Volatility swept across US markets over the last several days as fear and uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus as well as the US presidential election continue to take hold, causing the Nasdaq Composite to post its worst week since March. In Europe, many countries have once again been placed on lockdown with even tighter restrictions in place due to rising cases of COVID-19, including France and Germany. Here in the US, confirmed case numbers have also begun to rise again, sparking alarm that we may now be entering the third wave of coronavirus outbreaks. This negative news has investors on edge, especially as we start to head into the fall and winter months where social distancing will inherently become more of a challenge with no real end in sight, barring a vaccine. While this week’s action jolted tech and mega-cap stocks like the infamous FAANGs, we also saw many of the reopening-related names once again take a hit. Reopening names include those companies that rely on a fully operating, “normal” economy and are also referred to as the BEACH stocks (Bookings, Entertainment, Airlines, Cruise/Casino, and Hotels). These stocks mostly come from the broader consumer cyclicals sector, which remains a high Relative Strength (RS) area of the US equity market that currently ranks second in the Nasdaq Dorsey Wright Dynamic Asset Level Investing (DALI) tool. However, when we look below the surface of the cyclicals sector, we find that not all areas are participating in the upside, including some of the aforementioned BEACH-related stocks.

BEACH-related Stocks

SYMBOL

NAME

PRICE

TECH ATTRIB/SCORE

DWA SECTOR

OVERBOUGHT/OVERSOLD

AAL

American Airlines Group Inc.

11.16

0

Aerospace Airline

-57%

 

ALGT

Allegiant Travel Company

137.57

3

Aerospace Airline

 

27%

ALK

Alaska Air Group Inc

36.78

1

Aerospace Airline

-27%

 

BKNG

Booking Holdings Inc.

1630.26

1

Internet

-51%

 

CCL

Carnival Corporation

12.98

0

Leisure

-61%

 

CHH

Choice Hotels

86.56

3

Leisure

-54%

 

CZR

Caesars Entertainment Inc.

46.10

2

Gaming

-43%

 

DAL

Delta Air Lines Inc.

30.76

1

Aerospace Airline

-10%

 

DIS

The Walt Disney Company

121.54

3

Media

-47%

 

EXPE

Expedia Group Inc.

95.22

3

Leisure

-2%

 

FUN

Cedar Fair L.P.

25.52

1

Leisure

-43%

 

H

Hyatt Hotels Corp.

54.58

0

Leisure

-15%

 

HLT

Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc

86.51

2

Leisure

-20%

 

LUV

Southwest Airlines Co.

39.57

2

Aerospace Airline

 

10%

LVS

Las Vegas Sands Corp.

47.84

1

Gaming

-9%

 

LYV

Live Nation Entertainment Inc.

49.67

2

Leisure

-54%

 

MAR

Marriott International, Inc.

93.33

1

Leisure

-32%

 

MGM

MGM Resorts International

21.29

2

Gaming

-20%

 

MTN

Vail Resorts Inc

233.84

5

Leisure

 

20%

NCLH

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.

15.77

3

Leisure

-27%

 

PENN

Penn National Gaming Inc

55.74

4

Gaming

-38%

 

PK

PARK HOTELS & RESORTS INC

9.96

4

Real Estate

-8%

 

RCL

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

53.83

2

Leisure

-67%

 

SIX

Six Flags Entertainment Corporation

20.91

2

Leisure

-13%

 

UAL

United Airlines Holdings Inc.

33.57

1

Aerospace Airline

-29%

 

VAC

Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation

96.53

1

Leisure

 

7%

WH

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts Inc

46.83

4

Leisure

-58%

 

WYNN

Wynn Resorts, Limited

72.19

0

Gaming

-41%

 

Using the stocks listed in the table above, we created a custom equal-weighted index via FactSet consisting of 28 BEACH-related names to track the group’s performance over time. Currently, from a technical perspective, this group of stocks has a weak average attribute rating of 1.93, an average year-to-date loss of over -32%, and an average overbought/oversold (OBOS) reading of -27.18% oversold.

Since the market bottom on March 23, our custom BEACH index has gained 42.78% and has managed to stay in step, relatively speaking, with SPX’s return of 47.94%. However, we have started to see some divergence between the two, which is shown in the chart below comparing the price of our custom BEACH index relative to that of the S&P 500 Index since August 31. Over the last two months alone, our custom BEACH index has posted a loss of -10.34%, significantly underperforming the S&P 500 Index SPX’s loss of -5.64% over the same period due to growing coronavirus concerns and increasing lockdown restrictions. Furthermore, on a year-to-date basis, our custom BEACH index is down -28.72%, significantly underperforming SPX’s gain of 2.46%.

The returns above are not inclusive of transaction costs. Investors cannot invest directly in an index or a model portfolio. Indexes and models have no fees. Past performance is not indicative of future results. Potential for profits is accompanied by possibility of loss. The relative strength strategy is not a guarantee.

The returns above are not inclusive of transaction costs. Investors cannot invest directly in an index or a model portfolio. Indexes and models have no fees. Past performance is not indicative of future results. Potential for profits is accompanied by possibility of loss. The relative strength strategy is not a guarantee.

What we found was that many of these reopening names have attempted to recover after being hit hard in March, however, despite their best efforts, most have not been able to maintain any sort of momentum and have once again turned lower. Take Hyatt Hotels Corp. H and Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. HLT, for example. Each of these global hotel chains briefly moved back into overall positive trends in the first week of October as they saw their respective stock prices generally move higher. However, on Wednesday, October 28, both stocks fell enough to violate their respective bullish support lines and have therefore returned to negative trends. As a result, H and HLT are both weak attribute names with respective TA ratings of 0 and 2, making them names to avoid.

Marriott International, Inc. MAR, another major hotel chain, also started to show some signs of life when it moved into a positive trend on Thursday, October 22. Like H and HLT, MAR fell back into a negative trend this past Wednesday on negative virus news and has just 1 attribute in its favor at this time. When all was said and done, it only took six trading days for MAR to violate its newly established bullish support line, and over that brief period, the stock posted a loss of -10.76% while SPX was down -5.28%. We do note that H and HLT have earnings announcements scheduled for November 4, while MAR expects earnings on November 6.



With uncertainty and fear surrounding the coronavirus’s timeline skyrocketing and the technical strength of many BEACH-related names tumbling, we recommend steering clear of the weakening stocks within this cyclicals sub-group until they’re able to prove themselves with at least consistent upside follow through and positive trends. If looking for individual ideas within the broader consumer cyclical sector, be sure to focus on those sub-groups that have proven to be winners in the current “corona-conomy”, including, but limited to, computers and electric retail, homebuilding, internet, direct marketing retail, and footwear.

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