Scott MartindaleWas that really a breakout? With the S&P 500 struggling around the 2,000 level for the past two weeks, Friday’s strong finish might seem like a bullish breakout. But the market has already given us a couple of false breakouts at this level, and although I see higher prices ahead, I’m still not convinced that we have seen all the near-term downside that Mr. Read more about Sector Detector: Stock market breakout? Not so fast

Scott MartindaleThe first full week of the New Year was uneventful. There seems to be some trepidation among U.S. equity investors after such a strong finish to 2013. On Friday, the jobs report was disappointing, but investors quickly shook it off as nothing more than an anomaly given the prior trends and closed the week on a high note. Among the business sectors, the big winner last week was Healthcare, but Technology also showed signs of life. Read more about Sector Detector: Investors watch for January effect as earnings season gets underway

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Scott MartindaleHere in Santa Barbara, we refer to the annual summer ritual of heavy marine layer engulfing the coastline for much of the day as the “June gloom.” It can be frustrating to beach-going visitors since there are otherwise no clouds, and the inland areas are brilliantly sunny. Read more about Sector Detector: Bulls need to shake off the “June gloom”

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Earnings reports on Wednesday from big banks like Goldman Sachs (Scott MartindaleGS) and JPMorgan Chase (JPM) were encouraging. And Apple (AAPL) got a much-needed boost from the top tech analysts. However, Goldman’s analysts tried to throw a wet blanket on the markets earlier this week with their expectation that earnings reports overall this year would be “uninspiring” and that equity returns this year likely will be only in the single digits. Read more about Sector Detector: Bulls resist giving up any ground

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SeekingAlpha.com  writes that "The Claymore/Sabrient Defensive Equity Index ETF (DEF)  . . .  offers exposure to equities that tend to perform relatively well in economic downturns. "    Here is the article. Read more about News & Views: The Case for a Defensive Equity ETF

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In an interview with Howard Gold of the Money Show Video Network, Sabrient's Chief Market Strategist David Brown reviews some of the specialized indices that Sabrient has developed for ETF providers. Tickers: DEF, NFO. Read more about News & Views: Customizing ETF Indices

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