Stocks Black Friday, Omicron and DIDI
It's impossible to predict the future but it's very interesting to analyze how markets reacts to news and black swan events: sell-offs and opportunities.
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 News Roundup: Stock Market Black Friday with Omicron and DIDI
 Main topic: The fallacy of market timing
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 News Roundup
Last week we got hit by many bearish triggers in the market and even though consumers were probably buying a lot on Black Friday, Investors were like:
A Skittish Market deals with Omicron
Last week we saw the biggest drop since October 2020. The reports that the new Covid-19 variant -Omicron- might be stronger than others made nations close up shop and the market reacted by going in the red.
Companies that benefitted from lockdowns are showing some strengths after weeks and months of going down. Companies like Moderna went up +20%, BioNTech +14%, CureVac +13% (They don’t even work on Covid anymore!) and Pfizer +6%.
Even Peloton, the fitness one-hit wonder that reported horribly last quarter went up almost 10% and is now trading above 46,4 usd
China and Didi wont stop fighting
Just before Thanksgiving, the Chinese regulators decided to strike DIDI again. They now want Didi's executives to take the company off the New York Stock Exchange over worries about sensitive data leakage. The report from Bloomberg also added that privatization or a share float in Hong Kong are among options.
All this made the bulk of Chinese companies trading in the US market to go down. Investors have been afraid of Xi Jingping government for a while now, if we look at the MSCI China ETF, we see it hit the ATH of 96.98 back in February and its now trading at 65.98.
In my opinion, the companies like Alibaba (9.74% weight in MCHI) and Tencent (13.04% weight in MCHI) are extremely undervalued but to see a good return on investment we need to -among other things- see investors gaining more confidence in the Chinese government, better relations between Biden & Jingpin, and as its the case with most stocks, a decrease in Covid related alerts and surprises.
 The fallacy of market timing
One of the most interesting aspects of investing is managing the discrepancies that from time to time appear between your analysis and the price movement of a stock.
As it has been said by many, everybody has the brain to be a good investor, but few have the stomach. Or in the words of the investing legend Peter Lynch:
In the stock market, the most important organ is the stomach. It's not the brain.
And this brings me to what happened this week or the Sell-off triggers we witnessed. A trigger can be any number of events and will tend to pick up momentum as investor psychology begins to shift toward fear or panic. Last week it was a new coronavirus variant and China regulations on one company.
But how can we tell the difference? It comes down to each and every investors due diligence. The market is very irrational on short time frames but rational in long, that’s why most day-traders lose money and most long term passive investors make money.
The fallacy of market timing is something like Astrology, even though there is ample evidence that it cannot be done, we still see people buying or selling because the moon is aligned with Capricorn or what is the same, because the price line of the stock looks like a shoulder and a head, so obviously, we are going to see another shoulder :)
To quote Terry Smith of Fundsmith (has returned 440% to investors over a decade):
“When it comes to so-called market timing there are only two sorts of people: those who can’t do it and those who know they can’t do it”.
So, what to do as investors when we experience weeks like last-week? Stick to your guns and look for opportunities.
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