Stocks & Bonds

Why Most Investors Quit

There are two reasons that most investors quit. The number one reason people get out of the game is because they have suffered a portfolio loss that exceeds what they can live with. The number 2 reason people get out of the game is because they can’t stand the volatility…

S&P 500 Weekend Update: Technically Neutral

By Andrew Nyquist After pushing higher for much of the week, the S&P 500 took investors for a ride lower on Friday. Although the move lower wasn’t so much of a surprise in hindsight, it did catch many bulls looking “up.” The bull’s excitement was due in part to last week’s…

Investors Beware: Dividend Stocks Becoming a Crowded Trade

By Ross Heart If you are currently investing in dividend stocks, have invested in them, or are considering them, you may also be aware that there exists a bit of an “it’s a no brainer to buy dividend stocks” consensus right now in the marketplace. Furthermore, it is very difficult…

Trading Ideas for the Week Ahead: July 16

By Alex Salomon As I have written before in “Investment Lessons for Life,” I strive to limit my number of transactions (and urge to trade all the time) by timing my investments (long and shorts) based on a multitude of indicators. In short, I try to pick my spots and define…

Weekend Market Update: Technical Shakeout

Last week, I mentioned that the uptrend line may be a likely target for the S&P 500 as it heads lower, stating that it was a “confluence of support:  lateral, uptrend, and 50 dma.” Although this area was broken intraday, it was not “sustained” and there wasn’t any follow through…

Ford (F) Stock Nearing Critical Juncture

If you are looking for an economically sensitive stock, look no further than Ford (F). The European crisis coupled with global economic fits and starts have hit the stock hard. And from a technical perspective, Ford is reaching a critical juncture. On the weekly bar chart below, a fairly symetrical,…

Chart of the Week: Apple (AAPL) Surges Through Resistance

By Andrew Nyquist Last week, Apple (AAPL) surged through resistance at 590 and didn’t look back. The stock was assisted by analyst earnings chatter and rumors of new products, including the iPad mini. Technically speaking, the stock has run a bit, but is in good shape. The best near-term risk/reward comes…

S&P 500 Weekend Update: 1363 Looms Large

By Andrew Nyquist Well it’s Friday and Wall Street is busy finishing up yet another wild week of “As Europe Turns.” And you know what that means: lots of whipsaws and sentiment extremes. Without a doubt, this type of action makes a week feel more like a month!  So if your…

S&P 500 Weekend Update: An Up Close Look At the Technicals

By Andrew Nyquist As per usual, Fed week has proven to be both volatile and pesky. Monday started with a nice ramp up that overflowed happily into Tuesday. But just as investors settled in to their newfound frothy sentiment (dreaming of QE and just right porridge), the market reversed. Turnaround Tuesday…