Weekly Market Outlook – This is Where Traders Have to Commit, or Flinch

The bears had their opportunity to quell the rally – or at least shut it down for a while. When push came to shove as the three-day weekend approached though, the bulls wanted it more. Granted, the removal of the risk of another government shutdown gave the market the nudge it needed. But, even without that nudge it doesn't look...

Weekly Market Outlook – This is Where Traders Have to Commit, or Flinch

The bears had their opportunity to quell the rally – or at least shut it down for a while. When push came to shove as the three-day weekend approached though, the bulls wanted it more. Granted, the removal of the risk of another government shutdown gave the market the nudge it needed. But, even without that nudge it doesn't look...

Opinion: Why the stock market might soon careen down a dangerous ‘slope of hope’

– The prevailing mood has shifted from extreme pessimism to extreme optimism – By Mark Hulbert, MarketWatch Sentiment conditions on Wall Street are flashing short-term danger signs. That's because the mood has shifted from the extreme pessimism that prevailed in late December to nearly as extreme optimism today. Some call current conditions a "slope of hope." Consider the average recommended...

Opinion: Why the stock market might soon careen down a dangerous ‘slope of hope’

– The prevailing mood has shifted from extreme pessimism to extreme optimism – By Mark Hulbert, MarketWatch Sentiment conditions on Wall Street are flashing short-term danger signs. That's because the mood has shifted from the extreme pessimism that prevailed in late December to nearly as extreme optimism today. Some call current conditions a "slope of hope." Consider the average recommended...

No, December’s Retail Sales Didn’t “Fall”… at Least Not How You Think

The headlines certainly look dire. The Wall Street Journal's "Retail Sales Declined in December as Fastest Pace Since 2009" not only leaves nothing to the imagination, its paints a grim picture of what may lie ahead. The only problem is, the message is misleading at best, and outright false at worst, proving most of the media will stop at nothing...

No, December’s Retail Sales Didn’t “Fall”… at Least Not How You Think

The headlines certainly look dire. The Wall Street Journal's "Retail Sales Declined in December as Fastest Pace Since 2009" not only leaves nothing to the imagination, its paints a grim picture of what may lie ahead. The only problem is, the message is misleading at best, and outright false at worst, proving most of the media will stop at nothing...

Sector Leadership Becomes Evident as the January Rally’s Dust Settles

Just like the December implosion hit all stocks rather uniformly, the bounce back from that late December low has also been distributed evenly. There was little need to do any sector-based analysis, because all sectors were soaring. The further removed we get from the December 26th reversal though, the more we can start to see some divergence. The past week...

Sector Leadership Becomes Evident as the January Rally’s Dust Settles

Just like the December implosion hit all stocks rather uniformly, the bounce back from that late December low has also been distributed evenly. There was little need to do any sector-based analysis, because all sectors were soaring. The further removed we get from the December 26th reversal though, the more we can start to see some divergence. The past week...
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