S&P 500

— by Inya Ivkovic, MA Research analysis dogma swears by the price/earnings (P/E) ratio. Only, you can't have the P/E ratio without earnings. So, how about one of the prize benchmarks, the S&P 500, not having any? No, I haven't lost my marbles and I'm not referring to…

— by special guest columnist Anthony Jasansky, P. Eng. One of Sir Isaac Newton's laws states that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Books have been written, exploring the scientific, literary and political effects of the action and reaction to describe and explain the…

— by Michael Lombardi, CFP, MBA It's up, up and away for the stock markets. The NASDAQ is up 11% for the year. The S&P 500 just turned positive for 2009 again. The broad-based Russell 2000 Index is up 46% from its November 2008 low. And the Dow…

— by George Leong, B. Comm. The market reversal from bear to bull has occurred, but will the current rally be sustainable? This is a question that I have wondered about for quite some time, since the current rally first began in early March. With major market indices…

It looks to me that this is the end of the dead cat bounce and the beginning of a new downward trend for the broader market. The economic data that have coming out aren't very good and the layoff notices are really piling up. Really, the Bank of…

Major stock indices appear set to retest their recent multi-year lows and we will find out if the lows represent a firm near-term bottom for stocks. But with the year coming to an end in just over a month, it looks like it will be the worst results…

It's very difficult to find any stocks in this market that are actually going up in value. With the exception of those days when government announces big bailout packages, the market is still very much in bear market territory. The S&P 500 Index has broken my psychologically important…

Stocks are attracting some buying at this time, but I expect to continue to see some selling pressure should markets move higher. This is because the risk continues to be high, so there is little incentive. The decline in oil is helping stocks, but there is still a…

After declining below some key multi-year lows, markets saw some renewed buying that was driven by a combination of oversold buying and good earnings reports. The question is: does the current mini rally have any legs to sustain any of the gains? I continue to see a volatile…

The problem with all the great values in the current stock market is that many of these stories can stay great values for a very long time. You can thank the bear market for this. The S&P 500 Index does not look very healthy here and I'm afraid…

Previously I discussed the growing auto industry in China, where General Motors Corporation (NYSE/GM) makes its second biggest profits. Yet, Chinese stocks have been struggling in a bear market that is now down 54% from its high of 6,124 and down a whopping 47% from its close of…

Current stock market action troubles me. The gains made in April and May are quickly eroding, as the market is focused on inflation worries more than anything. The way the S&P 500 Index is looking, the last two months look like they were a bear market rally. In…

Stock markets have shown some positive signs over the last few weeks. The DOW came within seven points of 13,000 on Wednesday and the tech-laden NASDAQ broke 2,500. There is also buying in the small-cap sector, as the Russell 2000 has been strong at above 700. Let's take…

Earnings season is picking up and so far the news is mixed early on. Earnings for S&P 500 companies are estimated to fall 5.5% in the first quarter, according to a Reuters Estimates survey. There has been some optimism after positive earnings reports from key bellwether stocks such…

The U.S. markets are in correction mode early in the year, which does not bode well for the remainder of the year if you believe in historical trends. Stocks across the board are facing selling pressure from large-cap stocks to technology and small-cap stocks. The DOW and S&P…

One of the rules of security valuations is that when you identify an investment with an expected rate of return that's higher than the market required rate of return, buy it, because the investment is undervalued. Apparently, the recent slump in equity markets has resulted in an avalanche…

So, we endured yet another day of bleeding index boards. Usually, after a sell-off, we would see speculators come back for a "vulture run," to see if there is anything left worth picking up from the carnage. But in the Tuesday "Globe and Mail", Murray Leith, the director…

Because the issue is credit, the Federal Reserve is involved in appeasing equity investors. I don't recall a time when the central bank acted so fast to placate the needs of the stock market. Many are talking about an interest rate decrease within the next month. I guess…

Yesterday morning, my husband and I found out something a bit unpleasant about one stock in our portfolio. Mind you, this is still in every way a great pick. The company's balance sheet is strong, abundant with cash. It operates a sound business, pulls in record revenues quarter…

We are currently seeing a rotation into blue chip and large-cap stocks from technology and growth stocks as investors reduce their exposure to risk.  On the big board, the new-high/new-low (NHNL) ratio on the NYSE continues to be bullish with the last 47 straight sessions at above 70%,…