Stocks & Bonds

Here’s Why Microsoft Stock (MSFT) Has Been Weak In 2015

It’s been a wild ride for the Nasdaq Composite. After rallying over 20 plus percent in just over four months, the Index hit the big round 5000 number on March 2nd. But as the Nasdaq was making new 52 week highs this year (and closing at all-time monthly highs), another big…

Market Cycles and Planetary Cycles Are About To Collide

March 2015 marks the last of seven exact meet-ups from the Pluto-Uranus cycle that began in the summer of 2012. So why is this important to investors? And how do planetary cycles align with market cycles? Well, here is a quick recap from my March 2013 post that aligns the astrological…

Bank Stocks Showing Strength, But Still Under 2014 Highs

The broader stock market had to scratch and claw its way higher in 2014 and early 2015. And as with any market, some sectors lead and others fell behind. The problem: “defensive” sectors lead for much of last year. And it’s also widely known that when “defensive” sectors lead, it’s a…

4 Key Indicators To Watch For Market Divergence

Last month I wrote a short article about why I thought stock market returns are going to be muted over the next 10 years. A prediction of low returns is not a crash prediction nor is it a prediction of a top in the stock market. Typically an intermediate top…

Understanding The Uncertainty Of Our Market Predictions

Most of us who are involved in and write about the financial markets look to the future. Yes, there is a place for theory, and any theory lies on a firm foundation of what has happened in the past—history matters. But what probably matters most to us is what is…

Options and Volatility Outlook For March 10, 2015

Around this time last week, the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500 were near all time highs and looked like they might push even higher.  However, as I noted in “Volatility Might Be Flashing A Warning Sign For Stocks“, I had some concerns about the strength of the stock market as…

The Best Of See It Market – February 2015

For all the challenges, concerns, and volatility that January presented investors, February brought the exact opposite. And, as you might expect, the monthly performance of the major U.S. stock market indices was quite different from January to February. To sum it up: Volatility was crushed, bullish sentiment surged, and the S&P 500 recorded…

Will The NASDAQ Pullback Lead To Further Upside?

Since the Nasdaq Composite closed over 5000 last Monday, it’s been in a quiet pullback – dropping a little over 2 percent from high to low. The good news is that this week should offer up some clues for traders eager to decipher the extent of the Nasdaq pullback. There’s been a…

SP 500 Market Update: Big Week Ahead For Active Investors

Last year was so much fun that investors thought they’d start out 2015 the same way… with hopes of getting the same result into Spring. To recap: Start the year with a really crappy January, and follow it up with an awesome February. And that has given way to thoughts of positive…