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The Jolt I was Expecting - Sort of
John S Hopkins Jr - October 19, 2014
The mostly negative action this week reminded me of a blog I did about a month ago titled, "Be ready for the big jolt." The premise of the blog was that we need to be prepared in some way for sudden, out of the blue type events like we saw this week. . . . keep reading
Tom Bowley's Market Chatter for October 17, 2014
Tom Bowley - October 17, 2014
It's not often you can sit back and say the market's doing just about what you expected. But that's the case today. Options expire. Miraculously (sarcasm), the filled candlesticks have disappeared and we're all of a sudden seeing a much more bullish trading environment. Of course, we've discussed how higher prices would work to the benefit of market makers as options expire and that's exactly what we've seen . . . keep reading
No room to spare
John S Hopkins Jr - October 12, 2014
The selling into the end of the week was fierce with not much spared. The NASDAQ in particular got hammered on Friday losing 2.33%. The Dow and S&P lost ground as well but I like to focus on the S&P as it tracks 500 companies and thus is a good representation of what's going on in the overall market . . . keep reading
Tom Bowley's Market Chatter for October 10, 2014
Tom Bowley - October 10, 2014
The Russell 2000 recently lost key intermediate-term price support near 1090 and the selling quickly accelerated. Today, it's the NASDAQ's turn to test key support. 4326.28 is the number to watch on the close. Today's low hit 4299 before bouncing. Given that options expire next Friday and we've had such a significant short-term decline, it's not out of the question that we'll see a bounce to damage all the net in-the-money put premium that currently exists . . . keep reading
Don't Doubt the Fed
John S Hopkins Jr - October 04, 2014
If you are still hanging on to the notion that the Fed is about ready to raise interest rates you can park that thought for a while. Not going to happen. Just look at what happened the past year as a great example . . . keep reading
Will the bulls do it again?
John S Hopkins Jr - September 28, 2014
Last week was rocky, to say the least, with all of the major indexes closing below key technical levels after getting pounded on Thursday, only to rebound on Friday, with all of the indexes closing back above their respective 50 day moving averages by week's end. That's been a hallmark of the bulls for a long time now; step up to the plate exactly when needed . . . keep reading
Tom Bowley's Market Chatter for September 26, 2014
Tom Bowley - September 26, 2014
Our major indices took a decidedly negative turn on Thursday as key levels of support were lost across not only on our major indices, but also may key sectors and industry groups. We saw the longest red candle on the NASDAQ since early April and volume was quite strong on a relative basis with nearly 2 billion shares changing hands. Any time we see price support lost - even short-term price support - on heavier than normal volume, we must take notice . . . keep reading
Verizon consolidating?
Eva Zaleski - September 22, 2014
"During the gold rush it's a good time to be in the pick and shovel business." Mark Twain I don't think I will chase Alibaba, I'd rather look for a "shovel". Alibaba without means to connect with potential users to conduct business and publish advertisements would be worth nothing. . . . keep reading
Record territory = ?
John S Hopkins Jr - September 21, 2014
The Dow and S&P both hit all time highs this past week, buoying the hopes of the bulls that higher prices are coming. But in fact, even with two of the three major indexes hitting all time highs, there's no guarantee the market will just take off here. But, it could. . . . keep reading
Tom Bowley's Market Chatter for September 19, 2014
Tom Bowley - September 19, 2014
The Dow Jones cleared 17138 on a closing basis earlier this week and the S&P 500 closed at an all-time high on Thursday, with banks leading the charge to the upside. We do have historical headwinds that kick in at today's close on both the S&P 500 and NASDAQ so the short-term could be a little dicey. But the "under the surface" signals are starting to turn a bit more positive. During a possible period of profit taking, I'll be watching to see if these signals continue to look more bullish . . . keep reading
Tom Bowley's Market Chatter for September 12, 2014
Tom Bowley - September 12, 2014
There are a number of short-term levels of support where we could begin to see buyers interested in equities again. Let's use the NASDAQ for example. I discussed yesterday the short-term ramifications of printing reversing candles on heavier volume on Wednesday. That set the market up for near-term weakness and the reason is quite simple . . . keep reading
Bad News is Good News?
John S Hopkins Jr - September 07, 2014
The market is zoned in again on economic news as the Dow and S&P are up in record territory and as the NASDAQ challenges 4600. And once again traders seem to applaud bad news rather than good news which seems strange on the surface but shows the power of the Fed . . . keep reading
Tom Bowley's Market Chatter for September 5, 2014
Tom Bowley - September 05, 2014
There are a number of short-term levels of support where we could begin to see buyers interested in equities again. Let's use the NASDAQ for example. I discussed yesterday the short-term ramifications of printing reversing candles on heavier volume on Wednesday. That set the market up for near-term weakness and the reason is quite simple . . . keep reading
NASDAQ 5000 - Piece of Cake
John S Hopkins Jr - September 01, 2014
Back in November of 2013 I wrote a blog that S&P 2000 was a "piece of cake." At the time the S&P was closer to 1800 so it still had a ways to go but I laid out all of the reasons I felt it would get to 2000. Fast forward to now and the S&P did indeed hit 2000. Now it's time to be thinking NASDAQ 5000, and it could be soon. . . . keep reading
Tom Bowley's Market Chatter for August 29, 2014
Tom Bowley - August 29, 2014
The U.S. stock market is showing its resiliency once again with all of its major indices higher on today's session. There's significant strength on the NASDAQ as it tries to clear its recent 15 year closing high at 4574. The S&P 500, after falling beneath its psychological 2000 resistance level on Thursday's close, is back at it again trading at 2001 at last check. This is the fourth consecutive session where we've tried to clear this important hurdle, without any meaningful success yet . . . keep reading
Be Ready for the Big Jolt
John S Hopkins Jr - August 24, 2014
I have learned over the years to never be shocked about out of the blue events that impact the market but also realize that I need to at least consider the one or two things that might shock the market and be prepared in some way to deal with it. Right now that event to me would involve the bond market where yields have remained extremely low for a long time now in spite of clear economic improvements . . . keep reading
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