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Stock Market: Two Charts That Spell Disaster Ahead

By Monday, August 24, 2015
Stock MarketFor 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 of the chart) going all the way back to 2002. Please pay attention to the red arrows. S&P 500 Large Cap Index Chart Chart courtesy of www.StockCharts.com What’s .

Stock Market Advice: The 5 Best Performing Stocks of 2015

By Friday, June 26, 2015
Stock Market AdviceThe 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 top five performing stocks in the S&P 500 during the first half of 2015. Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ/NFLX), up 92.61% Netflix, .

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 .

Prices of Gold/Silver Companies to Double from Here?

By Monday, November 10, 2014
Prices of Gold and Silver Companies to DoubleSilver 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. As the price of one ounce of silver reaches a four-year low, investors are running to buy the gray precious metal. To .

How Markets Will Handle End of Money Printing Era

By Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Markets Will Handle End of Money Printing EraIt’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 29, 2014.) The reason for ending the quantitative easing: “The Committee judges that there has been a substantial improvement in the outlook .

Why Stock Prices Will Continue to Fall

By Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Stock Prices Will Continue to FallNow 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 2009, every market pullback presented investors with an opportunity to get back into stocks at discounted prices. Even some editors here at .

Why Stock Buybacks Will End Up Being a Terrible Investment for Companies

By Friday, October 10, 2014
Great Stock Buyback MirageIn 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 data compiled by Bloomberg and the S&P Dow Jones Indices, companies on the key stock indices are expected to spend $914 billion .

One in Five Companies Warning on Earnings?

By Thursday, April 17, 2014
All of a Sudden, Quarterly Corporate Earnings Are in TroubleTraditionally, 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; if you were to exclude them, its corporate earnings were $0.09 per share. (Source: Alcoa Inc., April 8, 2014.) As usual, investors .

The “Big Thing” for Companies This Year

By Friday, January 24, 2014
Here Come the Job CutsLast 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 great. This year, I expect share buybacks to continue at the pace we saw in 2013. Another “big thing” companies will do .

Why I Would Buy This $1,000 Stock Over a $10.00 Stock

By Monday, September 30, 2013
Why I Would Buy This $1,000 Stock Over a $10.00 StockI 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 online travel stocks than priceline.com. But when you are stock picking, you should look at the comparative valuation and growth metrics, and .

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