Indexes are currently slightly higher, with the Russell 2000 leading the charge, currently up about 0.5%. The S&P 500 is flat on the day, with the Nasdaq up about 0.2%. One piece of bullish news was the better-than-expected iPad mini sales over the weekend. Expectations were for sales of about 2 million units, but the company reported weekend sales of 3 million new iPads being sold. Although these results were fundamentally strong, the market isn’t impressed. AAPL is currently only slightly higher on the day, up about 0.5% and well off the highs. It appears that everything is “on hold” for the election. We’ve been stuck in a pretty volatile range since 10/22, and I’d be shocked if this gets resolved prior to Wednesday. One thing that’s particularly interesting today is that all major asset classes are higher. Last week, there were two days where bonds, stocks, and commodities all sold off in unison. The opposite is taking place today–whether this is a shift in correlation or short-term asset reallocation remains to be seen. However, if correlations on all assets is trending toward 1, that is very troublesome for markets. Keep a close eye on this relationship going forward.
CHART OF THE DAY
Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. (SWHC) – S&W is a gun maker, specializing in personal defense and sporting guns. The chart of this company continues to look very constructive. At the beginning of September, SWHC reported blowout earnings, and the stock gapped significantly higher. Since then, it has drifted sideways to slightly lower, and currently resides near the 9 level, site of the previous earnings gap. This level should provide some support for the equity. SWHC has more than doubled since the beginning of the year, yet there continues to be some skepticism toward it. Currently, about 13 percent of SWHC’s float is sold short, which creates the potential for future short-covering rallies. Current short interest sits at about 8 million shares, only slightly down from the all-time high short interest reading of 9.6 million shares on 9/1. The last two months’ covering could be the beginning of something much bigger. SWHC is set to report its quarterly earnings on 12/6.
WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR
Until Wednesday, not a whole lot. Outside of some European PMI numbers, there is no major economic data to be released overnight or tomorrow. Everything in on hold until the election is over. My bias remains to the upside so long as the S&P 500 holds 1400 on a closing basis. This can change in a hurry – an adverse reaction post-election could be a signal that the primary trend has shifted downward.