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How To Analyze Market Breadth: Bullish Percent

How To Analyze Market Breadth: Bullish Percent

There are a few different ways to analyze market breadth, a measure of health which identifies the number of stocks rising versus falling.  Intuitively, we know that if more stocks are rising than falling then it means markets are probably going higher.  The opposite holds true for a down market.  Yet, our current market shows some deep divergences in breadth vs. the price index, namely...

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US Stocks: Brace For Potential Short Squeeze

US Stocks: Brace For Potential Short Squeeze

The Street assumed that the Fed's silence on raising interest rates in 2015 means no rate hike this year. That may not be true, but it put the S&P500 mini-futures (ES) back into a bullish cycle and helped it hold the price above the key 2100 psychology line. The futures pretty much duplicated Wednesday’s action: dropped sharply from the overnight high and made a low one point above...

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Whole Foods: Earnings, Options Activity

Whole Foods: Earnings, Options Activity

One of the more nuanced aspects of earnings season is the combination of analyst actions after earnings announcements and the coinciding activity in the Equity options.  Typically analysts and research firms render their respective opinions and adjustments after the announcements of earnings, guidance, and conference calls of the companies.  When earnings per share, revenues, and guidance...

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It's Time To Add Intel To Your Portfolio

It's Time To Add Intel To Your Portfolio

For the past few years, there has been a lot of talk about the death of the personal computer. Soon there will be a world where everyone will hold nothing but their smartphones, tablets and wrist computers. That itself sounds so science fiction not that long ago. I agree, personal computer sales are slowing as more and more consumers migrate across to the mobile world of smartphones and...

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Tech Sector Poised For More Gains: QQQ

Tech Sector Poised For More Gains: QQQ

If you’ve been reading my commentary over the past five weeks on TraderPlanet you’ve probably noticed a couple that were focused on the Nasdaq ETF (QQQ). To me this has been a great way to filter out single stock earnings risk from the likes of Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, and Google (3 went up, 2 moved lower) in the more volatile tech/social media area of the market. Moving forward...

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US Stocks Poised For Follow Through Gains

US Stocks Poised For Follow Through Gains

The S&P500 mini-futures opened flat yesterday, but came to life as the day got closer to the Fed interest rate announcement at 2:00 p.m. After some wide fast moves, the futures settled down and closed at 2101.50, above the important 2100 level for the first time since this decline began, and about 14 points above the prior close. A good day for the Bulls. The impetus for this irrational...

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Trading Psychology: Men, We Need To Talk

Trading Psychology: Men, We Need To Talk

About a month ago I got a call from a guy, fairly new to e-mini trading, who had just taken a 4-figure loss in one day. The set-back shocked him, but he was still up 30% in his account and after talking to me he felt better. Frankly, I was impressed by his results because his method was very simple (one moving average) and yet he was doing quite well in a difficult market. Some people really...

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Will The Fed Confirm A Sept Rate Hike? No Way

Will The Fed Confirm A Sept Rate Hike? No Way

The FOMC meeting ends this afternoon.  There will be no press conference, only an announcement.  Some think the announcement will give further confirmation of a hike this year, perhaps at the next meeting in September.  I don’t think so. Below is testimony from Janet Yellen’s Semiannual Monetary Policy Report from February 24, 2015. Foreign economic developments, however, could pose risks to...

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August Traditionally Is Seasonal Boon For Gold

August Traditionally Is Seasonal Boon For Gold

Among the headwinds that countervail any ascent in Gold was the disappointing news a few weeks ago that China’s Gold reserves had only rose 57 percent in a span of 6 years. I wrote a day after the data was released from the Peoples Bank of China that this could be some type of deception by the Chinese government to alter the perception that they weren’t building their Gold reserves fast...

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Gold Could Drop 50% From Its 2011 High

Gold Could Drop 50% From Its 2011 High

Gold peaked at just above $1900/oz back in 2011.  Since then it has been working lower in fits and spurts and is now more than 40% off those peak prices. Looking at a weekly continuous chart of gold futures, it’s easy to see how gold has repeatedly declined into zones of support (as defined by the volume profile) and found buyers, however never enough to turn the trend of prices back to the...

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