Cash is King, Retail Investors Nervous Ahead of Summer

Cash is King, Retail Investors Nervous Ahead of Summer

$DIA, $SPY, $SOX, $QQQ, $RUTX, $VXX FLASH: Cash is King for investors heading into Summer Increasing a cash buffer is typical during times of economic and geopolitical uncertainty. But data from global wealth managers show that stashing cash has continued at unusually high rates even as global stocks have rallied this year on conflicting signals […]

Retail Investors are in This Market

Retail Investors are in This Market

$DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $RUTX Money market fund assets increased for a 10th week running to their highest mark since early Y 2010, as investors further raised their cash pile due to recent market volatility, a report recently released showed. Assets of money market funds, which are seen as nearly as safe as bank accounts, rose […]

Retail Investors Coming into Stock in Droves

Retail Investors Coming into Stock in Droves

Retail Investors Coming into Stock in Droves $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $RUTX, $VXX US stocks delivered the best Quarterly run in almost 5 years, luring retail investors back into the longest Bull market on record just as Wall Street started flashing yellow lights. Individual investors drew down cash balances at brokerage accounts to record lows as […]

Retail Investors Pouring Money Into Managed Wealth Solutions

Retail Investors Pouring Money Into Managed Wealth Solutions

Retail Investors Pouring Money Into Managed Wealth Solutions $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX Blackstone Group (NYSE:BX), the world’s largest private equity firm, plans to 2X assets under management over the next 5 years, and it wants individual investors to get the action. About 15 to 20% of Blackstone Group LP’s annual fundraising currently comes from retail […]

Retail Investors Undeterred by Volatile US Stock Market

Retail Investors Undeterred by Volatile US Stock Market

Retail Investors Undeterred by Volatile US Stock Market $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX Financial advisers across the US say that the volatility in the US stock market has not yet curtailed the appetite by small participants to put money in the stock market. Approximately 52% of Americans own stocks either directly or through a mutual fund, […]

Home on The Street. Retail Investors Come Off of the Sidelines

Home on The Street. Retail Investors Come Off of the Sidelines

Home on The Street, Retail Investors Come Off of the Sidelines $SPY Retail investors plowed more cash into the markets last week, delivering US-based taxable-bond and international stock funds their 14th week running of inflows, the data showed Wednesday. Stock mutual funds and ETF’s (exchange-traded funds) netted $9.1-B during the week ended 8 March 8, […]

Retail Investors Driving Unprecedented Trump Rally

Retail Investors Driving Unprecedented Trump Rally

Retail Investors Driving Unprecedented Trump Rally $SPY, $JPM We  can thank the retail (Mons and Pops) for DJIA 21,000+ The strengthening retail-driven bid isn’t only propelling stocks higher, it is reshaping the outlook for daily liquidity. That is the takeaway from data tracking money flows into and out of stocks  JPMorgan Chase & Co (NYSE:JPM) said […]

British Pound: USD/GBP (GBP=X) investors will be watching employment, inflation and retail sales this week

British Pound: USD/GBP (GBP=X) investors will be watching employment, inflation and retail sales this week

British Pound: USD/GBP (GBP=X) investors will be watching employment, inflation and retail sales this week GBP/USD showed little movement last week. It’s a busy week in the U.K, with employment, inflation and retail sales reports. Here is an outlook for the highlights of this week and an updated technical analysis for GBP/USD. Britain and the EU agreed […]

Japanese Yen: USD/JPY (JPY=X) investors eye Japanese manufacturing, retail sales

Japanese Yen: USD/JPY (JPY=X) investors eye Japanese manufacturing, retail sales

Japanese Yen: USD/JPY (JPY=X) investors eye Japanese manufacturing, retail sales USD/JPY has recorded slight gains on Wednesday. In the North American session, the pair is trading at 110.85, up 0.25% on the day. On the release front, U.S. data was mixed. Factory orders were up 0.1%, well off the forecast of 1.5%. Pending Home Sales […]

Investors Focused on Retail Sales and Wages

Investors Focused on Retail Sales and Wages

Investors Focused on Retail Sales and Wages $WMT, $M, $MCD, $AMZN, $CMG Amidst overall strong Quarterly results, rising labor costs are a growing concern, with more than 12 companies in the S&P 500 mentioning them in conference calls so far this earnings season. Next week, several retailers including Walmart (NYSE:WMT) and Macy’s (NYSE:M) are due […]

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) Investors Eye Confidence Reports

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) Investors Eye Confidence Reports

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) Investors Eye Confidence Reports NAB Business Confidence will be released today, followed by Westpac Consumer Sentiment on Wednesday. As well, Chinese CPI, which will be published on Tuesday, could affect the pair. There were plenty of Australian events last week, and the Aussie responded with sharp gains of 1.6%, its strongest […]

NASDAQ Composite (.IXIC) Investors’ focus on speech by Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell

NASDAQ Composite (.IXIC) Investors’ focus on speech by Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell

NASDAQ Composite (.IXIC) Investors’ focus on speech by Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell An index of stock markets worldwide crept lower on Thursday on uncertainty over the outlook for U.S. interest rate cuts and weak U.S. manufacturing data that raised concerns about the health of the world’s largest economy. U.S. manufacturing industries in July recorded […]

NASDAQ Composite (.IXIC) Investor sentiment lifted

NASDAQ Composite (.IXIC) Investor sentiment lifted

NASDAQ Composite (.IXIC) Investor sentiment lifted Investor sentiment lifted on Wall Street after upbeat earnings from the large retailers signalled consumer demand is still strong in the United States. That was despite last week’s recession signals from the bond market which triggered panic selling across global markets. The Dow Jones index jumped 240 points, or 1 per cent, […]

Japanese Yen: USD/JPY (JPY=X) Investors will be keeping a close eye on the Federal Reserve minutes

Japanese Yen: USD/JPY (JPY=X) Investors will be keeping a close eye on the Federal Reserve minutes

Japanese Yen: USD/JPY (JPY=X) Investors will be keeping a close eye on the Federal Reserve minutes The U.S-China trade war saga continues. President Trump announced a delay on new U.S. tariffs against China, which were set to take effect on September 1. Still, tensions between the world’s two largest economies remains high, and the mass demonstrations […]

UK FTSE 100 (.FTSE) investors rushed to sell-off risky assets

UK FTSE 100 (.FTSE) investors rushed to sell-off risky assets

UK FTSE 100 (.FTSE) investors rushed to sell-off risky assets London’s FTSE 100 was pushed into the red today by several heavyweight stocks that traded without dividend entitlement, while gains in gambling firm GVC and trading platform Plus500 helped the mid-cap index outperform. The FTSE 100 shed 0.3 per cent, as worries of an imminent […]

British Pound: USD/GBP (GBP=X) steady as UK retail sales beat expectations

British Pound: USD/GBP (GBP=X) steady as UK retail sales beat expectations

British Pound: USD/GBP (GBP=X) steady as UK retail sales beat expectations The GBP/USD exchange rate is currently trading at $1.206, virtually unchanged from today’s opening levels. UK retail sales figures have helped the Pound find its feet this morning. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported a 0.2 percent expansion in sales for July, slowing […]

Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE:BABA) investors digest the implications of the trading war between the U.S. and China

Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE:BABA) investors digest the implications of the trading war between the U.S. and China

Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE:BABA) investors digest the implications of the trading war between the U.S. and China Wall Street is eagerly awaiting Alibaba’s (BABA) Thursday morning earnings, as investors digest the implications of the trading war between the U.S. and China. The Chinese e-commerce giant has been battling the trade war, which plays a […]

NASDAQ Composite (.IXIC) focus on the data particularly around retail sales and consumer confidence

NASDAQ Composite (.IXIC) focus on the data particularly around retail sales and consumer confidence

NASDAQ Composite (.IXIC) focus on the data particularly around retail sales and consumer confidence As President Donald Trump prepares to slap new tariffs on Chinese imports, investors are bracing for signs of pressure on U.S. consumers as top retailers begin reporting quarterly results next week and key consumer sentiment and retail sales data is released. […]

Dow Jones Industrial Average (.DJI) investors digesting mixed earnings results and economic data

Dow Jones Industrial Average (.DJI) investors digesting mixed earnings results and economic data

Dow Jones Industrial Average (.DJI) investors digesting mixed earnings results and economic data U.S. stocks ended lower for a second straight session Wednesday as investors digested mixed earnings results and economic data, while a lack of progress on the Beijing-Washington tariff dispute remained a headache. Bank of America BAC, +0.69% reported better-than-expected results after gains in its consumer […]

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) investors await an indication as to when the Reserve Bank of Australia will next cut rates

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) investors await an indication as to when the Reserve Bank of Australia will next cut rates

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) investors await an indication as to when the Reserve Bank of Australia will next cut rates Australian shares ended a quiet day of trading higher on Wednesday as investors await an indication as to when the Reserve Bank of Australia will next cut rates. The S&P/ASX 200 Index firmed 32.3 points, […]

Shanghai: SSE Composite Index (.SSEC) upbeat retail sales and factory output numbers pointed to some stabilization

Shanghai: SSE Composite Index (.SSEC) upbeat retail sales and factory output numbers pointed to some stabilization

Shanghai: SSE Composite Index (.SSEC) upbeat retail sales and factory output numbers pointed to some stabilization Chinese shares closed firmer on Monday as China’s upbeat retail sales and factory output numbers pointed to some stabilization, with second-quarter economic data meeting expectations, while technology shares rebounded from previous week’s sharp declines. At the close, the Shanghai […]

Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE:BABA) Outperforming Other Retail-Wholesale Stocks This Year?

Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE:BABA) Outperforming Other Retail-Wholesale Stocks This Year?

Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE:BABA) Outperforming Other Retail-Wholesale Stocks This Year? Investors focused on the Retail-Wholesale space have likely heard of Alibaba Group Holding (BABA), but is the stock performing well in comparison to the rest of its sector peers? Let’s take a closer look at the stock’s year-to-date performance to find out. Alibaba Group […]

Shanghai: SSE Composite Index (.SSEC) global investors who crave for a bite of China’s economic growth dividends have more channels

Shanghai: SSE Composite Index (.SSEC) global investors who crave for a bite of China’s economic growth dividends have more channels

Shanghai: SSE Composite Index (.SSEC) global investors who crave for a bite of China’s economic growth dividends have more channels Starting from Monday, global investors who crave for a bite of China’s economic growth dividends have more channels. Nearly 1,100 companies listed on China’s A-shares market became eligible for investment by certain overseas funds and […]

Shanghai: SSE Composite Index (.SSEC) trading remains subdued as investors awaited cues from the U.S.-China trade negotiations

Shanghai: SSE Composite Index (.SSEC) trading remains subdued as investors awaited cues from the U.S.-China trade negotiations

Shanghai: SSE Composite Index (.SSEC) trading remains subdued as investors awaited cues from the U.S.-China trade negotiations Chinese stocks ticked up on Monday on expectations of further policy support, but trading remained subdued as investors awaited cues from the U.S.-China trade negotiations at the G20 summit later this month. At the close, the Shanghai Composite […]

Singapore: STI Index (.STI) sentiment hit by poor retail sales data and lowering of growth forecast

Singapore: STI Index (.STI) sentiment hit by poor retail sales data and lowering of growth forecast

Singapore: STI Index (.STI) sentiment hit by poor retail sales data and lowering of growth forecast Local shares picked up from where they left off on Tuesday and seemed headed for another positive finish yesterday – until the old spectre of trade tensions and the Hong Kong protests hit investor sentiment. The change in mood […]

Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST) became the latest retailer to say that the trade war between China and the U.S. will likely lead to higher prices

Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST) became the latest retailer to say that the trade war between China and the U.S. will likely lead to higher prices

Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST) became the latest retailer to say that the trade war between China and the U.S. will likely lead to higher prices Costco became the latest retailer to say that the trade war between China and the U.S. will likely lead to higher prices, but the warehouse giant says it is taking steps […]

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) innovation outlook a concern for investors?

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) innovation outlook a concern for investors?

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) innovation outlook a concern for investors? Since peaking at a year-high in early May, Appleshares have shed close to 14 percent of those gains – largely because of renewed U.S.-China trade tensions. On Monday, shares of the iPhone-maker closed at $183.09, far from the 2019 high of $211.75, after HSBC released a […]

Investors Rotate to Cyclical Stocks to Extend this Bull Market

Investors Rotate to Cyclical Stocks to Extend this Bull Market

$DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $RUTX, $VXX FLASH: This Bull market has more room to Run, retail investors still on the sidelines. As investors bet on strong returns in cyclical sectors, they are also confident that US stocks at large will continue their historic Bull run. That run could be extended, we believe, as investors who remain […]

Euro: USD/EUR (EUR=X) Investors are keeping a close eye on the ebb and flow of the U.S.-China trade talks

Euro: USD/EUR (EUR=X) Investors are keeping a close eye on the ebb and flow of the U.S.-China trade talks

Euro: USD/EUR (EUR=X) Investors are keeping a close eye on the ebb and flow of the U.S.-China trade talks After a tough week, EUR/USD has started the week with slight gains. Currently, the pair is trading at 1.1235, up 0.15% on the day. On the release front, it’s a busy day. German and eurozone manufacturing […]

Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) stock has been relatively weak in 2019, but investors shouldn’t worry about AMZN too much

Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) stock has been relatively weak in 2019, but investors shouldn’t worry about AMZN too much

Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) stock has been relatively weak in 2019, but investors shouldn’t worry about AMZN too much Amid the big, broad rally in tech stocks in 2019, one not-so-insignificant factoid that has been largely swept under the rug is that the godfather of all tech stocks, Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), has actually been a laggard this year. […]

Investors shouldn’t let Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX) cult following fool them into buying Starbucks stock at current levels

Investors shouldn’t let Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX) cult following fool them into buying Starbucks stock at current levels

Investors shouldn’t let Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX) cult following fool them into buying Starbucks stock at current levels Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) stock is now trading at $71.20, which is just pennies below the all-time high in the price. So, the question becomes, do you wake up, smell the coffee and buy Starbucks stock? The return for SBUX stock […]

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) investors wait for data

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) investors wait for data

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) investors wait for data Australian shares rebounded from some of their lows in the morning but have still closed lower for the first time in a week. The benchmark S&P/ASX200 index closed down 18.1 points, or 0.29 per cent, to 6,199.3 points at 1615 AEDT on Tuesday, while the broader All […]

Investors are hoping Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) hits its Q4 marks Tuesday as evidenced by the 10% rise in the stock

Investors are hoping Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) hits its Q4 marks Tuesday as evidenced by the 10% rise in the stock

Investors are hoping Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) hits its Q4 marks Tuesday as evidenced by the 10% rise in the stock Wall Street expects Target to earn $1.12 per share on revenue of $17.8 billion. This compares to the year-ago quarter when earnings came to 91 cents per share on revenue of $16.67 billion. What to […]

Sidelined Investors ‘Shovel’ $965-M into Stock Funds on Market Rally

Sidelined Investors ‘Shovel’  $965-M into Stock Funds on Market Rally

$DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $RUTX, $VXX FLASH: Sidelined investors join this Bull market rally, as retail stocks outperform following earnings reports from Lowe’s ($LOW), Best Buy ($BBY), and TJX ($TJX) Investors came back into US stock funds during the week ended 20 February. It has been the best start to a year for the S&P 500 since Y 1987, breaking a 5-week […]

Canadian Dollar: USD/CAD (CAD=X) investors wait for cues

Canadian Dollar: USD/CAD (CAD=X) investors wait for cues

Canadian Dollar: USD/CAD (CAD=X) investors wait for cues The Canadian dollar is quiet in the Monday session. Currently, the pair is trading at 1.1353, up 0.12% on the day. On the release front, there are no Canadian indicators, while the U.S released one minor event. On Tuesday, the U.S. posts CB Consumer Confidence. As well, […]

Savvy Investors Moving Back to Gold

Savvy Investors Moving Back to Gold

$GLD, $SLV, $GDX, $USD Gold prices climb as those savvy investors uncertain about global growth outlook hedge their portfolios. Gold prices have surged 14% since September, when in this column I signaled a buy signal for the precious Yellow metal, just as the major US stock market indexes were making record Tops. Gold-focused ETFs saw […]

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) investors will be keeping a close eye on the RBA minutes and employment data

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) investors will be keeping a close eye on the RBA minutes and employment data

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) investors will be keeping a close eye on the RBA minutes and employment data The Australian dollar made considerable gains last week, after suffering sharp losses a week earlier. In the upcoming week, investors will be keeping a close eye on the RBA minutes and employment data. Here is an outlook for the highlights […]

Dow Jones Industrial Average (.DJI) falls as investors eye progress in this week’s renewed U.S.-China trade talks

Dow Jones Industrial Average (.DJI) falls as investors eye progress in this week’s renewed U.S.-China trade talks

Dow Jones Industrial Average (.DJI) falls as investors eye progress in this week’s renewed U.S.-China trade talks Stocks were mixed on Monday, Feb. 11, as investors eyed progress in this week’s renewed U.S.-China trade talks. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer arrived in Beijing for trade talks Sunday that will focus […]

Investor Sentiment Is Key When Analyzing the Financial Markets

Investor Sentiment Is Key When Analyzing the Financial Markets

$SPY, $QQQ, $RUTX, $VXX FLASH: Investor get excited by higher prices for financial assets. If prices of stocks 2X, it is likely that investors will want them more, and the more they go up, the more investors tend to want them, this is known as “fear or missing out,” or FOMO. So, that is why […]

Gold: Indian’s Buy Dips; Lunar New Year Boosts Demand in China; Investors Hedge Risk

Gold: Indian’s Buy Dips; Lunar New Year Boosts Demand in China; Investors Hedge Risk

$GLD Indian discounts shrink; dealers eye import duty announcement China premiums at $9.50-$11.50 oz Festival buying picks up in Singapore Demand for physical gold in India improved last week as local prices eased from their highest level in over 5 years, while buying gathered steam in China ahead of the Lunar New Year festival. Dealers […]

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) investors will be interested in how the Fed views future rate hikes

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) investors will be interested in how the Fed views future rate hikes

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) investors will be interested in how the Fed views future rate hikes The Australian and New Zealand Dollars finished lower last week on renewed concerns about China’s economy. For much of the week, investors were in consolidation mode as positive news emanated from the on-going trade talks between the United States […]

British Pound: USD/GBP (GBP=X) Brexit saga remains on the minds of nervous investors

British Pound: USD/GBP (GBP=X) Brexit saga remains on the minds of nervous investors

British Pound: USD/GBP (GBP=X) Brexit saga remains on the minds of nervous investors GBP/USD suffered its worst week since October, falling over 1 percent. The Brexit saga remains on the minds of nervous investors. There are key numbers on both sides of the pond in the upcoming week. The U.K releases CPI and retail sales this week, […]

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) investors wait for an important meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) investors wait for an important meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) investors wait for an important meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping Asia markets were mostly higher on Wednesday after a cautious start as investors wait for an important meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping later this week. The mainland Chinese markets […]

US Stocks Saw a Broad Based Rally Monday, Retail Led

US Stocks Saw a Broad Based Rally Monday, Retail Led

US Stocks Saw a Broad Based Rally Monday, Retail Led $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $RUTX, $XRT, $VXX Investment guru Jim Cramer said he hates how the current market is treating investors by literally mauling anyone who ventures near volatile US stocks. “I have tremendous contempt for this market, because every time you try to make money […]

Retailers Vs e-Commerce This Holiday Season

Retailers Vs e-Commerce This Holiday Season

Retailers Vs e-Commerce This Holiday Season $AMZN, $TGT, $LOW, $KSS, $JWN, $KSS The Big Q in this strong US economy this holiday is: Will retailers may have to spend heavily to win? Steep discounts are as familiar during the holidays, but this year retailers are after a piece of the e-Commerce market as Amazon.com Inc. […]

China’s Growth Slows, Investors Seeking Reassurances 

China’s Growth Slows, Investors Seeking Reassurances 

China’s Growth Slows, Investors Seeking Reassurances Friday, China reported economic growth sank to a post-global crisis low as finance officials launched a media blitz to shore up confidence in its fall stock market. Growth in the Quarter that ended in September slipped to 6.5% over a year earlier from the prior Quarter’s 6.7%, official data […]

Shanghai: SSE Composite Index (.SSEC) investors assess China central bank’s move to cut banks’ reserve requirements

Shanghai: SSE Composite Index (.SSEC) investors assess China central bank’s move to cut banks’ reserve requirements

Shanghai: SSE Composite Index (.SSEC) investors assess China central bank’s move to cut banks’ reserve requirements Shares in Asia stumbled on Monday in morning session as investors assess China central bank’s move to cut banks’ reserve requirements in a bid to support growth. The Shanghai Composite Index fell 2.19% in morning session after the bourse […]

Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ:WBA) fourth-quarter report – Investors Cautious

Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ:WBA) fourth-quarter report – Investors Cautious

Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ:WBA) fourth-quarter report – Investors Cautious Investors are cautious heading into Walgreens Boots Alliance’s fourth-quarter report, due out on Thursday morning. Shares are trailing the broader market so far this year as Wall Street tries to balance the prospects for healthy sales and profit growth against risks of disrupting competition in […]

Dow Jones Industrial Average (.DJI) investors await US tariff hike

Dow Jones Industrial Average (.DJI) investors await US tariff hike

Dow Jones Industrial Average (.DJI) investors await US tariff hike WALL STREET: U.S. stocks broke a four-day losing streak as industrial companies and retailers rose. Technology companies recovered some of last week’s losses. Nike, Home Depot and Walmart all climbed. Microsoft and other technology companies rose, but Apple fell after saying more U.S. tariff hikes could push […]

NASDAQ Composite (.IXIC) investors await US tariff hike

NASDAQ Composite (.IXIC) investors await US tariff hike

NASDAQ Composite (.IXIC) investors await US tariff hike U.S. stocks finished mostly higher Monday, breaking a four-day losing streak as industrial companies and retailers rose. Technology companies recovered some of their steep losses from last week. Transportation and other industrial companies continued their recent rally and retailers like Nike, Home Depot and Walmart all climbed. […]

Institutional Investors to Launch Services Dedicated to Cryptocurrencies 

Institutional Investors to Launch Services Dedicated to Cryptocurrencies 

Institutional Investors to Launch Services Dedicated to Cryptocurrencies $BTCUSD, $BLK, $GS, $C, $ICE, $JPM The rejections by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for the Bitcoin-based ETFs exchange traded funds is no deterrent to aspiring firms hopeful of launching the long-awaited cryptocurrency product. Leading cryptocurrency exchange operator Coinbase has emerged as the latest contender in the race to launch a cryptocurrency […]

Walmart Inc. (NYSE:WMT) impressive track record of rewarding investors

Walmart Inc. (NYSE:WMT) impressive track record of rewarding investors

Walmart Inc. (NYSE:WMT) impressive track record of rewarding investors Walmart (NYSE:WMT) can provide steadily growing income for a nest egg. The world’s largest retailer has an impressive track record of rewarding investors. The company has hiked its payout every year since it began paying dividends in March 1974, placing it in the elite club of […]

Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE:BABA) draws intense interest from investors

Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE:BABA) draws intense interest from investors

Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE:BABA) draws intense interest from investors Analysts are calling e-retailer Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE: BABA) the “Amazon of China” and for good reason, as the company seems to have opened the throttle financially in recent months and revenues are pouring in. The online-only retailer, founded in 1999, first traded publicly […]

USD/CAD (CAD=X) steadies as investors take stock of BoC rate hike odds

USD/CAD (CAD=X) steadies as investors take stock of BoC rate hike odds

USD/CAD (CAD=X) steadies as investors take stock of BoC rate hike odds The Canadian dollar was little changed against its broadly stronger U.S. counterpart on Tuesday but rose against some other major currencies as investors determined that a recent reduction in Bank of Canada interest rate hike bets had gone far enough. The Canadian dollar was […]

Swiss Start-up To Bring Retail Properties On The Blockchain

Swiss Start-up To Bring Retail Properties On The Blockchain

eLocations Aims To Raise € 50 Million With First PropTech Security Token Swiss Start-up To Bring Retail Properties On The Blockchain The global PropTech startup has announced that it will commence the pre-sale and then public sale of a new Security Token (LOC). Founder & CEO Marc C. Riebe commented on the announcement at the […]

Bitcoin Investors Know Not to ‘Fight the Tape’

Bitcoin Investors Know Not to ‘Fight the Tape’

Bitcoin Investors Know Not to ‘Fight the Tape’ $BTCUSD, $CME, $CBOE Just at the start of Y 2018 Bitcoin began trending towards $20,000. Thursday, it marked $10,000 on a bounce after correcting to $7,500. At that mark it was down 65% from its highs. Currently, Bitcoin is trading at: 9,862.84, -170.91, or -1.70%, as of 7:00a GMT, the […]

Blockchain, Bitcoin Ushering in a New Age in Retail Spending

Blockchain, Bitcoin Ushering in a New Age in Retail Spending

Blockchain, Bitcoin Ushering in a New Age in Retail Spending $BTCUSD, $SBUX, $AMZN Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) Chairman Howard Schultz has said in the past that retail was going to witness “a seismic change” in consumer behavior because of technology, most notably the Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) effect and the explosion of e-Commerce. “I think if you look at […]

DJIA Post Another Record, Investors See Tax Cuts Ahead

DJIA Post Another Record, Investors See Tax Cuts Ahead

DJIA Post Another Record, Investors See Tax Cuts Ahead $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX The DJIA marked aother record high Monday, with banks and retailers surging and tech falling as investors realigned their portfolios in hopes of benefiting from expected corporate tax cuts. The S&P 500 ended with a small loss after hitting an intra-day all-time […]

Hackers Stalk Investors on Cryptocurrency Exchanges

Hackers Stalk Investors on Cryptocurrency Exchanges

Hackers Stalk Investors on Cryptocurrency Exchanges $BTCUSD Dan Wasyluk discovered the hard way that trading cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin happens in an online Wild West where Sheriffs are largely absent. Wasyluk and his colleagues raised bitcoins for a new tech venture and lodged them in escrow at a company running a cryptocurrency exchange called Moolah. […]

Stocks “Lost” August Has Investors Looking at Precious Metals

Stocks “Lost” August Has Investors Looking at Precious Metals

Stocks “Lost” August Has Investors Looking at Precious Metals $SPY, $GLD, $SLV  For evidence it hasn’t been business as usual for the stock market lately, consider a feat of price acrobatics it just pulled off that has no precedent in two decades of trading history. It’s the S&P 500 Index’s (SPY) recent refusal to deviate […]

Global Stock Investors Seeing Record Market Highs

Global Stock Investors Seeing Record Market Highs

Global Stock Investors Seeing Record Market Highs $DIA, $SPY, $DAX, $DJSH, $N300, $NSEI Year to Date (YTD) investors in global stock markets are seeing record highs. Record marks for the widely-followed country indexes occurred in the context of notably low volatility, adding to investor comfort and a sense of accomplishment. All of this was accompanied […]

Investors “Pause to Refresh’ Major Indexes Drift at All-time Highs

Investors “Pause to Refresh’ Major Indexes Drift at All-time Highs

Investors “Pause to Refresh’ Major Indexes Drift at All-time Highs $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX The S&P 500 was down slightly Tuesday after mixed economic data and earnings while the NAS Comp hit another record as it was boosted by gains in technology stocks. US manufacturing production showed its biggest increase in more than 3 years […]

Investors Putting Record Amounts of Cash into ETFs

Investors Putting Record Amounts of Cash into ETFs

Investors Putting Record Amounts of Cash into ETFs $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX Mom & Pop, aka retail investors are start buying shares, and with passive investing strategies becoming more popular than active fund management, ETFs (exchange-traded funds) are seeing record inflows of cash from people seeking to join in on the rally since Donald Trump won […]

Investors are Betting The Trump Presidency, Shunning Hedges

Investors are Betting The Trump Presidency, Shunning Hedges

Investors are Betting The Trump Presidency, Shunning Hedges $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX Bet the Presidency, is the mantra of investors crowding into the US  The Trump Rally with only modest downside protection despite potential headwinds, from elevated corporate leverage, Fed rate hikes, and potential US policy risks. Data from Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) show investors have discarded […]

Retailers Rally, Driving S&P 500 to Record Highs

Retailers Rally, Driving S&P 500 to Record Highs

Retailers Rally, Driving S&P 500 to Record Highs $BBY, $M, $HD, $AMZN, $TGT Wall Street expects consumers to open their wallets a little wider this holiday shopping season but bargains among red-hot retail stocks could be hard to find, especially as profit growth proves elusive for many big names. Retailers, including Best Buy (NYSE:BBY), Kohls […]

Dubai to Overtake London as Top Pick for Wealthy GCC Investors

Dubai to Overtake London as Top Pick for Wealthy GCC Investors

Dubai to Overtake London as Top Pick for Wealthy GCC Investors Softening prices in Dubai was cited as the top reason for its increase in attractiveness Dubai’s property market is set to overtake the international destinations of London, New York and Singapore as the Top choice for the GCC’s wealthiest investors next year, a report […]

Wells Fargo’s (NYSE: WFC) Fraud Cost Investors $10-B

Wells Fargo’s (NYSE: WFC) Fraud Cost Investors $10-B

Wells Fargo’s (NYSE:WFC) Fraud Cost Investors $10-B $WFC, $JPM, $BRK.A FLASH: Here is the word on how it’s largest shareholder, Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.A) feels about the mess, likely put out, as his loss is reported at $1.4-B. Wells Fargo’s (NYSE:WFC) fraud cost 5,200 employees their jobs and the bank suffered $185-M in fines, […]

Investors Real Estate Trust(NYSE:IRET) Downward Trend

Investors Real Estate Trust(NYSE:IRET) Downward Trend

Investors Real Estate Trust(NYSE:IRET) Downward Trend Overall, the bias in prices is: Downwards. Short term: Prices are moving. Intermediate term: Prices are ranging. By the way, prices are vulnerable to a correction towards 6.49. The projected upper bound is: 6.39. The projected lower bound is: 5.69. The projected closing price is: 6.04. Momentum Indicators Momentum […]

Most Investors Are Optimists, They Never Short Stocks

Most Investors Are Optimists, They Never Short Stocks

Most Investors Are Optimists, They Never Short Stocks $TSLA, $AMZN, $FB Stocks go up, they go down, and up again… Most retail/civilian participants focus only on stocks that go up. That makes sense to many people as markets do tend to rise over time, but nothing happens in a straight line. If only buying for […]

Bitcoin: USD/BTC (BTC=X) volatility reached the lowest level in over four months

Bitcoin: USD/BTC (BTC=X) volatility reached the lowest level in over four months

Bitcoin: USD/BTC (BTC=X) volatility reached the lowest level in over four months Bitcoin volatility reached the lowest level in over four months.  Bitcoin has been suffering due to relative stagnation over the past weeks, and the measure of volatility went down to its lowest in nearly four months. The 30-day volatility of the digital currency […]

Ethereum: USD/ETH (ETH=) Continues Correcting Growth

Ethereum: USD/ETH (ETH=) Continues Correcting Growth

Ethereum: USD/ETH (ETH=) Continues Correcting Growth The British financial regulator Financial Conduct Authority has declared that it is not going to regulate the BTC and ETH, as well as other cryptocurrencies. In the document signed the cryptocurrencies are regarded as exchange instruments. Such coins are decentralized and in most cases used exactly as exchange means. The FCA […]

Shanghai: SSE Composite Index (.SSEC) STAR Board’s hot debut fizzles as market strategists advise caution going forward

Shanghai: SSE Composite Index (.SSEC) STAR Board’s hot debut fizzles as market strategists advise caution going forward

Shanghai: SSE Composite Index (.SSEC) STAR Board’s hot debut fizzles as market strategists advise caution going forward China last week debuted another stock exchange—the STAR Board—in a bid to drum up enthusiasm in its equity markets. The new stock venue was first announced by Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping last year in hopes of attracting […]

Commentary: Paul Ebeling on Wall Street

Commentary: Paul Ebeling on Wall Street

$DIA, $SPY, $SOX, $QQQ, $RUTX, $XAU, $GLD, $RUTX, $VXX FLASH: Last week we saw Wall Street stocks and Gold rally hard finishing solid on Quad Witching on the Fed’s Dovish policy position declared Wednesday afternoon. We are in the 2nd longest Bull Market in history that began precisely at 1:00p ET on 9 March 2009, and according […]

China is the World’s Largest Consumer of Gold, Here is Why

China is the World’s Largest Consumer of Gold, Here is Why

$XAU, $GLD, $CME, $USD Gold has long enjoyed deep cultural significance in China, which holds the title for being both the world’s largest gold consumer and its largest producer. Demand for the yellow metal in China looks like it will continue to rise, driven by a combination of increasing levels of wealth, global economic uncertainty […]

Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) Management is ‘Owner Oriented’

Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) Management is ‘Owner Oriented’

$RACE The shareholder make up of Ferrari (NYSE:RACE) tell us a lot about the company and which group is most powerful. Institutions often own shares in longer established companies, and it is not unusual to see insiders own a fair bit of smaller companies. Shayne and I like Ferrari because it is a business with […]

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) poised to open higher

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) poised to open higher

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) poised to open higher Australian shares are poised to open higher as Wall Street pared most of its opening loss on concern about the US/China trade talks. RBA ahead. “Global markets open with massive selling pressure” this week, Shayne Heffernan said in a client note. The close today will be quite […]

Bitcoin (BTC) Spikes on ‘Mystery Buyer’ Speculation

Bitcoin (BTC) Spikes on ‘Mystery Buyer’ Speculation

$BTC, $BTCUSD FLASH: Bitcoin (BTC) spiked to its highest marks in nearly 5 months Tuesday, pulling smaller cryptocurrencies up with it, after a major order by a mystery buyer set off computer-driven trading. The original cryptocurrency soared as much as 20% in Asian trading, breaking $5,000 for the 1st time since mid-November. By mid-afternoon, it […]

SEC to Review Stock Trading Rules, Potential Shakeup Ahead

SEC to Review Stock Trading Rules, Potential Shakeup Ahead

$DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $RUTX, $VXX FLASH: Major averages recouped most of their losses and close near session highs The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is launching a review of the main set of rules governing stock trading, opening the door to the biggest potential changes in 15 yrs the head of the agency said Friday. […]

Australian Dollar Outlook

Australian Dollar Outlook

Introduction RBA Financial Conditions and the Australian Dollar – Recent Developments Thanks to XE for the opportunity to be here in Melbourne to speak to you. A lot has happened in financial markets globally and in Australia since late last year. I thought it would be helpful to summarise the key developments, including revisions to […]

Gold and Mining Stocks Looks Bright & Shiny

Gold and Mining Stocks Looks Bright & Shiny

$GLD, $GOLD, $USD, $GDX, $GS FLASH: The savvy observers see Golden opps in the precious Yellow metal and its miners. Last September in this column we suggested it was time for investors to add gold to their portfolios. And that data shows that since that time, gold has gained nearly 10%. Gold marked to a […]

The Fed Fueled Bull Market in Stocks

The Fed Fueled Bull Market in Stocks

The Fed’s Policy of Perpetual Bull Market $DIA, $GLD, $SLV In this longest Bull market on record, do you see what I see in the Bear’s Eye View chart below?  The Dow Jones’ last BEV Zero (last all-time high) was on October 3rd; and for the first time since October 3rd the Dow Jones broke down […]

Silver to Gold Ratio Points to Over-sized Profits Coming to Silver

Silver to Gold Ratio Points to Over-sized Profits Coming to Silver

Silver to Gold Ratio Points to Over-sized Profits Coming to Silver $SLV, $GLD, $DIA I last wrote an article on Friday November 9th as the Dow Jones closed with a value of -3.13% in the BEV chart below.  Three Friday’s later and the Dow Jones closed today with a value of -4.81%. Not much of a […]

Volatile Markets are Opportunities for Savvy Participants

Volatile Markets are Opportunities for Savvy Participants

Volatile Markets are Opportunities for Savvy Participants $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $RUTX, $VXX Some investors get scared when the stock market falls, but there is always the other side of that action. When selling happens, stocks are on sale. The recent Southside action can provide opportunities that investors have not seen for a while. The Key […]

Bitcoin (BTC) Gets Positive Signal From NYSE’s Chairman

Bitcoin (BTC) Gets Positive Signal From NYSE’s Chairman

Bitcoin (BTC) Gets Positive Signal From NYSE’s Chairman $BTCUSD, $ICE The correction is the market had been healthy Bitcoin has seen a deep dive in price over the 11 months, but the CEO of one of the world’s biggest exchange operators is not deterred from entering the cryptocurrency space. Jeffrey Sprecher, CEO of IntercontinentalExchange (NYSE:ICE) […]

Bitcoin’s Volatility Lowest in Nearly 2 Years

Bitcoin’s Volatility Lowest in Nearly 2 Years

Bitcoin’s Volatility Lowest in Nearly 2 Years $BTCUSD  Bitcoin (BTC) is experiencing 1 of its worst annual price performances of its 10-year-old life, perhaps becoming more stable in the process. Volatility of the largest cryptocurrency has fallen to its lowest for nearly 2 years, with price swings falling lower than increasingly edgy US stocks for […]

NASDAQ Composite (.IXIC) Launches ESG futures in the Nordics

NASDAQ Composite (.IXIC) Launches ESG futures in the Nordics

NASDAQ Composite (.IXIC) Launches ESG futures in the Nordics Nasdaq (Nasdaq:NDAQ) today announced the launch of futures based on the recently launched OMXS30 ESG Responsible index (OMXS30ESG). The product is the first exchange listed and ESG compliant index future in the world. “In recent years we have seen institutions increase efforts to integrate sustainability into […]

Tesla’s (NASDAQ:TSLA) Embattled CEO, Chides Funds That Lend Shares to Short-sellers

Tesla’s (NASDAQ:TSLA) Embattled CEO, Chides Funds That Lend Shares to Short-sellers

Tesla’s (NASDAQ:TSLA) Embattled CEO, Chides Funds That Lend Shares to Short-sellers $TSLA, $BLK, $VTI Accused by Tesla’s (NASDAQ:TSLA) CEO Elon Musk of making “excessive profit” by lending shares to *Short-sellers, Top index fund companies shot back Friday that they are only looking out for their investors. The responses from BlackRock Inc and Vanguard Group came […]

Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) CEO Elon Musk’s Star Burned Up on the ‘420’ Tweet

Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) CEO Elon Musk’s Star Burned Up on the ‘420’ Tweet

Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) CEO Elon Musk’s Star Burned Up on the ‘420’ Tweet $TSLA Men do not like cars that are conceived as household appliances Late Friday in a blog pose, Elon Musk wrote that he had the explosive ‘420’ notion that stunned investors and drew intense regulatory scrutiny while driving to the airport on Monday, […]

Walmart Inc. (NYSE:WMT) Stock Surges After Great Quarter

Walmart Inc. (NYSE:WMT) Stock Surges After Great Quarter

Walmart Inc. (NYSE:WMT) Stock Surges After Great Quarter Walmart (WMT – Get Report) defied investor and analyst expectations, posting strongest sales growth in more than 10 years. The shares jumped 9.7% as of 11:33 a.m., after the company reported its net sales increasing 4% in the fourth quarter. “This is one of those quarters where […]

Cryptocurrencies Falling Through Key Supports

Cryptocurrencies Falling Through Key Supports

Cryptocurrencies Falling Through Key Supports $BTCUSD Bitcoin and other digital currencies trading lower Tuesday, with Bitcoin notching its worst daily decline in 3 weeks. The price of a single bitcoin BTCUSD, -0.72% was down as much as 6%, breaking out of a short-term trading band of $7,800-$8,200. Bitcoin last changed hands at $7,725.26, down 5.3% since Monday at […]

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