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 »
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 »
December 4, 2013
Stocks declined again on Wednesday, with the Dow, the S&P and the Russell 2000 small-caps each down about 0.2% while the Nasdaq recouped losses from earlier in the session to close narrowly above flat. Meanwhile, gold enjoyed a surprise rally of 2%, and the futures for crude oil prices showed a $1 rise thanks to an inventory decline after 10 straight weeks of builds.
In today's Trader's Advantage, both of last night's new buy orders filled during Wednesday's session; I'll update you on those two and our other current positions, including several new trade parameters.Continue Reading »
December 3, 2013
The three major indexes settled lower on Tuesday after another round of selling, but perked up slightly late in the afternoon as investors came in to buy the dip. The S&P 500 closed with a loss of 6 points, or 0.3%, the Dow Jones was lower by 94 points, or 0.6%, while the Nasdaq lost just 0.2% thanks to strength in Apple (AAPL) and Tesla (TSLA).
Five of 10 sectors saw declines due to the selling pressure, including a 1.2% selloff in the materials space, whereas telecom, energy, technology, consumer staples and utilities made mild gains on the day.
In today's issue of Trader's Advantage, I have two new recommendations for our Buy List, I'll adjust the parameters on one of our holdings and we'll review the rest of our current positions.Continue Reading »
December 2, 2013
Stocks wandered around the perimeter of Wall Street today as if traders were still drowsy from the tryptophan in their Thanksgiving turkey dinners, rising in the morning, flattening out midday and then collapsing on the couch in the last hour. The major big-cap indexes finished lower by a little more than 0.25%, while the Russell 2000 small-caps sank 1.2%, giving up all of last week's gains.
There were no clear catalysts for the action, just a few mid-tier economic and earnings reports. In today's Trader's Advantage, I'll take a look at those, and then consider whether the 2013 rally has a shot at rolling unabated into 2014. We sold one call position today, and I'm adjusting the parameters on several other trades.Continue Reading »
Will you continue to invest in equities into the new year even as the major indexes make new all-time highs?
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