Global markets rallied sharply over the past two weeks, as they often do during this time of the year. All but two of your current positions hit 52-week highs. Many of your positions paid out dividends over the past two weeks as well, which also boosted your returns.
Your gains in Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, Inc. (FCX) are now close to 70%, and you have 30%-plus gains in the iShares MSCI Taiwan Index (EWT) and the iShares MSCI South Korea Index (EWY). Note that I have raised your stops in all three of these positions.
All but one of your positions in your Global Stock Investor portfolio is showing a profit, with eight of your current positions showing gains of 20% or more.
We booked a profit of 29.34% on Dec. 23 when we stopped out of Market Vectors Brazil Small-Cap ETF (BRF). The position had fallen below its 50-day moving average, after Brazil was one of the world’s hottest stock markets for much of 2010.
I have been pleasantly surprised by the strength of global markets, even accounting for their seasonal strength. That said, I cannot ignore the fact that high levels of optimism in global financial markets often are followed by sharp sell-offs. Most technical indicators show that the S&P 500 is overbought in the short term, and even is rolling over.
That does not make me pessimistic over the long term. It’s just a reminder to prepare yourself that when a pullback happens, you can expect it to be even sharper in global markets.
From a risk-management standpoint, our overall investment strategy remains the same. If a position has fallen below its 50-day moving average, I am moving it to (or keeping it at) a HOLD. If a position rises back through its 50-day moving average, then I have moved it back to a BUY.
Technically, all of your remaining positions are BUYs except for Claymore/BNY Mellon Frontier Markets (FRN).
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The WisdomTree Dreyfus Chinese Yuan Fund (CYB) rose 1% at the end of the year. The World Bank issued its first bond denominated in the Chinese yuan, borrowing 500 million yuan ($75.9 million) over two years, showing the increased prominence of the Chinese currency. Back above its 50-day moving average, CYB is a BUY.
iShares MSCI Malaysia Index (EWM) jumped 4.9% and also paid out 24 cents this past week. Malaysian shares have jumped on market volume of more than double the 90-day average on the back of demand from both local and foreign investors, particularly for financial shares. Now firmly above its 50-day moving average, EWM remains a BUY.
iShares MSCI Taiwan Index (EWT) continued its winning ways, rising 4% and paying out a dividend of 29 cents per share. San Diego-based Qualcomm has picked a site in Taiwan to build its new, $975-million manufacturing plant for its new Mirasol display screens. EWT remains a BUY. Raise your stop to $14.00.
iShares MSCI South Korea Index (EWY) rose 5.3% and paid out a dividend of 17 cents, as it closes in on record highs not seen since 2008. EWY remains a BUY. Raise your stop to $56.00.
Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, Inc. (FCX) rose 2.2% as Goldman Sachs has raised its price target on the stock to $132 from $111. A combined play on both copper and gold, FCX remains a BUY. Raise your stop to $95.00.
Claymore/BNY Mellon Frontier Markets (FRN) rose 0.9% and paid out a dividend of 13 cents. Weakness in Colombia is acting as a drag on this bet on frontier markets. Unable to stay above its 50-day moving average, FRN is a HOLD.
Market Vectors Indonesia ETF (IDX) rose 5.3% and paid out an 83-cent dividend. One of 2010’s top-performing markets, Indonesia has been dragging, but as it managed to eke back above its 50-day moving average, IDX is now back to a cautious BUY.
Las Vegas Sands Corp. (LVS) rose a solid 3.67% as Asia’s gaming sector continues to recover from its correction. On Monday, the Macau reported a 66% surge in gaming revenue in December, and analysts predicted that the region could see a record month in January or February, as analysts raised their target price for LVS to $53.00. LVS is a BUY.
Market Vectors Russia ETF (RSX) rose 4.8% at year end, and paid out a dividend of 18.4 cents. Both the market and the Russian ruble have rebounded over the past two months as oil prices surged 10% and the central bank indicated that it may raise Russia’s key interest rates. RSX is back to a BUY.
Universal Display Corp. (PANL) jumped 3.7% over the past two weeks. If you have a Samsung smartphone, you may have seen Universal Display’s products without realizing it. Samsung phones have a great-looking display and use a lot less energy. PANL remains a BUY.
Vale S.A. (VALE) jumped 3.8%. Brazil’s stocks kicked off 2011 on an enthusiastic note, as investors digested the first signals from the new administration of President Dilma Rousseff. The world’s biggest iron ore producer is a BUY.
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