Stocks & Bonds

The Current State of the Financial Markets

By Andrew Nyquist This past week has brought back the feeling of a falling knife.  Not a good feeling, especially if you are over invested.  The good news is that the markets are probably going to find a bottom soon.  The bad news is that no one knows at what price….

Quick Take: A Technical Look at the S&P 500, Fibonacci Style

By Andrew Nyquist I am working on a larger technical piece for tomorrow, but wanted to get something out there for the technical folks. Below is a quick update on the Fibonacci support/resistance levels for the S&P 500.  The past couple days has the feeling of a falling knife and has…

Quick Take: Wait for Resolution on Apple (AAPL)

By Andrew Nyquist Apple, Inc. (AAPL) closed at 400 on Friday and is nearing its recent highs around 405.  This is quite a feat, considering the depth of the market correction as well as the late August announcement that Steve Jobs is stepping down as CEO. Although AAPL stock looks buyable…

Quick Take: S&P 500 Narrowing Wedgeline

By Andrew Nyquist After spiking and reversing this morning, the SPY added another focal point to the upper wedgeline.  Although bulls will be quick to point to the strong pivot out of a W formation, I believe the reversal today offers a good opportunity to short strength for a quick trade….

An Amateur’s Approach to Investing in Uncertain Times

By Joshua Schroeder If you are an amateur investor like me, the last few years have presented market moves that are difficult to understand and even more complicated to navigate.  The volatility has been unprecedented and the macroeconomic picture never more uncertain.  The continuous stream of information from market experts and…

Five Stocks to Buy in September

The market has been a wild card of late.  Although the trend has been down, it’s been a bumpy, volatile ride.  Each morning seems to bring a gap higher or lower, and the media makes up a new rationale for each day’s volatile movement.  And today is no different.  The market…

Ford Looking to Flex its Muscles

The financial crisis brought about tough times in the automobile sector.  Hearings, bailouts, restructuring, and layoffs were front and center in our homes and the talk of the US media and political scene.  But, manufacturers like Ford (F) have responded, reinventing themselves with a more practical line of vehicles that…

A Technical Look at the Major Market Indices

The past two weeks have been historic.  And that’s a nice way of putting it.  Watching the major market indices fall 15-17 percent in a matter of two weeks, and 6 percent of that coming just yesterday, has created a pit in the gut of all investors, professional and mom and pops…

Anticipating Bottoms Can be a Dangerous Game

Yes, it feels good to say “Danger is my middle name,” but when the financial markets move into correction mode, participants are best to step aside and wait for a setup to emerge; gaming or anticipating bottoms is a dangerous game. Many pundits and analysts alike have been calling for…

Market Snapshot: Watch the Banks

Uncertainty, then certainty.  Huh?  V is for volatility!  Today, the markets are racing ahead on the heals of strong earnings reports, word of a temporary deal out of Europe, and back and forth rumors of domestic debt ceiling deals… interesting that the markets still get juiced up over bailouts, debt deals, and visions of QE, but…