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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…

Bull Market Receives Stay Of Execution; But For How Long?

The following first appeared as the June 2016 edition of the J. Lyons Fund Management, Inc. Newsletter at www.jlfmi.com Positive developments in recent months may have extended the life of the bull market — but for how long?   “One more day to complete my service. One more high to…

June 17 COT Report: Market Bulls Have An Opening

The following is a recap of the June 17 Commitment Of Traders COT Report released by the CFTC (Commodity Futures Trading Commission) looking at COT data and futures positions of non-commercial holdings as of June 14. Note that the change in COT report data is week-over-week. This blog post originally appeared…

Volatility Spike Leaves VIX Open To A Reversal

Thursday saw a short-term volatility spike across the board as stocks were hit in early trading. But both reversed course, leaving a reversal candlestick on the VIX Volatility Index. Let’s explore some charts to get a fuller picture of the volatility market. The last data point in Chart 1 is…