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Can You Reduce Trading Losses By Hitting the Scales?

Can You Reduce Trading Losses By Hitting the Scales?

Assuming you haven’t discarded your New Year’s resolution in favor of leftover candy canes, then you might be trying to shed some holiday pounds. If you’re like me, you’re still working on some Independence Day, Halloween, and Thanksgiving pounds, too. This task is even harder because the grocery store’s “seasonal” aisle is already full of ...

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Will Materials-Proxy Alcoa, Banks Set Tone for Challenging Earnings?
January 11, 2016

Will Materials-Proxy Alcoa, Banks Set Tone for Challenging Earnings?

Last week’s stock-market carnage underscored many investors’ fears of what could lie ahead in the Q4 earnings season: more bad news. The period kicks off ...

Technical Indicators 4x4 (Part 2): Rocking the Alternatives
December 31, 2015

Technical Indicators 4x4 (Part 2): Rocking the Alternatives

Unless you’ve been living on a desert island for 30 years, you’ve no doubt heard “alternative” used to describe music—a rock subgenre with a sound that ranges ...

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Technical Indicators 4x4: Build Your Base
December 29, 2015

Technical Indicators 4x4: Build Your Base

If you’re anything like me, the all-you-can-eat buffet is your Kryptonite. How in the world can you be expected to narrow down this delicious spread to a few choices?

 2016 Stock Trends to Watch: Earnings, Election, Volatility
December 22, 2015

2016 Stock Trends to Watch: Earnings, Election, Volatility

After a year of ups and downs, the S&P 500 (SPX) is registering a decline of nearly 2% heading into year-end. That adds a little tension to the calendar flip for Wall ...

Will Nike Earnings, Retail Sales Track Recent Quarters?
December 22, 2015

Will Nike Earnings, Retail Sales Track Recent Quarters?

Nike (NKE) outpaced Wall Street’s earnings expectations in recent quarters, sending its stock up some 35% so far in 2015. But can the global ...

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Stock Trading Picks: Set Watchlist or Dynamic List?
December 22, 2015

Stock Trading Picks: Set Watchlist or Dynamic List?

There is an ongoing battle in my family every time we go out to eat. I usually want to try someplace new, but my wife insists on going to our favorite restaurant where ...

Will Bank Stocks Get Extra Juice From a Fed Rate Hike?
December 15, 2015

Will Bank Stocks Get Extra Juice From a Fed Rate Hike?

Bank stocks were hard-hit in the wake of the global financial crisis, a blow that left many still struggling in the early years of the economic recovery and through ...

Don’t Play Chase: Market Alerts Can Make Trades Come To You
December 15, 2015

Don’t Play Chase: Market Alerts Can Make Trades Come To You

Former heavyweight boxing champ Mike Tyson once said, “Everybody has a plan, until they get punched in the mouth.” As active traders, that’s how it can feel ...

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Power Couple: Getting Cozy with Pairs Trading
December 8, 2015

Power Couple: Getting Cozy with Pairs Trading

Ever find yourself in the middle of a “typical” market situation that suddenly feels not so typical? If that’s the case, you may want to explore one of the more ...

Trading Review and Look Ahead: Stock Technicals, Fed Volatility
December 7, 2015

Trading Review and Look Ahead: Stock Technicals, Fed Volatility

As 2015 is wrapping up, it’s a good time to review the major markets. It’s also a good time to take inventory, look ahead, and set some goals. In fact, many traders ...

Fed’s Move to ‘Normal' May Invite Unusual Market Volatility
December 3, 2015

Fed’s Move to ‘Normal' May Invite Unusual Market Volatility

A majority on Wall Street has gotten used to the idea that the Federal Reserve could nudge U.S. interest rates higher mid-month for the first time in nearly a decade.

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Is the U.S. Dollar/Commodity Trade Ripe for Reversal?
December 1, 2015

Is the U.S. Dollar/Commodity Trade Ripe for Reversal?

It's no secret that it's been a tough year for the commodity markets. Year-to-date declines spread from crude oil to corn, and didn’t stop with most energy ...

Weekend Project: A Quick Study to Optimize Trading Performance
December 1, 2015

Weekend Project: A Quick Study to Optimize Trading Performance

I’m not a fan of the ’80s rock group Loverboy, but I do have to agree with the premise espoused in their hit single “Working for the Weekend”—that everyone is ...

Small-Cap Stocks’ January Effect Tends to Make Early Entrance
November 30, 2015

Small-Cap Stocks’ January Effect Tends to Make Early Entrance

Sometimes you’re stuck with the name you’re born with, even when it no longer fits. The well-documented “January effect,” which refers to the historical ...

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Weak Ag Sector, Strong Dollar Could Hurt Deere’s Quarter
November 24, 2015

Weak Ag Sector, Strong Dollar Could Hurt Deere’s Quarter

Deere & Co. (DE) has that familiar tagline, “Nothing runs like a Deere.” But it’s the durability of its quarterly earnings that may be getting a run for its money.

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