Market Commentary

Making Cents of the Markets

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Be in the Know

Last week’s pullback was short-lived as global markets rallied this week and are back in positive territory for the year as both the S&P 500 and TSX finished the week at all-time highs. Positive earnings announcements, improving manufacturing data, and US stimulus updates were all drivers around improved sentiment this week. Additionally, the dust has appeared to have settled down around the GameStop fiasco as the stock was down 80% on the week as any concerns have dissipated. We are pleased to see rationality return to these stocks as many lessons were learned by amateur investors and hedge funds alike.

Earnings season has been far better than expected, as most companies have reported and beat analyst estimates as we now expect the fourth quarter to record positive growth vs. initial expectations for a decline of around 6%. The growth has been mainly attributed from the technology, materials, and healthcare sectors. Expectations for the 2021 year are for double digit growth which is important as stock values and markets tend to move with profits over the long-term.

On the political front, the US Senate passed a budget resolution to fast-track the $1.9 trillion stimulus plan which paves the way for the budget plan to eventually be adopted into law in the coming weeks without needing the support of Republicans. Regarding economic data, the Canadian economy lost 213k jobs in January missing expectations by a wide margin as the unemployment rate rose to 9.4% from 8.8%. Lockdowns and curfews, once lifted, should allow for a recovery over the coming months. Job growth returned to the US as their economy was able to add 49k jobs in line with expectations. We remain optimistic that vaccines will lead to more consistent improvements in the new year.

Our Strategy

Our portfolios had a good week and we are in solid positive territory YTD. We quickly went back to work early in the week once we noticed capital flowing back as the GameStop short squeeze reversed. We took advantage of the pullback and bought several leaders at lower prices that include the likes of Nike, Mastercard, and Blackrock. We do not mind volatility in the near-term as it allows us to pick up strong companies at more attractive prices as we continue to improve portfolios for the year ahead.

We had a number of positive earnings updates that included record quarters and double-digit growth from Google, Amazon, and Paypal. The pandemic has accelerated trends in digital marketing, online marketplaces, and payment processing which is why we remain bullish on these themes moving forward. We are also positioned in cyclical areas like financials, industrials, and materials that we believe will improve with the economy over the coming year. Being well diversified but focused within leading areas of the market remains our approach as we look forward to continued strength.

Visual of the Week

One thing we pride ourselves on is always staying on top of events as they happen, whether it be volatility created by stocks like Gamestop or a global pandemic. We believe that a strong portfolio manager is curious to figure out the why, competent to understand what to do, and have the character to always act in the best interest for clients.

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