The Trend

Monday February 20, 2017

Sears Holdings (SHLD): Why It Just Will Not Survive

There really is a sucker born every minute.

Quite a few of them bid up Sears Holdings (SHLD) yet again in recent weeks on nothing more than hope. Let’s be honest: The company may not be dead yet, but the box is built, the hole is dug, and the nails are in place.

Now, all we need is...

Wednesday September 28, 2016

Five Essential Stock Chart Patterns

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Markets are driven by two of the most powerful emotions - fear and greed.

And because of that, we need to be mindful of where fear and greed are running amok whether it is in stocks, ETFs or indexes.  Having this knowledge can help us better exploit extreme moves:

Monday September 26, 2016

Three Ways to Trade Commodities

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So, you want to invest in commodities?

Maybe you watched the price of natural gas skyrocket in February or watched the price of gold plunge and wondered why you weren’t trading the volatility in the space.

Maybe you didn’t know how...

Thursday September 22, 2016

Double Tops and Bottoms: Technical Analysis 101

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Remember, understand how the market moves… and you increase your odds of success.  In theory, markets are pushed higher and lower by fear and greed - two of the strongest psychological drivers of all assets.

The more fear there is in an asset, for example, the higher the chance...

 

Wednesday September 21, 2016

Why We Are Bearish on Oil through 2017

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After a brief rally on hopes that OPEC would curb supply at its September 2016 meeting, oil prices have again come under considerable pressure.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) noted that its sees the oil glut lasting until late 2017, as output growth slows. In fact, according to the IEA, growth has now slowed considerably from 2.3 million barrels a day in the third quarter of 2015 to 1.4 million barrels a day for the second quarter of 2016.

Then the group warned...

Monday September 19, 2016

Key Suppliers of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL)

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To be more attentive to how workers - even those tangentially involved in the making of Apple products - are treated, Apple took steps toward greater transparency in terms of its supply partners in 2012. Taking a similar approach to other large-cap companies like Nike and HP, an annual list of Apple’s top two-hundred suppliers is now published along with audit results of working conditions and manufacturing impacts on the environment.

While those who are socially conscious approved the publishing of the list, investors and traders instantly dug through it to develop new, better ways to trade APPL shares. For example...

Thursday September 15, 2016

Support and Resistance Points: Technical Analysis 101

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Understand how the market moves… and you increase your odds of success.

In theory, markets are pushed higher and lower by fear and greed – two of the strongest psychological drivers of all assets.

The more fear there is in an asset, for example, the higher the chance the value of that asset will decline.  The more greed there is in an asset, the higher the chance the value of that asset will increase.

Or, many times you’ll hear technical analysts refer to...

Wednesday September 14, 2016

Two September Catalysts May Decide the Fate of Markets

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You may have noticed that markets have become a bit more volatile than usual. Stocks aren’t moving as they should and that volume across the markets have been lower than usual. Fear has ticked higher for many traders, even as the major indices march to record highs.

There are two key catalysts that may be driving current market conditions:

Sunday September 11, 2016

Short-Sellers: The Market to Watch

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Less than a decade after the biggest mortgage lending crisis in U.S. history nearly decimated the economy, another debt market is showing some troubling similarities to the mortgage bubble...