Long only, long-term horizon, dividend investing, value Summary I recently spent some time highlighting the weakness in the consumer staples space. Yields are high in this space as well. PEP is 1 on this list because of its outsized shareholder returns.
Once you have identified the strong and weak sectors, you can then compare the results to a theoretical business cycle chart and - hopefully - determine in which part of the business cycles things are currently.
That information, in turn, may help you predict which sectors will strengthen in the coming weeks and months. The Business Cycle The graph below shows the idealized business cycle and the intermarket relationships during a normal inflationary environment.
This cycle map is based on one shown in the Intermarket Review by Martin J. The business cycle is shown as a sine wave. The first three stages are part of an economic contraction weakening, bottoming, and strengthening.
Stage 3 shows the economy in a contraction phase, but strengthening after a bottom. As the sine wave crosses the centerline, the economy moves from contraction to the three phases of economic expansion strengthening, topping, and weakening. Stage 6 shows the economy in an expansion phase, but weakening after a top.
Stage 1 shows the economy contracting and bonds turning up as interest rates decline.
Economic weakness favors loose monetary policy and the lowering of interest rates, which is bullish for bonds. Stage 2 marks a bottom in the economy and the stock market. Even though economic conditions have stopped deteriorating, the economy is still not at an expansion stage or actually growing.
However, stocks anticipate an expansion phase by bottoming before the contraction period ends. Stage 3 shows a vast improvement in economic conditions as the business cycle prepares to move into an expansion phase.
Stocks have been rising and commodities now anticipate an expansion phase by turning up. Stage 4 marks a period of full expansion.
Both stocks and commodities are rising, but bonds turn lower because the expansion increases inflationary pressures. Interest rates start moving higher to combat inflationary pressures. Stage 5 marks a peak in economic growth and the stock market.
Even though the expansion continues, the economy grows at a slower pace because rising interest rates and rising commodity prices take their toll. Stocks anticipate a contraction phase by peaking before the expansion actually ends. Commodities remain strong and peak after stocks.
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Alright everyone, sorry it took me a few days to get this one published, but as promised in my article last week highlighting beaten down consumer staples, here's my top .
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