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SolarCity Corporation is Leading an Energy Revolution SolarCity Corporation (NASDAQ:SCTY) is growing up. The company’s share price has suffered enormously in the past 12 months thanks to falling oil prices, hurting the outlook for solar energy. But SolarCity stock has the long-term forces working in its favor. The…

For the second quarter of 2015, companies in key stock indices like the S&P 500 reported a decline of 0.7% in their corporate earnings. This was the first decline in profits since the third quarter of 2012. But what was more alarming was that revenues for the S&P…

For years, the correlation between copper prices and the stock market has been a reliable leading indicator of where stock prices are headed. The chart below plots daily copper prices (brown line), the S&P 500 (green line), and the correlation between the two (black line at the bottom…

The stock market was flat during the first half of 2015 due to economic and political uncertainties in Europe and a tumbling energy sector. Yet despite those discouraging facts, some companies were able to deliver an enormous return to their shareholders. Let’s take a closer look at the…

When 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…

Silver is down 70% from its high of $48.70 an ounce back in April of 2011. And the calls from the mainstream are for silver prices to fall farther, as the Federal Reserve has stopped printing paper money and inflation is nowhere in sight. I beg to differ.…

It’s finally over… The quantitative easing programs initially started by the Federal Reserve six years ago are (for now) history. In its statement on October 29, the Federal Reserve said, “Accordingly, the Committee decided to conclude its asset purchase program this month.” (Source: “FOMC Statement,” Federal Reserve, October…

Now that the Dow Jones Industrial Average has fallen 1,035 points (six percent) from its mid-September peak, the question investors are asking is “how far will she go?” For small-cap investors, the drama is greater, as the Russell 2000 Index has fallen 12.5% from its July peak. Since…

In these pages, I have been very critical about stock buybacks by companies on the key stock indices. I see them as nothing more than a form of financial engineering used to manipulate per-share corporate earnings…and a bad investment for the companies buying their stocks back. According to…

Traditionally, the first big American public company to kick off each new corporate earnings season is Alcoa Inc. (NYSE/AA). For the current quarter, Alcoa reported a net loss of $178 million, or $0.16 per diluted share. The company stated it had some special restructuring costs in the quarter;…

Last year, the “big thing” with companies was buying back their shares to boost per-share corporate earnings. In 2013, share buybacks hit their pre-financial crisis high. If big public companies didn’t buy back so much of their own stock in 2013, per-share corporate earnings just wouldn’t be that…

I was looking at the chart of priceline.com Incorporated (NASDAQ/PCLN) the other day, as the stock surpassed the $1,000 level. But why would I consider paying so much for a stock when there are cheaper comparables in the same online travel space? It’s true; there are less expensive…

Unless we get a major shock like war or something related to the sovereign debt crisis in Europe, I don’t think the stock market is going to experience a lot of further downside. Stock prices might drift and then trade range-bound for a couple more months, but stock…

Big bank stocks have had a tough year in 2011. They’ve been beaten and bruised. Some big banks, like Belgian financial giant Dexia, have needed a government bailout. During the past week, all of the big banks have had a strong rally due to the added liquidity provided…

How do I feel this morning? Vindicated. I’ve been writing on these pages for months that the stock market has been in a bear market rally that started in March 2009 and that stock prices would move higher before Phase III of the bear market ultimately sets in…

The Dow Jones Industrial Average blew past the psychologically important 12,000 level yesterday. What a feat! Less than a month ago, on October 4, 2011, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was at its lowest level since September 2010: 10,400. The widely followed stock index has gained 1,800 points,…

What a difference a couple of months make! If we think back to early August of this year, we can remember several days in which the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 400 to 500 points in a single day. As the stock market continued to deteriorate, stock advisors…

As I have been saying for the last few years, the auto sector in the U.S. and around the world remains terrible; it's a bad place to have placed your capital. Even with the recent decline in stock prices of automakers to decade lows, we are still not…

Without getting too technical, investors have two ways to bet on the price direction of stocks. They can go “long” the market, which means they believe that stock prices will rise. Or they can go “short” the market, which means they are betting that stock prices will fall.…