Showing posts with label Mutual Funds. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mutual Funds. Show all posts

Chinese Stocks Are Not Crashing

I keep hearing on CNBC that China is crashing. Every day there is talk about how urgent the situation is. Let's refute this idea with some facts. First of all the current price to earnings ratio (PE ratio) of the I-Shares China 25 Index is a whopping 12. Yes, a PE of 12. A PE in the teens is not high for the largest companies in China let alone any stock of index. Around the high this year it was closer to 20. Still no bubble territory. In the 2007 Chinese crash the PE of FXI was closer to 40 than the teens.

In the 2007 crash there was a double top formation. There isn't a bearish chart formation here. The current chart of the China 25 FXI is actually bullish. The first chart below is the most recent trend line. It is being tested right now. The second chart is a long-term chart of FXI which shows the long trading range it was stuck in for years. It finally broke out of this range which is bullish. It just broke out this year. This is not a parabolic move to the upside. We finally just hit some highs! The red line on the top is the top of the trading range. The red line on the bottom shows the uptrend. If the index falls to the low 30s we are closer to a crash. A crash would be if the upper 20s get taken out.

Net Current Asset Stocks and Positon Updates

I plan on going through some net current asset stocks over the next few days as I will have some time off. I plan on using the trusty Graham Investor Site and a basic site like either MSN or Yahoo and just screening for great balance sheet strength with light total liabilities to find some stocks net cash and net current assets. I'll post up any interesting finds later this week. Off of the top of my head I had expected Delia's DLIA to be a successful net-net because of the strong brand and potential they had for a turnaround. I mean they are practically in every mall in America. I see this stock is now a sub penny stock trading below $.01 a share. Luckily I had forgotten about it for some time and never took a position.

The net-net Delcath Systems DCTH I posted on recently where I said I wanted to see it even cheaper to its net cash did indeed fall. When I say net cash that is essentially selling for less than the cash on its balance sheet minus all debt. The stock fell as low as $1.09 and has gone as high as $1.50s. I may have missed it as I didn't pull the trigger but this looks like a flag and it could very well drop even lower. I prefer to scale into positions so if I pick up shares around $1 they might just be half of the position.

My long term portfolio is mixed lately.  The Fidelity Emerging Asia Mutual Fund is underperforming the US Markets, however my dollar long position via the ETF UUP which I posted my buy of dollar ETF UUP on Twitter is finally coming around and breaking out again. My Pimco bond fund is  basically flat.

The major US indices look very healthy here and it looks like we are heading for new highs any day here. Even the Russell 2000 looks like it will break out here very soon. The Russell has been the laggard. It's often seen as a key index to the overall market. I may do a post soon on it as it looks like there is a failed signal on the chart forming. Failed signals can often be extremely important. Jack Schwager wrote about them in his books.

Funds on Clearance as Bill Gross Leaves PIMCO

Incase you don't know famous bond guru Bill Gross quit his position at PIMCO a major investment firm. This is the news story on his move. He left for Janus. As this news story was being digested lots of PIMCO funds began crashing as people sold. This really hit the closed-end funds the hardest. I was looking through the daily largest percentage losers on the NYSE. I found atleast 3 down almost double digits. Out of the ones I researched a couple stood out.

The first one is the PIMCO Corporate Income and Opportunity (PTY).  It traded down 6% Friday to 17.18. It isn't below net asset value (NAV) yet but still has a 7% yield now.

The second one is the PIMCO Income Strategy Fund (PFN). It lost 4% and is now at 10.31 which is a 5% discount to its NAV. It's sporting an 8% yield.

The other funds I looked at were heavy into mortgage related securities so I took a pass on those. I read that a lot of the PIMCO funds have traded at steep premiums to net asset value over the years so seeing some of these fall below NAV is a good opportunity.

What I've Been Doing And Looking At

Greetings from Bull Market USA. The bull market capital of the world. Where low interest rates reign forever! Wheeee! In all seriousness however, I don't think Japan's lost decade has much on our QE. We've done better in my opinion. A few years ago everyone was predicting something along the lines of a Japan post asset bubble collapse stagnation. That is what they had in the 90s. Our true collapse was really in the wake of the tech bubble bursting in the year 2000. Atleast when it comes to the economy and equites. Yes, that was the secular stock market bubble that had been going since the early 80s. So I don't think comparing Japan and the USA was really apples to apples anyway. The other expectation Austrian economists had was serious inflation following QE. There was definitely some inflation as evident commodity prices but the dollar inflation seems gone now. Just look at the gold price. Gold and the dollar are always completely inverse. Gold is still crashing. I'm not sure what is going to happen from here.

History would say that if rates stay low for a long period of time there will be significant inflation ala the 70s inflation. Only Paul Volcker could stop it when he effectively let the market set rates at 20%. Could you imagine that today? So far things are going pretty well with the macro here. Doesn't hurt to be hedged though.

To me a good hedge on low rates is to be long precious metals.  I actually bought some more silver bullion recently around $21 an ounce. I got some Engelhard Silver Rounds on I've always been pleased with my orders with them and I recommend them. They are one of the top 2 respected online metals dealers. So far I have Silver Eagles and the Engelhards. I'd like to get some gold Krugerrands soon and some Palladium.

I longed some emerging Asian stocks via the Fidelity Emerging Asia (FSEAX) mutual fund in my Roth IRA. I like the Goldman Sachs Emerging Debt Fund (GSDAX) also and have it on my watchlist along with the I-Shares International Real Estate Fund (IFGL). All of these funds have low expense ratios and similar or better performance vs their benchmark index.

High Yield Stocks
I also have some high yield equites on my watchlist. Whether stuff keeps falling or not these look good to me too. The first is my favorite REIT. It's not one of those sketchy adjustable rate mortgage REIT's or anything like that. Those mortgage REITs are going to blow up when rates go up. There's probably a reason they are all yielding 9 to 11%. I like these simple ones.

One like Sun Communities (SUI) which is just mobile homes and RV's that have great cash flow. Sun has increased the dividend consistently and currently is yielding around 5%. Shareholder equity has been growing the past couple years along with revenue and earnings. The chart is a breakout too.

UMH Properties (UMH) is the second REIT. UMH is yielding 7% and has a consistently rising dividend history along with revenue and earnings. This one has a smaller market cap at just $215 million.

Another high yield stock I like is Energy Transfer Partners (ETP). This is a diversified natural gas pipeline company that also sells gasoline and runs retail convenience stores. ETP's current dividend yield is 6%. The PEG ratio (price to earnings growth) is a very nice .69.