Below please find subscribers’ Q&A for the Mad Hedge Fund Trader January 22 Global Strategy Webinar broadcast from Silicon Valley, CA with my guest and co-host Bill Davis of the Mad Day Trader. Keep those questions coming!
Q: Are you concerned about a kitchen sink earnings report on Boeing (BA) next week?
A: No, every DAY has been a kitchen sink for Boeing for the past year! Everyone is expecting the worst, and I think we’re probably going to try to hold around the $300 level. You can’t imagine a company with more bad news than Boeing and it’s actually acting as a serious drag on the entire economy since Boeing accounts for about 3% of US GDP. If (BA) doesn’t break $300, you should buy it with both hands as all the bad news will be priced in. That’s why I am long Boeing.
Q: Do you think IBM is turning around with its latest earnings report?
A: They may be—They could have finally figured out the cloud, which they are only 20 years late getting into. They’ve been a lagging technology stock for years. If they can figure out the cloud, then they may have a future. They obviously poured a lot into AI but have been unable to make any money off of it. Lots of PR but no profits. People are looking for cheap stuff with the market this high and (IBM) certainly qualifies.
Q: Will the travel stocks like airlines and cruise companies get hurt by the coronavirus?
A: Absolutely, yes; and you’re seeing some pretty terrible stock performance in these companies, like Delta (DAL), the cruise companies like Royal Caribbean Cruises (RCL), and the transports, which have all suffered major hits.
Q: Will the Wells Fargo (WFC) shares ever rebound? They are the cheapest of the major banks.
A: Someday, but they still have major management problems to deal with, and it seems like they’re getting $100 million fines every other month. I would stay away. There are better fish to fry, even in this sector, like JP Morgan (JPM).
Q: Will a decrease in foreign direct investment hurt global growth this year?
A: For sure. The total CEO loss of confidence in the economy triggered by the trade war brought capital investment worldwide to a complete halt last year. That will likely continue this year and will keep economic growth slow. We’re right around a 2% level right now and will probably see lower this quarter once we get the next set of numbers. To see the stock market rise in the face of falling capital spending is nothing short of amazing.
Q: Do you think regulation is getting too cumbersome for corporations?
A: No, regulation is at a 20-year low for corporations, especially if you’re an oil (USO), gas (UNG) or coal producer (KOL), or in the financial industry (XLF). That’s one of the reasons that these stocks are rising as quickly as they have been. What follows a huge round of deregulation? A financial crisis, a crashing stock market, and a huge number of bankruptcies.