How did you do the second quarter? Did you make money or did you lose money?
Well, I'm happy to report that the Internet Portfolio put in a very good performance in a very flat market. The portfolio showed a return of 5.67% which I think you'll agree is an excellent return for Q2.
The Internet Portfolio is comprised of the following five stocks: Continue reading "Here's A Good Way To Begin The Week"
Hello MarketClub members everywhere. As we wrap up the week Stocks are heading slightly higher today and looking to close out the week on a high note. The rally has been led by the telecom sector. AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) was up 1.5 percent after its earnings results. Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) rose 1 percent as news broke that Verizon is the front-runner for Yahoo's core business after outbidding others including AT&T. Conversely Yahoo! Inc (NASDAQ:YHOO) was up 1 percent as well.
Looking ahead to next week the question is, what will the Fed do? All signs point to The U.S. Federal Reserve keeping interest rates on hold Wednesday, but investors will be looking for hints about the Feds next move.
The next move is still seen as an increase in rates. But even as concerns over Brexit ease the U.S. election is drawing closer, likely pushing back action towards the end of the year and possibly limiting the Fed to a single hike in 2016, a far cry from its early-year estimate for four moves.
Key levels to watch this week: Continue reading "Stocks Edge Higher On Mixed Earnings"
Hello MarketClub members everywhere, it's the last day of trading for the week and it has been quite a week.
Yesterday, Janet Yellen, the head of the Federal Reserve Board, came out late in the day and said that things were getting stronger economically and that the job picture was improving. It was a rare appearance by Ms. Yellen as normally the head of the Federal Reserve does not come out to make any statements, except official ones. That one statement alone was enough to evaporate most of yesterday's losses in overnight trading. It is all about free money folks and the Federal Reserve has no more rabbits to pull out of its hat.
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) indicated that it plans to make a bid for Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO). I find it interesting that the Trade Triangles picked up that something that was going on with Yahoo on March 29th, 10 days before the Verizon news came out. This is one of the big secrets in the market, someone (and insider) always knows what’s going on. Because of this inside knowledge, they see an opportunity to make money and they buy either options or shares in that company, in this case, Yahoo. That translates into market movement and plays into the algorithm used for the Trade Triangle technology. Yahoo is up this morning in early trading and I believe that this stock can move higher from current levels.
It seems as though 100 point swings in the Dow have become the norm at least for the moment. However, as you know, I tend to look at the bigger picture and what's going on. I do that by looking at how the markets are closing compared to last Friday's closing. Continue reading "Yellen, Yahoo and Yikes!"
Hello MarketClub members everywhere!
Once again Janet Yellen, the chairwoman of the Federal Reserve, gave the market yet another easy money "fix". Easy money is the drug of choice for this market and has been for the past six years. Can the insanity of printing more and more money keep going on and on, or will the market have to go into rehab and kick its easy money dependency? Only time will tell. Eventually someone, and that means all of us, will have to pay the piper.
As of today, many stocks, including the major indices, remain locked in broad trading ranges. This could all change as we come to the end the first quarter and move into April. Continue reading "Apple's Secret Weapon"
Seven years ago the DOW was trading around 6000, today this index is over 17,000. So what is the next big move in this index? I suspect the next big move will be on the downside.
Today, China announced that exports hit a 7-year low which indicates to this observer that economies around the world are slowing down.
Technically in many of the major stocks we still have red monthly Trade Triangles indicating that the trend is still down longer-term. The same holds true for the major indices where we are still seeing monthly red Trade Triangles.
At the end of last week, I indicated that I expected this week to be choppy and range bound, as the major indices have all reached major Fibonacci resistance points. I expect the indices to turn back down after a week or two. I still hold to that belief and want to watch these markets very carefully looking for an entry point to go short. Continue reading "Getting Ready For The Next Big Move"