Crude Awakening

May 5, 2015

About two months ago, when crude oil was crashing, the airwaves were filled with trend-followers’ predictions that the price was headed for $20 a barrel. As soon as that became the prevalent opinion,... Continue Reading »

Drought could drain California of its power

April 9, 2015

You may have heard that California is experiencing an historic drought – the worst in  200 years by some measures. While this might seem like a problem isolated to lawns... Continue Reading »

Big Nasdaq breakdowns tend to worsen before they heal, data shows

March 26, 2015

When stocks were hit with a hard left jab on Wednesday, techs and biotechs took the brunt of the impact. The Nasdaq Composite fell 2.4%, its first loss of  greater than 2%+ since October.If you have... Continue Reading »

Daily Issues

Trades Update

May 22, 2015

The stock market apparently decided to enter the summer doldrums early, with the S&P down 5 points in quiet pre-Memorial Day trading. That cut the weekly gain of the broad market index to just 0.2%.

In fact, the S&P 500 was up just 0.5% over the past 10 days, and actually most of that happened a week ago. In sync with that sort of flat-lining of returns, the S&P 500 Volatility Index (VIX) has fallen 5% in slow motion, sort of like the ebbing of a tide. In today's Trader's Advantage, I'm adjusting several trade orders for the holiday-shortened week ahead.

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Don't Let This Market Shake You

May 21, 2015

Our positions mostly sloshed around like the rest of the market. Very few stocks are showing any follow-through gains after any single up session, which is making things difficult for people with attention deficit disorders. But if you are patient, as we are, even as traders, you'll still do well in this environment. Just don't get shaken out.

Let's take a look at what's on my watch list, and then our positions

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Trades Update

May 20, 2015

The market's reaction to today's release of the minutes from the last Federal Open Market Committee meeting was initially positive, but eventually faded, pushing stocks just below the flat line by the close.

Among the key S&P sectors, telecom, utilities and health care stocks were the strongest, while financials and industrials were the laggards. The S&P 500 Volatility Index (VIX) was up as much as 3.3% and down as much as 1.8% earlier in the day, but settled back to end the session flat, alongside stock prices.

In today's Trader's Advantage, I have two new trades for you, a semiconductor stock and a regional bank, then I'll provide my latest recommendations for our current holdings.

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

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