market sentiment

Bearish Bank Stock Analyst Turns Bullish; Should You Follow?

By Friday, December 21, 2012

Bearish Bank Stock Analyst Turns BullishEver since the financial crisis several years ago, market sentiment has been quite negative on bank stocks. While the initial pessimism was well warranted, bank stocks today are radically different than they were in 2008. Clearly, from the massive gains in the share price of most, if not all, bank stocks, the market sentiment has shifted dramatically. The question: is the bull market over for bank stocks?

One of the … Read More

Don’t Trade Apple Until You Read This

By Thursday, October 18, 2012

Trade AppleNo one can deny that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ/AAPL) has had an extraordinary run. Both the company itself and the stock have been the clear leaders among technology stocks. This has led to the current market sentiment, which is overtly bullish. This can be dangerous for investors, when market sentiment is leaning so much in one direction—either bullish or bearish. This could be a problem if, at some point, everyone who … Read More

JPMorgan Set to Continue Higher in Spite of Frivolous Lawsuit

By Monday, October 8, 2012

JPMorgan Set to Continue Higher in Spite of Frivolous LawsuitWhen it comes to bank stocks, it seems that JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE/JPM) is Public Enemy Number One. It’s unfortunate that so many retail investors have such a negative market sentiment towards JPMorgan since it has the potential for large returns, with a dividend yield of 2.9%.

The latest cheap shot is nothing short of a publicity stunt by a future politician, as the office of New York Attorney … Read More

Is the Stock Market Where It Should Be After QE3?

By Thursday, September 20, 2012

business arrow diagramOn 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 news. Stock market sentiment continues to be relatively positive, with some hope for the economic future and the expectation that third-quarter … Read More

Further Signs of Trouble for Zynga

By Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Trouble for ZyngaThere are few technology stocks that have encountered sharp decline in market sentiment quicker than Zynga Inc. (NASDAQ/ZNGA). Technology stocks in the social media space have had a bumpy ride lately. Market sentiment continues to plummet, as the initial rush into this sector by early investors now appears quite foolish.

The market sentiment is obviously all over the place in these technology stocks. But, for those thinking they’re cheap, I’d … Read More

Is Facebook a Buy?

By Monday, September 10, 2012

Is Facebook a Buy?An embarrassing turn of events continues to unfold after the recent initial public offering (IPO) of Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ/FB). Talk about a roller coaster of market sentiment changes. Prior to the IPO, it seemed as if everyone wanted a piece of one of the hottest technology stocks in recent memory. Yes, Facebook’s user growth has been tremendous over the past few years, but questions are arising about everything related to … Read More

Is Apple a Buy Right Now?

By Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Is Apple a Buy Right Now?The recent ruling in the patent lawsuit in favor of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ/AAPL) against Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (KRX/005930) is seen by some as a big blow to Samsung. Many looking at technology stocks are looking at jumping aboard Apple simply because of this victory; I would say that’s a mistake. Technology stocks in this sector are constantly evolving and innovating, and market sentiment will also shift among the stocks; … Read More

Housing Market Terrible? Not According to This Stock

By Monday, August 27, 2012

Housing Market Terrible? Not According to This StockWhile there are still many pockets of weakness in the housing market, there are now some positives beginning to emerge. Market sentiment for the broad U.S. housing market will most likely stay muted, due to the millions of homes left to be foreclosed. However, the housing market is not one uniform sector, but is based on location. In certain areas, the market sentiment for the housing market has become quite … Read More

Are Oil Prices Telling Us to Expect an Israeli Strike on Iran?

By Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Oil PricesWith the recent string of weak economic data worldwide, one would think that the market sentiment for oil prices would be negative. Even the International Energy Agency (IEA) is expecting lower demand for oil next year due to weaker worldwide economic growth. So why are oil prices moving up, and is this market sentiment here to stay?

As with many areas of investing, the market sentiment for oil prices is … Read More

Trading Strategy for the S&P 500

By Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Trading Strategy for the S&P 500With all of the negative market sentiment in the markets and in the newspapers every day, one index that has bucked the trend is the S&P 500. The S&P 500 has been an extremely strong performer so far this year. In the face of a slowdown in China, Europe continuing to implode, and a general market sentiment that isn’t resoundingly bullish, the S&P 500 has continued to move higher.

Is … Read More