Tag "stock market indicators"

Are ETFs Driving The Market’s Herding Mentality?

This post was written by Craig Basinger of Richardson GMP. There is no question Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) have exploded in popularity. They offer many benefits to investors and their merits are well known. There is also rising evidence ETFs are changing the structure of the markets and how investors…

Stocks Ready To Shift Focus To Earnings and Tax Deal

The S&P 500 Index (INDEXSP:.INX) and Dow Jone Industrial Average (INDEXDJX:.DJI) enjoyed marginal gains last week but are off to a big start this week. Outside of the large-cap averages (small caps, mid caps, tech, transports, etc), the gains have been very impressive given that they are occurring against a…

S&P 500 Index: Weighted Volatility Near Historical Lows

Realized volatility on the S&P 500 Index (INDEXSP:.INX) is approaching historically low levels; similar levels that were achieved in June 1996 and March 2007. Both of these periods saw realized volatility jump roughly 3 times higher in a relatively-short-time-period. So the million dollar question: Is it different this time?  …

S&P 500 Weekly Outlook: Market Trends Cooling

In this investing research note, we will analyze key stock market indicators, consider the health of the S&P 500 Index (INDEXSP:.INX), and discuss emerging themes that we are watching in our investing research. Here are some summary highlights: Sentiment Shifts Slow to Materialize – Excessive optimism has been slow to unwind in…

U.S. Equities Short Term Technical Outlook – April 21

S&P 500 Futures: (2-3 Day Outlook) Bullish up to 2369-71, with moves above this leading to a more robust move back to new highs. For now, the S&P 500 (INDEXSP:.INX) is at a tough juncture; prices have exceeded 2347, but yet remain in a mild downtrend from early March. One can see…

Disappointing Economic Data A Headwind For Stocks

Disappointing economic data combined with ongoing geopolitical developments were largely responsible for the weakness in the equity markets last week. When all was said and done, the S&P 500 Index (INDEXSP:.INX) was lower by 1.2% (closing on its lows for the week). Retail sales declined for the second month in…

S&P 500 Update: Navigating The Choppy Price Action

The choppy price action on the S&P 500 (INDEXSP:.INX) continues… Prices reversed higher today following a rough week that saw the index close on its lows. So is a bottom near? Here are a few things that I am watching: 1.  MACD / RSI / 50 DMA A couple of…

Macro Investing Trends: 5 Stock Charts To Watch Now

Market trends and rotation occur in both localized (domestic) and global markets. With this in mind, it’s important to understand that we have many investment choices across the globe… and within our own given markets that we tend to follow. Additionally, many of these markets can be used as indicators…

S&P 500 Weekly Review & Outlook: The VIX Awakens

In this investing research note, we will analyze key stock market indicators, weigh the health of the S&P 500 Index (INDEXSP:.INX), and discuss old and new themes that we are watching in our investing research. Here are some summary highlights: Upswing in Volatility Could Have Indexes Looking for Support – Volatility…

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…