Market Commentary

Beware the Bear with FANGs

Could the next bear market be driven entirely by four stocks? It just might. In 2015, nearly all of the S&P 500’s meager gains were driven by FANG, what is becoming a common acronym for Facebook (ticker: FB), Amazon (ticker: AMZN),[…]

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Does Energy Collapse Resemble 2000 Tech Bubble?

May 6th, 2016
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It’s been another newsworthy week for the markets as falling oil prices have taken a toll and there’s more evidence of China’s economic ‘restructuring.’ And, that’s not all – read on to catch up with key investor news from the week…
Does Energy Collapse Resemble Tech’s 2000 Bubble Bursting?[…]

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Yahoo’s Downfall—What Happened?

May 3rd, 2016
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Unlike many of today’s Silicon Valley tech giants, Yahoo (ticker: YHOO) came from humble origins. The company was founded in 1995 as a small hobby start-up of two Stanford graduate students, Jerry Yang and David Filo. In an effort to help people find websites more efficiently within categories like government,[…]

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Fed’s Dovish Stance – What Does it Mean?

May 2nd, 2016
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It wasn’t even three months ago that the Fed seemed committed to “gradually raising rates” over time. But, when the Fed’s March minutes were released in April, Fed-watchers and investors almost unanimously concluded that the Fed would delay raising rates in their April 26-27 meetings.[…]

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Will ‘Sentiment’ Turn This Bull into a Bear?

I have used this space many times to discuss how fundamentals drive stock prices over the long run. Additionally, in the midst of (sometimes severe) volatility and rising uncertainties that come with it, I’ve often made the point to stay focused on what really matters in terms of equity prices these days including:

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Apple Inc. a Rotten Apple?

April 29th, 2016
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Another busy week for the market—while the Fed concluded its April meeting with little fanfare, China’s mounting debt garnered attention. Preliminary U.S. GDP readings came out and Apple found itself on the negative side of the news. Get the details in this week’s digest…”
Apple Inc.[…]

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Is a Real Estate Bubble Looming?

April 27th, 2016
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U.S. real estate has emerged as a hotspot for foreign investors, particularly China. According to a report by Bloomberg, Chinese property acquisitions in the U.S. jumped from $10 billion in 2011 to more than $55 billion in 2015. Additionally, a National Association of Realtors (NAR) study revealed China as the largest foreign buyer of U.S.[…]

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US Manufacturing on Death’s Door?

April 25th, 2016
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There is no denying that the manufacturing sector is an integral part of the U.S. economy – the sector contributes around 2.17 trillion to GDP and accounts for about 12% of our nation’s total output. However, the years of strong output and jobs is largely a thing of the past.[…]

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A Tug-of-War Week for Oil

April 22nd, 2016
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This week has been another volatile one for the stock market. While the oil market is still struggling with an on-again, off-again relationship with barrel prices, Britain is awaiting its vote for leaving the EU, and new documents could connect Saudi Arabia with a role in 9/11.[…]

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4 Quarters of Negative Earnings – Time to Worry?

Earnings season is on the menu now and bears everywhere are drooling. Why? Because looking at Q1 as a whole, total earnings are expected to be down -10.3% on -0.6% lower revenues versus the same period last year. This will be the 4th quarter in a row of negative earnings growth for the S&P 500,[…]

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