Earnings Effect

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The earnings season is telling not just for the fundamental views of growth and sales, but also how it may weight on the Fed’s rate hike decision for the next two meetings. If the recent jobs report coming in far weaker than expected, combined with the disinflation (contracting inflation) should be reason enough that the Read more…

Value Rotation?

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It’s the height of earnings season and so far we have gotten a mixed picture. The market continues to bounce between a support and resistance range, we are waiting to see how the Ukraine situation plays out and lastly, we are not certain how and when the Fed’s monetary policy will change. The pre-market futures look Read more…

GE, GOOGLE, IBM earnings

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The market is seeing a generally solid rebound; however it is the RUT that continues to be a lager. If the broader based index can’t get off the mat, I think this could be nothing more than a “dead cat” bounce. Some big names in earnings could set the short-term trend. GE, GOOGLE, IBM earnings Read more…

Earnings UTX and IBM

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The market initially had a strong run on some rather solid earnings yesterday, so why did the early market rally fail? I think beyond the scope of current earnings there remain concerns about the Fed’s position and the possible taper. Additionally, there is general concern about the ability for the equity markets to continue their double digit Read more…

2014 Predictions Part 2

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Yesterday I made some predictions for economic data, politics, and Federal Reserve monetary policy that may impact the market. Today I will focus on financial products and sectors. 2014 Predictions – the Markets What lifts the market? The equity market, as a whole, has been lifted significantly since the onset of the QE-3 (QE-Infinity) monetary Read more…

Earnings IBM, GE, Water, Africa

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As expected, an 11th hour can-kick is all we got and the debt ceiling debate. Nothing resolved, just buying some more time. The story will quickly move to the back burner, as it always does. Even many politicians will forget and focus on something else, most likely their extra-long holiday. Then again, at the last Read more…

Earnings IBM, EBAY, UNH

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The Dow Jones and S&P 500 continue to consolidate in this resistance area. Bernanke testified before Congress, perhaps for the last time, and the market came under some pressure. However, we didn’t see the level of volatility that one would expect after the recent jolts his words have brought to the market. Today he testifies Read more…

Microsoft a game changer?

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The equity markets are in that testing zone. After a good move higher after the better than expected Labor Report, but not “too good” to end the Fed’s “easy monetary” policy, the market is now paused just below those highly touted levels. We can certainly break through them and most likely will, yet we will Read more…