Disney and Halliburton lock in post-industrial death match

July 16, 2015

Stocks finished mostly lower on Wednesday in another sleepy session unmarred by the drama seen recently from faraway lands. Treasurys were a little stronger, the economic calendar was a non-factor, and even... Continue Reading »

Stocks survive Greekmaggedon

July 7, 2015

Stocks sank Monday but finished well off their lows as investors decided that Greek voters’ decision to stiff their creditors might not be the life-threatening event of the century it was presumed... Continue Reading »

Crude Awakening

May 5, 2015

About two months ago, when crude oil was crashing, the airwaves were filled with trend-followers’ predictions that the price was headed for $20 a barrel. As soon as that became the prevalent opinion,... Continue Reading »

Daily Issues

Trades Update

August 4, 2015

Stocks were lower in late afternoon trading following some hawkish comments by a key Federal Reserve official, a weak factory orders report and a mostly soft round of earnings. Utilities and tech led the way lower, while materials and consumer discretionary were the only major sectors trading higher. Crude oil was higher, and gold was lower.

There's no shortage of opportunity in this market, so I'm officially canceling one recommendation that got away, but in its place I have two new trades for you to act on. The full details are in today's update.

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Market Continues to Reward Stellar Earnings, Innovation

August 3, 2015

Stocks sank again on Monday but finished off their worst levels amid growing panic in the crude oil market and surprisingly weak U.S. economic data.

Energy fared the worst, falling 2% for the day, while materials were right behind. Utilities, the classic defensive hide-out, was the only sector that closed significantly higher, up 0.6%.

Let's take advantage of the weakness to enter one of the strongest stocks on the board. In today's Trader's Advantage, I'm recommending a stock that hit new highs on Q1 and Q2 earnings -- and still has room to run. Then I'll update you on the latest action among our trades, including one new sell and one partial profit.

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Trades Update

July 31, 2015

Stocks have crawled sideways for the past few days after jumping in the early part of the week. This is the time of year that typically brings a slowdown in trading as major fund managers head out to their estates in the Hamptons and junior personnel are left at trading desks to peck away at the bosses' favored positions.

The S&P 500 rose 1.2% this week, while the S&P 500 Volatility Index (VIX) fell 11.8%. Now that the anxieties associated with the Greek debt crisis and the Chinese stock market crash appear to be in the rear-view mirror, volatility has re-entered the convent and is engaging in silent meditation.

In today's Trader's Advantage, we took profits on one of our health care plays today; I'll recap that outcome and update you on our other trades as well.

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Which of the following sectors of the market do you think will outperform for the balance of 2015?

  • Utilities
  • Energy
  • Healthcare
  • Technology
  • Financials
  • Industrials