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Don’t be fooled by what you hear from the mainstream media and the politicians. The U.S. economy continues to struggle. In fact, looking at the economic data closely, it suggests we are headed for an outright slowdown. U.S. Economy to Be Fine Without Consumer Spending? Consumer spending makes…

Everything in the stock market experiences its own cycle of enthusiasm among investors. And this is especially well illustrated among speculative issues. There was a time only a few years ago when some of the hottest speculative stocks were in solar energy. Now this small equity universe is…

Oracle Corporation (ORCL) announced a quarterly revenue gain of three percent, but Wall Street was looking for more and the company’s share price retreated on its earnings results. If it weren’t for the Federal Reserve, we probably would be in a correction, if not a consolidation, which has…

With the Dow Jones hitting 17,000 being pretty likely in the not-too-distant future, from there, it’s only another 18% or so until the Dow hits 20,000, which is pretty incredible. These numbers seemed so unrealistic just a few years ago but now, it’s not too farfetched. The most…

Understanding the economic slowdown in the Chinese economy is very important because not only does it impact American companies doing business there, but what happens in the Chinese economy—now the second-largest economy in the world—affects the global economy. While media outlets tell us the Chinese economy will grow…

Many smaller companies are now reporting their financial results, and very soon, it will be the lull between earnings seasons, when the only fuel the marketplace has to go on is monetary policy and economic news. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if stocks took a break for…

There is going to be considerable pressure on interest rates and the Federal Reserve very soon, and it’s very likely that we’re going to get some choppy trading action in stocks. The reason for this is, of course, positive economic news, which is increasing the likelihood of a…

Can you believe the mainstream headlines these days? I’m reading about the Dow Jones Industrial Average going to 19,000… I’m reading that stocks are rising because the amount of stocks for investors to buy has diminished… It’s all rubbish! The chart below of the Dow Jones Industrial Average…

Geopolitical events are overtaking the stock market’s near-term trading action, which was all about speculation over the Federal Reserve and what Chairman Ben Bernanke will do regarding quantitative easing. Based on what transpires in Syria, the equity market is ripe for more declines; realistically, the stock market has…

The second-quarter earnings season is considered over, but there are still a number of companies reporting. And the same trend continues—the numbers are anemic. Making the case for a rising stock market in the face of little sales growth and earnings results that are basically just meeting expectations…

The main stock market indices basically trend with each other, but in a bull market, leadership from the technology sector must be prevalent. Stock market leadership since the beginning of the year has been all about the Dow Jones Transportation Average. Up until July, this was followed by…

This is a big week for capital markets, with the Federal Reserve meeting and July’s unemployment numbers to be released on Friday. One thing that’s been clear with the stock market is that it has been staying lofty, mostly due to the expectation that the Fed will continue…

After the stock market closes today, benchmark stock Alcoa Inc. (AA) is set to report. Expected consensus-adjusted earnings are $0.06 a share, with revenues averaging $5.86 billion. That’s about flat with the comparable quarter. Like many other benchmarks, Alcoa’s position has been drifting lower lately on slowing economic…

There is still a solid resilience to the stock market; and it’s based on global monetary stimulus combined with a sprinkling of economic news that institutional investors like. The willingness that institutional investors have to be buyers is still quite remarkable. But then again, with bond yields creeping…

The deleveraging that’s taking place around the world is obviously echoed in tumultuous capital markets, but a retrenchment in the bond and stock markets has been overdue for ages. As is usually the case, several catalysts came together at the same time to produce an unsurprising stock market…

If there is going to be genuine economic growth in mature economies, the leadership will have to come from the U.S. economy. The convulsions taking place in the Japanese capital markets are emblematic of the monetary exuberance that both captivates investor sentiment and distorts its reality. It’s a…