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Stocks have rallied in three of the last four sessions. The buying has been due to a combination of a technically oversold market and heightened optimism that the upcoming Obama-led government will be better than the current administration when it comes to getting the U.S. economy out of…

There's no doubt about it; the current investment climate is harsh and could get worse as we move into 2009, as investors realize the current problems in housing, credit, jobs and the economy will not be righted by a quick-fix by President-elect Barack Obama. Add in the global…

The power generation business in China and India is relatively recession-resistant. And so is the health care and pharmaceutical business. The pharmaceutical business in China is a burgeoning industry with real staying power. Individuals might cut back on buying a new television or vehicle, but they don't cut…

In the continuing story of bailouts and seemingly endless supplies of government money, I take some solace that taxpayers are at least getting something for their charity. Insurer AIG is getting another $40.0 billion, but at least the government gets some preferred shares that pay decent interest, along…

When markets are jittery, there is always reluctance among investors to allocate too much capital to stocks because of the downside risk, especially investors who are more conservative.  For the more risk-adverse investors who may want both the security of T-Bills and the upside potential of stocks, there…

We have covered the topic of put options as a hedge numerous times in the past, but it is always useful to remind you of the strategy and how it works.  U.S. markets are down over 30% and sinking in what has been a nasty bear market. So…

In 20 years of following the equity markets on a daily basis, I've never seen such tremendous volatility in the main market averages. Clearly, this is a sign that the stock market is suffering from an identity crisis and doesn't really know what to make of the future.…

Third-quarter earnings continue to pour in and there are a lot of interesting, growing companies in the marketplace that are verywell-positioned for the global recession. Back in May, I wrote in this column about a company called American Oriental Bioengineering, Inc. (NYSE/AOB). This small-cap company is another pure…

The basis December light sweet crude on the NYMEX is trading at below $60.00 a barrel and, based on the current trend, it could see a move towards $50.00 a barrel if it cannot rebound back above the previous base formation at around $60.00. Near- to long-term technical…

The failure of stocks to hold on to any sustainable gains indicates the nervousness in investors, as the world economies continue to be threatened at this time by slowing and potential credit issues. As we have seen, there have been trillions of dollars of capital infusion into the…

The negative action in the broader market is most certainly affecting the ability of smaller companies to get recognized. There are all kinds of great small companies in the marketplace that are reporting solid financial growth right now, but investors just aren't interested. The only thing that people…

One figure is crucial for the stock market over the very short term. The number is 1,200. If the S&P 500 Index moves below this level and stays there for a while, the current bear market could get a lot worse. In my mind, this is a key…

Stock markets have declined for two straight days post-election. Investors have renewed concerns on the economy and whether President-elect Barack Obama can turn the country's fortunes around, especially given the global problem with credit and slowing.  Technically, investor sentiment continues to be extremely bearish and this will hinder…

It's going to be difficult to catch a break in this market, as weak economic data are overwhelming everything. I really think that we're in for a barrage of bad economic news from now until the end of the year and that there's more downside ahead for the…

There are starting to be aggressive moves now by foreign oil-producing countries to try to curb oil production in order to give a boost to the spot price. The rate of descent in the price of a barrel of oil has been stronger than its upward move and,…

Halloween just passed, but we still sense there are some gloomy days ahead of us that could put a scare into most investors. By the time you read this, the next President of the United States will be known and then it will be all business, as the…

Earnings season is always an exciting time for me because you get to review a company's latest numbers and their most up-to-date forecast for the future. Nowadays, a company's forecast is almost more important to the stock market than their current numbers. One small company that in my…

There's no doubt in my mind that 2009 is going to be a tough year for the economy and the stock market, but I have to say that I'm encouraged by a number of growing, nimble, small companies in the marketplace that are braving the storm. The volatility…

Optimism is picking up in stocks after an 11% spike last Monday and the ability of stocks to hold on to gains with minimal profit taking. This is positive, but with markets entering the final two months of the year, there will be other concerns to battle with.…

It was an impressive and unexpected 11% surge in stocks on Tuesday. The robust buying was more unexpected given that investors were faced with some bad economic and housing news. The strong spike shows the interest in the market and the fact there is money waiting to come…