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The Nasdaq commanded the upside again and growth stocks showed strong moves on Thursday. The NYSE composite edged slightly lower and fell for a third day in a row.
Since the stock market's collapse into the February lows, investors have been bombarded by conflicting views and a number of reasons to stay out of the stock market. This week, there were wrinkles in the negotiations, as North Korea reacted poorly to the Libya analogy floated by National Security Adviser John Bolton.
The public enthusiasm for the stock market has continued to deteriorate over the past few months. This was not surprising to hear from Cramer, a long time market fundamentalist who expects that the market will respond rationally to current macroeconomic and geopolitical trends as well as individual corporate profit/loss statements.
The stock market’s sharply lower open on Thursday likely triggered more bearish strategies as the S&P 500 dropped almost 20 points below its 200 day WMA. Many bears thought that the S&P was finally going to have a decisive close below this widely watched level. Those who are short going into the weekend are likely nervous but who is winning the tug of war between the bulls and the bears? The daily chart of the S&P 500 shows Thursday’s early drop below the 200 day and then Friday’s strong close as a daily doji buy signal was triggered (see arrow).
The stock market’s attempt to rally early in the week was derailed by the comments from Caterpillar’s Chief Financial Officer Brad Halverson that the company’s first-quarter profit “will be the high-water mark for the year” because of expected increases in investment later in 2018. Caterpillar’s stock went from being up over $7 per share as it reached a high of $161.10 before plunging to close at $144.44. The daily chart shows that CAT had broken its downtrend, line a, prior to earnings as it had slightly violated the 38.2% support at $139.89.
Twice a year Barron’s conducts their latest survey of 157 professional investors. Where do they think stocks or rates are headed in the next year and does the technical outlook agree? Which sectors or regions look the best and should you fade the survey results?
Stock traders bailed on stocks Friday afternoon over worries about Syria and the political turmoil in Washington made many nervous about holding stocks over the weekend. A review of the key technical readings after last week's action are more important in determining what you should be doing now.
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Last week’s action has clearly shaken the confidence of many investors. After implementing measures that could have strengthened the economy, Trump’s recent action on trade seems harmful. What impact will his action have on the stock market and should investors now change their strategy?
Stocks had a roller coaster ride last week, in a battle between the bulls and the bears. The late day declines on Wednesday and Thursday had the stock market bears looking for a weak Friday close. Instead stocks rallied to close the week higher. What does this mean for the bullish case?
Last week, I featured a chart of the V-shaped bottom that occurred in October 2014. After last week's action is this now more likely and what are the signs that such a bottom has been completed?
But gains for the major stock indexes faded Monday morning, but it didn't take long for buyers to back as indexes were near session highs in afternoon trading.
Historically, Wall Street strategists have not been bullish at correction lows, but does the technical outlook suggest that they're right this time?
The 3.9% drop in the S&P 500 last week with all eleven sectors declining has some investors on edge. Is this the start of something much, much bigger that puts the market on "thin ice" and should you be worried?
With 59.5% of AAII individual investors now bullish and no bears in sight does that mean you should change your strategy? A technical look at the market shares the signs you should watch for when the market is ready for a rest.
Stocks closed moderately higher Thursday, although indexes faded in the final hours of trading.
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The volatile week in the stock market was followed by the overnight passage of the Trump tax bill. The sharp drop Friday on news of the Flynn guilty plea took the S&P 500 from up 0.11% to down 1.59% very quickly. Did this change the outlook from the weekly or daily A/D lines?
The stock market’s strong gains over the past few weeks may have convinced some sidelined investors to finally get into the stock market but does history indicate they should be following the forecasts of Wall Street strategist?
The strong gain in the Nasdaq 100 last week has turned many on Wall Street even more bullish. The raising of some upside targets for the S&P 500 after such a prolonged rally is often a reason for concern. Watch the market internals each day and here is what to look for ....
The stock markets were strong again in October and with more signs of a strong economy they may be even more bullish because of the historically strong performance of the stock market in November. But when was the last time stocks corrected significantly in November and what were the warning signs?
The budget vote lit the market's fuse on Friday as the Dow closed the week at overbought levels rarely seen in the past ten years. Some traders think the market is "different now" but is that really the case? Any warning signs from the market internals?
Last week the story was again the small cap stocks and looking back at the last seventeen years of market history there are two periods that I will focus on where the small cap Russell 2000 significantly beat the S&P 500. What does this mean for the current rally?