Just hours after I delivered a trade recommendation to hedge the coronavirus market drop, markets took another 3% to 4% hit. That's how fast shares are moving right now.
There are a lot of unknowns when it comes to what's ahead for the coronavirus market impact. But using my history of trading in the stock market, I've found there is a sector that often leads the market lower in similar circumstances as we have today: the financials.
I've been focusing on this group for the last week. A closer look shows us that there are a couple of companies within the financial sector that have actually not been making new highs, have been trading level since December, and are now starting to lead the rest of the sector down.
These are what I refer to as my "Worst in Breed" stock picks as opposed to my usual "Best in Breed" picks. A "Worst in Breed" pick is a stock leading a hard-hit sector even lower.
The coronavirus is going to have a global impact on the economy, which we'll see play out in the financials. These stocks are intertwined with all the large economies. There will be continued weakness in this sector.
That's why today, I'm going to show you a way to play the entire sector's drop with two trades that are so easy to execute, even my mother could do it.
About the Author
Chris Johnson is a highly regarded equity and options analyst who has spent much of his nearly 30-year market career designing and interpreting complex models to help investment firms transform millions of data points into impressive gains for clients.
At heart Chris is a quant - like the "rocket scientists" of investing - with a specialty in applying advanced mathematics like stochastic calculus, linear algebra, differential equations, and statistics to Wall Street's data-rich environment.
He began building his proprietary models in 1998, analyzing about 2,000 records per day. Today, that database, which Chris designed and coded from scratch, analyzes a staggering 700,000 records per day. It's the secret behind his track record.
Chris holds degrees in finance, statistics, and accounting. He worked as a licensed broker for 11 years before taking on the role of Director of Quantitative Analysis at a big-name equity and options research firm for eight years. He recently served as Director of Research of a Cleveland-based investment firm responsible for hundreds of millions in AUM. He is also the Founder/CIO of ETF Advisory Research Partners since 2007, noted for its groundbreaking work in Behavioral Valuation systems. Their research is widely read by leaders in the RIA business.
Chris is ranked in the top 99.3% of financial bloggers and top 98.6% of overall experts by TipRanks, the track record registry of financial analysts dating back to January 2009.
He is a frequent commentator on financial markets for CNBC, Fox, Bloomberg TV, and CBS Radio and has been featured in Barron's, USA Today, Newsweek, and The Wall Street Journal, and numerous books.
Today, Chris is the editor of Night Trader and Strikepoint Trader and contributes to Money Morning as the Quant Analysis Specialist.