November Winners

The average stock in the large-cap Russell 1,000 rose 9.77% in November, and 38 stocks gained more than 30%, 14 rallied more than 40%, and seven surged more than 50%.

Below are the 30 stocks that rose the most in November.  For each name, we also include its market cap, its year-to-date total return, its distance from its 52-week high, and short interest as a percentage of float.  As shown, buy-now-pay-later company Affirm (AFRM) was up the most in November with a huge gain of 95.4%, followed by streaming company Roku (ROKU), crypto-trading platform Coinbase (COIN), and digital payments company Block (SQ).  Are we back in late 2020/early 2021??

Other notables on the list of big winners include Gap (GPS) with a gain of 56.8%, Expedia (EXPE) at 42.9%, Generac (GNRC) at 39.25%, and Palantir (PLTR) at 35.47%.

Below we’ve expanded the universe to show the top-performing stocks in the Russell 3,000 in November.  The Russell 3,000 includes all the stocks in the large-cap Russell 1,000 and small-cap Russell 2,000.

Four stocks in the Russell 3,000 rallied more than 100% in November: Rocky Brands (RCKY), Bluegreen Vacations (BVH), Sight Sciences (SGHT), and TransMedics (TMDX).  Rocky Brands is a $210 million market cap retailer that sells heavy-duty boots and other apparel.  Bluegreen Vacations is a timeshare company.  Sight Sciences creates medical devices and procedures for the eyes.  And finally, TransMedics makes unique medical devices built to care for organs during the transplant process.

Before we go, below is a look at the stocks that have gained the most in market cap in 2023.  Amazingly, twelve stocks have gained more than $100 billion in market cap this year, six have gained more than $500 billion, and one — Microsoft (MSFT) — has gained more than $1 trillion!

Bespoke’s Matrix of Economic Indicators – 11/30/23

Our Matrix of Economic Indicators provides a concise summary analysis of the US economy’s momentum.  We combine trends across the dozens and dozens of economic indicators in various categories like manufacturing, employment, housing, the consumer, and inflation to provide a directional overview of the economy.

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Bespoke Market Calendar — December 2023

Please click the image below to view our December 2023 market calendar.  This calendar includes the S&P 500’s historical average percentage change and average intraday chart pattern for each trading day during the upcoming month.  It also includes market holidays and options expiration dates plus the dates of key economic indicator releases.  Click here to view Bespoke’s premium membership options.

The Triple Play Report — 12/1/23

An earnings triple play is a stock that reports earnings and manages to 1) beat analyst EPS estimates, 2) beat analyst sales estimates, and 3) raise forward guidance.  You can read more about “triple plays” at where they’ve given Bespoke credit for popularizing the term.  We like triple plays as an indication that a company’s business is firing on all cylinders, with better-than-expected results and an improving outlook.  A triple play is indicative of positive “fundamental momentum” instead of pure fundamentals, and there are always plenty of names with both high and low valuations on our quarterly list.

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InterDigital (IDCC) is an example of a company that reported an earnings triple play recently.  As shown below, IDCC has been in an uptrend for all of 2023 and is now at a new all-time high.  YTD, it’s up 102%.  On 11/2, the company’s shares gained 8.6% on earnings, and since then, the stock has rallied another 20.6%.

In our database that goes back to 2003 for the company, IDCC hadn’t had a triple play before November 2023’s earnings report.  As a company involved in wireless communication and video technology, the industry landscape is perpetually in evolution.  What’s really exciting about IDDC lately is that it became a founding member of Avanci 5G automobile patent licensing platform as the value of 5G to automobile manufacturers increases.  In Q3, Mercedes-Benz and BMW were licensed for 5G, for which the royalty rates are double the original 4G.  Revenue from connected cars will continue to grow over time according to CEO Liren Chen.  Second, IDCC signed a license with Lenovo to cover its HEVC video compression technology.  Lastly, the company is beginning to dive into research that will bring 6G to the world.  It looks like exciting times for IDCC, and exciting times for many of the companies that also reported Q3 triple plays.  You can read more about IDCC and the 27 other triple plays in our newest report by starting a Bespoke Institutional trial today.

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Bespoke’s Morning Lineup — 12/1/23

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In its last earnings conference call, Tesla CEO Elon Musk noted that the rollout of the Cybertruck has been “production hell”. During yesterday’s rollout, the sentiment from that conference call was on display when the Tesla website said that the base model of the Cybertruck wouldn’t be available until 2025.  Given the complexities involved in manufacturing the Cybertruck with, among other things, its stainless-steel exterior, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that it’s difficult to produce.  Still, we found it ironic that the product launch came just one day short of 110 years after Henry Ford unveiled the first moving assembly line for cars and reducing the time it took to complete the build of an entire car from half a day to an hour and a half!  And now on to the markets.

The year is now 92% complete, but a lot can happen in the final month.  With a gain of 9.1% on a total return basis through the end of November, the S&P 500 had its best month since July 2022 and only its 15th monthly gain of over 9% since the start of 1980. With November’s gain, the S&P 500 is up 13.8% over the last year which is two percentage points better than the one-year average total return of 11.8% dating back to 1928.  While the last year was above average, the last two years have been weak. The 1.7% annualized gain would be flat if it wasn’t for the dividends. It’s hard to believe but the S&P 500 closed yesterday just 0.80 points above where it closed exactly two years earlier!  After factoring in inflation during that time, investors are staring at an annualized decline of about 5% over the last two years.  While the two-year return has been well below the historical annualized average of 10.6%, returns for the last five and ten years have been modestly above average, while the 20-year annualized gain of 9.7% is 1.2 percentage points below the historical average.

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Bear’s Unprecedented Drop

November was a remarkable month for stocks, though equities have stalled out just below prior lows. That has not thwarted investor sentiment though.  The latest sentiment survey from the AAII showed 48.8% of investors reported as bullish, up from 45.3% last week. That is now the highest reading on bullish sentiment since the first days of August, and is more than 10 percentage points above the historical average of 37.5%.

While bullish sentiment has not yet moved above its prior highs, the share of respondents reporting as bearish has set a new low. The reading has experienced a dramatic shift having started November above 50%, and fallen all the way down to 19.6% this week. That is the lowest level of bearish sentiment since the first week of 2018!

Perhaps even more impressive is that over 30 percentage point drop in the past four weeks ranks as one of the largest declines on record.  Since the start of the survey in 1987, the current four week decline ranks as the fourth largest on record. The last occurrence was all the way back in April 2009.

As a result of the massive drop in bears, the bull-bear spread has risen to 29.2, just shy of the July high of 29.9.

The AAII survey was not alone in having seen a surge in optimism.  For example, the Investors Intelligence survey likewise is seeing the strongest bullish sentiment since early August and the NAAIM Exposure Index is at the highest level since late July.  Combining these readings into our sentiment composite shows the index is now at 0.95 indicating the average sentiment survey is now almost a full standard deviation above (meaning more bullish than) its historical average.

Continuing Claims Brutal Rise Continues

Initial jobless claims experienced a 22K drop last week (after a 2K upward revision this week), the largest one week decline since June 24th. Claims experienced a modest rebound in the most recent print rising back to 218K.  At that level, claims are in the middle of the past couple of year’s range which is also historically healthy relative to pre-pandemic readings.

Before seasonal adjustment, claims experienced an unusually large drop back below 200K. That is the first sub-200K print since the end of October. Additionally, it is a record low relative to the comparable week of the year throughout history. While that may sound like a positive, we’d be hesitant to begin shooting off confetti. That drop and low reading are more likely a function of the Thanksgiving holiday, and as shown below, this week’s drop is only a dent to the seasonal rise in claims that is typical for this time of year. In other words, one week does not make a trend.

While the initial claims number is likely not trending in a more positive direction, the concerning climb in continuing claims has pressed on. Seasonally adjusted continuing claims have continued their rapid rise with a week-over-week increase in nine of the last ten weeks.  That has resulted in a fresh two-year high of 1.927 million.

Mega-Cap AI Mentions Explode Thanks to NVIDIA

Now that NVIDIA (NVDA) has reported its Q3 numbers (the last of the mega-caps to report), below is an updated look at the number of times “AI” was mentioned during conference calls going back to 2021.  The revolutionary ChatGPT app was released in November 2022, and since then, we’ve seen an explosion in “AI” mentions from mega-cap management teams.  As shown below, “AI” was mentioned a total of 418 times this quarter across the conference calls of AAPL, AMZN, META, MSFT, GOOGL, and NVDA.  The big jump from last quarter’s 350 “AI” mentions was thanks to 154 mentions on NVDA’s call alone!

Apple (AAPL) remains the lone mega-cap that’s hardly discussing “AI” at all on its calls with just nine mentions this quarter.  Thus far, Apple has not jumped on the “AI” bandwagon at least when it comes to quarterly earnings conference calls.  Amazon (AMZN), on the other hand, has picked up the “AI” pace with 48 mentions this quarter.  In Q4 2022 just after ChatGPT’s release, “AI” was mentioned just once on AMZN’s eight prior quarterly calls.

Meta (META) “AI” mentions ticked up even more on its latest call to 71, while Microsoft (MSFT) mentions went the opposite direction and fell from 76 to 61 quarter over quarter.  Alphabet (GOOGL) mentions also dipped a bit but remained high at 75, ranking it second behind only NVIDIA for the most number of “AI” mentions in Q3.

The bull market for stocks this year has coincided with a pullback in inflation, but it has also been driven in large part by mega-cap Tech stocks, that, except for AAPL, are now fully on board the AI wave.  We’ve asked this question rhetorically several times this year, but once again, where would this market be without ChatGPT?

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