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The bulls appear to be in full control at this juncture. On the charts, the NASDAQ has joined the Russell 2000 to move above their respective previous chart highs. This is bullish, but we need to see if the indices can hold. Small-caps continue to outperform, with the…

One of the best ways to hone your equity trading skills is to take apart a stock that’s done well. Even if you didn’t own a position, a cursory review of a stock’s price action does help you to refine your stock-picking skills. It’s the exact same thing…

After a year of restructuring and bankruptcy protection, General Motors Corporation (NYSE/GM) rose from the dead on Thursday with so much anticipation and hype that it looked like a Hollywood debut, but it was far from that. GM was issued at $33.00 and opened at $34.00. The stock…

It’s always easier to be a bandwagon investor. Buying high and trying to sell higher makes for a decent investment strategy if you like “playing the markets.” I think back to my days as a stockbroker, and some clients just loved to trade stocks, even if they weren’t…

Watching the charts on Monday, I noticed that the major stock indices broke below the intraday upward trend line at around 2 PM and reversed to the downside in a two-hour slide. My feeling is that the failure to hold onto the rally that appeared to be in…

The stock market’s been very strong since the end of August. Now it’s consolidating, which is healthy. But I have to repeat my steadfast view that investment risk for equities investors remains very high in the current environment. We can’t ignore the sovereign debt issue anymore. Investment risk…

I continue to be on the bullish side, but at the same time I am concerned with the mounting debt and deficit issues in the U.S. and debt issues overseas in Europe. In Ireland, investors are dumping Irish bonds on mounting speculation that the country will need to…

I've noticed that a lot more people I speak with lately are less inclined to talk about the stock market and their investments. It used to be that everyone wanted to talk about their equity portfolio. Things changed a lot after the stock market bubble burst in 2000.…

It's earnings season again and it could help to drive trading over the next several months. There are clearly some high hopes of seeing sales growth in addition to earnings acceleration as the economy recovers, but hopefully it will be an improvement over the second quarter. In my…

The fact that gold and oil prices are so strong at this time is a reflection of a global economy that's not too worried about slowing growth in the U.S. market. Growth in Asian economies is grabbing the attention of global investors and they are placing their bets…

There have been some spectacular stock market performances taking place since the beginning of the year. Certainly the major change in investor sentiment helped at the beginning of September, but there's still been some fantastic wealth creation going on and it's been in technology. Large-cap technology has mostly…

The major stock indices have closed higher in 10 of the past 14 sessions, but the trading volume has been relatively light during the rally, which is not what we want to see and raises a red flag. On the chart, the key stock indices are holding above…

Monday was an impressive day for stocks with the S&P 500 and NASDAQ on a technical level, as both indices rallied back above their respective 200-day moving averages (MA) and the highest level in a month. All four of our key stock indices are now back above their…

Finally there's some good news on the corporate revenue front. A lot of big companies reported solid earnings growth in the second quarter, but revenues haven't been inspirational. The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE/DOW) just reported very solid numbers and this is a good sign for the industrial economy.…

One thing you can't do in the stock market is control the amount of returns you can generate. Dividends from solid companies provide a level of security, but look at what happened to BP. Anything can happen to any big company at any time. If you are invested…

The bulls are in control, but you have to wonder how long it will last. The DOW recorded its third straight session of triple-digit gains on Monday and, in the process, rallied above 10,500 on a broad market rally. More importantly, the S&P 500 also closed above its…

07/14/10 — My husband travels a lot, mostly to the U.S. and Europe, which means his wallet is often stuffed with both U.S. dollars and euros. This can also mean that -- in his case, that is, being an academic and all -- on more than one occasion,…

— "Calling the Trend" Column, by George Leong, B. Comm. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index (SCI) continues to hover around 3,000, but is down about eight percent this year. The recent correction was driven by concerns of a real estate and credit bubble forming in China and the…

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…