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The climate for the stock market is dangerous at this juncture, with all signs pointing to additional downside moves on the charts. Technology and small-caps are especially weak. The third quarter turned out to be the worst since the financial crisis began in 2008. The key stock indices,…

You might not know it, but there is real strength in this market from a number of well-managed, dividend-paying stocks. When the broader market is gyrating and investor sentiment is weak, outperformance comes in the form of stability. Plenty of stocks in this market are outperforming the broader…

What a day for the market yesterday. Wherever we looked, we saw a sea of deep red. Stocks got chopped. Gold was down. Bonds were down. My dear reader, you’ll read opinions here in PROFIT CONFIDENTIAL that you will not read elsewhere. (Maybe that’s why 30,000 people a…

Throw bad news at this stock market…it doesn’t matter…the assault on Dow Jones 13,000 continues its move ahead. Yesterday was another big upside day for stocks despite a series of what I believe were negative economic news reports. Bloomberg ran a story saying that a deficit-reduction plan gaining…

I have an opinion on the stock market, where it’s headed, which I’m not reading or hearing anywhere else. I’d like to present that forecast this morning for the benefit of my new readers and to ensure that all my readers know where I stand on the stock…

I’ll try my best not to be sarcastic this morning… But what happened to all theU.S.jobs we were promised were headed our way? The Labor Department reported this morning that only 18,000 new jobs were created in June 2011, the lowest monthly job growth in nine months. The…

We are at the mid-point of the year. The year started with a bang, but reversed course in May and early June, with stocks trending down on rising global risk. At the mid-year, the key indices are up between four and seven percent in the first half, with…

So far, even without strong job growth and with continued weakness in housing, consumers continue to spend, which is helping to drive the economic renewal, albeit sluggishly. This is positive and clearly encouraging once the jobs and housing areas improve. The Fed realizes this. The headline Retail Sales…

China is growing exponentially in many areas. An area that is growing at an incredible rate is the mobile phone sector, where growth is enormous and there are currently more than 842 million users. Think about it. There are more mobile users in China than the population of…

It looks like the current trading action in stocks is the correction/consolidation that we should have had earlier in the year. Investor sentiment was perhaps too optimistic and economic reality has now caught up to the marketplace. The only things that investors really care about are the numbers,…

April was a record for stocks. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for May, which has been characterized by uncertainty and a lean towards the downside. Since May 2, stocks have closed lower in 11 of the 20 sessions to May 27. And to make matters worse, the…

Economic data continue to be lackluster, and that’s why share prices are retreating. You can argue, however, that the current retrenchment in stocks is really just the consolidation or correction that the market’s been needing for a while. Regardless of how you call it, the reality at this…

The stock market is handling the world’s two recent crises very well. The story in Libya seems far from over and Japan’s terrible tragedy is a decades-long recovery, but domestic stock prices didn’t go down that much and it’s a testament to the strength of overall market sentiment.…

Happy New Year! In 2010, small-caps were the runaway winners, with the Russell 2000 closing up 25.28%. Technology also provided some decent gains, with the NASDAQ up 16.88%. Lagging were the blue-chip DOW and S&P 500 companies, which ended up 11.02% and 12.74%, respectively. U.S. stocks outperformed the…

The stock market has been up six consecutive trading days in a row, with the bellwether Dow Jones Industrial Average up about three percent last week. The secret is out: the economy is getting better, companies are making money again, and stocks are not a bad investment anymore.…

We continue today with investing basics and talk about risk control. Using stop-loss limits when investing is an outstanding risk management strategy that always pays off in the long term. When you take on a position in a stock, you should immediately make note of a stop-loss limit…