2019 was a great year for the stock market – one of the strongest years ever.

And typically, following that sort of performance, the next year is great too.

So, while nothing is ever guaranteed when it comes to the market… the odds are pretty good 2020 will be another bullish year.

But – and this is important to understand – we likely won’t see that great performance in the exact same sectors…

Semiconductor stocks were the top performers in 2019. Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) gained 152%. Lam Research (LRCX) popped 116% higher. Applied Materials (AMAT) jumped 88%.

But, it probably won’t be the big winners of 2019 that lead the market higher this year.

Instead, traders should look for the laggards to play catch-up.

No doubt, 2019 was a momentum-driven market. Strong stocks got stronger throughout the year. Weak stocks got weaker. And, that trend accelerated in December as institutions and money managers engaged
in the art of “window dressing.”

They bought more of the market’s best-performing stocks so when they published their holdings at the end of the year, they could show investors they owned the markets best performers. And, they sold off the worst-performing stocks so they could show investors their limited exposure to bad performers.

That action has created one of the widest valuation discrepancies between growth stocks and value stocks since 2000.

You see, on a relative basis, growth stocks are historically expensive today… and value stocks are historically cheap.

AMD, for example, trades at 44 times 2020 earnings estimates. That’s quite richly valued compared to the S&P 500, which trades for about 18 times 2020 earnings estimates.

Meanwhile, value stocks like Teva Pharmaceuticals (TEVA), which trades at less than 4 times 2020 earnings estimates, are historically cheap.

Granted… TEVA has its issues, and the outlook is cloudy. And, AMD is firing on all cylinders and the future is shining bright.

But gosh… is AMD really worth ten times the earnings multiple of TEVA – or any other company that actually has earnings?

My point is… the valuation gap between growth and value has expanded to a historically wide level. Growth stocks are trading for historically high valuations. Value stocks are historically cheap.

If the broad stock market is going to continue higher in 2020, then it’s going to be fueled by a “catch-up” rally in the value stocks. Traders should be looking for the undervalued
and underappreciated names of 2019 to lead the market higher this year.

Best regards and good trading,

Jeff Clark

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Reader Mailbag

Today a new subscriber thanks Jeff for his frequent communication…

Jeff, though I’m fairly new to your services and have hardly placed any trades – the amount of communication you have is awesome. The transparency of your thoughts, daily, about where you see potential trades going is bold.

No one gets everything right all the time, but you actually put yourself out there consistently. I think it’ll make me a better trader by just reading your thoughts you share consistently.

– Mark

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Thank you for one of your most recent Breakout Alert trade recommendations… I was able to close it with over 70% gains!

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This latest revision of your app requires only my fingerprint without having to fumble passwords. PLUS, it gives the latest of each subscription, so at first glance I only get what I haven’t seen.

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Thanks, Jeff, for your relentless improvements!

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