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Elkstone Private Monthly Bulletin

Elkstone Private – Monthly Update August 2018

The Market – Latest Dynamics


Chart Source: Bloomberg


One of the developments through July that has interested us most has been the extension to new highs on the US Bond-Equity ratio. One can argue as to where the trend began but our view is that Q4 2016 is the pivotal point to focus on. In other work we have drawn similarities between the chart structure now and through the bull market of the late 1990’s. The previous all-time ratio highs now look an obvious target.


Market Performance – EUR (€) Denominated Returns

Name Year to Date
Trailing 30D
July Return
EUR (€) EUR (€) EUR (€)
db x-trackers MSCI AC World ETF +5.49% +3.72% +2.40%
U.S. – S&P 500 +10.85% +4.93% +3.35%
Europe – Eurostoxx 600 (0.13%) +1.65% +3.07%
Gold (3.64%) (2.21%) (2.33%)
WTI Crude Oil +18.76% (5.00%) (7.49%)
Bloomberg – 6th August 2018


U.S. and EU Earnings Season

Q2 earnings season in US has been very good with Revenue growth +10% and Earnings +25%. The picture in Europe is also positive but more muted with Revenue +5% and Earnings +1%

US EPS chart

The US shows the very close relationship between the S&P 500 Index and Forward Earnings expectations

Chart Source: Bloomberg


Europe EPS chart

For Europe we see that the Stoxx 600 Index has significantly lagged the strength in Earnings

Chart Source: Bloomberg


Notable movers – Trailing 30 Days – EUR (€) Denominated Returns

Positive Performers
Positive Performers Trailing 30D
EUR (€)
Advanced Micro Devices +20.66%
Grubhub Inc. +21.06%
Illumina Inc.* +18.01%
Softbank Group (NKY) +14.57%
William Demant +13.24%
Bloomberg – 6th August 2018
Negative Performers
Negative Performers Trailing 30D
EUR (€)
Twitter* (28.18%)
Hanesbrands Inc (17.53%)
Husqvarna AB-B (15.24%)
Ryanair (12.84%)
Netflix (12.67%)
Bloomberg – 6th August 2018


Who said what?

# 1 U.S. Economy: “stronger than a garlic milkshake…and the secular bull market should continue for several years.” – Jeffrey Saut, Raymond James.

#2 Bitcoin: “Price changes in bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are a better indicator of volatility in the market — as good as the VIX.” – Brian Stutland, Equity Armor Investments

#3 EU Jitters: “The more recent bout of political turmoil spanning across a number of member countries coupled with a clear loss of economic momentum in the region has investors questioning the sustainability of the recovery and the future of the bloc.” – Lindsey Piegza, Chief Economist Stifel Nicolaus

#4 Brexit: “The economic case for remaining a member of the EU is strong, but it will take time for it to sink in. During that time the EU needs to transform itself into an association that countries like Britain would want to join, in order to strengthen the political case.”- George Soros, Global Investor

#5 Oil Prices ahead of June OPEC meeting: “A move to put more oil on the market by Saudi Arabia and Russia would be very bearish for prices. The mere contemplation of it has hit oil prices this week.” – John Kilduff, Again Capital LLC


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