Stocks & Bonds

Bull Market Cycle Update: Let The Good Times Roll?

The amount of resources thrown at trying to develop rules or models to predict turns or direction is truly immense. The problem, though, is that the financial markets are more of a social science given the number and behaviour of participants. You simply can’t solve for ‘x’. And even if…

Stocks Buoyed By Investor Sentiment And Inflation Data

The Dow Jones Industrials (INDEXDJX:.DJI) and S&P 500 Index (INDEXDJX:.DJI) ended marginally lower for the second week in a row last week. But the bulls are back at it again this week, with stocks rising Monday and set to rally again today. The equity markets staved off a pullback attempt…

Market Futures Trading Update & Outlook – November 21

Stock Market Futures Considerations For November 21, 2017 The S&P 500 (INDEXSP:.INX) is trading higher on Tuesday morning as stock market bulls are enjoying a holiday rally. Check out my futures trading commentary and key price levels below. Note that you can access today’s economic calendar with a full rundown of releases….

Telecom Stocks Look Overdue For A Rally

2017 hasn’t been kind to the Telecommunications Sector and several telecom stocks. The Telecom Sector ETF (NYSEARCA:IYZ) is down over 15% this year, with the past two weeks providing a thud to the decline. The carnage in the sector can be seen on the weekly chart for IYZ below. But…

November Stock Market Weakness: A Time for Thanks-Giving 

The S&P 500 Index (INDEXSP:.INX) declined -0.13% this past week with Friday’s close coming in at 2,578.85. The index traded as low as 2,557.85 on Wednesday, and as high as 2,590.09 on Thursday, before finishing the week with a lazy “inside day” on Friday. While most were aware that the S&P 500’s…

Stock Market Trends Review & Outlook – Week 47

THE BIG PICTURE Although stocks have been stuck in a range for a few weeks, the major stock market indexes remain in uptrends. We remain overdue for a pullback, so traders should stand at alert. The best thing for traders to do is follow the price action and steer clear…

Small Cap Stocks: Time To Get Your Rally Caps On?

Small cap stocks tend to offer a bit more risk and reward. That equates to higher beta, which in turn tends to mean stronger returns when the broader market is healthy, and weaker returns when the broader market is in the doldrums. So where are we now?  Likely at an…

S&P 500 Futures Trading Outlook For November 20

Stock Market Futures Trading Considerations For November 20, 2017 The S&P 500 (INDEXSP:.INX) is trading slightly higher on Monday morning as bulls are hoping that holiday seasonality brings another market rally. Check out my futures trading commentary and key price levels below. Note that you can access today’s economic calendar with a…

S&P 500 ETF (SPY): 10 Insights For Traders This Week

The SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEARCA:SPY) fell -0.2% last week but did show resiliency mid-week. That said, the S&P 500 has traded sideways for 4 weeks. Stay disciplined and tune out the noise – your process and strategy should keep you in your trades until it stops working. Stay alert…

Are Market Cycles Pointing Towards A Top In Stocks?

Stocks have gone nowhere for 4 weeks. And things should get interesting in the weeks ahead as the stock market cycle takes hold. Market Summary: The S&P 500 Index (INDEXSP:.INX) moved lower last week, declining by 0.2% for the second week in a row. The House of Representatives affirmed a…