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Why Value Stocks are About to Outperform

The bulk of stock market gains since last October are due to large price increases from a handful of large-cap, tech-focused stocks.

But growth stocks like that have had their time in the sun.

Let’s look at why value stocks could outperform in the future…

According to Investopedia, growth stocks are shares of companies that have the potential to outperform the overall market over time because of their future potential. In an upmarket, investors seem willing to pay any price to participate in the growth, which can produce rapid share price appreciation.

Value stocks are shares of companies that are currently trading below what they are really worth, and will thus provide a superior return. Value stock investors use fundamental analysis to determine a “fair value” for individual stocks. These stocks typically pay dividends with attractive yields. Value stock investing requires patience; it works best when it seems that no one else is buying this type of stock.

Market wags, coined by a Bank of America analyst to describe analysts, are calling the top-performing, large-cap tech stocks the Magnificent Seven. The stocks are Apple Inc. (AAPL), Microsoft Corp. (MSFT), Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN), NVIDIA Corp. (NVDA), Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL), Meta Platforms Inc. (META), and Tesla Inc. (TSLA). Year to date, through September 5, these seven stocks posted an average return of 102%. The S&P 500 is up 17.7%.

The S&P 500 is a market-cap-weighted index. The seven listed stocks are very large and account for 27% of the index’s market cap. This is fuzzy math, but if you multiply 102% by 27%, you get 27.5%. That result tells me the remainder of the S&P 500 has, on average, posted a negative return for the year.

Another clue is that the SPDR Portfolio S&P 500 Value ETF (SPYV) is up 10.7% for the year. The top three holdings of this ETF are MSFT, AMZN, and META, so this fund also benefited from the Magnificent Seven effect.

Throwing out the large-cap stocks, the Vanguard Mid-Cap Value Index Fund ETF Shares (VOE) is up just 1.1% for the year.

What would cause a rotation out of the large-cap growth stocks into value stocks? I think professional money managers will lead the shift. They must harvest profits from those 100%-plus gains to balance their portfolios. Some will go into value stocks as money rotates out of the Magnificent Seven. Buying will increase stock prices, leading to more buying, and soon, we will have a value stock bandwagon.I don’t know when value stocks will start a meaningful move, but it has been two years since there was a meaningful really for undervalued stocks. To my subscribers, I recommend the InfraCap Equity Income Fund ETF (ICAP) to get a great current yield from a value-focused fund manager.
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The biotechnology industry is expanding steadily due to rapid growth of drug development, technological innovations, and strong governmental support. Considering this and the rising need to cater to an aging population, it could be wise to keep an eye on biotech stocks Surrozen, Inc. (SRZN), Harmony Biosciences Holdings, Inc. (HRMY), and Cidara Therapeutics, Inc. (CDTX) …

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Are Stocks Ready to Make New Highs?

Please enjoy this updated version of weekly commentary from the Reitmeister Total Return newsletter. Steve Reitmeister is the CEO of StockNews.com and Editor of the Reitmeister Total Return.Click Here to learn more about Reitmeister Total Return

SPY – The recent sell off is over for the stock market…but are stocks really ready to make new highs above 4,600 for the S&P 500 (SPY)? 43 year investment veteran Steve Reitmeister shares his latest market outlook, trading plan and top picks in this fresh commentary below…

It’s been a couple weeks since my last commentary thanks to a much enjoyed vacation. Gladly most of that time stocks were in the plus column as the market rightfully bounced from recent weakness.
This fits in with my theory that we will be playing around in a trading range for a while. 4,600 for the S&P 500 (SPY) being the top end of the range and 100 day moving average (currently at 4,337) framing the bottom.
How long will we be in the range?
And what will be the catalyst to finally break out of the range?
And what are the best trades for this market environment?
Those key questions and more will be explored in this week’s Reitmeister Total Return commentary.
Market Commentary
As expected, the early August downturn was nothing more than a healthy round of profit taking after the tremendous bull run that started in March. Thus, after seeing a fairly customary 5% pullback investors were ready to hit the buy button again pushing stocks the S&P 500 higher.

Moving Averages: 50 Day (yellow), 100 Day (orange), 200 Day (red)
The recent bounce is nice…but are investors truly ready to break out of the range and make news highs above 4,600?
I believe the answer lies in a review of the recent slate of economic events. This should tell us if we have the proper catalysts in place to race to new heights:
8/25 Jay Powell @ Jackson Hole:  Remember that last time in 2022 Powell scared the pants off investors with his hawkish rhetoric. The key line being to expect economic pain (recession and job loss) before their war on inflation was over. This led to stocks going on a severe two month sell off to bear market lows in October 2022.
This time around Powell gave the usual sound bites. Inflation is too high…more work to do…may need to raise rates.
At first, investors were still in correction mode and hung on the words about “may need to raise rates”. This initially put some red arrows on the board. But as the day progressed investors realized that it was truly no different than any speech given by the Fed in the last several months. From there stocks leapt higher and have not looked back.
9/1 Government Employment Situation: Pretty much right on the money at 187K jobs added. The big surprise was how the unemployment rate unexpectedly jumped from 3.5% to 3.8% as the participation rate also went up. The best part of the report was that wage inflation continues to moderate with a lower than expected +0.2% month over month increase (that is only about 2.4% annualized…not far off the Fed’s target).
This all fits in with the narrative that the Fed is making serious headway with inflation and that more rate hikes are likely not needed. The bigger question is when rates can start to head lower. They say that is a 2024 issue…perhaps true. But it is still possible to start in late 2023. Either way it was welcome news to stocks that rallied hard on this news to end a strong week of price action.
Note that back on 8/29 the JOLTs report gave clues that the jobs market is softening with fewer and fewer job openings (see chart below). This trend also speaks to the likelihood of moderating wage growth which is one of the stickier parts of the inflation picture.

9/1 ISM Manufacturing: This has been the weakest part of the economic picture with 9 straight readings under 50. Make that 10 months now with the 47.6 reading. Gladly that is the 2nd straight month of improvement. Note the PMI version of this monthly report was even more optimistic.
And now a glimpse of the key reports that lie ahead:
9/6 ISM Services: This is the larger, and healthier part of the economy where we got a 52.7 reading last month. Right now expectations call for a fairly similar reading of 52.4. Yet I suspect the strength of the most recent Retail Sales report may say there is some upside to that number.
9/13 Consumer Price Index (CPI): Investors like to focus on this inflation report even though the Fed has consistently said they find the Core PCE reading to be the much more reliable inflation indicator. Regardless, this has been trending nicely lower and mostly coming in under expectations for the past several months.
Too much focus is given to the year over the year # which has a lot to do with inflation many months ago. That is why experts like to drill down to the month over month readings which gives a sense of the current pace of things. That is expected to modulate to +0.2% which again is getting much closer to the Fed’s 2% annualized target. And will have folks readjusting odds for what happens  on the next item…
9/20 Fed Rate Announcement: Right now it’s a forgone conclusion the Fed will stay put on rates at this meeting. What is not as certain is whether they have one more rate hike up their sleeves…and when they finally start lowering rates as the longer they leave these restrictive policies in place…the more they risk a recession forming.
Right now the CME calculates 40% odds of 1 more hike by the end of the year (either at November or December meeting). Honestly, with the facts in hand, I don’t see that happening. The nails are already in the inflation coffin. Just better to apply some patience to see it through as Fed policy typically has 6+ months of lagged effects.
Expectations & Trading Plan
We are in a young bull market…but still not out 100% out of the woods. Meaning the Fed has a history of going too far with their policies thereby creating a recession.
I sense this group is wiser than some of their predecessors and will manage the soft landing from which they can lower rates…which will be an elixir for economic growth…earnings growth…and share price growth.
So for as positive as recent economic news has been, for right now I expect a bit more time in the aforementioned trading range (4,337 to 4,600). And that time will likely be volatile with no seeming direction. That is the very nature of trading ranges.
All you have to do is keep your eyes on the long term horizon which is bullish which gives you ample reason to load up on the best stocks now for WHENVER the catalysts come to push them higher. Meaning don’t stay on the sidelines any longer. The time to get on the bull train is now.
The next section will discuss a bit more about which are the best investments to stay a step ahead of the pack.
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SPY shares . Year-to-date, SPY has gained 18.36%, versus a % rise in the benchmark S&P 500 index during the same period.

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How to Get a 12% Yield, Safely

Fixed income investors who listened to Wall Street earlier this year and bought bonds have been left holding the bag. Rates have yet to peak, and yields have continued to move higher, lowering the value of any bonds the investors already held.

So, what should income investors do now?

With so much uncertainty still surrounding the path of the global economy and interest rates, conservative investors may just opt for parking funds in short-term Treasury bills that currently yield more than 5.25%.

For more aggressive investors, the best path to follow is a diversified approach for the income-producing part of your portfolio. Let me show you what I mean…

Pimco Income Strategy Fund

An easy way to diversify the fixed income portion of your portfolio is through a closed-end fund like the PIMCO Income Strategy Fund (PFL). Run by one of the best-known names in the fixed income space, the CEF offers exposure to varying credit types, credit qualities, and regions of the world.

Here is a brief description of the fund overview pulled from Pimco’s website.

Employing a multi-sector approach, the fund seeks high current income consistent with the preservation of capital by investing in a diversified portfolio of floating and/or fixed-rate debt instruments. The fund has the flexibility to allocate assets in varying proportions among floating- and fixed-rate debt instruments, as well as among investment grade and non-investment-grade securities.

In addition, the fund will not invest more than 20% of its total assets in securities that are, at the time of purchase, rated CCC/Caa or below by each ratings agency rating the security. The fund’s duration will normally be in the short to intermediate range (zero to eight years).

Finally, yield is just one component of the portfolio manager’s approach. Also considered are capital appreciation and principal preservation.

Be aware, though, that the fund does use leverage (total effective leverage = 23.76%) to try and improve its performance. This makes it more volatile than a non-leveraged bond fund.

So-called junk bonds comprise the largest chunk of the portfolio, with roughly 43% of the fund made up of non-investment grade and unrated bonds. While there is a modest allocation (roughly 12%) to government and agency securities, this is mostly a corporate bond fund.

Overall, PFL still qualifies as a well-diversified portfolio given its global exposure (about 23%) and mix of maturities. Industry-wise, PFL’s top investment sectors are: healthcare (9.14%), technology (7.9%), banks (6.04%), and consumer products (5.79%).

Maturity-wise, most of the bonds are currently in the intermediate range, with 27.58% having a maturity of three to five years, and 21.81% having a maturity of five to 10 years.

PFL Track Record

The PIMCO Income Strategy Fund is nearing the 20-year mark from its IPO, so it has been through the 2008-09 global financial crisis and the coronavirus pandemic.

Since its IPO, the fund’s 204% total return translates to roughly 6% annually. Like most bond funds, it performed reasonably well up until the post-pandemic period, when the Fed began hiking interest rates and effectively hammering fixed income valuations.

During the depths of the brief pandemic-related recession, PFL fell nearly 50% from peak to valley, but managed to gain it all back and then some before the end of 2020. Right now, the price of PFL is sitting about 35% or so below its post-pandemic peak.

Closed-end funds can trade at a premium or discount to their net asset value (NAV). PFL trades at a small premium of 3.43%. This is no doubt due to investors being attracted by its high yield—12.46%. PFL maintains a fixed monthly distribution policy that currently pays $0.0814 per share, or $0.9768 per share annually.

Part of the reason why PFL trades at a premium is its history of stability in its distribution. Income seeking investors just love predictability when it comes to their income streams. And, with the exception of one post-pandemic instance, this fund has delivered steadily. Judging its track record, it seems that the fund managers are willing to let the net asset value decline in favor of distribution stability.

It’s rather unusual to find a fund that encompasses so many different regions, credit qualities, maturities, and credit types, but PFL does it. Its rock-solid distribution history over the past 20 years makes the PIMCO Income Strategy Fund quite attractive. Predictable income is a good thing. PFL is a buy under $8 per share.
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BlackBerry Limited (BB) vs. Juniper Networks (JNPR): Which Tech Stock Has More Room for Growth in September?

The technology sector is constantly evolving and coming up with innovations, driving the prospects of companies leading the fast-forward changes. In this piece, I have compared two tech stocks, Juniper Networks, Inc. (JNPR) and BlackBerry Limited (BB), to determine which has more room for growth. I find JNPR a better pick for the reasons explained …

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Nvidia (NVDA) Looks To Make Another Massive Move

There is one stock that has the market’s full attention, especially with the popularity of AI-based products taking off. Well, how are you going to power all these new AI products? Semiconductors, of course, and there may be no bigger player in the industry than Nvidia (NVDA).
After their monster earnings report they just released, we got a bit of a sell off down to the 450 level. However, price bounced on 450 almost exactly and is now on its way to 500 after breaking through 480, which was the previous level of resistance.
in addition to this bullish move up through resistance, there is a push in momentum for the stock which could propel prices even higher. As the premier stock in the market right now, if NVDA can catch fire here once again, not only will this stock presumably reach higher prices, the market will likely follow its lead.
After the day we had on Tuesday, keep this stock on high alert for a long play. If we were able to get a pullback, that would only affirm a long position on the stock for traders and investors alike. If this trade is too much for you, keep an eye on the rest of the technology sector as well.
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Investors’ Playbook for Gannett (GCI): Navigating Potential Legal Challenges and Stock Impact

Gannett Co., Inc. (GCI) was recently hit with a lawsuit alleging that its efforts to diversify its newsrooms led to discrimination against white employees. GCI is the largest media company by print audience and one of the largest by digital audience. The company has over 218 daily publications with several hundred weeklies.
Five current and former employees claimed they were either fired or ignored for promotions in favor of lesser-qualified women and people of color. The plaintiffs said these decisions were driven by the company’s Reverse Race Discrimination Policy in 2020 to make its workforce as diverse as the country by 2025.
The plaintiffs alleged that the policy discriminated against non-minorities based on their race. The lawsuit read, “Gannett executed their reverse race discrimination policy with a callous indifference towards civil rights laws or the welfare of the workers, and prospective works, whose lives would be upended by it.” According to the lawsuit, GCI had tied executive bonuses and promotions to achieve the goals indicated in the policy.
The suit cites the Supreme Court’s decision to eliminate race-based college admissions. The court rejected practices that allowed race to be sometimes a deciding factor in a person’s admission to a college. Chief Justice John Roberts remarked, “eliminating racial discrimination means eliminating all of it.”
In a statement, GCI’s chief legal counsel, Polly Grunfeld Sack, said, “Gannett always seeks to recruit and retain the most qualified individuals for all roles within the company. We will vigorously defend our practice of ensuring equal opportunities for all our valued employees against this meritless lawsuit.”
The plaintiffs and class are seeking an order to eliminate GCI’s Reverse Race Discrimination Policy and lost wages, back pay, including lost fringe benefits. GCI is not the first company to be sued for its diversity programs. However, unlike other cases brought by conservative groups, GCI is being sued by its former and current employees.
GCI’s stock doesn’t appear to have reacted to the news, as it has gained 6.6% over the past month.
Here’s what could influence GCI’s performance in the upcoming months:
Mixed Financials
GCI’s total operating revenues for the second quarter ended June 30, 2023, declined 10.2% year-over-year to $672.36 million. Its same-store total revenues decreased 8.6% over the prior-year quarter to $673.26 million. The company’s adjusted net loss attributable to GCI narrowed 85.3% year-over-year to $5.98 million.
On the other hand, its adjusted EBITDA rose 39.9% over the prior-year quarter to $71.15 million. Its non-GAAP free cash flow came in at $38.42 million, compared to a negative non-GAAP free cash flow of $43.27 million.
Mixed Analyst Estimates
Analysts expect GCI’s EPS for fiscal 2023 to increase 131.6% year-over-year to $0.18. On the other hand, its EPS for fiscal 2024 is expected to decline 44.4% year-over-year to $0.10. Its fiscal 2023 and 2024 revenue is expected to decrease 7.7% and 2.3% year-over-year to $2.72 billion and $2.65 billion.Discounted Valuation
In terms of forward EV/Sales, GCI’s 0.62x is 65.9% lower than the 1.81x industry average. Its 5.63x forward EV/EBITDA is 33.4% lower than the 8.45x industry average. Likewise, its 14.02x forward EV/EBIT is 9.9% lower than the 15.57x industry average.
Mixed Profitability
In terms of the trailing-12-month Return on Total Capital, GCI’s 4.15% is 18.8% higher than the 3.49% industry average. Likewise, its 1.12x trailing-12-month asset turnover ratio is 132.1% higher than the industry average of 0.48x.
On the other hand, GCI’s 9.95% trailing-12-month EBITDA margin is 45.9% lower than the 18.38% industry average. Likewise, its 4.37% trailing-12-month EBIT margin is 48.7% lower than the 8.50% industry average. Furthermore, the stock’s 4.12% trailing-12-month levered FCF margin is 48.6% lower than the industry average of 8.01%.
Bottom Line
Although GCI has been sued by workers over its Reverse Race Discrimination Policy, the company’s workforce comprises more than 70% white. Moreover, more than 80% of leadership positions are held by white individuals. However, if the lawsuit against GCI is successful, the company may have to overturn its reverse race discrimination policy and compensate the plaintiffs and the class.
Amid this potential uncertainty arising from this legal challenge and its mined financials, it could be wise to wait for a better entry point in the stock.

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3 Security Stocks Where Investors Pool Their Money

As our cyber landscape becomes increasingly interconnected, the demand for adaptable, multi-faceted, and self-evolving security systems has become imperative. The rise of mobile-connected devices, electronic communication, social media dominance, and the expanding role of Big Data have collectively underscored the urgency for cybersecurity defenses to keep pace with evolving threats. Capitalizing on the industry’s tailwinds, …

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