Going Nowhere

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[Chart courtesy of MarketWatch.com] 1. Moving the Markets It was a slow pre-Holiday session with the major indexes trending to the upside intraday but ending just about unchanged. Volume was extremely low. Economic data were mixed but Wall Street still believes that the Fed remains on track to raise rates. All eyes are on next week’s jobs report which, should …

Major Indexes Stay Afloat Amidst Terrorism

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[Chart courtesy of MarketWatch.com] 1. Moving the Markets The 3 major u.s. benchmarks eked out small gains today by the closing bell, as geopolitical risk weighed on financial markets. The shooting of a Russian fighter jet by turkey entrenched the post-paris terrorism threat and coming interest rate hikes on wall street’s worry list today. The latest geopolitical flash drove stock …

Markets Quiet After Booming Week

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[Chart courtesy of MarketWatch.com] 1. Moving the Markets Wall Street, coming off its best weekly gain of the year, which was preceded by its worst one, kicked off the Holiday-shortened week in a cautious mood, as investors digested a record deal in the pharmaceutical space and kept a close eye on Europe, where the terrorism threat remains real. It seems …

ETFs/Mutual Funds On The Cutline – Updated Through 11/20/2015

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Below are the latest ETF Cutline reports, which show how far above or below their respective long-term trend lines (39 week SMA) my currently tracked ETFs/MFs are positioned. The first report covers the ETF Master List from Thursday’s StatSheet and includes 381 ETFs, of which currently 107 (last week 22) are hovering in bullish territory. The second report includes only …

One Man’s Opinion: Will A Stronger Dollar And Higher Interest Rates Trigger A Correction In US Equities?

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Investors may not have realized but something interesting happened in the third quarter of 2015; corporate earnings declined year-over-year in the July-September quarter for the first time since July 2009. While one quarter doesn’t show a trend, earnings quality going forward doesn’t certainly look good, said Larry McDonald of Societe Generale. Financial engineering by S&P 500 companies have been stretched …

New ETFs On The Block: FlexShares US Quality Large Cap Index Fund (QLC)

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Investors that are increasingly betting on a US recovery in the midst of a turbulent global economic scenario possibly should focus on large-cap US companies as part of their core holding. While there are nearly 120 exchange-traded funds that focuses on large-cap US equities through a variety of strategies including fundamentals, size, value, growth, sector, size, earnings, dividend yields etc, …