S&P 500

The markets are struggling to find some direction at this time. Near-term technical signals have largely turned moderately bearish, with declining Relative Strength. Market breadth also is showing some softness in recent sessions.  Let's take a look at the new-high/new-low ratio (NHNL) ratio, an indication of market sentiment.…

For years, editors of Lombardi Financial have steered their subscribers away from large-caps and suggested focusing more on small-caps. Considering that small-caps have delivered impressive returns in the past five years of 15% in Canada and 13.5% in the U.S., I’d say many of you have listened. And,…

Boy, what a week we've had! Canada's benchmark index, the S&P/TSX Composite, slipped for five days in a row, and it was almost as if you could hear people crying. But, those with tears in their eyes could only have been market apprentices, with just a few years…

For those of you who think you have it bad in North America, you only have to look to Japan to realize that stock markets here have performed exceptionally well in comparison.  Japan's economy and stock market had been in a slump that lasted for nearly 15 years.…

The S&P 500 has been on a tear since the beginning of 2003. This broad, large-cap market index has eclipsed its highs of late, illustrating just how strong corporate earnings have been over the last couple of years. We're currently right in the middle of second quarter earnings…

It has been a few years since I last tried a glazed doughnut from Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. (NYSE/KKD), but I still remember the mouthwatering taste of the 400-calorie treat.  Krispy Kreme was then a "Made in America" success story. In the time since, the climate has changed.…

If you think you have it bad in the U.S. stock markets, just be glad you don't live in Japan. It may be true that the Japanese build much better cars and electronic devices than Americans, but take a closer look. The Nikkei 225 (the largest 225 companies…

Wall Street would like nothing better but for us to feel that all is well in the markets. But the earnings of the large companies that make up the popular stock indices like the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P tell a different story. Stocks sell on multiples…

Tobias Levkovich, chief equity market strategist at Smith Barney, thinks stocks are headed down big-time this summer. This analyst with Smith Barney (often referred to as just "Barney" in the brokerage community) is one of only a handful of so called "strategists" I know of that are so…

Despite 13 rate cuts by Federal Reserve Board, despite the lowest interest rates in 46 years, despite the most expansive monetary policy I have seen, the Dow sells today for less than it did in 1999. Stop and think about this for a moment. If you had bought…

The penny stock gold rush is making investors rich again with actual 3-month gains of 470%... 585%... and 640%! Remember how excited Wall Street was at the beginning of the recovery as the indices finally headed up? For the 6 months following the March 2003 lows, the... DOW…