Likes/Dislikes - May 15, 2020

Below are Evergreen Gavekal's Likes/Dislikes for May 15, 2020.


Changes highlighted in bold.

(Special note: for all stock-related recommendations, our current view is more cautious due to the extraordinary rally since late March.)


  • Large-cap growth (focus on lower P/E issues within this style; i.e., “growth at a reasonable price”)
  • Some international developed markets, especially Japan
  • Publicly-traded pipeline partnerships (MLPs and other mid-stream energy securities. Distribution cuts are spreading due to the unprecedented collapse in energy demand. After more than doubling off the recent low, some selling may be appropriate; however, excellent long-term total return potential remains.)
  • Gold-mining stocks (both the miners and the bullion itself have rallied lately and could correct near-term; however, the future for them is very bright based on the trillions of fake money being created and unprecedented government spending)
  • Gold (same as with miners)
  • Silver (at current prices, it appears more attractive than gold)
  • Select international blue chip oil stocks
  • Short-term investment grade corporate bonds (1-4 year maturities)
  • Emerging market (EM) bonds in local currency (focusing on stronger countries)
  • Large-cap value
  • Copper producers (the damaging effect of the coronavirus on Copper demand could be high in the short term, but the fundamentals of Copper supply/demand remain attractive long term. Copper could also have a very sharp rally as virus fears are calmed)
  • High-dividend yield equities with safe distributions (as interest rates disappear, investors will go searching for yield)
  • Most cyclical resource-based stocks (buy more carefully but considerable long-term upside remains as many of these are beneficiaries of inflation/pricing power due to supply chain disruptions)
  • BB-rated corporate bonds (the Fed has now announced that it will buy high-yield—aka, junk--bonds, thus providing direct support to this asset class; it’s a first for any global central bank and it intends, of course, to do this with fabricated money)
  • A wide range of high-income securities, including preferred stocks (many of these have surged, as well, so buy less aggressively)
  • Canadian REITs
  • Intermediate & Long Term municipal bonds with strong credit ratings (both intermediate-term and long-term muni bonds have had big rallies with the Fed entering the market and we are less enthusiastic, as a result)
  • South Korean Equities
  • Long-term investment grade corporate bonds (the Fed’s declared intention to buy corporate bonds has made these much less appealing though some bargain remain)
  • Small-cap value (a recent pull-back has created a decent entry point)
  • Intermediate-term investment-grade corporate bonds, yielding approximately 4% (this is another corner of the bond market the Fed is actively supporting)
  • Uranium & Uranium producers
  • Certain “Virus Victim” equities such as refiners, homebuilders, and select retail stocks.


  • Solar Yield Cos  (moving to neutral as a result of the powerful up-move since March)
  • Mid-cap value
  • Emerging stock markets; however, a number of Asian developing markets look undervalued
  • US-based Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) (It is critical to be highly selective with this sector; fundamentals for many REITs are likely to be very challenged.)
  • Cash
  • Long-term Treasury bonds
  • Canadian dollar-denominated short-term bonds
  • Lower-rated junk bonds
  • Intermediate-term Treasury bonds
  • One- to two-year Treasury notes
  • Traditionally “safe” sectors such as Staples and Utilities


  • European banks (these are ominously making new all-time lows)
  • Investment-grade floating rate corporate bonds (reducing exposure as a result of the Fed’s rapid rate cuts down to essentially zero)
  • US dollar (The unprecedented size of the rescue package funded by debt is likely to put downward pressure on the dollar once this crisis passes)
  • Many semi-conductor tech stocks which have surged in price over the last six months despite rapidly building inventories as customers contend with lack of demand.
  • Small-cap growth
  • Mid-cap growth
  • Floating rate bank loans (the junk variety; spreading bankruptcies and a big price recovery push this asset class back down into the dislike category).

* Credit spreads are the difference between non-government bond interest rates and treasury yields.

(Note: based on the intense damage done to nearly all risk-assets lately, our negativity has eased even on the above “dislikes”)

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