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

Stock Markets From Across the Globe Report Significant Gains

Stock Market Indices (S&P 500, Dow 30 and Nasdaq) closed at or near their 52 weeks highs for the week ending March 2, 2012. The Market was strong all week long.  From examining the charts of all three major indices, each pullback in prices were shallow and the market continues to frustrate investors who have … Continue reading

Warning – Bonds Handle With Care

  One of my favorite days of each year is the release of the annual letter to shareholders from the legendary Warren Buffet.  This years is no exception.   Below is a link to a PDF File of this years letter.   Warren Buffet 2011 Letter   Warren offers many nuggets of wisdom in his letter … Continue reading

Markets Consolidate Gains – Sentiment Indicators Flash Caution

The Markets for the week ending February 10, 2012 ended up  pretty much where they finished last week.  The S&P 500 finished down 4 points for the week while the Nasdaq finished  down 3 points. I would like to discuss briefly how sentiment is reaching levels that would indicate that the major  indexes are vulnerable … Continue reading

Nasdaq Closes at 11 Year Highs – Next Stop 3,500?

The Nasdaq closed at 11 year highs on Friday, February 3rd.  The Technology weighted index closed at 2,906 – at it’s high for the day. We had alerted readers to the Technology stocks superior performance on January 17th .  Since that date, Technology stocks have climbed higher and offered very little opportunities for Investors to … Continue reading

Got Manufacturing?

The New York Times has produced a short, insightful video into the problem today where in the USA , the economy is not producing higher wage jobs in large numbers.  One reason why there is so much difficulty for the current economy to create jobs is because the Manufacturing of goods (outside of the defense … Continue reading

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