Need to Know: Call of the day is all-terrain stocks for a treacherous landscape

Markets continue to hang on every word of Beijing-U.S. trade developments, with a report the U.S. and China have on each other in phases setting up a bullish Thursday for stocks.

The truth is, no one wants to even entertain the idea that a big deal will never get done, something that could trigger a global recession and bring the bull market to its knees. With that in mind, it’s worth checking out our call of the day from Investment Management Associates’s CEO and chief investment officer Vitaliy Katsenelson, who has said that investors need an “all-terrain” portfolio now more than ever.

Speaking to financial media group , Katsenelson laid out some big worries in the road ahead for investors — an “enormous” China bubble, a sluggish global macro picture and high valuations for U.S. stocks that hark back to the crash years of 1999 and 1929.

“How does one construct a portfolio for that? You basically want to own companies as if things hit the fan,” he said. That is, high quality companies with “significant competitive advantage, high recurrence of revenue, very little debt,” and whose business isn’t tied to the economy’s health.

For example, Katsenelson said the portfolio has lots of exposure to health-care stocks because of rising demand for the services of those companies, which offer predictable cash flows, pricing power and solid balance sheets. As a value investor — someone who looks for assets that seem underpriced — he said health care fits the bill right now.

The ultimate safe-haven asset, gold, is not in that all-terrain portfolio, but he said they’re warming up to it as they try to figure out the best way to invest. “We are in the world where you have negative interest rates so suddenly, gold does not sound as crazy anymore,” said Katsenelson. More on his “all-terrain” portfolio .

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Katsenelson periodically writes opinion for MarketWatch. His latest views on Japanese conglomerate SoftBank and electric carmaker Tesla can be read .

The market

Potentially new highs are in the offing for the Dow , S&P  and Nasdaq  after that trade development. European markets  and Asia stocks  are also getting a lift. The pound  is dropping after the Bank of England , but revealed two members voted for a rate cut.


The chart

Just in case you slept through that tariff headline and stock futures move, our chart from brings that moment alive:

The buzz

Disappointing results from theme park  is sending those shares lower. Videogames makers Activision Blizzard  and Take-Two , entertainment company Disney  and action camera maker GoPro  report after the close.

Shares of Baidu  are climbing after the Chinese technology group Roku  shares are slumping after news of a for the maker of video-streaming hardware. WW International, formerly Weight Watchers  

Two former employees of social media platform Twitter have been . Twitter acknowledged that it cooperated in the criminal investigation.

The board of Google parent Alphabet  has into charges of sexual harassment and misconduct by executives. Alphabet confirmed the news in a statement to MarketWatch.

On the data front, we’ll get jobless claims and consumer credit numbers.

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