Nasdaq at 14 Year Highs – We Review the Key Nasdaq Stocks
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Transcripts - Nasdaq at 14 Year Highs – We Review the Key Nasdaq Stocks
• US Dollar strength
• Reviewing key NASDAQ
• Google, Apple &
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This week we look at the following topics:
• US Dollar strength
• Reviewing key NASDAQ stocks
• Google, Apple & Microsoft reviewed
Throughout the monthly of November we will be
publishing our views and insights on US stock
markets, following key results and how this
impacts the Dow, S&P500, NASDAQ and Russel
200 index. With quantitative easing now
complete and all eyes on the US market
recovery, we thought it important to explore key
themes coming out of US companies and how
this impacts the largest stock indices in the
As usual the commentary from the next four weeks will be followed by our monthly
webinar. Invast clients will also have access to a webinar presented by Invast Insights
editor Peter Esho this week on Tuesday 25 November at 6:30PM.
Our focus will be on the key names that drive each index. We will spend the first few
weeks look at individual company results and then the later part of the month
determining where the indices are going. Our approach is bottom up, we look at
individual stocks to determine where the broader market is heading. We don’t just look
at financial numbers in isolation, but focus on important comments also, as they
highlight corporate confidence and signal intentions among traders.
Our weekly summary will be as follows:
• Week commencing 3 November 2014 – US reporting season highlights – focus on
key Dow stocks
• Week commencing 10 November 2014 – US reporting season highlights – focus on
key NASDAQ and technology names
• Week commencing 17 November 2014 – US reporting season highlights – focus on
the Russell 2000 and key names within the index
• Week commencing 24 November 2014 – Summary for price and valuation on the
key indices, where they are heading into 2015
This week we focus on the NASDAQ – one of the most contentious globally traded
indices due to the exposure it provides to some of the most exciting technology names
in the world. As we wrote last week, results from US companies are important for any
type of trader, even if you are purely trading forex markets the outcome of corporate
America and movements on Wall Street are all important factors in determining where
the US Fed sets rate policy.
We see a strong US dollar over the next few years and the market will go through
turbulent times when adjusting to this. Keeping an eye on company news is vital. US
stocks are among the largest in the world and even through Invast at the moment does
not quote direct international stocks across its platforms, it does quote key indices on its
MT4 platform. Our intention this month is to form a firm, fundamental and well
considered view on these US indices. Our focus therefore from a trading perspective will
be on the key indices through a bottom up approach.
Image: NAS100 monthly chart via Invast MT4 platform
The NASDAQ instrument quoted on Invast MT4 platform is based on the NASDAQ 100
index, not the NASDAQ composite. Traders should be aware of this. The NASDAQ
composite tracks all companies listed on the NASDAQ exchange compared to the
NASDAQ 100 which is purely, as the name suggests, the top 100 exposures in terms of
market capitlisation. The reason we chose to cover US indices this month and the
NASDAQ 100 in particular this week speaks for itself in the above chart via Invast MT4.
Generally, the NASDAQ 100 has a very high concentration to the top 10 names. For
example we estimate holdings in the index to be as follows. Apple Inc. AAPL: 13.91%
Microsoft Corp MSFT: 8.32% Google Inc. GOOG: 4.07% Gilead Sciences Inc. GILD: 3.64%
Intel Corp INTC: 3.62% Facebook Inc. Class A FB: 3.61% Google Inc. Class A GOOGL:
3.46% Amazon.com Inc. AMZN: 3.04% Qualcomm Inc. QCOM: 2.83% Cisco Systems Inc.
CSCO: 2.70%. Our calculations are as of 5 November, the exact numbers might chance by
the time you read this report BUT the overwhelming exposure to the top 10 names is
unlikely to change too much in the short term.
We estimate these top 10 names account for around 49.2% of the NASDAQ index. The
exposure across industries is fascinating. Around 58% of the NASDAQ 100 is exposed to
the technology sector, 15% to healthcare, 13% to consumer cyclical names and just
under 6% to other communication services. Basic materials represent just 0.4% of the
NASDAQ 100 index. Perhaps this explains why there has been a huge difference in index
returns between something like the ASX200 in Australia and the NASDAQ 100. The
former is heavily exposed to mining and financials, the later heavily exposed to
The NASDAQ 100 will therefore always trade on sentiment around investment in
technology and the global trends driving consumption. We wrote about Apple and
Microsoft last week and walking through the Dow Jones Industrial Average and
discussing the importance of recent corporate results. If you missed that report, click
here to read it.
In general, we think the following themes will be key drivers for the NASDAQ 100 in the
1) What happens to Apple is very statistically significant. Apple is the single largest
exposure at just under 14%. It is the largest company in the world in terms of
market capitlisation. Apple is currently trading on a forward price to earnings ratio
of around 14x which is not unreasonable. This earnings multiple is probably slightly
below the long term market average since the end of the Second World War. What is
important to note though is Apple’s very favourable capital position.
What do we mean by this? A company with a huge amount of debt on a 14x price to
earnings ratio is not the same as a company with a huge pile of cash on a 14x price to
earnings ratio. Earnings ratios are a good guide to measure valuations, but they fall short
of being comprehensive. Many traders who dismiss Apple’s valuation as being too
expensive fail to also mention the huge amount of cash which Apple has at its disposal.
Let us put this into perspective.
Image: Snapshot of Apple’s total assets, source from their balance sheet.
Apple basically has around US$14bn of cash on call (in the bank) and a portfolio of
market investments worth a whopping US$141bn. It can sell these assets and turn them
into cash. If we combine these two amounts, we can see that Apple has around
US$155bn of liquid investments at its disposal. This compares with around US$29bn of
long term debt. The net amount is a healthy US$136bn of NET liquid assets ignoring all
other balance sheet items like inventories and debtors.
Apple’s market capitlisation (the value of the business) is US$637bn which means net
liquid investments represent around 20% of this amount. The remaining 80% of the
business is a valuation on its ability to continue developing, producing, marketing new
products globally. Once the market gets a feel that this is at risk, the valuation could very
much come under pressure and Apple would be called to put its liquid investments at
use to ensure investors don’t get nervous.
The table above shows that the regions that matter most to Apple are the Americas and
Europe in terms of overall revenue generation. It puts into perspective the growth of
Apple into Asia as opposed to maintaining its core in the markets that matter most. Don’t
buy into the argument that Apple’s Asian growth is enough to offset any problems at
home or in Europe as the Eurozone hits growth issues. The numbers show that Asian
growth is not enough and in fact comparable revenue growth is going backwards.
Product development is also crucial, the data above shows just how important the phone
market is to Apple’s overall earnings. Tablet sales are falling and so product innovation is
the key to growth once saturation in the phone market is reached.
Did you know these facts about Apple? Probably not. You knew that Apple was
important to the NASDAQ 100 but probably not aware of the key sensitivities to its
business. What happens with Apple is essential to where the NASDAQ 100 goes. If you
are trading the NASDAQ 100 index, you know how a solid framework for what to look
2) While Apple is very important, it isn’t reflective of the whole market, just a
significant proportion. There are other issues to consider for the NASDAQ 100. We
spoke about Microsoft last week. It and other stocks will be impacted by a view on
global rates. Investors will generally form a view on the NASDAQ 100 based on the
overall strength of the US economy and the access to cheap money. Once global
interest rates start moving higher, investors will be less willing to pay price to
earnings ratios that are too high for technology names. The NASDAQ 100 is currently
trading on a price to earnings ratio of 23.8x compared to the S&P500 at 18.8x.
The NASDAQ 100 has a dividend yield of around 1.3%, which is fine when 1 year interest
rates in the United States are at 0.11%. But as US interest rates rise, the yield on the
NASDAQ will also need to rise. If we assume a corporate spread of today (1.3%-
0.11%=1.19%) is to be maintained, at a 0.25% 1 year bond yield rate the NASDAQ will
need to rise to 1.44% which implies earnings growth of 10.8% for all other things to be
If you don’t understand the above we will simplify it here. If the US starts to increase
interest rates next year and the 1 year bond yield rises to a more adequate 0.25%, the
NASDAQ 100 listed companies would need to deliver earnings growth of 10.8% in order
to justify the current valuation. There will be huge pressure on NASDAQ 100 companies
to meet these earnings expectations once the US Federal Reserve starts to adjust their
short term interest rate policy. The table below shows US treasury yields as of 6
November 2014 via treasury.gov.
Next week we will touch on the Russell 200 index which will have even greater
sensitivities to movements in short term US treasury rates. Our focus is to help index
traders build a fundamental picture around the sensitivities of key US markets coming
off record high levels. The table below illustrates the current price to earnings ratio and
dividend yields of the three major US indices outside of the Dow Jones. It also shows the
huge amount of earnings growth being priced into the Russell 200 – an important
consideration for its future technical levels.
Table: US index valuation levels sourced via Wall Street Journal estimates.
US stock market outlook: Join the webinar to discuss these points
Invast Insights editor and contributing author Peter Esho will summarise his November
outlook for US markets, focusing on key indices like the Dow Jones, S&P500, NASDAQ and
Russell 2000. Esho will go through recent company results to determine how the US economy
is shaping up after the completion of quantitative easing.
Esho is a regular contributor on CNBC, Bloomberg and host of ‘Your Money Your Call’. In his
webinar he will outline:
How have recent company results fare in the US market
What signals are companies suggesting about the economy
What valuations are implied by the key indices at the moment
Outlook for whereWall St will go in 2015
Peter’s webinar will cover both the fundamental and technical outlook on key US indices
quoted on Invast’s MT4 platform, plus the key drivers to look out for when trading. This
webinar is expected to fill fast. Q&A will be open straight after the presentation. Register now
by visiting http://www.invast.com.au/resources/webinars.aspx.
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