Is Obama priced into the sell-off?

Shares sink after the president's re-election and the prospect of a nasty fight over the fiscal cliff. The market may be overreacting.

By Anthony Mirhaydari Nov 7, 2012 2:44PM

Stock market crash copyright Kyu Oh, Photodisc, Getty ImagesStocks were getting crushed Wednesday as traders reacted to President Barack Obama's re-election and the upcoming fight over the fiscal cliff. Other factors weighing on sentiment include Wednesday night's Greek austerity vote and China's upcoming leadership transition. There was no election surprise for Romney, as I was quietly expecting.


Still, there are signs that Tuesday's strong rotation into key sector groups wasn't a one-off fluke.


Moreover, I'm looking for Obama to push for a pro-business, pro-Wall Street Treasury Secretary in the days to come as an easy way to bolster confidence.

I'm not alone in seeing the silver lining. Credit Suisse analysts told clients this morning that they believe that much of the negative tax impact from Obama (capital gains and dividend rates going up) has already been discounted and that now is the time to look for positive catalysts.

* Less risk of China trade escalation. Romney said he would name China a "currency manipulator" on day one of his presidency. Beijing, wary of the attention, pushed its currency to a 19-year high as a result of Romney's pledge. This risked retaliation that will now be avoided.


* More potential for fiscal cliff compromise. Credit Suisse believes Obama's win further limited the influence of the Tea Party (along with losses by Tea-Party backed Senate candidates for the GOP), making a grand bargain possible later in 2013 after the lame duck session of Congress postpones the fiscal cliff.


* Increase in infrastructure and education spending, which will help the long-term growth rate of the economy.


* Obama's proposed cut in the corporate tax rate to 28%.


* CEOs have already reacted to the fiscal cliff and could be prone to a positive surprise if a deal gets done. Financially, the corporate sector remains in great shape despite disappointing Q3 earnings. It's enjoying record free cash flow, low debt levels, the oldest capital base since records started in 1970 (so, very depreciated assets), and a near-record gap between return on assets and the cost of debt.


There are also other positives for the market. Inflation threatens to push higher as the Federal Reserve considers QE4 in December -- a monthly allowance of Treasury bond purchases to complement its $40 billion run rate of mortgage purchases under QE3 -- to replace the expiring "Operation Twist" program. Obama's reelection ensures the Fed stays stimulative at least into 2014.


And Athens looks set to approve its latest austerity budget tonight, which will unlock another round of bailout cash and possibly additional support from the European Central Bank.



No wonder I'm seeing early signs buyers are returning to precious metals stocks after leaving them out in the cold since September. In response, I'm adding Market Vector Junior Gold Miners (GDXJ) and Eldorado Gold (EGO) to the Edge Letter Sample Portfolio.


Disclosure: Anthony has recommended GDXJ and EGO to his clients.


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Nov 7, 2012 4:35PM
Obama said that while he was not able to fix the economy, if given another chance he could possibly rig it...
Nov 7, 2012 4:34PM
Think ... If I invest in America stock dividends will now be 35% taxed. If I make money on foreign investments they are tax free. Think the employee's give a hoot about the company they work for ? Nope... they are worried about themselves and if a better offer comes along they will leave. Well as an investor I am not worried about investing in America or American workers .. I as with all people and worried about myself. When the investors take their money elsewhere and the jobs dry up.. they will .. you will realize that the wealthy were needed. CONGRESS created free trade with other countries which forced business owners to shift to overseas cheap labor.. if the company didn't , their competitor did and they would be broke and out of business. When the liberal voters figure out that the AWEFUL WEALTHY PEOPLE take their money elsewhere and the government and the people receiving government handouts no longer can leech off of them... you will all be crying like the people of Greece. The wealthy in Greece still have their money .. they just are not making profit in Greece so they don't have the taxes to pay out so Greece does not have the money to pay Grecians who are waiting on their government to hand them money. Watch as the economy dries up here also .... this is the way the wealthy will get back at you. The wealty in Greece have already invested their money in foreign assets as the Euro just keeps dropping in value. This will happen here also... Go ahead feds ... print the 40 billion a month to purchase mortgages that will nose dive as the economy shrinks again.
Nov 7, 2012 4:29PM
well i must say good by , im going to be out of here by next week. it was nice chating with you people .mabe some of you will get the hint and move to a country ,that does not have so manney problems.      bye,      signing off,    p.s my type writer ,will be in the trash , next week 
Nov 7, 2012 4:27PM
I think it wasn't traders "reacting" to Obama's re-election, quite the opposite. I think they pumped up the market leading up to the election, now that it is over you will see the market head on a steady downward slide. The economy sucks and it will get much worse. Government cuts start in Jan. Christmas shopping will be a bust and neither side will do what it takes to fix it, tariff cheap goods produced with slave labor and end outsourcing.
Nov 7, 2012 4:27PM

looks like the rich are having a and greed lost get over it


Nov 7, 2012 4:22PM
i sold all my stock early this morning, i belive there will be no change , the same republic demo,s are still the same and they will not get along for the next 4 years , so im moving out of the country,.  sorry to say ,,,,,,,,,,,,
Nov 7, 2012 4:21PM
ARE Markets overreacting?? NO, all investors are scared of NOBAMA's policy's he want to get pushed through and scared of the same-ole, same-ole TAX and SPEND!!
Nov 7, 2012 4:17PM
The markets are not over-reacting.  We the people are scared to death of another 4 years with the "worst president in history."  And his wife's entitled attitude.  And the disaster that is Valerie Jarrett.  If you were paying any attention you would be scared too.
Nov 7, 2012 4:13PM
Yes Mirage, gun sales are up, and so are auto sales, home sales and retail sales. I just refinanced my home at 3.25% for a 30 year fixed, saving me almost $300 dollars a month, maybe I'll take my savings and buy a gun or two. The elections over, you lost again, get over it.
Nov 7, 2012 4:13PM

all you people who are in a flaming mood today... get over it.... the President is still the President and there is no reason for you to take your ball and go home!  Which brings me to this Wall Street nose-dive.... just another bunch of winers acting like petulant little children... they didn't get their way so they are traching the market in a hissy fit.  There are no other indicators that are happening, or have happened over the last month, except the election, to cause this tumble. 

Tell me this ISN'T a prime example of why we should have MORE Wall Street Reform.

We should line up all the Wall Street Robber barons behind "The Donald", march them to the nearest border and tell them to get the hell out of "OUR" country!

The serve no purpose but to be a waste of good oxygen...

Nov 7, 2012 4:06PM
Wait there is gonna be major selling once investors understand the capital gains they will pay after January 1 2013 !! All bush tax cuts expire !! I hope market tanks and businesses move out of this country to cut off tax money that this Marxist president wants to spend on scammers and loafers who do nothing but suck the country dry !! They want free stuff !! Well, not on my dime !!!!
Nov 7, 2012 4:05PM
I don't like these cold, precise perfect people, who, in order not to speak wrong, never speak at all, and in order not to do wrong, never do anything.
Nov 7, 2012 4:04PM
The market is having a temper tamper for losing at political chess.  This is a knee jerk scare tactic to make the losers feel justified and the winners feel remorseful.  Not gonna happen, at least to the folks who know better.   My money isn't tied to the wealthy's whims. Annuities are better as well as bonds.  Now I'm going shopping for a new car.  My sky is not falling.
Nov 7, 2012 3:57PM

"Is the Market Overreacting?"



Nov 7, 2012 3:55PM
It has only just begun! No the market is not overreacting. This is the end to the means
Nov 7, 2012 3:53PM
Ahhh yes..more good news.  Have a nice day.
I hate to say it, but SCAM. If you everyone things Washington is corrupt and broken, take the train up to Wall Street.
Nov 7, 2012 3:42PM
When they get Boehner out of Congress they may be able to get some work done.  The dude was caught on tape saying He would make sure that the Democrats would get nothing accomplished.  Untill they rid Washington of the old cronie rich look out for the rich attitude we are doomed to this kind of crap.  People need to pull their heads out of their posteriors and see what truly caused the financial problems of this country and it wasn't Obama.  This  crap was put in his lap
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