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A positive bias remains to current stock market action. Earnings are still modest, but for the most part, many are positive. The S&P 500 Index did an excellent job recovering from a small (Federal Reserve/market-misread-induced) consolidation in June. Since the beginning of the year, the Dow Jones Industrial…

Most large-cap companies are not reporting great earnings, and this makes sense. You can’t have runaway earnings in an economy with very slow growth. But corporations are increasing their dividends and improving their balance sheets. If it matters to individuals, large-cap corporations are looking great and any pick-up…

Who has all the money these days? While the government has most of it and can make more of it when it wants, it also owes a lot of money. Rather, large corporations are best off these days, and they aren’t investing much in new plant, equipment, and/or…

Hindsight is always 20/20 when it comes to the stock market, and it’s impossible to be right with your picks all of the time. Recently, in this column we’ve been looking at a number of large-cap companies that I view as being worthy of consideration when they’re down…

A number of large-cap, international companies reported third-quarter earnings that were below expectations. On the stock market, their shares went down accordingly and so did earnings outlooks for the rest of the year. But for a number of these companies, Wall Street analysts are now raising their earnings…

On the day of the Federal Reserve’s announcement regarding targeted low interest rates and a new bond-buying program, the stock market started out strong, only to sell off by the end of the day. This has happened countless times over the last couple of months, and it’s a…

The S&P 500 index is down almost 100 points, or about six percent, since stock market highs in September and October. The broader stock market has pulled backed meaningfully, but it is not yet in correction territory. I think it’s likely that we’ll get a little upside this…

I firmly believe that the commodity price cycle still exists and that agriculture is going to be a key asset for stock market investors over the next decade. We’ve already had a terrible drought this year that affected agricultural commodities, but the global business cycle in terms of…

There are still a lot of earnings reports hitting the wires, and there’s a trend in the numbers. The global economy is dragging down U.S. business conditions, which are actually showing improvement. The stock market is down, but it’s not out yet. Currently, shares in Apple Inc. (NASDAQ/AAPL)…

The S&P 500 is up against a bit of a wall and has to convincingly break 1,465 again, which it achieved in mid-September, in order to accelerate. A lot of corporate earnings have been decent, but quite a few are reporting light visibility for the fourth quarter, and…

There are still all sorts of blue chips trading right at their 52-week highs; some are trading at their all-time highs. And the best part about this is that these companies are not expensively priced on the stock market. Colgate-Palmolive Company (NYSE/CL) is one of the blue chips…

On a lot of occasions, the stock market sells off on the reality of its expectations, but it hasn’t since the Federal Reserve announced a third round of quantitative easing (QE3). The main stock market indices are holding up very well, consolidating more so than selling off on…

The stock market rally continues, and it’s great; that is of course, if you own the right companies. For the most part, the best wealth creation over the last few years has come from large-cap, dividend paying stocks that are the brand names we all know. I’d never…

A lot of smaller companies and micro-cap stocks are now reporting their quarterly earnings, and a lot of the numbers are pretty good. I’ve noticed particular financial strength in a number of micro-cap technology companies, along with good trading action among biotech companies. There’s no real trend among…

To be honest, I’m surprised the stock market has been so strong; the S&P 500 Index broke 1,400 so quickly. It’s amazing to me that after a mediocre earnings season, when earnings expectations were revised lower, the stock market has been able to rise. Two reasons stand out…

Ever since the beginning of June, when the stock market came out of its correction, there has been seesaw-trading action with three meaningful peaks and valleys in the S&P 500 Index. We’re now working on the fourth, and who knows where it will lead. Expectations for corporate profits…

Unless we get a major shock like war or something related to the sovereign debt crisis in Europe, I don’t think the stock market is going to experience a lot of further downside. Stock prices might drift and then trade range-bound for a couple more months, but stock…

If the S&P 500 Index is trading close to the 1,400 level, then I view the equity market as being in good shape. We’re getting a bit of a consolidation now and this is completely normal after the flurry of corporate earnings from large-cap companies. Many smaller companies…

I have a strong sense that the stock market trading action we’ve experienced over the last several months will continue over the next quarter or so. One day, the stock market will be up on some positive economic news; the next day, the economic news will point the…