Why Aren't Hedgies Buying?

Another near-thrust

Enough stocks have risen during the past two weeks, with enough volume flow, that it has nearly triggered another Zweig Breadth Thrust.

Like we’ve seen with a lot of indicators over the past month or so, what’s most notable about these readings isn’t necessarily what they’re doing, it’s that they’re doing it during a relatively healthy market.

These tended to lead to good returns going forward, somewhere between above and well above random. Consistency was good, but not great since there were several losers on various time frames, but a year later there was only one minor loss.

Hedge funds stay put

Equity hedge funds continue to show little interest in stocks. Their correlation to movements in the stock market are at a 5-year low, suggesting they’re focused on something other than broad market exposure.

The last time their exposure level was less than 20%, the S&P 500 was sitting at 1842. The index has rallied more than 50% since then, and exposure’s right back down to the same level. Similarly low exposure levels have had a stark impact on future returns over the medium-term.

“Trader” funds see inflows

ETFs that cater to quick-fingered traders, as opposed to passive asset allocators, have seen massive inflows since stocks bottomed in early June.

When inflows have been this high, stocks’ short-term returns significantly lagged times when traders were fleeing those funds.

The latest Commitments of Traders report has been released, covering positions through Tuesday

The 3-Year Min/Max Screen shows that “smart money” hedgers established a new multi-year high in exposure to heating oil, and short in Eurodollar futures. They added significantly to cotton. Their interest in corn plunged, now holding 10% of open interest net short.

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The post titled Why Aren't Hedgies Buying? was originally published as on SentimenTrader.com on 2019-06-17.

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