There were no proverbial May flowers this year when it came to the stock market, with the month showing the worst decline since September 2011. The NASDAQ fell 7.19% in May and 8.54% from the end of the first quarter. The DOW, S&P 500, and Russell 2000 lost over six percent in May. The DOW is up a mere 1.49% for the trailing 12 months, but will likely see a … Read More
Stock Market Analysis
Here’s how the fable goes…
Jim is in the boardroom talking to his three young analysts about where the mutual fund they manage should place its billions of cash, as the firm recently exited some equity positions.
“Where are we going to park those couple of billion we have raised?” Jim asks of the young analysts.
Bobby says, “Let’s not buy bank issued CDs. Banks really haven’t come clean with … Read More
For the most part, good timing results in the majority of your investment returns, whether you’re investing in the broader stock market or in a specific market sector. The problem, of course, is that nobody can predict the future and trying to time the stock market is extremely difficult. (See The Best Stock Market Advice I Know: Get Ahead of the Business Cycle.)
As we all know, this is a very difficult stock market in which to make investments, based on major trends in the global economy. And, even if you identify, research and feel confident about an investment theme or trend on which to speculate, outside shocks like the eurozone debt crisis can blindside your holdings. Without question, the current environment continues to be a difficult one for stock market investors.
It’s a crazy trading environment out there. Whether you are in bank stocks, gold stocks, silver stocks, or even cyclical stocks, the stock market risk is high at this time, as we just completed a volatile week of trading. The European debt crisis is keeping buyers on the sidelines and waiting for something magical to happen. The economic recovery is showing improvement here, but, with a high unemployment rate and declining home prices, it will continue to be a difficult path.
Everyone is looking for the next stock market winners, such as Apple Inc. (NASDAQ/AAPL), priceline.com Incorporated (NASDAQ/PCLN), or Google Inc. (NASDAQ/GOOG). While gold and gold stocks have provided some of best performing stocks, I continue to feel that technology will be the place to be as an investment opportunity for growth investors going forward.
The debt crisis in Europe continues to be a thorn in the side of domestic stock market investors and, to be very frank, the richer European countries are getting fed up with the less well managed countries that created the debt crisis on their own. From my perspective, I think that U.S. institutional stock market investors are attributing too much credence to Europe’s story—it’s a debt crisis that only Europeans … Read More
The world’s debt crises (that’s plural!) have being going on for years now and it will be several more years before Europe gets a handle on its situation. The U.S. debt crisis was mostly about subprime housing mortgages, while Europe’s debt crisis (mostly Greece at this time) is about sovereign debt. Greece has experienced too much government spending with too little taxable income to pay the bills, and the European … Read More
The American corporate profit machine is in full swing: Stock market darling Google Inc. (NASDAQ/GOOG) reported late last week that its third-quarter profit hit $2.73 billion on sales of $9.72 billion. Earnings and revenue grew 26% and 33%, respectively, from the same period of last year.