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Should Recent Sector Performances Spook You Out of the US Market?
Are Leading Indicators Calling for a Slowdown in the United States? The United States’ economy has been firing on all cylinders for a while now, which has led to very strong gains for its major stock indices. These gains include year-to-date returns of 3.5% for the Dow Jones Industrial Average, 4.2% for the S&P 500 […]
This Fall’s Opportune Sectors—besides Technology
As summer winds down, what sectors (other than technology) are interesting?
What Helped the Financial Sector in 2017?
Interestingly for all the talk about financials this year, the S&P 500 GICS Level 1 Financial Sector is only up 19% vs. 17%+ for the S&P500 as a whole.
Why the S&P 500 Index Is Considered a Leading Indicator
The S&P 500 Index has risen 2.2% in October and is en route to its eighth straight positive monthly close.
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 Financials Sector Could Perform This Fall
With sweater weather coming up and everyone back in school, it’s a great time to reexamine your investment strategy through the end of the year.
How Did Markets Fare in the Summer of 2017?
Summer months have a tendency to be unfavorable for the stock market. Empirical evidence has shown that average returns for the S&P 500 are negative during summer months.
Falling US Retail Sales Could Be a Major Headwind for 2Q17 GDP
According to data provided by the US Census Bureau, US retail (XRT) sales fell 0.2% in June 2017.
June Non-Farm Payroll and Improving Confidence in the US
The June non-farm payroll report indicated a solid improvement in the US labor market.
Will the Real Estate Sector Shine Thrive this Summer?
Another important summer activity is shopping for a new home. Realtors often talk of curb appeal, and there’s no better time than summer.
How the Summer Heat Affects Homebuilder Stocks
The warmer weather inevitably brings the sounds of hammering, drilling, and backing-up-beeping through the windows along with the warm breeze.
What to Expect from Natural Gas this Summer
So what are the returns for natural gas in the summer? Again, these numbers look pretty bleak until late summer.
Interesting Options for Summer Investments
Summer is finally here after only nine months of waiting. Now might be a good time to look at investments that have to do with the summer months.
US April Non-Farm Payroll Rises: Will It Boost Confidence?
April non-farm payroll employment in the United States saw employers adding 211,000 jobs in April 2017 compared to 98,000 in March.
How Has the S&P 500 Fared Leading into Summer Months?
The US stock market as depicted by the S&P 500 Index (SPY) (SPXL) (IVV) closed 2016 with gains of 11%.
Why the Market Is Obsessed with Interest Rates
The increase in interest rates has a ripple effect on the economy and the stock market (SPXL).
Which Sectors Are Likely to Outperform in the Short Term?
The difference between trailing and forward PE ratios suggests that technology, telecom, healthcare, and materials could likely see robust earnings growth.
How Trump’s Proposed Policies Have Caused Sector Divergence
Despite the stellar run that financials (FAS) have had since the US elections in November 2016, financials are trading at very reasonable levels.
Bill Gross Says China’s Credit Level Ballooning
China’s financial markets already crashed in August 2015. However, the total debt-to-GDP ratio is still too high, at 277% in 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.
How the Removal of Dodd-Frank Could Affect Banks
While the Dodd-Frank Act was passed to avoid another financial crisis, it has crippled banks’ profitabilities over the years due to higher capital requirements.
US Consumer Sentiment Index Slowed
According to a report from the University of Michigan, the US consumer sentiment index has risen slowly in February 2017.
Why Bill Gross Is Skeptical about US Economic Growth
In an interview with Bloomberg Television on February 3, 2017, Gross said that he is skeptical about real US economic (QQQ) (IVV) growth.
US CPI Meets Expectations: Will It Drive Market Sentiment?
According to the data provided by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the US inflation index stood at 0.3% in December 2016 compared to 0.2% in November 2016.
What Does the Rising US Consumer Sentiment Index Mean for the Economy?
The US Consumer Sentiment Index improved in January 2017. It stood at 98.1 in January 2017 compared to 98.2 in December 2016.
US Consumer Sentiment Index Rose: What It Means for the Economy
According to a report from the University of Michigan, the US consumer sentiment index has improved in December 2016.
How Trump’s Tax Reforms Could Affect the Economy
Under Donald Trump’s tax plan, the lowest earning Americans are likely to be the biggest winners.
How the Market Reacted to Trump’s Election
November 8, 2016, marked a major political shift in the history of the United States as Donald Trump was elected as the next US president.
Ideas from Hedge Fund Managers at the Robin Hood Conference
Recently, various prominent policy experts, financial leaders, and fund managers shared their views on market and investment ideas at the Robin Hood Investors Conference.
US Consumer Confidence Improved: Will It Support Growth?
The US Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index gave a strong performance in September 2016.
Jeffrey Gundlach: The Fed Has Been Supporting the S&P 500
Gundlach also believes it’s interesting to look at the correlation between the size of the Fed’s balance sheet and the S&P 500 (SPY) (SPXS) (SPXL) level.
Do the Markets Support a Rate Hike?
Back in November 2015, Gundlach presented what he called “the most bearish chart of the US economy” during a webcast.
How Rising US Consumer Price Index May Affect Fed Decision
According to a report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the US CPI (Consumer Price Index) rose 0.2% in August 2016 as compared to a flat performance in July 2016.
Company & Industry Overviews
Investors Are Worried about an Impending Squall
Inverse ETFs can help protect against a squall US stocks bumped up against all-time highs again this year. After hitting a new intraday high of 2,178 on August 1, the S&P 500 was unable to hold onto the gains. Sector performances offer a glimpse of where we are in the market cycle. The top performing […]
Leon Cooperman: The Market Is Fairly but Fully Valued
Leon Cooperman indicated that at current multiples, the market is fairly but fully valued. The S&P 500 index’s (SPY) current PE multiple is at 20.45x.
Consumer Sentiment Index Rose: What It Means for the Economy
According to a report from the University of Michigan, the US consumer sentiment index has improved in August 2016.
Equity Valuation Fell by 47% When the Dot-Com Bubble Burst
The major event of the mid-1990s was the dot-com bubble, when Internet businesses experienced exponential growth. However, this wasn’t earnings growth.
When Sentiment Drives Valuations, Should You Use the 3-Day Rule?
The S&P 500 Index (SPY) is currently trading near its historic peak valuations. The index saw a high of 2,130.8 on May 21, 2015.
Bill Gross: Unfortunately, We Aren’t Playing Monopoly
In Monopoly, the $200 of credit creation never changes. In the real economy, credit creation isn’t guaranteed to occur at the same pace each year.
Mark Mobius: The Fate of Emerging Markets after the Brexit Vote
In a Squawk Box interview on CNBC, Mark Mobius, executive chairman of the Templeton Emerging Markets Group, explained his views on emerging markets.
Is China the Real Reason behind Billionaire Carl Icahn Exiting Apple?
On April 28, 2016, Icahn stated, “We no longer have a position in Apple,” during an interview with CNBC.
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.
Portfolio Alpha: The Impact of Liquidity
A high expense ratio with lower returns impacts the overall alpha of an actively managed fund.
Jeffrey Gundlach Explains Why the Market Isn’t Incredibly Healthy
In a telephone interview, Jeffrey Gundlach said that “The market is not incredibly healthy.” He focused on SPY’s corporate earnings. The earnings remained weak.
Whitney Tilson to Investors: Focus on Growth and Returns
Whitney Tilson is the founder of Kase Capital Management. He did an interview on May 25, 2016. He discussed his investment strategy and top stock picks.
How’s the Weather Impacting Natural Gas?
In the week ending May 27, the actual temperatures were lower than the forecast between May 23 and May 27. Natural gas futures were under pressure.
Why David Rubenstein Thinks Crude Oil Could Rally to $70 in 2017
Rubenstein believes that crude oil could rally to $70 per barrel next year since crude oil moves in a periodic manner. Once the downside period is over, he says the upside period will continue.
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.
Why Is David Einhorn Bullish on Gold?
Prominent hedge fund manager David Einhorn is bullish on gold. He said that his investment in gold (GLD) is generating a handsome profit.