Stock Markets Finish Higher For the 5th Week In a Row

Even with a decelerating economy and a recent sub-par earnings season behind us, the USA stock markets continued to show their resiliency.    The S&P 500 finished the week at 1,406 for a gain of a little over 1%. This was the fifth straight week the S&P 500 has finished higher. This week was also … 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

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 Up – Economy Down – Natural Gas – Like Buying Gold in 2000?

Stock Markets across the globe for the most part finished positive for the  week ending June 15, 2012.  The S&P 500 closed at 1,342 – a gain of 1.4% for the week. Primary catalyst for the gains this week was the following: Markets are coming off of their most technically oversold condition since last October … 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

Markets head South while Gold Goes North

The markets for the USA along with the markets of the rest of the world sold off this week as investors sought to reduce risk in their portfolio’s across the globe. Concerns over the unresolved European banking crises continue to pressure global equity markets.  However, new realizations that the growth in the Chinese economy has … 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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