Stocks & Bonds

4 Cyber Security Stocks To Watch Into Earnings (FEYE, LOCK, RDWR, CUDA)

In 2015, the hallmark of cyber security stocks has been the monstrous increase in trading volumes. Obviously, more hackers and more “visible” attacks have lead to more government and media attention… and this has lead to more interest in select cyber security stocks. The demand for this industry (and its stocks) shows up in the PureFunds Cyber Security ETF (HACK), which continues to hit 52 week highs (see chart below).

Apple Earnings Report: Expectations And Chart Implications

Today Apple, Inc. (AAPL) will report earnings after the bell. And after crushing earnings last quarter, the expectations are running high (once again) into the Apple earnings report.  The stock is up today in a “down” market, so investors are feeling a bit bullish. Apple Earnings Wall Street consensus (according to Estimize): $2.18/share earnings on $56.3 billion in revenue. Note the Estimize community estimate is slightly higher. But there’s more

Emerging Markets (EEM): Chart Says This Week Is Critical

The Emerging Markets have been a hot topic as they have outperformed recently. I wrote about the S&P 500 (SPY) to Emerging Markets (EEM) relative strength ratio a couple weeks ago because it looked like it was headed into support. Well, now it’s time to provide a quick update on that SPY/EEM ratio. In that post, we discussed the implications to the Emerging Markets while also showing the impact this ratio had on

Top Trading Links: Market Cycles, Setups, and All Time Highs

The stock market’s resilience has been amazing. The Russell 2000 (RUT) and S&P 500 (SPX) made new all time highs this week and the NASDAQ Composite (COMPQ) has made new 52 week highs (just off its all timers). It’s been important to truly keep an open mind. If we continue to rally, let’s keep in mind some layered resistance starting at the S&P 500’s fibonacci extension level around 2138. Time to dig

US Dollar Chart: Is A Deeper Pullback Coming?

The US Dollar Index has been flexing its muscle since last summer and is up over 20% in less than a year. When putting the US Dollar rally into perspective, it truly has been rare and historic. Will the “historic” rise equate to a major long-term trend change higher? Perhaps. But there is something that investors of all asset classes should be aware of regarding King Dollar right now: momentum has

Investors: Don’t Fight The Stock Buybacks

An interesting anecdote on Twitter recently prompted the need for further discussion about stock buybacks, along with the concomitant benefits and costs to shareholders. “Stocks wouldn’t be this high were it not for all the buybacks…” Yes, except the buybacks happened, so stock prices are this high. — Myles Udland (@m_udland) April 23, 2015 Stock buybacks are perceived by many as a byproduct of low interest rates because companies can

U.S. Housing Data Mixed: Home Construction ETF (ITB) In Focus

This week is perfect to be discussing U.S. housing dynamics as the March sales numbers for existing and new homes were just published. The report was mixed. Sales of existing homes rose 6.1 percent to an annual rate of 5.19 million units – the highest since 5.26 million in September 2013. New home sales were weak, down 11.4 percent to an annual rate of 481,000 units; although February, at 543,000,

S&P 500 Nears All Time Highs: Chart Implications

As I type, the S&P 500 is within one point of its all time highs set back in February. The question now is whether we will see a new leg higher that leaves this choppy consolidation behind? Or will the choppiness persist, limiting the move? Here is a chart showing the break above the upper wedge line around 2107. This lead to the quick move higher to test the S&P

Are Crude Oil Prices Ready To Trend Higher? [VIDEO]

Nearly 4 months ago, I wrote a research post on the state of the Crude Oil prices. Here’s a excerpt from that post: “Consider also watching for price and momentum to be in unison. If you miss the initial entry, a pullback on an intraday basis can offer another opportunity. When all trends line up on a daily and intraday basis, the probability of it continuing in trend is more likely.”

Trend Turns Higher For Energy Sector ETF (XLE)

Recently the energy sector as represented by the Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLE) has been showing some positive price action on both traditional and P&F (Point and Figure) charts. No doubt the recent rally in Crude Oil prices has helped. Today, I want to focus my attention on the P&F chart for XLE (see below). There are two very quick takeaways: 1. The downtrend which started in the summer