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Quite a bit of speculative fervor has been zapped out of this market, which is helpful for the longer-run trend. With the exception of biotechnology stocks, trading action has softened in initial public offerings (IPOs), 3D (three-dimensional) printer stocks, cloud software stocks, and even a lot of restaurant…

So far this year, the NASDAQ Composite Index has outperformed the other large-cap averages, and this is a positive indicator. At the beginning of last year, blue chips shot out of the gate with uncommon capital gains, and as confidence in the rally grew, investors slowly felt more…

If you had to choose between buying Intel Corporation (NASDAQ/INTC) and Phoenix New Media Limited (NYSE/FENG), which stock would it be? This is the kind of dilemma we are currently witnessing in stock market trading, as investors look at the risk they want to assume. In 2013, the…

Make no mistake about it. The wealth in America continues to rise as it is in other parts of the world. Fueling the creation of wealth has been the easy monetary policy, which has essentially pushed up the stock market to its record-highs. Now the economy is also…

Small companies tend to perform well coming off a recession like the one we had in 2008. The beginning of the year was excellent for small-cap stocks as the Russell 2000 led the way with a 12% advance in the first quarter, including a 6.2% move in January.…

Small-cap stocks will be a key driver of the broader market should the U.S. and global economies continue to improve. In 2012, small-cap stocks trailed only the technology sector as far as performance. The Russell 2000 advanced the most in December. If 2013 is a strong year for…

Small-cap stocks performed better than both the S&P 500 and the DOW in what was a cautious November, as the economy showed encouraging growth in several key areas. Early on in December, small-caps are leading with a 0.12% advance versus a 0.64% decline for the S&P 500. The…

The fiscal cliff is currently dictating the trading action in the stock market as we near December and the year’s end. The worry is that if the Bush-era tax cuts are allowed to dissipate, the end result would likely be a significant jump in taxes, including those on…

The Boeing Company (NYSE/BA) estimates China will require 5,000 aircraft, valued at around $600 billion, over the next 20 years. The company is looking at the new “787 Dreamliner” as its big play on wide-body jet travel despite development issues. Boeing’s chief rival Embraer S.A. (NYSE/ERJ), the European…

It is summertime, and you expect the trading action in the stock market to be subdued, but there’s a big divergence taking place, and it isn’t good. The Dow Jones Transportation Index is not confirming the primary trend of the Dow Jones Industrials or the S&P 500 Index.…

This is not a time to get too comfortable in the equities market. Stocks need reasons to move higher. Revenue growth is muted. The economy is moving along but ever so slowly. There is no new stimulus, as both the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank (ECB)…

Ever since the stock market collapsed in 2008 and bottomed in March of 2009, the best performing stocks, given the risk, have been large-cap stocks, many of which pay dividends. Large-cap stocks have specific advantages during slow economic times: big companies can squeeze their costs to keep earnings…

January is over and it was quite impressive; not a record by any means, but nonetheless it gives us something to look forward to this year. The key stock indices easily outperformed the historical averages by a wide margin. Technology and small-cap stocks lead the market, with the…

If you want to see an outstanding performance from a large-cap stock, all you have to do is pull up a long-term chart on McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE/MCD). It’s kind of odd to think that a mature business like burger flipping could be so profitable, but this company has…

Happy New Year! In 2011, small-cap stocks lagged blue-chips and large-cap stocks following a strong 2010. In my market view, the big difference in 2011 was the uneasiness of the economic renewal in the U.S. and global economies. And, despite a positive January 2011, stocks largely fell last…

I think investors really want to be buyers of stock at this time, but there isn’t much of a catalyst to do so. Institutional investors are buying, but they’re also playing on the market’s volatility, accentuating the results. Reality is beginning to set in now and there’s a…

Now that the S&P 500 Index is below 1,300 again, it’s time to worry. This index has been trading in a tight range ever since the beginning of the year and it hasn’t been able to break out past 1,350 in any meaningful way. On the support side,…

Everyone knows that the stock market likes to bet on the future. It’s possible we’ll get a very good second-quarter earnings season without much change in the main stock market indices. This is a market that’s just plain unsure of itself. Sentiment would improve if the sovereign debt…