Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first. “ -- Mark Twain

So far, the month of January is proving to be a solid win for the Bulls. And, while the major market mover for the remainder of the month probably will be found in the earning season numbers yet to come, a series of macroeconomic trends seem as if support for the upward trend should continue, perhaps deep into the first quarter of the year.

daniel / Tag: XBI, FXH, IHI, IHE, VHT, SPX, DJIA, COMP, healthcare, Eurozone, ECB, Merkel, Draghi, BOJ, PIIGS / 0 Comments

People have to talk about something just to keep their voice boxes in working order so they'll have good voice boxes in case there's ever anything really meaningful to say.” -- Kurt Vonnegut

Investors seem ready to forgive and forget a lot of the problems that inhabited the 2012 equity market.

And why not?

daniel / Tag: SPX, FDN, SMH, QTEC, IGV, MTK, VIX, fiscal cliff, debt ceiling, Eurozone, fear gauge / 0 Comments

You can lead a man to Congress, but you can't make him think.” -- Milton Berle

If you are either an investor or trader looking for a good place to put a bet down for 2013, you may not need to look much further than the eurozone.

The first question you may ask is: But in which direction?

daniel / Tag: VGK, EWG, EZU, FEZ, EWL, Eurozone, EU, IMF, Mario Draghi / 0 Comments

If humanity does not opt for integrity we are through completely. It is absolutely touch and go. Each one of us could make the difference.”  -- R. Buckminster Fuller

Barring a flock of Black Swans swooping down to descend on Wall Street, investor focus will inarguably be placed upon the political theater now playing out in Washington.

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I think it's wrong that only one company makes the game Monopoly.” -- Steven Wright

Ben Bernanke drew a solid line in the sand last week, announcing that the Federal Reserve was anchoring its rates to the unemployment rate. And, while not an action that changes much in the short term, it could prove to be the start of a more transparent Fed.

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“If all the economists were laid end to end, they'd never reach a conclusion.” --  George Bernard Shaw

The fact that Washington continues to act out its political theater in somewhat of a vacuum, as if its actions had little impact on the rest of the country, doesn’t seem to be fazing the U.S. equity market a whole lot at the moment.

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“A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.” -- Mark Twain 

More stimulus for the eurozone is likely in the cards at some point in the near future, as the European Central Bank (ECB) ponders its options in addressing the region’s highest unemployment rate since the euro was established nearly fourteen years ago.

daniel / Tag: FDN, XLK, IXN, IGV, VGT / 0 Comments

“When you are thwarted, it is your own attitude that is out of order.”   -- Meister Eckhart

While the U.S. equity market was having something of a party over the course of the holiday-shortened week, the European Union (EU) was entrenched in yet another series of issues that would seem to indicate just how tenuous the region’s alliance might be. 

daniel / Tag: DJIA, SPX, NASDAQ, COMP, Britain, EU, Eurogroup, Eurozone / 0 Comments

Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value. –Albert Einstein

Well, that was something of a relief. At least to the Bulls.

With last Friday morning looking a lot like the rest of the week up to that point, it seemed like Wall Street would end up with a five-day losing streak. 

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“If all the economists were laid end to end, they'd never reach a conclusion.” -- George Bernard Shaw

Wall Street inarguably had what turned out to be a rather rough week, experiencing two days of a sharp, post-election sell-off that surely put the Bulls on high alert.

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