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Since August, the market view appears to have turned quite bullish. The negativity in investor sentiment that was evident during the decline in the market from spring until early summer seems to have evaporated. This is quite interesting, as the change in investor sentiment was primarily a result,…

When it comes to technology stocks, one must develop an investment strategy that has long-term implications. Technology stocks can be quite volatile, so it helps to have a long-term horizon and an understanding of what the companies are trying to do over the next few years. Of the…

The smartphone and tablet markets continue to be extremely competitive, and stock analysis indicates that this competition will heat up further. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ/AAPL) dominates the tablet market with its “iPad,” but watch for new entries from Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ/MSFT) with its “Surface” tablet, Google Inc. (NASDAQ/GOOG) with…

In what will most likely be a landmark ruling, Australia’s federal court has ruled that one of the world’s leading credit ratings agencies Standard & Poor’s (S&P) misled investors by issuing a AAA rating, its safest rating, to securities that were extremely complex and risky, and that ultimately…

If you based the condition of the market on the current trading action of stocks, you would think everything was fine and there were no worries. Yet with the recent 25th anniversary of the infamous Black Monday, when the DOW plummeted 22.6% on October 19, 1987, the current…

The market view for gold has varied substantially this past year; this shift in the market view has also led to substantial volatility in the price of gold. Coming in at the lows of December 2011, gold was approximately $1,525 per ounce, rising in late February to just…

Natural gas prices are notoriously volatile. From approximately $4.50 per one million British thermal units (MMBtu) last year to a low near $1.90 MMBtu in April, this represents a huge swing with massively divergent market views. Natural gas has become a great asset for the U.S., as we're…

Just when you think it couldn’t get any worse for Research In Motion Limited (NASDAQ/RIMM), the company seems always to find a way to disappoint. Another quarterly earnings report and more disaster lead to an increasingly gloomy market view. Technology stocks continue to miss targets and estimates are…

While many are talking about the upcoming fiscal cliff, a perfect example of the market view for this serious issue comes through the CEO of Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE/LMT), Robert Stevens. Stevens went to Washington to inform politicians of the gravity of the situation. In essence, if nothing…

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ/AAPL) appears to be tightening its grip on the smartphone market on news that former high-flying cell phone maker Nokia Corporation (NYSE/NOK) is hurting. The Finnish company seems to be on its way down. Recently, Nokia announced it would be axing 10,000 jobs in its struggle…

When consumers are cautious, they tend to hold back on any major purchases, such as homes, vehicles, furniture, appliances and travel, to list a few. This will impact spending and gross domestic product (GDP) growth and the ability of companies to expand their businesses and hire new employees,…

Spain technically blundered into its second recession since 2009 in the first quarter and the country appears to be ravaged by heavy debt and muted growth. The Spanish government is trying to cut the budget deficit, but, with the country’s jobless rate at near 25%, it will not…

The first quarter was great for stocks. April on the other hand has not been kind to stocks so far, but it’s early. The question is: are stocks pausing and then moving higher or lower? Is this a sucker’s rally? The bull market is into its fourth year…

The bulls have been in full control for the past three years, but with the key stock indices at multi-year highs, it’s time to pause and take a look at where we are with my market view. On Wednesday, stocks plummeted after several days of hesitation on the…

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…

Oil prices continue to be largely dictated by the folks in the Middle East. And, unless we see a massive flow of new oil from the controversial tar sands in Alberta, Canada, and a move back to offshore drilling in the post-BP era, oil prices will continue to…

As we just completed the December meeting of the Federal Reserve, the continued market sell-off accelerated. This was following the previous week’s European Summit, which was supposed to alleviate concerns about the eurozone. Neither the Fed nor the summit in Europe changed the market view that the situation…

Market professionals around the world have been closely tracking developments in Europe and watching how the euro currency is behaving. Since May 2011, the euro has declined around 9.4% against the U.S. dollar. This weakness occurred due to certain events that took place in Europe, especially in the…

Sometimes it pays to follow the money. With the economic and political turmoil we are witnessing all over the world, the move in oil prices has been very interesting. Just a quick recap, European nations are continuing to struggle and investors are balking at investing in their debt…

Last week, a three-year ordeal came to an end as Jefferson County, Alabama, declared the biggest municipal bankruptcy in American history, a casualty of the rapid economic growth of the boom that ended so abruptly with the credit crisis of 2008. Home to 660,000 people, Jefferson County was…