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Earnings Preview: Deere To Report Before the Open on Friday

Earnings Preview: Deere To Report Before the Open on Friday

Deere’s (DE) stock has dropped a ways from its all-time high of $175.26 it hit on February 16 when the company last reported earnings. Since the start of May, DE has rallied from its recent low of $131.26 heading into its fiscal second-quarter results, scheduled for before market open on Friday, May 18. For Q2...

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Macy’s Earnings Preview: Can Same Store Sales Growth Continue?
May 15, 2018

Macy’s Earnings Preview: Can Same Store Sales Growth Continue?

Shares of department store Macy’s (M) have come a long way from their 52-week low of $17.41, hitting a new 52-week high of $32.45 at the end of April. Since then...

Walmart to Report Earnings Fresh off Its Largest Acquisition Ever
May 15, 2018

Walmart to Report Earnings Fresh off Its Largest Acquisition Ever

Walmart (WMT) reports Q1 fiscal 2019 earnings before market open on Thursday, May 17, and the company just made its largest acquisition ever ahead of its report...

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Earnings Preview: Home Depot Reports Before Tuesday’s Open
May 14, 2018

Earnings Preview: Home Depot Reports Before Tuesday’s Open

Home Depot (HD) reports first-quarter earnings before market open on Tuesday, May 15. A strong U.S. economy, tight labor market and recent tax reform have...

NVDA Earnings Preview: Gaming and Data Center in Focus
May 9, 2018

NVDA Earnings Preview: Gaming and Data Center in Focus

Nvidia (NVDA) is scheduled to report Q1 fiscal 2019 earnings after the closing bell on Thursday, May 10. Ahead of earnings, NVDA has been climbing closer to...

Upcoming Earnings: E-Commerce Giant BABA Reports Tomorrow
May 3, 2018

Upcoming Earnings: E-Commerce Giant BABA Reports Tomorrow

China e-commerce giant Alibaba (BABA) is scheduled to report fiscal Q4 2018 earnings before market open on Friday, May 4. Heading into earnings, the stock remains...

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Upcoming Earnings: Gaming Giant ATVI to Report Thursday
May 2, 2018

Upcoming Earnings: Gaming Giant ATVI to Report Thursday

Gaming giant Activision Blizzard (ATVI) reports earnings after the closing bell on Thursday, May 3. In terms of game launches, it was a somewhat quiet quarter....

TSLA Reports After Wednesday's Close, Still All About the Model 3
May 1, 2018

TSLA Reports After Wednesday's Close, Still All About the Model 3

Tesla (TSLA) reports first-quarter earnings after market close on Wednesday, May 2. As has been the case in previous reports, analysts have been squarely focused...

Pharma Giants Pfizer and Merck To Report Earnings Tuesday Morning
April 30, 2018

Pharma Giants Pfizer and Merck To Report Earnings Tuesday Morning

Pharmaceutical giants Pfizer (PFE) and Merck (MRK) report earnings before the open on Tuesday, May 1. When PFE last reported, management reiterated that...

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Earnings Preview: Tech Giant Apple Reports After Tuesday’s Close
April 30, 2018

Earnings Preview: Tech Giant Apple Reports After Tuesday’s Close

Apple (AAPL) reports fiscal second-quarter earnings after the closing bell on Tuesday, May 1. The stock has been under a little pressure over the past few weeks as...

Upcoming Earnings: MCD Reports on Monday, a Year Into Growth Plan
April 27, 2018

Upcoming Earnings: MCD Reports on Monday, a Year Into Growth Plan

McDonald’s (MCD) is scheduled to report first-quarter earnings before market open on Monday, April 30, a little over a year into the company’s new global growth plan...

Oil Giants CVX and XOM to Report Earnings Friday Morning
April 26, 2018

Oil Giants CVX and XOM to Report Earnings Friday Morning

Oil supermajors Chevron (CVX) and ExxonMobil (XOM) report earnings before market open on Friday, Apr. 27. As crude oil prices have continued to climb in 2018, both...

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Tech Giants AMZN and MSFT Report Earnings After Thursday’s Close
April 25, 2018

Tech Giants AMZN and MSFT Report Earnings After Thursday’s Close

Tech giants (AMZN) and Microsoft (MSFT) both report earnings after market close on Thursday, Apr. 26. Both stocks have pulled back a bit from their recent all-time...

Automaker Earnings: Ford and GM Results on Tap This Week
April 24, 2018

Automaker Earnings: Ford and GM Results on Tap This Week

This week brings results from the two of the main automakers in the U.S. Ford (F) reports after the closing bell on Wednesday, Apr. 25. General Motors (GM) is...

Earnings Preview: TWTR and FB Report Q1 Results on Wednesday
April 24, 2018

Earnings Preview: TWTR and FB Report Q1 Results on Wednesday

Two of the major social media companies are scheduled to report quarterly earnings this week. Twitter (TWTR) reports before market open Wednesday, Apr. 25, and...

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Upcoming Earnings: Verizon and AT&T Report This Week
April 23, 2018

Upcoming Earnings: Verizon and AT&T Report This Week

Two of the major companies in the telecom sector report earnings this week. Verizon Wireless (VZ) reports before market open on Tuesday, Apr. 24, and AT&T (T) reports...

Earnings Preview: Reports Coming Up From CAT, LLY and BA
April 23, 2018

Earnings Preview: Reports Coming Up From CAT, LLY and BA

Earnings season continues this week with reports from Caterpillar (CAT), Eli Lilly (LLY) and Boeing (BA). CAT and LLY both report before market open on Tuesday, Apr...

Google Parent Alphabet Kicks Off a Week of Tech Earnings
April 20, 2018

Google Parent Alphabet Kicks Off a Week of Tech Earnings

Google parent Alphabet (GOOGL, GOOG) reports first-quarter earnings after the closing bell on Monday, Apr. 23. Monday’s release will look a little different than...

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GE Reports Earnings Friday, Giving a Look at Turnaround Effort
April 19, 2018

GE Reports Earnings Friday, Giving a Look at Turnaround Effort

Industrial conglomerate General Electric (GE) is scheduled to report earnings before market open on Friday, Apr. 20. CEO John Flannery has faced plenty...

Dow Components JNJ and IBM Are on the Earnings Docket This Week
April 16, 2018

Dow Components JNJ and IBM Are on the Earnings Docket This Week

Two Dow components, Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) and IBM (IBM), are among the many companies slated to report earnings this week. JNJ reports before market...

Netflix Reports Earnings Later Today, Subscriber Growth in Focus
April 16, 2018

Netflix Reports Earnings Later Today, Subscriber Growth in Focus

Netflix (NFLX) reports first-quarter earnings after the closing bell on Monday, Apr. 16. The stock has had quite a run in 2018, starting the year at $196.10 and closing...

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More Bank Earnings Coming Up: BAC, GS and MS Report Next Week
April 13, 2018

More Bank Earnings Coming Up: BAC, GS and MS Report Next Week

After the first round of bank earnings this morning, next week kicks off with a string of more reports from the financial sector. Bank of America (BAC) reports before...

JP Morgan, Wells Fargo and Citigroup Set to Kick Off Earnings
April 12, 2018

JP Morgan, Wells Fargo and Citigroup Set to Kick Off Earnings

Q1 earnings season is kicking off this week with JP Morgan (JPM), Wells Fargo (WFC) and Citigroup (C) set to report before the open on Friday, Apr. 13. On a broader...

Looking Beyond Bitcoin: Ethereum & Other Cryptocurrencies
April 5, 2018

Looking Beyond Bitcoin: Ethereum & Other Cryptocurrencies

Bitcoin typically commands much of the spotlight on the world’s cryptocurrency stage, and for good reason: for one, it’s by far the most actively traded cryptocurrency. ...

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Nike Earnings Preview: What Might Be Expected for Fiscal Q3?
March 21, 2018

Nike Earnings Preview: What Might Be Expected for Fiscal Q3?

Nike (NKE) is scheduled to report fiscal Q3 earnings after market close on Thursday, Mar. 22. For fiscal Q3, NKE is expected to report adjusted earnings per share of...

Healthcare Sector Earnings: What’s Going on Ahead of Q1 Reports
March 20, 2018

Healthcare Sector Earnings: What’s Going on Ahead of Q1 Reports

After being the only one to finish 2016 in the red, the healthcare sector made a comeback in 2017 and finished the year up 21.7%, barely lagging the S&P 500’s (SPX)...

Oracle Earnings: Story Still All About Legacy and Cloud
March 16, 2018

Oracle Earnings: Story Still All About Legacy and Cloud

As a tech mega-cap worth about $216 billion that operates extensively throughout the world across a wide range of end markets, Oracle (ORCL) is a company that...

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How to Buy & Sell Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies
March 6, 2018

How to Buy & Sell Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies

To buy Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies, or to sell (or to avoid them altogether)? As digital currencies and the blockchain technology underpinning them move into ...

Earnings Preview: Target to Report Q4 Results Tomorrow
March 5, 2018

Earnings Preview: Target to Report Q4 Results Tomorrow

For some time now, many have been painting a doom-and-gloom scenario regarding traditional retailers that have been adapting strategies in light of continued...

Fed Chair Powell Delivers Day One of Congressional Testimony
February 28, 2018

Fed Chair Powell Delivers Day One of Congressional Testimony

Hawkish or dovish? That’s the question that many market watchers and investors have been wondering about newly appointed Fed Chair Jerome Powell and his approach...

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Macy’s Earnings Preview: Holiday Sales and Ongoing Store Closures
February 23, 2018

Macy’s Earnings Preview: Holiday Sales and Ongoing Store Closures

An assortment of retailers are set to report results over the next few weeks. One of the first ones up is Macy’s (M), which is scheduled to report fourth-quarter...

Backtesting with thinkOnDemand to Help Optimize Your Trading
February 16, 2018

Backtesting with thinkOnDemand to Help Optimize Your Trading

How great would it be if you could go back in time and learn from your past mistakes? Maybe you would have taken that job offer, married your high school ...

Earnings: What’s in Store for Walmart, Sam’s Club, E-Commerce?
February 16, 2018

Earnings: What’s in Store for Walmart, Sam’s Club, E-Commerce?

It’s a short week with the President’s Day holiday on Monday, but earnings continue on Tuesday, with some of the biggest U.S. retailers on parade. Among the big ...

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Home Depot Earnings: Closing Out Fiscal 2017 on Tuesday Morning
February 16, 2018

Home Depot Earnings: Closing Out Fiscal 2017 on Tuesday Morning

Earnings season has been slowing down, although there are quite a few retailers left to report. One of the larger ones coming up is Home Depot (HD), which is...

Deere Earnings Preview: Wirtgen Acquisition Closed, What’s Next?
February 15, 2018

Deere Earnings Preview: Wirtgen Acquisition Closed, What’s Next?

Deere & Co. (DE) is scheduled to report first-quarter earnings for fiscal 2018 before market open on Friday, Feb. 16. DE closed out 2017 close to record highs...

Earnings Preview: MGM’s Expansion into Macau Might Be Hot Topic
February 15, 2018

Earnings Preview: MGM’s Expansion into Macau Might Be Hot Topic

As earnings season inches toward the finish line, it’s time to check in on the gaming and resort industry, specifically MGM Resorts International (MGM), which is expected ...

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What’s New at the Soda Fountain? Bev Giant KO Earnings Preview
February 14, 2018

What’s New at the Soda Fountain? Bev Giant KO Earnings Preview

Though volatility has been the big story over the last week, remember it’s still earnings season, and fresh reports are still coming in. Beverage giant Coca-Cola ...

ATVI Earnings Preview: How’d New Game Launches Do in Q4?
February 8, 2018

ATVI Earnings Preview: How’d New Game Launches Do in Q4?

Activision Blizzard (ATVI) reports earnings after the closing bell today, Feb. 8. In 2017, ATVI outperformed the S&P 500 (SPX) and the Nasdaq 100 (NDX) by a wide...

Earnings Preview: What Might Be Expected for Twitter’s Q4?
February 7, 2018

Earnings Preview: What Might Be Expected for Twitter’s Q4?

When Twitter (TWTR) reported Q3 earnings, year-over-year revenue declines weren’t as bad as they had been in the two prior quarters, which management took as a...

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Earnings Preview: Tesla’s Q4 Results on Tap This Week
February 6, 2018

Earnings Preview: Tesla’s Q4 Results on Tap This Week

Tesla (TSLA) reports fourth-quarter earnings after the closing bell on Wednesday, Feb. 7. For several quarters now, the primary focus among analysts has been on...

Derivatives with Tax Benefits: Five Tax Options for Traders
February 6, 2018

Derivatives with Tax Benefits: Five Tax Options for Traders

You have alternatives when it comes to tax planning. Targeted investing might trim that bill from Uncle Sam, or at least help you time when you’ll pay.

The Tale of Big Autos and Big Burritos: GM, CMG Earnings Preview
February 5, 2018

The Tale of Big Autos and Big Burritos: GM, CMG Earnings Preview

Earnings keep rolling in off the assembly line. This week starts with results from General Motors (GM) on Tuesday before the market open, while fast-food chain Chipotle ...

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Disney Earnings Preview: The House of Mouse is Set to Report
February 5, 2018

Disney Earnings Preview: The House of Mouse is Set to Report

Disney (DIS) reports first-quarter earnings for fiscal 2018 after the close on Tuesday, Feb. 6. While the big focus among analysts for a while now has been subscriber...

Energy Earnings: Oil Giants XOM and CVX to Report Tomorrow
February 1, 2018

Energy Earnings: Oil Giants XOM and CVX to Report Tomorrow

Energy giants ExxonMobil (XOM) and Chevron (CVX) are scheduled to report earnings before the opening bell on Friday, Feb. 2. Heading into this quarter’s earnings...

Earnings Preview: Google-parent Alphabet Reports After the Close
February 1, 2018

Earnings Preview: Google-parent Alphabet Reports After the Close

The tech-heavy week of earnings continues with Google-parent Alphabet (GOOGL) scheduled to report fourth-quarter results after market close today, Feb. 1...

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Apple Earnings Preview: All About the iPhone Sales
January 31, 2018

Apple Earnings Preview: All About the iPhone Sales

Apple (AAPL) reports first-quarter earnings for fiscal 2018 after the closing bell on Thursday, Feb. 1. Over the past few weeks, the stock has been a bit more volatile amid...

AMZN, BABA Earnings Preview: E-Commerce Giants to Report
January 31, 2018

AMZN, BABA Earnings Preview: E-Commerce Giants to Report

The two biggest heavy hitters in e-commerce, Amazon (AMZN) and Alibaba (BABA), are scheduled to report quarterly earnings Thursday, and market expectations ...

Earnings Preview: Two Tech Faces, MSFT and FB, to Report Wed
January 30, 2018

Earnings Preview: Two Tech Faces, MSFT and FB, to Report Wed

Some analysts have referred to Wednesday as “earnings funday” because of the multitude of companies scheduled to report before and after the close. Joining ...

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Retail Trader: Should You Try to Trade Like a Billionaire?
January 30, 2018

Retail Trader: Should You Try to Trade Like a Billionaire?

Legendary hedge fund manager George Soros is known for being a hands-on trader with an uncanny ability to make money. And when the opportunity presents itself ...

Planes and Communications: Boeing and AT&T Quarterly Earnings
January 30, 2018

Planes and Communications: Boeing and AT&T Quarterly Earnings

As the earnings parade continues in earnest this week, some Dow Jones Industrials’ components are in line to report. Boeing (BA) is scheduled to step up Wed ...

Why Sleep When You Could Be Trading? New Extended Hours
January 29, 2018

Why Sleep When You Could Be Trading? New Extended Hours

Brexit and the 2016 U.S. election were blunt reminders that the news doesn’t stop when the sun sets—or when the stock market closes. But starting today, investors ...

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McDonald’s Earnings Preview: What Might Be In Store?
January 29, 2018

McDonald’s Earnings Preview: What Might Be In Store?

Investors could get a better picture of how well McDonald’s Corp.’s (MCD) new “$1 $2 $3 Menu” promotion has been performing when the hamburger ...

Earnings: What’s In the Medicine Cabinets of PFE, LLY, MRK?
January 29, 2018

Earnings: What’s In the Medicine Cabinets of PFE, LLY, MRK?

Three big names in big pharma are on the earnings agenda this week with Pfizer (PFE) scheduled to report earnings Tuesday, Eli Lilly (LLY) on Wednesday and ...

Earnings Preview: Defense Giant LMT Reports Q4 Results on Monday
January 26, 2018

Earnings Preview: Defense Giant LMT Reports Q4 Results on Monday

Defense company Lockheed Martin (LMT) reports fourth-quarter earnings and closes out fiscal 2017 before market open on Monday, Jan. 29. In the third quarter, LMT...

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Tuning Exit Strategy: Limit Orders, Stop-Loss Orders, Exit Orders
January 25, 2018

Tuning Exit Strategy: Limit Orders, Stop-Loss Orders, Exit Orders

You probably know that exit plans are an essential part of options trading strategies. Here are a few nuts-and-bolts ideas for creating a trade plan, along with some order ...

Earnings Preview: Chipmaker Intel to Report Q4 Results Tomorrow
January 24, 2018

Earnings Preview: Chipmaker Intel to Report Q4 Results Tomorrow

The earnings parade continues with chipmaker Intel (INTC) scheduled to report Q4 results after market close on Thursday, Jan. 25. When it last reported, both...

Upcoming Earnings: Q4 Reports from Industrials GE and CAT
January 23, 2018

Upcoming Earnings: Q4 Reports from Industrials GE and CAT

Several of the industrial giants are scheduled to report quarterly results this week. General Electric (GE) reports earnings before market open on Wednesday, Jan. 24...

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Ford Earnings Preview: What Might Be in Store for Q4?
January 23, 2018

Ford Earnings Preview: What Might Be in Store for Q4?

Ford (F) reports fourth-quarter earnings and closes out fiscal 2017 after market close on Wednesday, Jan. 24. Between the company’s release of its December sales...

Trade with Your Head, Not Your Heart: Develop a Trading Checklist
January 23, 2018

Trade with Your Head, Not Your Heart: Develop a Trading Checklist

Most of us might feel we're in control of our emotions when we trade, but sometimes we run into weaknesses. Consider trading strategies that help check emotions.

Upcoming Earnings: JNJ and PG to Report Results This Week
January 22, 2018

Upcoming Earnings: JNJ and PG to Report Results This Week

Healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) and consumer conglomerate Procter & Gamble (PG) are both scheduled to report earnings before market open on Tuesday...

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Verizon Earnings Preview: What Might Be Expected from Q4 Results?
January 22, 2018

Verizon Earnings Preview: What Might Be Expected from Q4 Results?

As the broader indices rallied in 2017, it wasn’t a great year for telecom stocks and Verizon (VZ) is pretty much starting 2018 at the same levels it was at when 2017...

NFLX Earnings Preview: Subscriber Growth and Price Hikes in Focus
January 19, 2018

NFLX Earnings Preview: Subscriber Growth and Price Hikes in Focus

Netflix (NFLX) is scheduled to report fourth-quarter earnings after the closing bell on Monday, Jan. 22. Investor expectations appear to be elevated heading...

Chasing Success: Is a Lack of Focus Holding Your Trading Back?
January 18, 2018

Chasing Success: Is a Lack of Focus Holding Your Trading Back?

Trading for a living can be fascinating. Many traders say it takes them to into another dimension, one that the non-trading set can’t completely relate to. But it can ...

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IBM Earnings Preview: Big Blue Takes the Stage on Thursday
January 17, 2018

IBM Earnings Preview: Big Blue Takes the Stage on Thursday

IBM (IBM), aka Big Blue, reports fourth-quarter earnings after the closing bell on Thursday, Jan. 18. Like several of the legacy tech companies have been doing in recent...

Upcoming Retail Sector Earnings: It’s All About the Holidays
January 16, 2018

Upcoming Retail Sector Earnings: It’s All About the Holidays

The fourth quarter can be a make-or-break time for retailers as they close out the calendar year. With earnings reports due from the major retailers over the...

Earnings Preview: More Big Banks with BAC, GS and MS This Week
January 16, 2018

Earnings Preview: More Big Banks with BAC, GS and MS This Week

This week brings another round of fourth-quarter results from several of the biggest banks. Bank of America (BAC) and Goldman Sachs (GS) both report before market...

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Earnings Season Gets Going With JPM and WFC Reporting Tomorrow
January 11, 2018

Earnings Season Gets Going With JPM and WFC Reporting Tomorrow

Earnings season is starting to get underway with the first round of big banks reporting at the end of this week. Both JPMorgan Chase (JPM) and Wells Fargo...

Identifying Continuation Patterns with Candlestick Charts
January 9, 2018

Identifying Continuation Patterns with Candlestick Charts

A continuation pattern is a pause or pullback during an established trend, which, when completed, in the view of candlestick fans, should continue to move price in the ...

Finding Trend Reversal Patterns with Japanese Candlestick Charts
January 2, 2018

Finding Trend Reversal Patterns with Japanese Candlestick Charts

First developed by Japanese merchants centuries ago to track the price of rice futures, candlestick charts gained popularity in the U.S. in the early 1990s and are now ...

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The Journey and the Destination: A 2018 Roadmap for Traders
December 20, 2017

The Journey and the Destination: A 2018 Roadmap for Traders

As the countdown to the last days of 2017 tick on, there’s plenty ahead in 2018 for investors to keep on their radar screens after a series of record-breaking stock ...

A Look Back on the Markets in 2017 and What’s to Come in 2018
December 19, 2017

A Look Back on the Markets in 2017 and What’s to Come in 2018

As always, it’s hard to say what a year will bring. Unexpected events will always come up and it’s uncertain how they are going to end up impacting different...

Bitcoin Futures: What They Are and How to Trade Them
December 19, 2017

Bitcoin Futures: What They Are and How to Trade Them

Once more of a niche experiment, cryptocurrencies have recently been thrust into the spotlight as the demand is driving up prices and many of them are...

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Candlestick Charting: New Old-Fashioned Technical Analysis
December 19, 2017

Candlestick Charting: New Old-Fashioned Technical Analysis

Candlestick charts have been around since at least the 19th Century (though some estimate the technique, which was invented by Japanese rice merchants seeking a ...

Tech Giant Oracle to Report Q2 Earnings on Thursday
December 13, 2017

Tech Giant Oracle to Report Q2 Earnings on Thursday

While it's a generally a quiet time for companies reporting, tech giant Oracle (ORCL) is one of the exceptions and it reports earnings for the fiscal second...

Line, Bar, and Candlestick: Three Chart Types for Traders
December 12, 2017

Line, Bar, and Candlestick: Three Chart Types for Traders

One of the great things about investing is that there are all sorts of ways to approach it. Different strategies and asset classes are available whether you’re a short-term ...

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Financial Facepalms: Avoid These 7 Common Trading Mistakes
December 5, 2017

Financial Facepalms: Avoid These 7 Common Trading Mistakes

The mechanics of trading are easy. A click or two gets you into a trade and a click or two gets you out. But the decision-making process behind those clicks is much ...

As Prices Rise at the Pump, Might Holiday Spending Be at Risk?
November 29, 2017

As Prices Rise at the Pump, Might Holiday Spending Be at Risk?

U.S. oil prices are hovering around two-plus year highs in recent sessions and Thursday’s meeting between the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) ...

Fibonacci Retracement: A Golden (Ratio) Idea for Trading?
November 28, 2017

Fibonacci Retracement: A Golden (Ratio) Idea for Trading?

You would be hard-pressed to find anyone who didn’t recognize the name Leonardo da Vinci, the Italian scientist, inventor, and painter of the Mona Lisa...

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Earnings Preview: DE Closes Out Fiscal 2017 Tomorrow Morning
November 21, 2017

Earnings Preview: DE Closes Out Fiscal 2017 Tomorrow Morning

Ahead of the shortened holiday week, Deere & Co. (DE) reports fourth quarter fiscal 2017 earnings before the market opens on Wednesday, Nov. 22. Since its last...

Got Two Trading Minds? Check Your Brain for Cognitive Biases
November 21, 2017

Got Two Trading Minds? Check Your Brain for Cognitive Biases

Has this ever happened to you? After doing your analysis, you find a handful of potential trade candidates. You check the fundamentals, the technicals, the charts ...

Earnings Preview: BBY and ‘Building The New Blue’
November 15, 2017

Earnings Preview: BBY and ‘Building The New Blue’

Best Buy (BBY) reports third-quarter fiscal 2018 earnings before the opening bell on Thursday, November 16. Despite the doom-and-gloom picture many are painting...

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Earnings Preview: More Retail Results With TGT and WMT up Next
November 14, 2017

Earnings Preview: More Retail Results With TGT and WMT up Next

It’s been a busy two weeks for retail earnings. After most of the major department stores reported last week, this week brings reports from big-box retailers Target...

No Loose Ends: End-of-Year Tax Planning for Traders and Investors
November 14, 2017

No Loose Ends: End-of-Year Tax Planning for Traders and Investors

The new year symbolizes a restart, a clean slate, the starting line of yet another potential future. The last thing you want is to get stuck dealing with past business ...

Earnings Preview: Home Depot Kicks Off a Week of Retail Results
November 13, 2017

Earnings Preview: Home Depot Kicks Off a Week of Retail Results

Home Depot (HD) reports third-quarter earnings before the opening bell on Tuesday, Nov. 14. So far this year, the stock is up 22.19% year-to-date, although it has seen...

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Wanna Make a Radical Shift? Be Careful Changing Investing Styles
November 9, 2017

Wanna Make a Radical Shift? Be Careful Changing Investing Styles

If you watch the major financial news networks, you’ve probably seen dozens of ads explaining how you could achieve better returns by following some “proven” ...

Earnings Preview: A Look at Retail With Macy’s on Tap Tomorrow
November 8, 2017

Earnings Preview: A Look at Retail With Macy’s on Tap Tomorrow

Iconic department store chain Macy’s (M) reports third-quarter earnings before the market opens on Thursday, Nov. 9. It’s been a busy couple of months for the...

Disney Earnings Preview: ESPN and New Streaming Services
November 8, 2017

Disney Earnings Preview: ESPN and New Streaming Services

The Walt Disney Co. (DIS) reports fiscal fourth-quarter earnings after the closing bell on Thursday, Nov. 9. The upcoming earnings announcement has been a bit...

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Earnings Preview: Snapchat Parent Snap Inc Reports Tomorrow
November 6, 2017

Earnings Preview: Snapchat Parent Snap Inc Reports Tomorrow

Snap Inc. (SNAP), the parent company of Snapchat, reports third-quarter earnings after the market closes on Tuesday, Nov. 7. As has been in the case in the...

Earnings Preview: Apple to Report Ahead of iPhone X Launch
November 2, 2017

Earnings Preview: Apple to Report Ahead of iPhone X Launch

Apple (AAPL) reports fiscal fourth-quarter earnings after the closing bell today. Since it held its product release event in September, where it announced the iPhone 8...

Upcoming Earnings: ATVI to Report Q3 Results on November 2
November 1, 2017

Upcoming Earnings: ATVI to Report Q3 Results on November 2

Gaming and entertainment company Activision Blizzard (ATVI) reports third-quarter earnings after the market closes on Thursday, Nov. 2. It was a quiet quarter as far...

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Earnings Preview: Alibaba to Report Fiscal Q2 Results November 2
November 1, 2017

Earnings Preview: Alibaba to Report Fiscal Q2 Results November 2

Alibaba Group Holding (BABA) reports earnings for its second quarter of fiscal 2018 before the market opens on Thursday, Nov. 2. The stock has had quite the run...

Is Crude Oil Poised For Breakout? Checking the Charts
November 1, 2017

Is Crude Oil Poised For Breakout? Checking the Charts

Investors hear a lot about crude oil, and that’s because it underpins so much of the economy.

Earnings Preview: What Might Be Expected from Facebook’s Q3?
October 31, 2017

Earnings Preview: What Might Be Expected from Facebook’s Q3?

After a series of strong earnings reports from Alphabet (GOOGL), Amazon (AMZN), Intel (INTC) and Microsoft (MSFT) last week that pushed their shares as well as...

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Tesla Earnings Preview: Model 3 Production and Demand in Focus
October 31, 2017

Tesla Earnings Preview: Model 3 Production and Demand in Focus

So far in the second half of the year, Tesla’s (TSLA) shares have seen quite a bit of volatility. Towards the end of June, shares were trading just shy of the $387 mark...

Earnings Preview: Pfizer Reports Q3 Results Tomorrow Morning
October 30, 2017

Earnings Preview: Pfizer Reports Q3 Results Tomorrow Morning

Earnings season continues with healthcare giant Pfizer (PFE) reporting earnings before the market opens on Tuesday, Oct. 31. Just a few weeks ago, PFE...

Upcoming Earnings: AMZN, GOOGL and MSFT Report After the Close
October 26, 2017

Upcoming Earnings: AMZN, GOOGL and MSFT Report After the Close

So far this year, info tech has been one of the best-performing sectors, with the S&P Technology Select Sector Index (IXT) up about 24.7% year-to-date...

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Upcoming Energy Earnings: XOM and CVX Report on Friday Morning
October 24, 2017

Upcoming Energy Earnings: XOM and CVX Report on Friday Morning

Two of the oil supermajors are slated to release their quarterly results at the end of the week. Both ExxonMobil (XOM) and Chevron (CVX) report earnings before...

Earnings Season Outlook: Valuations Are High; Are They Too High?
October 24, 2017

Earnings Season Outlook: Valuations Are High; Are They Too High?

How high is too high? As we cruise through earnings season, with the S&P 500 Index (SPX) valuation at a historically high level according to some metrics, many ...

Earnings Preview: What Might Be Expected from LMT and BA’s Q3?
October 23, 2017

Earnings Preview: What Might Be Expected from LMT and BA’s Q3?

Many of the stocks with exposure to the defense industry have surged since the U.S. presidential elections last year. Some of the catalysts that have pushed shares...

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Auto Earnings Preview: GM and Ford Report Over Next Few Days
October 23, 2017

Auto Earnings Preview: GM and Ford Report Over Next Few Days

Among the many companies reporting earnings this week, U.S. automakers General Motors (GM) and Ford (F) release their quarterly results before market open on...

Earnings Preview: MCD, CMG and KO Report Results This Week
October 23, 2017

Earnings Preview: MCD, CMG and KO Report Results This Week

Some big names in food and beverage open the books this week. McDonald’s (MCD) reports before market open on Tuesday, Oct. 24 and Chipotle Mexican Grill...

Earnings Preview: CAT and LLY to Report Tuesday Morning
October 20, 2017

Earnings Preview: CAT and LLY to Report Tuesday Morning

The earnings parade continues with Caterpillar (CAT) and Eli Lilly & Co. (LLY) scheduled to report early next week. Both companies are expected to release results before...

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Earnings Preview: Conglomerates GE and PG Report on Friday
October 19, 2017

Earnings Preview: Conglomerates GE and PG Report on Friday

As earnings season kicks into full gear, two major conglomerates are slated to report results at the end of this week. Both General Electric (GE) and Procter...

It’s Harvest Time: An Agriculture Investment Primer
October 19, 2017

It’s Harvest Time: An Agriculture Investment Primer

We all have to eat. That’s not exactly a portfolio strategy, but it’s a good place to start when contemplating investing opportunities in American agriculture. ...

Earnings Preview: Telecom Takes the Stage with Verizon and AT&T
October 18, 2017

Earnings Preview: Telecom Takes the Stage with Verizon and AT&T

Within every bull market, there’s always going to be areas that are lagging behind. Parts of the telecom sector have been among them so far in 2017. Year to date, several...

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Earnings Preview: eBay Reports Q3 Results Tomorrow Afternoon
October 17, 2017

Earnings Preview: eBay Reports Q3 Results Tomorrow Afternoon

E-commerce company eBay (EBAY) reports earnings after market close on Wednesday, October 18. So far this year, the stock has had quite a run and is up 26.58%...

Retail Earnings Preview: Growth Varies in Latest Sales Estimates
October 16, 2017

Retail Earnings Preview: Growth Varies in Latest Sales Estimates

There’s no denying that it’s been a challenging environment for retailers over the past several years. Some companies in the industry have pivoted well...

Earnings Preview: Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley Report Tuesday
October 16, 2017

Earnings Preview: Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley Report Tuesday

The big bank earnings parade continues as we head into another heavy week of results. Both Goldman Sachs (GS) and Morgan Stanley (MS) report third-quarter...

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Managing Portfolio Growth by Hedging Uncertain Markets
October 16, 2017

Managing Portfolio Growth by Hedging Uncertain Markets

Those of you who remember the children’s classic Dr. Dolittle—the book or film—may recall an odd animal called a pushmi-pullyu. It’s basically a llama with ...

Netflix Earnings Preview: Streaming Giant Hiked Prices in October
October 16, 2017

Netflix Earnings Preview: Streaming Giant Hiked Prices in October

Netflix (NFLX) reports third-quarter earnings after market close on Monday, October 16. So far this year, shares have been on quite a run and the stock hit a new...

Earnings Preview: Dow Components JNJ and IBM Report on October 17
October 13, 2017

Earnings Preview: Dow Components JNJ and IBM Report on October 17

Coming up early next week, two Dow components take the stage to report third-quarter results. Health care giant Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) reports earnings before...

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Earnings Preview: JPM, C, BAC and WFC Report Q3 Results This Week
October 11, 2017

Earnings Preview: JPM, C, BAC and WFC Report Q3 Results This Week

As third quarter earnings season gets going, the first round of major banks report on Thursday and Friday this week. JPMorgan Chase (JPM) and Citigroup (C)...

Energy Sector Earnings: Lower Oil and Gas Prices Persist in 2017
October 10, 2017

Energy Sector Earnings: Lower Oil and Gas Prices Persist in 2017

At the start of 2017—when WTI crude oil (/CL) traded in the low $50 range, Brent crude (/BN) was three to four dollars shy of the $60 mark and natural gas (/NG)...

Think a Lagging Position May Come Back? May Want to Think Again
October 10, 2017

Think a Lagging Position May Come Back? May Want to Think Again

At its core, trading is not about gambling, it’s about making choices. What stock to trade, how big a position to take, where to enter, where to exit, and maybe most ...

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Health Care Sector Earnings: What Might Be Expected for Q3?
October 9, 2017

Health Care Sector Earnings: What Might Be Expected for Q3?

The health care sector has been one of the better-performing sectors in 2017, bouncing back after being the only sector in the S&P 500 (SPX) to finish last year...

Tech Sector Earnings: Analysts Expect Bottom-Line Growth in Q3
October 9, 2017

Tech Sector Earnings: Analysts Expect Bottom-Line Growth in Q3

The tech sector continued its upward march throughout the third quarter, with the S&P Technology Select Sector Index (IXT) rising 8.48% from the start of July until...

Financial Sector Earnings: Big Banks to Report in Upcoming Weeks
October 4, 2017

Financial Sector Earnings: Big Banks to Report in Upcoming Weeks

Earnings season kicks into full gear in the next few weeks, with some of the biggest banks in the financial sector gearing up to report their results. Citigroup (C)...

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Forex 101: Financing Rates Affect Your Foreign Exchange Investments
October 2, 2017

Forex 101: Financing Rates Affect Your Foreign Exchange Investments

Suppose you’ve decided to venture into retail forex investing. You buy a foreign currency and hold the position for about a week. After a few days, you begin ...

Dot Matrix: A Guide to Federal Reserve Policy Projections
September 27, 2017

Dot Matrix: A Guide to Federal Reserve Policy Projections

How does the Federal Reserve make a point? By showing us a bunch of dots.

Screwdrivers and Scroll Saws: Using Advanced Order Types
September 26, 2017

Screwdrivers and Scroll Saws: Using Advanced Order Types

Success in almost any profession requires familiarity with a basic set of tools. For the carpenter, it’s the hammer, saw, and screwdriver. The artist must know how to use ...

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Earnings Preview: Nike Reports Fiscal Q1 Results on Tuesday
September 25, 2017

Earnings Preview: Nike Reports Fiscal Q1 Results on Tuesday

Nike Inc. (NKE) reports first quarter fiscal 2018 earnings on Tuesday, September 26 after market close. Nike shareholders have been on quite a ride so far this year...

Don’t Confuse a Global Portfolio with a Diversified One
September 19, 2017

Don’t Confuse a Global Portfolio with a Diversified One

Is it time to forget about global diversification as a portfolio strategy? Or put another way, is it time for investors to ask themselves what they’re trying to ...

Apple Event: New Products and the Tech Sector’s Push into Healthcare
September 15, 2017

Apple Event: New Products and the Tech Sector’s Push into Healthcare

Apple’s (AAPL) product launch event happened earlier this week, with the company debuting new iPhones, the Watch Series 3, Apple TV 4K and AirPower, a...

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Trading What You Know: Finding Your Diversification Center
September 14, 2017

Trading What You Know: Finding Your Diversification Center

Drink your milk. Have a firm handshake. Diversify your portfolio. Everyone gets some free advice as they move through life, and most investors remember that last one.

Tech Bellwether Oracle Reports Fiscal Q1 Earnings Tomorrow
September 13, 2017

Tech Bellwether Oracle Reports Fiscal Q1 Earnings Tomorrow

Oracle Corp. (ORCL) reports earnings for its fiscal first quarter after the market closes on Thursday, September 14. In the past several weeks, the company has...

As Market Structure Evolves, Adapt with These Stop-Order Strategies
September 12, 2017

As Market Structure Evolves, Adapt with These Stop-Order Strategies

Technology is changing the face and structure of global commerce, from the way we shop, to the way we travel, to the way we buy and sell stock. Even the stop order ...

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New to Online Investing? Try Out a Few of the Basics
August 30, 2017

New to Online Investing? Try Out a Few of the Basics

Today, thanks to technology, it’s easier and more convenient than ever to trade stocks online. And new bells and whistles are being added each year to ...

Let’s Clear the Air: What Is Inflation, Anyway?
August 29, 2017

Let’s Clear the Air: What Is Inflation, Anyway?

In the news business, there’s a saying that news is either important or interesting, but rarely both. Unless you’re super into economics, inflation falls squarely into the ...

Earnings Preview: Best Buy to Report Fiscal Q2 on August 29
August 28, 2017

Earnings Preview: Best Buy to Report Fiscal Q2 on August 29

For the most part, earnings season has wrapped up, but there’s still a few companies left to report. This week, Best Buy Co. (BBY) reports fiscal second-quarter...

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The Power of Patience and the Four Stages of Stock Cycles
August 24, 2017

The Power of Patience and the Four Stages of Stock Cycles

From the changing seasons to the ebb and flow of the economy, cycles are all around us. Each is driven by unique forces and made up of individual stages. Cycles ...

Earnings Preview: Deere & Co. Reports Results Friday Morning
August 17, 2017

Earnings Preview: Deere & Co. Reports Results Friday Morning

Agricultural equipment maker Deere & Co. (DE) reports earnings for the fiscal third quarter of 2017 before market open on Friday, August 18. So far in 2017, DE has...

Earnings Preview: E-Commerce Giant Alibaba Reports on Thursday
August 16, 2017

Earnings Preview: E-Commerce Giant Alibaba Reports on Thursday

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding (BABA) reports first-quarter earnings for fiscal 2018 before market open on Thursday, August 17. The stock has...

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Earnings Preview: The Retail Parade Continues with Target and Wal-Mart
August 15, 2017

Earnings Preview: The Retail Parade Continues with Target and Wal-Mart

Between last week and this week, it’s been a particularly busy stretch for retail earnings. Last week, the big department stores reported earnings, July’s retail sales...

Brexit, Clearing, and the Ever-Changing Face of European Markets
August 15, 2017

Brexit, Clearing, and the Ever-Changing Face of European Markets

Ask most Americans where the center of the financial universe is, and they’ll probably say New York City. But there was a time during the last century when the ...

Earnings Preview: Home Depot Reports Q2 Results Tomorrow
August 14, 2017

Earnings Preview: Home Depot Reports Q2 Results Tomorrow

Home improvement retailer Home Depot (HD) reports second-quarter earnings before the opening bell on Tuesday, August 15. Over the past several years...

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Witching Days Not As Scary As They Once Were: Here’s Why
August 10, 2017

Witching Days Not As Scary As They Once Were: Here’s Why

Back in the 1980s and 90s when JJ Kinahan, chief market strategist for TD Ameritrade, traded in the storied Chicago futures and options pits, there were certain ...

Earnings Preview: Snap’s Second Quarter of Post-IPO Results
August 9, 2017

Earnings Preview: Snap’s Second Quarter of Post-IPO Results

Snapchat parent Snap Inc. (SNAP) reports second-quarter earnings after market close on Thursday, August 10. Since going public in March, shares have declined...

Nvidia Opens the Books for Q2 After the Closing Bell on Thursday
August 9, 2017

Nvidia Opens the Books for Q2 After the Closing Bell on Thursday

Nvidia Corp. (NVDA) reports second-quarter earnings for fiscal 2018 after the closing bell on Thursday, August 10. The stock can be prone to big price moves in post...

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Earnings Preview: Macy’s Reports Q2 Results on Thursday
August 8, 2017

Earnings Preview: Macy’s Reports Q2 Results on Thursday

There’s no denying that it’s been a tough time for brick-and-mortar retailers as more consumers increasingly shop online, and less consumers shop at malls and...

Looking Eastward? An Intro to Asian Financial Markets
August 8, 2017

Looking Eastward? An Intro to Asian Financial Markets

Are you one of those investors who view the financial markets as existing only between the opening and closing hours of the New York Stock Exchange? The truth is ...

Earnings Preview: Disney and Priceline Report Results Today
August 8, 2017

Earnings Preview: Disney and Priceline Report Results Today

Earnings season continues and this week we have two companies reporting that provide a look at the entertainment and travel industries. Disney (DIS) reports...

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Earnings Preview: Activision Blizzard and the Rise of E-Sports
August 3, 2017

Earnings Preview: Activision Blizzard and the Rise of E-Sports

Gaming and entertainment company Activision Blizzard (ATVI) reports second-quarter earnings on August 3 after the closing bell. Analysts and investors will likely be...

How to Invest in Gold? Let Us Count the Ways: Metal, Options, Stocks ...
August 3, 2017

How to Invest in Gold? Let Us Count the Ways: Metal, Options, Stocks ...

Gold. It’s the yellow metal, the “barbarous relic,” but it’s also a medium of exchange that’s been respected as a store of value since ancient Egypt, and an asset class ...

Tesla Earnings: What Might Be Expected for Q2?
August 2, 2017

Tesla Earnings: What Might Be Expected for Q2?

Electric automaker and energy company Tesla (TSLA) reports second-quarter earnings on August 2 after the closing bell. And just recently, the company started...

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Can You Spot a “Weather Market?” Corn, Crude, Other Commodities
August 2, 2017

Can You Spot a “Weather Market?” Corn, Crude, Other Commodities

Whether the question is when to plan your family picnic or how to trade corn futures, the answer typically distills into three words: Check the weather. Weather affects ...

Earnings Preview: Apple’s Results Come Out After Market Close
August 1, 2017

Earnings Preview: Apple’s Results Come Out After Market Close

Apple (AAPL) reports fiscal third-quarter earnings on August 1 after market close. While the company’s earnings are always an important event for...

Where Does My Order Get Filled? A U.S. Stock Market Overview
August 1, 2017

Where Does My Order Get Filled? A U.S. Stock Market Overview

Once upon a time, the world’s financial markets consisted of small, regional exchanges whose hours depended on the whims of local merchants. And getting cross ...

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Earnings Preview: What Might Be Expected for Pfizer’s Q2?
July 31, 2017

Earnings Preview: What Might Be Expected for Pfizer’s Q2?

Pharmaceutical company Pfizer (PFE) reports second-quarter earnings on Tuesday, August 1 at 10:00AM ET. For most major pharma companies, analysts and...

Earnings Preview: Oil Giants Exxon Mobil and Chevron Report Soon
July 27, 2017

Earnings Preview: Oil Giants Exxon Mobil and Chevron Report Soon

It’s been a busy week between the parade of earnings reports, the Fed’s July meeting, and a slew of economic data coming out. In upcoming earnings, major energy...

Earnings Preview: Chip Giant Intel Reports Q2 After Market Close
July 27, 2017

Earnings Preview: Chip Giant Intel Reports Q2 After Market Close

Chipmaker Intel (INTC) reports second-quarter earnings after market close on Thursday, July 27. As the broader semiconductor industry rallied over the past several...

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Can You Hear It? Hidden Market Activity with Volume Profile
July 27, 2017

Can You Hear It? Hidden Market Activity with Volume Profile

Volume, at its most basic level, can provide extremely valuable information. For example, watching for volume on a breakout above resistance or below support can ...

Earnings Preview: Tech Giant Amazon Reports Results Tomorrow
July 26, 2017

Earnings Preview: Tech Giant Amazon Reports Results Tomorrow

Amazon (AMZN) reports second-quarter earnings on Thursday, July 27 after market close. The company has had a lot going on recently between Prime Day...

Earnings Roundup: Gilead, Verizon, and MGM Open the Books Soon
July 26, 2017

Earnings Roundup: Gilead, Verizon, and MGM Open the Books Soon

The earnings parade continues as the Fed wraps up its July meeting. Biotech giant Gilead Sciences (GILD) reports today after market close, and tomorrow...

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Earnings Preview: Twitter Reports Q2 Results Tomorrow Morning
July 26, 2017

Earnings Preview: Twitter Reports Q2 Results Tomorrow Morning

Social network Twitter (TWTR) reports second-quarter earnings on July 27 before the opening bell. Since its last earnings report, the stock is up quite a bit on the year...

Earnings Preview: AT&T, Ford and Boeing Take The Stage This Week
July 25, 2017

Earnings Preview: AT&T, Ford and Boeing Take The Stage This Week

It’s another busy day for upcoming earnings with three more major companies releasing Q2 results. After market close today, telecom giant AT&T (T) reports, and...

Earnings Preview: Tech Giant Facebook Reports on Wednesday
July 25, 2017

Earnings Preview: Tech Giant Facebook Reports on Wednesday

Social network Facebook (FB) reports second-quarter earnings on July 26 after market close. This earnings report comes out a month after the company...

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What’s the Stock Market? U.S. and International Markets Explained
July 25, 2017

What’s the Stock Market? U.S. and International Markets Explained

We take a lot of things in life for granted. Turn on the faucet and you expect water to run. Flip on the wall switch and you expect electricity to power your lights ...

Earnings Preview: Advanced Micro Devices Reports After Market Close
July 25, 2017

Earnings Preview: Advanced Micro Devices Reports After Market Close

Chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) reports second-quarter earnings today after market close. For the most part, shares have recovered from their significant...

Earnings Preview: CAT, LLY and GM Report Q2 Results Tomorrow
July 24, 2017

Earnings Preview: CAT, LLY and GM Report Q2 Results Tomorrow

The earnings parade continues this week with some of the biggest companies across sectors reporting. Next up this week, heavy equipment maker Caterpillar...

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Earnings Preview: MCD, CMG, and KO Report This Week
July 24, 2017

Earnings Preview: MCD, CMG, and KO Report This Week

It’s the height of earnings season and there’s a packed week full of results. Looking at food and beverage companies reporting second-quarter earnings...

Earnings Preview: Search Giant Alphabet Kicks Off a Busy Week
July 24, 2017

Earnings Preview: Search Giant Alphabet Kicks Off a Busy Week

Google parent Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL) reports second-quarter earnings after the bell today, July 24. Its recent fine from European regulators is likely to be a...

Earnings Preview: Industrial Conglomerate GE Reports Tomorrow Morning
July 20, 2017

Earnings Preview: Industrial Conglomerate GE Reports Tomorrow Morning

General Electric (GE) reports second-quarter earnings before market open tomorrow. It’ll also be CEO Jeffrey Immelt’s last earnings call before stepping down...

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Want to Monitor Sentiment from Key Influencers? Get Social
July 20, 2017

Want to Monitor Sentiment from Key Influencers? Get Social

Politicians. CEOs. Media personalities. What do these three very different groups of people have in common? All of them can influence the markets and individual stock ...

Earnings Preview: Microsoft Reports Fiscal Q4 Results Today
July 20, 2017

Earnings Preview: Microsoft Reports Fiscal Q4 Results Today

Tech giant Microsoft (MSFT) closes out its year and reports fiscal Q4 earnings after market close on Thursday, July 20. In recent news, the company confirmed...

Earnings Preview: What Might Be Expected for eBay’s Q2 Results?
July 19, 2017

Earnings Preview: What Might Be Expected for eBay’s Q2 Results?

eBay (EBAY) reports second-quarter earnings after market close on Thursday, July 20. As more consumers shop online and it faces competition from Amazon...

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Maximize Efficiency with Futures? A Capital Idea
July 18, 2017

Maximize Efficiency with Futures? A Capital Idea

As an investor, which of the following best sums up your views on capital? A. I have more capital than I need, so efficient use of it isn't important. B. It doesn't grow on ...

Earnings Preview: IBM, JNJ and LMT Report Q2 Results Tomorrow
July 17, 2017

Earnings Preview: IBM, JNJ and LMT Report Q2 Results Tomorrow

Earnings season is getting into full swing this week with several sector giants reporting Q2 results. On Tuesday, International Business Machines (IBM), pharma giant...

Earnings Preview: BAC, GS and MS Start the Week for Financials
July 17, 2017

Earnings Preview: BAC, GS and MS Start the Week for Financials

After last week’s round of bank earnings, three more financial giants are set to report Q2 results this week. Bank of America (BAC) and Goldman Sachs (GS)...

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Earnings Preview: What Might Be in Store for Netflix’s Q2 2017 Results?
July 17, 2017

Earnings Preview: What Might Be in Store for Netflix’s Q2 2017 Results?

Streaming giant Netflix (NFLX) reports second-quarter earnings after market close Monday, July 17, just a little over a month after hitting an all-time high of $166.87...

Semiconductor Industry Earnings: A Look at Upcoming Q2 Expectations
July 14, 2017

Semiconductor Industry Earnings: A Look at Upcoming Q2 Expectations

When it comes to technology, there’s no denying that things will keep changing, especially when it comes to the semiconductor industry. That’s because they’re an...

At This Moment: Fed Chair Janet Yellen Wraps up Day Two of Testimony
July 13, 2017

At This Moment: Fed Chair Janet Yellen Wraps up Day Two of Testimony

Fed Chair Janet Yellen just wrapped up her second day of Congressional appearances. Yesterday she delivered prepared testimony to the House Financial Services...

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Push Returns Forward: The Role of Active Trading in Your Portfolio
July 13, 2017

Push Returns Forward: The Role of Active Trading in Your Portfolio

One reason investors decide to actively trade their portfolio is to attempt to enhance their portfolio returns. But if you’re not outperforming the market, then what’s ...

Earnings Preview: JPM, WFC, and C Report Q2 Results on July 14
July 12, 2017

Earnings Preview: JPM, WFC, and C Report Q2 Results on July 14

JPMorgan Chase (JPM), Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC) and Citigroup (C) report second-quarter results before market open Friday, July 14. After last year’s post-election rally...

Tech Sector Earnings: What Might Be Expected for Q2 2017?
July 11, 2017

Tech Sector Earnings: What Might Be Expected for Q2 2017?

The S&P 500 Technology Select Sector Index (IXT) saw its largest daily drop in early June due to rising concerns regarding the sustainability of the tech rally. Despite the...

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How Do You Figure? Calculate Profit and Loss to Track Performance
July 11, 2017

How Do You Figure? Calculate Profit and Loss to Track Performance

In a time before mobile phones and coast-to-coast cell coverage, roadside diners and gas stations did good business selling fold-out maps to the travelers who ...

The Fed and Big Banks: Stress Test and Earnings Fest
July 11, 2017

The Fed and Big Banks: Stress Test and Earnings Fest

The Federal Reserve gave the nation’s largest banks a clean bill of health after its recent stress tests—its annual review of their balance sheets—and the upshot has ...

Investor Movement Index (IMX) for June 2017
July 10, 2017

Investor Movement Index (IMX) for June 2017

The Investor Movement Index®, or IMX SM, increased to a record high of 6.58 for the June 2017 period, making this the fifth consecutive month that TD Ameritrade...

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Energy Sector Earnings: What Might Be Expected for Q2 2017?
July 10, 2017

Energy Sector Earnings: What Might Be Expected for Q2 2017?

Some of the largest companies in the energy sector will report second-quarter earnings in the upcoming weeks as OPEC continues its attempts to stabilize oil prices...

Healthcare Sector Earnings: What Might Be Expected for Q2 2017?
July 6, 2017

Healthcare Sector Earnings: What Might Be Expected for Q2 2017?

After a lackluster performance in 2016, the healthcare sector appears to be making a comeback in 2017. So far this year, the S&P 500 Healthcare Select Sector Index...

Financial Sector Earnings: Big Banks Get the Green Light From the Fed
June 30, 2017

Financial Sector Earnings: Big Banks Get the Green Light From the Fed

Since the start of 2017, there’s been more price volatility among companies in the financial sector. Despite the roller-coaster ride in some of these stocks, the S&P...

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Earnings Preview: Nike Reports Fiscal Q4 Results After the Bell
June 29, 2017

Earnings Preview: Nike Reports Fiscal Q4 Results After the Bell

Nike Inc. (NKE) closes out fiscal 2017 and reports fourth-quarter earnings after market close on Thursday, June 29. Nike is expected to report earnings of...

Crude Oil and Energy Sector Reeling from Triple-Punch
June 28, 2017

Crude Oil and Energy Sector Reeling from Triple-Punch

One of the most recognized story lines in American culture is that of the once great boxer, now fallen on hard times, desperately looking to make a comeback. The ...

Is a Food Consumption Shift Eating Away at American Restaurants?
June 27, 2017

Is a Food Consumption Shift Eating Away at American Restaurants?

Have you been watching consumer spending trends? If so, you’ve seen massive changes in behavior that are uprooting more than a few industries and practices in ...

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Earnings Preview: Oracle Reports Fiscal Q4 After Market Close
June 21, 2017

Earnings Preview: Oracle Reports Fiscal Q4 After Market Close

For the most part it’s a quiet time in the markets as far as earnings goes, but tech bellwether Oracle (ORCL) reports fiscal fourth-quarter earnings after market close today...

New Bells and Whistles in Manufacturing Ring up Near Record Output
June 21, 2017

New Bells and Whistles in Manufacturing Ring up Near Record Output

Ignore the drumbeat for the need to rescue the U.S. manufacturing sector. Manufacturing is not dead; far ....

Still Love Shopping at Stores? So Do Plenty of Other Retail Consumers
June 13, 2017

Still Love Shopping at Stores? So Do Plenty of Other Retail Consumers

Let’s start with this: The retail industry is not dying and likely never will. Perhaps it’s got the sniffles right now, but it always seems to get back on its feet in due time. ...

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Cartel Curbs and Quotas: Cross Currents in Crude
June 7, 2017

Cartel Curbs and Quotas: Cross Currents in Crude

Crude oil is hard to find because it doesn’t have the common decency to reside on the earth’s surface. To get to it you must drill down, sometimes miles down ...

Simple vs. Complex Trading: Which Works for Your Personality?
June 6, 2017

Simple vs. Complex Trading: Which Works for Your Personality?

Jim Simons is a math professor and the billionaire founder of Renaissance Technologies, one of the biggest hedge funds in the world. His fund places trades ...

While You Weren’t Sleeping: Trading the Overnight Session
May 30, 2017

While You Weren’t Sleeping: Trading the Overnight Session

As the sun slides below the horizon and most of the world starts to wind down, a wide variety of nocturnal creatures begin to emerge from their daytime shelters ...

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Early Assignment? Don't Let Dividend Risk Derail Your Options Strategy
May 25, 2017

Early Assignment? Don't Let Dividend Risk Derail Your Options Strategy

So you've got an options strategy in a stock or exchange-traded fund (ETF)—say a covered call, a ...

Earnings Preview: Retail Results Continue Tomorrow with Best Buy
May 24, 2017

Earnings Preview: Retail Results Continue Tomorrow with Best Buy

It’s gotten pretty quiet as far as earnings goes and there’s just a few names left to report first-quarter results. Big-box retailer Best Buy (BBY) releases first-quarter...

Are Exchange Rates Foreign to You? Here's a Forex Primer
May 23, 2017

Are Exchange Rates Foreign to You? Here's a Forex Primer

Here's a riddle: What asset class averages about $5.1 trillion in trading each day, is available virtually 24 hours a day, 6 days a week, affects each of us pretty much ...

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Earnings Preview: Deere & Company Releases Fiscal Q2 Results Tomorrow
May 18, 2017

Earnings Preview: Deere & Company Releases Fiscal Q2 Results Tomorrow

Since fiscal 2014, Deere & Company (DE) management has cited weakness in the global farm economy as ...

Earnings Preview: China's Ecommerce Giant Alibaba Reports Tomorrow
May 17, 2017

Earnings Preview: China's Ecommerce Giant Alibaba Reports Tomorrow

Among the major Chinese Internet and ecommerce companies reporting earnings this week, one of the largest by market cap is getting ready to report...

Earnings Preview: WMT and TGT Report First-Quarter Results This Week
May 16, 2017

Earnings Preview: WMT and TGT Report First-Quarter Results This Week

A majority of the companies in the S&P 500 (SPX) have reported earnings, 450 out of 500 as of ...

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Earnings Preview: Home Depot Reports Q1 Results Tomorrow
May 15, 2017

Earnings Preview: Home Depot Reports Q1 Results Tomorrow

If recent retail earnings are any indication, it’s a tough market out there. Growing e-commerce competition and a sluggish economic recovery has resulted in mixed...

Earnings Preview: Macy’s Reports Amid Restructuring Efforts
May 10, 2017

Earnings Preview: Macy’s Reports Amid Restructuring Efforts

Macy’s (M) reports first-quarter earnings tomorrow morning. The retailer currently operates more than 700 Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s department stores as well..

Dino Wars: Trading in a Range versus Trading in a Trend
May 9, 2017

Dino Wars: Trading in a Range versus Trading in a Trend

Question: What do time travel and trading have in common? Answer: In both cases, it’s critical to know what type of environment you’re entering. Step out of ...

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Earnings Preview: Checking in on the Tech Sector with NVDA
May 8, 2017

Earnings Preview: Checking in on the Tech Sector with NVDA

Nvidia Corp. (NVDA) reports first-quarter earnings for fiscal 2018 after the bell on Tuesday, May 9. The company manufactures graphics processor...

Earnings Preview: Entertainment and Travel with Disney and Priceline
May 8, 2017

Earnings Preview: Entertainment and Travel with Disney and Priceline

Entertainment empire Walt Disney Co. (DIS) reports fiscal second-quarter earnings and online travel company Priceline Group Inc. (PCLN) reports first-quarter...

Earning Preview: FB Reveals What’s New at F8
May 3, 2017

Earning Preview: FB Reveals What’s New at F8

Social media giant Facebook, Inc. (FB) reports first-quarter earnings after the bell today. It’s expected to report earnings of $1.10 per share on revenue...

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Earning Preview: Tesla Gets Ready for the Model 3
May 3, 2017

Earning Preview: Tesla Gets Ready for the Model 3

Electric vehicle and energy storage system manufacturer Tesla Inc. (TSLA) reports first-quarter earnings after the bell on Wednesday, May 2. It’s expected to ...

The First Hour of the Trading Day: Should You Avoid It?
May 2, 2017

The First Hour of the Trading Day: Should You Avoid It?

Technology has turned us into a non-stop, 24/7 society. News and information flow never ceases, and you can buy almost anything you want, anytime you want, from ...

Earnings Preview: What Might Be Expected When AAPL Reports?
May 1, 2017

Earnings Preview: What Might Be Expected When AAPL Reports?

Last week ended with a string of results from some of the biggest companies in the tech sector. Positive results continued with earnings beats from...

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Earnings Preview: Healthcare Roundup with PFE, MRK, and GILD
May 1, 2017

Earnings Preview: Healthcare Roundup with PFE, MRK, and GILD

The week ahead could bring heightened volatility with it. On top of companies releasing first-quarter results, there’s a Fed meeting, monthly jobs data, and...

Stop Concentrating: Spread Out Investments to Fight Volatility Risk
April 28, 2017

Stop Concentrating: Spread Out Investments to Fight Volatility Risk

If you’re worried about volatility awakening from its winter hibernation, you may want to take a look at your portfolio. A few stocks in there probably staged nice rallies after ...

Earnings Preview: Tech Roundup With MSFT and INTC
April 27, 2017

Earnings Preview: Tech Roundup With MSFT and INTC

If you live for tech earnings, today is your day. We’re wrapping up this week’s round of earnings previews with a couple of older tech giants, Microsoft (MSFT) and...

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Earnings Preview: GOOG Hits New Highs and Reports After the Bell
April 27, 2017

Earnings Preview: GOOG Hits New Highs and Reports After the Bell

There are several heavy hitters reporting earnings in the tech sector after market close today. Microsoft (MSFT), Amazon (AMZN), Intel (INTC), and Alphabet (GOOG...

Earnings Preview: AMZN Results Come Out After Market Close
April 27, 2017

Earnings Preview: AMZN Results Come Out After Market Close

The NASDAQ (COMP) broke through the 6,000 mark on Tuesday right before one of the most important days in tech earnings. What’s so important about today?

Earnings Preview: A Look at Consumer Spending With UA and MGM
April 26, 2017

Earnings Preview: A Look at Consumer Spending With UA and MGM

Even though earnings might be a little overshadowed by the big tax reform announcement planned for today, ...

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Earnings Preview: Cars and Oil with F, GM, CVX and XOM
April 26, 2017

Earnings Preview: Cars and Oil with F, GM, CVX and XOM

Stocks surged in trading yesterday as tax reform details emerged with a press briefing scheduled for today to announce the entire package. On top of that...

Earnings Preview: AT&T and Procter & Gamble Are Set to Report
April 25, 2017

Earnings Preview: AT&T and Procter & Gamble Are Set to Report

Lockheed Martin (LMT) shares are falling in trading today after revenues missed Wall Street analyst estimates and McDonald’s (MCD) shares are up over...

Earnings: Close To All-Time Lows, Twitter Reports Tomorrow
April 25, 2017

Earnings: Close To All-Time Lows, Twitter Reports Tomorrow

It’s been tough for some of the big tech IPOs over the past several years. Following a spike in Twitter’s (TWTR) stock price after its IPO, shares declined to...

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Want a Jet-Fueled Trading Idea? Consider Incorporating Volume
April 25, 2017

Want a Jet-Fueled Trading Idea? Consider Incorporating Volume

Look to the sky near twilight from any number of towns that dot the length of the California coast and there’s a good chance you’ll see a long, ...

Earnings Preview: Planes and Airline Roundup
April 25, 2017

Earnings Preview: Planes and Airline Roundup

Now that it seems to be a regular occurrence, traders don’t seem to be paying too much attention to the potential government shutdown that could...

Earnings: LMT, LLY, and CAT Report Q1 Tomorrow
April 24, 2017

Earnings: LMT, LLY, and CAT Report Q1 Tomorrow

Overall, first-quarter earnings have been pretty positive and many CEOs struck an optimistic tone discussing outlooks for the remainder of 2017...

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Earnings: McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, and Chipotle Report Q1 Tomorrow
April 24, 2017

Earnings: McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, and Chipotle Report Q1 Tomorrow

Earnings season continues amidst a complicated international backdrop, but the recent round of French election results appeared to bring some relief to...

Earnings: Industrial Conglomerate General Electric Reports Tomorrow
April 20, 2017

Earnings: Industrial Conglomerate General Electric Reports Tomorrow

Industrial conglomerate General Electric (GE) reports first-quarter earnings before market open tomorrow. It’ll be sharing the stage tomorrow morning with...

Earnings Preview: What Might Be Expected From EBAY and VZ in Q1
April 19, 2017

Earnings Preview: What Might Be Expected From EBAY and VZ in Q1

Earnings have been pretty positive so far in Q1 2017 with many of the major banks beating analyst expectations. There’s still a lot of companies left to report, but...

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How the 2% and 6% Rules Can Help With Risk Management
April 18, 2017

How the 2% and 6% Rules Can Help With Risk Management

Risk control. It may not be the most glamorous aspect of a trading opportunity, but some traders say it’s among the most critical elements. In a recent article, ...

Earnings: Dow Stalwarts Johnson & Johnson and IBM Report Tomorrow
April 17, 2017

Earnings: Dow Stalwarts Johnson & Johnson and IBM Report Tomorrow

Earnings season is in full swing this week and several Dow stalwarts report Q1 results. On Tuesday, International Business Machines (IBM) and...

Earnings: Another Financial Roundup With BAC, GS, and MS
April 17, 2017

Earnings: Another Financial Roundup With BAC, GS, and MS

Following strong results from JPMorgan Chase (JPM) and Citigroup (C) that beat expectations last week, some analysts are...

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Earnings Preview: Netflix Streams Q1 Results After Close
April 17, 2017

Earnings Preview: Netflix Streams Q1 Results After Close

Currently trading near its all-time high of $148.29, which it hit at the end of March, Netflix (NFLX) reports Q1 2017 earnings after market close today. In the last four...

Tech Sector Earnings: Starting the Year Strong?
April 13, 2017

Tech Sector Earnings: Starting the Year Strong?

Judging by the continued rally in the tech sector since the start of the year, there seems to be a lot of optimism heading into earnings...

Earnings: C, JPM and WFC Report Tomorrow
April 12, 2017

Earnings: C, JPM and WFC Report Tomorrow

Financial stocks surged following last year’s elections, but many of the bank stocks retreated slightly after hitting highs in early March.

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Healthcare Sector Earnings: Making a Comeback in Q1 2017?
April 12, 2017

Healthcare Sector Earnings: Making a Comeback in Q1 2017?

In 2016, healthcare was the only sector in the S&P 500 (SPX) that ended the year in the red, declining 2.7% versus a positive 12% return for the SPX...

Balancing Risk: Are You Taking On Too Much Risk? Or Not Enough?
April 11, 2017

Balancing Risk: Are You Taking On Too Much Risk? Or Not Enough?

Risk. Many traders would say it's what defines their long-term success. Sure, if you're a professional trader, returns are your livelihood; but it's managing the risk ...

Financial Sector Earnings: Market Highs and High Expectations
April 7, 2017

Financial Sector Earnings: Market Highs and High Expectations

For years, interest rates and the Federal Reserve’s actions were a major focus in the financial sector. After the Fed’s March hike...

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Where Might the Market Go From Here? 3 Scenarios to Ponder
April 5, 2017

Where Might the Market Go From Here? 3 Scenarios to Ponder

It’s not news that the stock market has been on a tear since the November 2016 presidential election. But recently, the market—as represented by the S&P 500 ...

Trader Routines Revealed: Nothing Wrong With Good Habits
April 4, 2017

Trader Routines Revealed: Nothing Wrong With Good Habits

Traders are creatures of habit. In fact, those living with the market-obsessed might argue that traders are a species unto their own. In all seriousness, ...

Traders and Taxes: Special Tax Treatment for Special Situations
March 28, 2017

Traders and Taxes: Special Tax Treatment for Special Situations

If you’re a trader you take calculated and managed risks in an attempt to make money … or at least outperform your chosen benchmark. You might even do it for ...

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Housing Sector Preview: A Strong Start to 2017
March 23, 2017

Housing Sector Preview: A Strong Start to 2017

After many years of a sluggish recovery, the housing market has continued to strengthen and some analysts think 2017 could be the best year since the bottom...

Have You Practiced Your Trading This Week?
March 21, 2017

Have You Practiced Your Trading This Week?

We've all heard the old saying: practice makes perfect. Just like athletes who hone their skills on a daily basis, traders can, too. However, many traders don't practice ...

Earnings Preview: Nike Reports After Market Close
March 21, 2017

Earnings Preview: Nike Reports After Market Close

Nike is scheduled to report Q3 earnings on Tuesday after market close.

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Can Oracle Keep Up Its Cloud Revenue Growth In The Third Quarter?
March 15, 2017

Can Oracle Keep Up Its Cloud Revenue Growth In The Third Quarter?

It’s a generally a quiet time of the year for earnings and a lot of focus is on The Fed’s March meeting, ...

The Turtles Followed Trading Rules. What Are Yours?
March 14, 2017

The Turtles Followed Trading Rules. What Are Yours?

Richard Dennis's now-famous experiment with teaching a group of traders known as the “turtles” back in the early 1980s demonstrated a number of things. First, that ...

No Carrier Pigeons Required: Old Trading Theories Live On
March 9, 2017

No Carrier Pigeons Required: Old Trading Theories Live On

We recently discussed some of the technical indicators that many professional traders harness to determine a stock’s valuation and decide when to buy and sell. ...

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Trade Like a Turtle and Follow the Trend
March 7, 2017

Trade Like a Turtle and Follow the Trend

We've all heard the saying "the trend is your friend," and for good reason. There’s an entire group of traders and money managers who swear by the so-called ...

Q4 Earnings: BBY and the ‘Disciplined Promotional Strategy’
February 28, 2017

Q4 Earnings: BBY and the ‘Disciplined Promotional Strategy’

Best Buy (BBY), the big-box electronics and entertainment retailer, is set to release Q4 earnings ahead of the bell Wednesday, on the heels of 15 straight ...

Can Trading Be Taught? Ask Richard Dennis and His Turtles
February 28, 2017

Can Trading Be Taught? Ask Richard Dennis and His Turtles

The Chicago trading pits were a scrappy place in the 1980s: a sea of runners, clerks, brokers, and local traders sporting trading jackets of different colors. ...

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Earnings: After Holiday Sales Warning, TGT Set to Report Tuesday
February 27, 2017

Earnings: After Holiday Sales Warning, TGT Set to Report Tuesday

Target Corp. (TGT), the big-box general merchandise retailer unwraps its Q4 results ahead of the bell Tuesday. TGT already warned Wall Street that its results would ...

TSLA Earnings: Cars, SolarCity and Gigafactory—Update after the Bell
February 22, 2017

TSLA Earnings: Cars, SolarCity and Gigafactory—Update after the Bell

Electric-car buffs and industry analysts are likely to be revved up for the quarterly results from Tesla (TSLA), the Silicon Valley-based luxury electric carmaker. TSLA ...

M, WMT, HD Earnings: Hemlines, Housewares and Hammers in View
February 17, 2017

M, WMT, HD Earnings: Hemlines, Housewares and Hammers in View

It’s no secret that traditional retailers have had a tough go of it as e-commerce competitors bag a bigger share of the market, and the holiday selling season, the most ...

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Earnings: How Much has the Farm Crisis Eaten into DE Results?
February 16, 2017

Earnings: How Much has the Farm Crisis Eaten into DE Results?

John Deere & Co. (DE) appears to have relied on what it calls “disciplined cost management” to plow through what has been widely considered the roughest period ...

Earnings: The Yin and Yang of Vegas and Macau on MGM’s Q4
February 15, 2017

Earnings: The Yin and Yang of Vegas and Macau on MGM’s Q4

When MGM reports Q4 earnings ahead of the market open Thursday, some analysts say it’s in the cards for the casino and resort operator to turn in another strong ...

Can Big Jump In Metals Offer Stock Market Trading Clues?
February 15, 2017

Can Big Jump In Metals Offer Stock Market Trading Clues?

The stock market is up since the start of 2017, but the metals sector is up even more. Heightened investor uncertainty about the health of the stock market ...

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Technical Analysis: Become an Oscillator Fan with Stochastics
February 14, 2017

Technical Analysis: Become an Oscillator Fan with Stochastics

At first glance, the term “stochastics” looks like something out of a 10th grade math book—it seems vaguely familiar, but you don’t really know what it ...

Is Inflation Back? Sorta Depends on Who's Asking About What
February 9, 2017

Is Inflation Back? Sorta Depends on Who's Asking About What

If you recently purchased a new home or paid for knee replacement surgery, it might seem like inflation has gone haywire. On the other hand, if you’re shopping ...

Presidential Campaign, Live Event Streaming and TWTR Q4 Earnings
February 8, 2017

Presidential Campaign, Live Event Streaming and TWTR Q4 Earnings

What do the presidential campaign and the NFL have in common? Investors of Twitter (TWTR) might find out when the platform for public ...

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Theme Parks, ESPN and Succession Plans: A DIS Earnings Trilogy
February 7, 2017

Theme Parks, ESPN and Succession Plans: A DIS Earnings Trilogy

The narrative ahead of Walt Disney Co.’s (DIS) fiscal first-quarter report, due out after the market closes, revolves around three central themes—broadcast ...

Trading or Investment Idea? Consider Some Simulation
February 7, 2017

Trading or Investment Idea? Consider Some Simulation

In the late ’90s, at the height of the dot-com bubble, it seemed as if there was a new stock-picking contest being launched every week. These contests were tailor ...

General Motors’ Q4 Earnings Hit the Track Tuesday A.M.
February 6, 2017

General Motors’ Q4 Earnings Hit the Track Tuesday A.M.

General Motors appears to be on track to deliver another robust quarter of vehicle-sales growth when it opens its Q4 books on Tuesday ahead of the market ...

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Spicy Food and eCommerce: CMG, AMZN Take Earnings Stage
February 2, 2017

Spicy Food and eCommerce: CMG, AMZN Take Earnings Stage

Amazon (AMZN) is getting some Hollywood-style attention these days because its Amazon Studios division holds the distribution rights to the hit ...

Who Will Be Crowned the TD Ameritrade Ad Champion?
February 1, 2017

Who Will Be Crowned the TD Ameritrade Ad Champion?

Get all of the details on TD Ameritrade’s Ad Challenge and how Social Sentiment could help your trading.

Earnings: A Numbers Game Ahead for Facebook and Merck
February 1, 2017

Earnings: A Numbers Game Ahead for Facebook and Merck

Facebook (FB) has managed to turn in some solid revenue gains in the last four reporting periods, as its ad revenues have grown at rates of 57% and above since ...

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EBAY and AMZN: Hunting For Pairs During Earnings Season
February 1, 2017

EBAY and AMZN: Hunting For Pairs During Earnings Season

I have three favorite seasons: Earnings season, truffle season, and Derby Prep season. Earnings season can be an exciting, and often hectic time – not unlike...

Earnings: AAPL Opens Books Tuesday PM; iPhone Sales Eyed
January 31, 2017

Earnings: AAPL Opens Books Tuesday PM; iPhone Sales Eyed

Ten years ago this month, Apple’s (AAPL) then-Chief Executive Steve Jobs first introduced the iPhone to the world, and since then those smartphone sales have ...

Can You Nail Market Turns with Reversal Hammer Chart Patterns?
January 31, 2017

Can You Nail Market Turns with Reversal Hammer Chart Patterns?

Did you read that headline and immediately wonder, “What exactly is a reversal hammer?” To start, it is a term from a type of stock chart called a "candlestick ...

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Earnings: LLY, PFE, XOM and UA Up to the Plate Tuesday A.M.
January 30, 2017

Earnings: LLY, PFE, XOM and UA Up to the Plate Tuesday A.M.

Pharmaceutical giants Eli Lilly (LLY) and Pfizer (PFE) are both expected to report results before the markets open on Tuesday. Some analysts say they will be listening ...

Mobile, Video and Other Bets: Alphabet Reports After Close
January 26, 2017

Mobile, Video and Other Bets: Alphabet Reports After Close

Investors are looking for another strong performance from Alphabet in the fourth quarter following the company’s 20% revenue growth year-over-year.

Beyond PCs and Oil Weakness: MSFT, INTC, CVX Earnings Ahead
January 26, 2017

Beyond PCs and Oil Weakness: MSFT, INTC, CVX Earnings Ahead

Earnings from three blue-chip stocks covering the technology and oil services sectors may offer another snapshot of a global economy that appears to be ...

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Dow 20K...Now What?
January 25, 2017

Dow 20K...Now What?

After months on the brink, the Dow Jones Industrial Average finally broke through the 20,000 mark. What might it mean for you? Truthfully, not a whole lot ...

Caterpillar, Ford and Bristol-Myers Squibb Roll Out Earnings Thurs
January 25, 2017

Caterpillar, Ford and Bristol-Myers Squibb Roll Out Earnings Thurs

Three stocks that are ready to post Q4 results have each navigated some rocky terrain in the last three months of the year, each for different reasons. On the heavy ...

Subscriptions and Auctions: eBay and AT&T Release Earnings Wed
January 24, 2017

Subscriptions and Auctions: eBay and AT&T Release Earnings Wed

As the earnings parade continues, two firms keeping a close eye on their user bases—telecommunications and media giant AT&T (T) and online auction site eBay ...

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Rangebound for a Week? How to Trade an NR7 Setup
January 24, 2017

Rangebound for a Week? How to Trade an NR7 Setup

Imagine a wide and expansive battlefield. On each side stand thousands of warriors determined to overwhelm their foes and claim further enemy territory for their ...

Earnings: Last Call for YHOO? JNJ, BABA Also Set to Release
January 23, 2017

Earnings: Last Call for YHOO? JNJ, BABA Also Set to Release

Earnings season kicks into high gear this week with a number of big names reporting. Among the Monday releases, Yahoo (YHOO) will report what may be its ...

Of Burgers and Oil Rigs: MCD and HAL Take the Earnings Stage
January 20, 2017

Of Burgers and Oil Rigs: MCD and HAL Take the Earnings Stage

Two major U.S.-based companies with two different stories are in line to open their Q4 books on Monday before the market opens. McDonald’s (MCD) may ...

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Earnings: How Are IBM and GE Adapting to a New Era?
January 19, 2017

Earnings: How Are IBM and GE Adapting to a New Era?

Two big industrial companies, both of which are transitioning to the digital, cloud-based era, will take the stage to tell their earnings stories. IBM is set to report ...

Binge-Watching Earnings? Coming Up Next: NFLX
January 18, 2017

Binge-Watching Earnings? Coming Up Next: NFLX

Some analysts have long proffered that streaming-content guru Netflix (NFLX), which reports Q4 earnings after the bell Wednesday, has been instrumental in ...

What Might Be Expected When GS, C Release Q4 Earnings Wed?
January 17, 2017

What Might Be Expected When GS, C Release Q4 Earnings Wed?

Two more big banks, Goldman Sachs (GS) and Citigroup (C), are scheduled to open the books on their Q4 performances before the markets open Wednesday...

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Quiz: Find a Trading Approach to Match Your Personality
January 17, 2017

Quiz: Find a Trading Approach to Match Your Personality

Developing a trading style consistent with your personality may be an important factor in trading success. After all, there are a variety of trading ...

Earnings: Might MS Do It Again and Beat Expectations?
January 13, 2017

Earnings: Might MS Do It Again and Beat Expectations?

Investment bank Morgan Stanley (MS) is the next big bank to report 4th quarter earnings, Tuesday before the markets open. Some analysts expect a healthy rise ...

Big Banks Lead Off Earnings Parade: What Might Be Expected?
January 12, 2017

Big Banks Lead Off Earnings Parade: What Might Be Expected?

Big banks kick off earnings season Friday, and many analysts expect robust results after a post-election stock-trading frenzy that may have provided stronger ...

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On/Off Ramp, Pt 4: Exiting a Trade (’Tis Time to Say Goodbye)
January 10, 2017

On/Off Ramp, Pt 4: Exiting a Trade (’Tis Time to Say Goodbye)

OK, you’ve set your objectives, initiated a position, perhaps traded around it or even added to it, and now you’ve decided it’s time to say goodbye. When is it ...

Earnings Preview: GM, F, TSLA May Tell Interesting Story of 2016 Auto Sales
January 10, 2017

Earnings Preview: GM, F, TSLA May Tell Interesting Story of 2016 Auto Sales

New car sales roared to another peak in 2016, according to industry results reported earlier this month.

Earnings Preview: Consumer Tastes Change; Casinos on a Roll?
January 6, 2017

Earnings Preview: Consumer Tastes Change; Casinos on a Roll?

Consumer spending and consumer confidence have been edging higher as the economy appears to be revitalizing itself...

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Earnings Preview: Is Slump in Oil Patch Over; What’s 2017 Outlook?
January 3, 2017

Earnings Preview: Is Slump in Oil Patch Over; What’s 2017 Outlook?

Could the two-year slump in the oil patch finally be ending? While actions by the world’s largest cartel of oil-producing countries recently moved to position ...

Putting Your Best Trading Foot Forward in the New Year
December 28, 2016

Putting Your Best Trading Foot Forward in the New Year

It seems as if the holiday season just started, but once again, the new year is upon us. January 1 may be an arbitrary date for making resolutions or setting new ...

Earnings Preview:  Is the Retail Sector Poised for a Solid Quarter?
December 28, 2016

Earnings Preview: Is the Retail Sector Poised for a Solid Quarter?

The economic arrows are pointing up: consumer confidence hit a nine-year peak in November, according to the Conference Board. Monthly job growth is steady ...

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Traders: Time to Think About Tax-Smart, Year-End Moves
December 27, 2016

Traders: Time to Think About Tax-Smart, Year-End Moves

Before we know it, the little guy in the New Year’s diaper will pay us a visit. That means it’s time to start thinking...

Earnings Preview: Has Finance Sector Seen Post-Election Bump?
December 22, 2016

Earnings Preview: Has Finance Sector Seen Post-Election Bump?

So much can happen in a year. And sometimes, it’s not what market experts are expecting. Last year at this time, the financial sector seemed primed for a ...

How to Navigate the Earnings Parade Route
December 21, 2016

How to Navigate the Earnings Parade Route

Most parades include marching bands, floats and politicians commemorating a special day or event. In the world of business, the earnings parade might not...

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Can NKE Headwinds Recede?  Earnings Release Ahead
December 20, 2016

Can NKE Headwinds Recede? Earnings Release Ahead

Nike (NKE) has faced challenges in recent quarters amid a shift in fashion tastes that has created headwinds against its two biggest rivals. Can the athletic-wear ...

OECD Forecasts More Growth—How Is Your Portfolio Positioned?
December 14, 2016

OECD Forecasts More Growth—How Is Your Portfolio Positioned?

After years of below-trend economic growth, the global economy may finally be picking up steam. The ....

Earnings Preview: Can the Tech Sector Beat Projections Again?
December 14, 2016

Earnings Preview: Can the Tech Sector Beat Projections Again?

Some of the largest U.S. technology companies stumbled in the first half of this year, but they appear to have not only found their footing in the second half ...

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The On/Off Ramp, Pt 3: Making Adjustments to a Position
December 12, 2016

The On/Off Ramp, Pt 3: Making Adjustments to a Position

The amount of time a position remains in your portfolio depends upon your objectives. Sometimes it takes days or weeks for a strategy to play out. Sometimes you ...

Will The OPEC Deal Really Matter For The Global Market?
December 7, 2016

Will The OPEC Deal Really Matter For The Global Market?

The crude oil market turned sharply higher last week. In case you missed it, the big news was that OPEC finally delivered on months of talk and delivered a deal for a ...

Holiday Shopping and Retail Sector Impact
December 5, 2016

Holiday Shopping and Retail Sector Impact

The stock market seems to be in a bullish mood as the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) surged to record highs in the weeks since the election ended...

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The On/Off Ramp: Navigating the Holding Period
December 1, 2016

The On/Off Ramp: Navigating the Holding Period

Now that you have your trade on, what’s next? Start sweating? Log in and stare at the screen for hours at a time? Let’s hope not. Rather, consider these ideas ...

Inflation May Finally be Happening. Now What?
December 1, 2016

Inflation May Finally be Happening. Now What?

Finally, inflation is making its presence known in the U.S. economy again. Like a long-awaited dinner party guest who has been very late to the table, inflation may be ...

Bucking the Trend: The US Dollar’s 13-Year High and Potential Impact
November 30, 2016

Bucking the Trend: The US Dollar’s 13-Year High and Potential Impact

Since the tallying of the U.S. presidential election results, the financial markets have been on the move. In case you've been too busy shopping the pre-holiday sales ...

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Earnings: TIF Results May Offer Insight on High-End Jewelers
November 28, 2016

Earnings: TIF Results May Offer Insight on High-End Jewelers

High-end jewelers and other luxury retail brands have struggled in recent months, and really, for several years, amid sluggish consumer spending, slack tourism ...

On/Off Ramp: Your Guide to Trade Entry and Exit
November 28, 2016

On/Off Ramp: Your Guide to Trade Entry and Exit

What do you remember about your first trade? If you’re like many traders and investors, you can recall quite a few details about that first plunge. Was it a retail ...

Earnings: How Has DE Held Up in Q4 Amid Ongoing Ag Slump
November 22, 2016

Earnings: How Has DE Held Up in Q4 Amid Ongoing Ag Slump

Deere & Company (DE) has been weathering one of the toughest slumps in agricultural prices since the Great Depression, analysts say, but its perseverance in ...

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Candlesticks Light your Fire? Tools May Make Analysis Easier
November 21, 2016

Candlesticks Light your Fire? Tools May Make Analysis Easier

Are you a head-and-shoulders, pennant and channel person, or do you prefer the doji, shooting star and Harami? In other words, when studying charts, do ...

Wanna Trade Big? How and When to Increase Your Position Size
November 21, 2016

Wanna Trade Big? How and When to Increase Your Position Size

For the average retail trader, learning to scale up your position size can be a nerve-wracking process that can lead to unexpected and outsized losses. Fortunately ...

Contrarian Trading: Making Friends with the Trend's End
November 17, 2016

Contrarian Trading: Making Friends with the Trend's End

There are a number of well-known sayings related to stock market trends. For example: “the trend is your friend,” or “don’t fight the trend.” They help traders ...

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Earnings: How’s the Consumer Faring? WMT, BBY Report Thurs
November 16, 2016

Earnings: How’s the Consumer Faring? WMT, BBY Report Thurs

Investors will get another look at how consumers may be spending their hard-earned dollars when two big-box retailers, Wal-Mart (WMT) and Best Buy (BBY) ...

Earnings: Analysts, TGT Execs Say Tough Times May Be Ahead
November 15, 2016

Earnings: Analysts, TGT Execs Say Tough Times May Be Ahead

Target (TGT) goes into its Q3 earnings announcement and call, scheduled for early Wednesday morning, with a cloud over it after company executives warned ...

Kinahan and Laffman: Trend In Yields May Be Pointing Higher, 11-10-2016
November 15, 2016

Kinahan and Laffman: Trend In Yields May Be Pointing Higher, 11-10-2016

Investors have been on a roller coaster ride in the wake of Donald Trump's victory for president this week. U.S. ...

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Earnings: Analysts Expect Q3 Housing Tailwind for HD
November 14, 2016

Earnings: Analysts Expect Q3 Housing Tailwind for HD

How much home-improvement work is happening out there? Investors will get a peek into at least one portion of activity when Home Depot (HD), the world’s ...

Earnings: Where’s the Magic? Soft DIS Earnings; ESPN Viewership?
November 10, 2016

Earnings: Where’s the Magic? Soft DIS Earnings; ESPN Viewership?

If this feels like déjà vu all over again, it’s okay. Versions of this Disney (DIS) earnings story have shown before, but this time it may not be so magical for the spot ...

Limit, Stop-Loss, or Trailing: A Few of Your Exit Order Options
November 10, 2016

Limit, Stop-Loss, or Trailing: A Few of Your Exit Order Options

You probably know you should have a trade plan in place before entering an options trade. But what does that really mean? Here are a few ideas for creating your ...

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Earnings: What’s in Macy’s Q3 Bag; Holiday Forecast?
November 9, 2016

Earnings: What’s in Macy’s Q3 Bag; Holiday Forecast?

Macy’s (M) is one of the leading players in the troubled department-store arena that has been challenged in recent years by the growing numbers of specialty ...

Earnings: What’s in the Cards for MGM’s Q3 Results?
November 4, 2016

Earnings: What’s in the Cards for MGM’s Q3 Results?

The stakes may be high going into MGM Resorts International’s (MGM) Q3 earnings, which come out ahead of Monday’s trading session, considering ...

Time and Perspective: Trading with Multiple Time Frames
November 3, 2016

Time and Perspective: Trading with Multiple Time Frames

Visit almost any Southern California beach in the early morning hours and you’re likely to see a similar scene: group after group of surfers paddling out in search of ...

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Market Forecast: Daylight on the Horizon?
November 3, 2016

Market Forecast: Daylight on the Horizon?

October is poised to be a negative month for stocks, which would mean a three-month losing streak for the S&P 500—the first time since early 2016. Before that ...

Earnings: Will Facebook Meet the Strong Q3 Expectations?
November 2, 2016

Earnings: Will Facebook Meet the Strong Q3 Expectations?

If you’re active on Facebook (FB), you may have noticed more advertising spots popping up between friends’ posts. Those are targeted, based on demographics ...

Earnings: Might BABA Report Blockbuster Earnings Again?
November 1, 2016

Earnings: Might BABA Report Blockbuster Earnings Again?

In June, Alibaba Group (BABA) reported quarterly earnings per share 33% higher than the prior year on topline sales up 59%, allaying some fears that ...

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At 2.9 %, Third Quarter GDP Better, But Will It Last?
November 1, 2016

At 2.9 %, Third Quarter GDP Better, But Will It Last?

The latest headline gross domestic product (GDP) number gave investors reason for cheer as third quarter data showed economic growth stronger-than ...

Earnings: Fresh Look into PFE’s Medicine Cabinet Tuesday
October 31, 2016

Earnings: Fresh Look into PFE’s Medicine Cabinet Tuesday

Pfizer, the research-based global biopharmaceutical giant, is involved in a number of court cases, drug tests and FDA approval processes that Wall Street will ...

Earnings: AMZN Rolling; LNKD Dealing; XOM and CVX Sagging?
October 27, 2016

Earnings: AMZN Rolling; LNKD Dealing; XOM and CVX Sagging?

The next two days are jam-packed with quarterly results from some the biggest and most recognizable companies. Amazon (AMZN), the world’s largest ...

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Earnings: What’s Driving TSLA, F; BMY Stalls; and is TWTR for Sale?
October 26, 2016

Earnings: What’s Driving TSLA, F; BMY Stalls; and is TWTR for Sale?

Marketing professionals know that you sell the sizzle, not the steak. Last week, Tesla Motors (TSLA) fired up the grill with news it would add self-driving hardware ...

Having a Plan: How to Treat Your Trading Like It's a Business
October 26, 2016

Having a Plan: How to Treat Your Trading Like It's a Business

As Benjamin Franklin wisely said in the 1700s, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail." Fast-forward to 2016 and apply this to your trading or investing ...

The Tech Hardware Battle is Just Getting Started
October 25, 2016

The Tech Hardware Battle is Just Getting Started

Much like my Cubs, the information technology sector has been on a tear in 2016. Despite a bumpy start to the year, the tech sector has been ...

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Market Swings: Why do Some Traders Love Market Volatility?
October 25, 2016

Market Swings: Why do Some Traders Love Market Volatility?

What exactly is market volatility and why do some traders love it? The term volatility is used in a few different contexts by traders and the financial ...

Earnings: Caterpillar, General Motors, Under Armour Roll Out
October 24, 2016

Earnings: Caterpillar, General Motors, Under Armour Roll Out

The earnings lineup for Tuesday morning may give investors an interesting look at what’s going on in the economy, from bulldozers and automobiles ...

Options for Trading Consolidation Moves in Gold Futures
October 24, 2016

Options for Trading Consolidation Moves in Gold Futures

With all the hoopla of the upcoming U.S. presidential election, worries over the economy, and the possibility of rising interest rates, it’s not a surprise to see gold ...

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Earnings: Cancer Drugs Take the Stage in LLY and MRK Q3 Results
October 21, 2016

Earnings: Cancer Drugs Take the Stage in LLY and MRK Q3 Results

When it comes to big pharmaceutical companies, there look to be few things more alluring than new treatments for cancer, according to analysts who follow drug ...

Earnings: Dow Components MSFT, GE and MCD to Report
October 20, 2016

Earnings: Dow Components MSFT, GE and MCD to Report

As the economy sputters ahead, three major Dow Jones Industrial Average components, each touching consumers and businesses through different means ...

Leave the Driving to Tesla: Musk Introduces New Tech, Plugs Self-Driving Safety
October 20, 2016

Leave the Driving to Tesla: Musk Introduces New Tech, Plugs Self-Driving Safety

TSLA has announced that all of its vehicles, including the future Model 3, will be equipped with self-driving ...

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Earnings: Will EBAY’s Guidance Again Pack a Stock-Price Punch?
October 19, 2016

Earnings: Will EBAY’s Guidance Again Pack a Stock-Price Punch?

Does the future of eBay (EBAY) lie in its efforts to transform itself from a classified-ads platform to an online marketplace or in its ticket reseller StubHub ...

Earnings: Yahoo Cancels Call and How Is Intel Handling PC Slump?
October 18, 2016

Earnings: Yahoo Cancels Call and How Is Intel Handling PC Slump?

Earnings season is in full swing, with about 20 percent of the S&P reporting quarterly results this week. As we saw last week, the results from some companies can be ...

Healthy Consumer Primed For Holiday Shopping Season
October 18, 2016

Healthy Consumer Primed For Holiday Shopping Season

Consumers reopened their wallets last month after two months of tepid spending. Total retail sales rose 0.6% in September, a rebound from the 0.2% decline in ...

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Presidential Election: Markets Often Get Choppy Ahead of Votes
October 18, 2016

Presidential Election: Markets Often Get Choppy Ahead of Votes

When U.S. presidential campaigns heat up during the final stretch, investors often experience a bumpy ride. That’s the lesson looking back at 20 years of historical ...

Earnings: Firms at Bat this Week include NFLX, IBM, GS and JNJ
October 17, 2016

Earnings: Firms at Bat this Week include NFLX, IBM, GS and JNJ

About 100 of the S&P 500 companies will be at bat this week as the earnings season gets into full swing. As we saw last week, the results from some companies ...

Earnings: Wall Street Sees Profit Pullback for BAC. What’s Next?
October 14, 2016

Earnings: Wall Street Sees Profit Pullback for BAC. What’s Next?

Bank of America (BAC), like its big-bank competitors, has struggled amid its wrestling match with regulatory issues and shrinking profits, in a low-interest setting ...

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Earnings: Banks on Tap Friday but WFC Call May be Real Magnet
October 13, 2016

Earnings: Banks on Tap Friday but WFC Call May be Real Magnet

The third-quarter earnings season focus shifts to three of the nation’s largest banks, which report results ahead of the bell Friday and are, to many traders, the real ...

Mergers and Acquisitions: What Happens After the Announcement?
October 11, 2016

Mergers and Acquisitions: What Happens After the Announcement?

Let’s take a closer look at what typically happens after mergers and acquisitions are announced and how it could impact your trading.

Crude Oil Bulls Face Key Test of Summer High on OPEC Comment
October 11, 2016

Crude Oil Bulls Face Key Test of Summer High on OPEC Comment

Leave it to OPEC to shake and stir the oil markets. Crude oil prices blasted higher Monday, boosted by comments from a Saudi Arabia energy minister who suggested ...

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Earnings: The Season Begins with Alcoa’s Results
October 10, 2016

Earnings: The Season Begins with Alcoa’s Results

As the third-quarter earnings season unofficially kicks off with results from aluminum powerhouse Alcoa (AA) Tuesday, many analysts are projecting that this may ...

Mindful Trading: Learning How To Be Present When You Trade
October 10, 2016

Mindful Trading: Learning How To Be Present When You Trade

It’s said that the human brain has as many as 100 billion neurons, each of which is capable of firing up to 200 times per second. That’s a lot of information flowing ...

Healthcare Sector May Report Second Highest Revenue in Q3
October 10, 2016

Healthcare Sector May Report Second Highest Revenue in Q3

2016 has been a mixed bag of performances across the healthcare sector, but it’s still forecasted to report the ...

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Airline Sector Expected to Continue Earnings Nosedive
October 7, 2016

Airline Sector Expected to Continue Earnings Nosedive

Airlines have benefited from strong tailwinds over the past several years. Low oil prices, growing global ...

Will the Auto Sector Hit The Brakes In Upcoming Earnings?
October 7, 2016

Will the Auto Sector Hit The Brakes In Upcoming Earnings?

Is the highly cyclical auto industry finally coming to a peak? U.S. auto sales hit a sales record of just under ...

Will Telecomm Continue to Outperform the S&P 500?
October 6, 2016

Will Telecomm Continue to Outperform the S&P 500?

Investors typically flock to the telecommunications sector when interest rates are low, thanks to its relative stability and high dividend yields—currently ...

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Basic Materials, Energy Sectors Looking to Rally In Upcoming Earnings
October 6, 2016

Basic Materials, Energy Sectors Looking to Rally In Upcoming Earnings

Depressed commodity prices and uncertainty around global economic growth weighed on Materials and ...

Will The Financial Sector Be Slammed By Scandal, DOL?
October 6, 2016

Will The Financial Sector Be Slammed By Scandal, DOL?

The Department of Labor’s finalized fiduciary standard rule for financial advisors is disrupting the wealth management and insurance advisory operations ...

Deutsche Bank Market Ripples May Not Be Over
October 4, 2016

Deutsche Bank Market Ripples May Not Be Over

Financial shares skidded and rebounded in a roller coaster ride last week as investors tried to assess whether Deutsche Bank's (DB) financial woes could...

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Market Forecast: Does Sentiment Indicate Choppy Waters Ahead?
October 3, 2016

Market Forecast: Does Sentiment Indicate Choppy Waters Ahead?

September has historically shown more stock market volatility than other months. Typically, investors take it easy in July and August with vacations and baseball ...

Futures: Some Commodities Sporting Double-Digit Gains
September 29, 2016

Futures: Some Commodities Sporting Double-Digit Gains

As the old market adage goes, there’s always a bull market somewhere. In fact, in the commodity markets in 2016, there have been some raging bull markets. ...

Election Uncertainty Could Ramp Up Stock Volatility
September 27, 2016

Election Uncertainty Could Ramp Up Stock Volatility

The U.S. presidential showdown is just getting started. Investors may want to position themselves for increased levels of stock market volatility now.

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Is Nike's  Performance Against  Competitors Getting Slam-Dunked?
September 27, 2016

Is Nike's Performance Against Competitors Getting Slam-Dunked?

Nike (NKE) appears to have had a tough quarter with analysts downgrading the stock amid reports that ...

Trading Journal: Writing Things Down Can Offer Profitable Insight
September 21, 2016

Trading Journal: Writing Things Down Can Offer Profitable Insight

Despite the interconnected world we live in today, trading can often be an isolating endeavor. A trader’s need to process the nonstop streams of data and ...

The Fed's Conundrum: It's All About The Velocity of Money
September 20, 2016

The Fed's Conundrum: It's All About The Velocity of Money

Could this week's meeting of Janet Yellen and team be a snore? Maybe. Financial markets are pricing in only a 20% chance of an interest rate hike on Wednesday...

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Trading Strengths and Weaknesses: What Are Yours?
September 14, 2016

Trading Strengths and Weaknesses: What Are Yours?

The number one question I get asked when it comes to the stock market is: “What does it take to be a good trader?” There’s no single right answer to this ...

Finding Trading Mentors: Do You Need One, and Where to Look?
September 7, 2016

Finding Trading Mentors: Do You Need One, and Where to Look?

If you’re new to the stock market and want to learn how to trade, or even if you’re a seasoned trader who’s simply stuck in a rut, finding a trading mentor can be the ...

Housing Data Can Be a Leading Indicator for Fed, Economy
August 30, 2016

Housing Data Can Be a Leading Indicator for Fed, Economy

In case you missed the news, new home sales surged 12.4% in July to an annualized rate of 654,000. That marked the strongest pace of new home sales since...

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Earnings: Did TIF’s Blue Box Sell Better than Expected?
August 24, 2016

Earnings: Did TIF’s Blue Box Sell Better than Expected?

When Tiffany (TIF) released its Q1 results last quarter and spoke to analysts on a conference call, it set the bar relatively low. Have the reduced expectations panned...

Can BBY Exceed Estimates for a 15th Straight Quarter?
August 22, 2016

Can BBY Exceed Estimates for a 15th Straight Quarter?

Best Buy (BBY) just celebrated 50 years in business with a 50-hour sale and when the electronics giant reports earnings ahead of the bell Tuesday, investors and...

Can DE Plow its Way through Global Farming Slump?
August 18, 2016

Can DE Plow its Way through Global Farming Slump?

Deere & Co (DE), by its own admission, is stuck in the middle of a “global farming recession” that doesn’t show any immediate signs of reversing course. Going into...

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WMT’s Purchase of Jet.com Likely Focus on Conference Call
August 17, 2016

WMT’s Purchase of Jet.com Likely Focus on Conference Call

When Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) reports Q2 earnings ahead of the market open on Thursday, analysts and investors already will be braced for a decline in...

Earnings: Can Target's (TGT) Grocery Sales Feed Bottom Line?
August 16, 2016

Earnings: Can Target's (TGT) Grocery Sales Feed Bottom Line?

On a conference call last quarter, Target (TGT) Chief Executive Brian Cornell warned analysts and investors that the big-box retailer was suffering from...

Earnings: Can Home Depot (HD) Nail a Strong Quarter of Growth?
August 15, 2016

Earnings: Can Home Depot (HD) Nail a Strong Quarter of Growth?

Home Depot (HD) Chief Executive Craig Menear recently stated that sales across his stores, including merchandise and services, were robust amid a...

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The Tale of Two Retailers and The Consumer with M and BABA
August 10, 2016

The Tale of Two Retailers and The Consumer with M and BABA

It's likely to be a consumer-spending tale of two retailers, among others, when Macy’s and Alibaba—at opposite ends of the retail machine and the world...

Only the Strong Survive: Applying Relative Strength Analysis
August 10, 2016

Only the Strong Survive: Applying Relative Strength Analysis

Many traders who use technical analysis fall prey to the idea that profitability comes only from teasing and torturing indicators. And they often do it to such an ...

Will Sports, Movies, and Theme Parks Tell the DIS Earnings Story?
August 9, 2016

Will Sports, Movies, and Theme Parks Tell the DIS Earnings Story?

It was a year ago that Robert Iger, chief executive of The Walt Disney Co. (DIS), stunned analysts and investors with news that its crown jewel, ESPN, was losing...

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Earnings: What’s LNKD Doing to Drum Up Users, Monetize?
August 4, 2016

Earnings: What’s LNKD Doing to Drum Up Users, Monetize?

There’s a lot on LinkedIn’s (LNKD) plate these days, but nothing bigger than its $26.2 billion sale to Microsoft (MSFT), a $196 per share deal that is expected...

Earnings: TSLA Taps the Brakes on Investor Sentiment
August 3, 2016

Earnings: TSLA Taps the Brakes on Investor Sentiment

Tesla (TSLA) has generated a number of headlines recently, ranging from its $2.6 billion deal to acquire SolarCity (SCTY), to what role its autopilot system...

Earnings: Can Pfizer Turn in Healthy Earnings for Q2?
August 1, 2016

Earnings: Can Pfizer Turn in Healthy Earnings for Q2?

Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer (PFE) raised its earnings and revenue outlook for 2016 when it announced Q1 results earlier this year. Analysts are waiting to hear...

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Earnings: Energy Insight on Tap from Giants CVX and XOM
July 28, 2016

Earnings: Energy Insight on Tap from Giants CVX and XOM

As a busy week of earnings season winds down, two energy giants chime in on the state of the sector and the biggest online retailer might shed light on the consumer.

Earnings: Can Ford Rev Up and Pharma Giants Grow Profits?
July 27, 2016

Earnings: Can Ford Rev Up and Pharma Giants Grow Profits?

Earnings season keeps rolling along this week with automotive giants and a handful of pharmaceutical titans that will offer a distinct and noteworthy take...

Managing Stress to Improve Trading Psychology
July 27, 2016

Managing Stress to Improve Trading Psychology

Sometimes the best starting point for a trading system or even a general approach to the markets is to look within. No matter what your trading style, the way you ...

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Earnings: Can AAPL and FB Keep Technology Stocks Moving?
July 26, 2016

Earnings: Can AAPL and FB Keep Technology Stocks Moving?

This is the busiest week for earnings season and some of the biggest corporate titans are coming out with results. Two technology giants are on tap Tuesday after...

Earnings: What Can CAT and MCD Reveal about Economy?
July 25, 2016

Earnings: What Can CAT and MCD Reveal about Economy?

There are manufacturing, fast-food, pharmaceuticals, and apparel companies in the earnings parade early this week. Caterpillar (CAT), McDonald’s (MCD)...

Lion and Mouse: MGM, Disney Look For Boost From China
July 25, 2016

Lion and Mouse: MGM, Disney Look For Boost From China

As earnings approach for The Walt Disney Company (DIS) and MGM (MGM), are the firms putting their energy behind the right projects and places?

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Earnings: Has CMG Turned the Corner on Food-Safety Concerns?
July 21, 2016

Earnings: Has CMG Turned the Corner on Food-Safety Concerns?

Another diverse set of companies are scheduled to report earnings Thursday, with results coming out from AT&T (T) and Chipotle (CMG), after the close...

Creating Healthy Habits to Help Optimize Trading Performance
July 21, 2016

Creating Healthy Habits to Help Optimize Trading Performance

Being a successful trader involves more than just picking entry and exit points. There are emotional challenges (such as fear and greed) and mental hurdles (such ...

Earnings: Can Chip Maker INTC Reinvent as a Cloud Play?
July 20, 2016

Earnings: Can Chip Maker INTC Reinvent as a Cloud Play?

There’s a variety of earnings reports coming out the next couple of days that might give some insight into how different segments of the economy are performing.

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Preparing for the Trading Day With a Solid Morning Routine
July 20, 2016

Preparing for the Trading Day With a Solid Morning Routine

History is full of examples of great men and women who credit their daily success to a morning ritual. So it should be no surprise that applying this principle to your ...

Earnings: MSFT Moves Deeper into Cloud Technology
July 19, 2016

Earnings: MSFT Moves Deeper into Cloud Technology

Analysts say Microsoft (MSFT) and Halliburton (HAL), two long-time NYSE stalwarts, might report very different Q2 results this week. MSFT reports after...

Earnings: Investors Await Results from IBM, NFLX, and More
July 18, 2016

Earnings: Investors Await Results from IBM, NFLX, and More

This is a busy week for earnings with 10 out of 30 companies in the Dow Jones Industrials ready to report quarterly results. First up this week...

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Earnings: Was Brexit Actually a Benefit to Big Banks?
July 15, 2016

Earnings: Was Brexit Actually a Benefit to Big Banks?

Bank of America (BAC), Morgan Stanley (MS) and Goldman Sachs (GS) are scheduled to report earnings early next week. Rival JPMorgan (JPM) reported...

Brexit Compounds Poor Relative Performance of Global Markets
July 15, 2016

Brexit Compounds Poor Relative Performance of Global Markets

U.S. stock market returns are sluggish, but they’re outperforming countries in the MSCI EAFE Index, which are developed markets outside of the U.S. ...

Earnings: JPM, WFC and C Turn in First Bank Results
July 13, 2016

Earnings: JPM, WFC and C Turn in First Bank Results

Amid all the hoopla surrounding fresh all-time highs in the Dow Jones Industrials and the S&P 500 comes earnings from some of the biggest banks. When the...

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After Tough Q2, McDonald’s, Chipotle Put Hope in Meaty Deals
July 12, 2016

After Tough Q2, McDonald’s, Chipotle Put Hope in Meaty Deals

It seems to be getting harder for fast food companies to convince financially struggling consumers that they deserve a break. Visits to fast food restaurants ...

Earnings Season Kicks Off With Industrial Alcoa (AA) Monday
July 11, 2016

Earnings Season Kicks Off With Industrial Alcoa (AA) Monday

Alcoa (AA) kicks off the unofficial start of earnings season after the bell Monday. And while company results are always important, some analysts...

What Drives Foreign Exchange? Rate Differentials and More
July 8, 2016

What Drives Foreign Exchange? Rate Differentials and More

While stock traders focus on price/earnings ratios, new product lines, revenue streams, and more, foreign exchange (forex) traders drill down on economic ...

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Inside the Trading Day: Intraday Seasonality
July 6, 2016

Inside the Trading Day: Intraday Seasonality

Most investors understand that the old saying “sell in May and go away” has to do with seasonality. But seasonality refers to the internal trends of the market ...

Tech Sector Seeks Q2 Reboot, But Challenges Keep Coming
July 5, 2016

Tech Sector Seeks Q2 Reboot, But Challenges Keep Coming

After a tough first quarter, things don’t necessarily get easier for the technology sector as Q2 earnings season approaches.

Financial Sector Limps Toward Q2 Earnings Under Weight of Dollar
July 5, 2016

Financial Sector Limps Toward Q2 Earnings Under Weight of Dollar

A critical earnings season is right around the corner for the financial sector. Where are interest rates heading, might Brexit leave lasting damage, and can financial...

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Earnings: Can NKE Outrun its Competitors?
June 28, 2016

Earnings: Can NKE Outrun its Competitors?

Nike results are on tap this week. How’s the shoe and sportswear juggernaut faring in this competitive arena?

4 Questions And Answers For Investors After Brexit
June 28, 2016

4 Questions And Answers For Investors After Brexit

Investors woke up last week to the shocking news the United Kingdom voted to exit the European Union. While the actual nuts and bolts of Brexit...

Exploring Your Options: Knowing When to Adjust a Trade (Pt 2)
June 23, 2016

Exploring Your Options: Knowing When to Adjust a Trade (Pt 2)

In a previous article,we looked at how the market can potentially signal that it’s time to adjust an options trade. Now we’ll help determine how much adverse ...

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Why Earnings Announcements Mean High Volatility and Risk
June 21, 2016

Why Earnings Announcements Mean High Volatility and Risk

This may sound like the opening line from a bad TV special, but the fact is, trading results depends largely on choices. The strategy you use, the stocks ...

Investors and Bond Markets on Edge Ahead Of Brexit Vote
June 14, 2016

Investors and Bond Markets on Edge Ahead Of Brexit Vote

Investors are skittish and rotating into traditional safe-haven assets such as government debt and gold. Just nine days ahead of the U.K's vote...

All Done Paper Trading. Now What? Experiment for Real
June 14, 2016

All Done Paper Trading. Now What? Experiment for Real

Paper trading is a great way to get familiar with how the stock market behaves, gain some experience without risking real money, and develop an investing ...

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Economic Reports Primer, Pt 5: Understanding Retail Sales Data
May 31, 2016

Economic Reports Primer, Pt 5: Understanding Retail Sales Data

Shopping, anyone? In the U.S., consumers make the economy go ’round. Consumer spending accounts for roughly 70% of U.S. gross domestic product (GDP). ...

Earnings: Can Luxury Retailer TIF Navigate 3 Headwinds?
May 24, 2016

Earnings: Can Luxury Retailer TIF Navigate 3 Headwinds?

Tiffany’s (TIF) Q1 results are scheduled for release ahead of the market open Wednesday. Wall Street is waiting to hear how the iconic luxury retailer is ...

Economic Reports Primer, Pt 4: Inflation Data Watched by the Fed
May 24, 2016

Economic Reports Primer, Pt 4: Inflation Data Watched by the Fed

Inflation has been stubbornly low in recent years, but that hasn't always been the case. Inflation hit a whopping 14% in 1980, a period that some economic ...

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Earnings: Are Consumers Spending on Electronics at BBY?
May 23, 2016

Earnings: Are Consumers Spending on Electronics at BBY?

Best Buy (BBY) opens its Q1 books before the bell Tuesday and, like many other retailers, faces increasing competition from online retailers. How can BBY...

Earnings: Can DE’s Cost Cutting Plan Work Amid Sales Drought?
May 19, 2016

Earnings: Can DE’s Cost Cutting Plan Work Amid Sales Drought?

The world’s been a tough one for farm-industry machinery makers. Investors will find out Friday if there’s any relief when DE reports ahead of the ...

Psychology: Can Bull Markets Give You Bad Trading Habits?
May 19, 2016

Psychology: Can Bull Markets Give You Bad Trading Habits?

Bull markets like the one we’re in now can sometimes be like a too-permissive parent, blinding traders to their own weaknesses and reinforcing bad habits. These ...

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Earnings: What Can WMT’s Results Say About the Consumer?
May 18, 2016

Earnings: What Can WMT’s Results Say About the Consumer?

Wal-Mart (WMT) faces challenges as it seeks new ways to grow annual revenues that are already approaching $500 billion. Investors will find out...

Earnings: Can Target Hit the Mark in Q1?
May 17, 2016

Earnings: Can Target Hit the Mark in Q1?

This earnings season has seen some disappointments in the retail sector. Investors will get more guidance, and another read on consumer sentiment, from the ...

Gold Demand Grows Double Digits In First Quarter
May 17, 2016

Gold Demand Grows Double Digits In First Quarter

Many investors around the globe rotated to the perceived safety of gold in the first-quarter, fueling a 21% increase in gold demand year-over-year ...

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Economic Reports Primer: Understanding ISM Manufacturing
May 17, 2016

Economic Reports Primer: Understanding ISM Manufacturing

Although the U.S. manufacturing sector was hit hard in recent decades amid an exodus of many jobs overseas, it remains a critical component of the total economy ...

Earnings: Are Consumers Spending at Home Depot?
May 16, 2016

Earnings: Are Consumers Spending at Home Depot?

Did you spend money fixing up your home or on new appliances in the last three months? Home Depot’s earnings forecasts say you or your friends might have ...

How Can Technical Indicators Help Determine Value?
May 16, 2016

How Can Technical Indicators Help Determine Value?

Investors often hear that one stock is “overbought,” or another is “oversold.” How do experts arrive at those conclusions, and how can investors learn to do their ...

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Earnings: Was the Strength with Disney in the last Quarter?
May 10, 2016

Earnings: Was the Strength with Disney in the last Quarter?

Earnings season is winding down, but two more high-profile companies are scheduled to report this week with DIS and M. What can they reveal about...

Dizzy Investors Seek Stability Amid Broad Market Volatility
May 10, 2016

Dizzy Investors Seek Stability Amid Broad Market Volatility

As the S&P 500 enters its seasonally weak period from May to October, historical price data reveals certain sectors tend to outperform and health care is one ...

Economic Reports Primer, Pt 2: Gross Domestic Product (GDP)
May 10, 2016

Economic Reports Primer, Pt 2: Gross Domestic Product (GDP)

When economists want to analyze whether the economy is expanding or slipping into a recession, they often turn to the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) ...

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Rolling Along: Knowing When to Adjust an Option Trade
May 5, 2016

Rolling Along: Knowing When to Adjust an Option Trade

Adjustments can be an integral part of any option trade, but knowing when to adjust can be tricky. Still, if you know what to look for, the market can send you a ...

Earnings: Can TSLA Spark Investor Sentiment?
May 4, 2016

Earnings: Can TSLA Spark Investor Sentiment?

Earnings season keeps rolling this week with high-profile names like TSLA, BABA, and MGM. Can these companies provide insight into the broader economy?

Stock Bulls May Be Showing Fatigue
May 3, 2016

Stock Bulls May Be Showing Fatigue

Markets don't move in a straight line up or down forever. Where might the broader market find support in a pullback? Markets don't move in a straight line up ...

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Economic Reports Primer, Pt 1: Non-Farm Payrolls & Employment
May 3, 2016

Economic Reports Primer, Pt 1: Non-Farm Payrolls & Employment

There’s a veritable alphabet soup of economic reports issued by the government each month, from GDP to CPI to PCE. What do these all mean for the economy and ...

Earnings: What’s in the Pipeline for PFE and MRK?
May 2, 2016

Earnings: What’s in the Pipeline for PFE and MRK?

Drug giants PFE and MRK get ready to report earnings and talk about the future of the pharmaceutical industry. Can these two pharma giants deliver?

Tap into XOM and CVX Q1 Earnings
April 27, 2016

Tap into XOM and CVX Q1 Earnings

The oil patch has been on a slippery slope since crude prices collapsed. Is there an end in sight? XOM and CVX may offer insight.

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Prime Earnings Report Ahead with Amazon
April 26, 2016

Prime Earnings Report Ahead with Amazon

One of the world’s largest sellers of almost everything online reports results after market close Thursday. Will expenses for the Prime membership program and ...

Airline Stocks: Is It Time To Fly?
April 26, 2016

Airline Stocks: Is It Time To Fly?

In recent quarters, U.S. airliners have reported strong financial performance, fueled in part by consolidation in the industry and less competition and cheaper...

What to Do in a Market Crash: Try Relative Strength Analysis
April 26, 2016

What to Do in a Market Crash: Try Relative Strength Analysis

Baron Rothschild, a member of the famous French banking family, is famous for saying “The time to buy is when there’s blood in the streets.” But that may be ...

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Earnings: Up Close with AAPL, FB, TWTR, LNKD, and LLY
April 25, 2016

Earnings: Up Close with AAPL, FB, TWTR, LNKD, and LLY

This is a busy earnings week with Apple (AAPL) and the social-media trio of Facebook (FB), Twitter (TWTR) and LinkedIn (LNKD) scheduled to report.

Investors Flock To Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting
April 25, 2016

Investors Flock To Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting

Berkshire Hathaway’s annual meeting is April 30. What can investors learn from the Oracle of Omaha this year?

Earnings: As Go Crude Prices, So Goes HAL?
April 22, 2016

Earnings: As Go Crude Prices, So Goes HAL?

Halliburton (HAL), among the world’s biggest energy industry providers of products and services, kicks off next week’s earnings parade with Q1 results...

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Trading Volatility: Insights From Professional Traders
April 21, 2016

Trading Volatility: Insights From Professional Traders

When discussing the markets, there’s a common question among investors and traders: "What’s your position?" The answer often varies based on the ...

Earnings: MCD, MSFT, GE and CAT Up Next
April 21, 2016

Earnings: MCD, MSFT, GE and CAT Up Next

Investors will get a chance to take the pulse of the economy from a few different angles with earnings results coming out...

Earnings: UA and GM May Offer Insight on Consumer Spending
April 20, 2016

Earnings: UA and GM May Offer Insight on Consumer Spending

Under Armour (UA) and General Motors (GM) are scheduled to report Thursday morning before the bell. What insights into consumer spending and...

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Earnings: Are INTC, YHOO Ready for the Street?
April 19, 2016

Earnings: Are INTC, YHOO Ready for the Street?

On the earnings dockets today: INTC and YHOO. Are they ready to report to Wall Street?

Think Positive: 11 Signs Your Trading is on the Right Track
April 19, 2016

Think Positive: 11 Signs Your Trading is on the Right Track

We're always thinking about where traders go wrong, mistakes made, and other negatives. It's human nature. But it’s important to remember to pat yourself on the ...

Should You Listen To The 'Sell In May' Adage?
April 19, 2016

Should You Listen To The 'Sell In May' Adage?

"Sell In May and Go Away" is a famous Wall Street adage. Should you listen? Or, is this just more "noise" in an already noisy trading world?

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Earnings: IBM, NFLX, GS and JNJ
April 18, 2016

Earnings: IBM, NFLX, GS and JNJ

Earnings season is in full swing this week. Monday starts with Q1 results from International Business Machines (IBM) and Netflix (NFLX), after the markets close...

Earnings: Can MS’s Wealth-Management Biz Save the Quarter?
April 15, 2016

Earnings: Can MS’s Wealth-Management Biz Save the Quarter?

Deep into the thicket of Q1 bank earnings, Morgan Stanley (MS) emerges with its results before the bell...

Earnings: Can C Beat the Street’s Forecast for 4 Straight Quarters?
April 14, 2016

Earnings: Can C Beat the Street’s Forecast for 4 Straight Quarters?

Citibank is next in line in the banking sector’s earnings parade. Could the results of C outpace Wall Street’s expectations like they’ve done for four straight quarters?

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Earnings: Will BAC and WFC Buck the Banking Beat?
April 13, 2016

Earnings: Will BAC and WFC Buck the Banking Beat?

BAC and WFC are next in line among the browbeaten banking stocks. Could one of these big banks offer a glimmer of hope for what’s ahead for the sector?

Physical Exposure: Right-Sized Commodity ETFs
April 13, 2016

Physical Exposure: Right-Sized Commodity ETFs

Exchange-traded funds bring commodities exposure to diverse portfolios. Their design and accessibility mean you won’t have to get your hands sticky.

Retail Sales: Consumers Still Seen Doing the Heavy Lifting
April 12, 2016

Retail Sales: Consumers Still Seen Doing the Heavy Lifting

As earnings season shifts into high gear, investors may be able to glean important clues about the health, activity, and preferences of the consumer in this ...

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Earnings: JPM Results and the Quarter That Was
April 12, 2016

Earnings: JPM Results and the Quarter That Was

JPMorgan is first among the downtrodden banking gang to report Q1 results. Will the big bank’s results be a harbinger of what’s ahead for others?

Earnings: AA Results Forecast to Drop Ahead of Company Split
April 11, 2016

Earnings: AA Results Forecast to Drop Ahead of Company Split

AA kicks off Q1 earnings season, which is forecast to be the worst in eight years. Which company will outpace Wall Street’s expectations?

Earnings Preview: Retail Sector
April 7, 2016

Earnings Preview: Retail Sector

It’s been a tough slog for the hypercompetitive retail sector, which has been dogged by the double whammy of cyclical disruptions and consumers who are socking ...

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All That Glitters: Is Your Best Portfolio Accessory Gold?
April 5, 2016

All That Glitters: Is Your Best Portfolio Accessory Gold?

From jewelry and gold coins, to gold mining stocks and even futures, the yellow metal commands a special allure in the world of investment.

Do Auto Sales Signal a Crack in Consumer Confidence?
April 5, 2016

Do Auto Sales Signal a Crack in Consumer Confidence?

In recent years, auto sales have zoomed at high speed as consumers replaced historically high levels of old vehicles on the road ...

Earnings Preview: Financial Sector
April 4, 2016

Earnings Preview: Financial Sector

The financial sector is expected to see a 7.9% drop in year-over-year first-quarter earnings, hurt by the Fed’s continued dovish interest rate policy as well as falling...

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Three Strategies to Stop a Trading Losing Streak
March 29, 2016

Three Strategies to Stop a Trading Losing Streak

Think the only certainties in life are death and taxes? If you trade stocks, you can add experiencing a losing streak to the list. It doesn’t matter if you’re an amateur ...

Are Election Jitters Making Health Care Sector Sick?
March 29, 2016

Are Election Jitters Making Health Care Sector Sick?

Out of the ten S&P 500 sectors, health care is the worst performer through March 24, with a 6.5% decline. What's ailing the health care sector?

Can the Futures Markets Guide Your Trading Plan?
March 24, 2016

Can the Futures Markets Guide Your Trading Plan?

In today's intertwined global economy, intermarket relationships matter more than ever. Many stock investors are turning to the futures markets for insight....

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Can NKE Beat Earnings Expectations Again?
March 22, 2016

Can NKE Beat Earnings Expectations Again?

So-called athleisure apparel is a smoking-hot segment of the retail industry and we’ll see just how much it can pump up the bottom line of Nike (NKE) when...

Do Housing Starts Suggest Economy Is Coming Up Roses?
March 22, 2016

Do Housing Starts Suggest Economy Is Coming Up Roses?

As "For Sale" signs crop up in neighborhoods across America this spring, along with the daffodils and tulips, housing starts are also going gangbusters.

It’s an Option: Increase Buying Power with Stock Replacement
March 22, 2016

It’s an Option: Increase Buying Power with Stock Replacement

Suppose an investor wants to buy 100 shares of a stock. Let’s say it’s a high-priced stock trading at $109, for example. It would cost an investor just over $10,900 ...

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TIF Earnings: What’s Up with High-End Spenders?
March 17, 2016

TIF Earnings: What’s Up with High-End Spenders?

The sparkle on Tiffany’s (TIF) faded in recent months after the high-end jeweler told Wall Street in January that holiday sales, a key revenue and profit driver...

Kinahan and Laffman: Central Banks Rule This Week
March 15, 2016

Kinahan and Laffman: Central Banks Rule This Week

This week, all eyes are firmly focused on Fed Chair Janet Yellen who is set to address the nation in a press conference at the conclusion of its two-day meeting...

Utilities Soar As Investors Chase High Dividend Yields
March 15, 2016

Utilities Soar As Investors Chase High Dividend Yields

Don't look now, but those boring old utility stocks have screamed higher since the start of 2016. Yep, that's right—the old "widows and orphans" stocks that ...

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Volume: One of the Most Important Technical Indicators
March 15, 2016

Volume: One of the Most Important Technical Indicators

If you’re a technical trader, almost every study or indicator you use is based on price or volume data. Price always seems to get the attention because it directly ...

ETF Speed Dating: Chemistry  to Compatibility to Commitment
March 10, 2016

ETF Speed Dating: Chemistry to Compatibility to Commitment

Do exchange-traded funds make a good match for your portfolio? Start with a basic compatibility test. Long before you ever take them home to meet mother...

Is the 2016 Gold Rush On? Keep an Eye on Central Banks
March 9, 2016

Is the 2016 Gold Rush On? Keep an Eye on Central Banks

Gold bulls charged out of the starting gates in 2016 at breakneck speed. Early-year stock market volatility triggered safe-haven investment flows, and investors ...

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Trading Around a Core Position: Methods and Mechanics
March 8, 2016

Trading Around a Core Position: Methods and Mechanics

In Part 1 of this series we discussed how to trade around a core position, including identifying optimal stock candidates. Here we’ll take a closer look at the ...

Candlestick Charting: Five Ways to Avoid Getting Burned
March 3, 2016

Candlestick Charting: Five Ways to Avoid Getting Burned

Candlestick patterns have long been a favorite tool of many technical traders, offering a more nuanced view of a stock or market beyond what you can see ...

Base-Building: Has Crude Oil (Finally) Hit a Double Bottom?
March 1, 2016

Base-Building: Has Crude Oil (Finally) Hit a Double Bottom?

If you've traded stocks in 2016, some might say you've been trading crude oil futures too. The price of crude oil has taken center stage in recent weeks as nearby ...

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Trading Around a Core Position: Reducing Your Cost Basis
March 1, 2016

Trading Around a Core Position: Reducing Your Cost Basis

Can you pat your head while rubbing your stomach? That’s a little what trading around a core position can feel like. I vividly remember the first time a kid in ...

Emerging Markets Still Growing Despite Headwinds
February 25, 2016

Emerging Markets Still Growing Despite Headwinds

Let the finger-pointing begin. Can early-year stock market volatility and economic uncertainty be traced to emerging markets? Sure, at least in part. After all ...

Did Best Buy’s Slumping Holiday Sales Hurt the Quarter?
February 24, 2016

Did Best Buy’s Slumping Holiday Sales Hurt the Quarter?

The retail earnings parade continues with electronics behemoth Best Buy (BBY) ahead of the bell Friday. The company issued a warning last month because of...

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Can Target Hit Bull's-eye After Other Retailers Miss the Mark?
February 23, 2016

Can Target Hit Bull's-eye After Other Retailers Miss the Mark?

Target’s (TGT) effort to turn its focus back to its core business will be in focus Wednesday when the discount retailer reports its Q4 results.

Jittery Wall Street Analysts Slash EPS Growth Projections
February 23, 2016

Jittery Wall Street Analysts Slash EPS Growth Projections

A more optimistic outlook boosted stocks to start the week, but the market upheaval since the beginning of the year has left some carnage. While U.S. and global ...

Earnings: Do Macy’s, Home Depot Expect Consumer Turnaround?
February 22, 2016

Earnings: Do Macy’s, Home Depot Expect Consumer Turnaround?

Two consumer-sensitive retailers, Macy’s (M) and Home Depot (HD), will take to the earnings stage before the markets open Tuesday, potentially lending insight ...

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Deere Earnings: Stabilization for Struggling Ag Machinery?
February 18, 2016

Deere Earnings: Stabilization for Struggling Ag Machinery?

Deere & Co. (DE) has managed to squeak out profits in recent quarters while steering its way through what has become one of the longest slumps in the farm ...

Kinahan and Laffman: Interest Rates & Oil Key Drivers This Year
February 17, 2016

Kinahan and Laffman: Interest Rates & Oil Key Drivers This Year

Investors have been on a roller coaster ride since the start of 2016, as concerns about global growth, the plunge in crude oil prices and uncertainty about ...

Earnings: Traction for Wal-Mart? China to Feature in MGM Report
February 17, 2016

Earnings: Traction for Wal-Mart? China to Feature in MGM Report

When Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) reports earnings before the market opens Thursday, the results could be history-making—not necessarily good news for the world’s ...

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After Hours: Trading Prep When the Markets Are Closed
February 16, 2016

After Hours: Trading Prep When the Markets Are Closed

The markets are closed. Is it time to pull out a good bottle of red and kick back in front of the fire? Maybe. But some traders will say that the trading day is just ...

Earnings: Can Twitter Calm the Flap? Tesla Ready to Accelerate?
February 10, 2016

Earnings: Can Twitter Calm the Flap? Tesla Ready to Accelerate?

Twitter’s (TWTR) handling of management and its growing pains are well-documented news that has crushed its stock in recent months.

Has the Fed's Job Gotten Harder? Yellen Could Let Us Know
February 9, 2016

Has the Fed's Job Gotten Harder? Yellen Could Let Us Know

The latest round of U.S. employment data left investors and analysts scratching their heads over how many times the Federal Reserve could hike interest rates in ...

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DIS Earnings: Expected to Gain but ESPN Exodus Clouds Report
February 9, 2016

DIS Earnings: Expected to Gain but ESPN Exodus Clouds Report

Sports broadcasting property ESPN has been a notable revenue driver for its parent Disney (DIS), but more of its viewers are cutting the cord.

5 Trading Personalities: Find Your Strengths and Weaknesses
February 9, 2016

5 Trading Personalities: Find Your Strengths and Weaknesses

Sometimes in trading you can be your own worst enemy. At times the difference between a profitable trade and a loss may not be the methodology, but it could simply ...

Earnings: Can LinkedIn Continue to Ring Up Big Revenue?
February 4, 2016

Earnings: Can LinkedIn Continue to Ring Up Big Revenue?

LinkedIn (LNKD) is a social-media platform with a revenue edge over others in that space, according to some industry analysts. That assertion will ...

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Should You Worry About the Weak Q4 GDP Report?
February 2, 2016

Should You Worry About the Weak Q4 GDP Report?

If you had a hangover from the first month of trading action, the latest round of gross domestic product (GDP) figures may have aggravated your churning ...

Earnings: New-Look Yahoo? CMG's Rep; GM’s China Impact
February 2, 2016

Earnings: New-Look Yahoo? CMG's Rep; GM’s China Impact

High-profile companies covering the far reaches of the economy enter the earnings confessional this week. Here, we’ll focus on the reports from three: Yahoo (YHOO), Chipotle (CMG), and General Motors (GM)--each saddled with what’s been share-moving news beyond your basic earnings results.

PFE, MRK, XOM Earnings: Broad View of Economy on Tap
February 1, 2016

PFE, MRK, XOM Earnings: Broad View of Economy on Tap

It’s the halfway point for earnings season as a new month opens with a little less than half of S&P 500 (SPX) components left to report. This week offers...

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MSFT, CVX Earnings: Two Giants, Two Economic Stories
January 28, 2016

MSFT, CVX Earnings: Two Giants, Two Economic Stories

Earnings from two blue-chip stocks in totally different industries could give investors another snapshot of a global economy that’s showing a few cracks.

Is Market Volatility Really All That Bad?
January 27, 2016

Is Market Volatility Really All That Bad?

Warren Buffett once famously said: "Be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful." Take that as literally as you see fit. For most traders ...

Earnings: What Could Consumer and Industrial Giants Reveal?
January 27, 2016

Earnings: What Could Consumer and Industrial Giants Reveal?

Traders will get a look-see into big retailers on different sides of the world this week. Amazon.com (AMZN) and Alibaba (BABA), e-commerce powerhouses ...

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Earnings: Powerful Tech Lineup Features Apple, Facebook, More
January 26, 2016

Earnings: Powerful Tech Lineup Features Apple, Facebook, More

The earnings season is in full swing this week, with a number of blue-chip players and some of the nation’s largest technology companies, including Apple ...

Earnings: Will JNJ Reveal Pipeline Challenges or Beat Again?
January 25, 2016

Earnings: Will JNJ Reveal Pipeline Challenges or Beat Again?

Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) will be among the first of its sector to report earnings this go-around. Its release, due ahead of the market open on Tuesday, could offer ...

Earnings: Halliburton Oil Insight and Breakfast Time for MCD
January 22, 2016

Earnings: Halliburton Oil Insight and Breakfast Time for MCD

There’s been little good to say about earnings prospects in the oil-services industry the past year given the wicked plunge in crude prices.

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Kinahan and Laffman: Volatility Demands Discipline, Fed Rethink
January 22, 2016

Kinahan and Laffman: Volatility Demands Discipline, Fed Rethink

Most investors probably won't argue: It's been a crazy start to the year, said JJ Kinahan, Chief Strategist, TD Ameritrade. In a bruising sell-off, the S&P 500 ...

Earnings: Will GE Be Seen in Better Light Post-Restructuring?
January 21, 2016

Earnings: Will GE Be Seen in Better Light Post-Restructuring?

General Electric (GE) has delivered a mountain of restructuring news that may continue to color the industrial conglomerate’s earnings picture.

Featuring in Netflix Earnings? How to Make a Subscriber
January 19, 2016

Featuring in Netflix Earnings? How to Make a Subscriber

Netflix (NFLX) original programming, including “Orange is the New Black,” “House of Cards,” and a big hit this month, “How to Make a Murderer,” has changed ...

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Amp Up Your Trading With Margin and Leverage?
January 19, 2016

Amp Up Your Trading With Margin and Leverage?

Traders have three powerful words in their vocabulary—margin, leverage, and exposure. Understanding this trio’s potential risks and rewards is valuable ...

Earnings: More Economic Insight from Morgan Stanley, BofA?
January 15, 2016

Earnings: More Economic Insight from Morgan Stanley, BofA?

More big banks will be riding the early-earnings train again next week when Morgan Stanley (MS) and Bank of America (BAC) let Wall Street know just how ...

Intel Q4 Earnings: Is There Life for a Chipmaker Outside of PCs?
January 14, 2016

Intel Q4 Earnings: Is There Life for a Chipmaker Outside of PCs?

It’s been a tough year for the worldwide semiconductor industry, which could challenge Intel’s (INTC) Q4 results due post-close Thursday.

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How to Fix Trading Blunders You Don’t Even Know You’re Making
January 14, 2016

How to Fix Trading Blunders You Don’t Even Know You’re Making

We live in an age of information overload—connected constantly to smartphones with immediate access to news, social media feeds, stock quotes, and on-the-go ...

Earnings: What Can Big Banks Expose About the Economy?
January 13, 2016

Earnings: What Can Big Banks Expose About the Economy?

For some, there’s a sense of gloom clouding Wall Street heading in this still-young earnings season. Next up in the reporting queue is a rash of banks whose stocks...

Toss a Trading Game Plan When Volatility Jumps? Not So Fast
January 12, 2016

Toss a Trading Game Plan When Volatility Jumps? Not So Fast

Yikes. The S&P 500 (SPX) is down 5.9% in the first week of the year? You heard that right. The Stock Trader's Almanac's "First Five Days" early warning...

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Can You Reduce Trading Losses By Hitting the Scales?
January 12, 2016

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 ...

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.

Tiffany Earnings: Will Finicky Buyers Bring Shareholder Blues?
November 23, 2015

Tiffany Earnings: Will Finicky Buyers Bring Shareholder Blues?

Tiffany & Co. (TIF)—known as much for its iconic “Tiffany blue” box as for the often lavish contents it holds—may be a welcome gift, but its stock has ...

Is Best Buy Waging the Good War on Electronics Retailers?
November 18, 2015

Is Best Buy Waging the Good War on Electronics Retailers?

Your family and friends may be loading up on Fitbits and Beats by Dr. Dre headphones, but where are they buying? Sales at bricks-and-mortar electronics stores...

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What Can Target’s Earnings Reveal About the Consumer?
November 17, 2015

What Can Target’s Earnings Reveal About the Consumer?

What’s really going on with the consumer? Q3 earnings results from a wide berth of consumer-related industries have been as dappled as a calico cat.

Beyond VIX: More Ways to Monitor the Stock Market’s Mood
November 17, 2015

Beyond VIX: More Ways to Monitor the Stock Market’s Mood

Are you one of those investors who is glued to CNBC first thing in the morning? Always wondering what's trending in the world of finance? There are times in ...

WMT, HD Earnings: Is Store Vs Online Shopping Driving Retail?
November 16, 2015

WMT, HD Earnings: Is Store Vs Online Shopping Driving Retail?

An already battered retail sector will see results from another handful of stores this week, leaving some on Wall Street to question what’s really up with ...

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To Buy or Not To Buy: A Nordstrom’s Tale
November 12, 2015

To Buy or Not To Buy: A Nordstrom’s Tale

Sophia Prose is a young wardrobe stylist living in Chicago. Prior to moving to the Windy City, she styled country music stars in Nashville. So how did I cross ...

Earnings Outlook: Can Macy’s Weather Retail Headwinds?
November 10, 2015

Earnings Outlook: Can Macy’s Weather Retail Headwinds?

The department-store sector has battled slowing mall traffic and stepped-up online sales competition amid a stronger dollar, slowing tourism ...

Respect Your Risk Profile with Optimized Position Sizing
November 10, 2015

Respect Your Risk Profile with Optimized Position Sizing

So, you’ve done your analysis, stalked the perfect entry point, and are about to execute your trade. But first, you have to answer the most critical question ...

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Magical Quarter for Disney Despite View for ESPN?
November 5, 2015

Magical Quarter for Disney Despite View for ESPN?

Walt Disney Co. (DIS), a monster of media and entertainment, is up next with quarterly results as media companies tag along the end of the earnings parade.

Can Facebook Earnings Follow Sector’s Mostly Upbeat Results?
November 4, 2015

Can Facebook Earnings Follow Sector’s Mostly Upbeat Results?

Facebook (FB) bulls have showered likes on the social media giant in recent sessions if its stock performance is any guide; it tapped at all-time high last week ...

Don't Be Spooked By Spending Data—Consider the Outlook
November 3, 2015

Don't Be Spooked By Spending Data—Consider the Outlook

With Halloween barely in the rearview mirror, retailers wasted little time in stocking winter holiday merchandise in the aisles. Wishful thinking?

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Does Tesla’s Upbeat Revenue Guess, Product Spin Conflict?
November 3, 2015

Does Tesla’s Upbeat Revenue Guess, Product Spin Conflict?

Tesla Motors (TSLA)—a stock that might be compared to traditional auto makers but may also fold into some environmental and technology-focused portfolios—is...

How’s Your Market Mettle? Trading Lessons of Navy SEALs
November 3, 2015

How’s Your Market Mettle? Trading Lessons of Navy SEALs

Sometimes trading can feel like a battle. Trader versus market. Moments of fear followed by thrills of triumph. In true battle zones all over the globe, the elite forces ...

Big Oil: Has Street Fairly Assessed Energy Sector Earnings?
October 29, 2015

Big Oil: Has Street Fairly Assessed Energy Sector Earnings?

Anyone who has eyeballed the oil patch this year knows something about the over-supplied industry’s price troubles. Just how much of that pain has ...

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Traders: Time to Think About Tax-Smart, Year-End Moves
October 28, 2015

Traders: Time to Think About Tax-Smart, Year-End Moves

Before we know it, the little guy in the New Year’s diaper will pay us a visit. That means it’s time to start thinking about year-end trading that could impact your tax bill.

China Likely Bruised Apple’s Earnings, But How Much?
October 27, 2015

China Likely Bruised Apple’s Earnings, But How Much?

Apple’s (AAPL) fiscal Q4 earnings are scheduled to be released late Tuesday and its results—plus what Chief Executive Tim Cook sees on the horizon—could ...

Here’s How the Income Gap Can Impact Retailer Stocks
October 27, 2015

Here’s How the Income Gap Can Impact Retailer Stocks

Income inequality—the gap between rich and poor—has grown wider in recent decades. Does this gully have ramifications for retailer stocks ...

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Advanced Traders: Are Futures in Your Future?
October 27, 2015

Advanced Traders: Are Futures in Your Future?

Ever hear the story of farmers dumping excess grain in Lake Michigan rather than run up expensive storage costs and risk spoilage? Futures contracts eventually ...

Will Consumer Discretionary and Pharma Earnings Go Down Easy?
October 26, 2015

Will Consumer Discretionary and Pharma Earnings Go Down Easy?

Large-cap U.S. pharmacy names Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY), Pfizer (PFE), and Merck (MRK) report earnings this week and could give investors insight into ...

All Heads in the Cloud for Amazon, Microsoft Earnings
October 22, 2015

All Heads in the Cloud for Amazon, Microsoft Earnings

E-commerce and cloud giant—and now, original programming creator—Amazon.com (AMZN) turns in its Q3 results after the market’s close today.

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Did Global Issues Pile On for CAT, MCD, and Others’ Earnings?
October 21, 2015

Did Global Issues Pile On for CAT, MCD, and Others’ Earnings?

Long-time Dow component Caterpillar (CAT) is expected to report a sales drop in Q3 earnings due out before Thursday’s trading begins, but investors ...

Chipotle Earnings: Could Pork Shortage Have an Impact?
October 20, 2015

Chipotle Earnings: Could Pork Shortage Have an Impact?

Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), one of many restaurant and food service stocks facing a pork shortage in Q3, could report leaner sales growth ...

IBM Earnings: Will Big Blue’s Strategic Initiatives Hurt Q3?
October 19, 2015

IBM Earnings: Will Big Blue’s Strategic Initiatives Hurt Q3?

International Business Machines (IBM) is among companies at the vanguard of most major data-collecting technology in the world since its ...

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Weak Oil Prices Likely Hit Halliburton’s Results
October 16, 2015

Weak Oil Prices Likely Hit Halliburton’s Results

The turbulence in the oil market in Q3 ultimately leaves oil prices down more than 20% on the year and future production demand in question—a result that’s likely...

GE’s Q3 Earnings Could Spotlight Return to Industrial Roots
October 15, 2015

GE’s Q3 Earnings Could Spotlight Return to Industrial Roots

General Electric Co. (GE)—which bills itself as the world’s largest digital industrial company as it looks to reposition its image to the investing public—will be ...

Netflix’s Fee-Driven Revenue in Focus; More Banks Report
October 14, 2015

Netflix’s Fee-Driven Revenue in Focus; More Banks Report

Wall Street analysts are guessing that when Netflix (NFLX) reports earnings after the closing bell today, those numbers could be as rousing as ...

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Bank Earnings: How Much Did Low-Rate Climate Hurt Q3?
October 13, 2015

Bank Earnings: How Much Did Low-Rate Climate Hurt Q3?

We may get a clearer picture of how financial matters are shaking out for consumers and businesses alike when some of the nation’s largest banks turn in ...

Spotty Q3 Earnings Will Hit at Vulnerable Time for Stocks
October 13, 2015

Spotty Q3 Earnings Will Hit at Vulnerable Time for Stocks

Experience has led many traders to expect stock market volatility to roar to life only during earnings season. That means the lull between corporate quarterly updates ...

JNJ On Tap: Price Control Debate May Color Big Pharma Earnings
October 12, 2015

JNJ On Tap: Price Control Debate May Color Big Pharma Earnings

The constant scrutiny over the costs that big pharmaceutical companies charge for everyday and specialty drugs will likely be getting a closer look ...

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Will Alcoa Earnings Reflect Broader-Based China Woes?
October 8, 2015

Will Alcoa Earnings Reflect Broader-Based China Woes?

Shares of select companies including Alcoa (AA) whose fortunes tend to rise and fall with commodities have been flogged this year. That’s because prices for ...

Stock Traders: Gold Can Flash Potential Volatility Signals
October 6, 2015

Stock Traders: Gold Can Flash Potential Volatility Signals

Gold may be the shiny fishing lure of the financial markets—hard to miss, hard to take your eyes off it once you know what you’re looking at. Even if you never ...

Earnings: Q3 Could Be Cheerier Story Without Energy’s Stain
October 5, 2015

Earnings: Q3 Could Be Cheerier Story Without Energy’s Stain

Remember Q3? Or have you put it out of your mind? It was a tough stretch for some U.S. companies and investors as China’s troubled economy rocked ...

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Will Potential Debt Ceiling Crisis Add to Market Volatility?
September 29, 2015

Will Potential Debt Ceiling Crisis Add to Market Volatility?

Cracks in the global economic picture. A Federal Reserve juggling interest rate timing. And don’t look now—the budget and debt issues that hobbled Washington ...

Commodities Drag Could Put Federal Reserve in Tough Spot
September 29, 2015

Commodities Drag Could Put Federal Reserve in Tough Spot

Fresh financial troubles for a commodity mega-producer this week may underscore larger problems for the global economy and for a Federal Reserve that ...

Trading for a Living (Pt 3): Golden Years are Golden Opportunity
September 29, 2015

Trading for a Living (Pt 3): Golden Years are Golden Opportunity

In my early 20s, while learning about the stock market, I found a group of traders who regularly posted on Prodigy, one of the first online networks. When the ...

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Nike Earnings Could Boil Down to Home Vs. Away Results
September 24, 2015

Nike Earnings Could Boil Down to Home Vs. Away Results

Nike (NKE), the athletic-apparel powerhouse, could be a big player in the global economic story that’s driving broad stock trading.

Trading For a Living: Trader Taxes and Mark-to-Market
September 22, 2015

Trading For a Living: Trader Taxes and Mark-to-Market

You’ve finally taken the leap into the world of full-time trading, and like all good traders, you want to take advantage of any edge that might maximize your ...

So, You Want to Trade for a Living? Getting Started
September 15, 2015

So, You Want to Trade for a Living? Getting Started

The longer the bull market ran, the more often I was asked about trading for a living. The first thing everyone wants to know is, “Is it possible?” Can you quit your ...

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How to Use Chart Divergences as Leading Indicators
September 8, 2015

How to Use Chart Divergences as Leading Indicators

Leading indicators on a price chart are much like a yellow flag on a racetrack. It’s a heads up that a change may be just around the bend. It readies you for the ...

Hike Rates Now? Fed's Mountain Retreat Keeps Mystery Alive
September 1, 2015

Hike Rates Now? Fed's Mountain Retreat Keeps Mystery Alive

The Federal Reserve is in a policy jam. The rates-setting bank of banks is stuck between signs of improving U.S. economic fundamentals and the uncertainty sparked ...

Unscrambling Futures Settlement: A Primer for the Neophyte
September 1, 2015

Unscrambling Futures Settlement: A Primer for the Neophyte

What exactly happens when a futures contract expires? Can you end up with a few semitrucks full of corn in your cul-de-sac at settlement? The short answer is “no” ...

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Retail Sales and Fed Policy: Is the U.S. Consumer Spending?
August 28, 2015

Retail Sales and Fed Policy: Is the U.S. Consumer Spending?

It’s been a busy month in the market and an even busier week. As we exit summer and head into fall trading, many questions remained unanswered. Although ...

Keep Calm: Perspective, Not Panic, as China Triggers Volatility
August 25, 2015

Keep Calm: Perspective, Not Panic, as China Triggers Volatility

The Dow Jones Industrial Average nosedived more than 1,000 points at Monday's open, triggering the start of another gut-wrenching day for investors. Fresh signals ...

Futures Fundamentals: Gold Glitters for Central Banks
August 25, 2015

Futures Fundamentals: Gold Glitters for Central Banks

Many call gold the world's first currency. For thousands of years, gold has been recognized as a store of value. Gold coins were first created by King Croesus of Lydia ...

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Will Struggling Deere Dig Deep to Offset Revenue Hit?
August 20, 2015

Will Struggling Deere Dig Deep to Offset Revenue Hit?

Down on the farm things aren’t exactly sprouting and we’ll see how that plays out when Deere Co. (DE)—the world’s largest maker of the tractors ...

Venus & Mars? Men and Women Traders Can Teach Each Other
August 20, 2015

Venus & Mars? Men and Women Traders Can Teach Each Other

Even if you’ve never seen Annie Get Your Gun, you might know one of its songs: “Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better.” This lyrical one-upmanship is in good ...

Global Economies: Is the U.S. Still the Best House on a Bad Block?
August 18, 2015

Global Economies: Is the U.S. Still the Best House on a Bad Block?

Eurozone growth was weaker than expected in Q2, heightening concerns about the region’s recovery and adding to the big-picture considerations for a U.S. ...

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Target Could Hit the Earnings Mark, But Sales are Key Metric
August 18, 2015

Target Could Hit the Earnings Mark, But Sales are Key Metric

More insight on these head-scratching consumer-spending trends is coming our way when retailer Target (TGT) reveals how its sales and earnings turned out ...

Trading World Tour: Antarctica and Climate Change
August 18, 2015

Trading World Tour: Antarctica and Climate Change

The biggest signs of climate change can be seen in Antarctica and in the Arctic, where melting ice sheets are changing the landscape, say environmental experts.

High Hopes for Home Depot Earnings; Not All Smiles for WMT
August 17, 2015

High Hopes for Home Depot Earnings; Not All Smiles for WMT

We’ll get a better sense of just how wide the consumer has been willing to open her wallet when some of the nation’s largest retailers open their books ...

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Tale of Two Retailers’ Earnings Shares Currency Thread
August 11, 2015

Tale of Two Retailers’ Earnings Shares Currency Thread

Alibaba (BABA)—the Chinese-based e-commerce giant that compares itself to Amazon.com (AMZN)—is facing a number of headwinds as it reports earnings ...

Have Low Gas Prices Finally Boosted Broader Retail Sales?
August 11, 2015

Have Low Gas Prices Finally Boosted Broader Retail Sales?

It’s a busy week for government-crunched national retail sales figures and chain-store earnings results. These reports—which earlier this year lacked lift from low ...

Seeking Your Friend the Trend? Try Charting Linear Regression
August 6, 2015

Seeking Your Friend the Trend? Try Charting Linear Regression

Traders have been debating the best way to identify a chart trend since Charles Dow first assembled his famous indexes. To say the least, it can be a tricky ...

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Tesla Earnings: Can Luxury Maker Deliver New Cars, Revenue?
August 5, 2015

Tesla Earnings: Can Luxury Maker Deliver New Cars, Revenue?

Get ready for an earful when electric-car maker Tesla Motors (TSLA) reports Q2 earnings after the bell on Wednesday. We’re listening for how well deliveries ...

Oil Price Drop Follows Fresh Fear for Sputtering Chinese Economy
August 4, 2015

Oil Price Drop Follows Fresh Fear for Sputtering Chinese Economy

Oil prices tumbled to a four-month low to start the week, pressured by fresh evidence of a sputtering Chinese economy.

Exxon, Chevron Prep Street for Ugly Earnings with Nixed Projects
July 30, 2015

Exxon, Chevron Prep Street for Ugly Earnings with Nixed Projects

There’s little question that when Exxon Mobil (XOM) and Chevron (CVX) report earnings before the market opens Friday they won’t be pretty.

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War of Words: Twitter, Facebook Earnings All About Sustainability
July 28, 2015

War of Words: Twitter, Facebook Earnings All About Sustainability

Call it a war of words. Social-media powerhouses Facebook (FB) and Twitter (TWTR) will unveil earnings this week that could underscore how the two ...

What a Mix: Social Media, Fed, and China Stir Volatility
July 28, 2015

What a Mix: Social Media, Fed, and China Stir Volatility

U.S. traders awoke Monday to news of the deepest one-day Chinese stock market drop since 2007 as wild swings there follow concerns that officials are ...

World Tour (Pt 4): South America Pinned to U.S., China Recovery
July 28, 2015

World Tour (Pt 4): South America Pinned to U.S., China Recovery

The end of a commodities boom hit South America over the past two years, particularly powerhouse Brazil—a major exporter of agricultural and industrial ...

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Dollar Plagues Pharma Earnings But Did Street Get it Right?
July 27, 2015

Dollar Plagues Pharma Earnings But Did Street Get it Right?

Strong dollar headwinds are likely to smack pharmaceutical giants Pfizer Inc. (PFE) and Merck & Co. (MRK) when they report earnings Tuesday ...

Trading World Tour (Pt 3): Canada's Crude Oil & Resources
July 23, 2015

Trading World Tour (Pt 3): Canada's Crude Oil & Resources

The Canadian economy looks to plod along at a 1.6% pace in 2015, TD Bank says, down from a 2.4% clip in 2014. That means the U.S. and Mexico are expected ...

Did McDonald’s Lose Sizzle to Strong Dollar? CAT, AMZN, Too
July 22, 2015

Did McDonald’s Lose Sizzle to Strong Dollar? CAT, AMZN, Too

McDonald’s (MCD), in the throes of a turnaround with a new chief executive, new products, and stronger marketing, warned investors in the last quarter that ...

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Housing Strength: Can Multiplier Effect Get Economy Moving?
July 21, 2015

Housing Strength: Can Multiplier Effect Get Economy Moving?

The S&P 500 (SPX) is knocking on the door of new all-time highs, leaving investors to scour economic trends for signs of continued improvement.

Apple, Microsoft Earnings Lead Trillion-Dollar Tech Tuesday
July 21, 2015

Apple, Microsoft Earnings Lead Trillion-Dollar Tech Tuesday

It’s been tagged “trillion-dollar tech Tuesday” because of the cumulative market capitalization of the technology companies that are opening their quarterly books ...

Indicator Throw Down: Simple vs. Exponential Moving Averages
July 21, 2015

Indicator Throw Down: Simple vs. Exponential Moving Averages

Of the hundreds of technical analysis studies and indicators available for traders, perhaps none is more widely used than the moving average. Guess what ...

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IBM Earnings Could Lag as Big Blue Goes for Big Change
July 20, 2015

IBM Earnings Could Lag as Big Blue Goes for Big Change

International Business Machines (IBM), like other Dow Jones Industrials’ components, is in deep transition mode and investors well know its results could lag ...

Halliburton’s Results Will Paint Picture of Oil-Rigging Recovery
July 17, 2015

Halliburton’s Results Will Paint Picture of Oil-Rigging Recovery

The oilfields-service providers have been on a slippery patch as plummeting oil prices have put the brakes on exploration and production activities, which will....

Expect Clarity on GE’s Massive Back-to-Roots Restructuring
July 16, 2015

Expect Clarity on GE’s Massive Back-to-Roots Restructuring

Investors will be looking for a progress report on General Electric’s massive efforts to shrink itself back to its manufacturing roots when the Dow Jones Industrial's...

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Does Netflix Have Game and Will Google Earnings Score?
July 15, 2015

Does Netflix Have Game and Will Google Earnings Score?

Trading and commentary ahead of Wednesday’s after-the-bell earnings report from Netflix is proving to be rocky with implied volatility on fire.

Investors Hungry for Revenue Gains as Banks Kick Off Earnings
July 13, 2015

Investors Hungry for Revenue Gains as Banks Kick Off Earnings

The overall theme for earnings season is revenue, a key measure of growth in any financial situation but certainly in the second quarter as we monitor the U.S...

Strong Dollar Likely Not So Healthy for J&J Earnings
July 10, 2015

Strong Dollar Likely Not So Healthy for J&J Earnings

Get used to “blame the dollar” this earnings round. The strong buck’s stranglehold on the profits that multinationals derive from their overseas markets ...

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Earnings Stampede Rolls In with Alcoa; Does Soft Q2 Await?
July 7, 2015

Earnings Stampede Rolls In with Alcoa; Does Soft Q2 Await?

Alcoa (AA) unofficially kicks off the next round of quarterly earnings reports after Wednesday’s closing bell. AA’s results matter for the industrial sector ...

Stock Catalyst: Crude Oil Prices Hit 3-Month Low as Supply Builds
July 7, 2015

Stock Catalyst: Crude Oil Prices Hit 3-Month Low as Supply Builds

Crude oil prices slid to a three-month low this week, driven by concerns about global energy demand and reports saying Iran seeks to double its oil exports if ...

Trading World Tour (Pt 1): Will Europe Take the Torch from U.S.?
July 7, 2015

Trading World Tour (Pt 1): Will Europe Take the Torch from U.S.?

As U.S. stock averages clawed and scraped to fresh record highs in the first half of 2015, it was easy to forget that European stock markets roundly beat their ...

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Best Role for U.S. Investors in Greek Drama May Be in the Wings
June 30, 2015

Best Role for U.S. Investors in Greek Drama May Be in the Wings

Greek leaders sucker punched global markets over the weekend with steps that put the country on the brink of bankruptcy and a possible eurozone exit, causing ...

Active Traders: Bread-and-Butter Chart Setups to Your Taste?
June 30, 2015

Active Traders: Bread-and-Butter Chart Setups to Your Taste?

In the 30 years that markets have been in my life, I’ve met a lot of active traders. And yet I’m still impressed when I find one who can successfully trade with a ...

Penny for Your Stocks? Risky Shares Can Be Sentiment Tool
June 25, 2015

Penny for Your Stocks? Risky Shares Can Be Sentiment Tool

Ryan Campbell remembers a time years before he joined Investools® when a media celebrity client called his discount brokerage firm with instructions to buy ...

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Energy Stocks' Relative Strength Hits 20-Year Low—What's Next?
June 23, 2015

Energy Stocks' Relative Strength Hits 20-Year Low—What's Next?

Energy stocks have arguably been the weak link of the stock market. With the sector bruised, some contrarian traders may begin to wonder if the retreat is a buying ...

Greek Debt Talks Falter: More Stock Volatility May Be Likely
June 16, 2015

Greek Debt Talks Falter: More Stock Volatility May Be Likely

The latest installment in the Greek debt saga pummeled global financial markets to start the week. More stock market volatility—bonds, too—comes with swelling ...

Investor Movement Index Update: Buy in May and Tweet Away?
June 8, 2015

Investor Movement Index Update: Buy in May and Tweet Away?

Last week, it seemed as if everyone was talking about the fact that NYSE margin debt hit a record high of $507 billion in April 2015. There was a lot of speculation as ...

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How to Optimize Stop Placement in an Ever-Changing Market
June 2, 2015

How to Optimize Stop Placement in an Ever-Changing Market

If there’s one constant about the stock market, it’s that it’s always changing. The underlying mechanics of the market, as well as the economic factors and ...

Market Mood: “Small” Investors’ Sentiment Matters, Too
May 28, 2015

Market Mood: “Small” Investors’ Sentiment Matters, Too

Sentiment analysis at its root quantifies investor optimism and pessimism and can help investors make decisions at the market’s emotional turning points. ...

Indicator Throw Down: Trend-Following Vs. Range-Based
May 26, 2015

Indicator Throw Down: Trend-Following Vs. Range-Based

I’m a longtime disciple of technical analysis and use it almost exclusively in my trading, which is why I am so glad it’s becoming a more mainstream tool for ...

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Competition and Cord-Cutting Push Old/New Media Hook-Ups
May 21, 2015

Competition and Cord-Cutting Push Old/New Media Hook-Ups

Did AOL (AOL) get its savior or did Verizon (VZ) find a potential white knight? Perhaps both. And who will swoop in next?

Bad-News Bulls? Economic Pause Could Slow Down Fed
May 19, 2015

Bad-News Bulls? Economic Pause Could Slow Down Fed

Downward revisions to the U.S. economic outlook could prove to be stock-market supportive. Sounds counterintuitive, doesn’t it?

Chronic Overtrader? We've Got Your Cure
May 19, 2015

Chronic Overtrader? We've Got Your Cure

Trading is a learned behavior that takes smarts, discipline, and a whole lot of patience. But novice traders often jump in unprepared and without an action plan...

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Can Too Much Trading Practice Knock You Off Your Game?
May 12, 2015

Can Too Much Trading Practice Knock You Off Your Game?

Parents, teachers, and coaches have long instructed that “practice makes perfect.” Perfection in the stock market is impossible, but trading practice can help you ...

When Trading “Story” Stocks, It’s Best to Read Between the Lines
May 7, 2015

When Trading “Story” Stocks, It’s Best to Read Between the Lines

The stock market might be likened to a Broadway show or big summer blockbuster flick. It’s a cavalcade of leading names, character actors, bit players, and many ...

Too Near-Sighted? Multiple Trading Time Frames Matter
May 5, 2015

Too Near-Sighted? Multiple Trading Time Frames Matter

Traders, are you looking only at the trees? It’s important to look at the forest, too. Multiple trading time frames can give your decisions the context they need. So ...

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Are You Living to Trade or Trading to Live?
April 28, 2015

Are You Living to Trade or Trading to Live?

Many things attract investors to the stock market, but perhaps the most compelling is the idea of being able to trade for a living. I know that’s what was on my mind ...

U.S. Oil Rig Count Dropping, So What’s Next for Crude?
April 14, 2015

U.S. Oil Rig Count Dropping, So What’s Next for Crude?

The number of U.S. drilling rigs, an indicator for oil industry activity, dropped for the 18th straight week, a shift that carries potential implications for ...

Technical Analysis: A Brainy Way to Chart Traders’ Hearts
April 7, 2015

Technical Analysis: A Brainy Way to Chart Traders’ Hearts

Technical trading is neither new nor stylish. Technical analysis had been in use for more than 100 years in Asia and Europe before that historic event on May 17, 1792 ...

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Consumer Spending On Ice: S&P 500 Uptrend Still Intact for Spring
March 31, 2015

Consumer Spending On Ice: S&P 500 Uptrend Still Intact for Spring

Americans socked away a surprisingly large chunk of change in February as they reined in spending and hoarded savings from lower gasoline prices, putting ...

Does Your Trading Style Fit Your (Real) Personality?
March 31, 2015

Does Your Trading Style Fit Your (Real) Personality?

In the final moments of the iconic movie Wall Street, Gordon Gekko confronts his former protégé Bud Fox after discovering the wannabe set him up to lose ...

Who’s Ready to Cheer Rising Rates? The Financial Sector
March 24, 2015

Who’s Ready to Cheer Rising Rates? The Financial Sector

As U.S. GDP and job growth continue to increase, the financial sector stands to finally get its wish: higher interest rates. After banks and insurance...

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Give Your Trades the Time of Day (or Season) for Active Volume
March 17, 2015

Give Your Trades the Time of Day (or Season) for Active Volume

The mechanics that drive the stock market are heavily influenced by time. Whether you’re a short-term day trader or a long-term position trader, understanding ...

Trading Wizards’ Lessons, Pt 2: Learning from Mistakes
March 10, 2015

Trading Wizards’ Lessons, Pt 2: Learning from Mistakes

Everyone makes mistakes, but the trading masters learn from their mistakes. Here are some of their tips.

Retail Bears — Are They Coming Out of Hibernation?
March 9, 2015

Retail Bears — Are They Coming Out of Hibernation?

This time around, it feels different. In February, the TD Ameritrade Investor Movement Index® (IMXSM) fell to a new two year low. The score has declined four out of

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Trading Yield Curve Shifts with Treasury Futures
March 3, 2015

Trading Yield Curve Shifts with Treasury Futures

Trading the slope of the yield curve using Treasury futures is a little like skiing the slopes of Utah.

Leveraging a Stock Hunch with Options? Think Vertical.
February 26, 2015

Leveraging a Stock Hunch with Options? Think Vertical.

Many options traders are discovering wider uses of options and one of the first things they’re drawn to is leverage. Some investors start by buying options...

Lessons from Trading Wizards: There Are No Market Secrets
February 24, 2015

Lessons from Trading Wizards: There Are No Market Secrets

Jack Schwager’s interviews with top traders reveal several key traits for success in the markets.

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Five Luxury Brands Millionaires Love
February 23, 2015

Five Luxury Brands Millionaires Love

If there is one thing millionaires know, it’s luxury. Luxury, lifestyle, and … wait for it … Luxottica? I thought it would be interesting to take a closer look at our database of

Charting Basics: Decoding Markets with Fibonacci Numbers
February 19, 2015

Charting Basics: Decoding Markets with Fibonacci Numbers

An ancient number series known as Fibonacci retracements can pinpoint price targets on a price pullback and can offer clues if a move is over.

Generalist vs. Specialist Trading: Narrowing Your Scope
February 17, 2015

Generalist vs. Specialist Trading: Narrowing Your Scope

Think of the path to specialist trading as an inverted pyramid. It’s full of choices at the top, then gets progressively narrower as you choose your specifics.

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Generalist or Specialist Trading: How Wide is Your Net?
February 10, 2015

Generalist or Specialist Trading: How Wide is Your Net?

In trading, a generalist could employ a number of styles and wear a number of hats, without emphasizing anything in particular. But first...

January Jitters and Retail Trading
February 9, 2015

January Jitters and Retail Trading

Retail investors dialed back their exposure to equity markets in January. The TD Ameritrade Investor Movement Index declined to a two year low of 4.85.

Risk Versus Reward: A Critical Balance for Traders
February 3, 2015

Risk Versus Reward: A Critical Balance for Traders

Risk in the markets is not always obvious or cut-and-dried. But a few simple methods can help tilt risk/reward odds in a trader's favor.

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Tweeting a Covered Call
January 30, 2015

Tweeting a Covered Call

Covered calls are a fairly straightforward strategy that can help the novice options trader take the first plunge and help keep...

Charting Basics: Channel Surfing & Connecting the Dots
January 22, 2015

Charting Basics: Channel Surfing & Connecting the Dots

They say that even a six-year old can spot a market trend. Trade with the trend by connecting the dots.

Food for Thought: Breaking Through Your Mental Blind Spots
January 20, 2015

Food for Thought: Breaking Through Your Mental Blind Spots

Some 47% of people performing any given task find their minds drifting. How can a trader maintain laser focus?

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Zone Defense: Finding Your Ultimate State of Mindfulness
January 20, 2015

Zone Defense: Finding Your Ultimate State of Mindfulness

Pro athletes often talk about being “in the zone,” where triumphs are almost effortless. Find your trading zone.

Gee-Whiz! Five Tech Stocks Consumers Just Love
January 15, 2015

Gee-Whiz! Five Tech Stocks Consumers Just Love

TD Ameritrade retail clients invested more in information technology shares over the past five years than any other market sector. Here's a handful...

Charting Basics: Making Sure You Stay On-Trend
January 14, 2015

Charting Basics: Making Sure You Stay On-Trend

Should I stay or should I go? It’s a common, chronic question gnawing at any investor who’s watched the market do what it does. Getting into a stock...

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Anatomy of a Trend Change: Understanding Momentum
January 13, 2015

Anatomy of a Trend Change: Understanding Momentum

The formation of a market turning point is a longer-term process, not a single-day event. But all too often, traders find they’ve pulled the trigger too soon, or too late.

Small-Cap Trader Blues? The Calendar May Bring Some Cheer
December 30, 2014

Small-Cap Trader Blues? The Calendar May Bring Some Cheer

Small-cap traders may be feeling a bit bruised as the year draws to a close, their blue-chip brethren having hogged most of the headlines (and gains) as the U.S...

Diamonds a Girl’s Best Trade? Jewelry Stocks Catch Ladies' Eyes
December 23, 2014

Diamonds a Girl’s Best Trade? Jewelry Stocks Catch Ladies' Eyes

Girls love to see a little "blue box" under the Christmas tree. Maybe that explains why women are almost twice as likely as men to hold a certain jewelry stock.

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Putting My Foot Down. What's With the VIX Stiletto Spike?
December 19, 2014

Putting My Foot Down. What's With the VIX Stiletto Spike?

A recent, unusually sharp surge in the CBOE VIX Index known as a "Stiletto Spike" raises perculiar questions about the U.S. stock market's outlook.

Pretty Little Buyers Have Big Influence on Holiday Retail Trends
December 15, 2014

Pretty Little Buyers Have Big Influence on Holiday Retail Trends

What items are flying off holiday shelves this holiday season? Investors might want to check their teenage daughter’s list.

Deck the Halls With Level II Quotes for Mobile Trading
December 11, 2014

Deck the Halls With Level II Quotes for Mobile Trading

Whoever says traders are hard to shop for clearly doesn’t monitor their Twitter feed. We knew exactly what would make your holidays merry and bright.

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Actions Speak Louder Than Surveys for Retail Investors
December 8, 2014

Actions Speak Louder Than Surveys for Retail Investors

Sentiment readings often present conflicting signals over retail investor bullishness or bearishness. Why should we even care what they think?

Let's Play Opposites
August 1, 2014

Let's Play Opposites

Buy low, sell high—so goes the ridiculously oversimplified mantra for all things markets. Now, flip the order of that sentence, and you’ve got the essence...

Better Stock Perspective? Follow the Money
July 1, 2014

Better Stock Perspective? Follow the Money

You might not trade currencies, but you should know what they’re up to. Why? Because the dollar, the yen and others tell the story of our global economy in...

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Divide & Conquer
June 1, 2014

Divide & Conquer

As the market’s bull run gained steam in recent years, stock splits have been happening with increasing frequency. Is a split a ringing vote of confidence from...

Do You Believe in Santa?
May 1, 2014

Do You Believe in Santa?

Seasonal market patterns— when prices in general tend to rise or fall during certain periods of the year—are as old as the markets themselves. But should you really...

Mapping Out an Exit (and Entry) Plan
May 1, 2014

Mapping Out an Exit (and Entry) Plan

You probably wouldn’t hop on a tour bus in a big foreign city without bringing along your handy sightseer’s guide. The same applies to the markets. Eyeballing your...

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Keeping Your Trends Close with Moving Average Crossovers
April 13, 2014

Keeping Your Trends Close with Moving Average Crossovers

Whether you’re on Hawaii’s North Shore, New York’s trading floor or somewhere in between, failure to recognize the right wave at the right time can get you...

Is This Trend Sustainable? Ignore Volume at Your Own Risk
March 13, 2014

Is This Trend Sustainable? Ignore Volume at Your Own Risk

The number of shares changing hands—that is, volume—is a key indicator of market trends, or lack thereof. Does the volume dial on your stock “go to 11,” or...

Searsiously? Sears
January 14, 2014

Searsiously? Sears

As the polar vortex started to bear down on Manhattan, I was sick. For four days, I lay in my bed, curled up, whimpering in the fetal position and wishing ...

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Like Lynch Says, Trade What You Like. Trade What You Know
October 13, 2013

Like Lynch Says, Trade What You Like. Trade What You Know

Investing in the familiar has never been easier. LikeFolio can help turn your social chatter into bright ideas. Peter Lynch always said people should invest in what...

(More) Hot Topics: Associates’ Summer Reading List
August 13, 2013

(More) Hot Topics: Associates’ Summer Reading List

A handful of TD Ameritrade associates tell us what books they’ll devour at the beach. We kicked off our summer reading list last month by inviting the Trader...

When to Sack Your Trading Plan: Five Reasons to Reconsider
August 13, 2013

When to Sack Your Trading Plan: Five Reasons to Reconsider

A plan (and sticking to it) is the backbone of a solid trading approach. But what happens when your plan shows cracks? Consider 5 occasions that may demand...

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Hot Topics: Reading Recommendations from Our Pros
July 13, 2013

Hot Topics: Reading Recommendations from Our Pros

A handful of TD Ameritrade associates tell us what books they’ll devour at the beach. We invited our trading team to recommend a book focused on investing...

What's Your Trading DNA? Personality Types and Traders
June 5, 2013

What's Your Trading DNA? Personality Types and Traders

Are certain personality types a better fit for navigating markets? You may be surprised. Everyone knows at least one “Type-A” personality, the hard-driven workaholic...

Just the Right Size: How Position Sizing Can Save Your Neck
May 5, 2013

Just the Right Size: How Position Sizing Can Save Your Neck

Position size matters because measuring success isn’t only about short-term payout but sticking around to trade another day.

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Chart Reading Made Simple: Trusty Technicals for Traders
April 5, 2013

Chart Reading Made Simple: Trusty Technicals for Traders

Learn how to identify price support and resistance or how to time entries and exits. There are basic chart- reading techniques at the core of any technical trading...

Is Trading Your Business? Making it Official for Tax Purposes
January 3, 2013

Is Trading Your Business? Making it Official for Tax Purposes

Business tax-filing status can help some traders trim Uncle Sam’s bill. Do you qualify? Hey you, titan of the home office. Are you trading so often these days you’ll...

Overbought or Oversold? How Stochastics Can Help Time Trades
January 3, 2013

Overbought or Oversold? How Stochastics Can Help Time Trades

You can’t control gravity. You can control how you read stock moves. As in, is it nearing the time to get out or buy? Ever had an apple fall on your head while...

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I Spy: Spotting Stock Trends at a Glance with MACD
November 24, 2012

I Spy: Spotting Stock Trends at a Glance with MACD

It’s a mouthful. But the Moving Average Convergence Divergence indicator can help place you on the right side of critical changes to a stock’s price.

Fixing a Broken Trade: Long Call Adjustments
September 20, 2012

Fixing a Broken Trade: Long Call Adjustments

You might not have to bail when the charts turn against you. It’s good to know when a band-aid might be enough to stop the bleeding. Some pro sports—skiing, surfing...

How Strong is the Trend? Using the Average Directional Index
August 20, 2012

How Strong is the Trend? Using the Average Directional Index

Bull or Bear, the trend is your friend, say traders. So when it comes to determining your opinion of a trend’s strength, the Average Directional Index can help you...

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Use the Put-Call Ratio to Gauge Stock Market Sentiment
July 15, 2012

Use the Put-Call Ratio to Gauge Stock Market Sentiment

To follow or bet against the crowd? Some say it depends on how you’re reading them. Investor sentiment tends to matter more when...

Finding the End of a Trend with the Relative Strength Index
June 15, 2012

Finding the End of a Trend with the Relative Strength Index

Relative Strength Index may hold clues for the end of a trend. Growing up in the Midwest, kids learn very quickly the difference between a tornado watch and...

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