Last week, stocks cycled bullish yet again. In fact, the S&P 500, NYSE Composite, and NASDAQ each closed at record highs as investors positioned for the heart of earnings season in the wake of strong reports from some of the Tech giants. Notably, Utilities stocks got some renewed traction as yield-starved investors returned to the sector.

Are Latest S&P Ratings On EU Baked In or About to Burn the Market?


Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them -- that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” -- Lao Tzu

They’re back.

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One Man’s Oracle is Just Another’s Cup of Tea Leaves

“By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try, the world is beyond the winning. -- Lao Tzu

For numerous Wall Street investors, the past year had all the marks of a funhouse run amuck. Little fun, lots of muck.

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Bears Snap Out of Snooze, Commodities Get Goosed

by Daniel Sckolnik of ETF Periscope

“I made my money by selling too soon.” -- Bernard Baruch

The sound you may have heard last week was the stirring of the Bears.

daniel / Tag: CBOT, Crude, DJIA, Dow Jones Industrial Average, ETF, GLD, gold, S&P 500 Index, Silver, SLV, SPX, USO, VIX, VXX / 0 Comments

Markets Slip and Slide on an Oily Sheen

by Daniel Sckolnik of ETF Periscope

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

The equity markets are poised for the next leg up of their recent bull run.

Oh, wait.

The markets are about to be slammed down back to the Stone Age.

Playing Around with some Commodity ETFs

by Daniel Sckolnik of ETF Periscope

“The importance of money flows from it being a link between the present and the future.”   -- John Maynard Keynes

Is it just me, or does it seem like the markets are holding their collective breath, nervously waiting for a shoe to drop?

daniel / Tag: DJIA, Dow Jones Industrial Average, GLD, SLV, SPX, USO / 0 Comments

Biting the Silver Bullet, or Maybe Hopping on for a Ride?

by Daniel Sckolnik of ETF Periscope

“I must have a prodigious quantity of mind; it takes me as much as a week sometimes to make it up.” ~ Mark Twain

The markets seemed to have taken a decision this week, though in a somewhat strange fashion.

daniel / Tag: DJIA, Dow Jones Industrial Average, GLD, NASDAQ, S&P 500 Index, SLV, SPX / 0 Comments

Is Gold a Little Too Hot To Hold?

by Daniel Sckolnik of ETF Periscope

“You can't have everything. Where would you put it? ~ Steven Wright

If you want to try to sum up the market action over the last month, you could say it’s mainly been “upward thrust, followed by three plus weeks of sideways.”

daniel / Tag: COMP, DJIA, Dow Jones Industrial Average, GLD, NASDAQ, S&P 500 Index, SPX / 0 Comments

Has the Gold Train Left the Station?

by Daniel Sckolnik of ETF Periscope

“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”  ~ Leonardo da Vinci

September's Song: Off-Key or On-Pitch?

by Daniel Sckolnik of ETF Periscope

“The pendulum of the mind alternates between sense and nonsense, not between right and wrong.” ~Carl Jung

The first notes of September’s song can be heard loud and clear, and so far it sounds a lot like the mating call of the Bull.

daniel / Tag: DIA, DJIA, Dow Jones Industrial Average, GLD, IWM, RUT, S&P 500, SPY, Wall Street / 0 Comments

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