Stocks & Bonds

S&P 500 Weekly Update: Consolidation Bullish For Stocks

S&P 500 Weekly Market Outlook & Technical Review (July 29) Here’s a look at some key stock market indicators and emerging themes that we are watching: Stocks Consolidating Recent Gains – After breaking out to a new high, stocks have settled into a narrow short-term trading range. While at times…

Market Update: Gold Rallies Higher, S&P 500 Bulls Hold On

S&P 500 futures barely budged following disappointing GDP data showing a miss with 1.2% vs 2.5% expected. We simply saw a fractional pullback on the S&P 500 Index (INDEXSP:.INX) before the stock market quickly found support and moved higher. Digging deeper into GDP data… The consumer is doing very well, logging in…

Will Semiconductor Deals Spur More Consolidation? Who’s Next?

Earlier this week Analog Devices (NASDAQ:ADI) announced a $14.8B deal for Linear Tech (NASDAQ:LLTC), one of the largest Tech deals this year. This follows a flurry of semiconductor deals across the industry, boosting the sector (NASDAQ:SOXX). Less than two weeks ago Softbank announced a $28B deal for ARM Holdings (NASDAQ:ARMH) in…

S&P 500 Futures Trading Outlook For July 29

S&P 500 Futures July 29 – Trading Outlook  Looking at the broader stock market using S&P 500 futures (ES_F) showed stocks jammed up in a trading range. But that could end soon as we enter the last trading day in July. We touched the top of our trading range again, but we’ll…

Ready Or Not, Here Comes The Bank Of Japan

July 29 Bank Of Japan Statement Up Next… More Kale Smoothies On The Way Regardless of whether or not the Bank of Japan’s statement this week is well received by the financial markets, the trend has been and will continue to be to print money (and more money) in an…

Junk Bonds (NYSEARCA:JNK) Rally Hits Key Price Resistance

Junk bonds have done an excellent job at sending risk on/off signals to investors (for the broad stock market indices). Today, I’m providing an update on the Junk Bond ETF (NYSEARCA:JNK) and what it’s saying now. We’ll need to take a look at the price action and chart. In fact, we’ll look at…

Volatility In Treasury Bonds Likely To Tick Higher

My research and sources that I follow are indicating the potential for 2nd quarter US GDP to surprise to the upside. Perhaps with growth as high as 4%. So the question is: How will US treasury bonds deal with this kind of surprise? Such an announcement would cause US Treasury bond…

S&P 500 Futures Trading Outlook For July 27

S&P 500 Futures Trading Outlook for July 27, 2016 – The broader stock market indices led by the S&P 500 Index (INDEXSP:.INX) are looking forward to the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting release today at 2pm. More specifically, active investors are awaiting news from the FOMC on interest rates. It seemed a forgone…

Japan’s Economy Doesn’t Need Helicopter Money: It Needs Less Debt

Pondering the state of the global economy can elicit manic-depressive-obsessive-compulsive emotions. The volatility of global markets – equities, bonds, commodities, currencies, etc. – are challenging enough without consideration of Brexit, the U.S. Presidential election, radical Islamic terrorism and so on. Yet no discussion of economic and market environments is complete…

Can The S&P 500 Record Its 5th Straight Week Of Gains?

U.S. stock market indices rose yet again last week with the S&P 500 Index (INDEXSP:.INX) setting a new all-time record high on Friday. The S&P 500 is attempting to record its 5th straight week of gains this week. Stocks have been supported by better-than-expected second-quarter earnings and an improved outlook for U.S….