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Market Volatility Wakes Investors From Summer Slumber

While the noise of the political environment can be deafening to the point of distraction, the uptick in stock market volatility (INDEXCBOE:VIX) over the past week comes after a period of remarkable calm. By some measures the S&P 500 (INDEXSP:.INX) has recently completed the calmest three weeks in its history…

Market Update: Gold Hits New Highs For The Year

U.S. Equities are attempting to stabilize this morning after a big downdraft yesterday. Meanwhile, European equities are playing catchup. The metals are jumping this morning with big pops in Iron Ore, Gold, and Silver. Gold prices (NYSEARCA:GLD) should find some resistance here – cash resistance is around $1310. The near-term…

Will Seasonal Stock Market Weakness Spell Trouble For Bulls?

It’s mid-August and it’s worth noting that the stock market has historically struggled this time of year. The chart above looks at the average seasonal performance of the S&P 500 Index (INDEXSP:.INX) during the month of August over the past 10 and 20 years. Will S&P 500 Seasonal Weakness Offer…

U.S. Financial Markets Update: Uncertainty Creeps Back In

Optimists hope that government will eventually move on to tax reform, while pessimists worry that the Obamacare repeal-failure means tax reform is even less likely. Meanwhile, geopolitical concerns (here and abroad) are adding to market uncertainty for investors. Despite the worries, the economy continues to grow and add jobs. Below…

S&P 500 Market Update: Here Come The Bears…

S&P 500 Trading Outlook (2-3 Days):  BEARISH Upside is limited for the S&P 500 Index (INDEXSP:.INX) and a downturn in the Financials Sector (NYSEARCA:XLF) along with IWM, SML, and MID should have an effect on the S&P 500. A  move under 2461 this morning should lead the market lower. Near-term targets:  2450 and…

U.S. Equity Market Update: Technicals Flash Caution

A rise in geopolitical tensions helped spark the decline in the equity markets last week. Large-cap averages like the S&P 500 Index (INDEXSP:.INX) traded more than 1.0% lower while small-cap indices suffered the most with the Russell 2000 Index (INDEXRUSSELL:RUT) falling nearly 3.0%. Although much of the credit for the…

S&P 500 Weekly Review & Outlook: Breadth Deteriorates

In this week’s investing research outlook, we analyze the technical setup and trends of the S&P 500 Index (INDEXSP:.INX) and Nasdaq Composite (INDEXNASDAQ:.IXIC), check in on investor sentiment and market breadth indicators, and discuss emerging themes and news that we are watching closely in our investing research. Here’s a summary of our findings…

Stock Market Volatility Index (VIX) Surges as RSI Tops 80

After periods of extreme complacency, we are often met with times of severe reversals. This has been the case for the VIX Volatility Index () which is often called the “fear gauge” over the course of the last several years. This morning, the Relative Strength Index (RSI) on the VIX…

How Concerned Should Investors Be About North Korea?

North Korea and the Stock Market Tension between the United States and North Korea should always be taken seriously and is relevant to our investments. However, it is prudent to evaluate present day circumstances in the context of geopolitical and market history. The chart below looks at the S&P 500…

Stocks Head Lower: 3 Charts I’m Watching

We are seeing a continuation of yesterday’s reversal in equities. And after the first signs of a meaningful pullback from highs yesterday, a flight towards safety and safe havens looks to have begun. This is evident with the rallies in Gold (NYSEARCA:GLD) and Treasury Bonds. Also notable in the price…