Stocks & ETFs

Citigroup Adjusts Earnings For Legal Costs, Stock Falls

The financials are one sector that I admittedly stay away from. It’s not that they haven’t performed well enough to garner my interest, it’s just that there’s still an unsettled feeling to the group. From rogue traders to manipulation to lawsuits to government involvement, it all just doesn’t suit me.  And Citigroup (C) did a good job of reminding me of this as they announced that they are adjusting their 3Q

Facebook Earnings Beat The Street; Investors Sell The News

Social media has come a long ways. Big players like Facebook (FB), Twitter (TWTR), and LinkedIn (LNKD) dominate the social connecting and networking scene. But if investors reaction to Twitter and Facebook earnings are a sign, perhaps the sector is set for some price consolidation. Tonight Facebook reported strong earnings, beating estimates on the top and bottom line. Mobile growth was a big factor and one would think investors would

3 Reasons Ford’s Stock (F) Is Worth Watching Right Now

When stocks were peaking into mid September, Ford (F) was already turning lower. And as the equity markets corrected into October, Ford got hammered. Now stocks are bouncing and Ford is having trouble getting its footing. Could a stronger US Dollar be at the heart of Ford’s woes? Perhaps, but more importantly, the stock is nearing a technical crossroads. Below is a weekly chart dating back to 2009. As you can

Why The Oil And Gas ETF (XOP) Is Rallying

The Oil and Gas ETF (XOP) suffered a tremendous decline from the 2014 all-time high at $84. In sum, XOP retraced 50% of the move from $23 to $84 from the bear market low in 2009 to its peak in 2014. The precise 50% retracement level is $53.53. Technicians like to find a confluence of technical significance when identifying support and resistance. And with this in mind, we can see

Bounce or More? A Look At Where The SPX Rally Headed

In my last comment about the S&P 500, I argued that as long as a demand zone at 1986-1953 held the stock market would stay on course toward higher highs. That area of technical support failed and SPX sold off sharply; 1986-1953 now represents technical resistance. After the recent decline, it’s time to reassess. On Wednesday SPX put in a substantial bullish hammer candlestick (small real body, longer lower shadow

Small Cap Outperformance: Pointing to a Market Bottom?

One positive mentioned plenty in the market this week is small cap outperformance. One might suggest that we are at a sign of a bottom because of it. Well, that may be a farce. Let’s take a look, starting with the Russell 2000. The Russell 2000 iShares ETF (IWM) has broken a major 1 year topping pattern, pushing below 2014’s year-to-date support in February and May near 107. It’s unorthodox, but

5 Stock Charts Calling The Shots: F, HD, KO, TWTR, GPRO

During bull or bear markets, it’s always important to be on the lookout for changes in market behavior. For instance, when market pullbacks are consistently bought at 2 to 4 percent declines, it becomes worrisome when we the markets dip deeper. Or when leaders and momentum stocks get sold and defensive stocks get a bid. These examples are apparent in the current stock market decline and are a representative mix of what

S&P 500 Technical Support Update: Levels And Breadth

The past two months have seen several developments take shape that remind me of the February sell-off. I’m not saying that this pullback will unfold the same way, but I do think that issues with small caps and emerging markets (a good risk gauge), coupled with poor market breadth have once again played a role in taking the S&P 500 (SPX) lower. How much lower? No one knows for sure, which is

Chart Flip: Is A Russell 2000 Breakout In The Cards?

From time to time I like to look at various markets from a different perspective, as I am always on the lookout for chart patterns showing breakouts and breakdowns. Earlier this year, I wrote a “Market Masters” article for See It Market showing that sometimes standing on your head can help improve your investment results! I enjoyed writing that article so much that I thought I’d try it out again.

Twitter Upgraded To Overweight, Stock Battles Resistance

Earlier today, JP Morgan analyst Doug Anmuth upgraded Twitter (TWTR) to an overweight rating, raising his price target to $64/share. This was enough to buoy the stock price amidst a sea of red in the Tech sector. But perhaps even more important than the Twitter upgrade this morning is the developing technical setup on the TWTR stock chart. The move higher this morning saw the stock fall short of eclipsing a critical resistance level