Bull markets don't die of old age. Yes, we are in the late innings of the second-longest bull market in history. And yes, it will eventually come to an end. But that doesn't mean we will wake up tomorrow to a massive crash on our hands. I believe the opposite is true… that we're in the middle of a massive "Melt Up" in U.S. stocks. It's the final push....More>>>
Fed rate hikes have generally been good for banks–but not today’s quarter point rise. What’s different?
The market clearly likes the rate hike today. The S&P 500 has gained 1% to2,388.03 at 3:01 p.m. today. The Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLF) has is little changed at $24.78, while the SPDR S&P Bank ETF (KBE) has dropped 0.7% to $44.59.
Benefitfocus (NASDAQ: BNFT) is a benefits management company that boasts, “A powerful data-driven platform to shop, enroll, manage and exchange benefits all in one place”. The South Carolina firm separates its solutions into those aimed at employers and those aimed at insurance companies. The stock price has fallen from a peak of $74/share in....More>>>
Why do you trade?
It is important to understand the true drivers behind why you trade the markets. The answer is different for everyone. We all have different circumstances, wants, wishes and desires.
Below are common reasons people get involved:
Entertainment Gambling Staying informed about economic and political developments Intellectual pursuit and....More>>>
The Manufacturing sector saw plenty of trading activity today, including the following leaders and losers.
Some of the biggest gainers among Manufacturing stocks include:
Flex Pharma Inc Cmn (FLKS): FLKS stock is up 13.55% today. Egalet Corporation (EGLT): EGLT stock is up 12.41% today. Versartis Inc Cmn (VSAR): VSAR stock is up 10.15% today. Dynavax Technologies (DVAX): DVAX stock....More>>>
Operators who have a large store concentration in B & C type shopping malls are getting crushed, and The Gap (NYSE:GPS) is exposed to these exact locations. In aggregate, monthly mall traffic declines are still averaging mid-single-digit territory so apparel retailers have two options: sustain their store footprint or downsize.
The question is, which is the better long term alternative?....More>>>
I think growth stocks, which really haven’t done too much since mid-2014, could get a spark in 2017 as economic growth accelerates, suggests Mike Cintolo, Cabot Top Ten Trader.
My Top Pick for growth investors in 2017 is Arista Networks (ANET), which in many ways looks like the next Cisco (CSCO) — the company was built from the ground up to deal with the realities of the new....More>>>
A rising tide lifts all boats, and that appears to be true even for Wisconsin-based Associated Banc-Corp (NYSE:ASB) despite significant headwinds. The $29 billion asset bank’s strategy has been all over the place the last couple years, and rather than specialize on one type of service, the “diversification” bug has earnings reeling. On the valuation front, I don’t think shareholders....More>>>
With the semiconductors space heating up going into 2017, should you pick shares of Qualcomm over Intel’s?
Semiconductor companies have done very well in the last year. In fact, in the last 52 weeks, the average price change for the sixteen semiconductor stocks which are included in the S&P 500 index was 35.62%. In this period the price change of the S&P 500 was 11.94%, and....More>>>
March 9, 2017: Markets opened mixed on Thursday as traders await Friday’s announcement on non-farm payrolls. If the report beats expectations most players will see that as a sure sign that the Fed will raise interest rates next week. The energy and counter-cyclical stocks dragged the markets lower as the healthcare sector put up the day’s largest gain. WTI crude oil for April delivery....More>>>