Hello traders everywhere. The U.S. stock market is posting its most significant decline in 10 weeks after a batch of lackluster earnings reported today. Turmoil over President Trump’s tax reform bill has retaken center stage giving traders reason to take pause.
Some of the notable earnings today are: Continue reading "Stocks Fall On Lackluster Earnings"
Hello traders everywhere. All three indexes are positioned to post record closes today on the back of a passed budget by the U.S. government and renewed hopes of tax reform. The dollar and Treasury yields are heading higher as President Trump closes in on naming the next Fed chair. Will Janet Yellen, the sitting chairman, survive or will we get a new chair? Check out INO.com Contributor George Yacik's article on the looming decision.
Meanwhile, sales of previously owned U.S. homes increased unexpectedly in September, showing demand is stabilizing in the aftermath of hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The National Association of Realtors said on Friday existing home sales rose 0.7% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.39 million units last month. August’s sales pace was unrevised.
Economists polled by Reuters had forecast that sales would fall 1% to a rate of 5.30 million units last month. Sales were down 1.5% from September 2016, the first year-over-year decline since July 2016.
Key levels to watch next week: Continue reading "Stock Market Poised To Close At Record Highs"
With today being Friday the 13th, I thought it would be fun to see to if our readers had any trading superstitions. I've heard all kinds superstitions over the years such as, never trade in the first 30 minutes, never set stop-losses on round numbers, don't triple dip a stock, and never sell a stock crossing past $90. And then we have mine, I never buy a stock on Friday or at the open on Monday. It seemed that every time I tried to I end up on the wrong end of the trade. Maybe I just have bad luck!
I would like to know...
Take a second to vote, then leave a comment with your trading superstition or any superstition that you may have. I bet we have some good ones out there.
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We've asked Michael Seery of SEERYFUTURES.COM to give our INO readers a weekly recap of the Futures market. He has been Senior Analyst for close to 15 years and has extensive knowledge of all of the commodity and option markets.
Michael frequently appears on multiple business networks including Bloomberg news, Fox Business, CNBC Worldwide, CNN Business, and Bloomberg TV. He is also a guest on First Business, which is a national and internationally syndicated business show.
Gold futures in the December contract settled last Friday in New York at 1,297 an ounce while currently trading at 1,324 up about $27 for the week trading far above it's 20 and 100-day moving average. This trend continues to the upside on a weekly basis as prices have now hit a 10-month high. Tensions with North Korea escalated this week as they sent another missile over Japan which continues to support gold prices and I don't think that situation is going away anytime soon. If you are long a futures contract, continue to place the stop loss under the 10-day low which stands at 1,278 as the chart structure is poor because prices have run up rather quickly this week. The U.S. dollar has also hit a 2-year low which is supporting gold & the precious metals across the board with the next significant level of resistance at 1,350. If that level is broken, you would have to think that we could test the $1,400 level. Gold prices will depend on what North Korea and the United States conflict turns into as I don't see any other situation than the United States doing some military action against their nuclear facilities. This problem is getting worse not better as diplomatic negotiations have not worked for years so continue to play this to the upside.
CHART STRUCTURE: POOR
Continue reading "Weekly Futures Recap With Mike Seery"
Hello traders everywhere. Stock markets around the globe are posting gains today as the tensions between the U.S. and North Korea have eased a bit. The S&P 500 and NASDAQ are both posting 1% gains with the DOW trailing closely on their heels.
Concerns over a rise in OPEC crude production has pushed oil down little over 1% to 48.13, its lowest level in slightly over two weeks. Check out Robert Boselego's recent article on OPEC's production numbers and where he sees the price of oil heading.
Gold has retreated from its Friday high of 1298.10 and is currently trading lower for the day coming under pressure from a strengthening dollar.
The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), widely considered the best gauge of fear in the market, traded near 12.4, down about 20%. The index posted its largest weekly gain since December 2015 last week as the North Korea situation escalated.
Key levels to watch this week: Continue reading "Stocks Gain As Global Tension Eases"