Jeff Saut: Buying on Weakness ~ market folly

Monday, August 2, 2010

Jeff Saut: Buying on Weakness

Jeff Saut, Chief Investment Strategist over at Raymond James, is out with his latest commentary entitled 'Don't Worry, Be Happy.' In it, he opines that while money does not equate to happiness, the stock market was certainly happy last month as it increased 7.0% after being down 8.2% in May and losing an additional 5.4% in June. Last time around, Saut argued that it might be time to re-balance portfolios and laid out a theoretical businessman's risk portfolio.

Saut pats himself on the back for 'calling the rally' that he expected due to oversold conditions at the beginning of July. Recently, a Dow Theory Buy Signal was registered according to the market strategist as both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and Dow Jones Transportation Average closed above their previous June highs. However, this signal comes after an already powerful rally has taken place and numerous other theorists do not think a signal has been registered in the true sense of the definition. This would require a close above 11,204 on the Dow Jones and above 4,806 on the transports.

That said, Saut is now a buyer on weakness. He issues a caveat with that statement saying he will use fairly close stop loss triggers to manage the risk. As we've detailed recently, Saut has outlined his risk management principles and has also argued that risk adjusted stock selection is the key to success.

So, what stocks to buy on weakness? The Chief Investment Strategist feels that the following stocks are solid choices:

Value Picks:
Microsoft (MSFT)
Intel (INTC)
Wal-Mart (WMT)
Allstate (ALL)
Johnson & Johnson (JNJ)

Growth Plays:
McAfee (MFE)
Iridium (IRDM)
NII Holdings (NIHD)
Nuance (NUAN)
Parexel (PRXL)

As you can see, Saut favors many high quality blue chip names on the value side. This is exactly what we saw this morning as Jeremy Grantham favors high quality US stocks. Additionally, we've detailed hedge fund T2 Partners' bullish presentation on 3 large cap stocks.

Overall, Jeff Saut thinks that the 200-day moving average (overhead resistance) will be taken out. And as of this second, that's exactly what's happening. We'll have to see if the market can hold and close above that level. He ends by quoting Lowry's who writes,

"In summary, as the major price indexes have moved sideways since the May 25th low, market conditions have showed clear signs of strengthening, not weakening. While overbought readings on short-term indicators suggest the potential for a near-term pullback, any decline should act only as a temporary setback in the rally from the July 2nd low and is unlikely to represent the next leg of a more prolonged move lower."

Embedded below is Jeff Saut's latest investment strategy from Raymond James:

You can download a .pdf copy here.

Here's the rest of our 'market-strategist-Monday' pieces if you missed any of them:

- Oaktree Capital's Howard Marks on the greek tragedy
- PIMCO's Bill Gross: latest investment outlook
- GMO's Jeremy Grantham favors high quality US stocks

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