positive outlook.
At the same time, the $DXY has experienced a sell-off, and it is currently testing its 52-week low. In addition, the yield has pulled back significantly. The current situation represents a make-or-break scenario for both the stock market and currency markets, as the outcomes will heavily influence market movements in the near future. As the market faces these critical junctures, investors should exercise caution and closely monitor developments in the global economic landscape. SPY’s rally may cap at $450-470, with short support at $400-430 in the coming months. Caution prevails as the market navigates uncertainties. See $SPY Seasonal Chart:
Major U.S. indices managed to finish the week in the green, closing with gains on Friday. Throughout the week, investors closely monitored key earnings reports and the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting's interest rate decision. With another positive week behind us, recession fears seem to have dissipated, leading to a shift towards a market-neutral approach due to promising economic data and a significant pullback in the $DXY.
The FOMC policy update announcement on Wednesday was a focal point, where the Federal Reserve decided to raise interest rates by a quarter of a percentage point. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, during the press conference following the meeting, maintained caution when discussing the future trajectory of interest rates. The central bank adopted a data-dependent approach, closely observing economic indicators to make well-informed monetary-policy decisions.
The rate hike was a response to persistent concerns over inflation, which remains above the Federal Reserve's 2% target. Chairman Powell reassured the public that the central bank remains committed to addressing inflationary pressures. He emphasized that there is still a considerable distance to go in tackling inflation, hinting at the possibility of further measures to control it. The market eagerly awaits the Fed's stance for the upcoming September meeting, as Powell's cautious approach indicates a careful outlook, with a focus on the crucial job market and inflation reports. The Fed's measured approach aims to avoid premature optimism and prevent a potential resurgence of high inflation.
Interestingly, there has been a notable reversal in the economic outlook, as the Federal Open Market Committee's staff revised their projections regarding a recession hitting the U.S. later in the year. Chairman Powell reported that the staff now foresees a noticeable slowdown in growth later in the year. However, the good news is that they no longer anticipate a full-blown recession, which stands as a testament to the economy's resilience in the face of challenges.
Influential individual company performances also shaped the market landscape. Meta Platforms, the parent company of prominent social media platforms, witnessed an impressive 8.1% surge in its shares following better-than-expected second-quarter earnings. Another tech giant, Alphabet, experienced a substantial 5.8% rise in its shares after delivering strong earnings and announcing a new President and Chief Investment Officer.
However, not all companies enjoyed such positive outcomes. Chipotle Mexican Grill faced a 9.4% decline despite exceeding earnings expectations, as its revenue and same-store sales growth fell slightly short of projections. eBay also experienced a disappointing day, with its shares falling 7.6% after issuing a third-quarter earnings forecast that failed to meet analysts' estimates. Earnings reports from other tech giants, Microsoft and Alphabet, outperformed market expectations, driven by the growing significance of artificial intelligence in their operations.
In the telecommunications sector, AT&T reported second-quarter earnings that surpassed analysts' estimates, resulting in strong free cash flow. However, the market's modest 0.6% response indicates disappointment with the company missing expectations for postpaid phone net subscriber additions during the same period.
Apart from the Fed's influence, the tech industry continued to capture attention, with Microsoft and Alphabet leading the way. Microsoft's solid fiscal fourth-quarter earnings were slightly overshadowed by cautious revenue guidance, causing a slight dip in its shares. On the other hand, Alphabet's impressive earnings and the appointment of a new leadership figure bolstered its position as a rising star in the tech arena.
A significant acquisition development in the banking sector saw PacWest Bancorp's stock soar by 27% following an all-stock agreement to be acquired by the Bank of California, enhancing PacWest's position in the competitive regional banking landscape.
Thursday's market session was a rollercoaster ride, with stocks dipping after the release of unexpected economic data, including the much-awaited second-quarter Gross Domestic Product (GDP) figures. The GDP growth of 2.4% annually surpassed economists' projections, indicating a robust bounce back from the first quarter's 2% growth. The upbeat GDP report initially boosted investor sentiment, further reinforced by Chairman Powell's assurances that the recent interest-rate hike may not lead to a series of increases.
Looking ahead, there is also a focus on international markets, with the European Central Bank raising interest rates by a quarter-point for the 20 eurozone countries. However, the ECB left the door open for a potential steady stance in its next meeting, displaying a cautious sentiment toward monetary policy.
Finally, on Friday, U.S. inflation eased again, as the PCE price index rose at a modest pace, showing the slowest increase in almost two years. This easing of inflation has contributed to a survey of consumer sentiment reaching a 22-month high in July, driven by robust employment gains and reduced inflation concerns. Americans are showing less worry about a recession, with low unemployment, rising wages, and easing inflation contributing to increased consumer spending and confidence in the U.S. economy.
As the market remains overbought, with technology stocks forming a top and value stocks rising, all eyes are on the $DXY and upcoming earnings reports for further market direction.
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Amidst the current market landscape, one sector emerges as an irresistible buy opportunity that is poised for growth. This sector has consistently driven the economy's transformation and displayed impressive resilience in the face of challenges. Despite occasional volatility, its long-term potential remains incredibly promising. For savvy investors seeking to capitalize on the future's potential, this sector demands close attention, as it continues to play a pivotal role in shaping the global landscape. In the upcoming month, this industry's robust performance and stellar earnings are set to flourish further, making it an enticing prospect for those looking to secure their positions in the market. Get ready to unlock the incredible opportunities presented by this thriving and cutting-edge sector as it rides the wave of strong economic conditions, offering a path to growth and prosperity.
The technology sector, often referred to as the backbone of the modern economy, is poised to offer exciting investment opportunities. Companies in this sector are at the forefront of advancements in artificial intelligence, cloud computing, big data, cybersecurity, and more, driving efficiency and productivity across industries. The pandemic has further accelerated the adoption of technology, with remote work, e-commerce, and digital communication becoming the norm. With technology becoming an integral part of everyday life, the tech sector is well-positioned for sustained growth.
One way to gain exposure to the technology sector is through the Technology Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLK), an exchange-traded fund that tracks the performance of technology companies in the S&P 500 Index. By investing in XLK, investors can gain diversified exposure to some of the leading tech companies, including giants in software, hardware, semiconductor, and other technology-related fields. This ETF provides a convenient and efficient way to participate in the growth potential of the tech sector without the need to pick individual stocks. Monitoring XLK's performance and trends can offer valuable insights into the overall health and direction of the tech sector.
As technology continues to drive advancements in various industries and reshape the way we live and work, the tech sector remains an attractive long-term investment opportunity. For those looking to capitalize on this potential, keeping a close watch on the technology sector and considering an ETF like XLK may prove to be a prudent move to position themselves for future growth and innovation. However, as with any investment decision, it is crucial to conduct thorough research and consider individual financial goals and risk tolerance before making any investment moves.
The latest boost in the tech sector appears to be the prospect of advanced A.I. and A.I. integration. Additionally, the latest earnings of tech giants continue to impress and with this in mind, I have identified my next PTM symbol!
TRADE OF THE WEEK $AAPL - Growth and Profits in the Second Half of 2023
As the tech giant Apple Inc. (AAPL) continues to showcase its unwavering dominance in the stock market, investors eagerly anticipate a second half of 2023 that promises to be nothing short of extraordinary. With the latest earnings data revealing a remarkable surge in profits and a relentless drive for innovation, $AAPL has solidified its position as a force to be reckoned with.
Throughout 2023, $AAPL's stock market performance has been nothing short of impressive (up over 35%!) leaving a trail of success for investors to follow. Bolstered by a diverse portfolio of cutting-edge products and services, the company has exhibited a relentless ability to adapt to ever-changing market trends. From the sensational success of its latest iPhone models to the unprecedented growth of its services segment, $AAPL continues to set new records, outpacing expectations with ease.
But the true magic lies in $AAPL's vision for the future. As it ventures into groundbreaking innovations like augmented reality, autonomous driving, and healthcare technologies, the company stands at the forefront of transformative industries. Anticipating a series of exciting product launches in the second half of 2023, investors can't help but imagine the immense potential for exponential growth and market expansion.
Looking at our A.I. forecast for Apple we see several encouraging signals.
Sporting a model grade of “A” Apple is currently in the top 10% for accuracy within our data universe. The symbol has since retreated from its 52-week high of $198 and currently trades near $193. Just as we’ve seen this past year, the symbol is not shy about creating new highs.
When looking at the 10-day forecast, AAPL is showing a nice swing to the upside and a consistent trend in vector following a couple of retreats. This data could further improve with a strong start on Monday, but regardless, this forecast shows a positive run for Apple could be in store, and its current price is a great entry point! See 10-Day Predicted Data for AAPL:
Amidst the ever-changing global landscape, $AAPL has proven time and again that it is not only a tech powerhouse but also a smart investment choice for those seeking long-term growth and stability. As the second half of 2023 unfolds, the story of $AAPL reads like a tale of unstoppable growth and untapped potential. For investors looking to capitalize on a surefire success story, $AAPL's journey into the future is an exhilarating one to be a part of.
This week, I’ll be adding $AAPL to my portfolio!
As always, make informed investment decisions and stay updated with market trends and news to navigate the ever-changing landscape of the tech sector.
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