S&P 500 headed to 2,500, courtesy of Japan?

November 12, 2014

Stocks finished a smidge higher Tuesday in a session so quiet that you felt compelled to check your Internet connection because it seemed like prices just were not moving. Knock,... Continue Reading »

Homebuilders are knocking on the door again

October 21, 2014

There are some groups of stocks that are the never-ending object of our attention for months and years on end, and then something happens and you gradually stop looking —... Continue Reading »

'Ebolatility' infects stocks, sparks bonds

October 16, 2014

Stocks keeled over on Wednesday like sawgrass in a stiff wind, bending and trembling but never actually breaking. There was a list of catalysts as long as your arm, even... Continue Reading »

Daily Issues

Trades Update

December 22, 2014

I am traveling this week through Dec. 26, so I will be unable to write my usual trades updates. However, I am monitoring our open positions, and I have good news to share about Barracuda Systems (CUDA). It opened above our target this morning, so we are out of the trade with a 5.74% gain.

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Trades Update

December 19, 2014

Last week, the market fell just about every day, and this week started off on the same note: it fell on Monday quite heavily, and Tuesday was quite a bummer as well, with stocks plunging in the afternoon. Then along came Wednesday, which was a great day. The Federal Reserve announced that it was going to keep rates where they are, at least through the middle of the year -- it didn't say that, but that was the implication.

On Thursday and Friday, all the investors who had gotten out earlier in the week or last week decided they were going to get back in. We ended up right back where we started, basically, two weeks ago. In Trader's Advantage, we certainly took advantage of all this volatility. Today I'll share my latest take on each of our positions in this week's Markman in a Minute podcast, and I'm making a few changes to our Buy List, including canceling two unfilled buy orders and adjusting some targets/stops.

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Investors Look Past Oil Prices, Focus on the Fed

December 18, 2014

Stocks gapped up and blasted higher today, though frankly there was no major catalyst other than sheer joy that the Federal Reserve had decided to exercise patience before raising interest rates and the Russian ruble recovered a bit.

It seems like once or twice a year, market participants get all worked up about something that they fear the Fed will or won't do, and as soon as it is clear that the central bank plans to stay on an even keel and remain accommodative, stocks charge forward.

In today's Trader's Advantage, I'll explain why I still don't expect the Fed to tighten policy anytime soon, and I'll update you on the latest happenings in our Buy List. We got into a couple of positions today, and I'm recommending two new trades as well.

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Which of the following sectors of the market do you think will outperform for the balance of 2014?

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