A Closer Look: Market Style

Under uncertain economic conditions, the S&P 500 Index((IVV)) has staggered for much of the year, gaining just over 1% during this volatile four-month period. It remains above support at the 1850 level and the 50-day moving average, but the market feels tired and is likely to test that this week. We might be in the .. read more

On April 20th, 2014, posted in: Weekly Update by

The Expectations Gap

The stock market had a good week, up all four trading days, despite the continued mixed picture from the economy and earnings. Last week’s economic reports continued the recent pattern of some seemingly strong reports mixed with some pretty obviously weak ones. Retail sales were better than expected but the year over year core growth .. read more

A Closer Look: Market Cap

The S&P 500 Cap-Weighted Index ((IVV))  has finally been showing signs of wearing down this year, breaking through support at the 1850 level and then its 50-day moving average this past week, while also coming perilously close to breaking the 1815 level. Are the market technicals finally catching up to what the economy and the .. read more

On April 13th, 2014, posted in: Weekly Update by

Back Over The Rainbow

The Wizard: I AM OZ…the Great and Powerful! Who are you? The Wizard: Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain! The Great Oz has spoken! Dorothy: How can you talk if you haven’t got a brain? Scarecrow: I don’t know. But some people without brains do an awful lot of talking, don’t they? .. read more

A Closer Look: Commodities

The GSCI Commodity Index ((GSG)) consists primarily of Energy, but also includes Agriculture, Industrial Metals, Livestock, and Precious Metals as part of its holdings. The index broke out to the upside in the beginning of February and after retreating back to support in March, seems poised to continue its run higher. The index moved above .. read more

On April 6th, 2014, posted in: Weekly Update by 1 Comment

A Closer Look: World Markets

The  S&P 500 Index (IVV) went on a stellar run this past year, gaining just over 32% on its way to new all-time highs. After rebounding from a sharp but brief sell-off in January, the index has staggered over the past two months and is having trouble crossing through the 1883 level. This coming week .. read more

On March 30th, 2014, posted in: Weekly Update by

Random Thoughts

This will be a short note as I have family obligations to attend this afternoon. My daughter is home for spring break from the great frozen north and we’re headed to John Pennekamp park down in the Florida Keys this afternoon so she can thaw out. So just a few random thoughts and observations from .. read more

A Closer Look: Market Style

The S&P 500 Index((IVV)) has staggered since the onset of the year, gaining just over 1% during this volatile 1st quarter. It remains above support at the 1850 level and the 50-day moving average, but the market feels tired and is likely to test that this week. We might be in the midst of a .. read more

On March 24th, 2014, posted in: Weekly Update by