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On Wednesday morning, the NASDAQ Composite Index climbed higher under weak ADP employment data and disappointing trade balance. ADP reported this morning that the U.S. private sector added 185,000 jobs in July—a significant drop from last month’s 229,000 addition, also missing the 216,000 expected. Trade balance worsened in…

The U.S. stock market indices remain largely unchanged despite a number of corporations updating their earnings. The Dow, NASDAQ, and S&P 500 all gained around a tenth of a percentage point. A number of corporations, including Aetna, Coach, and CVS Health, reported their earnings. Economy-wise, the market awaits…

Greece and China added quite a bit of uncertainty to the U.S. stock market. By around 10:30 a.m. E.T. on the first trading day of August, the Dow slipped more than half a percent, NASDAQ lost 0.2%, and the S&P 500 dropped 0.3%. In Greece, the stock market…

The NASDAQ was trading higher during the final trading session of the week, despite a barrage of weak economic data and earnings reports. The employment cost index disappointed analysts with a rise of 0.2%, representing the smallest increase in 33 years and coming in well below analysts’ expectations.…

The NASDAQ is heading higher this morning despite some technology companies reporting less-than-stellar earnings. Both Twitter Inc. (NYSE/TWTR) and Yelp Inc. (NYSE/YELP) lost double digits. Meanwhile, precious metals continue to struggle, with gold tanking to below $1,100 an ounce. China’s stock market crash has been temporarily stopped, with…

It’s still earnings season, and many companies are making double-digit moves. China’s stock market crash is still continuing, albeit at a smaller magnitude compared to yesterday. By 10:00 a.m. E.T., the S&P 500 Index was up 0.28%, while the NASDAQ and the Dow are also slightly higher. China’s…

The NASDAQ appears set for a dismal start to the week after a string of disappointing earnings reports from several technology giants, including Soho.com Inc. (NASDAQ/SOHU) and Changyou.Com Limited (NASDAQ/CYOU), continue to sap risk appetite. A more-than eight percent dive in China’s benchmark Shanghai Composite Index also exacerbated…

The NASDAQ Composite Index opened the trading session lower on Friday, July 24th, down 6.5 points or 0.31%. Lagging pessimism from Greece’s debt crisis hung over the market, as did an underwhelming earnings report from Apple Inc. (NASDAQ/AAPL). America’s technology exchange fell by 1.39% during the week, including…

The NASDAQ opened slightly higher on Monday July 20th, as Greece reopened its banks and started the process of paying off billions of euros owed to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). European equities soared to six-week highs on Monday as Greece began to return to normality after a…

Stocks continue to maintain a positive bias in January, with technology and small-caps leading the charge. The NASDAQ is up over three percent in the first two weeks of January. The small-cap Russell 2000 is up 2.30%, while DOW and S&P 500 are up about 1.33% and 2.07%,…

The bulls appear to be in full control at this juncture. On the charts, the NASDAQ has joined the Russell 2000 to move above their respective previous chart highs. This is bullish, but we need to see if the indices can hold. Small-caps continue to outperform, with the…

There's nothing wrong if you are long stocks at this time, as the market continues to want to trend higher and, as an investor or trader, you want to ride this upside wave. However, you should also be careful due to a technically overbought condition and the absence…

Back in March, I wrote in this column about growing investor interest in the agricultural sector. Like precious metals, most individual investors have no affinity or exposure to this huge industry, but I'm certain that this is one sector with excellent potential for above-average returns over the next…

— "Calling the Trend" Column, by George Leong, B. Comm. The market is on a nice upward trend and we have yet to see any signs of topping. Yet, for stocks to move higher, there must be a fresh catalyst. If we see some topping or some downward…

— "Ahead of the Street" Column, by Mitchell Clark, B. Comm. Big, brand-name companies always get the early headlines during earnings season, because they have the big accounting departments to get their books done early. Right now, if you want to know where the broader stock market is…

— "Calling the Trend" Column, by George Leong, B. Comm. Markets are showing an upward bias at this point, but there is concern that the rally will face increased selling pressure, as stocks edge higher. With the NASDAQ up over 70% from its March low, you would have…