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It Is a Beautiful Day, If You Don’t Count …

As usual, it is a bright, sunny day here in Central California. In fact, the weather lately has been beautiful, if you don’t count the wind that shows up each day every year in May. Funny how that works – it has been beautiful, if you don’t count … If you don’t count the recent volatility in the market, it too has been, well, not beautiful, but certainly an overall positive. The fact is the...

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These Are The Times …

I have much going on in my life right now and the market is not a help in sorting things out. In fact, it’s constant up and down behavior is begging me to ignore it, to turn it off in my mind. It has become so repetitive and boring that it offers no solace for the emotional issues swirling about my life. The market is a drag. “These are the times that try men’s souls.” Thomas Paine penned...

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Is Today a Continuation Bet?

Maybe I woke up with the angel of optimism whispering in my ear, but the news this morning, or at least a piece of the news this morning, has me feeling as if reality is settling in, at least on the geopolitical front. The Russian president's assertion that he has withdrawn forces from the Ukraine was a clear sign that he wants to take the heat out of worst East-West row since the Cold War....

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The Fed, the OECD, and Crazy Making Stuff

Okay, so am I still bored with the market? Well, yes, because nothing has changed. The volatility and the sell-off in small caps and technology make it hard for me to do my job. So, I use the time to keep learning, to get a deeper understanding of the global economy and the underpinnings of the US economy.   ·       “A high degree of monetary accommodation remains warranted.” Janet Yellen...

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Be Faithful to Your Truth

  If you want to know the truth … Do you? Does anyone? Don’t we all shape the “truth” to fit our view of the world, our view of ourselves, our view of the choices we make, and if someone else’s truth conflicts with that, well, it just ain’t true, now is it?   I am in a philosophical mood today. Frankly, the market is boring me again with its inability to collect itself and settle down and my...

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Something to Think About

Even if it is Monday, the market opened per usual these days – down and fighting back. The headlines blurted that China’s “weakening” economy and Ukraine’s budding civil war are the reasons for the sour mood. ·       It is extremely hard to pin down the exact influence of a given event on market prices. More often than not, the above is true. Myriad influences catalyze the market and, at...

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The Bulls Need A Bit More Fight

·       I look for the Dow to be in a downtrend all week before finding a low sometime between this Thursday and the following Monday. I came across the words above on Monday of this week. I found them intriguing because I really had no clue as to what the week would bring, given all the uncertainty in the market as of late. I suspected the market would hold its own, given the economic and...

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Small Caps Fading – It’s Work Time

May Day is here and so far on this day, the market is turning … you guessed it … down. Why not, after yesterday’s record close on the Dow? Will it be a “sell in May, go away” deal this year? As always, we will see, but in the meantime, I will have to refine my trading strategy. ·         In case you don't spend your days pouring over charts, excel spreadsheets full of indicators, and more...

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An Interesting, Helpful, and Educational Day

Today is one of those days. My morning reading has produced so much interesting, helpful, and educational material it makes it difficult to focus on a single thing. For example, I find it interesting and educational that Bill Gross is still singing his recent negative tune about stocks to attract folks to his leaking ship. ·       Bill Gross, manager of the world's largest bond fund at...

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Although Annoying, These Moments are Buying Opportunities

The market opened this Tuesday morning with another jump into the green, much like yesterday. Overall, I get the strong impression it wants to go up, much like it has the last five years. Today, though, geopolitics and earnings might just get the job done solidly for the bulls. ·       Late on Monday, Russia made assurances it would not invade Ukraine. Russian troops have reportedly left...

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Be Careful Out There

Aside from the positive housing data and the bad news about Bank of America, the world is still as it was on Friday when the market closed down sharply. Russia and the world are still warily dancing over Ukraine, Malaysia is still looking for its lost plane, and the market is still bouncing up and down, as it has for some weeks now. Equities have been sawtoothing as the S&P 500 has...

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Another Fire Sale, So Be Ready to Buy

Imagine my surprise this morning when I got up, went to work, and found the market tanking. Earnings, shmearnings, the market says, or so it seems. As I write the DIJA is down triple digits and the S&P 500 is falling toward the 1860 level. Smashing Earnings Overshadowed By Ukraine Concerns Is it Putin’s unveiled threat to Ukraine that sent the market reeling, or is it Amazon predicting...

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Sell In May, I Hope So

Four days into this week and the market is still, how shall I say it, on the fence. There are not enough sellers to drag the market down too far and buyers are not willing to commit wholesale to drive the market up too far.   ·       U.S. stocks dipped on Wednesday to snap a six-session winning streak as gains in Boeing and Gilead were offset by slides in AT&T and the wider biotech...

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Stick With the Basics – Real News and Fundamentals

“Sell in May, and then take a vacation to someplace not hot or muggy” is the saying, or something like it, that has guided the market on and off at this time of the year for, well, ever since the saying came into play, whenever that was. Last year, the maxim did not apply, but it did in 2012, 2011, and 2010 for sure. Wait a minute! Maybe we should have gone away in the late summer and...

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Real Positive Returns and Media Streaming

This morning I woke up to a foreign computer. Well, “foreign” is not exactly the right word; rather the screen lacked a number of items normally on my screen, such as my Think or Swim trading platform. A quick reboot fixed the problem, but a couple of other issues arose with my Carbonite backup system. An hour later, after hearing the Carbonite tech voice at the other end say, “I have never...

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