Outside the Box: How Trump could rescue Apple’s fast-sinking stock

Technology stocks have been the generals of this market. So it makes sense to look at them before the midterm elections, especially since the surprising announcement from Apple last week has colored many tech stocks.

To read about Apple

AAPL, -2.84%

 and the contrasting reactions from the smart money and the momo (momentum) crowds, please see: “The ‘smart money’ is staying neutral on Apple.” Apple’s stock today (Monday) sank once again, at one point slipping beneath $200. The stock was trading for $222 just on Thursday.

Read: Apple stock on track for worst two-day stretch in nearly six years amid iPhone XR concerns

Forecasting the election results is a hazardous business. And predicting stock market reactions to an election is doubly hazardous. The Arora Report was a rare service that called not only Brexit results correctly, but also correctly bought the market dip. When Wall Street had ordained Hillary Clinton as the president before the election, The Arora Report was again a rare service to not buy into it. On Trump’s victory, The Arora Report gave a buy signal at a time when many were predicting doom for the stock market.

So what is The Arora Report saying about the midterm elections? Let’s examine with the help of a chart.

Chart

Please click here for the chart of money flows in 11 popular tech stocks. Please note the following:

• The money flows correctly called the recent dip in tech stocks. Please see “Heed the early-warning signal in 11 popular tech stocks’ money flows.”

• The chart shows that the money flows in Apple are neutral, but the momo crowd money flows are negative. If Republicans win big, it will strengthen Trump’s hand in negotiating with China. Any favorable trade deal with China will have a positive impact on Apple, Intel

INTC, +1.83%

Advanced Micro Devices

AMD, -1.63%

Microsoft

MSFT, +1.27%

 and Nvidia

NVDA, -1.47%

The chart shows both smart money and momo crowd money flows in these stocks.

• The chart shows that money flows in Amazon.com

AMZN, -2.27%

are neutral but mildly positive in Facebook

FB, -1.11%

 and Alphabet

GOOG, -1.67%

GOOGL, -1.47%

Trump is again talking about antitrust actions against Amazon. This time he is also adding Google and Facebook to his list. If Trump’s team wins big, these stocks may see negative headlines from time to time and come under pressure.

• Tesla

TSLA, -1.45%

 has neutral smart money flows but will benefit if Democrats win big. Democrats tend to be more pro-electric cars — and pro-environment.

• Smart money flows are mildly positive in Alibaba Group Holding

BABA, -2.00%

If Trump’s side wins, a trade deal may occur sooner and that may be positive for Alibaba.

• Netflix

NFLX, +2.05%

is not likely to be directly affected by the election.

• The consensus now is that irrespective of who wins, the market will rise. The reason is that the market hates uncertainty, and after the election is over, the uncertainty will be lifted going into a seasonally strong period. However, there are three big reasons for caution, so please read on.

• The consensus is that if Republicans win, the market will go much higher than if Democrats win.

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Rankings

The chart also shows the relative rankings of the 11 popular tech stocks. Those rankings are based on the six screens of the ZYX Change Method. Please click here to learn about the six screens.

Risk-adjusted rankings are more useful for medium- and long-term positions. Non-risk-adjusted rankings are more useful for short-term or trade-around positions.

ETFs

Money flows in broad-based ETFs such as the SPDR SP 500 ETF Trust

SPY, +0.55%

Invesco QQQ Trust

QQQ, -0.25%

 (which tracks the Nasdaq 100), and the iShares Russell 2000 ETF

IWM, -0.08%

 have been mildly positive. Cumulative money flows in the 30 constituents of Dow Jones Industrial Average

DJIA, +0.76%

 have now turned neutral.

What to do now

In addition to tech stocks, the election results will provide opportunities in many other sectors. For example, defense stocks, represented by the iShares U.S. Aerospace Defense ETF

ITA, +0.61%

 may move with specific opportunities in Lockheed Martin

LMT, +1.31%

Northrop Grumman

NOC, +2.06%

Raytheon

RTN, +0.83%

 and Boeing

BA, +1.18%

Industrial stock such as United Technologies

UTX, -0.14%

  and Caterpillar

CAT, +0.49%

 may benefit from a Republican win. Health insurers such as Centene

CNC, +1.90%

Molina Healthcare

MOH, +1.40%

 and WellCare Health

WCG, +1.16%

 may benefit if Democrats win.

Pharmaceutical stocks such as Pfizer

PFE, +1.37%

Eli Lilly

LLY, +3.18%

 and Merck

MRK, +1.18%

 may not like a Democrat win. Biotech ETFs such as the iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF

IBB, -0.06%

 and the SPDR SP Biotech ETF

XBI, -0.54%

 along with companies such as Amgen

AMGN, +1.53%

Celgene

CELG, +0.11%

 and Regeneron

REGN, +0.66%

 may get hurt if Democrats win.

Very-short-term traders may find opportunities in leveraged ETFs such as the Direxion Daily SP Biotech Bull 3X Shares

LABU, -1.67%

 and the Direxion Daily SP Biotech Bear 3X shares

LABD, +2.41%

The foregoing are just a few opportunities that may arise both in the long term and the short term. Investors may want to note that irrespective of the stock market movement after the election, there are headwinds from rising interest rates and slowing earnings growth. The character of the market is likely to change over the coming years compared to the rip-roaring bull market of the past nine years. Investors need to de-risk their portfolios in a measured way and fine-tune their skills as well as resources now to get ready for what is to come.

Disclosure: Subscribers to The Arora Report may have positions in the securities mentioned in this article or may take positions at any time. Nigam Arora is an investor, engineer and nuclear physicist by background who has founded two Inc. 500 fastest-growing companies. He is the founder of The Arora Report, which publishes four newsletters. Nigam can be reached at Nigam@TheAroraReport.com.

Nigam Arora is an engineer, nuclear physicist, author, and entrepreneur and the founder of two Inc. 500 fastest growing companies. He is also the developer of the ZYX Change Method to profit from change by investing. The premise is that most money is made by predicting change before the crowd. Arora is the chief investment officer at The Arora Report and the editor of four newsletters that track the ZYX Change Method. Nigam can be reached at Nigam@TheAroraReport.com

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