Stock Market Internals Earnings Momentum, Small/Mid/Large Caps, Growth/Value/Cyclicals, and Additional Factors
Those once high-flying FAANG stocks continue to run into rough pockets of air. Following Facebook’s 33% dive in February, Netflix (-49%), Amazon (-24%), and Google (-18%) followed suit in April as the latter two trillion-dollar firms posted their worst monthly returns since 2008. Only Apple—which still carries an enormous 7% weight in the S&P 500—has avoided a recent gut-wrenching plunge.
The first quarter of 2022 saw crude prices surge 33%. The largest three Energy firms, CVX (+39%), XOM (+35%), and COP (+39%) posted similar gains, resulting in XLE’s best quarterly performance in its 23-year history (+38%). Despite the last three months’ windfall, XLE has a total return of just +5% over the last eight years compared to +168% for the overall index.
The Tech giant—formerly known as Facebook—shed a dramatic 33% of its market value in February. A shocking reversal among the seemingly bulletproof Social/Mobile/Cloud names. That trouncing, combined with much more subtle losses from the much larger AAPL and MSFT, contributed 40% of the S&P 500 losses for the month.
For a brief period during the January 24th trading day, the S&P 500 was down 12% from the all-time closing high it set just three weeks earlier. The index went on to halve those losses and mask the carnage experienced by the small cap and growth subsets. Big Oil and Big Banks came to the rescue in our Equal-Weighted mega cap basket.
S&P 500: An Equal-Weighted Win
The Equal Weighted average catapulted ahead of the Cap Weighted measure in December to capture the annual crown for the first time since 2016. However, owning the “biggest of the big” proved to be the best play, yet again. The average return of the largest 25 firms in the index has beaten both the Cap- and Equal-Weighted measures each of the last seven years.