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Trading Update: S&P 500 To Make One Final Push Higher?

The major stock market indices continued to gain ground on Friday, with the S&P 500 Index (INDEXSP:.INX) stretching higher by nearly 0.50%. Transportation stocks and small cap stocks are showing outperformance. That said, to some extent Friday was led more by defensive groups like Utilities and Telecomm. They showed the…

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Trading Update: S&P 500 To Make One Final Push Higher?

The major stock market indices continued to gain ground on Friday, with the S&P 500 Index (INDEXSP:.INX) stretching higher by nearly 0.50%. Transportation stocks and small cap stocks are showing outperformance. That said, to some extent Friday was led more by defensive groups like Utilities and Telecomm. They showed the…

Top Trading Links: The Dog Days Of Earnings

As investors head into the dog days of summer, they are consuming a swath of corporate earnings. With summer upon us and the S&P 500 Index (INDEXSP:.INX) at all-time highs, are traders getting lulled to sleep?  Or is it the other way around: Never short a dull market? No doubt there…

S&P 500 Futures Trading Outlook For July 22

S&P 500 Futures Trading Outlook for July 22, 2016 –  A look at stock market futures using the S&P 500 futures chart (ES_F) shows poor volume on the breaches from Wednesday into the fade. S&P 500 futures lost 2155 yesterday before quickly recovering it. Today, in the continuing bullish environment, the…

Stock Market Update: Looking At The Weeks Ahead

The price action is once again at all time highs for the major stock market indices. So, where do we go from here? Could a stock market pullback be lurking around the corner? To actually consider that I would or for that matter, anyone would know where this market may…

Global Debt Crisis: Default, Extend And Pretend, Or Inflate

Total Global Debt Is Much Worse Than 2007 Global debt levels have increased at a rapid rate since the financial crisis. Debt, of course, has to be taken in the context of an economy’s ability to generate value. From Mauldin/Dillian: The US has a 103% debt-to-GDP ratio. It’ll go up…

Smart Money Positions For Rotation Into Financial Stocks

Smart Money Option Traders Position for Rotation to Financial Stocks / Sector Financial stocks, Banks and Insurance in particular, have been one of the places to avoid during this multi-year bull market. Those sectors were amongst those lagging the most… and they offered very little in terms of revenue growth….

VIX Index: 4 Straight Sub-13 Sessions A Warning For Stocks?

The last time spot VIX Volatility Index (INDEXCBOE:VIX) closed under 13 for four consecutive sessions was in early August last year.  In fact, the VIX back then stayed sub-13 for four straight sessions ended August 3rd, and registered three more sub-13 readings by August 14th.  By the 17th, the S&P…

Using An Absolute Return Strategy To Fortify Your Portfolio

A Shot Of Absolute: Fortifying a Traditional Investment Portfolio In the seven years since the financial crisis, most asset prices have experienced significant appreciation, allowing for even the most inexperienced of investors to increase their wealth. As the saying goes, “a rising tide lifts all boats”. For investment managers, assessing the tide…

S&P 500 Up Again; Gold Decline Accelerates

Technically, the trend remains bullish and the S&P 500 futures rally is still showing very little signs of fading. The morning pre-market pop sent US Equity futures back near the highs. There’s evidence that this 5 day consolidation is now resolving itself to the upside. But as equities remain elevated, Gold…