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Investors are going crazy for stocks, piling into individual stocks and equity mutual funds at a near record pace. Investor sentiment polls confirm the high level of bullishness. Margin debt is at record highs.
There is a fairly regular pattern to how the market behaves during what is called the "four-year election cycle." Currently, the pattern suggests a market peak in April, followed by a bottom in late August, before a strong year-end rally.
Besides pattern recognition, trend analysis, and Fibonacci retracement, one of the areas you study in technical analysis is the relationships between asset classes. We call it intermarket analysis. Fundamental CFA analysts study the...
The Labor Department reported that nonfarm payrolls rose by 175,000 in February after an upwardly revised gain of 129,000 in January and the jobless rate increased from 6.6 percent to 6.7 percent as more workers entered the labor force but were not able to find jobs.
This week's chart shows an indicator whose value is featured every day in our Daily Edition. It measures the number of component stocks in the Nasdaq 100 Index which are above their 100-day simple moving averages.
Geopolitical crises in Eastern Europe have been met with calls in the United States to use energy as a foreign policy tool. With U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz asking the industry to make a stronger case, however, it's domestic policies that may inhibit energy hegemony.
Earlier this week Bill Gross who runs Pimco’s bond fund made a conditional case for investing in high-yielding bonds, even though on first cut the yield benefit appears insufficient to justify the extra risk. Put bluntly, he suggests that investing in...
Confidence in the nation's credit markets — both bank lending and corporate bonds — has taken a hit. It remains unclear however just how pervasive these problems could become...
After more than two years of declines, commodity expert and financial veteran Ned Schmidt tells Financial Sense Newshour that the “bear market in gold is over.”
While I realize that fundamentals are important to investment success I also appreciate the relevance of technical analysis in gauging investor sentiment and in timing entry and exit points.
Much has been reported about the recent surge in coffee prices but sugar prices have also risen to multi-month highs due to drought conditions in Brazil, the world's number one exporter of these commodities.
Incoming data has tended to disappoint. While weather impacts are taking part of the blame, I tend to think that part of the blame should fall on overly optimistic interpretations of data patterns at the end of 2013.
Gold price trading in London kept bullion prices in a 2-day range between $1330 and $1340 per ounce Thursday morning, while Ukraine's Crimea crisis continued to dominate headlines ahead of tomorrow's much-awaited US jobs data. Trading some 1.5% below Monday's new 4-month
In the last couple of weeks, the Chinese yuan has lost nearly half of its 2013 appreciation against the U.S. dollar. Investor speculation and central bank monetary policy may both be responsible for fund outflows.
The cleanest of the dirty shirts doesn’t necessarily preserve your purchasing power. Sure, the U.S. dollar has beaten the Russian Ruble and some others of late, but when it comes to real competition, the U.S. dollar has taken a back seat.
The S&P 500, Russell 2000, and the NYSE Advance-Decline line are all reaching new highs but the Dow has failed to do so since December 31st of last year (chart below shows S&P in black and the Dow in blue). Some are seeing this non-confirmation as an ominous sign...
It seems we can’t go a week without someone predicting the end of the world and stirring up everyone’s fears of a market meltdown. These apocalyptic warnings are becoming routine and the sad thing is that it does cause the squeamish individual investor to run for...
With 2013?s economic data mostly complete, let’s have a look at where the race stands. We’ll start by asking what needs to happen before we get the robust recovery that many economists have predicted for the past four years.
The Bitcoin phenomenon has now reached the mainstream media where it met with a reception that ranged from sceptical to outright hostile. The recent volatility in the price of bitcoins and the issues surrounding Bitcoin-exchange Mt. Gox have led to...
As the markets push once again into record territory the question of valuations becomes ever more important. While valuations are a poor timing tool in the short term for investors, in the long run valuation levels have everything to do with future returns.