This Is Where We Are

With US equity markets closed for Thanksgiving, the US dollar index (DXY) continues to hover around the $92 long-term support level this morning–its lowest point since May 2018.

A confluence of factors drives the benchmark currency one way and another, including trade and investment/speculative fund flows, hedging, fiscal and monetary interventions, relative global rates of interest, and economic growth. What happens to the dollar from here will impact everything on the opposite side of the teeter-totter. msfCase in point:  just a .14% bounce in the DXY this morning, has the various cryptocurrencies plunging 10 to 20% each.

One thing for sure, the dollar is widely unloved while those bullish on risk assets has rarely if ever, been higher, even as the price of S&P 500 stocks (blue line below) has gone parabolic since March above crashing corporate profits (orange) and economic output (in grey).

To-the-moon-explosions in the top 5 US tech stocks–Microsoft MSFT, Apple AAPL, Amazon AMZN, Alphabet GOOG GOOGL, Facebook FB, now more than 23% of the S&P 500’s market capitalization (price x shares)–have been a huge driving force in 2020.  As shown beside, the top 5 most expensive market cap companies have now far surpassed the price overweight in even the top five at the 2000 tech bubble top.  That’s some feat.  Looks all very sustainable, doesn’t it?

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And then there is Tesla TSLA, of course! Its chart below says it all. Amazing cars, but how about that share price, eh?  Tesla’s addition to the S&P 500 on December 21, will increase the price risk of S&P 500-tracking funds, ETFs, and portfolios everywhere, and will be loved only until the stock price inevitably succumbs to gravity.  It’s still on planet earth after all.

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The table below courtesy of Crecat Capital summarizes the code-red warning on all historically reliable US stock valuation metrics now at, or near, the 100th percentile of all historical precedents.  No worries here, right?

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