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The bulls have been good to us so far in 2012. The stock market continues to show optimism; the key stock indices are displaying a “golden cross, with the 50-day moving average (MA) above the 200-day MA. All of this buying bias is encouraging, but the light trading…

The decline in stocks should not be a surprise given that the stock indices were unable to break or hold above some topping resistance on the charts. The failure to break higher was a red flag. There are numerous technical breaks to the downside on Wednesday, with all…

With the first half of 2010 behind us, here's an update on where I see things headed for the remainder of 2010, and where I believe my readers can make some money: Stocks: The surprise in stocks for the immediate term is on the upside. People are still…

Markets have rallied above key moving averages, driving up the price of stocks across the board. Yet, instead of chasing the price advance, you could wait for a price dip to enter. Alternatively, you do not have to wait for a stock to retrench to buy. Instead you…

07/19/10 — Earnings season started with a bang following strong reports from Intel Corporation (NASDAQ/INTC), CSX Corporation (NYSE/CSX), JPMorgan Chase & Co (NYSE/JPM), and Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE/AMD). But, wait, maybe all is not as rosy as we thought earlier last week. In the first miscue of…

— "Calling the Trend" Column, by George Leong, B. Comm. China remains the top growth market in the world. That is why the top technology and industrial companies are expanding aggressively in China. Many technology companies are beginning to move more of their research and development to China.…

There's still a lot of financial reporting going on with smaller, U.S.- listed Chinese stocks. A number of these companies are beating consensus estimates for the fourth quarter and year-end 2009, but visibility for 2010 isn't as robust as investors would like. And so traders are jumping ship…

— "Profit Confidential" Column, by Michael Lombardi, CFP, MBA Remember the famous lyric in Janis Joplin's song, "Oh lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz. My friends all drive Porsches. I must make amends?" There are probably quite a few investors this morning saying, "Oh lord, won't…

It is difficult to be a buyer of stocks when the broader market is going down. Timing the market is extremely difficult, and yet timing is the single most important aspect contributing to outperformance.I think that Dow 10,000 is attractive from a valuation standpoint. I don't know where…

Talk about a party spoiler. If you believe David Rosenberg, chief economist at Gluskin Sheff, the worst is yet to come, as he suggested in a morning note. He suggests that there will be no returns for up to a decade. Kind of scary but there is a…

Investors want growth and they aren't finding much of it around these days. They want revenue and earnings growth from corporations; employment and income growth from workers; and spending growth from consumer. Without growth, buy-and-hold equity investors have limited options. If you invested in the Dow Jones Industrial…

At this point of the market correction, I hope you are not one of those investors or traders who were caught by surprise as a result of the recent market backlash. The reason why I want to briefly talk about risk management is my sense that there are…

A lot of really good U.S.-listed Chinese stocks have been hit hard over the last few months, and equity prices are becoming very attractive in a number of issues. Investors are giving China the cold shoulder these days for a lot of reasons, but if you like to…

Remaining calm in the kind of markets we have had to endure the last few days presented a challenge even for the most disciplined among investors. Perhaps the reason for that is that even the most disciplined investors often succumb to irrational/emotional thinking...predictably so. There are several reasons…

It won't be long until we have another earnings season to go on. If Europe or China doesn't disintegrate over the next month or so, then investors will have a lot more good news to go on. In the short term, the fundamentals do exist for solid earnings…

On May 6, around 2:30 p.m., Western stock markets went kind of nuts. About a quarter of an hour later, most major indices lost almost 10% of their value, obliterating about one trillion dollars of investors' wealth in the process. Then, miraculously, stocks bounced back as if nothing…

By Mitchell Clark, B.Comm. — Ahead of the Street column Large-caps have been running up in price since the middle of February, and you can bet that the market has already priced in robust first-quarter earnings. If the numbers don't add up, we're going to get a selloff.…

By George Leong, CFP, MBA — The Leong Side of the MarketcolumnThe bias towards stocks remains bullish, as the market continues on a 13-month rally. Yet, at the back of my mind, I feel a bit nervous that we really have yet to encounter a correction of any…

By Michael Lombardi, CFP, MBA — Today's Profit ConfidentialcolumnDo you believe in luck?I do. And today could be our lucky day. You see, only a year ago, the financial world was coming to an end. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell to 6,440.08 on March 9, 2009. Thousands…

— "Calling the Trend" Column, by George Leong, B. Comm. The technical picture looks pretty good at this time, after we hit the one-year anniversary of the March lows in 2009. Small-cap stocks are leading the broader market, with the Russell 2000 up seven percent at a new…