This Unlikely Stock Is Hitting On All Cylinders

Daniel Cross - Contributor - Equities

It's no secret – it's a tough market out there. Oil prices are at record lows, the US dollar remains stubbornly strong, and now the Fed has all but admitted that the economy is weaker than expected and we might need to start preparing for negative rates.

In this kind of environment, smaller companies can often slip through the volatility. They can ride the waves of uncertainty and ignore macroeconomic hardships that plague their larger competitors making the smaller one an unlikely winner. If that stock is an industry which is trending higher, that's even better.

One stock in the communications sector is slipping through the noise and could be a huge opportunity for investors. The communications sector is widely viewed as an industry undergoing a rising tide, which as most investors know means it lifts all ships within that industry. Continue reading "This Unlikely Stock Is Hitting On All Cylinders"

This Indicator Is A Winner For Long-Term Traders

It has been one heck of a week to say the very least and it is not over yet. I want to take a look at a tool that I'm pretty confident in saying that very few traders ever watch. The tool I'm discussing is MarketClub's quarterly charts. If you have not seen this MarketClub feature, you may want to check it out, particularly if you are a long-term trader.

I'm going to be looking at the S&P 500 to see just how close the quarterly chart is to turning negative. I'm also going to be looking at a textbook example of a downside measurement on the S&P 500.

I will also be analyzing Apple and Yahoo, both of which could be in for a pretty bumpy ride.

Let's begin by looking at the S&P 500 (CME:SP500) and the textbook example I mentioned earlier for measuring a down move. I'm using a close-only weekly chart and you will see exactly how I measure the move.

Weekly Chart of S&P 500 (CME:SP500)

Next let's take a look at this long-term quarterly chart of the S&P 500 and as you can see it is poised to possibly break the positive long-term trend that has been in place since October of 2010. Continue reading "This Indicator Is A Winner For Long-Term Traders"

This High-End Retailer Is Beating The Odds

Daniel Cross - Contributor - Equities

If you've payed any attention to the markets so far this year, it comes as no surprise that we're teetering on the edge of a major bearish reversal after many years in a bull market. The broader indexes are all down for the year and volatility is on the rise. With all the negative action going on right now, a stock that's on its way up stands out.

Stocks that outperform when the major averages are under performing deserve a closer examination. In order to appreciate amidst the storm of bearish momentum, these companies are generally doing something very right.

One company is undergoing a radical transformation and it's stock price is already beginning to show it. Despite all the negative macroeconomic news, this high-end retailer is belting out upside earnings surprises and growing sales both domestically and internationally – including China. Continue reading "This High-End Retailer Is Beating The Odds"

No Matter How You Look At It, This Stock Is A Screaming Buy

Daniel Cross - Contributor - Equities

Investing in the market is a lot like anything else – if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Then again, sometimes a stock play makes so much sense, it's impossible to ignore.

The current economic environment has investors concerned what 2016 will bring. China's stock bubble burst, commodities are suffering in the dredges with no positive catalysts anytime soon and the US stock market is looking more and more like it's hit the top and could be reversing course sometime over the next six months or so. And the Fed rate hike still looms large as investors prepare to get defensive against a rising rate environment that could last several quarters.

After more than five years of economic expansion, consumer spending is at all time high levels, although further growth has been mixed over the past few months – another sign of a market top. Margin debt levels hit a record high this year as well meaning consumers and investors both are leveraged more than ever financially. Continue reading "No Matter How You Look At It, This Stock Is A Screaming Buy"

This Forgotten Stock Could Be About To Break Out

Daniel Cross - Contributor - Equities

Wall Street is a fickle environment that often focuses on hot new growth plays prioritizing chasing the next big thing to replace already established names like Apple or Google. "Sexy" investments like technology companies and niche industries may capture the headlines, but experienced investors know that consistency is the key to long-term success in the stock market.

Businesses don't need to be involved in the latest trends or the hottest new emerging market in order to make outstanding profits. There are plenty of industries with stable growth prospects that are engaged in mundane services and easily overlooked.

The waste and recycling management industry fits the definition of an "unsexy" investment perfectly. It's not a glamorous business on the surface, but looks can be deceiving. Thanks to a heavy push for green initiatives, this industry has been reinventing itself over the past decade and could offer investors an opportunity for higher gains. Continue reading "This Forgotten Stock Could Be About To Break Out"