Author Archives: Michael Murphy

Radar Report – 6.23.22

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Jun 22
Dear New World Investor: The economy is slowing rapidly. The S&P Global Manufacturing PMI in the US fell to 52.4 in June from 57.0 in May, missing expectations of 56.0 and pointing to the slowest growth in factory activity in almost two years – the second-weakest since July 2020. It showed slower service sector output expansion and the first contraction in manufacturing production in two years. While output and new orders contracted, inflationary pressures cooled. Looking ahead, goods producers registered the lowest degree of confidence for 20 months. What’s next? Deflation in the core price indices, including the Fed’s favorite,...

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Radar Report – 6.16.22

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Jun 22
Dear New World Investor: What a week! After last Friday’s mini-crash (see below), the S&P 500 entered a bear market on Monday, the Fed raised the funds rate 3/4 of a point yesterday, the biggest increase since 1994, and stocks closed today at their lowest since December 2020. Investors are worried that a more aggressive Fed will cause a recession – wants to cause a recession – while inflation stays high because the factors driving it are not affected by the Fed. That’s the “perfect storm” outlook and I think it’s too negative, although there’s no doubt the economy is...

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Radar Report – 6.9.22

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Jun 22
Dear New World Investor: I spent this week looking at Snap (SNAP), hoping I could recommend it as a first step towards taking advantage of the bear market in high tech, but – nope. I really like the way they are getting ready for the metaverse, which I think will cause dramatic changes in the way people learn, work, and play. But… Snap was founded 11 years ago as Snapchat on the simple idea that users would like to send pictures to others knowing the pictures would disappear after a certain period of time. In the first year, they processed...

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Radar Report – 6.2.22

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Jun 22
Dear New World Investor: None of our stocks reported earnings this week and there hasn’t been a lot of news, so I thought I’d have a discussion with you about the direction I’d like to take New World Investor. I still think we are entering a 15-year upcycle that will transform our country and the world, with many opportunities to invest and build wealth. I spent much of the holiday weekend thinking about how my investment career and skill set should match that opportunity. First, let’s talk about biotech. I’ve been studying biotechnology for over 25 years and, until recently,...

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Radar Report – 5.26.22

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May 22
Dear New World Investor: Sometimes it’s more important to figure out where you are than try to forecast what’s going to happen. This is one of those times. Here are eight things you should be looking at. 1. Let’s start with inflation. As you know, the April Consumer Price Index was reported at +8.3% year-over-year. But the increase from March was at a +4.1% annual rate – down sharply from March’s over-15% from February. It is not enough to just have sustained high prices to have inflation. In order to have sustained inflation, prices have to keep rising at a...

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Radar Report – 5.19.22

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May 22
Dear New World Investor: Well, I know this feels bad. But for the second time in a week, the S&P 500 touched the bear market trigger (3855 – down 20% from its all-time high) and bounced. Yet sentiment is extremely negative. Nearly $81 billion exited stock and bond funds in April – the largest move since March 2020, during the height of pandemic fear. When investors redeem $1.00 from a Nasdaq 100 (QQQ) fund, they are selling 13 cents of Apple, 11 cents of Microsoft, 8 cents of Google, 6 cents of Amazon, and 4 cents of Tesla. That’s 42...

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Radar Report – 5.12.22

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May 22
Dear New World Investor: This is a difficult, miserable market with only a few bright spots. First, virtually everyone is bearish – “investor sentiment is so bearish, it’s bullish.” When everyone who is going to sell has sold, stocks go up. Second, this drop – painful as it is – happens almost every year. The S&P 500 has returned 10% annualized since 1928 with an average intra-year drawdown of -16.3% (we’re at -17.5% this year). There’s no upside without downside, no reward without risk. Click for larger graphic Third, we can see what the sparks might be to turn the...

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Radar Report – 5.5.22

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May 22
Dear New World Investor: Powell giveth and the markets taketh away. Yesterday, the Fed increased the Fed funds rate by 50 basis points – ½ of 1%. It was the first 50 basis rate hike in 22 years but exactly as expected and the market yawned. Then, in his press conference about 45 minutes later, Chairman Powell said 75 basis point hikes are off the table and all heck broke loose. The S&P 500 jumped 124.69 points or 3.0% and the Dow Jones Industrial Average tacked on 932 points – their best one-day percentage gains since 2000. The Nasdaq Composite...

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Radar Report – 4.28.22

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Apr 22
Dear New World Investor: Earnings season is underway. There are always high-profile misses – looking at you, Netflix – but the key is that overall estimates keep on being revised up. Since the beginning of this earnings season, March quarter S&P 500 earnings have been revised up 2.1% to $52.29 (+6% year-over-year) and full-year 2022 earnings have been revised up 0.3% to $227.98 (+10% year-over-year). The consensus for 2023 is even higher. Click for larger graphic In spite of today’s broad rally, the S&P 500 lost 2.4% since last Thursday and is down 10% year-to-date in correction territory. A 10%...

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Radar Report – 4.21.22

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Apr 22
Dear New World Investor: March quarter earnings reports so far are pretty good, with the notable exception of Netflix. Our stocks start reporting next week with the big guys – Apple, Corning, Gilead, and Meta – going first, as usual. May 9 is the major Russian holiday marking their defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945, at the end of WW2. It would be a good day for President Putin to declare victory in Ukraine, and announce a cease-fire with a pulling back of Russian troops to Crimea and Donbas. Ukraine President Zelenskyy then could declare victory and announce a cease-fire...

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