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Nasdaq 100 (NDX) Trading Update: Topping Formation?

As mentioned in the title, the chart of the Nasdaq 100 Index (INDEXNASDAQ:.IXIC) is showing topping formations. The chart below shows overhead resistance… and how momentum is beginning to stall out for large cap tech stocks. Although pullbacks are likely to be bought, traders should use caution here.  Below is…

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U.S. Financial Market Update: Economy, Stocks Stay Positive

August was a month of reduced activity in financial markets, as many market participants take vacation before the start of the school year. Everyone is back  to their normal routine and geopolitical worries such as North Korea continue to simmer.  The rising geopolitical concerns at home and abroad, however, have…

Nasdaq 100 (NDX) Trading Update: Topping Formation?

As mentioned in the title, the chart of the Nasdaq 100 Index (INDEXNASDAQ:.IXIC) is showing topping formations. The chart below shows overhead resistance… and how momentum is beginning to stall out for large cap tech stocks. Although pullbacks are likely to be bought, traders should use caution here.  Below is…

S&P 500 Market Update: 5 Key Concerns For Traders

S&P 500 Trading Outlook (2-3 Days):  BEARISH The S&P 500 Index (INDEXSP:.INX) has now risen into the first important zone where a trend reversal could take place between now and Friday. Overall, 2520 (futures) should be an area to sell into on any opening Spike between now and Friday.  UNDER 2487, or last week’s…

Rewriting History: The Federal Reserve’s Epic Policy Bet

Chasing the Dragon “There is no other agency of government which can overrule actions that we take.” – Alan Greenspan The Federal Reserve (Fed) currently expects real economic growth for the foreseeable future to average below 2.00%. Japan, the United Kingdom, and the European region are forecasting an even more…

Commodities Update: What’s Next For Energy & Materials Stocks?

Last week we took a look at interest rate sensitive sectors to kick off our mini-series on core income. In our second edition of the of this series we examine the Commodity sectors: Energy (NYSEARCA:XLE) and Materials (NYSEARCA:XLB) both of which are very sensitive to economic conditions. These sectors tend…

Russell 2000 Volatility Index Hits Record Lows: Trouble Ahead?

Small-Cap volatility expectations just smashed previous record lows. I’ve written a fair amount lately on various themes related to volatility expectations in the stock market. Many of these posts focused on the behavior of volatility expectations relative to their underlying stock market indices, including one last week on the “stand-off” between the Russell…

U.S. Equities Update: Industrials (XLI) and Materials (XLB) Lead Rally

The equity markets remain elevated with the S&P 500 (INDEXSP:.INX,) and Dow Jones Industrials (INDEXDJX:.DJI) sitting at record highs. The move to new highs is finding leadership via the Industrials Sector (NYSEARCA:XLI) and the Materials Sector (NYSEARCA:XLB). Stocks are being supported by improving global economic conditions and by a growing…

Investing Update: Market ‘Tells’ and Studying Like A Pro Coach

Professional Coaches Study The Game And Their Opponents Successful coaches in any sport break down film to better understand the small details that lead to long-term success. The same principles can be applied to the financial markets, trading, and investing. Michael Lombardi, who worked with NFL coach Bill Belichick for…

S&P 500 Futures Update & Trading Outlook – September 19

Stock Market Futures Trading Consideration For September 19, 2017 I’m digging out this morning so this will just be a short “chart” update for the S&P 500, Nasdaq, and crude oil futures contracts. The S&P 500 (INDEXSP:.INX) continues to hover near its highs on Tuesday morning but momentum is simmering…

Economic Chart Spotlight: Global Monetary Policy Converges

The big focus this week is on whether the Fed will either hike rates, announce Quantitative Tighening (QT) aka balance sheet normalization, do both, or do nothing…. but a bigger set of trends are playing out at a global level in the monetary policy space. The key chart in this article came…