Trading ahead of Fed’s taper announcement
If the Federal Reserve cuts back on its $85 billion-per-month asset-purchase program as expected, there's an exchange-traded fund that could pop, Ritholtz Wealth Management CEO and co-founder Josh Brown said Wednesday.
"If you get a really negative reaction in the yield plays, and (Fed Chairman Ben) Bernanke just comes out and does what the consensus is right now, somewhere between $10 and $20 billion in taper, and then extraordinarily accommodative language going forward, I would look at something like a PFF," he said, referring to the iShares U.S. Preferred Stock ETF.
"This is an ETF that owns all the preferred stocks of S&P issuers," Brown said. "It's been whacked already. It's down 2 percent on the year vs. the S&P itself, which is up almost 20 percent. This thing's yielding close to 6 percent. If they want to beat it up some more today because they're not thrilled with the language, that's when you strike."
Brown also said it was "a great proxy" on forward guidance.
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"Even if you take away $10 or $20 billion, you're still very accommodative," she said. "Short rates are going to stay at near zero until at least 2015, and I think that the language is going to be very important today. And I think it's going to be accommodative language and very favorable."
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Link said that investors could buy dips in cyclical stocks, particularly industrials, technology and financials.
"Those kinds of names, I think you can still be buying," she said.
OptionMonster's Pete Najarian noted that the S&P 500 had traded in a tight range of 1,650 to 1,700 over the past month.
"But if there's any kind of a pull-back at all, I think the financials are an area I would definitely target," he added.
Najarian also said that he saw "a lot of positives" in home builders, such as Toll Brothers.
"I like some of these home builders at this level after being sold off," he said.