Equities Market

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…

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…

I have been a major supporter of gold for the past decade during the run-up in prices, but I can’t say I’m that confident at this moment. Of course, there are still the issues in the eurozone, tension in the…

The results are in for the bank stress tests by the Federal Reserve, and they show, as I had expected, an improving banking sector that is more defensive to risk and much improved as far as their balance sheets, liability,…

The Boeing Company’s (NYSE/BA) “787 Dreamliner” remains grounded, but the aerospace sector continues to deliver some excellent results and growth. In spite of its problems with the monstrous Dreamliner, Boeing managed to trade above $80.00 for the first time in…

When the U.S. equities market crashes, most foreign stocks do as well. But when it comes to capital appreciation, the correlation ends. Domestic Chinese stocks experienced a small resurgence lately, but they are still well down from their peak in…

The investment climate is at a crossroads. While the market bias is slightly positive, there’s still a sense we could be headed for a market correction. But it’s amazing how resilient the equities market has been in spite of the…

In technical analysis, the chart tells a story. On Monday, the S&P 500 closed below 1,500 for the first time since February 4, driving fears of a multi-year topping, which I have discussed in the past. (Read “Alert: Bulls Should…

Google Inc. (NASDAQ/GOOG) traded above $800.00 on February 19, and I still can’t believe I missed out on an early investment opportunity when the stock first debuted at $100.00 in August 2004. The company has become the king of the…

Israel is the “Silicon Valley” of the Middle East. The country is not widely known as a place to find high-growth technology companies, but the reality is that this small and dynamic country of 7.9 million people, nestled on the…

Founder Michael Dell has done as much as he can with Dell Inc. (NASDAQ/DELL). In just over 25 years, he managed to grow the company he started out of his garage into the world’s third-largest maker of personal computers (PCs);…

Research In Motion Limited (NASDAQ/RIMM; TSX/RIM) appears to be rising from the ashes, as investors dive back into the stock of the once-fabled maker of the “BlackBerry.” For Research In Motion (RIM), it has been quite the journey after the…

Intel Corporation (NASDAQ/INTC) used to be a “can’t miss” bellwether technology stock, but that was when the personal computer (PC) was king and Microsoft Corporation’s (NASDAQ/MSFT) “Windows” operating system was all the rage, according to my stock analysis. Fast-forward a…

The tech-laden NASDAQ fared the best in November with a 1.1% advance, which was well ahead of the 0.3% gain in the S&P 500 and 0.5% decline in the DOW. Yet technology and growth stocks have not fared in the…