Stock Market Rally

A sustained increase in stock prices over a period of time greater than one week is a stock market rally. Market rallies can last months or even years. There are up days and down days, but overall, the market moves higher over a period of time. The late 1990s saw one of the longest stock market rallies in history.


If you follow the financial news, it feels like the stock market is moving higher and higher…a situation in which investors often feel they are missing out. But the reality of the situation is very different. So far this year,…

Let’s start with the U.S. housing market. Has the recovery for it ended or just stalled? My answer comes in one sentence: While it’s always a matter of location, only the high-end housing market is doing well, while the general…

When I look at the stock market, I ask who in their right mind would buy stocks? While key stock market indices creep higher, the fundamentals suggest the complete opposite. But despite valuations being stretched, insiders selling, corporate revenue growth…

Don’t for a second believe consumer spending in the U.S. economy is improving! J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE/JCP) has announced it will be closing 33 stores in the U.S. economy. By doing this, the retailer will save about $65.0…

Something very interesting happened yesterday. The Federal Reserve said it would start “tapering” its quantitative easing program by $10.0 billion a month. In other words, the Fed will now print $75.0 trillion a month in new money instead of $85.0…

In the first 10 months of the year, key stock indices like the S&P 500 have gone up more than 20%. Others like the Dow Jones Industrial Average have lagged a little, but the returns are exuberant nonetheless. But as…

The financial crisis of 2008 was the biggest panic America had witnessed since the Great Depression. Dubbed the “Great Recession,” its after-effects linger. In fact, this is the worst post-bust recovery on record. Today, for investors, especially stock market investors,…

While the media and politicians tell us we’re in an economic recovery…I keep writing about the slowdown we’re heading towards. How can I say that? First, take out the stock buyback programs, and you’ll see that U.S. companies are seeing…

The chart below of the Dow Jones Industrial Average depicts the precise moment when the Federal Reserve made its announcement last Wednesday that it was not planning to taper its quantitative easing at this time. Chart courtesy of www.StockCharts.com This…

With the summer months drawing to a close, it has been a somewhat warm few months for the stock market with the S&P 500 and Dow recently at record highs. Yet we are now seeing a pause, which may or…

Carlo and I went to high school together about 30 years ago. We remained friends after we left school even though we went our separate ways. Our common thread is that we are both entrepreneurs running our own businesses. After…

The second-quarter earnings reporting season is underway, and mainstream stock advisors have high hopes. But what we are seeing is “more of the same” of what we saw in last quarter’s S&P 500 company corporate earnings: revenues are lower; corporate…

There’s a lot of talk about economic recovery these days. Mainstream economists are saying the U.S. economy will continue to grow, and the stock advisors are telling investors to buy on dips because everything is headed upward. Their arguments are:…

While an economic slowdown is looming over the global economy, no one seems to care, as stock markets continue to reach new record-highs—giving investors false hopes of economic growth. But how long can this mirage actually last? The economic slowdown…