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U.S. Dollar: How a Strong Greenback Will Bring Stock Prices Down in 2015

By Friday, May 1, 2015

us dollarAfter the Great Recession, American companies went elsewhere in the global economy to help increase sales. At that time, the U.S. dollar was falling in value against other major world currencies, so getting revenue from outside the U.S. made sense.
But things are different now. We have started to hear about first-quarter 2015 corporate earnings and there’s a significant amount of American companies complaining the now strong U.S. dollar is hurting their bottom lines…. Read More

Stock Market Getting Pickier: Time for a New Investment Strategy?

By Friday, May 1, 2015

Stock Market Getting PickierSince our previous visit, the NASDAQ has broken to an all-time 15-year record high, while the S&P 500 also eclipsed its record. While the stock market continues to be characterized by bullish investor sentiment, the vulnerability to the downside remains.
The rise in technology stocks makes the advance vulnerable to any major bad news, especially with the high-flying momentum trades in the stock market.
Take a look at what happened to social media play Twitter, Inc…. Read More

Stock Market Benchmarks You Want on Your Radar

By Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Stock Market BenchmarksThere’s plenty of corporate reporting and many companies are worth following, even if you aren’t interested in them specifically as stock market investments.
Market intelligence is available from many sources. But it’s the businesses themselves that offer up some of the best data on individual industries and general business conditions. The stock market always dances to its own tune, sometimes even ignoring good corporate earnings. And while some companies do manage their earnings to a certain extent, quarterly results are a great way to hone your own market view…. Read More

4 Best Technology Stocks for May 2015

By Monday, April 27, 2015

Best Small-Cap Technology Stocks for 2015Our list of the best small-cap technology stocks for 2015 is based on a few industry trends: the growth of enterprise spending on cloud technology; the ubiquity of mobile devices; and the growing use of robotics in industry and consumer applications.
Sphere 3D Corp. (NASDAQ/ANY)
Sphere 3D Corp., with a market capitalization of $88.0 million, helps firms move their business applications into the cloud, making the software available across devices. Sphere 3D enables the virtualization and movement of technology into the cloud, including complex applications, desktops, and data…. Read More

Transportation Stocks: Top Three Picks to Watch in This Stock Market

By Monday, April 27, 2015

Transportation stocksAlthough the equity market has been pretty tired and trendless since the beginning of the year, earnings are holding up. Of course, there are always disappointments from quarter to quarter. Johnson & Johnson (NYSE/JNJ) didn’t have a particularly great quarter recently. And neither did 3M Company (NYSE/MMM)… Read More.
But while international businesses are feeling the effects of a stronger U.S. dollar, sales and earnings estimates for 2016 continue to be quite strong.

Stock Market: Why a 1987-Style Collapse Is in the Works

By Friday, April 24, 2015

Stock Market Foretelling CollapseIn today’s stock market, there is no fear. Investors are far too complacent…and that’s very dangerous.
Stock Market Analysts’ Rosy Predictions… Read More
Those who try to predict the direction of equity markets are outright optimistic. They don’t see risks whatsoever.
Currently, the S&P 500 trades near 2,100. But for the first quarter of 2015, corporate earnings and revenue are expected to decline at the fastest rate since 2009. To Barry Bannister, an analyst at brokerage and investment firm Stifel, declining earnings and declining revenue do not matter.

Spring Stock Market Forecast: Signs of Slowing & Consolidation

By Friday, April 24, 2015

Spring Stock Market ForecastThere’s a tremendous amount of noise surrounding the stock market. And so it’s important to cut through it to focus on what really matters as an equity investor: what corporations are actually saying about their businesses.
Even though the stock market is a secondary pricing mechanism anchored by monetary policy, it is a system that generally tries to discount a future stream of earnings.
With so much institutional money floating within the system, pricing frequently gets irrational…. Read More

Another Slow Earnings Season: Time to Invest Money Outside the U.S.?

By Friday, April 24, 2015

Earnings SeasonSorry to say this, folks, but I’m not jumping up and down during this earnings season. Yes, the big banks did well and you probably already realized that given the fees you’ve been paying.
The thing is, I’m seeing soft or negative revenue growth with many of the S&P 500 companies that have reported early on in this earnings season. This raises a red flag. The reality is that soft growth has been around for years, and yet the stock market pushes it aside…. Read More

Bull Market Over? These Stock Market Trends Say No

By Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Bull marketWith the Federal Reserve waiting to change the interest rate cycle, the saving grace for the stock market is that the central bank will only do so if the economic and inflationary data is strong enough.
Last year, investor sentiment reacted positively to the potential for changes in monetary policy. If economic growth was improving, an increasing cost of capital is natural.
What Are Earnings Telling Us?… Read More
We’ve seen the strength in the U.S.

Dow Theory and Copper Indicators Both Solidly Negative for Stocks Now

By Monday, April 20, 2015

Stock Market Indicators Suggest Stocks Will FallWhen it comes to technical analysis, I follow a century-old—and very effective—market direction tool called Dow theory. And right now, that indicator is flashing a red warning sign.
The idea behind Dow theory is very simple. It says that for stock market prices to continue rising, both the Dow Jones Transportation Index and the Dow Jones Industrial Average need to be advancing at the same time.
As it stands, this isn’t the case…. Read More