Earnings: AAPL MSFT

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The top-line CPI-U at 2.1% (“Core” at 1.9%) was for the most part ignored yesterday, as some big name earnings reflected some disappointment on top-line revenue/sales on the domestic front. Companies like Comcast and Verizon are in a game fighting over slices of the same pie as their market penetration is already hitting maximum potential. Read more…

Earnings Half-Time Report

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We are half way through earnings season and it doesn’t look great, but at least it is not contracting. I guess you could say it is tepid or lackluster. Some are saying this was because of the winter storms, but I can’t help but wonder if this really was just a blip from the storms, 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: PG, MSFT, AMZN

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The earnings story continues with solid technology reports coupled with weakness from the retail and consumer sides. These mixed earnings stories are driving core concerns about fundamentals heading into the holiday season and, it being one of the shortest holiday season (between Thanksgiving and Christmas), there is a shorter sales cycle. We are also seeing Read more…

Earnings GOOG and MSFT

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The market saw some strength and it seems that we may have broken higher out of the resistance levels and the Dow Jones and S&P 500 jumped to play catch up with the broader-based RUT rally. Bernanke, in possibly his last testimony before the Senate, helped to alleviate any concerns about immediate actions by the Read more…

Empire State Index and Netflix News

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The geo-political activity has been garnering some headlines, but has not generated any market volatility to date. I believe all eyes are on Bernanke this week with him possibly setting the record straight as to the whole taper temper ordeal that recently sent the market into a volatile spin. There is some economic data, as Read more…

April Retail Sales

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Last week the market seems to be slightly stalling after another good run. This recent run in the first quarter has been driven, stalled, slight pull-back, and then driven again in a cycle. What seems to be the motivating driver is broad economic news and data, rather than individual company earnings and fundamentals. When the Read more…

New Technology Boom!

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We managed to see the Dow Jones break above that 15,000 level yesterday and the NDX is pretty close to breaking through 3,000. Much of the talk in the financial media is again focused on these new levels and again the question is; “Can we go higher?” Sure why not. The Fed’s monetary policy is 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…

Earnings: MCD, GE and Rumors at PEP/MDLZ

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The market fell a little further yesterday, with some of the indices breaking below supports; however, the INDU and, more importantly, the RUT held above those support areas. Could we be putting in a bottom after the recent sell-off? I am not sure, but Gold seems to have found a support level and is moving Read more…

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