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

A Mundane Monday for the Market

July 21, 2014

Stocks sank modestly lower in quiet trading on Monday, as neither developments in Ukraine, the Gaza Strip or on the corporate earnings newswire seemed to have much impact on the mood or pricing.

The session appeared to be pretty typical of the day after a major run-up, as investors lacked much motivation to buy more but also were not quick on the trigger to sell much either. Volatility rose a bit, and prices were a bit depressed, but nothing super-special. Must be summer. I do, however, have one new idea for you to act on in tonight's issue that should do well in this uncertain geopolitical environment.

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Trades Update

July 18, 2014

The market started off flat on Monday, Tuesday's session had a big divot in the middle, Wednesday opened up then shuffled sideways, Thursday was of course down sharply after the air disaster in Ukraine, and today stocks started off slowly then gathered steam all day to end quite a bit higher.

In fact, the market ended on Friday just where it started on Monday. So after all the Sturm und Drang that we saw from earnings reports as well as from the Ukraine, the fact that the market ended where it started has got to go down as a plus for the bulls in this context. The bears had a lot of potential handed to them, and they couldn't capitalize on it.

In today's Trader's Advantage, we took partial profits on two trades, so I'll update you with my second targets for both positions, as well as my latest recommendations for other holdings. And in this week's Markman in a Minute podcast, I'll provide my take on the latest news and share my outlook for our trades.

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Tragedy Overseas Deepens Sell-Off In Equities

July 17, 2014

Stocks started on their back foot this morning and never improved as investors reacted with anxiety and fear to the downing of a commercial airliner over Ukraine and an Israeli ground invasion into Gaza.

Neither of these events will prevent the likes of Qualcomm (QCOM) from selling wireless chips or Chipotle (CMG) from selling corn chips. But much of the source of strength for any market is confidence in the stability of the global financial and political system -- and when there are reminders of life's inherent instability, equities can take a quick tumble.

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With the markets trading near all-time highs, where do you think the S&P 500 will be at the end of the year?

  • 2,100 or greater
  • 2,000 - 2,100
  • 1,900 - 2,000
  • 1,900 or lower