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Stock Market: Four Reasons Why It Will Continue to Fall

By Friday, October 9, 2015
Stock MarketHere are four reasons why the stock market will continue to fall, starting with contracting earnings and revenue. On June 30, analysts were expecting S&P 500 companies to report a decline of one percent in corporate earnings. As of September 25, they now expect a decline of 4.5%. (Source: FactSet, September 25, 2015.) Revenue is projected to decline 3.3% in the third quarter after declining in the first and second .

Can Anything Prevent a U.S. Stock Market Crash in 2016?

By Wednesday, October 7, 2015
U.S. Stock Market CrashIs the U.S. stock market poised to crash in 2016? Absolutely. The writing has been on the wall for ages. It’s not as if anything has happened of late to point to a stock market crash, it’s just that the rest of the investing community is waking up to what we have been pointing out for years. Stock Market Crash Getting Warmed Up The stock market is supposed to be .

Interest Rates: Why the Fed Made the Wrong Move

By Friday, September 18, 2015
Interest-ratesBy deciding on Thursday not to raise interest rates, the Federal Reserve gave the world the wrong message. How I interpreted the Fed’s lack of courage to act yesterday: “After keeping interest rates at zero for seven years, and having printed trillions of dollars in new currency out of thin air, the U.S. economy is still so weak, we can’t raise interest rates.” Dear reader, ponder this for a moment: .

Stock Market: All Bets Off as Six-Year Trend-Line Now Broken

By Friday, September 4, 2015
Stock MarketFor the second quarter of 2015, companies in key stock indices like the S&P 500 reported a decline of 0.7% in their corporate earnings. This was the first decline in profits since the third quarter of 2012. But what was more alarming was that revenues for the S&P 500 companies plunged 3.4% in the second quarter. For two consecutive quarters now, revenue for the S&P 500 companies have contracted. This .

Stock Market: Three Reasons Why It’s About to Get a Whole Lot Worse

By Monday, August 17, 2015
Stock MarketThe downside momentum in the U.S. stock market is gaining traction. And unless the Federal Reserve does a complete about-face and launches QE4, the sell-off in stocks that started in mid-May of this year will accelerate. Today, I present three very strong arguments for lower stock prices. First, looking at the chart below, you will see the Dow Jones Industrial Average has been trading below its 50-week moving average for .

Global Economy: Here Cometh Deflation

By Friday, August 14, 2015
global economyEarly this year, I started writing about how falling copper prices were a leading indicator of trouble in the global economy. Since then, we’ve all come to know about the economic slowdown in China. But the further collapse in copper prices over the past three months could be warning of something much bigger than just a slowdown ahead. Commodities Price Plunge Suggests There’s No Growth Below is a chart of .

Stock Market Top: Three Things Investors Need to Know About It

By Friday, August 7, 2015
Stock Market: Broad Market Sell-Off Here No matter how you look at it, the U.S. stock market is a dangerous place to be right now. In the chart below of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, pay attention to the circled area.

Corporate Earnings: Second Quarter 2015 Worst Since 2009

By Friday, July 31, 2015
Corporate EarningsAs of July 24, 187 companies in the S&P 500 have reported their corporate earnings. For these 187 companies, their average decline in earnings has been 2.2%. If this is the final number, then it will be the biggest decline in quarterly earnings for the S&P 500 since 2009. (Source: FactSet, July 24, 2015.) But it may get worse. Only one-third of the companies in the S&P 500 have reported .

Whole Foods Market, Inc. (NYSE/WFM) Stock Plunges on Q4 Missed Earnings

By Thursday, July 30, 2015
Whole Foods MarketImage by Leon Brocard
Whole Foods Market, Inc.’s (NYSE/WFM) stock price plunged 11% on Thursday, July 30th, after the company reported disappointing results. During the third quarter, total sales increased eight percent to a record $3.6 billion. But diluted earnings per share landed at $0.43 below consensus expectations of $0.44 cents per share. (Source: Whole Foods Market, July 30, 2015.) The company said on Wednesday, July 29th that sales at

Global Economy in Sharp Slowdown; U.S. Companies’ Earnings at Risk

By Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Global EconomyNo matter where you look, major economic hubs in the global economy are struggling to show growth. According to the German finance ministry, Germany’s economy grew at only 0.3% in the second quarter of this year after growing a similar amount in the first quarter. (Source: Reuters, July 19, 2015.) Germany is the fourth biggest economy in the world. China, the second biggest economy, saw its gross domestic product (GDP) .

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