I call it Bizarro World.
I can’t take credit for the name. It’s a nod to the fictional planet that DC Comics invented more than 50 years ago … a place where everything seemed to operate opposite of expectations.
Like we’re seeing with the stock market right now.
Investors are trying to figure out if “good news” is actually good for stocks – or if it’s bad in this weird market reality we’re all living through right now.
Want an example? Last week, the latest Producer Price Index (PPI) report showed us that wholesale prices fell half a percent in December, which was more than expected.
That’s “good news,” right?
After all, inflation is The Enemy. We want prices out in the economy to drop. Taming inflation is the whole point of the Federal Reserve’s aggressive stance with interest rates.
In a normal world, that would be the view. In Bizarro World, however, the bigger-than-expected drop in prices triggered concerns about that aggressive Fed overshooting and tipping the economy into a full-blown recession.
You don’t need to be paralyzed by Bizarro World as the market comes to terms with swirling headwinds and stock prices.
Big Money is flowing into certain stocks right now, and there are opportunities for the taking…
Accurately Predicting Higher Prices
As I told you in the last Power Trends issue, one of my early jobs as head of a trading desk for Cantor Fitzgerald gave me a unique vantage point to see how Big Money players buy stocks – and how that buying drives stock prices.
You see, institutions are different animals than individual investors when it comes to buying and selling stocks. We hit a few buttons on our computer or smartphone and – voila – we’re done.
But institutions, pension funds, and hedge-fund players manage tons of cash – meaning they have to buy huge blocks of a stock to “move the needle” in terms of fund performance.
If they bought all those shares at one time, the buying pressure would hit the stock like a hammer blow and drive it skyward in a matter of minutes. So they hush it up by spreading the purchases across different brokers and by stretching it out over days and weeks.
I not only had a front-row seat to this, but I was part of it. A pretty big part, as I discovered. My job was to match those Big Money buyers up with sellers. And because of the enormous number of the shares involved, that takes quite a bit of work.
As I worked the phones – and played this role of stock-market matchmaker – I started to see the ripple effects created when Big Money comes into the market. Over time, I wrote algorithms that were able to pore through the reams of data —and tell me when Big Money is buying unusually large amounts of stock.
And this algorithm was powerful enough to tell me which markets, sectors, and specific stocks the Big Money will keep flowing into.
In short, this data-driven algorithm tells me stories.
About what to buy. About what to sell.
And about where the money is flowing next.
My algorithm is whispering a pretty great story about what investors should be buying now.
And it’s a story that most investors don’t know about yet. Which gives you a huge edge.
I’m talking about the looming bull market for small-cap stocks.
Smaller Is Bigger Right Now
So let me tell you how I see this … because my “system” is yielding a couple pieces of pretty important intelligence.
First, despite the whipsawing that stocks (and all of us) are taking, Big Money is flowing into certain sectors and types of stocks. That’s why you don’t need to wait for investors to snap out of their Bizarro World mindsets.
As part of my proprietary Quantum Score system, I developed a Big Money Index that tracks these stock-rocketing inflows of cash. We saw diminished buying from mid-December through the first 10 days of January. But those big fund managers have started pushing the “buy button” again. This chart shows you what I mean.
That’s helpful … but it’s not enough. What we really want to know is where that money is going. My system is like a radar device that locks onto “incoming” money.
So what we can learn from that incoming money?
If we look back over the last month, the first thing that jumps out in the chart below is that there are more than twice as many Big Money buy signals (blue bars) as sell signals (red bars). You can see that total in the far-right column.
But now comes the “money shot.”
Almost all of those blue “buy bars” are situated on the left side – meaning the money is flowing into companies with market values of $500 million to $50 billion.
We’re talking small caps … and mid caps.
In fact, the vast majority – I’m talking a full on 85% – of those buy signals were concentrated in that under $50 billion market-cap realm.
I’m a data guy, so 85% gets my attention.
It should get your attention, too. That’s a “right now” buy signal – clear and simple. It gives us a chance to make our moves – ahead of the masses.
And it makes sense – since there are reams of research that prove that small-cap stocks lead the charge out of a tough market (like the mess we’re extricating ourselves from now).
The bottom line here: I’m predicting a big surge in small-cap stocks.
To be clear, I am not suggesting you run out and buy any old small-cap or mid-cap stock.
You need to be much more strategic to reap the windfall I’m seeing.
Small-cap stocks offer hefty upsides because the underlying companies are innovative, nimble, opportunistic – and have much zippier growth.
That also makes them riskier ventures.
So you want to pick the big potential winners – companies with faster sales-and-profit growth and share-price momentum.
And out of that pool of prospects, you want to latch onto the stocks that the Big Money is buying.
That’s exactly the kind of stock my system locks in on, and that kind of firepower is even more important when investing in smaller stocks.
All but one of my Quantum Edge Pro recommendations are valued at less than $50 billion. And my four most recent buy recs have market caps of less than $11 billion.
I’ve told my Quantum Edge Pro readers since last fall that our best opportunities in 2023 would be in smaller companies. I’m more confident in my prediction than ever.
We’ll talk about more about where money is flowing and specific companies in future Power Trends issues.
Editor, Jason Bodner’s Power Trends