Category Archives : Markets


Signals March 5 2014

Equities remain overbought and the Ukraine situation over the past several days has caused an uptick in volatility in global markets. Everything from Crude Oil to Grains to Rates has experienced volatility. Most commodity markets surged higher on Monday… the grains saw Wheat gain +10% and Corn gain +8% since Friday’s close. Additionally Soybeans gained +13% in February, Crude Oil surged +3% […]

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-6% Down and Snapback to New Highs in a Month… Now What?

The S&P 500 started off 2014 grinding sideways and then sold off hard in late January, dropping -6% or more than -100 points in seven short trading sessions. The decline was fast and furious with the ensuing rally snapping back to new all-time highs that were printed in today’s session. The Nasdaq 100 also hit new highs but the Dow […]

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Dec/Jan Outlook: FOMC, US Budget, Earnings, Asian Conflict

Hawkish Fed members and steady economics have suddenly convinced some analysts the Federal Reserve may taper its asset purchases at this week’s December FOMC meeting and policy announcement. These factors combined with fund managers protecting YTD profits have kept equity markets in check over the past  month. After breaking out above 1,775 in mid-November the S&P 500 has traded […]


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Nov/Dec Outlook… Affordable Care Act Points to Trouble in 2014

The budget and debt ceiling agreement reached a couple of weeks ago settled nothing; rather the agreement was to continue funding the government at its prior levels until January and included promises to negotiate the 2014 budget before December 13, 2013. The problem with this agreement remains the same… the House of Representatives wants sustainable spending cuts and no new taxes, while the Senate […]


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Empire Manufacturing Dives, DC Still Divided

The New York Empire Manufacturing Index is normally viewed as a secondary regional economic report, but given the lack of economic data issued by the government due to the shutdown over the past couple of weeks, it was in the forefront today. According to the report the index came in at 1.52, indicating a slight rate of […]