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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…

Cardtronics (CATM) Offers Opportunity In ATM Industry

Cardtronics Depressed Multiple May Be Underestimating Potential in Growing ATM Industry Cardtronics (NASDAQ:CATM) is a $1.92B provider of consumer financial services via ATMs and kiosks. Cardtronics stock price has gained 27.3% YTD but remain below 2013 highs of $44.55. Cardtronics (CATM) is the #1 non-bank deployer of ATMs in the…

Consumer Foods Sector: 5 Stocks With Attractive Valuations

The consumer staples sector (and underlying consumer foods group) have been one of the best performers in the first half of 2016, and many of the larger names are utilizing M&A and unlocking value by optimizing brand portfolios. At this point in the cycle, revenue growth is difficult to come…

VIX Volatility Index: Reversal May Hint At A Market Bottom

It seems the term Fear Index gets thrown around a lot these days, but what do people actually mean by that? Most people are referring to the VIX Index which is a market volatility index created by the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) that reflects the markets expectations for volatility over the next 30…

2016 Mid-Year Investment Strategy Outlook – R.W. Baird

2016 At The Half: Contrasts and Consistency An in-depth look at our 2016 Mid-Year Strategy Outlook.  Stocks, Bonds, monetary policy, and more… Highlights: Federal Reserve Continues to Struggle with Messaging Prospects for Economy May Be Better Than Assumed Despite Rally, Equity Funds Continue to See Outflows Market Breadth Offering More…

5 Stock Market Indicators To Watch Following BREXIT

The unexpected decision on Thursday by the UK voters to leave the European Union resulted in sharp declines in the major stock market averages on Friday. The S&P 500 Index fell 3.6%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 3.4% and the NASDAQ declined 4.1%. Global stock markets enjoyed a strong…

3 Reasons Why This Stock Market Pullback Is Bullish

The 3 highlighted paragraphs below were sent out to subscribers right after the market close on Thursday. Little did I know just how powerful it was. While I have been calling for a stock market pullback the past couple of weeks, which would set the stock market up for new…

Cyber-Security M&A Heats Up: Symantec’s Purchase May Spur Deals

Cyber-Security was one of the hottest areas in the Tech space during the first half of 2015. Then came the July washout of all high growth and high valuation technology stocks. That sent the sector reeling. The Cyber-Security ETF (HACK), peaked above $33.50 in June of 2015 and traded almost down…