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  1. Is It Safe to Buy? - Video Blog

    December 17, 2014
    It's not 1998 all over again, so you want to be buying under S&P 2000
  2. The Market Wants What It Wants - Ahead of Wall Street

    December 8, 2014
    It may be tough for investors (especially those whose default settings are naturally a bit bearish) to see just where all ...
  3. Strong Jobs Report: Time to Worry? - Ahead of Wall Street

    December 5, 2014
    Markets don't like Fed uncertainty, but that's exactly what they will get if the boom times are back.
  4. No Boost from ADP, Labor Market - Ahead of Wall Street

    December 3, 2014
    Stocks today were indicated to open essentially flat even before this morning's ADP report and the labor market report, which ...
  5. New Data Runs Counter - Ahead of Wall Street

    November 26, 2014
    No major surprises are expected from any of these readings, but this morning's reports run counter to the view that the economy's ...
  6. Good News: GDP Revised Higher - Ahead of Wall Street

    November 25, 2014
    A very good GDP report will add to the growing conviction that the U.S. economic outlook is on firmer footing.
  7. Chinese Bank Drives Friday Markets - Ahead of Wall Street

    November 21, 2014
    The Chinese central bank is the main driver today, though positive commentary from Mario Draghi at the ECB is also adding ...
  8. The Biggest Surprise On Monday Wasn't Japan, Bank of England's ...

    November 18, 2014
    Perhaps the biggest surprise of the day Monday wasn't the fact that Japan suddenly finds itself back in a recession. Nor ...
  9. Can You Say Goldilocks? - Ahead of Wall Street

    November 7, 2014
    This is a very positive read from the labor market. It is good enough to show a still improving labor market, but the gains ...
  10. Post-Midterms, Toward Jobs - Ahead of Wall Street

    November 5, 2014
    Stocks today were indicated to open in positive territory even before a strong jobs report, but the favorable labor market ...
  11. Q3 Earnings Scorecard - Earnings Trends

    October 28, 2014
    Q3 Earnings Scorecard - Earnings Trends
  12. Estimates for Q3 Earnings Lowered - Ahead of Wall Street

    October 6, 2014
    Will the coming round of negative revisions be any different than what we have been seeing in recent quarters?
  13. Traders Have Seen This Movie Before

    September 30, 2014
    Twice in the last two days, it looked like the bears were finally going to break through. Twice in the last two days, the ...
  14. Fed Comments Should Spur Positivity - Ahead of Wall Street

    September 18, 2014
    The 'considerable time' phrase in the Fed statement told investors that the FOMC was in no hurry to start raising rates in ...
  15. A 30% Profit Opportunity From Europe's Latest Moves

    September 17, 2014
    There’s a classic episode of The Little Rascals where a very tiny Spanky finds a stash of money and proceeds to throw ...
  16. Tepid Market Waters Across the Globe - Ahead of Wall Street

    September 15, 2014
    Headlines about the Scottish vote and weak data out of China are the only notable developments today, though the market's ...
  17. First Negative Week in a Month? - Ahead of Wall Street

    September 12, 2014
    Concerns about the Fed outlook ahead of next week's FOMC meeting has emerged as a key overhang for stocks lately.
  18. I've Seen It, But I Don't Believe It - Ahead of Wall Street

    September 5, 2014
    The market seems to be cheering the surprisingly weak jobs report in the hope that it will lead to a more favorable Fed policy. ...
  19. ECB Finally Does QE - Ahead of Wall Street

    September 4, 2014
    The big news of the day is the ECB decision and its impact on global markets.
  20. Big Week for Econ Data - Ahead of Wall Street

    September 2, 2014
    This week's busy data docket will give us a good sense of the economy's momentum in the current period.
  21. Consumer Spending Kicks Off Econ Data - Ahead of Wall Street

    August 29, 2014
    The ball gets rolling with macro-economic indicators this Friday morning, kicking off what will be a shortened Labor Day ...
  22. Technicals Point To A Quick Pop In This Financial Stock's Future

    August 29, 2014
    Shares of CME Group (NASDAQ:CME) bounced nicely in recent days as the financial sector continues to support the broader market's ...
  23. Q2 GDP Revised Upward - Ahead of Wall Street

    August 28, 2014
    The positive GDP report this morning will likely not be enough to offset the overhang from Ukraine-centric worries in today's ...
  24. Will the Rally Continue? - Ahead of Wall Street

    August 27, 2014
    How stocks do from here will depend a lot on what happens to bond yields.
  25. All Eyes - And Ears - on Jackson Hole - Ahead of Wall Street

    August 22, 2014
    Stocks are indicated to open modestly lower this morning ahead of a major speech by Janet Yellen at the Jackson Hole conference.
  26. Stocks Not Expected to Lose Steam - Ahead of Wall Street

    August 21, 2014
    Stocks didn't lose their winning stride in response to the Fed minutes on Wednesday and the trend is expected to continue ...
  27. BLS Jobs Report Perfect for Goldilocks - Ahead of Wall Street

    August 1, 2014
    This morning's not-too-hot-not-too-cold jobs reading will likely soothe some of the market fears over Fed policy.
  28. What Do Investors Expect from Q2 Earnings? - Ahead of Wall Street

    July 9, 2014
    Earnings are expected to be up +5.6% in Q3 and +8.9% in Q4, with the growth pace expected to accelerate further in the following ...
  29. Welcome to the Second Half! - Ahead of Wall Street

    July 1, 2014
    The weather's pleasant, there's plenty of pent-up demand in many industries, housing is steadily improving — what's ...
  30. A Classic Case of Kick the Can - Ahead of Wall Street

    June 30, 2014
    Sheraz Mian has been articulating this narrative for around 8 solid quarters or more: growth expectations are hopeful, until ...
  31. What's Holding Housing Back? - Ahead of Wall Street

    June 17, 2014
    Today's housing data came on weak side, with both Starts and Permits coming modestly shy of expectations.
  32. Stocks in Tentative Mood - Ahead of Wall Street

    June 16, 2014
    The bond market's recent strength has made it easier for the Fed to get out of the QE business without disrupting the market. ...
  33. Global Growth Questions - Ahead of Wall Street

    June 11, 2014
    Stocks today will likely reflect the weak global growth backdrop emerging from the World Bank report.
  34. What The Next Decline Will Likely Tell Us

    June 10, 2014
    Even the most ardent bulls will have to admit the current joyride to the upside might be getting a little out of hand. For ...
  35. Central Banks Flexing Muscle - Ahead of Wall Street

    June 10, 2014
    The gains we've been seeing are not restricted to the U.S.; markets across the pond are in as much a bullish mood.
  36. Good Jobs Numbers (Not Great) - Ahead of Wall Street

    June 6, 2014
    Yes, the economy has bounced back from the winter slump, but the rebound hasn't been as robust as some of the more aggressively ...
  37. Mario Draghi Walks the Walk - Ahead of Wall Street

    June 5, 2014
    The markets will breathe a sigh of relief that the European Central Bank (ECB) has finally come through with long-promised ...
  38. Stable China vs. Wobbly Eurozone - Ahead of Wall Street

    June 3, 2014
    The soft European data could be interpreted in the "bad news is good news" category given widespread expectations ...
  39. Will May Strength Continue in June? - Ahead of Wall Street

    June 2, 2014
    Beyond China, the U.S. manufacturing ISM reading is expected to improve to 55.5 from April's 54.9 reading.
  40. Is It Different This Time? - Ahead of Wall Street

    May 30, 2014
    Hard to tell which asset class has a better grasp of ground realities, but bonds have historically had a better track record.
  41. Should We Listen to Stocks or Bonds? - Ahead of Wall Street

    May 29, 2014
    Relative to the first look at Q1 GDP, investments and government spending turned to be even bigger drags on growth, while ...
  42. Are Small Caps Predicting Volatility? - Ahead of Wall Street

    May 23, 2014
    Unlike the calm in the broad large-cap indexes, the world of small-cap stocks is anything but.
  43. When to Favor Options Over Stocks

    May 14, 2014
    Traders choose options over stocks for their versatility and limited risk, but there are certain drawbacks as well, and these ...
  44. Market Running Out of Catalysts - Ahead of Wall Street

    May 5, 2014
    The Q1 earnings season is now effectively in the background even though plenty of reports are still to come and the key April ...
  45. Has the Spring Bounce Arrived? - Ahead of Wall Street

    May 2, 2014
    The bond market???s muted reaction to today???s report notwithstanding, this is an all around positive development.
  46. 5 Main Drawbacks of ETFs

    April 15, 2014
    ETFs have exploded in popularity, but Ed Devcic details five disadvantages that investors and traders must be aware of in ...
  47. Is China Slowing Down? - Ahead of Wall Street

    April 10, 2014
    Chinese trade data may not be reliable, but there is plenty of other evidence indicating that the country's economy is slowing ...
  48. Will the Rest of the Year Be Any Different? - Ahead of Wall Street

    March 31, 2014
    Many expect the rest of the year to be better, but Q1 was likely a sign of things to come the rest of this year.
  49. Market Looking for Validation - Ahead of Wall Street

    March 28, 2014
    The market is looking for validation of these expectations and appears to be getting a bit nervous about it.
  50. Will the Uncertainty Last? - Ahead of Wall Street

    March 14, 2014
    Ukraine is likely a temporary worry, but the economic questions may have more staying power.
  51. Market Willing to Wait, for Now - Ahead of Wall Street

    March 13, 2014
    The market appears to be fairly accommodating at this stage, but may not be as patient if the trend doesn???t improve going ...
  52. Why the Loss of Momentum? - Ahead of Wall Street

    March 11, 2014
    It is the lack of data, and not anything else, that is making it difficult to sustain recent momentum.
  53. Monday's Move - Breakout Or Fake Out?

    February 25, 2014
    On December 31, 2013, the March S&P 500 Index (NYSE: SPY) futures made an all-time intraday high at 1846.50 and posted ...
  54. Sometimes Market-Related Reading Is Required

    February 10, 2014
    The talk in the markets on Friday was all about the jobs report. For the second month in a row, the headline nonfarm payrolls ...
  55. Top Trending Tickers On StockTwits For February 4

    February 4, 2014
    Here's a look at the top tickers trending on StockTwits.comS&P 500 ETF: Pre-market data point to opening reboundPrior ...
  56. Are Growth Fears Justified? - Ahead of Wall Street

    February 4, 2014
    The growth question has take center stage for stock market investors in a way that few of us could have foreseen.
  57. This Chart Shows Why The 'January Indicator' Is Predicting A ...

    February 3, 2014
    U.S. stocks were little changed after a volatile week.'January Indicator' Signals 50/50 Chance of Gains in 2014SPDR ...
  58. ETF Outlook For Week Of January 27, 2014 (SPY, UNG, EEM, VXX)

    January 27, 2014
    ETF Outlook for Week of January 27, 2014. SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSE: SPY) The S&P 500 fell by 2.1 percent on Friday, ...
  59. 13 Wild ETF Charts from 2013

    January 7, 2014
    2013 was largely dominated by a relentless bull market that saw the S&P 500 notch a gain of more than 30%, its best year ...
  60. Taper: Will They or Wouldn't They? - Ahead of Wall Street

    December 18, 2013
    It???s all about the Fed today, with the central bank???s Taper decision expected to be a close one.
  61. Despite having the most to gain in the year ahead, British equities are still trading for cheap metrics when compared to the rest of Europe.

    The United Kingdom Is Ripe For Stock Pickers

    December 6, 2013
    With the situation in Europe finally moving ahead, investors may want to focus on the United Kingdom. Stocks within the nation ...
  62. Stocks Shifting From Strength to Exhaustion?

    December 2, 2013
    After eight consecutive weeks of gains, it is time to consider when strength becomes exhaustion in the stock market.Overbought ...
  63. Worried About The Next Bear Market? Here's Your Defense

    December 2, 2013
    Being prepared for a bear market takes many forms. In some cases, it can become an obsession.Some investors always seem to ...
  64. 7 ETF Types To Be Thankful For

    November 28, 2013
    This year has shaped up to be quite kind to investors as major equity indexes are holding onto double-digit gains ahead of ...
  65. Margin Trading Explained For ETF Investors

    November 20, 2013
    Talk to anyone who has lived to see (and survive) a bear market and allude to “leverage” and “margin.” ...
  66. When Will This Bull Market End? Look To This Simple Strategy ...

    November 20, 2013
    While prices are rising, investors need to maximize their gains. When prices turn down, investors need to minimize their ...
  67. Move Over VIX (VXX): A Better Way to Measure Volatility?

    November 19, 2013
    The  S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN debuted in early 2009 and has been one of the most polarizing funds ever since. ...
  68. IPO ETFs (FPX, IPO): A Better Way To Ride The Bull

    November 13, 2013
    The bull market rages on as optimism levels remain elevated thanks to the latest upbeat GDP and employment reports coupled ...
  69. What You Need To Know About ETF Liquidity

    November 11, 2013
    Exchange-traded funds have become extremely popular over the past two decades, as investors have sought easier ways to invest ...
  70. Convertible bonds are a perfect way to potentially hedge the downside risk as well as play the upside from continued swooning markets.

    The Convertible Way To Play This Market

    November 8, 2013
    Investors are certainly facing a quandary. The broad market has gone up by leaps and bounds since the end of the recession. ...
  71. What To Expect This Week? - Ahead of Wall Street

    November 4, 2013
    This week packs a number of top-tier economic reports that will give us a sense of how well the economy is doing in the fourth ...
  72. 5 ETF Underdogs Beating The Market

    October 30, 2013
    Though the ETF industry has certainly come a long way since SPY‘s debut in 1993, there are still only a small percentage ...
  73. The Complete History Of The S&P 500 Index

    October 28, 2013
    The S&P 500 Index is easily one of the most recognizable stock market benchmarks in the world of finance. Standard & ...
  74. Recent hot IPOs has many regular investors salivating at the chance to participate in start-ups and private equity.

    Private Equity For Retail Investors

    October 11, 2013
    Recent hot IPOs has many regular investors salivating at the chance to participate in start-ups and private equity. With ...
  75. The Hidden Costs of ETF Investing

    October 10, 2013
    One of the most appealing features of exchange-traded funds–aside from the ability to tap into a large variety of asset ...
  76. Picture Edition: S&P 500 ETF (SPY) Vs. Alternative Assets

    October 9, 2013
    The appeal of alternative asset classes has grown considerably over the last few years for a number of reasons. ETFs have ...
  77. Potbelly Sandwich Shop's goal is to create toasty sandwiches to order using high quality meats, cheeses and veggies and get the patron through the line really fast.

    Five Reasons Not To Bite Into Potbelly's IPO

    September 25, 2013
    Potbelly Corporation set the terms for its IPO September 23. If you include the underwriters over-allotment, the Chicago-based ...
  78. The 1% Are Looking Elsewhere For Returns

    September 18, 2013
    For the rich, stocks and bonds aren’t cutting it. They continue to add more alternative asset classes to their portfolios. ...
  79. Market Wrap For Monday, September 16: Investors Seem Oblivious ...

    September 16, 2013
    Despite monstrous looming economic hurdles, equity markets pushed higher. Last Wednesday, the Federal Reserve is expected ...
  80. Picture Edition: Major Asset Class Returns From The 2009 Bottom

    September 12, 2013
    The U.S. bull market rages on five years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, although not everyone on Wall Street is convinced ...
  81. Is Jarden Burning The Candle From Both Ends?

    September 10, 2013
    On September 3 Jarden (NYSE:JAH) announced it was acquiring Yankee Candle Company for $1.75 billion. Almost all the media ...
  82. 7 Mistakes to Avoid When Trading Leveraged ETFs

    September 4, 2013
    Exchange-traded funds have found their way into countless portfolios, as investors of all types have embraced their cost-efficient, ...
  83. An Interesting Year For Tech ETFs

    September 4, 2013
    On the surface, it would appear to be a disappointing year for technology sector ETFs. The Technology Select Sector SPDR ...
  84. 3 Market Valuation Indicators ETF Investors Must Know

    August 29, 2013
    They say that nobody rings a bell at the market top or bottom. What separates seasoned veterans from “excited” ...
  85. Watch For This Signal Of A Significant Reversal

    August 26, 2013
    Classic chart analysis pinpointed last week's market reversal. This week, the chart says we should see a trend develop.SPDR ...
  86. Thursday’s ETF Chart To Watch: SPY Testing Support Ahead Of Jobless ...

    August 22, 2013
    U.S. equity markets oscillated yesterday as the FOMC minutes release had everyone on edge right from the opening bell. Much ...
  87. Market Wrap for Wednesday, August 14: U.S. Stocks Fall Mid-Week; ...

    August 14, 2013
    The U.S. stock market fell for most of Wednesday's trading session, finishing near its worst levels of the day. The ...
  88. ETF Plays As The End Of QE Nears

    July 31, 2013
    Investors have been enjoying a stimulus fueled rally on Wall Street and their concerns about the end of this historically ...
  89. Daily ETF Roundup: MOO Tumbles After Russian Potash News, VOX ...

    July 30, 2013
    Most U.S. equities ended narrowly mixed today, though technology stocks charged higher, as investors digested a mixed bag ...
  90. Tentative Market Ahead of the Fed, GDP, and Jobs - Ahead of Wall ...

    July 29, 2013
    The market is expected to remain tentative ahead of the Fed meeting, GDP report and jobs reading this week.
  91. The Complete History of the SPY

    July 25, 2013
    The S&P 500 SPDR (SPY) is the oldest and best-known exchange-traded fund. Here’s a quick primer on the history ...
  92. Weak Earnings Growth Outside Finance - Earnings Trends

    July 25, 2013
    Weak Earnings Growth Outside Finance - Earnings Trends
  93. Want A Simple, 3-ETF Portfolio? Here Are 25 Of Them

    July 24, 2013
    Exchange-traded products have found their way into countless portfolios as investors of all walks have embraced these financial ...
  94. Daily ETF Roundup: KBE Pops On Morgan Stanley, XLE Jumps As Oil ...

    July 18, 2013
    U.S. equities traded higher today, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 logging in fresh highs, following ...
  95. 7 Articles ETF Investors Must Read: 7/11

    July 11, 2013
    Wall Street started off the week in high spirits after aluminum giant Alcoa (AA) kicked off the unofficial start of the Q2 ...
  96. Taking The Contrarian Approach With European Equities

    July 2, 2013
    Investors continue to shun European equities due to the regions debt issues and economic problems. However, that’s a real ...
  97. Market Outlook: Stocks and Gold Offering Rare 'Buy' Signals

    June 24, 2013
    Markets moved quickly after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke indicated the central bank's quantitative easing (QE) ...
  98. Daily ETF Roundup: Fed Hints At Future Taper, XLU And IBB Tumble

    June 19, 2013
    U.S. equities slid into the red today as investors digested the highly anticipated FOMC press conference. Contrary to expectations, ...
  99. How To Read An Options Table

    June 18, 2013
    With more information available and the ability to quickly trade options online, investors are becoming savvier with using ...
  100. Time to Focus on Small Cap ETFs? - ETF News And Commentary

    June 13, 2013
    Why investors may want to tilt their portfolios to small cap ETFs at this time.
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