Relative Weight Spotlight – Monthly Outlook – July 2019

Relative Worth Investing Channel


By Direxion


  • Market Drivers: With expectations for a reduce within the federal funds price all however certain and constructive sentiment round U.S. – China commerce relations, June noticed U.S. fairness markets mark one other all-time high. Financial knowledge around the globe is undeniably trending decrease, however we’re seeing indicators of stabilization. Fed policy, commerce relations, and “lower but stable” knowledge seems to be setting the stage for an additional “Goldilocks” interval.
  • Performance: June offered indicators of enhancing market breadth amidst a month that carried some “risk-on” sentiment. Whereas general relative worth themes are largely intact, Small Caps outperformed Giant Caps, Value names outperformed Progress stocks, and Emerging Markets showed signs of life relative to their Developed Market counterparts. Notably, short-term worth momentum signaled shifts in relative power in the direction of Value and Emerging Markets.
  • Flows & Positioning: Flows all through June supported longer-term tendencies with market positioning, as we noticed the most important relative power in 1-month flows lean in the direction of Giant Cap exposures (relative to Small Caps) and U.S. stocks (relative to International names). We noticed internet constructive flows across equities in all ten classes aside from Emerging Markets.
  • What’s Subsequent: All eyes on the July Federal Reserve meeting, and the market is absolutely anticipating a zero.25% price reduce. Whereas the G-20 meeting between Trump and Xi Jinping was a internet constructive, uncertainty remains relating to the subsequent steps in the direction of a resolution. In the meantime, additional tariffs have been proposed on the EU. We’re maintaining a tally of volatility, however stay skeptical that the VIX can return to the 10-11 vary on just rhetoric alone.



The mixture of a dovish tune from the Federal Reserve and falling progress expectations have been main drivers which have sent both short-term and longer-term interest rates lower this yr, and this development continued throughout June. The yield on the U.S. Three-Month Treasury Invoice fell from 2.339% to 2.086% over the month of June, and the U.S. 10-Yr Yield fell from 2.124% to 2.005%.

Consequently, each U.S. shares and bonds posted constructive month-to-month returns for the third time in calendar yr 2019, and for the sixth time within the final twelve months. Whereas decrease interest rates have a tendency to profit valuations for danger belongings, the dramatic move decrease in the U.S. 10-Yr Yield has been perceived by many as a reflection of decrease progress expectations and larger uncertainty, which just about definitely would not be useful for shares. Regardless of this, the Russell 1000 posted the strongest one-month return since October 2015 (not including January 2019), and buyers have been keenly watching this divergence between shares and yields proceed all through 2019.

Content material continues under commercial

Relative Weight Spotlight – Monthly Outlook – July 2019Source: Bloomberg Finance


The Federal Open Market Committee’s dot plot for the June 19 meeting, which is a visible (and nameless) illustration of the place FOMC members assume charges can be over the brief, intermediate, and longer-term, saw seven members cite projections for the implied federal funds goal fee lower, down from 2.375% to 1.875%. In other phrases, seven FOMC members cited for a minimize to happen in 2019, which is notably totally different than where the dot plots stood again in March, when zero members cited for a minimize, and 6 members truly referred to as for at the least one hike.

The press conference that adopted, led by Chairman Jerome Powell, was a continuation of an general dovish tone. While there were cues in the direction of being “accommodative” and “standing ready” to “act as appropriate to sustain the expansion,” the Federal Reserve still stated that it does not anticipate any price cuts this yr. We seen the stability between the choice of language and said FOMC exercise as a method for Powell to string the needle between being overly dovish and lifelike. Market members, nevertheless, walked away from the meeting not asking “if” but “when, and how much” relating to a fee minimize. In truth, the market implied chance for a reduce occurring as early as July rose from 48% to just about 100%2 following the June 19 meeting. We proceed to view a price reduce as a key element for danger belongings going forward, however acknowledge that the influence of the goal vary shifting zero.25% decrease is likely absolutely priced in.

Relative Weight Spotlight – Monthly Outlook – July 2019_2Source: Bloomberg Finance



Giant Caps, which have been winners relative to Small Caps throughout most of Q2, truly underperformed by 0.05% over the month of June. While Small Cap outperformance speaks highly in the direction of a more “risk-on” sentiment in the markets, the relative outperformance was fairly small. We view this “outperformance” as extra of a affirmation of market-breadth than a return to the type of Small Cap outperformance we saw in January and February.

Worth shares outperformed Progress shares for the first time in 7 months, but readers might keep in mind that we noted the slowing velocity of Progress outperformance over the trailing Three-months as of the top of Might. Once more, like Giant Caps relative to Small Caps, the relative outperformance was muted; Value stocks gained 7.18% in June whereas Progress names gained 6.87%, a selection of zero.31%. A slight steepening in the yield curve in June (as measured by the spread between 2-Yr and 10-Yr yields) benefitted Value stocks relative to Progress stocks, however buyers should think about the path of each short-term and longer-term yields as a driver for this

pair going ahead. Whereas our model exhibits that short-term worth momentum at present favors Value names relative to Progress, the macroeconomic surroundings and relative power in market positioning supports our thesis to continue to be biased in the direction of Progress names for the intermediate term.


The dynamic between Cyclical Sectors and Defensive Sectors continues to be fascinating. While previous months saw Cyclical Sectors leading on the back of the Info Know-how sector, the zero.88% relative outperformance throughout June in cyclical names was pushed by management within the Materials sector. Know-how names outperformed the broader market in June, however the leadership by way of Supplies is an effective signal of market breadth and recovery in names which were year-to-date laggards.

The zero.88% unfold between Cyclical and Defensive shares is the second smallest month-to-month spread on document for the yr to date, however the outperformance is notable given the 3.10% underperformance we noticed all through the month of Might. Bond proxy sectors akin to Utilities and Actual Estate have been, by far, the most important laggards in June, and have been giant contributors to the relative performance spread; one other signal of a extra “risk-on” tune.


The theme continues for domestic shares relative to international equities, because the U.S. outperformed Worldwide equities by 1.11% in June, the most important 1-month unfold amongst the 5 pairs. This now marks the fifth such prevalence in 2019, and the ninth month-to-month outperformance during the last twelve months. Yr-to-date, the spread between U.S. and International stocks now stands at 5.13%. Stretching this back to the beginning of 2018, U.S. shares have now outperformed International shares by 15.21%. The market continues to price in heightened dangers for international shares relative to the U.S. which might be immediately related to trade, because the divergence and its ties to the start of “trade wars” is sort of clear in Figure 3.

Rising Markets (+ 5.98%) outperformed Developed Markets (+ 5.69%) by a mere 0.29% throughout June, however it was the primary such prevalence since March. Albeit a muted difference, we attribute the relative outperformance to a weaker greenback in June, where the

U.S. Greenback Index fell under its 200-day shifting common following the Federal Reserve assembly on June 19. From most angles, our mannequin remains pretty neutral on Rising Markets relative to Developed Markets, but short-term worth momentum means that buyers ought to control this current power in Rising Markets, especially if the U.S. greenback weakens.

Relative Weight Spotlight – Monthly Outlook – July 2019_3Source: Bloomberg Finance


With relative spreads largely muted throughout the 5 equity pairs, most Relative Weight pairs moved up in lockstep in June. Most notably, nevertheless, is the continued power in U.S. over Worldwide. We view the cyclical and defensive pair (together with progress and value) as vital proxies for the market’s interpretation of danger sentiment. For the U.S. and Worldwide pair, a big, constructive improvement in commerce might set the stage for some convergence in performance spread.

Relative Weight Spotlight – Monthly Outlook – July 2019_4


In contrast to traditional ETF move commentary that includes the complete set of ETFs in a given class no matter how they’re constructed, we concentrate on ETFs that specifically supply exposure to the meant underlying categories in an effort to extra exactly determine developments. For example, our U.S. Giant Cap category solely targeted on ETFs that seek to track broad-based U.S. Giant Cap equities and excludes ETFs that could be uncovered to U.S. Giant Caps, however produce other meant investment objectives, comparable to a method or issue tilt.


Whereas Worth ETFs noticed internet new creations for the second consecutive month (following 4 straight months of internet redemption exercise), they nonetheless lagged Progress ETFs for the sixth straight month in internet activity. Progress ETFs (+ $2.275B) saw $0.652B more in internet new flows relative to Worth ETFs (+ $1.622B), which was the third strongest month in relative power year-to-date. We’re continuing to observe the month-over-month flows between these two product sets, as progress is the clear leader in flows momentum, however longer-term positioning nonetheless exhibits Worth as a notable leader.

While Cyclical sectors led on a performance foundation, Defensive sectors saw leadership in flows for the second straight month. Defensive sectors (Shopper Staples, Power, Healthcare, and Utilities) mixed for $2.489B, outpacing Cyclical sectors (Shopper Discretionary, Communication Providers, Financials, Industrials, Info Know-how, Supplies, and Actual Property) by $zero.994B

over the month of June. While healthcare flows have been the lightest (+ $zero.308B), all four Defensive sectors saw internet creation exercise. Apparently, all economically sensitive sectors except Info Know-how noticed internet creation activity, where Info Know-how ETFs mixed for over $1.zero25B in internet redemptions.


Giant Cap ETFs (+ $four.519B) confirmed robust relative power in flows compared to Small Cap ETFs (+ $1.243B) in June, taking in $Three.276B extra in internet new flows. Whereas trailing three-month and six-month relative internet flows show very little distinction between Giant Caps and Small Caps, longer-term positioning nonetheless leans quite considerably for Giant Caps. Yr-over-year, Giant Caps have seen $21.192B more in internet creations relative to giant caps. Over the past two and three years, relative power in flows is $44.173B and $100.124 in favor of Giant Caps, respectively, and this pair exhibits the most important ETF flows differential amongst the five equity pairs.


Rising Markets ETFs haven’t seen a month-to-month lead over Developed Markets since February, and was the only fairness phase out of the 10 that noticed internet redemption activity in June, with 5 EM ETFs combining for $0.655B in internet redemptions. Six EAFE ETFs mixed for $zero.235B in internet creations, which resulted in $0.890B in relative power in flows for Developed Markets over Emerging Markets. The $13.707B that EM names saw in excess of EAFE names in January and February is wanting increasingly more like an anomaly, as shorter-term flows and longer-term positioning leans notably in the direction of Developed Markets.

While the relative power in longer-term positioning in Giant Caps over Small Caps is the most important throughout the 5 equity pairs, positioning within the U.S. relative to Worldwide exposures is an in depth second. In June, this pair saw the most important one-month discrepancy, as ETFs offering broad exposure to the U.S. (+ $6.230B) saw $4.003B extra internet inflows than ETFs providing broad publicity to international stocks (+ $2.227B). With buyers turning into pickier with their allocations, we anticipate the U.S. to continue to point out leadership in flows, particularly relative to International names.

Relative Weight Spotlight – Monthly Outlook – July 2019_5Source: Bloomberg Finance


Divergences and discrepancies exist among the many micro and the macro, and we seem to be nearing inflection factors across many various market segments. The months of Might and June confirmed us that whereas financial coverage is a strong drive behind the year- to-date rally in danger belongings, it is quite clear that trade-related headwinds to progress will continue to sway markets. Going ahead, trade rhetoric (along with other main geopolitical query marks) will proceed to loom over market members, resulting in an elevated degree of uncertainty.

The market’s interpretation of these uncertainties has been fairly fascinating; fairness buyers and firms (by way of the type of buybacks) have pushed the Russell 1000 to all-time highs, whereas fastened revenue buyers have sent the U.S. 10-Yr Yield to levels not seen since 2016. Trade-related pressures have created an surroundings that’s quite totally different than the one we saw just two years ago, the place “synchronized global growth” pushed international danger belongings larger in unison. Now, the current “goldilocks” surroundings appears to be one pushed by supportive monetary coverage and prospects for resolutions to commerce.

Going ahead, we anticipate danger belongings to be extremely sensitive to financial coverage selections, the upcoming Q2 earnings season, and developments in trade. Buyers ought to pay attention to how the macro (the U.S. greenback, commerce, crude, and so on.) and the micro (firm specific tailwinds and headwinds) mix for earnings results and forward steerage. Buyers should take note of the July 31st Federal Reserve meeting, where expectations for a zero.25% reduce are more likely to remain near 100% throughout all of July. Buyers ought to take note of measures of volatility, such as the VIX, and how they react to financial knowledge releases and developments in commerce as a clue to how sensitive danger belongings are to better-than-expected results, worse-than-expected outcomes, or in-line results.

We stay assured that asset allocations that lean in the direction of U.S. exposures (relative to Worldwide) and Progress (relative to Worth) will reward buyers on a relative basis. And while we remain conscious of shorter-term developments in the macro and micro storylines, we continue to observe the development strains, not the headlines.

Relative Weight Spotlight – Monthly Outlook – July 2019_6Supply: Bloomberg Finance


Russell 1000: The Russell 1000 Index consists of the most important 1,000 corporations in the Russell 3000 Index, which is made up of 3,000 of the most important U.S. corporations.

Russell 2000: The Russell 2000 Index is comprised of the smallest 2000 corporations within the Russell 3000 Index, representing roughly 8% of the Russell 3000 complete market capitalization.

Russell 1000 Progress: The Russell 1000 Progress Index measures the performance of these Russell 1000 corporations with greater price-to-book ratios and higher forecasted progress values.

Russell 1000 Value: The Russell 1000 Value Index measures the performance of these Russell 1000 corporations with decrease price-to-book ratios and lower forecasted progress values.

MSCI USA Cyclical Sectors: The MSCI USA Cyclical Sectors Index is predicated on MSCI USA Index, its father or mother index and captures giant and mid-cap segments of the US market. The index is designed to mirror the efficiency of the chance set of worldwide cyclical corporations throughout numerous GICS® sectors. All constituent securities from Shopper Discretionary, Financials, Industrials, Info Know-how and Supplies are included in the Index.

MSCI USA Defensive Sectors: The MSCI USA Defensive Sectors Index is predicated on MSCI USA Index, its dad or mum index and captures giant and mid-cap segments of the US market. The index is designed to mirror the efficiency of the opportunity set of worldwide defensive corporations throughout numerous GICS® sectors. All constituent securities from Shopper Staples, Power, Healthcare, Telecommunication Providers and Utilities are included within the Index.

FTSE All-World ex US: The FTSE All-World Excluding United States Index is a free float market capitalization weighted index. FTSE All-World Indices embrace constituents of the Giant and Mid-capitalization universe for Developed and Rising Market segments.

MSCI EAFE IMI: The MSCI EAFE Investable Market Index (IMI), is an fairness index which captures giant, mid and small cap representation throughout Developed Markets nations all over the world, excluding the US and Canada.

MSCI Rising Markets IMI: The MSCI Rising Markets Investable Market Index (IMI) captures giant, mid and small cap representation throughout 24 Emerging Markets (EM) nations.

Direxion Relative Weight ETF Dangers: Investing includes danger together with potential loss of principal. The ETFs’ investments in derivatives might pose risks along with, and larger than, those associated with immediately investing in or shorting securities or other investments. There isn’t any guarantee that the returns on an ETF’s lengthy or brief positions will produce excessive, and even constructive returns and the ETF might lose cash if either or both of the ETF’s long and brief positions produce unfavourable returns. Please see the summary and full prospectuses for a extra complete description of those and other risks of the ETFs.

Distributor: Foreside Fund Providers, LLC