Despite a highly eventful week in the news, not much has changed from a stock market perspective. No doubt, investors have grown immune to the daily reports of geopolitical turmoil, including Ukraine vs. Russia for control of the eastern regions, Japan’s dispute with China over territorial waters, Sunni vs. Shiite for control of Iraq, Christians being driven out by Islamists, and other religious conflicts in places like Nigeria and Central African Republic. Read more about Sector Detector: Bulls remain unfazed by borderline Black Swans

Scott MartindaleMore unnerving conflicts around the globe have flared up, but as usual, U.S. equity investors have given it nary a yawn as they seem to have become pretty much numb to the steady stream of unwelcome news, particularly out of the Middle East. Now we enter the summer version of earnings season. Read more about Sector Detector: Will earnings season provide the next catalyst for stocks?

Stock investors entered the Fourth of July holiday on a high note, pushing the Dow Jones Industrials Index above 17,000 and the Wilshire 5000 Total Market Index above 21,000, and even pushing the S&P 500 to a smidge above the upper trend line of its long-standing bullish ascending channel that has been in place for nearly three years. Read more about Sector Detector: Summer slog likely to keep a lid on further stock gains

Scott MartindaleAfter its long-awaiting breakout of the 1900 level the other week, the S&P 500 gained another +1.3% last week alone, but this double-low progression as I call it -- i.e., on extremely low volume and with persistently low volatility -- is worrisome. Read more about Sector Detector: Bulls revel in the new normal, while bears lie in wait

Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly.”  -- John F. Kennedy

According to multiple reports in the business media, the scene at Davos, Switzerland, home to the annual gathering of the World Economic Forum, appears to be more upbeat than during the last few years.

It’s probably not about the skiing. Read more about ETF Periscope: Contrarians Should Take Notice of Davos Highs, VIX Lows

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Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first. “ -- Mark Twain

So far, the month of January is proving to be a solid win for the Bulls. And, while the major market mover for the remainder of the month probably will be found in the earning season numbers yet to come, a series of macroeconomic trends seem as if support for the upward trend should continue, perhaps deep into the first quarter of the year. Read more about ETF Periscope: Macroeconomic Outlook Could Paint a Pretty Picture for US Market

daniel / Tag: XBI, FXH, IHI, IHE, VHT, SPX, DJIA, COMP, healthcare, Eurozone, ECB, Merkel, Draghi, BOJ, PIIGS / 0 Comments

Last week the market (S&P 500) battled resistance at the 1100 mark as if it were in the yawning sand trap at #14 on Pebble Beach – and Tiger Woods can't help us out just now. Read more about What the Market Wants: Market Stuck in a Sand Trap

david / Tag: CORE, energy, healthcare, JRCC, NIHD, RGA, sectors, technology / 0 Comments

It was yet another week of hanging around the1100 mark with the S&P500. It's not that there weren't important developments during the week. The trade deficit narrowed much more than expected, and retail sales got a substantial boost in November. Retailers alone sold $314.1 billion of goods, 1.4% more than in October and 2.2% more than a year earlier. Read more about What the Market Wants: Market Doesn’t Know What It Wants

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Since the unemployment release of 10.2% on November 6, virtually all economic releases have been modestly positive and the late reporting companies have had strong results (including revenues) and strong guidance.  So why has the market been going up and down on a daily basis over the past week? Read more about What the Market Wants: Market in Strange Dance with the Dollar

david / Tag: AMMD, AMX, consumer staples, healthcare, materials, PBR, sector, technology, telecom, UVV / 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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