Stocks & Bonds

S&P 500 Bottom Indicator? Watch For A VIX Spike Reversal

Wednesday witnessed several potentially important developments in the markets, but the message is not clear-cut. After straddling the 50-day moving average for nearly three weeks, the S&P 500 large cap index (INDEXSP:.INX) lost it yesterday, albeit not by much.  This was the first time the index closed under that average…

S&P 500 Futures Trading Outlook For April 13

Stock Market Futures Trading Considerations For April 13, 2017 The Volatility Index and futures have shown the way lower for stocks. Increased volatility has lead the S&P 500 (INDEXSP:.INX) in a sideways to lower chop… and we’ve drifted into deeper support levels. For the first time in a while, we did not…

S&P 500 (SPY) Pulls Back From Key Fibonacci Level

The S&P 500’s rally from late 2016 through February 2017 was like a rocket ride (especially if we consider the overnight election lows for stock market futures). But because the move was so sharp, the trend line of the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEARCA:SPY) rally was difficult to sustain. The chart below…

Market Futures Trading Outlook For April 12, 2017

The Volatility Index (INDEXCBOE:VIX) and volatility futures are on the rise. This has caused the S&P 500 (INDEXSP:.INX) charts to whipsaw around. That said, prices were bought once more at its lower edges of congestion and lower highs are holding… for now. Trading ranges did expand – but with damp momentum, we are…

Alibaba (BABA) Shares Look Poised To Hit New All Time High

Alibaba Group (NASDAQ:BABA) had a successful start after going public in late 2014, pricing at $68 per share and quickly soaring to $120 by November. However, the IPO honeymoon phase quickly turned sour at the start of 2015 as shares fell below $90 in January. And close to the 1-year…

Should Investors Be Concerned By The Latest Bond Binge?

Is The Trump Trade Overcrowded And On The Ropes? Given the Trump trade is based on expectations for reduced regulation, lower taxes, and faster economic growth, if investors had moved all their chips to the Trump table, we would expect strong outflows in defensive-oriented bonds over the past several months….

Study: Unloved Stocks Offer Opportunity For Savvy Investors

This post was written by Craig Basinger of Richardson GMP. Behavioral Finance combines behavioral and cognitive psychology theory with conventional economics and finance. Essentially it attempts to account or add the “human” element into understanding how the markets behave. While still a relative new area, it has garnered a great…

Stock Market Update: Resilience In The Face Of Weakness

The equity markets escaped through a minefield of potentially damaging economic and geopolitical news and events last week to finish the period little changed. Note that the S&P 500 (INDEXSP:.INX) finished down just -0.3%. So Where Are We Now? Business activity and job creation slowed in March. The fact that…

S&P 500 Futures Trading Outlook For April 11, 2017

Stock Market Futures Trading Considerations For April 11, 2017 As suspected, range expansions on the S&P 500 (INDEXSP:.INX) were held at bay yesterday as momentum continues to drift.  Buyers appear to be waiting at lower levels to hold the range at support, yet few are eager to buy at higher…

Nasdaq and S&P 500 Futures Weekly Trend Analysis – April 10

THE BIG PICTURE – What Lies Ahead? Stock market bears have an opening, but it’s just a matter of whether or not they take advantage of it. Thus far, they haven’t. The S&P 500 (INDEXSP:.INX) is just 2 percent off all-time highs, while the Nasdaq Composite (INDEXNASDAQ:.IXIC) is just one percent….