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Trades Update

September 30, 2014

Stocks faltered on Tuesday, with the S&P briefly retaking the 1,985 level before ultimately falling back to right around its 50-day moving average at 1,970.

The other major U.S. indexes largely followed a similar pattern, though the sell-off in the Russell 2000 small-caps was, once again, notably worse. European stocks, on the other hand, were mostly higher thanks to encouraging data on EU inflation and unemployment, as well as a solid read on August retail sales from Germany.

In today's Trader's Advantage, I have five new bearish ideas to share -- one in real estate and the others in small-cap tech -- and I'll update you on our current holdings as well.

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All Signs Point to a Fourth-Quarter Rally

September 29, 2014

Stocks sloshed around in the red today after their super-strong advance on Friday, but ended well off their lows with a faint but distinct hint of optimism shining through in the last half hour. There was no single catalyst for the early decline of more than 100 points for the Dow Jones Industrials Average, but there was some geopolitical unease that ranged from protests in Hong Kong to a sell-off in Brazil and new fears that Spain might split up.

The most obvious pain point for global equities was escalating riots in Hong Kong. Police used tear gas on student-led pro-democracy protests. The protests have been cited by many as a headwind for markets, but for the moment remain a limited and local issue.

In today's Trader's Advantage, I'll share a little-known historical trend that suggests a significant reversal higher is in the cards, despite the gloomy sentiment seen recently. We were able to take profits on our short position today; I'll review that outcome and share my latest recommendations for our remaining trades.

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Trades Update

September 26, 2014

Stocks had a volatile week, gapping down on Monday and continuing lower on Tuesday before staging a significant recovery on Wednesday -- then sliding back down with a vengeance on Thursday.

Friday's session saw somewhat of a comeback, but ultimately the S&P was down 1.4% for the week. In today's Trader's Advantage, I have one new buy in the industrial sector, and I'm canceling our unfilled trade recommendation. I'll also update you on the balance of our trades; on the whole, our Buy List did quite well in Friday's session.

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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