Apple liquidation

August 5, 2015

Apple sank 3.2% on Tuesday without any significant news, which smacks of raw liquidation by disappointed holders. Apple has dramatically underperformed the market after being added to the Dow Jones... Continue Reading »

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 »

Daily Issues

Energy, Utilities Looking Good for October

October 5, 2015

Stocks picked up where they left off on Friday, zooming materially higher with barely a break to breathe or sip a glass of water. Small caps, large caps, blue chips, tech, energy...almost everything was on the move, as if the little shift of terrain that began at 11 a.m. ET on Friday after the nonfarm payrolls release turned into a landslide.

Of course, much of that landslide was a matter of a massive short squeeze -- but, be that as it may, it was impressive. Almost every major rally starts as a result of a short squeeze; that's a given. It's what comes next that really counts. So, we shall see whether bulls can keep their act going tomorrow and Wednesday, when they don't have the free rocket fuel provided by short-sellers forced to buy to cover.

In today's Trader's Advantage, I'm recommending two beaten-up stocks in sectors that tend to perform well in October. Then I'll give my run-down of our trades, including one new sell and two unfilled buy orders I'm recommending that you cancel.

Continue Reading »

Time to Buy Highly Oversold Stocks

October 2, 2015

Looking back at the week, the market dropped sharply on Monday, and on Tuesday tried to rally but ended lower. Wednesday got off to a really good start: shot up at the beginning, came back in the middle and ended higher. Thursday was one of those interesting days in which it started down, found its feet in the middle of the day, and ended even.

Today was amazing; the market started off with a big decline – and then spent the rest of the day clawing its way back. Stocks got back to even around noon, paused around 1:30 p.m. ET, then shot higher all the way through the close, hitting the highest level of the past couple weeks on the last bar of the day.

There's a lot of speculation as to why that happened...but, the point is, it did. In today's Trader's Advantage, I'll analyze the market-moving factors in this week's Markman in a Minute podcast. Then I'll share two new trades and recap our positions, including one we closed on a stop.

Continue Reading »

Barring a Big Reversal, Bull Market Looks Finished

October 1, 2015

Stocks were headed for another significant sell-off on Thursday before a midday rally left the market mostly unchanged. The S&P 500 rose 0.2%, as did the Nasdaq, while the Dow Jones Industrials finished slightly negative after reversing a 100-point midday loss.

It was an otherwise fairly uneventful session ahead of tomorrow's release of the September employment report, which is the next key input in the interest rate lift-off timing debate. There were some mixed takeaways for the economy, led by the ISM manufacturing index, which fell to 50.2 in September. This was slightly below the 50.6 consensus expectation.

In today's Trader's Advantage, I'll review the day's winners and losers, and share some analysis from the 'smartest guys in the room.' There are some arguments for a strong October -- but if that does not occur, stocks are in for a world of hurt. Then we'll take a look at how our recommendations are performing.

Continue Reading »


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

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