I don’t know about you, but I’m getting a lot of auto-response emails from folks in the investment world who are on vacation these days. Yes, the summer doldrums have set in, often leaving junior portfolio managers—without seniority, vacation time, school-age children, or much in the way of discretionary authority—to mind the store.

smartindale / Tag: CYH, ETF, Eurozone, GILD, IDU, iShares, IVR, IYC, IYE, IYH, IYI, IYJ, IYK, IYM, iyw, IYZ, linkedin, NLY, ORCL, sectors, SPY, STX, VIX / 0 Comments

“Many people take no care of their money till they come nearly to the end of it, and others do just the same with their time.” -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe  If Wall Street was looking towards the first quarter earnings season for a sign that it should resume the same sort of optimistic stance that it had taken earlier this year, it is likely that its gaze is now resigned to look elsewhere.

daniel / Tag: EU Eurozone IMF FEZ / 0 Comments

It is fairly clear that what the market wants is a solution, or more likely, an entire truckload of solutions, to the issues that have polarized the globe. I hope you’ve noticed that the market passionately hates uncertainty!  The market’s behavior of the last few weeks speaks to this attitude.

david / Tag: DAN, EXXI, LCC, UTHR, WFC / 0 Comments

 

I used to like to walk the straight and narrow line

I used to think that everything was fine

Sometimes I’d like to sit and gaze for days through sleepless dreams

All alone and trapped in time

All alone and trapped in time

I wonder what tomorrow has in mind for me

Or am I even in its mind at all

Perhaps I’ll get a chance to look ahead and see

Soon as I find myself a crystal ball

sbrown / Tag: SLM WFC / 0 Comments

 

I used to like to walk the straight and narrow line

I used to think that everything was fine

Sometimes I’d like to sit and gaze for days through sleepless dreams

All alone and trapped in time

All alone and trapped in time

I wonder what tomorrow has in mind for me

Or am I even in its mind at all

Perhaps I’ll get a chance to look ahead and see

Soon as I find myself a crystal ball

sbrown / Tag: SLM WFC / 0 Comments

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The leaders of the European Union will be gathering in Brussels later this week to address the continued downward spiral of the Eurozone. Judging by the high spikes in volatility levels that have played across the global markets this week, it would be safe to say that investors are largely unsure which direction those talks will take.

daniel / Tag: EU, Eurozone, FEZ, IMF / 0 Comments

Greece’s electorate has chosen to stay in the new world rather than retreat to the old. And the Federal Reserve has backed up its words regarding liquidity and accommodation to support economic recovery. That about sums up the latest news, which has helped the technical picture. Stocks have been able to break out of a holding pattern and continue the June rebound after a dismal May.

smartindale / Tag: ACTV, AWRE, COL, ETF, HCA, IDU, iShares, IYC, IYE, IYH, IYI, IYJ, IYK, IYM, iyw, IYZ, linkedin, QCOR, sectors, SPY, VIX / 0 Comments

The market did rebound last week, but it’s not much to brag about. Large-cap Value led the style/caps, up a paltry 1.42%, while Mid-cap Value dropped a tad, down -0.11%. It’s worth noting that Large-cap Value led not only last week, but last month and the last 3 months (see market stats). While it hasn’t been that great over the past 3 months, it has been the best of the worst. 

david / Tag: AAPL, AFL, CERN, EBAY, HCA, LUV / 0 Comments

"I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.” --Stephen Hawking

daniel / Tag: DJIA, Dow Jones Industrial Average, Eurozone, EWG, EWI, EWP, S&P 500, SPX, VIX, VXX / 0 Comments

 

We see the light of those who find
A world has passed them by
To late to save a dream that's growing cold
We realize that fate must hide it's face
From those who try
To see the distant signs of unforetold
Oh... oh, take hold

From a haze came a rage of thunder
Distant signs of darkness on the way
Fading cries scream of pain and hunger
But in the night the light will guide your way

sbrown / Tag: LDK VCI / 0 Comments

During the month of May, the Dow Industrials managed only five positive days, but June has offered up some recovery so far. Despite the persistently negative news we are inundated with each day—creating real trepidation among investors—there are actually a lot of promising signs here in the U.S., and the technical picture seems to have entered a holding pattern as investors await signs of improving stability elsewhere.

smartindale / Tag: AUXL, CAMP, ETF, IDU, INOD, iShares, IYC, IYE, IYH, IYI, IYJ, IYK, IYM, iyw, IYZ, linkedin, QCOR, sectors, SPY, VIX / 0 Comments

The S&P 500 closed today at 1309, down well over 1%. The NASDAQ closed down nearly 2%.  In light of relative valuations and current global prospects for the past six months, the question begs an answer: Why?  Let’s begin with an overview of the results of the past week.

 

The market was on quite a run for the first quarter of 2012. Sabrient's list of top stocks for 2012, the Baker's Dozen, was up over +20% at one point this year. Following the recent market correction, this portfolio of 13 stocks is now up +7.74%. While significantly lower, its still not a bad number, especially when compared to its benchmark, the S&P 500, up nearly 3% this year. However, it really starts looking good when it's stacked up against top stock lists created by leading financial institutions.

Greece, Spain, Italy. Eurozone. Austerity. For stock investors, it’s just more of the same—the same rollercoaster of hope and despair about any of a number of potential outcomes…without resolution. On Wednesday, stocks had their strongest one-day rally since December.

walter / Tag: ETF, IDU, iShares, IYC, IYE, IYH, IYI, IYJ, IYK, IYM, iyw, IYZ, linkedin, NTES, POZN, QCOR, RHT, sectors, SPY, VIX / 0 Comments

Today, the market sold off as much as a full percent before recovering to a slight loss at the close.  At midday, it was off more than 10% from its high in April despite the solid quarterly earnings added in Q1. Factory Orders (-0.6%) were well below the expected number (+0.1%), continuing a worrisome trend that began last week when every major economic number disappointed: Consumer Confidence, Initial Jobless Claims, GDP 1st qtr.

david / Tag: AIG, GNW, PBI, STX / 0 Comments

“Humor is laughing at what you haven't got when you ought to have it.“ -- Langston Hughes

daniel / Tag: DJIA, ECB, EU, Eurozone, IMF / 0 Comments

By Meena Krishnamsetty (Insider Monkey Editor)

walter / Tag: AIG. ZNGA, EQIX, GOOG, ILMN, MSFT, RF / 0 Comments

Daniel Sckolnik, a Senior Analyst at Sabrient, was interviewed for Barron's Focus on Funds. His reccommendation to buy USO was featured in the article. You can read it here.

walter / Tag: / 0 Comments

 

Shed a tear ‘cause I’m missin’ you

I’m still alright to smile

Girl, I was thinking about you every day now

But you set my mind at ease

There is no doubt you’re in my heart now

Said woman take it slow, and it’ll work itself out fine

All we need is just a little patience

Said sugar, make it slow and we’ll come together fine

All we need is just a little patience (Patience)

sbrown / Tag: COL STX / 0 Comments