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The Greece Debt Crisis: Back in Four Short Months

By Monday, February 23, 2015

Greek Debt CrisisThis past Friday, we got news of Greece’s debt extension. The headline at the Financial Post said it all: “Greece and its EU paymasters reach accord to keep bailout funds flowing for four months.” (Source: Financial Post… Read More, February 20, 2014.)
With the news, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which spent most of the day flat, jumped 157 points to a new record closing of 18,140. Yes, the Dow Jones

Current Stock Market Not a Good Play for New Money?

By Friday, February 6, 2015

Current Stock Market Not a Good Play For MoneyWhich DOW stock just hit a home run with its earnings? It was The Walt Disney Company (DIS)… Read More, reporting another strong quarter in terms of its parks and resorts, consumer products, and media networks. It was a solid quarter for the company and the stock soared on the news, helping out the Dow Jones Industrial Average tremendously on a down day for the broader market.
The company’s fiscal first

February Looking Up for Stocks?

By Friday, February 6, 2015

February StocksFebruary appears to be setting up to be a month of romance with the stock market after the DOW blasted up 521 points in the first two sessions of the month.
Now, you must be wondering about how the stock market is playing, given the turmoil and volatility we witnessed in January that drove the key stock market indices to below their respective 50-day moving averages (MAs). The only thing… Read More

Collapse in Trading Volume Makes Stock Price Rise Suspicious

By Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Crashing Stock MarketOne of the fundamentals of economics is that rising demand for an item pushes prices higher, while declining demand results in lower prices. It’s common sense: the more people want something, the higher the price; the less people want something, the lower the price.
That is what has me very suspicious about the stock market. Since 2009, stock trading volume has all but dried up, yet stock prices have gone… Read More

How Central Banks Are Pushing Stock Prices Higher

By Friday, November 28, 2014

Central Banks Are Pushing Stock Prices HigherThe “trade” these days is very simple. Just follow what the central banks around the world say and you are pretty much guaranteed to make money. As long as they announce they are printing more paper money or lowering interest rates, then just buy stocks. This requires no thinking whatsoever and the fundamentals, like economic data and corporate earnings, don’t really matter.
Look at the chart below of the Dow… Read More

Bull Market to Continue on Near-Term Price Strength

By Friday, November 21, 2014

Bull Market to Continue on Near-Term Price StrengthThere is plenty of price strength in this bull market. It’s still coming from transportation stocks and dividend-paying blue chips.
There’s also been continued price strength among home improvement retailers. Lowes Companies, Inc. (LOW) recently soared on the stock market after beating Wall Street consensus with its latest earnings report. The stock has been on a tear over the last couple of years, just like The Home Depot, Inc. (HD)…. Read More

Dow Jones Transportation Stocks Suggesting Bullish Fourth Quarter?

By Friday, November 7, 2014

Where Are Stocks HeadedIn terms of stock market direction, the Dow Jones Transportation Average recently pushed through to another new record-high. The index retrenched along with the broader market in early October, but it fought back hard to just over 8,800.
Within the index, countless stocks have been doing well. Alaska Air Group, Inc. (ALK) slumped to $42.00 in the lead-up to its earnings report. Now, it’s almost $55.00 a share after reporting… Read More

What the Fear Index Is Telling Us About Stocks Now

By Friday, October 17, 2014

Why This Stock Market Rout Is Here to StayOver the past few months, I warned my readers the stock market had become a risky place to be. While I also suggested euphoria could bring the market higher than most thought possible—to the point of irrationality—the bubble has now burst. Key stock indices are falling and fear among investors is rising quickly.
Please look at the chart below of the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) Volatility Index (VIX). This… Read More

Why Stock Prices Will Continue to Fall

By Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Stock Prices Will Continue to FallNow that the Dow Jones Industrial Average has fallen 1,035 points (six percent) from its mid-September peak, the question investors are asking is “how far will she go?” For small-cap investors, the drama is greater, as the Russell 2000 Index has fallen 12.5% from its July peak.
Since 2009, every market pullback presented investors with an opportunity to get back into stocks at discounted prices. Even some editors here at… Read More

The Nine-Month Check-Up

By Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Nine-Month Check-UpWith nine months behind us this year, today we look at how two popular forms of investment have done in 2014 and where I think they are headed for the remainder of the year.
Starting with stocks, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed yesterday up 2.8% for the year. Given the risk of the stock market, 2.8% is no big gain. I wrote at the beginning of 2014 that the… Read More

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