Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Big Caps Come to Life as China Blinks

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Did China just blink in its trade war against President Donald Trump? The market seems to think so. Last night, a story crossed the wires saying that Beijing would send a trade delegate to Washington...

Turnarounds Get Rewarded: Earnings this Week

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Investors like turnaround stories. That seems to be the message from the last week of corporate earnings. Consider two major retailers: Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) and Macy's (M). Both beat analysts' estimates, but moved in two...

Horseshoes and Hand Grenades: Levels on the S&P 500

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Ever heard the saying that "close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades?" It means coming close to a goal isn't good enough for most projects. But it can be good enough when it come...

Retailers Blitz Higher Amid Earnings

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Forget about Turkey and tariffs. Bulls are flocking to U.S. retailers this week. Tapestry (TPR) and Advance Auto Parts (AAP) are leading the charge today. TPR, parent of Coach and Kate Spade, shot past estimates...

Tracking the Bears in China

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Global economic and financial issues are back in the forefront. Turkey's been the main story in the last week, but today China has some important headlines. Simply put, they're all negative. The country's economic reports...

Greek of the Week: Delta

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This is the first installment of a four-part series about options Greeks that will appear on Market Insights between now and Labor Day week. Some clients may be confused by options, especially their use of...

Turkish Turmoil Fuels the Volatility Machine

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Bulls made money, bears made money. Turkey got slaughtered. That's pretty much what happened last week. The S&P 500 began with a steady climb on Monday and continued higher into Tuesday. That's when the bulls...

Volatility and the Dog Days of Summer

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Earlier today, we highlighted the spreading risk of global debt and currency problems. But what does it mean for the chart most of us really care about, the S&P 500? Here are some thoughts. First, the...

As Expected, Volatility Hits Global Markets

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Just two days ago, Market Insights said that "traders hankering for volatility may want to keep an eye on currencies and crude oil." Both of those events are now playing out. Oil came first, tumbling...

Big Moves in Small Tech

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Lots of attention obviously focuses on the biggest stocks, but results from smaller companies have been arguably better this earnings season. This post will review some of those lesser-known names, especially in the e-commerce...
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