It seems economists are saying one thing while the stock market is saying another. Why are equities making 52-week highs if the economy is in serious trouble?
For some reason people think that in a recession stocks can’t go higher. That’s wrong, scolds Guy Adami.
But don't buy stocks at the top of their game, he counsels. If you’re looking for a play or two I recommend looking at early cycle names such as Easton Corp. and Illinois Tool Works which are not at their 52-week highs. But don't wait for a recovery to get into these names. If you do, you’ll be too late for these trades.
I don’t think you can interpret the 52-week highs, as everything is okay with the economy, counters Tim Seymour. The stocks hitting these highs are resource plays such as Apache , XTO Energy and Chesapeake . That sector is trading at much higher multiples now than anytime in memory and that's what's behind the recent 52-week highs, not strength in the economy.
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