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Ask Trader Ed is an exclusive trader's advice column that is authored by Trader Ed, the ambassador for TraderPlanet.com. Adopting a fun, light-hearted and sometimes serious approach to providing advice to traders, Trader Ed's purpose is to help individuals become better traders.

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Does Market Share Matter?

Does Market Share Matter?

- Samsung, in contrast to Apple, reported a 14 percent rise in net profit on strong sales of its new Galaxy S7 smartphones. How about that Samsung? Picking up where Apple fell off. Market share. How about that FB? Mobile ads? Note: My teen and his friends think FB is stupid. Snap Chat and Instagram for them. - Wall Street opened lower on Thursday after the Bank of Japan stunned markets by...

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Apple Is The Talk Of The Town

Apple Is The Talk Of The Town

Oil up, Apple down, the market up, and the Fed remains on the sidelines, or so we are told. Of the three, Apple is by far the most interesting reality. - Apple tumbled more than 8% before the bell Wednesday after reporting its first year-on-year sales decline in 13 years. Apple is a fine company, and it has produced innovative and quality products for as long as it has been around, but...

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Mitsubishi, Volkswagen Bad, Nike and Market Golden?

Mitsubishi, Volkswagen Bad, Nike and Market Golden?

Not much to say about the market. It is in la-la land for now – The Fed, earnings, oil, historical highs, the global outlook, and opposing chart patterns all playing in the head at the same time makes for the la-la. A white room with white soft cushions everywhere and all will be fine. Shhhhhh … A couple of months ago, more than few chartists were forecasting the end of the second longest...

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Bad Choices and Shifting Direction – Intel and Saudi Arabia

Bad Choices and Shifting Direction – Intel and Saudi Arabia

Sometimes, big companies make bad decisions. Just ask Xerox (XRX) about its decision regarding personal computers in the late 1970s – bad choice – or maybe ask Intel (INTC) about deciding to rely on desktop computers for their future, say, 10 years ago. - The rate at which Intel makes technological advances suddenly seems to be slowing, and other looming trends, including artificial...

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TGIF, Blah, Blah, Blah, And Avoid Ultimate Software (ULTI)

TGIF, Blah, Blah, Blah, And Avoid Ultimate Software (ULTI)

I love Friday. I feel good and want to have fun, but, first …  - The Federal Reserve will keep interest rates steady at its policy meeting next week. - Oil prices rose on Friday towards $45 a barrel, heading for a third straight week of gains. - International concern about the health of China’s economy has been fading from view as data showed an improving picture. To raise or not to raise...

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Carbon Is In The Rear-View Mirror, Just Ask Solar City

Carbon Is In The Rear-View Mirror, Just Ask Solar City

The Saudis are in trouble. The Kingdom is burning through its cash reserves to pay its bills and to prop up oil prices. They want $10 billion from an international consortium of banks. They will get it, but it is a cortisone shot for a ruptured disk – lower oil prices are a long-term problem. - This year, solar energy prices in India dropped to around parity with coal for the first time...

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A Fundamentally Sound Soap Box Day And Market

A Fundamentally Sound Soap Box Day And Market

Wednesday is “Soap Box Day” right? It is now … - Mitsubishi Motors Corp admitted to manipulating test data to overstate the fuel economy of 625,000 cars sold in Japan, knocking its shares down more than 15 percent and wiping $1.2 billion off its market value. Volkswagen and now Mitsubishi. Frankly, I would like to see the corporate heads who approved these crimes go straight to jail, no...

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Tesla Points Toward Opportunity Arising

Tesla Points Toward Opportunity Arising

Economic data down, oil up, US dollar down, gold up, market pushing all-time highs. That’s about right, any more … Peter Schiff, Oracle on the mount, where are you? - It wasn't long ago the German car industry was still laughing out loud about Elon Musk and his Tesla Motors electric car company. Competition works. Just ask the German car makers.  - Tesla sold more electric cars in Germany...

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Blah, Blah, Blah Oil, So Go Green For Profit

Blah, Blah, Blah Oil, So Go Green For Profit

Okay, raise your hand if you thought Saudi Arabia would give into an oil-freeze deal that let Iran off the hook? - Producers meeting in Qatar failed to agree on a plan to curb global supply, quashing the more optimistic tone that had prevailed for much of the past week. Simply, the oil market is in crisis. Iran is bent on raising its daily output substantially, and every other oil economy...

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Look Beyond Delta For Opportunity

Look Beyond Delta For Opportunity

It’s Friday, TG, and mid-day the market is showing signs of wanting to hang onto this week’s gains, even though the economic numbers coming out point to a weak Q1. I agree with the market and say, “So what?” Earnings are here. Let’s see how all that turns out. Oh! Speaking of earnings, how about that Delta … - Delta (DAL) beats profit estimates even as Brussels bombings hurt revenue. One...

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Buy Gold, Or Not, But Don’t Drink The Kool Aid

Buy Gold, Or Not, But Don’t Drink The Kool Aid

Some days, ya just gotta have fun. Today I tap a famous Hilltop Screamer– Peter Schiff. His apocalyptic preaching the market and the US economy are doomed points to his clear agenda – buy gold everyone. He is a gold trader, after all. While gold is trading at a one-year high, the yellow metal is still far off the $5,000 target Schiff first offered in October 2012. Believe it or not, as of...

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GE, OPEC, And The Market Look To The Future

GE, OPEC, And The Market Look To The Future

Houston, we have a problem.” Okay, maybe not so much a problem as a contradiction between “experts” on oil. - OPEC cut its forecast for global oil-demand growth in 2016 and warned of further reductions … pointing to a larger supply surplus this year. - The EIA is projecting that global petroleum demand is expected to increase by over 1 million barrels per day in both this year and in 2017....

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Catch The Next Flight On Boeing?

Catch The Next Flight On Boeing?

The market’s relationship with oil is unhealthy. I am thinking codependence, addiction, and delusion. Alcoa reports bad news, a majority of Brits are looking to leave the EU, and both the European and U.S. markets are up, as is oil, some 3.5% BTW.  Britain could deal a damaging blow to the fragile global economy if it votes to leave the European Union, the International Monetary Fund said in...

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Market Up, Market Down, GM Beating Tesla?

Market Up, Market Down, GM Beating Tesla?

Volatility, really? The VIX (fear gauge) is still in the 15 zone, gold is going nowhere, and the market is sluggishly trending up. So, what do we have to fear? Wall Street will have a new distraction from the unpredictable whims of crude oil prices in the coming week as first-quarter earnings season begins. “The earnings are coming! The earnings are coming!” Get ready. So, with all the hype...

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More Tesla, Earnings Coming, and Green Goes The Market

More Tesla, Earnings Coming, and Green Goes The Market

So, 325,000 is the total of pre-orders in the first week for Tesla’s Model 3. The goal is 500,000, and then they actually go build them.  Like pizza, but the delivery time is just a wee-bit longer and you get a few more toppings. Oh, and at $35,000 to start, just a bit more costly. Anyway, Tesla could be onto something … Wall Street was higher on Friday, bolstered by a surge in crude oil and...

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