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(MES) Technical Tuesday: The Foreign Markets to Buy Now

Are all of your eggs in one basket?

You may not think so if you’re fully diversified in different companies and different sectors. But what percentage of your stock holdings is of companies within the U.S.?

Without question, the U.S. equities market is the single strongest equity market...

29Mar2014 | | Comments Off on (MES) Technical Tuesday: The Foreign Markets to Buy Now | Continued

(RSX) The Sector to Buy on the Dips

Increasing concerns about Ukraine and Russia have caused fear to return to the stock market. Foreign markets were punished, especially the Market Vectors Russia ETF (NYSE: RSX), which is down 11.54% over the past week.

However, the U.S. market has seen minimal weakness, down...

20Mar2014 | | Comments Off on (RSX) The Sector to Buy on the Dips | Continued

(GLD) Who’s Got the Gold?

I recently got my first long-term buy signal on gold in many months. That means we can shift from “playing” short-term swings in gold and miners to long-term investing in the shiny metal’s producers.

However, one thing nags at my mind: Who’s got the gold?

We know that most of...

15Mar2014 | | Comments Off on (GLD) Who’s Got the Gold? | Continued

(SLV) How to Play the Silver Rally

Silver is rallying sharply this month, up about 14% in the last three weeks and blowing out of its old range. After it closed yesterday at $21.85, I’m confident we’ll see silver test $27 or even $30 by the end of this year.

And that will make a huge difference for undervalued silver...

9Mar2014 | | Comments Off on (SLV) How to Play the Silver Rally | Continued

(XLY) Technical Tuesday: Trouble Ahead?

Whenever a bull market corrects, investors ask themselves: Could this bull run be over?

Today I’ll give you one big indication that historically has spelled the end.

Very simply, when the sector that had led the market breaks down, it’s a major sign of a long-term top. Do you know...

26Feb2014 | | Comments Off on (XLY) Technical Tuesday: Trouble Ahead? | Continued

(SPY) From the Mailbag: Is It Time to Panic?

“I’m very nervous about this market.”

So began the letter from Tom that came in this week to the Investment U Mailbag. He continues: “I’ve done pretty well in the markets since 2010, and I’ve regained a good chunk of what I lost in the 2008 crash. But I don’t...

25Feb2014 | | Comments Off on (SPY) From the Mailbag: Is It Time to Panic? | Continued

(GLD) Has Gold Lost its Shine Forever?

Has Gold Lost its Shine Forever?

Gold has always been a safe bet for investment and a hedge against inflation. But this common belief turned into a nightmare when the prices of gold crashed by almost 13% in mid-April. Historically speaking, prices of gold have always moved...

15Aug2013 | | Comments Off on (GLD) Has Gold Lost its Shine Forever? | Continued

(VXX) Unemployment: Is Resilience an Illusion?

After sinking to a five-year low last week, jobless claims have now jumped to a seasonally adjusted level of 360,000. This is the highest in six weeks, an increase of 32,000 over last week’s revised figure of 328,000. Last week’s claims numbers were originally reported at 323,000, the lowest level...

22Jun2013 | | Comments Off on (VXX) Unemployment: Is Resilience an Illusion? | Continued

(XLK) Stock Market News for May 17, 2013 – Market News

Benchmarks ended their streak of gains after the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, John Williams said the Central Bank could start tapering the monetary stimulus program this summer, if the job market continues to improve. Meanwhile, a string of discouraging domestic reports...

17May2013 | | Comments Off on (XLK) Stock Market News for May 17, 2013 – Market News | Continued

(MGV) Vanguard Switches Indexes for 8 U.S. ETFs – ETF News And Commentary

Vanguard has been leading the ultra-cheap ETF market, and is easily the top choice for investors seeking low-cost products in many fund categories. This technique has proven to be a winning strategy for the company as investors have flocked in droves to these low cost products, giving Vanguard over...

24Apr2013 | | Comments Off on (MGV) Vanguard Switches Indexes for 8 U.S. ETFs – ETF News And Commentary | Continued

(XLE) Stock Market News for April 15, 2013 – Market News

Benchmarks closed in the red following a series of disappointing domestic reports. Major indices retreated following four days of consecutive gains. Meanwhile, quite surprisingly, retail sales fell in the month of March. Consumer sentiment declined to its lowest level in nine months in April. The...

15Apr2013 | | Comments Off on (XLE) Stock Market News for April 15, 2013 – Market News | Continued

(XLF) Stock Market News for March 19, 2013 – Market News

Benchmarks declined for the second day in a row following news that Cyprus is on the brink of a financial crisis and needs to be bailed out. These developments rekindled fears of the Euro Zone crisis among investors. Financial stocks were the worst hit among the top ten S&P 500 industry groups...

28Mar2013 | | Comments Off on (XLF) Stock Market News for March 19, 2013 – Market News | Continued

(XHB) Stock Market News for February 26, 2013 – Market News

Benchmarks took a battering on Monday following uncertainty about the outcome of the Italian elections and a revival of euro zone concerns. The instability in the Italian government indicates European debt problems might resurface which in turn could weaken the global economy. The major indices logged...

26Feb2013 | | Comments Off on (XHB) Stock Market News for February 26, 2013 – Market News | Continued

(IEV) The State of the Union Address for Investors

Here is my short-form take on President Obama’s State of the Union address.  This is written to outline four major areas that concern stock market investors.

I have excerpted the first three sections  — Labor Markets, Sector Priorities, and Fiscal Progress — out of the actual...

25Feb2013 | | Comments Off on (IEV) The State of the Union Address for Investors | Continued

(EPS) Acadia Medical – Aggressive Growth

Shares of Acadia Medical (ACHC) reached a 52-week high of $25.76 on January 8 following its accretive acquisition of Greenleaf Center a day earlier. Several strategic investments of late and impressive fiscal third-quarter results helped this...

15Jan2013 | | Comments Off on (EPS) Acadia Medical – Aggressive Growth | Continued

(DEB) Shire to Buy Lotus Tissue Repair

Shire plc (SHPG) recently announced its intention to acquire privately-held biotech company, Lotus Tissue Repair, Inc.

Lotus Tissue Repair is developing a protein replacement therapy for the treatment of dystrophic epidermolysis...

15Jan2013 | | Comments Off on (DEB) Shire to Buy Lotus Tissue Repair | Continued

(XLK) Stock Market News for January 7, 2013 – Market News

The U.S economy kept up hiring at a moderate pace in December, giving benchmarks a lift on Friday. The S&P 500 closed at its highest level since 2007 following a resolution to the Fiscal Cliff dilemma and a positive government jobs report. Meanwhile, factory orders were stable in November while...

12Jan2013 | | Comments Off on (XLK) Stock Market News for January 7, 2013 – Market News | Continued

(XLK) Stock Market News for January 3, 2013 – Market News

Lawmakers managed to seal a last-minute deal on the Fiscal Cliff issue, giving benchmarks a reason to kick off the New Year with a strong rally. The bullish sentiment helped the S&P 500 register its biggest daily gain in more than a year. Meanwhile, a couple of domestic reports were released....

7Jan2013 | | Comments Off on (XLK) Stock Market News for January 3, 2013 – Market News | Continued

(XHB) Stock Market News for January 2, 2013 – Market News

Benchmarks ended 2012 on a high note as U.S lawmakers were very close to sealing a deal on the Fiscal Cliff issue. Stocks moved higher after Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell and President Barack Obama made encouraging comments on the issue. The S&P 500 logged its best last day rally of the...

2Jan2013 | | Comments Off on (XHB) Stock Market News for January 2, 2013 – Market News | Continued

(XLE) Stock Market News for December 31, 2012 – Market News

Benchmarks ended in the red for the fifth consecutive day after fears intensified that U.S lawmakers may not be able to seal a deal on the Fiscal Cliff issue before January 1. The Dow Jones logged its longest five-day decline since July. Meanwhile, the pending home sales index jumped to its highest...

1Jan2013 | | Comments Off on (XLE) Stock Market News for December 31, 2012 – Market News | Continued

(XLY) Stock Market News for December 27, 2012 – Market News

A slump in U.S retail stocks and investor apprehensions about the Fiscal Cliff dragged the benchmarks lower on Wednesday. This was the third consecutive day of losses for the benchmarks and a report which showed that U.S. single-family home prices ha

31Dec2012 | | Comments Off on (XLY) Stock Market News for December 27, 2012 – Market News | Continued

(XLF) Stock Market News for December 24, 2012 – Market News

Boehner’s “Plan B” failed to garner ample support from Republicans, dragging the benchmarks into negative territory on Friday. However, the benchmarks finished higher for the week. Both personal spending and demand for durable goods showed an upward trend in November. The financial and energy...

24Dec2012 | | Comments Off on (XLF) Stock Market News for December 24, 2012 – Market News | Continued

(XLB) Stock Market News for November 30, 2012 – Market News

Benchmarks finished in the green propelled by a slew of positive economic reports. GDP expanded more than initially expected, initial claims dropped and pending home sales surged in October. Meanwhile, House Speaker John Boehner’s discouraging comments about the fiscal cliff had erased the initial...

3Dec2012 | | Comments Off on (XLB) Stock Market News for November 30, 2012 – Market News | Continued

(XLY) Stock Market News for November 29, 2012 – Market News

Benchmarks rallied after President Barack Obama and John Boehner made encouraging comments about reaching an agreement on the “fiscal cliff” dilemma. Federal Reserve’s released its latest “Beige Book” reports which revealed that the U.S. economy grew at a “measured pace”. Meanwhile,...

3Dec2012 | | Comments Off on (XLY) Stock Market News for November 29, 2012 – Market News | Continued

(XHB) Stock Market News for November 20, 2012 – Market News

Benchmarks carried their winning momentum into the second-consecutive trading day, banking on optimism about positive developments regarding the “fiscal cliff” dilemma. Markets were also encouraged by a couple of strong corporate results and positive existing home sales data.  The positives combined...

3Dec2012 | | Comments Off on (XHB) Stock Market News for November 20, 2012 – Market News | Continued

(XLU) Stock Market News for November 28, 2012 – Market News

Markets ended in the red after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s discouraging comments about the “fiscal cliff” overshadowed a number of positive economic reports. Additionally, Greece’s lenders concurred on providing additional aid to the nation. Among the positive economic readings, consumer...

2Dec2012 | | Comments Off on (XLU) Stock Market News for November 28, 2012 – Market News | Continued

(XLK) Stock Market News for November 16, 2012 – Market News

A number of mixed earnings reports from U.S. retailers and investor apprehensions ahead of Friday’s fiscal cliff negotiations at the White House left the benchmarks languishing in the red. Meanwhile, initial claims surged over the previous week and jumped to their highest level in 18 months. The...

30Nov2012 | | Comments Off on (XLK) Stock Market News for November 16, 2012 – Market News | Continued

(XLE) Stock Market News for November 19, 2012 – Market News

Markets finally finished in the green on Friday after Congressional leaders hinted that the “fiscal cliff” meeting with President Barack Obama had gone well. Benchmarks have taken a battering ever since this problem came to the forefront, but a positive outcome on Friday instantly steered the...

30Nov2012 | | Comments Off on (XLE) Stock Market News for November 19, 2012 – Market News | Continued

(XLY) Stock Market News for November 27, 2012 – Market News

Benchmarks ended lower on Monday after two consecutive days of gains as investors remained apprehensive about the fiscal cliff. Investors also awaited the outcome of talks among Euro zone finance ministers, International Monetary Fund and European Central Bank about Greece’s debt crisis. Investors...

27Nov2012 | | Comments Off on (XLY) Stock Market News for November 27, 2012 – Market News | Continued

(XHB) Stock Market News for November 21, 2012 – Market News

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s statement that the central bank does not have tools to combat the impending “fiscal cliff” dilemma ended benchmarks’ two-day rally. Moreover, a report from the American Petroleum Institute showed crude oil supplies have dropped in the previous week....

24Nov2012 | | Comments Off on (XHB) Stock Market News for November 21, 2012 – Market News | Continued