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Archive for January, 2020

Trick or trend: What comparing the coronavirus (so scary) with the flu (live with it) tells us about when the markets will turn

Our regular (or occasional or perhaps occasionally regular) Friday series (actually running on Friday this week) Trick or Trend looks at what might (or might not) be emerging investible trends. Exclusively on JAM. This post won't run anywhere else. Ever. A reader posted a very good question about the coronavirus recently: Why are we so […]

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Updated numbers for Friday from China on the coronavirus outbreak

Today, Friday, January 31, Chinese health officials reported 43 more deaths in China from the coronavirus outbreak centered in Wuhan. That brings the reported total to 213 deaths. Officials also announced nearly 2,000 new cases of confirmed infection in the last 24 hours. That brings the global total to nearly 9,800 with all but 100 […]

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Does history point to a 6% drop when Shanghai Stock Exchange reopens on Monday?

The Shanghai Stock Exchange can be extremely volatile. Which is one reason that investors and traders are moving to the sidelines in U.S. and overseas markets today ahead of the reopening of the Shanghai exchange on Monday. So how volatile is volatile? The comparison is not totally compelling but it does offer a benchmark: In […]

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Apparently no U.S. investor or trader wants to hold over the weekend

As of 3 p.m. in New York today, the Standard & Poor's 500 was down 1.56% and the Dow Jones Industrial Average was lower by 1.89%. The NASDAQ Composite was holding up better with only a 1.27% drop. The small cap Russell 2000 continued as the weakest of the major U.S. indexes with a 1.81% […]

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Special Report: The top 12 vote getters in my selling research survey

I'm going to have to do more than 10 stocks since there was some very tight bunching at the top. This will mean that it might take me the weekend to get everything researched and posted but I'll move on this as quickly as possible. To recap: As a bonus to my last Special Report: […]

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Tomorrow will be pivotal day for short-term momentum

U.S. markets continued to show a muted recovery from fears of the coronavirus outbreak today. The Standard & Poor's 500 closed up 0.31% after spending time in the early afternoon in the red. The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished up 0.43% and the NASDAQ Composite gained 0.26%. The Russell 2000 small cap index trailed as […]

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Today’s coronavirus update: signs of progress with WHO emergency amid the continued spread of the disease

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a global public health emergency because of the spread of the coronavirus outside of China. The total number of cases outside of China has reached 98 across 18 countries. Eight cases outside China have spread via human to human contact in Germany, Japan, Vietnam and the U.S. There are […]

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GDP up at 2.1% rate in 4th quarter but weakness emerges (or continues) in the numbers

The U.S. economy grew at a 2.1% annualized rate in the fourth quarter. That matches the growth rate for the third quarter and is slightly above the 2% growth predicted by economists surveyed by Bloomberg. Full-year GDP growth finished at 2.3% in 2019, the lowest of the Trump administration. Economists are expecting growth to moderate […]

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Gold in ETFs nears record; what’s next for the yellow metal?

Gold held by ETFs (exchange-traded funds) hit the highest level in seven years on Tuesday as investors and traders piled into the traditional hedge against uncertainty and stock market volatility. Worldwide gold holdings in ETFs rose to 2,561.2 tons as of Tuesday, the highest level since January 2013, according to Bloomberg. Gold holdings at ETFs peaked […]

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Today earnings and coronavirus news battled to a draw in the U.S. stock market; tomorrow?

The Standard & Poor's 500 finished the day down a scant 0.09%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 0.04%. The NASDAQ Composite was ahead 006$% and the Russell 2000 small cap index dropped 0.55%. The iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF ended the day higher by 0.48%. The Hong Kong market reopened for trading today […]

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