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On the fifth day of Christmas my stock pick is Applied Materials–and five golden...

All the work by Nvidia, Intel, Applied Micro Devices, and Alphabet that I described in my fourth day of Christmas stock pick post means...

Time to clear away the brush in my long-term 50 Stocks portfolio–selling four stocks...

In the first week of January I’m going to rebalance, per the strategy I pursue with this portfolio, my long-term 50 Stocks Portfolio. That...

On the fourth day of Christmas my stock pick is Nvidia–and four colly birds

And what’s a colly bird and isn’t it “calling birds”? “Colly” derives from the Old English word for coal. So the song’s lyrics here...

The mess that is the tax bill just keeps getting messier

One expected and one surprising development as everybody digs deeper into the recently passed tax bill. The expected: Congress gave the IRS no time at...

Dow Closes at Another Record High

MARKET SUMMARY U.S. markets opened higher and showed some momentum throughout Thursday’s session, while holding onto slight gains into the closing bell. The Russell 2000...

The Ghosts of Crashes Past, Recent, and Future as they Appeared on this Blog

It’s not boasting to state plainly that you were right if you are equally direct about your errors. I have until now rightly predicted...

Post Christmas Slow Down & Economic Data

Despite the post-Christmas slowdown of the markets, economic data is still coming in.  Wednesday morning provided us with another look at both the Pending...

Economic Heatwave: What Could Go Wrong in 2018?

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in November, and the overall economy grew for the 102nd consecutive month, say the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM® Report...

What You Need to Know About SPX, NYSE and GDX

SPX Monitoring purposes; Long SPX on 12/27/17 at 2682.62. Monitoring purposes GOLD: Long GDX on 12/20/17 at 22.49 Long Term Trend monitor purposes: Neutral. Tuesday the Tick...

Are Recent S&P 500 Returns Excessive? Part IV

In today’s final installment of evaluating the US stock market’s recent performance, the toolkit uses three alternative risk metrics: the Sterling Ratio, the Calmar Ratio,...

The Charts of 2017 – Honorable Mentions

As part of the release of the 2017 End of Year Special Edition of the Weekly Macro Themes report (a summary of some of...

Bulls Avoid Three-Session Slide

MARKET SUMMARY U.S. markets avoided a three-session slide after squeaking out slight gains following another tight trading range. The Dow and S&P 500 climbed 0.1%...