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China ETF (FXI) Update: Breakout Points To Higher Prices

Back in 2015, the China ETF (NYSEARCA:FXI) was in free-fall.  Investors were wondering when the China stock crash would end and if it would spread to other markets. Well, thankfully it did end.  And during that period of free-fall, it left an unfilled open gap on its price chart. And…

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China ETF (FXI) Update: Breakout Points To Higher Prices

Back in 2015, the China ETF (NYSEARCA:FXI) was in free-fall.  Investors were wondering when the China stock crash would end and if it would spread to other markets. Well, thankfully it did end.  And during that period of free-fall, it left an unfilled open gap on its price chart. And…

China’s Economic Growth Forecast: Sunny… Until 2018

With this week’s release of the June quarter GDP results from China it’s worth checking in on a few charts that show some of the key trends in China’s economy. The charts present mostly a cyclical view, but the structural trends and changes in the make up of the economy…

Chart Spotlight: Value Line Geometric Index Breaks Out

The U.S. equity market saw a wide swathe of indices break out this week. Perhaps the broadest and most important breakout was the Value Line Geometric Index (INDEXNYSEGIS:VALUG). Wednesday’s rally on Wall Street led not only to new highs again among the popular large cap indices, but also to breakouts…

What The VXST:VIX Volatility Ratio Is Saying About Stocks Now

With the lack of a buyable stock market dip dominating the financial news (see: WSJ’s “Markets’ Steady Climb in 2017 Defies Historic Odds“), many traders are waiting for an opportunity to enter the market on the long side and participate in what is shaping up to be a low volatility…

Futures Trading Outlook For Friday: S&P 500, Nasdaq, Crude Oil

Stock Market Futures Trading Considerations For July 21, 2017 The S&P 500 (INDEXSP:.INX) made new highs once more yesterday… but the broad market index is vulnerable to a pullback.  Any failed retests will likely give way to a move lower (and into deeper support levels).  See key futures trading levels…

S&P 500 Trading Update: Short-Term Concerns Mounting

S&P 500 Near-Term Outlook (2-3 Days):  BEARISH I am seeing various signs of the Industrials sector selling off (Transports), while a yield curve downturn is putting pressure on the Financials sector. As well, the Nasdaq (INDEXNASDAQ:.IXIC) and technology look to be stalling out.  These factors (and several concerns listed below)…

S&P 500 Trading Update: Overhead Price Resistance Looms

Stock Market Futures Trading Considerations For July 20, 2017 The S&P 500 Index (INDEXSP:.INX) is set to open slightly higher but traders should note the overhead resistance levels that may stall this move today. Key futures trading levels and analysis are located below for the S&P 500, Nasdaq, and Crude…

Bonds With Equity-Like Risk/Returns: High Yield IEDs

“What we’re seeing is an increase in the evolutionary pace of IED (improvised explosive device) design. It’s increasing at a pace we previously haven’t seen.” – Ben Venzke The traditional benchmark asset allocation is 60/40 – 60% in stocks, 40% in bonds. Such a “balanced” allocation is considered to be…

U.S. Equities Update: S&P 500, Nasdaq Near Trading Price Targets

S&P 500 Futures Trading Outlook (2-3 Days):  Nearing ST Price Target (2470.5) I’ve been looking for a final push up to 2470-5 on S&P 500 Futures before looking for any type of correction to materialize. Tech is up against solid resistance and needs to be watched. Housing starts came in largely…

U.S. Financial Markets Update: Investors Eyeing Europe

The past month has seen assets gain in price, despite an increase in investor anxiety due to comments from the European Central Bank (more on that below). In the U.S., tweets continue to be plentiful while new legislation remains scarce.  Yet despite these interesting times, the economy continues to grow…