The seasonal summer slowdown is here,with the start of August seeing a marked decline in overall trading activity. As you can see from the chart below, this year’s summer break started early, with the slowdown happening in August compared to September in 2020.
Overall activity levels in 2021 have also been lower than those last year.
Tech lost some shine in the last 2 weeks
You may have noticed that S&P 500 has outperformed the tech heavy NASDAQ composite in the last 2 weeks. This is also reflected in investor activity where we saw some selling in Technology stocks two weeks in a row, for the first time since May
However the Investor sentiment for the broader market is benign. Communications and Consumer Cyclical sectors (in orange and beige above respectively) continue to be the strong favorites. The VIX ‘Fear’ Index (see below) carries on trending down, signaling a recovery in investors’ confidence in equities. Along with the trend, Consumer Non-Cyclical sector has also recovered.
Recovery in China related Stocks and Funds
Our last post at the start of the month highlighted the selling of Equities (alongside Fixed Income). In particular, we saw a brutal carnage in the selling off of China-related securities. Both of these have run their course. Selling of China focused funds has stopped and there we are seeing some buying in HKD denominated stocks.
Sector-wise, the recovery for China-related equities has been largely Communications-related. Diversified Financial stocks have seen a renewed buying in the last week, with Consumer Cyclical stocks bringing up the rear.
However, lingering uncertainty from the crackdown have seen investors shying away still from China’s technology stocks (in dark grey below). A wait-and-see approach has been employed, with investors neither buying nor selling these stocks in the last two weeks.
Slowdown in overall trading activity is seen, signaling the early arrival of Summer Break
Technology stocks seem unpopular, with sustained selling seen in its second week despite a strong performance from the broader market
Some recovery for China-related equities/funds despite ongoing concerns from the Chinese Government’s regulatory crackdown
Please note that this newsletter is just a data analysis of actual investor behaviour and does not constitute investment advice in any form.