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Progressive: Buy This Insurer On Weakness

Progressive: Buy This Insurer On Weakness

Progressive is the $17B company that is known for auto, motorcycle, commercial truck, and property-casualty insurance, and of course Flo from the commercials. Following the mega $28B acquisition of Chubb by ACE Corp just a few weeks ago, it sent other P&C insurers higher (including PGR) as investors reassessed industry valuations and who might be next to get bought out. PGR trades at a...

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US Stocks Gain Four Days In A Row

US Stocks Gain Four Days In A Row

The S&P500 mini-futures (ES) have now managed to rally for four straight days, fueled by a combination of nominally good earnings news in the US and an alleged debt deal for Greece. The futures closed at 2104.25, up 2.25 points from the prior close, on light volume. The market has now recovered about 70 points from the overnight low made last weekend. Early overnight trading Wednesday...

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Grain Outlook: Weather's Impact On Yields

Grain Outlook: Weather's Impact On Yields

Since the beginning of the month some prominent weather sites particularly WX Risk have been seeing signals that a shift to a warmer and drier pattern could be in store for the majority of the major grain growing areas of the Midwest. There have been hints of this showing up on the weather models last week but the data over this past weekend through July 14th provides stronger evidence. The...

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Traders Tackle Buying Opportunity in S&P 500, Did You?

Traders Tackle Buying Opportunity in S&P 500, Did You?

After three straight days of gains in the stock indices, the buyers that stepped up last week to buy in the long-standing zone of critical support are being rewarded. This time around it was no great secret where support was located but this zone of support was established quite some time ago, like 6-7 months ago in fact.  The lows of March and April were the first tests to this zone of...

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Ask Kase: Core Commodity CRB Index Positioned To Challenge 2015 Low

Ask Kase: Core Commodity CRB Index Positioned To Challenge 2015 Low

The recent Chinese stock market downturn and depressed economic outlook by many economists for the second quarter and through year’s end for China’s economy has commodity prices backpedaling. Many components of the Thomson Reuters Core Commodity CRB Index, and the Index itself, have either fallen to new lows or are poised to test lows that were made earlier this year.   In addition, the...

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Watch This Key Support Zone For US Stocks

Watch This Key Support Zone For US Stocks

Greece again. There is nothing in reality TV to match this. The Greek debt deal that boosted the S&P500 mini futures (ESU5) by more than 60 points in four days and pushed the Dow Jones Industrial Average back above 18,000 is now looking a little shaky. Shaky, as in need of life support. One of the major creditors, the IMF, has leaked a report saying Greece’s debt is “unsustainable,”...

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Have US 10-Year Yields Topped Out?

Have US 10-Year Yields Topped Out?

Last week I suggested the Fed would likely remain on hold for the remainder of 2015.  On Friday at a speech in Cleveland, Yellen said that a rate increase would be appropriate later this year.  (Who are you going to believe, a TraderPlanet contributor, or the Chair of the Federal Reserve?)  On Wednesday she presents her semi-annual testimony in front of Congress.  I appreciate the idea that...

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Break Free From This Mental Trading Trap

Break Free From This Mental Trading Trap

There are many mental traps an investor or trader can fall into.  Unless these are understood, the investor may not even realize she is under the command of the mental trap.  Her performance will suffer.  One of the worst mental traps for which a trader or investor is likely to be unaware is the endowment effect. Endowment When someone owns something, they attribute more value to it than...

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Today’s Trading Edge: Time To Buy Dollar/Yen

Today’s Trading Edge: Time To Buy Dollar/Yen

USD/JPY continues ascent after recapturing 50-day SMA The dollar/yen (USD/JPY) extended its bullish rebound after Greece was able to reach a new agreement with its creditors.  Market investors can now focus on whether or not the Federal Reserve will raise rates at its September meeting.  Last week Janet Yellen said, “I expect that it will be appropriate at some point later this year to take...

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Does The Greece Deal Just Kick The Can?

Does The Greece Deal Just Kick The Can?

More Greece, more whipsaws. The S&P 500 mini-futures (ES) – the major trading vehicle for European traders trying to participate in US equity stock markets when the NYSE is closed – gapped down 20 points in the early hours Monday when it looked like No Deal for Greece. Then it ran up 40 points on the news that there is (or may be) a deal after all. The futures finally closed at 2094...

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