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  • This Chart Shows Us How Bad The Economy Really Is: Flashing Red Warning

    04/14/2014 8:08:29 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | April 14, 2014 | Mac Slavo
    Recent weeks have led to a fairly significant drop in stock valuations, with many expert analysts struggling to figure out exactly why its happening. Youll hear them cite the weather, or market overreaction, or any number of reasons for why stocks have seen their share prices reduced and why theyll be rebounding in the near-term. What they wont show you on mainstream financial channels is whats really happening behind the scenes. Forget about all the minute-by-minute noise for a moment and take a look at the following chart. It gives a very simple overview of earnings growth trends for stocks...
  • Investment & Finance Thread (Apr. 13 edition)

    04/13/2014 3:35:12 PM PDT · by expat_panama · 72 replies
    Daily investment & finance thread ^ | April 13, 2014 | Freeper Investors
    Investment & Finance Thread (Apr. 13 edition) This is the thread where folks swap ideas on savings and investment --here's a list of popular investing links that freepers have posted here and tomorrow morning we'll go on with our--Open invitation continues always for idea-input for the thread, this being a joint effort works well. Keywords: financial, WallStreet, stockmarket.====================== OK, so if April began with "a heck of a week", then it's moving along with another one that's even more so; we're seeing gold'n'silver maintain a rebound and stocks hammering down new lows (from here). (click to enlarge)There're many opinions...
  • The ONE Revelation About HFT Programs That Truly Scares Bankers (It's Not Stock Market Rigging)

    04/08/2014 8:09:28 AM PDT · by Errant · 5 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 8 April 2014 | smartknowledgeu
    Last week, the big story was how bankers use HFT (High Frequency Trading) algorithmic software not only to rig markets but also to commit theft on a daily basis (Frontrunning, like Quantitative Easing, is just fancy Wall Street lingo to disguise its true meaning of theft). Though many in the public blogosphere expressed shock that stock markets are rigged and that regulators like the Securities Exchange Commission willingly allow this theft to occur, the only thing shocking about this story was how long it took this story to reach the mainstream and that people were crediting Michael Lewis with uncovering...
  • The Real Reason the Stock Market Is Rigged

    04/07/2014 10:47:28 AM PDT · by Errant · 18 replies
    Money Morning ^ | 7 April 2014 | Shah Gilani
    Everyone's talking about Michael Lewis' latest book Flash Boys and HFT (high-frequency trading) and whether the markets are rigged. What they're not talking about is how the markets have been set up for institutionalized rigging. I'm not kidding. The markets are rigged. You're going to have to get over it and deal with it. The rigging is in the system and that's just the way it is... As to HFT, I'll get to that... But you can't pass judgment on HFT until you understand how cascading technology and unintended consequences landed us in the deep end of the dark pool...
  • Dark markets may be more harmful than high-frequency trading

    04/07/2014 7:53:08 AM PDT · by shove_it · 7 replies
    Reuters/Yahoo ^ | 6 Apr 2014 | John McCrank
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Fears that high-speed traders have been rigging the U.S. stock market went mainstream last week thanks to allegations in a book by financial author Michael Lewis, but there may be a more serious threat to investors: the increasing amount of trading that happens outside of exchanges. Some former regulators and academics say so much trading is now happening away from exchanges that publicly quoted prices for stocks on exchanges may no longer properly reflect where the market is. And this problem could cost investors far more money than any shenanigans related to high frequency trading. When...
  • High-Frequency Trading: We Need More Data -- It is not clear how we should regulate it

    04/07/2014 6:58:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/07/2014 | James Pethokoukis
    Government shouldnt rush to judgment on Wall Streets high-speed traders. Granted, this whole business probably looks dodgy to Main Streets 401(k) owners and stock pickers. Financial brainiacs are employing sophisticated computer programs called algorithmic robots to quickly scan financial data streams for subtle stock-market patterns. Trading, and lots of it, happens in a flash. The algobots see what big institutional investors are doing while theyre doing it. Every millisecond counts, which is why traders pay hundreds of millions of dollars a year to rent space for their computers in stock-exchange data centers. Half of daily U.S. trading volume is now...
  • Investment & Finance Thread (Apr. 6 edition)

    04/06/2014 11:34:34 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 84 replies
    Daily investment & finance thread ^ | April 6, 2014 | Freeper Investors
    This is the thread where folks swap ideas on savings and investment --here's a list of popular investing links that freepers have posted here and tomorrow morning we'll go on with our--Open invitation continues always for idea-input for the thread, this being a joint effort works well. Keywords: financial, WallStreet, stockmarket. ====================== A heck of a week, gold'n'silver lept back up and stocks plunged back down --10 year performance:(click pic to enlarge)Of course, while that's all well and good for what's been happening til now (telling us what we shudda done) but the plan we need now is for what...
  • New record for S&P 500, Dow just misses

    04/03/2014 10:19:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 04/03/2014 | By Patrick Sheridan
    The S&P 500 closed at a new record high, its eighth of the year. The Dow Jones Industrial Average just missed closing at a new record, falling short by a mere 3 points. A late afternoon rally helped power the indexes down the stretch, with the Nasdaq closing higher as well. But a record close for the S&P 500 at 1,890.90 was far from a sure thing during much of the session as stocks gained then retreated several times. Investors will now turn their attention to Friday's much anticipated March unemployment report. Today, they kept a close eye on this...
  • CEOs Of Stock Exchanges Brawl On CNBC Over High Freq. Trading As NYSE Floor Traders Go Crazy

    04/01/2014 1:52:28 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/01/2014 | Julia La Roche
    Two CEOs of exchanges got in a nasty brawl on CNBC's "Power Lunch" over high-frequency trading. William "Bill" O'Brien, the CEO of BATS, slammed Brad Katsuyama, the CEO and president of IEX, and author Michael Lewis.Katsuyama isthe hero in Michael Lewis' new book,"Flash Boys." His firm, IEX, is an alternative exchange."I've been shaking my head a lot quite frankly the last 36 hours ... Michael and Brad, shame on both of you," he said, adding that they've possibly scared "millions of investors in an effort to promote a business model."CNBC correspondent Bob Pisani asked Katsuyama if he thought the...
  • Investment & Finance Thread (Mar. 30 edition)

    03/30/2014 5:37:23 PM PDT · by expat_panama · 93 replies
    Daily investment & finance thread ^ | Mar. 30, 2014 | Freeper Investors
    This is the thread where folks swap ideas on savings and investment --here's a list of popular investing links that freepers have posted here and tomorrow we'll go on with our--. Open invitation continues always for input on ideas for the thread, this being a joint effort works well. Keywords: financial, WallStreet, stockmarket. ======================Year to date trends with stocks'n'metals-- --along with 'end-week' articles: Week Ahead: Jobs Boost Could Calm Stocks Amid Tech Wobble Amid signs that many technology and biotech stocks may have peaked -- the Nasdaq fell 3 percent last week -- markets will look to this coming Fridays...
  • Investment & Finance Thread (Mar. 23 edition)

    03/23/2014 4:10:35 PM PDT · by expat_panama · 63 replies
    Daily investment & finance thread ^ | Mar. 23, 2014 | Freeper Investors
    Investment & Finance Thread (Mar. 23 edition)This is the thread where folks swap ideas on savings and investment --here's a list of popular investing links that freepers have posted here. We usually see this showing up on Monday mornings w/ a ping to freeper investors, but it seems the write up is being done on Sunday night anyway so starting now it's being shared as it comes out. Open invitation continues always for input on ideas for the thread, this being a joint effort works well. Keywords: financial, WallStreet, stockmarket. Tomorrow morning of course we'll still have our --and the...
  • Anti-1929 chart shows the bull markets longevity or that data is malleable

    03/19/2014 3:22:04 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 1 replies
    By now youve probably heard about the scary parallel chart that some analysts were using to compare the current equity market with the period right before the 1929 crash (left). But how about the chart thats so great for stock investors that its scary? In a twist on the oft-used and oft-criticized method of overlaying one chart on top of another to predict what the future holds for stocks, one firm finds that stocks have quite a climb ahead of them. The investment outlook, from Stansberry Research, compares the market returns since the S&P 500 index SPX +0.72%...
  • Investment & Finance Thread 2014 New Year(Mar. 17 - nexttime edition)

    03/17/2014 3:12:23 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 63 replies
    Daily investment & finance thread ^ | Mar. 17, 2014 | Freeper Investors
    Investment & Finance Thread 2014 New Year(Mar. 17 - nexttime edition)This is the thread where folks swap ideas on savings and investment --here's a list of popular investing links that freepers have posted here. Open invitation continues always for input on ideas for the thread, this being a joint effort works well. Keywords: financial, WallStreet, stockmarket. We still hope to include here a ----so let me know if anyone wants on or off this ping. Be advised that it gets posted only when I'm not feeling lazy and remember that we now know from studies that sloth is completely genetic...
  • New doomsday poll: 99.9% risk of 2014 crash

    03/15/2014 2:47:50 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    Market Watch ^ | March 15, 2014 | by PAUL B. FARRELL
    Commentary: Black-swan crisis warning for now through mid-April. SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. Global risks are accelerating. This is our fourth major poll update of industry leaders: A critical review of their warnings from early last year when we first predicted a 87% risk of a crash: Bernankes Fed saw an unsustainable bubble ... Gross: credit supernova ... Gundlach: kaboom ahead ... Ellis: Dont own bonds ... Shilling: shocker ... Roubini: Prepare for perfect storm ... Shiller: Irrational exuberance is back ... Schiff: Doubling down on doomsday prediction ... InvestmentNews warning 90,000 advisers: tick, tick ... boom!
  • Stock caution urged as margin debt levels hit new highs

    03/12/2014 8:12:59 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    Market Watch ^ | March 9, 2014
    March 9, 2014, 3:00 p.m. EDT Stock caution urged as margin debt levels hit new highs P/E valuations, record highs flash warnings; stock pickers look for quality, value SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) A number of warning signals are flashing in the stock market, and while not indicative of an imminent crash, theyre telling investors to exercise caution, say market strategists. Stocks finished higher last week, ending on a choppy Friday highlighted by the release of a better-than-expected job report. The Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced 0.8%, the S&P 500 Index rose 1% to close at another record high of 1,878.04,...
  • Investment & Finance Thread 2014 New Year(Mar. 10 edition)

    03/10/2014 3:29:03 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 34 replies
    Daily investment & finance thread ^ | Mar. 10, 2014 | Freeper Investors
    This is the thread where folks swap ideas on savings and investment --here's a list of popular investing links that freepers have posted here. Open invitation continues always for input on ideas for the thread, this being a joint effort works well. Keywords: financial, WallStreet, stockmarket. The past week sure seemed to be a lot of work getting nowhere, so I checked the comparative returns on typical investments: Doesn't seem like much of a change, but we always need to keep in mind the power of compound interest. should remember here the affect of compound interest, and a year's...
  • The Incredible Shrinking Stock Market

    03/08/2014 8:42:08 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 8, 2014 | Mark Skousen
    "The number of publicly traded U.S. stocks available to investors is plumbing new lows, even as their prices brave new highs." -- Barron's (February 24, 2014) The Wilshire 5000 Stock Index is supposed to be the ultimate measure of the U.S. stock market, but in reality there are now only 3,666 stocks in the index. Back in 1998, it contained 7,562 stocks. The employment participation rate isn't the only number in decline. There are a lot of reasons for this decline. The number was artificially high during the dot-com boom of the late 1990s. Since then, the dot-com boom collapsed...
  • Victory, Despite the Terror in War and in the Stock Market

    03/06/2014 2:53:41 PM PST · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | March 6, 2014 | Charles Payne
    "Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all the terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory there is no survival." -Winston Churchill Okay, we'll call it a win-win, even as mainstream media states Putin "blinked," and John Kerry talked about revolution and the global community. President Obama bristled at the idea Putin was tough or won, and that his actions were not "a sign of Russian strength." The fact of the matter is, Russian troops are in control of Crimea, and they didn't have to fire a shot. While it's true, nations should...
  • Economist Warns of Collapse Risk: Will Not Allow Life to Continue As We Know It

    03/07/2014 2:58:12 PM PST · by Kartographer · 9 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 3/7/14 | Mac Slavo
    What you have to keep in mind is that back in 2008 we had one of the greatest financial crises the United States ever faced. The system was on the brink of collapse at that point in time. What the Fed and the federal government did was spend every penny they could, anything they could create or anything they could guarantee. They did everything they could possibly do to keep the system from crashing. They guaranteed all bank accounts. So, they saved the system, but now what they did has not borne fruit. We have not seen an economic recovery....
  • The bull market at 5: Not old yet

    03/06/2014 8:02:36 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 6 replies
    The stock market bulls have had the upper hand on the bears for nearly five years, and they may be just getting started. Sunday marks the fifth anniversary of the day the stock market hit its lowest point during the financial crisis and Great Recession. The fact that the rally is about to turn five has some investors wondering if stocks can keep going much higher. But previous bull markets, which are broadly defined as a period where the S&P 500 gains 20% or more without a decline of 20% in between, have gone on longer than the current one.
  • WARREN BUFFETT: I'm Buying Stocks If They Fall Today, And Bitcoin Is Not A Currency

    03/03/2014 7:54:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/03/2013 | sam Ro and Linette Lopez
    Two days after publishing his annual letter to shareholders, Warren Buffett is on speaking on CNBC with Becky Quick. Equity fund managers Todd Combs and Ted Weschler will also be on later in an extremely rare appearance. On Ukraine Off the bat, Quick asked for his take on the tension in Ukraine. Rather than addressing the turmoil directly, Buffett said that he does not consider these types of skirmishes when he invests in companies. "I never really buy businesses based on macro factors," he said. He noted that he invested in his first business in the wake of the attack...
  • Markets doing the job Obama and the west can't do: The Russian Stock Markets Tank 10%

    03/03/2014 6:55:23 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/03/2013 | Rick Moran
    "How to punish Russia" is the question of the day. All sorts of measures are being considered, including kicking Russia out of the G-20, trade sanctions, even travel restrictions for some Russian government officials.But in the end, as Jason Karaian poin ts out in Quartz, it is the free market that is doing enormous damage to Putin's Russia: Strongly worded statements, threats of travel restrictions, and summit no-shows. So far, these are the relatively mild diplomatic implications for Russia of its incursion into Ukraine, as few in the West can stomach an open military confrontation with Moscow over its apparent...
  • Investment & Finance Thread 2014 New Year(Mar. 3 - nexttime edition)

    03/03/2014 2:15:00 AM PST · by expat_panama · 98 replies
    Daily investment & finance thread ^ | Mar. 3, 2014 | Freeper Investors
    Investment & Finance Thread 2014 New Year(Mar. 3 - nexttime edition) This is the thread where folks swap ideas on savings and investment --here's a list of popular investing links that freepers have posted here. Open invitation continues always for input on ideas for the thread, this being a joint effort works well. Keywords: financial, WallStreet, stockmarket. fwiw, these are the returns on $1,000 since 2010 for various investments: Incidentally, the plan is to include here a ----so let me know if anyone wants on or off this ping. Be advised that it gets posted only when I'm not feeling...
  • Dow Futures way down all of a sudden

    03/02/2014 3:52:03 PM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 61 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 3 March 2014 | Some buy in the back office
    Dow futures down -127 at this time.
  • The 6 Biggest Myths About Millionaires

    02/28/2014 2:33:44 PM PST · by expat_panama · 50 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Feb. 27, 2014 | Jaime Tardy
    Many people believe that while itd certainly be nice theyll never become millionaires. That its an utterly unattainable dream.The truth is: Hitting the $1 million mark is more attainable today than ever and more important. Thats because, in order to live comfortably in retirement through your eighties, many people will need a nest egg ofat least$1 million.A general rule of thumb is that you need to save $1 million for every $40,000 of annual income you need to replace at retirement, not including Social Security, pension income or any other retirement income, says David Fernandez, CFP, of...
  • U.S. investors biggest scaredy-cats in the world

    03/01/2014 6:06:20 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 19 replies
    Despite optimism that U.S. stocks will be among the best performers this year, American investors are still running scared. A new survey from Schroders, a multinational investing firm that manages $415 billion for clients, shows U.S. investors ranking at the bottom of 25 countries in terms of confidence, with just 37 percent showing a positive view. That contrasts with the general tone of the report, which shows global investors anticipating a strong year particularly on the equity side. Investors are most confident in India (90 percent), Thailand (83 percent) and Indonesia and Japan (76 percent each). Contrasting with the gloomy...
  • S&P 500 rises to record, Nasdaq climbs to 14-year high

    02/24/2014 1:25:25 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo Finance ^ | 02/24/2014 | By Caroline Valetkevitch
    U.S. stocks jumped on Monday, with the S&P 500 climbing above key resistance to a record high, as optimism over merger activity helped Wall Street erase this year's early weakness. Gains were broad, with nine of the 10 S&P 500 sectors up on the day and a number of bellwethers, including Caterpillar Inc and Merck & Co , hitting 52-week highs. Among merger and acquisition news, RF Micro Devices Inc agreed to buy TriQuint Semiconductor Inc for about $1.6 billion, while Men's Wearhouse Inc raised its cash tender offer for rival men's clothing retailer Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc to...
  • Seeking cheap stocks, chaos no problem? Try Libya

    02/23/2014 6:04:49 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 1 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 7:06 p.m. CST, February 22, 2014 | Ulf Laessing - Reuters
    TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Investing in Libyan stocks may sound like an absurd idea at a time when the North African country is descending into chaos and armed militias seize oil ports or ministries at will. ... A recent sell-off has made Libyan stocks cheaper than other regional bourses. Major banks were once worth as much as 25 Libyan dinars ($20) a share, but now cost less than 10. Still, even bourse officials admit that it will be hard to sell a country making headlines with political infighting, shootings and hardline Islamists roaming the streets. ... The Libyan bourse is tiny...
  • How To Deal With The Scary 1929 Parallel Chart

    02/20/2014 12:01:40 AM PST · by waus · 8 replies
    Seeking Alpha ^ | 2-11-14 | Chris Chiovacco
    There are eerie parallels between the stock market's recent behavior and how it behaved right before the 1929 crash. That at least is the conclusion reached by a frightening chart that has been making the rounds on Wall Street. The chart superimposes the market's recent performance on top of a plot of its gyrations in 1928 and 1929. The picture isn't pretty. And it's not as easy as you might think to wriggle out from underneath the bearish significance of this chart.
  • REVEALED: George Soros Doubled His Bet That The Stock Market Is Going Down

    02/19/2014 4:20:02 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 02/18/2014 | Sam Ro
    One day every quarter, the world's big fund managers reveal some of what they're buying and selling in their 13-F regulatory filings. Generally speaking, these revelations aren't taken too seriously as they are 45-day-old snapshots. But over the weekend, one gigantic $1.3 billion position raised some eyebrows. Soros Fund Management disclosed that it held put options on 7,090,000 shares of the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) at the end of Q4. Puts protect the holder of the option from declining prices. Soros' position makes money if $1.3 billion worth of the SPY declines in value. And at $1.3 billion, this...
  • Soros doubles a bearish bet on the S&P 500, to the tune of $1.3 billion

    02/18/2014 4:30:02 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 19 replies
    Soros Fund Management has doubled up a bet that the S&P 500 SPX is headed for a fall. Within Fridays 13F filings news was the revelation that the firm, founded by legendary investor George Soros, increased a put position on the S&P 500 ETF SPY +0.10% by a whopping 154% in the fourth quarter, compared with the third. (A put or short position basically gives the owner the right to sell a security at a set price for a limited time, and in making such a bet, an investor generally believes the security is going to decline.)
  • "Soros Put" Hits Record As Downside Hedge Rises By 154% To $1.3 Billion (Bet's big market crashes)

    02/17/2014 6:11:16 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 24 replies
    Zero Hedge.com ^ | 2/17/2014 | Tyler Durden
    A curious finding emerged in the latest 13F by Soros Fund Management, the family office investment vehicle managing the personal wealth of George Soros. Actually, two curious findings: the first was that the disclosed Assets Under Management as of December 31, 2013 rose to a record $11.8 billion (this excludes netting and margin, and whatever one-time positions Soros may have gotten an SEC exemption to not disclose: for a recent instance of this, see Greenlight Capital's Micron fiasco, and the subsequent lawsuit of Seeking Alpha which led to the breach of David Einhorn's holdings confidentiality). The second one is that...
  • This Infamous (1929) Stock Market Crash Chart Just Won't Die

    02/13/2014 11:28:40 AM PST · by blam · 28 replies
    BI - The Reformed Broker ^ | 2-13-2014 | Joshua Brown
    This Infamous Stock Market Crash Chart Just Won't Die Joshua Brown, The Reformed Broker Feb. 13, 2014, 12:27 PM     No matter how many times it’s been debunked*, the 1929 stock market overlay chart just will not die. Probably because you keep clicking on any headline with the number ’1929′ in it. Probably because of how provocative the idea is and because of the fact that we are much more likely to be made uncomfortable by fear than we are to be take pleasure in potential opportunity. The studies all confirm that the human animal is, at...
  • Stocks fall sharply on weaker-than-expected claims and retail data

    02/13/2014 6:49:33 AM PST · by John W · 38 replies
    cnbc.com ^ | February 13, 2014 | Kate Gibson
    U.S. stocks fell sharply on Thursday after economic reports had more Americans than projected filing for jobless claims last week and retail sales unexpectedly falling in January. The Labor Department reported applications for unemployment benefits climbed by 8,000 to 339,000, higher than the 300,000 projected by economists. Separately, the Commerce Department reported retail sales fell 0.4 percent last month from December, versus expectations they would be flat.
  • Scary 1929 market chart gains traction

    02/12/2014 3:22:45 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 26 replies
    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (MarketWatch) There are eerie parallels between the stock markets recent behavior and how it behaved right before the 1929 crash. That at least is the conclusion reached by a frightening chart that has been making the rounds on Wall Street. The chart superimposes the markets recent performance on top of a plot of its gyrations in 1928 and 1929. The picture isnt pretty. And its not as easy as you might think to wriggle out from underneath the bearish significance of this chart.
  • The Next Two To Three Days Are 'Extremely Critical' For The Stock Market It May Crash 40%

    02/05/2014 9:40:05 AM PST · by blam · 55 replies
    BI ^ | 2-5-2014 | Matthew Boesler
    TOM DEMARK: The Next Two To Three Days Are 'Extremely Critical' For The Stock Market — It May Crash 40% Matthew BoeslerFeb. 5, 2014, 11:20 AM      Noted market-timer Tom DeMark did not sound optimistic about the prospects for stocks in an interview with CNBC this morning. DeMark compared today's market to that preceding the Black Friday crash in 1929. "When the market made its high on September 3, [1929], there were 23 subsequent trading days where the Dow Jones Industrial Average had a short-term bottom," he said. "23 days aligns with the low end on...
  • Stock Market Drop: Heres Why the Emerging Markets Crisis of 2014 is a Red Herring

    02/05/2014 8:34:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Townhall ^ | 02/05/2014 | Nicholas Vardy
    With U.S. and global stock markets continuing to slide this week, the long-awaited market correction may be upon us. With the Japanese market sliding 4% overnight, it now looks like the current pullback may have more to go. As I wrote in January, the overwhelming optimism for U.S. markets at the start of the year had made me cautious. My favorite sentiment indicators were showing that the market was overbought. And in my mind, a pullback was always a matter of when rather than if. That said, it is worth keeping some perspective. With the S&P 500 still only...
  • Nikkei dips 610 pts to 14,008 at close

    02/04/2014 2:28:21 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 16 replies
    Nikkei 225 Stock Average declined 610.66 pts or 4.18%, closing at 14,008.47. Toyota edged down by over 5%. Panasonic, Sharp and Hitachi will soon announce quarterly results. Nippon Paint tumbled 21% over the issuance of new shares.
  • Stocks unravel after factory report; Dow sinks 300-plus points

    02/03/2014 2:33:52 PM PST · by FreeAtlanta · 35 replies
    CNBC.COM ^ | Monday, 3 Feb 2014 | Kate Gibson
    Stocks were battered on Monday, with investors fleeing equities after factory data cast a negative light on the economy. Article Link: Stocks unravel after factory report
  • Steep market selloff continues weak 2014 for stocks, Dow tumbles over 300 points

    02/03/2014 1:54:13 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    After a blistering four-month rally that took stocks to record highs last year, January could not have been more different, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI) fell more than 5%. In the first month of the year, traders worried the financial health of both the U.S. and smaller nations meant stocks were too dangerous to continue owning for the time being, especially after a nearly uninterrupted rise that began in early 2009. Those jitters continued on the first trading day in February, driven by weakness in a manufacturing index from the Institute for Supply Management. By the close of...
  • Dow tumbles 300 points on weak data

    02/03/2014 12:38:51 PM PST · by Signalman · 42 replies
    cnnmoney ^ | 2/3/2014 | Hibah Yousuf
    February is looking an awful lot like January for investors. Emphasis on awful. The Dow tumbled more than 300 points Monday afternoon, or almost 2%, after a much worse-than-expected reading on manufacturing activity. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq were down more than 2%. CNNMoney's Tech 30 index was also down sharply. Investors were disappointed after the Institute for Supply Management's monthly index showed that manufacturing activity last month expanded at its weakest pace since May. The bad news comes as investors are still reeling from a rough January. Disappointing earnings and volatility in emerging markets sent stocks sharply lower during...
  • SocGen: An Economic 'Perfect Storm' Is Brewing

    02/02/2014 7:15:51 PM PST · by blam · 12 replies
    BI ^ | 2-2-2014 | Rob Wile
    SocGen: An Economic 'Perfect Storm' Is Brewing Rob WileFeb. 2, 2014, 8:46 PM    Last weekend at Davos, Nouriel Roubini told BI's Joe Weisenthal that it seemed markets had sailing into a perfect storm, resulting in lots of volatility. "...Between Chinese PMI of 50, Argentina letting its currency go, noises coming politically from Ukraine, Turkey, and Thailand … [the] contagion is not just within emerging markets but also affects advanced economies' equity markets. This evening Société Générale says, that, indeed it sure looks like we have. In a note to clients titled "Perfect Storm Brewing As Policy Turns,"...
  • Margin Debt Hits All-Time High

    02/02/2014 12:46:29 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 16 replies
    In the month of December margin debt on the NYSE surged by over $20 Billion dollars hitting a new all-time high of $444.931 billion. The rise in leverage also sent investors net worth to a negative $149.358 billion which is also a record. This is shown in the chart below.
  • Food-stamp cut, bad weather blamed by Wal-Mart for profit warning

    01/31/2014 7:25:14 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 39 replies
    Companies blame all sorts of things for profit warnings, real and imagined. Theres at least some reason to believe Wal-Mart Stores WMT -1.14% when it blames food stamp cuts and bad weather. First, the assertion that food-stamp cuts impacted the companys bottom line: On Nov. 1, the Great Recession boost to the food-stamp program known as the Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program expired. That meant as much as a 5.5% reduction in benefits. A family of four, for example, would get $36 a month less.
  • US stocks sink; Dow dives 225 points on emerging-market concerns

    01/31/2014 6:48:57 AM PST · by John W · 58 replies
    cnbc.com ^ | January 31, 2014 | Kate Gibson
    U.S. stocks tanked on Friday, with investor sentiment slammed by increasing worries about trouble in emerging markets. "This is more of a geoeconomic kind of thing. The Friday dates plays into this, the end of the month plays into this, and it does appear emerging markets, one by one, will need to take additional central bank action over the next few days," said Jim Russell, senior equity strategist for U.S. Bank Wealth Management.
  • Fear and Greed Index for markets

    01/31/2014 4:50:54 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin
    CNN ^ | 31 January 2014 | Someone at CNN
    Fear and Greed index. Interesting. Click link.
  • Asian stocks set for losses on emerging market fears

    01/26/2014 3:04:49 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 23 replies
    Asian equity markets are expected to kick off the week with losses after a sharp sell-off in emerging-market currencies last week spooked investors. Markets in Australia are closed to observe 'Australia Day.' Trade in Japanese stock futures indicate the benchmark Nikkei is set to extend declines following Friday's 2 percent fall. Osaka futures dropped 2.7 percent to 15,020, nearly 400 points below the Nikkei's previous close.
  • Wall Street Slammed by Specter of Emerging-Market Contagion

    01/24/2014 5:17:13 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 11 replies
    foxbusiness.com ^ | 1/24/2014
    U.S. equity markets took a beating Friday as traders ditched stocks amid anxiety over a burgeoning crisis in emerging-market currencies. Today's Markets The Dow Jones Industrial Average sold off 318 points, or 2%, to 15879, the S&P 500 plummeted 38.2 points, or 2.1%, to 1791 and the Nasdaq Composite plunged 90.7 points, or 2.2%, to 4128. For the week, the Dow fell 3.5%, the S&P 500 dropped 2.6% and the Nasdaq slumped 1.7%. The Dow posted its worst week on a percent basis since November 2011, while the S&P 500 logged its worst week since June 2012. Traders have been...
  • US stocks slammed; Dow falls 300-plus points in worst week since 2011

    01/24/2014 4:13:44 PM PST · by mandaladon · 16 replies
    CNBC ^ | 24 Jan 2014 | Kate Gibson
    U.S. stocks fell sharply and Treasuries rallied on Friday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbling triple-digits for a second session and posting its worst week since November 2011, as investors pulled money from emerging markets and other assets viewed as risky. As Wall Street's faith in some of the world's largest developed countries unraveled, currencies of those nations were hit, with Turkey's lira falling to a record low against the dollar, and Argentina's peso down sharply against the U.S. currency. "We've touched off by what's going on around the world, so to speak, and are reallocating assets from some...
  • Stocks plunge in U.S., Dow sinks 318 points

    01/24/2014 1:19:17 PM PST · by John W · 81 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | January 24, 2014 | Chris Nichols
    Stocks in the U.S. slumped at the end of the week, including a dive of 318 points for the Dow Jones Industrial Average, as traders caved in to worries about global stability and the health of various economies. Concerns about weak growth in China a critical market for Western trade melded with currency drops in countries such as India and Turkey, prompting investors to flee from stocks, which are viewed as riskier than bonds or gold. The S&P 500, a broad measure of the American market, lost 2% to 1,792 Friday, and the Nasdaq Composite slid 2.1% to...