I don’t know about you, but I’m getting a lot of auto-response emails from folks in the investment world who are on vacation these days. Yes, the summer doldrums have set in, often leaving junior portfolio managers—without seniority, vacation time, school-age children, or much in the way of discretionary authority—to mind the store. Read more about Sector Detector: Summer Doldrums Arrive Despite Global Uncertainty

smartindale / Tag: CYH, ETF, Eurozone, GILD, IDU, iShares, IVR, IYC, IYE, IYH, IYI, IYJ, IYK, IYM, iyw, IYZ, linkedin, NLY, ORCL, sectors, SPY, STX, VIX / 0 Comments

Despite last week’s little rally, April showers have dampened market. While it didn’t build into a torrential downpour, it steadily showered investors with worse-than-expected economic data, including last week’s dreadful Durable Goods Report (-4.2% compared to last month’s +1.9%), continued but minor increases in initial jobless claims throughout April, and a disappointing initial Q1 estimate of GDP (+2.2% compared the previous quarter’s +3.0%). Read more about What the Market Wants: April Showers Dampen Market Rally

david / Tag: AAPL, AGCO, EWP, GOOG, GS, GTE, IEV, ORCL, PAAS, STX, VGK / 0 Comments

Technology led today’s robust rally as the dollar continued to weaken. Financials, especially banks, remained strong the first three days of last week then fell to profit-taking on the final two days, ending down a little more than -0.5% for the week.  Today, that sector regained all of that loss and advanced an extra 25 basis points to reach near multi-year highs, although it is still more than 50% off its early 2007 high. Read more about What the Market Wants: Good Start to a New Week

david / Tag: acn, DFS, DISCA, DKS, FDX, NKE, ORCL, TIF, VLO, VXX / 0 Comments

Bulls are trying mightily to ensure the Santa rally holds into year-end and close the year in the positive, as all eyes remain on Europe. Read more about Sector Detector: Bulls sucking wind in late push to close year positive

smartindale / Tag: AAPL, ETF, IDU, IYC, IYE, IYH, IYI, IYJ, IYK, IYM, iyw, IYZ, linkedin, MG, NBIX, ORCL, sector-rotation, sectors, SPY, UTHR, VIX / 0 Comments

Like the nice employer who never fails to pay a Christmas bonus every year, Santa seems bound and determined to give bulls the year-end rally they have come to expect. But bears aren’t going away quietly—although bulls got some unintended help from the bears with Tuesday’s short-covering-fueled rally.

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smartindale / Tag: ANIK, ETF, IDU, IYC, IYE, IYH, IYI, IYJ, IYK, IYM, iyw, IYZ, linkedin, MNTA, ORCL, RBCAA, sector-rotation, sectors, SPY, WRLD / 0 Comments
david / Tag: AAPL, BAC, C, CAT, CI, GS, HS, HUM, JAZZ, ORCL, RNOW, SNX, VXX, WFC, WNR / 0 Comments

david trainerHaving too many choices can be intimidating. And there are definitely lots of choices when it comes to ETFs. For example, in the equity market alone, there 30+ technology sector ETFs, 35 "large cap value," and 20 financial ETFs. A very healthy selection abounds for every category of ETF. Read more about Picking The Diamonds Out of The ETF Rough

dtrainer / Tag: AAPL, acn, FTQ, FXL, GOOG, IGM, IGN, IGV, iyw, MSFT, MTK, ORCL, PNQI, RYT, SKYY, SOXL, SOXX, TYH, USD, VGT, XLK, XSD / 0 Comments

The market is off to a great start this week, powered by last week's momentum and further buoyed by a lessening of fears about Europe's sovereign debt. All the major indices are above their 50-day and 200-day moving averages, with the S&P 500 finally breaking out of the 1120 resistance level, closing today at 1141, a new 4-month high. As an interesting historical aside, the 1120 resistance level was first encountered way back in April 1998. Read more about What the Market Wants: S&P 500 Sets New 4-Month High

david / Tag: BBY, BJGP, CSCO, CVU, FDX, GME, HPQ, IBM, JPM, MA, OPLK, ORCL, RIMM, SCVL, TXN, WATG / 0 Comments