The equities market, a public market, is the listing of shares of a company on an exchange. These shares then are available to all investors interested in buying a piece of the company. The stock exchanges regulate the listing of company shares by ensuring that the companies report all of their audited financial records for prospective investors to access. Investors then buy and sell shares, determining the value of the company based on the financial results and future prospects of the firm. Investors include the retail client (general public), mutual funds, hedge funds, corporations and other large institutions such as pension funds.
There’s always strength in numbers.
The equities market is definitely due for a prolonged break, but one subsector I always follow is restaurant stocks. These are key benchmark stocks, and the performance of these stocks offers up an unscientific survey on consumer spending and sentiment.
So many restaurant stocks experienced a breakout at the beginning of the year…. Read More
The one-day sell-off last week in Japan’s equities market with the benchmark Nikkei 225 plummeting more than seven percent in one day should not be ignored; in fact, the drop may be a harbinger of things to come. I don’t have a crystal ball, but my market sense is tingling.
The reality is that the sell-off in the equities market was not a surprise, given that the Nikkei has advanced 70% over the past six months…. Read More
Commodity prices have been heading lower on the charts.
In fact, it has been an awful few days for gold as prices plummeted, failing to hold $1,500 an ounce.
Prices dove right through support at $1,400 to $1,385.62 on Monday—the lowest level since 2011.
The shiny yellow ore is in a bear market. Down 27% from its magical peak of $1,920 in September 2011, it has been nothing but turmoil for investors in the yellow metal…. Read More
The equities market continues to edge higher, with no apparent evidence of a pending letdown by investors despite the multiyear topping action in the S&P 500.
Once again, I say the rise and support of the stock market is clearly driven by the Federal Reserve’s loose monetary policy. This has been the story behind the upward move in the current bull market…. Read More
If the first-quarter earnings season turns out to be as bad as the experts expect, then it may be time to look for safety. That means lightening up the load on high-risk stocks and shifting your focus to companies that you know will be around 50 years from now.
The search for safety appears to be the ongoing theme this year, especially within the blue chip stocks that make up the Dow Jones Industrial Average…. Read More