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What S&P 500 Index Moving Averages Could Indicate
The S&P 500 Index is trading 1.2% above its 20-day moving average and 6% above its 100-day moving average.
What’s Affecting Germany’s Manufacturing Activity?
According to a report by Markit Economics, Germany’s final manufacturing PMI (purchasing managers’ index) stood at 58.2 in March as compared to 60.6 in February 2018.
Reading Auto Manufacturing’s Outperformance on November 23
The auto manufacturing industry provided a highest weighted return, at 0.085%, as well as the highest individual return, at 4.2%, on November 23.
Bernstein on Making Money in the Market in 2018
Richard Bernstein on making money In an interview with CNBC, prominent investor Richard Bernstein shared his views on global equity markets and how to make money in 2018. In the previous part, we saw that he advised investors to stay invested in the market as long as corporate earnings are accelerating. Bernstein also said that the best way […]
Why Emerging Markets Tumbled after Trump Election
Major indexes around the world showed huge negative fluctuations after Trump won the US presidential election. Major indexes in the United States showed positive performances.
Ray Dalio Says Interest Rate Hikes Could Lead to Bear Market
Dalio is worried about the long-term economic outlook, and he believes that the strengthening macroeconomic data, specifically wage growth and inflation, could encourage the Fed to continue its aggressive monetary policy.
These Key Economic Indicators Were Released Last Week
In this series, we’ll take a look at the global final manufacturing PMIs and services PMIs for March 2017. These indicators help us understand the business condition of an economy.
What Does the UK Really Have to Gain from Exiting the EU?
The EU’s light immigration laws allow young talent to work across the EU, but with more immigrants entering the UK, local citizens have less access to jobs.
What’s Leon Cooperman’s Largest Position?
Alphabet reported its 3Q17 earnings on October 26, 2017. The company posted EPS (earnings per share) of $9.57, which beat analysts’ estimates of $8.33.
Goldman Sachs on Cornerstone OnDemand: Estimated Potential Upside of 20%
Goldman Sachs (GS) believes that Cornerstone OnDemand could provide a cash return of 37% on cash investments in R&D by 2018.
US Consumer Sentiment Falls Marginally: Could Inflation Improve?
According to the University of Michigan, the US consumer sentiment index stood at 94.3 in June 2016, compared with 94.7 in the previous month.
Germany’s Business Climate Is Improving
The Ifo Business Climate Index for Germany improved in February 2017.
UK’s Manufacturing PMI at 3-Year High: Is Brexit Fear Overdone?
The United Kingdom Manufacturing PMI hit a three-year high in April 2017. It stood at 57.3 compared to 54.2 in March.
China’s Industrial Production Rises: Is Investor Confidence Back?
On a year-over-year basis, China’s industrial production increased to 6.0% in May 2016. That’s the same pace as April.
Why Howard Marks Loves Emerging Markets
In the previous part of this series, we discussed Howard Marks’ latest views on FANG stocks and saw that he is concerned about high-growth technology stocks and the risk to the equity market (SPY).
How Will the Fed Affect the Earnings Recovery Environment?
The dollar index (UUP) rallied about 22% between October 2014 to July 2016.
Where Will Commodities Head during Trump’s Term?
Donald Trump’s policies are aimed at strengthening job markets in the United States (VFINX) (IVV).
Facebook Stock Is Dragging the Tech Sector Down
The Technology Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLK) fell ~2.6% on March 22, 2018.
Why Larry Fink Thinks Markets Could See Some Setbacks
In a recent interview with CNBC, Larry Fink, CEO of BlackRock (BLK), shared his views on market movement, the US economy, and the dangerous impact of the lower interest rates.
US Services PMI Saw Strong Improvement in August
According to the report from Markit Economics, the August US Services PMI (purchasing managers’ index) report showed a strong improvement in the US (SPY) (QQQ) (VFINX) business climate.
Insight into China’s Manufacturing PMI in December 2017
China’s manufacturing PMI stood at 51.6 in December compared to 51.8 in November 2017, which was in line with the market’s expectation of 51.6.
September Manufacturing Report: Are US Business Conditions Better?
The US September manufacturing PMI (purchasing managers’ index) report indicated an improvement in US (QQQ) (IWM) business conditions.
How Volkswagen Outperformed Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria
Of the top-performing holdings of the SPDR EURO STOXX 50 ETF, Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria had the lowest mean return-to-volatility ratio at 1.3%.
What Do Analysts Expect for Metal and Mining Companies?
Metal and mining companies are trading 7% below their 100-day moving averages. Currently, Newmont Mining (NEM) is 37% above its 100-day moving average.
Moving Average Analysis of FEZ’s Personal Care Industry
The personal care industry provided a 3.7% return to FEZ’s performance on December 15, 2015. L’Oreal (LRLCY) and Unilever (UN) rose by 4.2% and 3.3%.
Why Is Buffett Betting Big on Index Funds?
Buffett said in his recent interview with CNBC that the passive investment strategy or indexing strategy should work well in any market situation.
Analyzing FEZ’s Telecommunication Industry in 2015
FEZ’s telecommunication industry provided a 5% return in 2015. Orange and Deutsche Telekom had positive performances. Telefonica had a negative performance.
Key ADP Highlights: 135,000 Jobs in September
The ADP National Employment Report for September 2017 showed some weaker improvement in private sector employment to 135,000 in September compared to the market’s expectation of 125,000.
Anheuser-Busch Outperformed L’Oréal on November 11
Anheuser-Busch (AHBIF) had the highest mean-return-to-volatility ratio of 6.7% compared to FEZ’s other performers.
UK’s Inflation Showed No Improvement: Are Consumers Pessimistic?
According to a report provided by the Office for National Statistics, on a monthly basis, the United Kingdom’s inflation index showed no improvement in June compared to May.
Will September Rise in CPI Affect Fed’s Rate Hike Decision?
According to a report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, US CPI (consumer price index) rose 0.3% in September 2016 compared to a 0.2% rise in August 2016.
Did US Consumer Confidence Improve in February?
The US Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index improved in February 2017. It was at 114.8 compared to 111.6 in January 2017.
Could Shrinking US Crude Oil Inventories Boost Oil Prices?
According to the EIA’s report, US crude oil inventories fell by 3.2 million barrels for the week ended June 3, 2016.
Goldman Sachs: Financial Sector Could See Strong Growth
Goldman Sachs (GS) believes the delay in policy reform might continue in the near future.
UK Inflation Unchanged: Is It Supporting Growth in the Economy?
According to a report provided by the Office for National Statistics, the United Kingdom’s inflation index remained unchanged in May compared to April.
How Did Markets Respond to April Jobs Data?
Non-farm payrolls in April showed a marginal improvement compared to March.
Richard Bernstein: Global Economic Conditions Are Improving
According to Richard Bernstein, global economic conditions are improving.
Airbus Rose 0.83%, Company’s CEO Pretty Relaxed about China
The aerospace industry contributed a return of 0.83% to FEZ’s performance on Wednesday, January 13. Aerospace stock Airbus (EADSY) returned 0.83%.
How Volatility Is Affecting Market Movement
The CBOE Volatility Index rose 0.6% in March 2018.
Goldman Sachs: Where Could the Chinese Yuan Head in 2017?
After Donald Trump’s US election win, the Chinese yuan fell 1.6% against the US dollar (UUP) (USDU) (UDN) between November 9 and November 22, 2016.
Elliott Management Reduced Its Holding in Interpublic Group of Companies
According to a 13F filing, Elliott Management’s largest position reduction was in Interpublic Group of Companies (IPG).
February US Services PMI: Have US Business Conditions Softened?
The February US services PMI (purchasing managers’ index) report, released on March 3, 2017, indicated softness in US (SPY) (SPX-INDEX) (QQQ) (VFINX) business conditions.
JPMorgan Chase: Technicals Signal Bull Markets Could Rise
The S&P 500 reached an all-time high of 2,872.87 on January 26.
June Jobs Report: 213,000 Jobs Added, Beats Expectation
In June, 213,000 US non-farm jobs were added compared to 244,000 in May. It beat the market expectation of 195,000 jobs.
Bernstein: Tax Reform Is Bullish for the Equity Market
Tax reform On December 2, 2017, the Senate passed Donald Trump’s tax reform bill, and on December 20, 2017, the House of Representatives passed the bill. Afterwards, the S&P 500 (SPX-INDEX) (SPY) rose to a record high. Richard Bernstein on tax reform In an interview with CNBC, prominent investor Richard Bernstein stated that tax reform could be very helpful for […]
Eurozone Sentix Investor Confidence Improved: Is It a Sign of Change?
Billionaire investor Marc Lasry believes that European (IEV) (VGK) (EZU) fundamentals and economic growth still need to improve.
What Goldman Sachs Thinks about Bank of America
Bank of America (BAC) is currently trading at $25.26. Its 52-week high is $25.80 and 52-week low is $12.05.
What Put Pressure on the Energy Sector in February 2018?
The US energy sector was badly affected by the recent market sell-off in February 2018.
Why US Consumer Sentiment Is Important for Markets
According to a report from the University of Michigan, the US Consumer Sentiment Index rose slightly in April 2017.
Howard Marks Says We’re in a Risk-Tolerant Market
Bond yields are at a historic lower level, and emerging market bonds are yielding lower than high-yield bonds.
Jack Bogle Discussed President Trump’s Tax Reform Program
After the failure of the healthcare bill, investors’ eyes are on the phenomenal tax reform bill. Tax reforms could boost employment in the economy.
Volkswagen’s Chief Executive Apologizes for Emissions Scandal
Volkswagen is currently trading at 118.97 euros. Its 52-week high is 132.1 euros, and its 52-week low is 86.5 euros. It returned -25% in 2015.
Does the Rise in Eurozone GDP Indicate a Turning Point?
According to a Eurostat report, Eurozone fourth quarter economic growth for 2016 expanded to 0.5% as compared to the 0.4% improvement in the previous quarter.
Why George Soros Compares Facebook and Google to Casinos
Billionaire investor George Soros recently shared his views on social media companies Facebook and Google.
The Energy Sector Remained the Largest Gainer in 2016
The energy sector remained the largest gainer in 2016. The Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLE) had risen nearly 24.8% in 2016 as of December 29, 2016.
James Gorman’s View on Global Bond Yield
Gorman thinks higher yield indicates the beginning of more normalization. In June, Fed chair Janet Yellen hinted that the Fed is moving toward normalization.
Why Germany’s ZEW Economic Sentiment Index Is Improving
Germany’s ZEW economic sentiment index (EWG) was at 12.8 March 2017. In comparison, it stood at 10.4 in February.
Does Jamie Dinan Think the Market Is Fairly Valued?
In a CNBC interview on October 18, Jamie Dinan and Marc Lasry discussed their views on the current market environment.
German Ifo Business Climate Weakened: Will It Affect the Economy?
Germany’s Ifo Business Climate Index weakened to 109.8 in January 2017 compared to 111 in December 2016. It failed to meet the market’s expectation of 111.3.
Why Is Apache Struggling with Its 100-Day Moving Average?
Apache was trading 11.8% below its 100-day moving average. Since November 27, 2015, the stock has struggled to cross its 100-day moving average.
Oil and Gas and Electric Industry Weighed on FEZ in 2015
The oil and gas industry provided the return of -13% in 2015. Stocks like Total (TOT), Eni (EAA), and Repsol returned -3%, -5%, and -32%, respectively, in 2015.
Oil and Gas Industry Drove FEZ Performance
The oil and gas industry contributed the highest positive return of 4.8% on Friday, January 22, 2016. The rise in crude oil prices drove its performance.
Is the NIFTY 50 in the Correction Zone?
On March 28, 2018, the NIFTY 50 index fell 0.7%. However, between March 28, 2017, and March 28, 2018, the NIFTY 50 rose 11.1%.
Growing Conflict in the Middle East Pushes Crude Oil to New Lows
Growing conflict in the Middle East between Saudi Arabia and Iran, the major oil-producing countries of OPEC, has become a threat for crude oil prices.
Which Key Economic Indicators Were Released Last Week?
Some important economic indicators that were released last week include US crude oil inventories, US weekly jobless claims, US retail sales, and China’s industrial production.
How the Health Care Sector Performed in 2017
The Health Care Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLV), which tracks the performance of the healthcare sector, rose 19.8% in 2017.
Emission Scandal Impacted FEZ’s Auto Manufacturing Industry
FEZ’s auto manufacturing industry provided a return of -2% in 2015. The emission scandal in September had a negative impact on Volkswagen.
Why Marc Faber Thinks These Stocks Are Vulnerable
Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, and Google returned nearly 388%, 345%, 1,157%, and 217%, respectively, in the last five years.
How Emerging Market Funds Kept Their Momentum
In the current market scenario, the global markets (ACWI) (VTI) (VEU) are mainly driven by the monetary stimulus provided by the central banks.
Jim Grant: Market Is Losing Confidence in Central Banks
After the Fed decided to leave the interest rate unchanged in September, Grant thinks that market participants are gradually losing confidence in central banks.
US Crude Oil Inventories Rose: What It Could Mean for Oil Prices
According to the EIA’s (Energy Information Administration) report on February 15, 2017, US crude oil inventories rose 9.5 MMbbls (million barrels) in the week ended February 10, 2017.
US Indexes Fell Sharply—Is a Trade War with China in the Offing?
On March 22, 2018, President Trump announced the imposition of retaliatory tariffs on up to $60 billion on China’s imports.
Utility Sector: Will Investors Continue Their Defensive Positions?
The Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLU), which tracks the performance of the utility sector, rose 2.7% in November 2017.
China’s Retail Sales Improved in December: What Does It Mean?
On a year-over-year basis, China’s retail sales showed strong recovery in December 2016.
Eurozone Inflation Rose Sharply: Is It a Sign of Change?
Eurozone (EZU) (VGK) inflation rose 1.1% in December 2016 as compared to 0.6% in November 2016.
February’s Inflation and Retail Sales: Impact on the Economy
Key important US indicators released last week are US inflation and US retail sales.
These Key Economic Indicators Were Released Last Week
In this series, we’ll take a look at the final US 2Q16 GDP reading, Japan’s retail sales for August, US consumer confidence in September, and US weekly crude oil inventories.
How UK Services PMI Trended in March 2018
According to a report by Markit Economics, the final UK services PMI (purchasing managers’ index) fell in March as compared to February 2018.
The US Dollar Is Strengthening: How Will It Impact the Economy?
The US dollar index (UUP) is rising on a gradual basis. Between November 9, 2016, and December 16, 2016, the dollar index rose nearly 4.5%.
China’s Industrial Production Weakened in December
On a year-over-year basis, China’s industrial production rose 6% in December 2016 compared to a 6.2% gain in the previous month.
Japan’s Manufacturing PMI Weakened: How It Could Impact the Economy
Japan’s manufacturing PMI (purchasing managers’ index) stood at 52.4 in March 2017 compared to 53.3 in February.
Why China’s Manufacturing PMI Fell in October 2017
The October China manufacturing PMI (purchasing managers’ index) report indicates a fall in manufacturing activity in October as compared to September 2017.
Why Buffett Believes US Businesses Aren’t Really Hurting from the US Corporate Tax
The US economy has been improving gradually, but some businesses in the US have suffered a lot over the years.
Why Is Barclays Optimistic about Jazz Pharmaceuticals?
According to Barclays, Jazz Pharmaceuticals focuses on new product developments that will drive its growth.
How the Technology Sector Performed in April
The technology sector remained flat in April.
Morgan Stanley on Priceline: ‘Top-Line Addressable Market Is Expanding’
Priceline is currently trading at $1,804.00. Its 52-week high is $1,807.78, and its 52-week low is $1,148.06.
Will the Dollar Index Continue Its Strong Movement?
The dollar index saw downward movement between December 28, 2016, and September 8, 2017.
Will France’s Manufacturing PMI Speed Up Economic Growth?
According to data provided by Markit Economics, the final Markit France Manufacturing PMI was 51.7 in November 2016 compared to 51.8 in October.
Investors Should Watch for These Economic Indicators This Week
The performance of the iShares MSCI All Country World Index ETF (ACWI) depends on the performance of global indicators.
Miller: Bond Bear Market to ‘Propel Stocks Significantly Higher’
Legendary value investor Bill Miller has an optimistic view on the equity market.
How a Softening Japan Services PMI Is Impacting the Economy
According to Markit Economics, the Japan Manufacturing PMI was 52.2 in April 2017 compared to 52.9 in March. It met market expectations.
Weak US Manufacturing PMI: Will Economic Growth Pick Up?
The US manufacturing PMI (purchasing managers’ index) stood at 50.5 in May—compared to 50.8 in April. It’s below the Market expectation of 51.
How the German Ifo Business Climate Index Moved in March
Germany’s Ifo Business Climate Index strengthened to 112.3 in March 2017 compared to 111 in February 2017.
Why Bulls May Be Betting on the Technology Sector
The technology sector performed strongly in May, helping the S&P 500.
Analyzing the World Market and FEZ’s Flat Performance in 2015
The world market went through various critical periods in 2015. Various ups and downs in the world economy impacted the European market.
Why Does Buffett Still Have Faith in Wells Fargo after the Scandals?
In his recent CNBC interview, billionaire investor Warren Buffett stated that he still believes in Wells Fargo and CEO Timothy J. Sloan.
Jeffrey Gundlach’s Take on the Federal Reserve
Markets reacted positively after the Fed declared a rate hike of 25 basis points on March 15, 2017.
The FEZ ETF Rises After the ECB Statement
The FEZ ETF rose by ~1.4% in the October 22 trading session after the ECB statement. The top performing industries were banking, transportation, and REIT.
Why J.P. Morgan Believes the Market Rally Could Pause
Various US indexes such as the S&P 500 Index (SPY), the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DIA), and the NASDAQ Composite have performed well since the US election.
The EWJ ETF Fell Ahead of Bank of Japan Meeting
The EWJ ETF is an indicator of the Japanese equity market. On October 27 it fell by 0.80% from the previous trading session, ahead of the Bank of Japan’s meeting.