I’m sure most of you have heard the expression “like watching paint dry”, which suggests something that is insufferably boring. Well, Sherwin Williams (a paint company, appropriately enough) has a really boring stock, but it’s the kind of “boring” that makes people incredibly rich:
UPDATE: I wrote this over the weekend, and it doesn’t take into account that AAPL is down today (unlike just about every other ticker symbol on the planet), which I think only strengthens the case……….
Perhaps the best-known publicly-traded stock on the planet is Apple. There are a couple of things about Apple that would probably surprise a lot of people. First, as marvelous as the percentage gain was during the “golden dozen years” (2003-2015) of this stock, there are many stocks – – far, far more boring companies – – whose percentage gains completely dwarf Apple’s. I’ve mentioned them before, but basically, the more dull the company (Hormel, Smuckers, etc.) the more amazing the gains have been.
Second, for a huge period of time, Apple was an absolutely awful stock. It had its ups and downs, but the 1983 to 2003, a period of two entire decades, the stock went nowhere. And keep in mind, this 0% return was six years after Jobs’ glorious return, and well into the success of the iPod product line. Take note of the magenta line below and see how, in spite of wild swings, Apple was dead money for a twenty year span of time.
Well, my friends, it’s getting a little challenging adding a lot of new color to a market whose most recent changes for the entire trading day were down a few hundredths of a percentage point on Thursday and up a few hundredths of a percentage point today. Two words: Bo. Ring.
The entire market can be beautifully summed up with a single index chart: that of the S&P 100, shown below. The bull market ended when the wedge was broken (red arrow) and now we’re at the very top of the recent range (green tint), just waiting for the damned thing to weaken. And so……..we wait.
Howdy Slopers – Mole here from Evil Speculator. Equities have been steadily heading higher overnight and my ES long campaign just touched its trailing stop at 2.67R, thus converting paper profits into more ill-gotten market gains. Having filled my coffers rather nicely this week I decided to skip hunting setups today and instead focus my time on a much overdue momo update. (more…)
The bear flag megaphone on SPX hadn’t broken down at the close last night but is very likely to at the open this morning. Overnight ES has already tested and slightly exceeded the August low at 1804.25. The downtrend has resumed. SPX 60min chart:
Bear markets in particular have a way of wearing on you. Sure they look great in hindsight, leaving little doubt about how you one could have easily banked millions. And quite frankly there is actually some truth in that (we’ll cover that later), but in reality most traders usually get chopped to pieces trying to time the endless preceding gyrations, only then to watch the tape run away without them.