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  • The Magic NASDAQ Record Number: 6,941

    04/27/2015 7:09:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Fox Business News ^ | 04/27/2015 | Elizabeth MacDonald
    The Nasdaq has surpassed the psychologically important dot-com record, but it would have to rise another 36% to 6,941 to truly be in record territory, taking into consideration inflation and the drop in the value of the dollar since 2000. It could still get there, since Apple (AAPL) and Tesla (TSLA) have yet to report earnings. Still, after 15 years and two recessions, one great, the Nasdaq has beaten its nominal all-time closing high of 5,048.62 reached on March 10, 2000. The Nasdaq then plunged a sickening 78% by October 2002. Meanwhile, the Dow has hit new all-time nominal and...
  • Market Uptrend, Sound Trading, and How to Buy Stocks; --Thread April 26, 2015

    04/26/2015 11:45:54 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 20 replies
    Investors Busniness Daily ^ | April 26, 2015 | Freeper Investors
    Supposedly the top finance news stories this week have been the Greek Bailout, the Trade Fast Track Vote, but with NASDAQ's all time high we're getting even more buzz on our new stock rally. This past week's seen the S&P500 leap almost 2% and gold fall more than 2%.† A couple percent may not seem like much but having it happen in just five trading days means we got annualized returns of a 2/3 loss on gold and 50% gain on stocks.Weird how it is though that with stocks it means that we're now officially in a "confirmed uptrend",...
  • The 2010 flash crash now has a criminal suspect

    04/21/2015 1:12:24 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 14 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | 4-21-2015 | Steve Goldstein
    The Justice Department on Tuesday unsealed charges, and sought extradition, of a Brit who did day-trading in futures contracts from his London home. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission also filed civil charges against Navinder Singh Sarao and his company. Sarao was arrested in the U.K. over the charges relating to manipulation. While the government has alleged manipulation on at least ten different occasions, it is the activity on May 6, 2010, that will draw the most attention. The U.S. government says Sarao was engaged in whatís called layering, which involves making multiple, bogus orders that are quickly cancelled to trick...
  • Exchange Traded Funds, Pros & Cons --Investor Thread April 19, 2015

    04/19/2015 7:39:38 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 49 replies
    Weekly investment & finance thread ^ | 04/19/2015 | Freeper Investors
    [from IBD: Should ETFs Be In Your Investment Portfolio?]While ETFs have existed for several decades, their popularity and diversity have exploded in recent years. But many investors are just learning about them. Those looking for tips on how to invest in ETFs just need some basic information to get started. In basic terms, ETFs can be thought of as mutual funds that trade like stocks. But their portfolios can contain U.S. and foreign stocks, bonds, futures, physical commodities or currencies. And ETFs choose the securities for their portfolios with an investment objective in mind. These investment goals include growth...
  • When will the stock market crash?

    04/18/2015 9:26:05 AM PDT · by The Louiswu · 76 replies
    Me | 4/18/15 | TheLouiswu
    Looking over past threads and several articles I about the stock market I was wondering if anyone has any definite information on when the next stock market crash would come and how bad will it be?
  • Stocks plunge 1% amid overseas decline; Dow negative for the year

    04/17/2015 11:52:34 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 5 replies
    yahoo finance | Reuters | cnbc ^ | 4-17-2015 | Patti Domm and Peter Schacknow
    U.S. stocks traded sharply lower on Friday, following a global decline in equities on renewed Greece concerns and new Chinese trading regulations. The major averages had their worst day since March 25. The Dow Jones industrial average plunged more than 350 points to trade negative for the year, with American Express (AXP) and 3M (MMM) among the greatest decliners. "I think what's more market moving (than domestic data) is Europe and concerns about Greece, and the put trading rules (in) China," Jim Meyer, chief investment officer at Tower Bridge Advisors. Meyer said the negative reaction in equities and futures was...
  • Stocks Are Trading Deep in the Red Amid Global Jitters

    04/17/2015 9:13:28 AM PDT · by John W · 11 replies
    the street.com ^ | April 17, 2015 | Keris Alison Lahiff
    NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- U.S. stocks cratered on Friday, caught up in a global selloff triggered by changes in Chinese market regulation. A series of poor earnings from the likes of American Express and Advanced Micro Devices also hurt stocks and prompted worries over first-quarter performance for companies in the S&P 500. Wall Street grew nervous on reports Chinese regulators will crack down on over-the-counter margin trading and regulations that allow fund managers to lend shares for short-selling. Global markets sold off on the reports on the view tighter regulation would limit the recent influx of money into China's Shanghai...
  • Finally! Saudi Arabia opening stock market to foreigners on June 15

    04/16/2015 12:05:17 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 5 replies
    cnn money ^ | 4-16-2015
    The oil-rich nation is opening its stock market -- the largest in the Middle East -- to foreign investors on June 15, the government announced Thursday. The Saudi market -- worth an estimated $530 billion -- is more than double the size of the Tel Aviv stock exchange in Israel. Previously, only Saudi-based investors could buy stocks there. By mid-June, international firms will be able to buy stocks in the country's exchange, the Tadawul All Share Index. This will likely encourage mutual funds and ETFs to add some Saudi stocks to their holdings, especially in emerging market funds. The move...
  • The American Investor's Stock Holding's at All-time High --Investor Thread May 12, 2015

    04/12/2015 10:27:18 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 44 replies
    Weekly Investor's Thread ^ | April 12, 2015 | freeper investors
    † The total privately owned stocks and mutual fund shares adds up to a soaring record total $21,169,400,000 --according to the latest Federal Reserves Flow of Funds Report.† Yeah I see all the hands waving --and the big question that follows has to do with population and inflation.† We went through this back on an earlier thread when the press was tootin' about how America's private wealth was supposedly at an all time high but only as a total of inflated dollars.† The average American's total holdings in real dollars is still less than it was eight years ago.†...
  • Over half of Americans have $0 in stocks

    04/10/2015 3:31:42 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 114 replies
    More American adults drink coffee daily than have money invested in the stock market. Less than half, or 48%, of American adults have money in stocks, according to Bankrate's Money Pulse survey. Compared to that, about 61% of adults have at least a cup of coffee daily, according to the latest National Coffee Drinking Trends.
  • Hereís Why Morgan Stanley Says the S&P 500 May Near 3,000

    04/10/2015 8:05:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Financial Advisor ^ | 04/10/2015
    The Standard & Poorís 500 Index rally isnít over and the gauge could jump 50 percent more by 2020 as the U.S. economic recovery heads for a record winning streak, according to Morgan Stanley. A slower though sustained period of growth could help the equity benchmark gauge peak near 3,000, according to a report dated today. The worldís largest economy, which began recovering in July 2009, may continue growing for five years or more, making it the longest period of expansion, Morgan Stanley said. The S&P 500 closed at a record 2003.37 last week. Three rounds of stimulus have helped...
  • Morgan Stanley: Here's How the S&P 500 Could Get to 3000 by the Year 2020

    04/10/2015 7:52:38 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 5 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 4-7-2015 | Julie Verhage, Bloomberg
    Morgan Stanley is out with its latest U.S. equity strategy note, and in it the firm lays out the possibility that the†S&P 500 could hit 3000 within five years.† Chief Equity Strategist Adam Parker argues that if the credit cycle is like the 1990s, stocks have a long ways to go. † That core idea is presented in one slide: So why might we be looking at a repeat of a 90s-like credit cycle? Essentially because†private-sector balance sheets continue to show signs of health and improvement, and there's room for leverage to grow. For example, delinquencies are at multi-year lows...
  • From 1st Quarter (zero GDP or what?) to Q2 (sell in May or buy?)--Investor Thread May 5, 2015

    04/04/2015 1:03:19 PM PDT · by expat_panama · 56 replies
    Weekly investment & finance thread ^ | April 5, 2015 | Freeper Investors
    † YTD† --January, February, and March 2015: † Looking ahead† --April, May, and June 2015: †††Hope everyone enjoyed their first quarter!† Not bad --not only have both gold and the S&P500 come out positive but the NASDAQ punched above 3% (annualized to more than 14%) but silver's come out 6% ahead -a 26% rate/year.† Market prices are great the way we can follow up-to-the-second reports, but for stats on the general economy we'll have to wait until the folks who're paid for being smarter than us are ready to make up their minds.† What we got so far is that...
  • Ex OMB chief Stockman: "It is the biggest speculative disaster in human history."

    03/31/2015 7:59:48 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 52 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | March 01, 2015 | Tyler Durden
    David Alan Stockman interviewed on CBS-TV 60 Minutes (October 2010) Highlights of recent interview by Harry Dent. David Stockman: People don't want to hear the reality and the truth that we're facing. But I think there is an enormous appetite out in the country to get a different perspective than what you have from the media day in and day out, so I say the fed is out of control. Its balance sheet is exploded. It's printing money like never before. Zero interest rates for 70 months have basically destroyed the pricing function in the financial markets. I said...
  • Dividends Provide a Safe Haven in Volatile Markets

    03/31/2015 10:40:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March, 31, 2015 | Brian Perry
    Downbeat U.S. data has weighed on cyclical stocks during the past week. With the exception of the labor market data, most data has been consistently soft. U.S. economic data have been falling short of expectations by the largest margin since 2009. The latest reports to disappoint were Durable Goods for February, down 1.4% versus a consensus projected gain of 0.4%. And the Commerce Department reduced its third and final revision for fourth quarter gross domestic product (GDP) to 2.2%, worse than consensus expectations of 2.4%. Since energy prices were sharply lower in Q4, it seems clear that the domestic economy...
  • What Investing Icon Jack Bogle Gets Wrong about ETFs

    03/29/2015 7:47:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 29, 2015 | Doug Fabian
    John ďJackĒ Bogle is an icon in the investing industry. The founder of Vanguard and the ďfatherĒ of index mutual fund investing has had a lot of good ideas over the years. Unfortunately, the ideas in his recent editorial in the Financial Times are not among those good ideas. According to Mr. Bogle, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are something that investors should ďbewareĒ of. As Bogle writes, ďMark me as a member of a small group of cohorts who are dubious about the utility of ETFs for long-term investors.Ē Bogle goes on to express some rather bad views about ETFs as...
  • Something weird is going on --Investor Thread March 29, 2015

    03/28/2015 3:17:44 PM PDT · by expat_panama · 81 replies
    Weekly investment & finance thread ^ | Mar. 29, 2015 | Freeper Investors
    (excerpt from)† ††Something weird is going on in the US economy, and it's not good...Despite experiencing a healthy pace of job growth, the US economy has largely disappointed economists' expectations by delivering a series of weaker-than-expected economic reports. The unexpected plunges in retail sales and durable goods orders stand out as they reflect weakness in both consumers and businesses. On Wednesday, Bloomberg LP Chief Economist Michael McDonough tweeted a chart of the unprecedented divergence between job growth and retail sales growth. This is concerning as personal consumption accounts for roughly 70% of US GDP. It's particularly concerning considering all...
  • Broader Market Rallies Right Up a "Wall of Worry"--Weekly Investor Thread March 22, 2015

    03/22/2015 7:24:29 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 44 replies
    Weekly investment & finance thread ^ | Mar 22, 2015 | Freeper Investors
    Prices in both precious metals and stocks are booming again:† metals are soaring as if they're looking for higher bases and stock indexes are within a couple percentage points of all time highs.† The good news is that this time the experts show no sign of confusion as to what's going on and they've all decided what we need to do.† It's all because of the Fed, international tensions, and the NCAA. The bad news is that each expert's saying something different.† †Here are a few samples: † (excerpt from) †Stocks are likely to struggle during March Madness ...Because March...
  • Is America in Decline? Twenty signs America is not in decline.

    03/15/2015 9:21:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Nolan Chart ^ | March 6, 2015 | James Luko
    Itís very fashionable to declare or pronounce, America is in decline- using such absurd anecdotal examples as the troubles in Syria (we didnít do anything when Assad crossed the red line), Ukraine (we did not protect the Ukraine as promised in the Budapest Memorandum) gun shootings at shopping malls, troubled economy (when was our economy not troubled?- Itís troubled according to a developed countries standards- but compared to most of the world, itís an exemplary example of market economics- giving the highest standard of living to the most people in the world). The other standard measurement used to support the...
  • $100 Trillion American Economic Collapse with Jim Rickards

    12/11/2014 8:11:12 AM PST · by Ghost of SVR4 · 11 replies
    Youtube ^ | Oct 21, 2014 | Jim Rickards
    I don't know too much about Jim Rickards, just found this to be an interesting video about the overall economy and some tidbits about what our government agencies are up to. The video is a 45 minutes long interview of sorts and discussion. Just posting in the event other are interested.
  • Household Wealth Is the Highest Ever; Probably Not Your Householdís, Though...

    03/15/2015 12:53:35 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 18 replies
    Money Magazine ^ | March 13, 2015 | Kerri Anne Renzulli
    American households now have a total net worth of $83 trillion, but most families are still behind where they were in 2007. Americansí total wealth has reached a record. According to a Federal Reserve report released Thursday, the net worth of U.S. households and nonprofit organizations rose to $82.9 trillion at the end of 2014. Much of that growth was driven by stocks, which grew in value by $742 billion during the final quarter of last year. The value of residential real estate also rose by $356 billion. However, these aggregate numbers from the Fed provide only a partial view...
  • How Many Mutual Funds Routinely Rout the Market? Zero

    03/15/2015 12:07:44 PM PDT · by NRx · 28 replies
    NY Times ^ | 03-14-2015 | JEFF SOMMER
    The bull market in stocks turned six last Monday, and despite some rocky stretches ó like last week, when the market fell ó it has generally been a very pleasant time for money managers, who have often posted good numbers. Look more closely at those gaudy returns, however, and you may see something startling. The truth is that very few professional investors have actually managed to outperform the rising market consistently over those years. In fact, based on the updated findings and definitions of a particular study, it appears that no mutual fund managers have.
  • Investments go from Friday 13th to Ides of March-- Thread March 15, 2015

    03/15/2015 7:00:49 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 72 replies
    Weekly investment & finance thread ^ | MARCH 15, 2015 | Freeper Investors
    Seems like there's an awful lot of doom'n'gloom out there: (excerpt from) † More Volatility Sends Market Down for a 3rd WeekThe stock market was hit hard on Friday, capping a third week of declines as investors reacted to a steep drop in oil prices and a jump in the value of the dollar. Utilities, major exporters and companies that make basic materials like steel had the biggest declines. The sell-off came at the end of a volatile week, and it sets the stage for a Federal Reserve policy meeting next week. Investors will be watching closely for clues about...
  • Is the stock market set for a major correction?

    The three most recent U.S. economic bubbles are Nasdaq dotcom (1995-2001 and peaked March 2000 [Beware the ides of March.]), housing (2001-2005), and Fed-O-Mania (2009 - ?).
  • Metals and Stocks Sell-off on Good News --Investor Thread March 8, 2015

    03/08/2015 10:12:24 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 77 replies
    Weekly investment & finance thread ^ | Mar 8, 2015 | Freeper Investors
    excerpt from: Stock Indexes Take Hard Hits; Market Uptrend Under PressureStocks ratcheted lower Friday in fast trade, with the indexes suffering their biggest percentage losses since late January. The Nasdaq and the S&P 500 skidded 1.1% and 1.4%, respectively. [snip] What they're saying is stocks plunged in higher volume and the S&P 500 smacked down into the danger warning ten-week moving average.¬† It's supposed to be a bad sign, a sell signal, a harbinger bad moon rising.¬† Only thing is that the last two times this kind of signal popped up--¬†‚Üź ¬†they ended up turning into fabulous buying opportunities.¬†However...
  • Wall St. Drops After Strong Jobs Report Spurs Fears of an Earlier Rate Increase by Fed

    03/06/2015 12:29:10 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    New York Times ^ | 03/06/2015
    News of a burst of hiring last month sent bond prices lower and the dollar higher in early trading on Friday, while the stock market opened lower. Apple rose 1 percent after it was announced that the company would be joining the Dow Jones industrial average, replacing AT&T. AT&T fell 1 percent. KEEPING SCORE The Dow fell 0.98 percent and the Standard & Poorís 500-stock index was down 0.85 percent. The Nasdaq composite index dropped 0.60 percent. MORE JOBS United States employers extended a healthy streak of hiring in February by adding 295,000 jobs, the 12th straight monthly gain above...
  • Apple Inc to join Dow industrials index this month, replacing AT&T Inc

    03/06/2015 6:59:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 108 replies
    Apple Inc. will join the Dow Jones Industrial Average on March 18, replacing AT&T Inc., in the first reshuffling since September 2013. Apple holds a market capitalization of about US$736 billion, making it the largest publicly traded company in the world. AT&T, by contrast, has a market value of US$176.5 billion. Shares of Apple were higher in early trading, gaining 1.3% to US$128.02, while AT&Tís shares fell 1.3% to US$33.55. The changes will push the number of technology-related companies in the 30-member gauge to six and boost their influence even more as the tech giant joins Microsoft Corp., Intel Corp.,...
  • Nasdaq Hits 5000 for First Time Since Dot-Com Era; Dow Jones Reaches New Record High

    03/02/2015 1:25:34 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 03/02/2015 | Dan Strumpf
    * U.S. Stocks Close Higher *Nasdaq Composite Closes Above 5000 For First Time Since March 2000 *DJIA, S&P 500 End at Fresh Records The Nasdaq Composite climbed above the 5000-point level for the first time in almost 15 years on Monday, another milestone in the revival of an index that once was synonymous with dot-com excess but now reflects a broad swath of global technology, consumer, health-care and financial firms. The Nasdaq Composite, which tracks the prices of the 2,571 companies on the Nasdaq Stock Market, briefly topped 5000 at 10:30 a.m. EST. It was the first time the index...
  • Lumber Liquidators shares are crashing after a damning '60 Minutes' report

    03/02/2015 9:34:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 100 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/02/2015 | Myles Udland
    Lumber Liquidators shares are getting smoked after a report aired on "60 Minutes" Sunday night that showed major issues at some of the company's factories in China. Near 11:15 a.m. ET on Monday, shares of the company were down more than 22%. In premarket trade Monday, shares of Lumber Liquidators ó North America's largest specialty retailer of hardwood floor ó were down as much as 24%. At the opening bell on Monday, shares of the company were halted, news pending. Just after 11:00 a.m. ET, the company released a statement regarding the "60 Minutes" report, saying the newsmagazine used an...
  • Stock Run-up 3 Weeks Old, Experts Confused-- Investor Thread March 1, 2015

    03/01/2015 5:34:21 AM PST · by expat_panama · 85 replies
    Weekly investment & finance thread ^ | Mar. 1, 2015 | Freeper Investors
    [excerpt from Stock-market crash of 2016: The countdown begins]Dow will drop 50% as market replays 2008, 2000 and 1929.† That will translate into the DJIA crashing from todayís 18,117 down 50% to about 9,000. Ouch, the Dow crashing all the way below 10,000. Unimaginable. Bulls will hate it. No wonder our brains tune out, turn off. Instead, we prefer the happy talk that will just keep coming out of Wall Street and Washington till the 2016 collapse. Weíll just keep denying reality ... till itís too late, and we suffer another $10 trillion loss is on the books. Deja...
  • Let's Talk Red Flags

    02/28/2015 9:54:41 AM PST · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | February 28, 2015 | Charles Payne
    The market has started†to spin its wheels and that makes people nervous. I will lay out the red flags. I am not talking about the $18 trillion in government debt, the Fed's balance sheet, or the ticking time bomb of pensions, but trends that could arguably derail the stock market rally.Earnings are beating lowered estimates, but are yielding less than the twenty-year average. Sure, stock yields are attractive versus bond yields, but are they good enough to justify higher share prices? Here is the rub: consensus on earnings points lower and lower for this year, but it should reverse and...
  • Another Recession is on the way

    02/28/2015 9:43:53 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 28, 2015 | Mike Shedlock
    In 2006-2007 I called for a recession. We got a big one. I called for another one in 2011, as did the ECRI. That recession never happened. 50% is not a very good recession predicting track record except in comparison to consensus economic opinions that have never once in history predicted a recession. Consensus opinion is batting a perfect 0.00% Investigating the Record By the way, the ECRI was late in calling the recession of 2007. They still deny it. And questions regarding the 2001 recession and ECRI have still not been answered. I have talked about all of this...
  • Billionaires Dumping Stocks, Economist Knows Why

    02/26/2015 12:18:13 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 52 replies
    newsmax ^ | 2-26-2015
    A handful of billionaires are quietly dumping their American stocks . . . and fast. Warren Buffett, who has been a cheerleader for U.S. stocks for quite some time, is dumping shares at an alarming rate. He recently complained of ďdisappointing performanceĒ in dyed-in-the-wool American companies like Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble, and Kraft Foods. Buffettís holding company, Berkshire Hathaway, has been drastically reducing his exposure to stocks that depend on consumer purchasing habits. Berkshire sold roughly 19 million shares of Johnson & Johnson, and reduced its overall stake in ďconsumer product stocksĒ by 21%. Berkshire Hathaway also sold...
  • NASDAQ Closes in on Dot-Com Peak [Is another bubble around the corner?]

    02/26/2015 7:37:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    The Data Center Journal ^ | 02/26/2015 | Jeff Clark
    The technology sector has been a hot topic for both bulls and bears, with the former seeing the sky as the limit for company valuations and the latter seeing a bubble set for a 2000-like bust. Following the infamous dot-com crash, the Nasdaq composite index fell from a peak of just over 5,000 to nearly 1,000 in about two years. It never exceeded 3,000 during the time leading up to the Great Recession. In early 2009, the Nasdaq began a relatively steady run to today, when it is again testing 5,000. So, who’s right, the bulls or the bears?...
  • Dow, S&P 500 close at fresh records after Yellen's first day of testimony [NASDAQ Close to 5,000]

    02/24/2015 1:19:06 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Proactive Investors ^ | 02/24/2015 | Deborah Bacal
    U.S. stocks rose Tuesday, with the Dow and the S&P 500 settling at new records after Janet Yellen delivered her first day of testimony on Capitol Hill today, saying the central bank was preparing to consider rate hikes on a "meeting by meeting basis", with the timing dependent on economic data. At the closing bell in New York, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 93 points to settle at 18,210, while the Nasdaq climbed for its 10th straight session, rising by 7 points to end at 4,968. The S&P 500 gained 6 points to finish at 2,116. In her testimony...
  • Federal Reserve Insider Alan Greenspan Warns:There Will Be a ďSignificant Market EventSomething Big

    With the Federal Reserve printing trillions upon trillions of dollars to keep the economic system afloat, many investors and financial pundits have surmised that the fundamental economic problems facing the United States during the crash of 2008 have been resolved. Stocks are, after all, at historic highs. But the insiders know different. And if thereís any single person out there who understands U.S. monetary policy and its long-term effects on domestic and global affairs itís former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan. As the head of the worldís most powerful central bank for nearly two decades heís privy to the insider...
  • Stock Rally Adds Another Percent while Metals Fade: Week Ahead Worries-- Investor Thread Feb. 22

    02/22/2015 8:34:45 AM PST · by expat_panama · 92 replies
    Weekly investment & finance thread ^ | February 22, 2015 | Freeper Investors
    [excerpt from Yahoo Finance: What to watch next week: TGT, HD, M, HPQ, GDP and Greece] Next week will be a busy week on Wall Street with a raft of big earnings reports including Target (TGT), Macyís (M), Home Depot (HD) and Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) to name just a few. Investors will also have a lot of economic data and geopolitics to digest this coming week and in the weeks that follow. The Commerce Department will release the latest reading on third quarter Gross Domestic Product. Yahoo Financeís Rick Newman thinks investors will be watching that report closely, as well...
  • At record high, U.S. stocks look to extend breakout --Weekly Thread Feb. 16

    02/15/2015 9:51:16 AM PST · by expat_panama · 65 replies
    Weekly investment & finance thread ^ | February 15, 2015 | Freeper Investors
    [excerpt from Yahoo Finance] ††NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks are poised for more upward momentum even as uncertainty over oil prices and Greek debt negotiations keeps the market on tenterhooks, analysts say.Strong fourth-quarter U.S. company earnings and signs of an overall improving economy, alongside what appears to be the start of a bottoming in crude oil prices, have given equities support.After starting 2015 with its sharpest monthly drop in a year and a spike in volatility, the benchmark S&P 500 (.SPX) hit an intraday record on Friday while the Dow Jones Industrial Average (.DJI) reached its highest point...
  • Opinion: 7 danger signs of stocksí coming bear market

    02/13/2015 7:08:35 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 10 replies
    MarketWarch ^ | 2-13-2015 | Michael Sincere
    1. Stocks break through key technical levels. 2. Rallies have less energy. 3. Investors focus on prices. 4. Sideways movement. 5. Sentiment shifts. 6. Panic selling. 7. Bears gain respect. If youíve been paying attention to the market, you know there are other subtle clues a bear market is getting closer. Many in the media are obsessed with bear market definitions (i.e. 20% downturn), but protecting your investments should be your first priority.
  • The Week's Investment Markets --Weekly Thread Feb. 8 - 14

    02/08/2015 10:42:35 AM PST · by expat_panama · 48 replies
    Weekly investment & finance thread ^ | February 8, 2015 | Freeper Investors
    [excerpt from NASDAQ Weekly Market Wrap: February 6, 2015 ] The fifth full trading week of 2015 comes to a close with the Dow Jones, S&P 500 and NASDAQ composite all lower in afternoon trading on Friday. Most actively traded stocks include Bank of America (BAC) up 3.5%, Twitter (TWTR) higher by 15.9%, Frontier Communications (FTR) up 3%, and Sirius XM Holdings up 1.1%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite are all significantly higher in the last five days of trading. Crude oil futures are higher this week, trading at $51.83 per barrel on...
  • Stocks Rally on Oil Rebound as Dow Turns Positive for 2015

    02/05/2015 2:18:31 PM PST · by John W · 2 replies
    thestreet.com ^ | February 5, 2015 | Keris Alison Lahiff
    NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Another day, another wild move in commodity futures. Oil was the headliner on Thursday as a rebound in crude sparked a rally among equities. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 1.2%, erasing the year's losses while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq each added 1%. Last week's wild and volatile trading seemed a thing of the past as stocks climbed through the day without the swings that have characterized much of trading so far this year. The Volatility S&P 500, a gauge of market fear, lost 7.3% to 16.99. But today's relatively focused market doesn't preclude the...
  • Even with Volatile Stock Market, Personal Retirement Accounts Are Better, Safer than Social Security

    02/04/2015 11:18:00 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    International Liberty ^ | 02/04/2015 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Early last year, the Center for Freedom and Prosperity released this video, narrated by yours truly, making the case that the United States and other nations should shift from a tax-and-transfer entitlement scheme to a system of personal retirement accounts.Some left wingers criticized the idea, saying the big drop in the stock market in 2008-2009 is proof that personal retirement accounts are too risky.You won’t be surprised to learn, though, that they are wrong. It is true that retirement income fluctuates with a system of personal accounts, but that simply means that it is difficult to predict how much...
  • European shares close near seven-year peak on optimism over Greece

    02/03/2015 10:08:21 AM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | Feb 3, 2015 | Atul Prakash
    European shares closed near a seven-year high on Tuesday and Greek banking stocks soared after the country's new government softened calls for writing down its debt. Athens proposed ending a standoff with its creditors by swapping the debt for growth-linked bonds. The proposals contrast with the government's strident vows last week to ditch the austerity conditions imposed under its existing bailout. Athens' benchmark index ATG ended 11.3 percent higher, the biggest one-day percentage gain since August 2011. The country's banking index surged nearly 18 percent. National Bank of Greece, Alpha Bank and Eurobank rose by 13.9 to 20.8 percent. "Greek...
  • This is a Fund That Spans All American Stocks

    02/03/2015 8:13:36 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 3, 2015 | Doug Fabian
    This featured fund is broader than some of those covered previously in our current series about the worldís largest exchange-traded funds (ETFs). The marketís fourth-largest ETF is simply one to invest in when you think times are good and things are looking up across the board in the United States: Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (VTI). VTI is less discriminatory than the other U.S. funds we have examined, since it tracks an index that includes nearly every stock in the U.S. market that is open to investment. The fundís holdings run the gamut from large to small and value- to...
  • The AAPL Effect: Q4 Earnings Growth Without Apple: 0%; With Apple: 2.1%

    02/01/2015 11:11:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 02/01/2015 | Tyler Durden
    Yesterday we commented on the outsized macro impact that one company already excerts on the world, when we reported that in the fourth quarter, a whopping 60% of retail sales growth was due to the launch of Apple's iPhone 6 in the fall of 2014, and the surge of Chinese tourists who tok advantage of Hong Kong's lower prices and earlier release. So how about the micro level? For the answer we present the chart below. Behold: the AAPL effect, which demonstrates that what until AAPL's release was shaping up to be a flat Q4 earnings season for the...
  • A Darkening Market Sky [Maybe; Investment & Finance Thread Feb. 1]

    02/01/2015 10:49:28 AM PST · by expat_panama · 54 replies
    Weekly investment & finance thread ^ | January 30, 2015 | Freeper Investors
    On the left is the excerpt --from the expert linked in†Real Clear Markets:††A Darkening Market Sky†- Anthony Mirhaydari, The Fiscal Times†††† By†Anthony Mirhaydari, The Fiscal Times January 30, 2015 With the first month of the new year coming to a close, it's clear that 2015 is shaping up to be quite different from the smooth, easy climb investors enjoyed in 2013 and 2014.As recently as late December, the market optimism seemed indefatigable as stocks powered to new record highs on hopes for new stimulus from the European Central Bank, solid U.S. economic data and a strengthening tailwind to consumer spending...
  • Opinion: Easy way to get rich: Buy the most hated stocks

    01/31/2015 6:16:29 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 16 replies
    marketwatch.com ^ | Published: January 30, 2015 9:15 a.m. ET | By BrettArends Columnist
    A portfolio of the stocks most hated by Wall Street analysts beat the overall stock market by a wide margin in 2014. Again. The 10 stocks rated the worst investments on Wall Streets by analysts at the start of 2014 produced an overall return of 19% during the year, including reinvested dividends, according to my analysis using FactSet data. That beat the S&P 500 SPX, -1.30% by a hefty five percentage points ó or, to put it another way, it earned you nearly a third as much as again a simple index fund.
  • The index that timed the 2008 crash perfectly just slumped to a three-decade low

    01/30/2015 7:57:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 76 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01/30/2015 | Mike Bird
    The Baltic Dry Index just hit a 28-year low. The index drew attention for mapping the financial crisis, going through the floor as the global economy tanked in 2008, but it just slumped to an even lower level. The index measures shipping costs for dry bulk commodities (minerals and metals like coal and iron, as well as grain and other food). It plunged by more than 90% in just a few months in 2008 as the global crisis unrolled. Then, it was an impressive bellwether for the global situation. Shipping costs were previously so expensive because demand was strong and...
  • Reaganís OMB head: Wealth inequality is a problem

    01/29/2015 5:20:04 PM PST · by logi_cal869 · 44 replies
    CNBC.com ^ | 01/29/2015 | Alex Rosenberg
    It might be hard to imagine President Ronald Reagan agreeing with President Barack Obama's take on wealth inequality. But Reagan's first director of the Office of Management and Budget, David Stockman, says that the disparity in household wealth is a major problem that ought to be addressed. He just has very different ideas about how to deal with it. (snip) But Stockman says blame lays not with the tax code (indeed, he pioneered a trickle-down approach to taxes under Reagan) but with the Fed. Obama "is talking about a symptom, but he's clueless as to the cause. The cause is...
  • Stock Markets Spooked by Federal Reserve's Tight-Lipped Statement

    01/28/2015 2:30:16 PM PST · by John W · 12 replies
    thestreet.com ^ | January 28, 2015 | Keris Alison Lahiff
    NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Stock markets didn't react well to a tight-lipped statement from the Federal Reserve that gave no clear signal as to when it would begin to hike interest rates. January's meeting announcement came with no accompanying press conference, leaving investors to comb the wording for clues as to when a rate hike could occur. "From the equity market perspective, this might be the least helpful the Fed has been," said Brean Capital's Peter Tchir. "They didn't even find a way to work 'considerable' language into this." The S&P 500 closed 1.2% lower, and the Nasdaq dropped 0.73%....