Strong Start To Earnings Season Boosts Stocks

Earnings season is off to a better-than-expected start for the third-quarter earnings reports, which in turn gave the DOW a boost to achieve its best weekly performance since June. Friday's move higher was strong enough to trigger a new green weekly Trade Triangle for the DOW, pushing the Chart Analysis Score to +100, indicating that the DOW is now in a strong uptrend. Friday's move also propelled the S&P 500 higher, triggering a new green weekly Trade Triangle, leaving the NASDAQ as the only index of the three in a sidelines position.

The DOW gained 382.20 points or +1.09% to close at 35,294.76. The S&P 500 added +0.75% to end the day at 4,471.37, and the NASDAQ rose +0.50% to finish at 14,897.34.

The three major indexes closed the week higher and are positive on the month. The DOW had a weekly gain of +1.58%, the S&P 500 +1.82%, and the NASDAQ outperformed with a weekly gain of +2.18%. Continue reading "Strong Start To Earnings Season Boosts Stocks"

Market Swoon - Deploying Capital

Market Swoon

Inflation, interest rates, employment, Fed taper, pandemic backdrop, Washington wrangling, supply chain disruptions, slowing growth, and the seasonally weak period for stocks are all aggregating and resulting in the current market swoon. The month of September saw a 4.8% market drawdown, breaking a seven-month winning streak. The initial portion of October was met with heavy losses as well. Many individual stocks have reached correction territory, technically a 10% drop, while the Nasdaq is also closing in on that 10% correction level. Many high-quality names are selling at deep discounts of 10%-30% off their 52-week highs. The outlook for equities remains positive after the weak September as the economy continues to move past the pandemic. During these correction/near correction periods in the market, putting cash to work in high-quality long equity is a great way to capitalize on the market weakness for long-term investors. Absent of any systemic risk, there’s a lot of appealing entry points for many large-cap names. Don’t’ be too bearish or remiss and ignore this potential buying opportunity.

Deploying Capital

For any portfolio structure, having cash on hand is essential. This cash position provides investors with flexibility and agility when faced with market corrections. Cash enables investors to be opportunistic and capitalize on stocks that have sold off and become de-risked. Initiating new positions or dollar-cost averaging in these weak periods are great long-term drivers of portfolio appreciation. Many household names such as Starbucks (SBUX), UnitedHealth (UNH), Apple (AAPL), Amazon (AMZN), Micron (MU), Adobe (ADBE), Qualcomm (QCOM), 3M (MMM), Facebook (FB), Johnson and Johnson (JNJ), Mastercard (MA), Nike (NKE), PayPal (PYPL) and FedEx (FDX) are off 10%-30% from their 52-week highs. Even the broad market indices such as Dow Jones (DIA), S&P 500 (SPY), Nasdaq (QQQ), and the Russell 2000 (IWM) are significantly off their 52-week highs. All of these are examples of potentially buying opportunities via deploying some of the cash on hand. Continue reading "Market Swoon - Deploying Capital"

Truly Out Of This World Investing: Space ETFs

In the 1960s, the so-called 'Space Race' was between the United States and Russia. Today we are once again in the midst of another space race. However, this time around, it's not two superpower countries battling it out; it's businessmen. In the 60's the battle for space was in most ways geared around bragging rights, military power, and nationalism. Today, it still is in many ways about bragging rights and as a way to make money. And let's be honest, the billionaires shouldn't be the only ones getting weather from this battle.

To many people, the current battle for space is still seen as a lot of science fiction. But, what a lot of these companies are doing today, could pave the way for the next generation's technological advancements. So, what is taking place just outside our atmosphere is really going to change the way we live, not in 20 or 30 years from now, but just a few years from now.

For example, Elon Musk's SpaceX company offers satellite internet service through its "Starlink" program. The Starlink program is an internet provider that uses satellites floating around Earth to make an internet connection. This is very similar to satellite radio from SiriusXM or satellite TV service through someone like DISH Network. At the time, Starlink is not a huge success, but some predict that it will become more and more popular in the coming years due to the worldwide availability of the internet that Starlink offers. Continue reading "Truly Out Of This World Investing: Space ETFs"

Is The Worker Shortage Transitory?

For the past several months, there have been two "T" words that have captivated the financial markets.

The first, of course, is the "Taper," which now looks like it may be starting as early as next month. Following its September monetary policy meeting, the Federal Reserve—using its usual weasel words—didn't exactly say it was ready to taper, but basically confirmed that it would begin soon, saying that "a moderation in the pace of asset purchases may soon be warranted." So we can probably expect the Fed to provide more definite information following its next meeting in early November, and that may include a start date of later that month.

The second "T" word is "Transitory," as in the "inflation is transitory" mantra Fed chair Jerome Powell has been repeating for most of 2021. However, recently he's backed off a little on that stance, telling Congress last month that while he believes inflation will eventually return to the Fed's 2% target rate, "these effects have been larger and longer-lasting than anticipated." In other words, maybe inflation isn't as transitory as he says, therefore the need to taper.

Now, after two crummy monthly job reports in a row, it may be fair to ask if the shortage of workers holding back the economy isn't transitory either. Continue reading "Is The Worker Shortage Transitory?"

What You Need To Know About NFTs

If you are wondering what all the hubbub is about when it comes to NFTs and cryptocurrency, you’ve come to the right place. I’ll break down what you need to know about this interesting side of crypto and whether or not it’s worth your hard-earned dollars.

So, let’s get to it!

What Are NFTs, Anyway?

To put it simply: NFT stands for “Non-fungible Token.” And since fungible means interchangeable, non-fungible is the opposite: It can’t be interchanged with another. There’s only one. Token stands for a crypto coin. Put them together; you get this: An NFT is a unique, one-of-a-kind crypto asset.

Here’s a couple of examples: Continue reading "What You Need To Know About NFTs"