8 Monster Stock Market Predictions – The Week Of Jan. 19 Edition

It will be a holiday-shortened trading week with very little economic data as earnings step up. Companies like BofA, Netflix, P&G, Intel, and IBM will report their results.

South Korea

The markets here in the US are closed on January 18, but the futures are open along with every other market in the world. Risk-off has taken on a strong tone the past few trading sessions, especially in South Korea. The KOSPI is down about 8% since peaking on January 8. But then again, this is a market that is up 32% since the beginning of November, including the recent declines.

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Russell 2000

The Russell 2000 and the KOSPI have a lot in common, as the chart below shows. Perhaps it is because the indexes are made up of companies that will see big benefits from another round of US stimulus. A KOSPI starting to show signs of weakness could be a key tell for what is coming here in the US when the market re-open on Tuesday.

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Short-Squeeze?

The number of stocks in the most shorted-index up by 10% and in the Russell 2000 was rather stunning, with the biggest weighted stock being Plug Power (PLUG), which jumped nearly 12%.

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Dollar

One reason for this shift in risk could be a direct result of the dollar index, which has been climbing and appears to have formed a reverse head and shoulders pattern, indicating that higher prices may be on their way. The dollar index could climb to around 91.80.

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Yields

The dollar has been rising because yields have been rising in the US, and spreads against foreign bonds have widened. For example, the US and German 10-years are at their widest point since March.

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Amazon (AMZN)

The higher rates are beginning to impact some of these big mega-cap technology stocks like Amazon. I discuss the higher 10-year rate impacts on the free cash flow yield. (Amazon’s Biggest Risk May Be Rising Rates)

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