Is That Asking Too Much?

I hate to prognosticate with wild abandon when the government could quickly throw a monkey wrench into the machinery of the market by walking away from a fiscal cliff resolution. (I had a funny image from Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times to insert here but I couldn’t get the licensing in time). But I’ll take a → Read More

What Does Russell Hear?

The market is trying, it really is. It wants to believe, believe that the economy is improving, if ever so slightly, that the ‘fiscal cliff’ will turn out to be just a temporary speed bump, that there is a Santa Claus. The Russell 2000, representing smaller companies, is brandishing the most optimism. Russell is standing → Read More

Is That Bush Moving?

The markets pulled back a bit yesterday. It certainly is not surprising, after four solid up-days since the reversal last week. And so far, the volume of the past two days has been at or below average. Technically, there is no reason to suspect anything more than a brief pause before a renewed up-move. Even → Read More

The Consumer Cometh

In Friday’s newsletter I showed where the NASDAQ Composite has risen to a well-formed downtrend line. Volume had fallen off, although I acknowledged the holiday week may be the reason. I certainly didn’t expect Friday to make much difference. After all, everyone would probably be sleeping late after lining up at Best Buy at 12 → Read More

Maybe A Good Football Game…

What started off as a strong reversal last Friday quickly ran out of momentum. The major indexes ended at a point that may help define a clear downtrend line from the start of the 8-week pullback. Volume fell off sharply this week. To be fair, this was leading into the Thanksgiving holiday, and perhaps the → Read More

Who Do We Thank (Or Curse) For “Black Friday”!

Written by Tom Petty from Examiner Link to EXAMINER ARTICLE:  http://www.examiner.com/article/who-do-we-thank-or-curse-for-black-friday Call me old-fashioned. Call me a “fuddy duddy”. But at this time of year, I wax nostalgic about the idyllic days of my youth, when Thanksgiving was a family weekend that focused on things about which no one could feel anything but great: a) no school; b) our → Read More

A Bit Of Hope?

The markets staged a reversal on Friday. Nothing spectacular, it may not go far. But the S&P 500 set a low about two hours into the day and then bounced off that on strong volume, closing near the high for the day. Many big-name stocks similarly formed minor reversals. But there are plenty of other → Read More

Did Bernanke Mean: “Let Them Eat Cake!”?

http://www.examiner.com/article/did-bernanke-mean-let-them-eat-cake Did Bernanke mean: “Let them eat cake!”? BY: THOMAS PETTY Can you remember back to a day when your parents made a big decision that drastically complicated your life — a decision that made no sense to you and totally frustrated you? You were still trying hard to adjust to that decision when, from out of the blue, your → Read More

Be Prepared

For the benefit of new subscribers, and to reinforce what I’ve covered in recent newsletters, I want to quickly go over a few things. The focus of this newsletter is not only to provide you with numerous high probability trade candidates each month, but to also educate and continuously reinforce how to actively trade in → Read More

IWM Showing Strength

Strong buying came into the Russell 2000 yesterday. Volume on the IWM increased 212% from the previous day, 106% above the recent average. IWM’s lower highs and lower lows since September have formed a tight channel. The IWM has pulled back to the 38.2% Fibonacci level, meaning it has retraced 38% of its gains since → Read More

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