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, I believe, of the rumor and eventual announcement by the Federal Reserve of additional quantitative easing in September.
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By Sasha Cekerevac, BA• Tuesday, November 20, 2012
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 older technology stocks, Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ/YHOO) is still a player in the Internet sector, albeit quite diminished in stature. Yahoo!’s share price .
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 its “Nexus” tablet, and Samsung with its “Galaxy” series. And then there area also some believers surfacing as “BlackBerry”-maker Research In Motion .
By Sasha Cekerevac, BA• Thursday, November 8, 2012
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 lost most of their value.
One of the biggest problems following the crash is that investor sentiment has soured on the financial .
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 situation is far from being risk-free and is vulnerable, according to my stock analysis.
We have what will likely be a disappointing .
By Sasha Cekerevac, BA• Friday, September 14, 2012
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 short of $1,800. That kind of volatility in a short period of time can be quite unsettling for gold investors.
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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 able to produce natural gas at a significantly lower cost than anywhere else in the world. This has led to a large .
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 to be avoided like the plague, as this is a sign that management has no idea of how to run their company .
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 is done and spending cuts are enacted at the beginning of 2013, Stevens predicts massive layoffs, a drop in corporate earnings and .
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 against Apple and Samsung.
Nokia has seen about 90% of its market value lost since the launch of the Apple “iPhone” five .
Immediate term outlook:
The bear market rally in stocks that started in March 2009, extended because of unprecedented central bank money printing, is coming to an end. Gold bullion is up $1,000 an ounce since we first recommended it in 2002 and we are still bullish on the physical metal.
Short-to-medium term outlook:
World economies are entering their slowest growth period since 2009. The Chinese economy grew last year at its slowest pace in 24 years. Japan is in recession. The eurozone is in depression. With almost half the S&P 500 companies deriving revenue outside the U.S., slower world economic growth will negatively impact revenue and earnings growth of American companies. Domestically, America’s gross domestic product grew by only a meager 2.3% in the second quarter, which will negatively impact an already overpriced equity market.
Estimates Aug. 29, 2015
Trailing 12-month EPS for Dow Jones companies (Most Recent Quarter)