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Friday, November 18, 2016
U.S. stocks are only a few points away from new all-time highs... But not every part of the U.S. market has been thriving.
Health care stocks recently fell 12% from their August highs to their pre-election lows... hitting an eight-month low in the process.
Have they bottomed? Is it time to buy? Or is this the beginning of a major downtrend?
Let's take a closer look and find out...
Health care stocks were falling before the election, when Hillary Clinton was expected to win.
The stock market expected things would stay "status quo" with Obamacare, and it didn't think that would be good for health care companies' profits.
Then, the election result surprised the markets. Trump was elected, and the sector soared.
So where do we go from here?
History says more gains are likely. Specifically, double-digit gains are possible over the next year.
Let me explain...
Two weeks ago, the Health Care Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLV) fell to an eight-month low. Take a look...
New eight-month lows don't happen often. But look at what came next. After hitting their low, health care stocks turned upward... And they jumped nearly 4% the day after Trump was elected.
This upward trend isn't surprising. It's what tends to happen after a new eight-month low in health care stocks.
We've only seen new eight-month lows in XLV 10 other times going back to 2000. And they often end with a big reversal like we're already seeing. Take a look...
Since 2000, we tracked the gains that you would have seen if you used a "buy and hold" strategy. Health care stocks were typically up 1.2% over three months and 4.8% over the course of a year. But after an eight-month low, the typical returns were much higher.
XLV gained 4.2% over three months and 10% the year after similar multi-month lows in the past. This might not sound like much, but it's actually a huge outperformance versus the sector's typical returns.
Health care stocks were one of the market's worst performers going into the election. But now, after an eight-month low, they could be one of the best...
Yesterday, Brett wrote about another breakout opportunity with even bigger upside. This investment just saw one of its biggest short-term spikes ever... And based on history, this extreme has led to incredible gains. Learn how to trade it right here.
In 2017, the Republicans will control the Senate, the House of Representatives, and the Presidency. What does this mean for the markets? Steve crunched the numbers to find out... And the answer might surprise you. Read more here.
THE BIG UPTREND IN 'ONLINE GAMBLING'
Folks aren't just gambling in Vegas... they're also gambling on Wall Street.
Regular readers know that some of the world's most popular casino stocks have been in an uptrend this year. Over the last 10 months, Las Vegas Sands (LVS) and Wynn Resorts (WYNN) are up 60%-plus each.
Americans are feeling rich enough to spend lots of money in casinos, and they're also trading more stocks than ever before. One big beneficiary of this trend has been discount online broker E-Trade (ETFC). In its third-quarter earnings, E-Trade noted that the total number of brokerage accounts and total customer assets were both at new highs.
As you can see in the chart below, E-Trade shares have been locked in a steady, long-term uptrend. They're up more than 320% over the last four years alone. As long as Americans continue to bet on Wall Street, E-Trade's uptrend should continue...