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Archive for July, 2018

Special Report: 10 Best Stocks in 10 Sectors (first 4 picks)

This Special Report is under construction. Sorry the process is taking so long. I badly strained my left hand in a fall last week and it's made typing difficult. But all clear now and I 'm pushing ahead with this as fast as I can to complete the full ten picks. I've been arguing for months--and in two previous […]

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Day ahead of Fed rate decision, inflation comes ion track for September interest rate increase

The Personal Consumption Expenditures price index for June climbed 0.1% at both the headline and core (excluding food and energy prices) levels. That was a tad lower than the 0.2% increase expected by economists surveyed by Briefing.com. (The PCE index is the Federal Reserve's preferred measure of inflation.) The headline PCE is now up 2.2% […]

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Stocks bounce higher on news China and U.S. are talking about talking

Representatives of U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He are talking about ways to resume the suspended talks on tariffs and trade. There is, so far, no timetable for restarting the talks and there isn't agreement on a list of issues that need to be discussed. But even "talks about talking" […]

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Tech stock selling leads way down today; market looks for new leadership

The U.S. stock market has picked up where it left off last week. Investors and traders are selling technology. Today as of 2:30 p.m. New York the big disappointers from last week are down heavily. Twitter (TWTR) is lower by 7.63%, Netflix (NFLX) is down 4.91%, and Facebook (FB) has lost 3.65%. But traders and […]

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Saturday Night Quarterback says, For the week ahead expect…

... much less earnings drama now that Facebook (FB), Amazon (AMZN), Netflix (NFLX) and other big tech market leaders have reported. But next week has a bumper crop of earnings reports scheduled with many of them in the important industrial sector where the effects of the Trump administration's tariff war will show up first in […]

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This market’s volatility puzzle–it’s as if investors and traders don’t think risk is climbing in the general market

Facebook (FB) falls almost 20%. Netflix (NFLX) tumbles 14%. Twitter (TWTR) is down 21% on earnings. Intel (INTC) finished today down 9%. And yet the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), which measures the price that traders are willing to pay to hedge risk VIX, the so-called fear index? Here's my best shot at making sense of […]

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4.1% GDP growth isn’t enough to make stock market happy

U.S. GDP (in real terms) grew at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.1% in the second quarter. The economy hasn't seen 4% growth in the memory of most Wall Street analysts (who do, I admit, have short memories), but it still wasn't enough. Economists had been projecting 4.1% growth from the quarter so this […]

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Amazon to the earnings rescue after Facebook plunge

A day after Facebook (FB) told Wall Street analysts to expect slower growth for the rest of 2018 (and saw its stock plunge 18.96%) Amazon (AMZN) beat Wall Street earnings projections by a massive $2.58 a share, reporting earnings for the second quarter of $5.07 versus Wall Street projections for $2.49. Revenue of $52.9 billion […]

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Facebook closes down 18.96% on the day

Golly gee, what could be the big story in the U.S. markets today? How about the rout in Facebook (FB) shares--down 18.96% or $41.24 to $176 at the close. That $112 billion dollar drop in the market value of Facebook gives the company the record for the largest one day drop in a company's market […]

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It’s earnings disappointment day for U.S. industrials

Or, more precisely, it was guidance disappointment day as big U.S. industrials such as General Motors (GM), Pentair (PNR), and Boeing (BA) reported earnings and then issued guidance for the rest of 2018. Earnings for the quarter were, generally, fine. General Motors, for example, beat earnings expectations for the second quarter with earnings of $1.81 […]

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