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S&P 500 Earnings Weak; U.S. Economy in Trouble?

By Monday, May 25, 2015

S&P 500 Earnings WeakNo matter how you look at it, the first-quarter earnings of S&P 500 companies do not look good.First-Quarter Earnings ExplainedAmong the 447 companies that have reported first-quarter earnings for 2015, 71% beat their estimates. Moreover, 45% have sales above their estimates. (Source: Factset, May 8, 2015.)However, when you add it all up, the blended earnings growth rate is just 0.1%, which is the slowest earnings growth rate. Read More

Best Technology Stocks: Three Tech Stocks with Great Potential in 2015

By Friday, May 1, 2015

Tech Stocks 2015The U.S. stock markets have experienced two strong years of back-to-back gains; the S&P 500 soared approximately 30% in 2013 and a solid 13% in 2014; and the Dow Jones Industrial Average recently topped 18,000 for the first time ever. With the Federal Reserve expected to barely increase interest rates in the second half of 2015, the stock market looks to be the investment of choice for income-starved investors this. Read More

S&P 500 Bull Market Addicted to Mediocrity

By Thursday, April 30, 2015

Bull marketIncome-starved investors are helping prop up the long-in-the-tooth bull market (up 220% since 2009) on the S&P 500. How else can you explain the support the S&P 500 has found in the face of a really mediocre earnings season? The only way is if investors think it’s a good thing that more than half of S&P 500 companies are reporting sales below estimates to date.Bull Market Fuelled by Lower . Read More

Economic Crisis 2015: U.S. Economy Worse Today Than 2008

By Monday, March 30, 2015

Economic Crisis 2015The thought of an economic crisis in 2015 is all too distant for too many. With the S&P 500 advancing 200% since its bottom in 2009, it’s worth taking some time to pause and reflect. As is often the case, the most devastating risks are those that we don’t see coming. Few recognized the dangerous consequences of the overvalued housing market or loose financial regulations before the recession hit. This. Read More

S&P 500 Now Overpriced By All Historical Stock Valuation Tools

By Monday, March 30, 2015

S&P 500 OverpricedThe S&P 500 and many other key stock indices are overpriced when measured by historical stock market valuation tools.Share Buybacks Still Prevail on S&P 500In the fourth quarter of 2014, the S&P 500 companies purchased over $125 billion worth of their own shares. In the trailing 12 months, they spent more than half a trillion dollars on buybacks. (Source: FactSet, March 16, 2015.) In the fourth quarter of. Read More

U.S. Dollar Strength the Real Threat to Investors, Not Higher Interest Rates

By Friday, March 13, 2015

US Dollar strengthThere are issues brewing in the stock market with interest rates fears and the strengthening greenback that could drive the S&P 500 lower by five percent or more.When Will the Fed Increase Interest Rates?First, we have the fears surrounding rising interest rates after the strong improvement in the unemployment rate to a pre-recession low of 5.5%. This is well below the target, previously set by former Federal Reserve. Read More

Fed: Stock Market Expensive; This Second Warning Shouldn’t Be Ignored

By Friday, March 6, 2015

Federal ReserveThere is a significant amount of evidence that suggests stock market valuations are stretched to the extreme. Even the Fed thinks the market is expensive.Federal Reserve Concerned About Stock Market ValuationOn February 24, 2015, the Federal Reserve issued its semi-annual monetary policy report. In this report regarding the stock market, word-for-word, it said, “Overall equity valuations by some conventional measures are somewhat higher than their historical average levels,. Read More

Stock Market Overvalued by 66%; Market Crash Coming Soon

By Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Grace Stock FallWhen I look at the stock market, I am worried. I see investors behaving like they do when markets are at their peaks or forming a top. I see irrationality, extreme valuations, and too much optimism among investors.Investors Buying Everything and Anything?Do investors really care about what they are buying these days when it comes to stocks? In just the last few months, I have seen companies do. Read More

How to Protect your 401(k) from a Coming Stock Market Crash

By Tuesday, February 17, 2015

170215_PC_whitefootThe idea of an impending stock market crash may seem pretty untenable right now. After all, compared to the rest of the world, the United States had the most encouraging economic, business, and financial outlook in 2014, and the same goes for 2015. But there are several key factors painting a not-so-rosy picture for the global economy and your retirement could be on the line if you’re not cautious. (More. Read More

February Looking Up for Stocks?

By Friday, February 6, 2015

February StocksFebruary appears to be setting up to be a month of romance with the stock market after the DOW blasted up 521 points in the first two sessions of the month.Now, you must be wondering about how the stock market is playing, given the turmoil and volatility we witnessed in January that drove the key stock market indices to below their respective 50-day moving averages (MAs). The only thing. Read More

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From: Michael Lombardi, MBA
Subject: Golden Opportunity for Stock Market Investors

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