USA Takes The Gold In Stock Market Performance

After declining for the first four days of the week, the S&P 500 rose 2% on Friday to finish the week at 1,390 – only 32 points off it’s multi-year high.  A slightly better than expected Jobs report and a better than expected ISM non-manufacturing report triggered the nice gains in the S&P 500 on … Continue reading

Central Bankers & Politicians Talk – Markets Listens

It was a volatile five days  for the USA stock markets over the past week.  On Monday & Tuesday, the S&P 500 fell by 3.5% as the investment community worried  that the USA economy was contracting at a faster rate than previously expected.  However, the Central Bankers of the world came to the rescue.  On … Continue reading

Stock Markets Continue Sideways – Big Move still to Come?

  After being down as much as 30 points during the week, the S&P 500 rallied on Thursday & Friday and ended the week higher by 2  points at 1,356. The primary catalyst for the end of the week rally were the earnings from JP Morgan and Wells Fargo which both reported earnings that were … Continue reading

Time to Raise Cash

Stock Markets across the globe exploded higher on Friday as the European Union unexpectedly announced a new plan for providing financing to Spanish Banks along with providing a framework for an eventual banking union that could provide more stimulus in the future. The S&P 500 rallied 2.5%  on the European News on Friday and closed … Continue reading

USA Markets & Economy – Best Strength in a Weakening World

The S&P 500 closed down 7 points or about 1/2% for the week ending June 22, 2012. After a promising start to the week where the S&P 500 rose to 1,364 – right into the resistance zone we discussed in last weeks article – the index turned down on the markets disappointment that the US … Continue reading

Stocks Have their Best Week of 2012

Stocks had their best week in almost 6 months as the S&P 500 finished at 1,325.  Entering the week, the markets were the most technically oversold since last October, 2011.  Therefore, an oversold rally was to be expected at anytime.   (Click on Image of Chart for a Bigger Picture)       The Primary … Continue reading

Stocks Give Back Their Entire Year Gains

Markets across the globe closed at their year lows for the week ending June 1, 2012.  In the USA, the S&P closed at 1,278 as all of the economic reports  released this week reported the domestic economy is growing at a rate that is slower than what was expected by economists across the board.  18 … Continue reading

Risk Off – Investors Rotate to Safety

The S&P 500 closed Friday, May 11, 2012 at 1,353, it’s lowest level in two months. All markets worldwide continue to be heavily influenced by the activities in Europe, especially the countries Greece, Spain & Italy. We recently commented on how these countries debt problems and their effect on the European Banking system could impact … Continue reading

Earnings for S&P 500 Companies are Good – But all Eyes Turn to Europe

The S&P 500 closed Friday at 1,378 – about 45 points off it’s recent highs. The markets, after a 3 1/2 month run of consistently higher prices, have found April to be a bit more challenging. Below is a chart of the S&P from the most recent lows of October 4, 2011 (the start of … Continue reading

Goldmans Sachs “Once in a Generation” to Buy Stocks Call – Three Years to Late?

This week The Wall Street Firm Goldman Sachs has issued a call for investors to buy stocks.   Goldman Sachs described this opportunity for investors in a paper that was released by the firm this week. ….The prospects for future returns in equities relative to bonds are as good as they have been in a generation…. … Continue reading

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