The market continues to creep upward, with the short-term trend clearly positive albeit on quite low volume.  The S&P 500 remains above its 50-day and 200-day moving average, but as we head into the current week, our concern is about conviction within the marketplace.  The ECRI (Economic Cycle Research Institute) finally gave a positive uptick last week, but it would be early to conclude that we’re on a strong uptrend. Read more about What the Market Wants: Waiting for FOMC

david / Tag: AFSI, AMZN, CYD, GOOG, HP, IBM, LPNT, VSH / 0 Comments

The abundance of news last week -- most with a positive slant -- finally boosted the S&P 500 out of the Channel of Gloom in which it was mired for so long. Not only did the S&P 500 break out of the channel, but it is now threatening the 200-day moving average, having surpassed the 50-day MA last week. Read more about WHAT THE MARKET WANTS: The Thundering of Little Feet

david / Tag: AAPL, AET, AFL, AMZN, BA, CIT, F, FCFS, FDX, GOOG, IBM, LVS, MOT, MRK, MS, NTSC, RGR, S, sectors, SNE, TESS, V, XOM / 0 Comments

Stress Tests, Fed Frets and Sideways Bets

by Daniel Sckolnik of ETF Periscope

"A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five." ~ Groucho Marx Read more about ETF Periscope: Stress Tests, Fed Frets and Sideways Bets

daniel / Tag: AAPL, AMZN, AXP, ETFs, FXG, KBRE, MCD, MFST, XLB, XOP / 0 Comments

Last week, the market was very selective, with only Large-cap Growth in positive territory -- think Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL), Amazon (Nasdaq:  AMZN), and American Express (NYSE: AXP). All other cap/styles were negative -- and the smaller you were, the more you lost. In fact, this entire month the market has beat up on small-caps with its "the smaller you are, the more you lose" bias. Read more about What the Market Wants: Market Bullies the Small-caps

david / Tag: AAPL, AMZN, AXP, BA, CapMark, energy, healthcare, HOGS, KMGB, KVA, NTRS, sectors, TEX, USG / 0 Comments

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