Stocks will be hungry for growth after emotional reset

December 6, 2013

With the market chopping around a bit after racing to new highs, it’s nice to see the bulls take a breath, which should be a good sign that we’ll see... Continue Reading »

The best plays for November

November 4, 2013

While buying the market is not a bad idea, there are specific plays that may hold more promise for investors than an index ETF. Here are a few plays that... Continue Reading »

Bond volatility's grim message for the market

June 6, 2013

As the Fed continues to issue hints about its “tapering” program, the bond market has gotten more nervous because the government’s regular bond purchases have set prices, and no one... Continue Reading »

Daily Issues

Trades Update

April 23, 2014

The six-day rally came to a halt on Wednesday as disappointing new-home sales provoked a broad-market decline. All in all, the losses came to 0.1% for the Dow, 0.2% for the S&P, 0.8% for the Nasdaq and 0.7% for the Russell 2000 small-caps.

Looking at the key S&P sectors, half closed in the red while the other half managed to scrape out small gains. Telecom was the day's biggest loser by far, declining 2.1%, while energy and industrials outperformed with gains around 0.4%. In today's Trader's Advantage, I'll update you on the latest action in our Buy List, and I'm revising the unfilled buy order for a new trade that gapped up on earnings.

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Trades Update

April 22, 2014

Equities put in another positive day on Tuesday, extending the recovery rally into its sixth consecutive session. The S&P 500 added 8 points, or 0.4%, the Dow Jones closed up by 65 points, or 0.4%, and the Nasdaq added 1% to lead the way higher.

Biotech stocks rebounded once again and contributed to the Nasdaq's outperformance, while health care, consumer discretionary and financials also posted gains. Overall, eight of 10 S&P sectors finished in the green.

In today's issue of Trader's Advantage, I have one new trade to add to our Buy List, and I'm canceling two orders that we have been unable to fill. I'll also review one position that we were stopped out of and another that we took partial profits in, as well as the rest of our current recommendations.

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Looking Ahead to a Busy Week

April 21, 2014

Stocks sauntered around on Monday without much direction, but ultimately finished higher for the fifth straight session. Trading was as quiet as an Easter bunny tiptoeing in cotton socks, as most eurozone markets were still closed for the holiday.

While a pick-up in merger and acquisitions speculation seemed supportive for sentiment and helped a few targeted health care stocks, it was not a meaningful directional driver. In addition, there were no thematic takeaways from the corporate calendar to speak of, though earnings season is expected to dominate the headlines for the rest of the week.

In today's issue of Trader's Advantage, I'll go into more detail about these topics and review the movers and shakers of the day, and we'll also take a look at our current recommendations.

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At what level do you predict the S&P 500 will end 2014?

  • 1,500 or lower
  • 1,500 - 1,750
  • 1,750 - 1,900
  • 1,900 - 2,100
  • 2,100 or higher