US Households More Upbeat About Their Finances

US Households More Upbeat About Their Finances

#consumer #sentiment #virus #vaccine $DIA $SPY $QQQ $RUTX $VXX A gauge of sentiment among US consumers advanced for a 3rd wk running matching the highest mark since April as households grew more upbeat about their finances, the economy and the buying climate. The Consumer Comfort Index rose 1.8 pts to 49.8 last wk, matching a […]

US GDP Will Show Biggest Growth since WWII Just Prior to the Election

US GDP Will Show Biggest Growth since WWII Just Prior to the Election

#PresidentTrump #GDP #election #economy #recovery #roaring #virus “The choice facing America is simple: It is the choice between historic prosperity under my pro-American policies, or crippling poverty and a steep depression under the radical left,” President Trump said in a speech to the Economic Club of New York. Adding, “Under my continued leadership, we will […]

Surprise! Much of the Stimulus Money Went into Savings Accounts, Yet the Consumer Keep Spending

Surprise! Much of the Stimulus Money Went into Savings Accounts, Yet the Consumer Keep Spending

#consumer #stimulus #retail #spending #Fed #PresidentTrump $DIA $SPY $QQQ $RUTX $VXX “Surprise, consumers saved 36% of their stimulus checks and kept on spending.” –Paul Ebeling As emergency aid/relief/stimulus programs for American consumers expired The People kept spending. Friday’s September retail sales report confirmed it. The government data told us that consumers put much of their stimulus money away and have recently […]

Commentary: Paul Ebeling on Wall Street, FAANGs Topping

Commentary: Paul Ebeling on Wall Street, FAANGs Topping

#WallStreet #PaulEbeling #BigTech #economy #growth #Bulls #Bears #money #FAANGs #Microsoft #virus $DIA $SPY $QQQ $RUTX $MSFT $VXX Last Week in Review: Another week of selling, particularly in the mega-cap techs The China virus stock market rally had a mild, nothing wk if you only look at the percentage change. The DJIA lost just 0.03% in […]

Commentary: Paul Ebeling on Wall Street, Stocks are Going Higher

Commentary: Paul Ebeling on Wall Street, Stocks are Going Higher

#WallStreet #PaulEbeling #BigTech #earnings #economy #growth #employment #interest #Bulls #money #FAANGs $DIA $SPY $QQQ $RUTX $VXX Last Week’s Action Week in Review: Another week of selling, particularly in the mega-caps The selling from the prior week carried over to the shortened trading week. The S&P 500 fell 2.5%, the NAS Comp fell 4.1%, the DJIA […]

Commentary: Paul Ebeling on Wall Street, Do Not Fear September

Commentary: Paul Ebeling on Wall Street, Do Not Fear September

#WallStreet #PaulEbeling #BigTech #earnings #economy #growth #employment #interest #Bulls #money #FAANGs $DIA $SPY $QQQ $RUTX $VXX Last Week’s Action The trigger the stock-market pullback Thursday and Friday that erased weeks of gainers in the US stock market, may have been embattled investment firm SoftBank, according to a report by the Financial Times of London The report […]

Commentary: Paul Ebeling on Wall Street, ‘This Market has Legs’

Commentary: Paul Ebeling on Wall Street, ‘This Market has Legs’

#WallStreet #PaulEbeling #BigTech #earnings #NFPs #employment #interest #Bulls #money #FAANGs $DIA $SPY $QQQ $RUTX $VXX Last Week’s Action Thursday the Fed Chairman jettisoned the Phillips curve’s idea that rising unemployment means less inflation. In fact, he stated that there is no empirical evidence to support the notion. Technical Analysis NAS Comp gapped modestly higher, rallied […]

Housing is 1 of the Most Important Elements in the US Economy

Housing is 1 of the Most Important Elements in the US Economy

#housing #economy Housing is 1 of the most important elements in the US economy as home construction and sales include firms in over 54 industries. When the housing market booms, sales of products related to homes rise significantly too. The low mortgage rates have induced people to buy, but the rising prices are a warning that […]

World Stocks Started Climbing Early Monday on President Trump’s Fast Tracking C-19 Treatment, They are Still Climbing Early Tuesday

World Stocks Started Climbing Early Monday on President Trump’s Fast Tracking C-19 Treatment, They are Still Climbing Early Tuesday

#President Trump #Fed #FDA #C19coronavirus #treatment #stocks $DIA $SPY $QQQ $RUTX $VXX Stocks climbing in early Monday trade on Wall Street, adding to their record-breaking run from last week, the futures are still climbing extending this V-Shaped Bull run off of the 23 March instant recession lows. The S&P 500 (+1.0%) and NAS Comp (+0.6%) […]

“Fear is Driving Decline in US Consumer Activity”

“Fear is Driving Decline in US Consumer Activity”

#fear #sentiment #confidence #US #consumer #Fed #C19coronavirus Sunday, the head of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis said “fear” is the Key factor behind a distressing decline in consumer activity that signals a stalling of the economic recovery. In a TV interview Fed member Neel Kashkari said consumers have to feel safe from the C-19 coronavirus chaos […]

Confidence Among US Single-family Homebuilders Up More Than Expected in June…

Confidence Among US Single-family Homebuilders Up More Than Expected in June…

…signaling that the worst of the economic downturn is over as the country reopens after C-19 coronavirus chaos lockdowns. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index rose 7 pts to 37 in May after a record fall in April. June’s increase was the biggest on record for the index and followed a 7-pt uptick in June. […]

This V-Shaped Recovery is Real

This V-Shaped Recovery is Real

$DIA $SPY $QQQ $RUTX $VXX As global share markets reversed off of their March lows many people have been struck by what they believe is a contradiction between the economic data and the market’s response. Doomsday stories of great depression unemployment, bankruptcies, collapsing earnings, are out of phase with the fact that stocks are at […]

After This Instant Recovery Nearly 70% of Managed Money is Still Bearish

After This Instant Recovery Nearly 70% of Managed Money is Still Bearish

$DIA $SPY $QQQ $RUTX The love-hate relationship many investors had with US stocks during the 11 yr Bull market is reemerging, as stock steadily climb the Wall of Worry in the face of economic devastation and uncertainty. The benchmark S&P 500 index has risen 34% from its 23 March lows and the NAS Comp is […]

As Uncertainty Fades, Confidence Grows…Overcome Fear

As Uncertainty Fades, Confidence Grows…Overcome Fear

Uncertainty about the continuing spread of the C-19 coronavirus makes people fear for their lives and their livelihoods. Uncertainty about their livelihoods makes them cautious about spending. And under high uncertainty, business leaders find it impossible to make reliable plans for investment. This uncertainty is toxic for our economic recovery. The objective now must be […]

Americans’ Confidence in the Economy Dives

Americans’ Confidence in the Economy Dives

America’s confidence in the economy has fallen dramatically on the back of the coronavirus chaos, according to a new Gallup poll. The Gallup Economic Confidence Index now stands at minus-32 down from plus-22 in March a 54-pt decliner. The drop marks the largest 1-month change in Gallup’s trend dating back to Y 1992.   The confidence […]

Commentary: Paul Ebeling on Wall Street, World Vs Coronavirus

Commentary: Paul Ebeling on Wall Street, World Vs Coronavirus

$DIA $SPY $QQQ $RUTX $VXX $JPM Just in: JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM) says the stock market rout has probably past its worst now. Again, there is something really different about the COVIS-19 coronavirus and the world’s reaction to it, the reaction is unprecedented, and scary. The past 4 wks have seen huge responses not only from central […]

Commentary: Paul Ebeling on Wall Street, the Financial World Vs the Coronavirus

Commentary: Paul Ebeling on Wall Street, the Financial World Vs the Coronavirus

$DIA $SPY $QQQ $RUTX $VXX There is something very different about the coronavirus and the world’s reaction to it. That reaction is unprecedented, and unnerving. The past 4 wks have seen huge responses from central banks which were confident in the global economic outlook and in no hurry to move on rates. Since then we […]

Selling Widespread, Losses Were Pared into the Close

Selling Widespread, Losses Were Pared into the Close

$DIA $SPY $QQQ $RUTX, $USO, $XAU, $USD, $VXX Despite the coordinated stimulus packages announced by central banks and the massive stimulus plans laid out by Washington, confidence was lacking due to the growing outbreak of COVID-19 and the continued shutdown of the economy. Shortly before the close, the Senate passed the House bill that provides […]

President Trump’s Stimulus Plans Boost Investor Confidence

President Trump’s Stimulus Plans Boost Investor Confidence

$SPY, $DIA, $OIL Over the past month, equity markets and financial assets broadly, have been attempting to price in the dual shock of a pandemic and the sudden collapse in Crude Oil prices Volatility stemming from the outbreak has seen the DJIA move up or down by 1000 pts or more for 7 days running, […]

Key US Economic Indicators May Suffer ‘Virus Shock’

Key US Economic Indicators May Suffer ‘Virus Shock’

$DIS, $AMC, $MGM Official US indicators for employment, inflation and GDP may seem badly out-of-date as the rapidly spreading coronavirus outbreak wreaks havoc on the economy, as the Key data points are often a month behind. To give a more timely look, below are 5 Key indicators tracking how consumers are reacting to the crisis. […]

DJIA Dove 1,000 Pts as Investors Sought Safe-havens in Light of Rise in Virus Cases

DJIA Dove 1,000 Pts as Investors Sought Safe-havens in Light of Rise in Virus Cases

$DIA $SPY $QQQ $RUTX $MCSI $XAU $VXX Monday, Wall Street’s 3 major stock market indexes fell as investors moved to safe-havens after a rise in coronavirus cases outside China caused worries about the global economic impact of a potential pandemic. Note: WHO removed pandemic from the virus’ and downgraded to emergency Sunday. Wall Street’s 3 […]

2020: No Chance of Recession

2020: No Chance of Recession

Barron’s annual roundtable of 10 veteran investors and economists agree that there’s almost no chance of a recession this year. The roundtable’s view of stocks is decidedly, albeit cautiously, optimistic, Barron’s reported. The 10 experts “all spoke of high valuations and noted a lack of catalysts to drive stocks higher. That led to some bemoaning that […]

See Stronger Economy, Higher Growth in This Election Year…Headed “Back to the 3% Growth Zone”

See Stronger Economy, Higher Growth in This Election Year…Headed “Back to the 3% Growth Zone”

$SPY White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow believes the US economy will continue to grow at a robust pace as the Y 2020 election season proceeds. “This continuing Bull market run indicates a lot of investor, consumer and business confidence, in my judgment,” Mr. Kudlow said. Early in Fridays session, the DJIA broke above 29,000 for […]

President Trump Elated as the Financial Markets Post Fresh Record Highs

President Trump Elated as the Financial Markets Post Fresh Record Highs

$DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $RUTX, $VXX, $AAPL, $AMD President Trump cheered as US stocks posted record high closes on Thursday as optimism about a US-China trade deal firmed and as Apple and other market heavyweights posted strong gains. “STOCK MARKET AT ALL-TIME HIGH! HOW ARE YOUR 401K’S DOING? 70%, 80%, 90% up? Only 50% up! What are you […]

DJIA Marks 100th Record Close Under President Trump

DJIA Marks 100th Record Close Under President Trump

$DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $RUTX, $VXX Tuesday, US stocks edged higher, and all 3 major Wall Street indexes marked record levels, as upbeat comments by President Trump on trade talks eclipsed some softer-than-anticipated economic data, as the DJIA posted its 100th record close since Trump took office. President Trump said the United States and China were […]

The Important Travel Safety Advice

The Important Travel Safety Advice

Travelers need to find the line between exploring boldly and hiding in a tourist bubble. Instead of scaring you to death with horror stories or emboldening you to behave recklessly, we are here to simply provide the travel safety tips you should always follow if you are a US citizen, they are important and they […]

Gold, Silver Up, USD Down, Safe-Haven the Focus

Gold, Silver Up, USD Down, Safe-Haven the Focus

$GLD, $SLV, $USD, $XAU, $XAG Gold rose more than 1% Tuesday as fears of a possible recession gripped investors following disappointing US economic data, while silver marked $18 for the 1st time in nearly 2 years. Spot gold was up 1% at $1,540.57 oz at 1:41p EDT (1741 GMT), US gold futures for December settled […]

IMF: USD Overvalued

IMF: USD Overvalued

$USD, $EUR, $JPY, $CNY International Monetary Fund (IMF) said Wednesday the USD is overvalued by 6% to 12%, based on near-term economic fundamentals, while the EUR, the JPY, and China’s RMB Yuan were seen as broadly in line with fundamentals. The IMF has been at odds with President Trump over his use of tariffs to […]

US Consumers Upbeat

US Consumers Upbeat

US consumer debt increased by the most in 5 months in April and topped estimates, suggesting more upbeat sentiment among Americans is supporting borrowing and spending. Total credit expanded $17.5-B from the prior month following an upwardly revised $11-B gain in March, Federal Reserve figures showed Friday. Revolving debt outstanding increased the most since November while non-revolving […]

US Consumer Confidence Up in May, Economic Optimism Best Since 2000

US Consumer Confidence Up in May, Economic Optimism Best Since 2000

US consumer confidence rose in May as households grew more upbeat about the labor market, suggesting the economy remained on solid ground despite signs that activity was slowing after being temporarily boosted by exports and a build-up of inventories. The surge in confidence reported by the Conference Board on Tuesday came despite an escalation in tensions in […]

Tesla’s (NASDAQ:TSLA) Stock Headed Due South

Tesla’s (NASDAQ:TSLA) Stock Headed Due South

$TSLA For years in this column we have called Tesla’s valuation out as fake, and finally the T-Bulls have relented and thrown in their towels(NASDAQ:TSLA) There is a “crisis of confidence” in the company, said Yahoo Finance senior columnist Rick Newman on The First Trade. When asked if Tesla’s stock could nosedive to 125 a share from about […]

US Consumer Confidence Up in April, Economic View is Bright, the Trump Polices are Working

US Consumer Confidence Up in April, Economic View is Bright, the Trump Polices are Working

FLASH: The Trump Policies are working US consumer confidence was up in April as Americans felt more optimistic about present and future economic conditions, underscoring how a tight labor market and higher wages are underpinning attitudes amid some uncertainty. The Conference Board’s index climbed to 129.2, according to data from the New York-based group Tuesday that topped […]

US Consumer Confidence Still Confident

US Consumer Confidence Still Confident

American consumers were feeling less confident this month amid continued volatility in the financial markets. The Conference Board, a business research group, says its consumer confidence index fell to 124.1 in March from 131.4 in February. The index, covering through 14 March measures consumers’ assessment of current economic conditions and their expectations for the next 6 months. […]

US Consumer Sentiment on High Income Optimism

US Consumer Sentiment on High Income Optimism

FLASH: US consumer sentiment rose by more than expected as optimism picked up for incomes and the economy, suggesting support for growth in coming months. The University of Michigan’s (MSI) preliminary March sentiment index advanced to 97.8, the highest this year, compared with the median forecast of 95.6 in a Bloomberg survey of economists, according to […]

Tuesday the Broad Market Extends the Gains Off Friday’s Recovery

Tuesday the Broad Market Extends the Gains Off Friday’s Recovery

$DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $RUTX, $VXX FLASH: Small businesses see bright future ahead Most S&P 500 sectors finish with gains Softening Consumer Price Index for February reinforced notion Fed will be patient US Treasury yields even lower Optimism among small companies in the US improved in February, snapping a 5-month losing streak that was the longest […]

Few Reasons to End Fed’s ‘patient’ Stance on Rates

Few Reasons to End Fed’s ‘patient’ Stance on Rates

$DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $RUTX, $VXX FLASH: Next Fed rate hike several FMOC meetings ahead With inflation muted, but other risks to the US economy on the rise, the Fed’s patience on policy is nowhere close to running out, with 1 previously Kawkish central banker Tuesday signaling he could wait until at least June before touching […]

As Market Leadership Rotates, Money Manager Speak Out

As Market Leadership Rotates, Money Manager Speak Out

As Market Leadership Rotates, Money Manager Speak Out $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ Following are the views of 7 money managers and strategists on what could conceivably put a brake on the selling in this market. This view is held by almost everyone: that a softening in Fed’s hawkish rhetoric and President Trump’s trade dispute talk would […]

Goldman Sachs in Hot Water in Malaysia

Goldman Sachs in Hot Water in Malaysia

Goldman Sachs “cheated” Malaysia, leader Mahathir Mohamad said, after two former bankers from the Wall Street titan were charged over a scandal that allegedly saw billions looted from state coffers. The US Justice Department unveiled criminal charges this month against ex-Goldman bankers Tim Leissner and Ng Chong Hwa, accusing them of working with a Malaysian […]

Chinese Investors Sentiment is Very Weak, Conditions Abroad Have Little Influence

Chinese Investors Sentiment is Very Weak, Conditions Abroad Have Little Influence

Chinese Investors Sentiment is Very Weak, Conditions Abroad Have Little Influence $ALMMF, $CHL, $PTR Market sentiment is very weak. President Xi’s government is struggling to dispel such gloom and talk stock prices back up with promises of tax cuts, more bank lending and a media campaign. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index sank 30% from January […]

National Mandate for a Big GOP Victory in November, Brings Overseas Investors to US

National Mandate for a Big GOP Victory in November, Brings Overseas Investors to US

National Mandate for a Big GOP Victory in November, Brings Overseas Investors to US $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $RUTX, $VXX The 2018 midterm elections only 17 days away, + the political and earnings seasons are in full swing with the S&P 500 numbers coming in higher that expected with 20% of the member reported. The Big […]

“Enormous Confidence” Driving US Economic Growth

“Enormous Confidence” Driving US Economic Growth

“Enormous Confidence” Driving US Economic Growth “President Trump is a growth guy and he has launched a boom that nobody thought possible.” The National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow says “enormous confidence” just one of the many factors driving robust economic growth, which he does not expect to stop anytime soon. “I’ll start with the […]

The Trump Economy: Consumer Confidence Rises 18-Year High

The Trump Economy: Consumer Confidence Rises 18-Year High

The Trump Economy: Consumer Confidence Rises 18-Year High US consumer confidence rose to an 18-year high in September as households grew more upbeat about the labor market, pointing to sustained strength in the economy despite an increasingly bitter trade dispute between the US and China. While other data Tuesday showed a moderation in house price […]

MAGA Effect:Household Income Spikes

MAGA Effect:Household Income Spikes

MAGA Effect:Household Income Spikes US median household income is at all-time highs US median household income has risen more than 4% since President Donald Trump took office on the overall strong economic growth and robust optimism. Inflation-adjusted median household incomes in July hit $62,450, according to the latest release from Sentier Research. “That’s the highest level […]

US Consumers Financial Stress Falls to All-Time Low on Rising Incomes

US Consumers Financial Stress Falls to All-Time Low on Rising Incomes

US Consumers Financial Stress Falls to All-Time Low on Rising Incomes  August Consumer Confidence (actual 133.4, consensus 126.5, prior 127.9) Note: August marks the 2nd time this year that financial stress levels have reached an all-time low, with the previous instance occurring in May, when the Index dropped to 49.9. Further, our stress indicator has […]

US Consumer Expectations are Still Running High

US Consumer Expectations are Still Running High

US Consumer Expectations are Still Running High $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $RUTX, $VXX About 2/3rds of Americans see the US economy as Good to Great. Monday night President Trump’s top trade adviser Peter Navarro said the White House is not planning to restrict foreign investment as part of its trade actions against China or any other country. […]

US ‘Consumers in Very Good Shape’ Under Strong Trump Economy

US ‘Consumers in Very Good Shape’ Under Strong Trump Economy

US ‘Consumers in Very Good Shape’ Under Strong Trump Economy $BRK.A, $JPM Warren Buffett and Jamie Dimon cited a long list of factors for investors to remain optimistic about the US economy. “Right now, there’s no question: It’s feeling strong. I mean, if we’re in the sixth inning, we have our sluggers coming to bat […]

US Stocks Finish Flat to Unchanged Ahead of Memorial Day Weekend

US Stocks Finish Flat to Unchanged Ahead of Memorial Day Weekend

US Stocks Finish Flat to Unchanged Ahead of Memorial Day Weekend $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX US consumer sentiment according to a University of Michigan (MSI) report Friday. Consumers anticipated income gains of 1.6%, down from 2.2% in April and 2% last year 51% expected the jobless rate to stabilize at current 18-year lows Inflation rate […]

JOLTS Spike, Wage Growth and Inflation Ahead

JOLTS Spike, Wage Growth and Inflation Ahead

JOLTS Spike, Wage Growth and Inflation Ahead $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX US job openings aka JOLTS rose to a record high in March, suggesting that a recent slowdown in hiring was probably the result of employers having difficulties finding qualified workers. The monthly Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, or JOLTS, released by the Labor Department […]

Assets That Will Suffer on the Return to the Normal Interest Rate Regime

Assets That Will Suffer on the Return to the Normal Interest Rate Regime

Assets that Will Suffer on the Return to the Normal Interest Rate Regime $SPY, $GLD, $SLV, $BAC While Treasuries faded a bit after 10-year yields tapped at the 3% mark last week for the 1st time in 4 years, expectations are mounting that higher rates will soon be normal again, that rate historically is 5.0% […]

 US Families Home-buying Plans Hit Record, Consumer Confidence Jumps

 US Families Home-buying Plans Hit Record, Consumer Confidence Jumps

US Families Home-buying Plans Hit Record, Consumer Confidence Jumps Consumer confidence rose in April to the 2nd-highest mark since Y 2000 as Americans grew more upbeat about both current conditions and the economic outlook, according to figures Tuesday from the New York-based Conference Board. Highlights of April Consumer Confidence Report Confidence index rose to 128.7 (est. 126) from 127 […]

US Consumer Confidence is at 17 Year Highs

US Consumer Confidence is at 17 Year Highs

US Consumer Confidence is at 17 Year Highs $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX US Consumer Confidence jumped to a 17-year high as optimism about employment prospects grew and Americans began seeing additional money in their paychecks from recently enacted Trump tax cuts, data from the New York-based Conference Board showed Tuesday. Highlights of Consumer Confidence (February) […]

Highly Successful People Remove Catalysts for Failure

Highly Successful People Remove Catalysts for Failure

Highly Successful People Remove Catalysts for Failure There are 2 Key mental shifts that occur in the lives of all highly successful people. Many make the 1st, not all make the 2nd. Both shifts require mental stretching from conventional and societal ways of thinking, these shifts require people to unlearn the negative programming from their […]

Become a ‘Master’ Get Happy and Make Money

Become a ‘Master’ Get Happy and Make Money

Become a ‘Master’ Get Happy and Make Money Let’s get started: If you do not have an an active passion, do not worry, Become really good at something, Generously use your skills to help the right people, then You will succeed. In his book, So Good They Can’t Ignore You, Cal Newport dispels the myth dubbed […]

America’s Confident Consumers Post Record Breaking Holiday Spending

America’s Confident Consumers Post Record Breaking Holiday Spending

America’s Confident Consumers Post Record Breaking Holiday Spending $AMZN, $M, $MA, $TGT, $FDX, $UPS The US Holiday shopping season is on track to break sales records on the back of rising consumer confidence presenting an unexpected “boom” for retailers and the delivery companies they rely on. The Christmas Holiday shopping season, a Key period for […]

US Consumer Confidence Up in Blue Counties Since Trump’s Victory

US Consumer Confidence Up in Blue Counties Since Trump’s Victory

US Consumer Confidence Up in Blue Counties Since Trump’s Victory Surveys that question respondents about their political affiliation have generally shown that consumer confidence among Republicans has soared since the US elections in November 2016, whereas Democrats have lagged. When the data are broken down by which way a county voted it is the Democratic […]

Americans’ Economic Confidence Is Strong

Americans’ Economic Confidence Is Strong

Americans’ Economic Confidence Is Strong $DIA, $SPY, $BA Americans’ confidence in the economy remains strong heading into the final weeks of the Christmas Holiday shopping season. Gallup’s U.S. Economic Confidence Index registered +7 last week, similar to the prior week’s score of +9 and close to this year’s average of +6. Americans’ low expectations for how the […]

Equity Investors in ‘Risk On’ Mode for Fear of Missing Out

Equity Investors in ‘Risk On’ Mode for Fear of Missing Out

Equity Investors in ‘Risk On’ Mode for Fear of Missing Out $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX Wall Street’s fear of missing out on this extending Trump Rally is “trumping” all if any political risk in Washington, DC. The countdown on the GOP’s efforts to cut corporate taxes has virtually ended, its a deal, now the risk […]

US Consumer Confidence Climbs to 17-Year Highs

US Consumer Confidence Climbs to 17-Year Highs

US Consumer Confidence Climbs to 17-Year Highs Holiday shopping started strong and the data suggest that will continue. US Consumer Confidence marked a 17-year high in November, with optimism ticking higher for the 5th month running, according to a monthly survey released Tuesday. Consumers’ outlook about jobs and the business environment edged upwards, adding to […]

US Stock Indexes Post Record Highs, Tech and Energy Outperform

US Stock Indexes Post Record Highs, Tech and Energy Outperform

US Stock Indexes Post Record Highs, Tech and Energy Outperform $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX On this sleepy Friday The Trump Rally extended, as stocks set more records in post-Holiday trading as technology companies outperformed, and Energy companies rose with the price of Crude Oil. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 5.34 points, or 0.2%, to […]

Economic-Confidence Index at Near 9-Year Highs

Economic-Confidence Index at Near 9-Year Highs

Economic-Confidence Index at Near 9-Year Highs America First! Americans’ confidence in the economy remained steady last week, holding at the highest level since mid-August and one of the highest levels in the past nine years. Gallup’s US Economic Confidence Index averaged +7 for the week ending  12 November. Amid a booming stock market and a falling unemployment […]

US Consumer Confidence at 17 Year Highs

US Consumer Confidence at 17 Year Highs

US Consumer Confidence at 17 Year Highs $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX US consumer confidence rose more than expected in October to the highest mark since Y 2000, as Americans grew more confident about the economy and job market, according to figures Tuesday from the New York-based Conference Board. Highlights of Consumer Confidence (October) Confidence index rose to […]

CIA Director Pompeo May Replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

CIA Director Pompeo May Replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

CIA Director Pompeo May Replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson The word in DC is that US President Donald Trump is considering current CIA Director Mike Pompeo as a replacement for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, whose relationship with our President is said to be “broken beyond repair.” According to the “insiders” the last straw […]

US Consumer Confidence at 16-Year High, Sign of Sustained Spending

US Consumer Confidence at 16-Year High, Sign of Sustained Spending

US Consumer Confidence at 16-Year High, Sign of Sustained Spending $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX Consumer confidence, including views about the US economy, last week marked a 16-year high, indicating spending will remain solid. Confidence among Republicans rose to an almost 10-year high, while comfort of independents was strongest in more than 16 years, Democrats are […]

A 5 to 10% Pullback in the Market will be Bullish

A 5 to 10% Pullback in the Market will be Bullish

A 5 to 10% Pullback in the Market will be Bullish And Low Inflation in the US is Like a Tax Cut for the Economy Economist Larry Kudlow, a former adviser to President Ronald Reagan, said he is Bullish stocks because profits are rising, inflation is low and consumer confidence is high. “I’m very Bullish […]

Business Leaders in Asia Optimistic but Cautious

Business Leaders in Asia Optimistic but Cautious

Business Leaders in Asia Optimistic but Cautious YPO, the premier chief executive leadership organisation in the world, reported today that confidence among business leaders in Asia rose in the first quarter of 2017 (Q1 2017), reaching a two-year high. The YPO Global Pulse Confidence Index for Asia increased for the second consecutive quarter, gaining 2.1 […]

Economic Confidence Among Middle-Market Companies at Record Highs

Economic Confidence Among Middle-Market Companies at Record Highs

Economic Confidence Among Middle-Market Companies at Record Highs The Government’s War Against Business is Over Confidence in the US economy among middle-market companies has reached a new high in early Y 2017, the National Center for the Middle Market at Ohio State University said. With 9 of 10 middle-market leaders indicating a positive perception of the […]

Trump Effect: US Consumer Optimism Strongest Since November 2000

Trump Effect: US Consumer Optimism Strongest Since November 2000

Trump Effect: US Consumer Optimism Strongest Since November 2000 $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX Consumer sentiment climbed in early April to 3-month highs as consumer optimism on current economic conditions under President Donald Trump rose to its strongest marks since November 2000. The University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers (MSI) said its preliminary April consumer sentiment […]

The Trump Effect: US Consumer Confidence Highest in 16 Years

The Trump Effect: US Consumer Confidence Highest in 16 Years

The Trump Effect: US Consumer Confidence Highest in 16 Years US consumer confidence rose to its highest mark in more than 16 years, a strong gain for one of President Donald Trump’s preferred economic indicators. The Conference Board said Tuesday that its consumer confidence index rose to 125.6 in March from 116.1 in February, the […]

Consumer Confidence (MSI) Up in March, Americans More Satisfied

Consumer Confidence (MSI) Up in March, Americans More Satisfied

Consumer Confidence (MSI) Up in March, Americans More Satisfied $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX US Consumer Confidence up in March as Americans were more satisfied than any time in 16 years with the current state of their finances and the economy. The University of Michigan (MSI) said Friday that its preliminary index of sentiment increased to […]

“American Spirit” Ignited, US Business & Consumer Confidence Running High

“American Spirit” Ignited, US Business & Consumer Confidence Running High

“American Spirit” Ignited, US Business & Consumer Confidence Running High $JPM, $GS Jamie Dimon, 60 anni, said President Trump’s economic agenda has ignited US business and consumer confidence and he expects at least some of the administration’s proposals to be enacted. “It seems like he’s woken up the animal spirits,” Mr. Dimon, Chairman and CEO […]

Unprecedented Trump Stock Market Rally Signals Confidence & Optimism

Unprecedented Trump Stock Market Rally Signals Confidence & Optimism

Unprecedented Trump Stock Market Rally Signals Confidence & Optimism $SPY, $BA Friday, the US major stock market indexes finished a run of 7 straight session highs and the S&P 500 was up for the 4th week running in the unprecedented post-Presidential election US stock market rally. The latest stock market highs show a “great level of […]

Majority of Americans Back President Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban

Majority of Americans Back President Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban

Majority of Americans Back President Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban 51% Americans support President Donald Trump’s travel ban, an IBD/TIPP poll reveals. Overall, American’s believe President Donald Trump ‘Means Business” Here are the poll highlights, as follows: 51% support his executive order to temporarily block those from seven countries from entering the US, compared to 48% […]

Gallup: US Economic Confidence Highest in 9 Years

Gallup: US Economic Confidence Highest in 9 Years

Gallup: US Economic Confidence Highest in 9 Years $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX The election of Donald Trump as President not only helped the stock market to reach record highs, but also has lifted Americans’ confidence in the economy. Tuesday, The Trump Rally extended with the S&P 500 and NAS Com at record highs. Gallup’s US […]

US Consumer Confidence Running High

US Consumer Confidence Running High

US Consumer Confidence Running High Consumer Confidence rose more than forecast this month as Americans expressed the Sunniest picture of their financial situation in 11 years, extending a boost following Donald Trump’s election victory. The University of Michigan (MSI) said Friday that its preliminary index of sentiment rose to 98, the highest since January 2015, […]

US Consumer Confidence Spikes to Highest Mark in Decade

US Consumer Confidence Spikes to Highest Mark in Decade

US Consumer Confidence Spikes to Highest Mark in Decade $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX US consumer confidence rebounded this month to the highest mark in more than 9 years. The Conference Board said Tuesday that its consumer confidence index registered 107.1 in November, up from 100.8 last month and highest since July 2007. Americans’ assessment of […]

Confidence Has Returned To Investors in Wake of Trump’s Election

Confidence Has Returned To Investors in Wake of Trump’s Election

Confidence Has Returned To Investors in Wake of Trump’s Election $SPY, $DIA, $UBS Just 2  weeks before the US Presidential election, 50% of wealthy investors were fearful of turmoil in the stock markets. Many either pulled some of their money out or moved it into more conservative investments, according to a survey by UBS Wealth […]

Gloom on Wall Street, Lower Crude Oil Prices Hit Stocks Globally

Gloom on Wall Street, Lower Crude Oil Prices Hit Stocks Globally

Gloom on Wall Street, Lower Crude Oil Prices Hit Stocks Globally $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX Global stock markets fell Wednesday after some disappointing earnings reports and as a drop in Crude Oil prices dragged down shares in energy companies. The FTSE 100 of Britain dropped 1% to 6,949 while Germany’s DAX fell 1% as well, […]

The Week Ahead on Wall Street

The Week Ahead on Wall Street

The Week Ahead on Wall Street $V, $AAPL, $CAT, $BA, $KO, $XOM This week Q-3 earnings season hits full stride, with 178 members of the S&P 500 reporting to Wall Street. Included in this group are 12 DJIA componenets: Monday: Visa (NYSE:V) Tuesday: 3M Co. (NYSE:MMM), Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT), DuPont De Nemours (NYSE:DD), Merck […]

  Australia’s Economy Showing Resilience to Commodity Slump, Risk Lingers

  Australia’s Economy Showing Resilience to Commodity Slump, Risk Lingers

Australia’s Economy Showing Resilience to Commodity Slump, Risk Lingers $MCO Australia’s economy is continuing to display resilience to commodity price declines, however external financing risks do linger, global ratings agency Moody’s Investor Services said Wednesday. Australia’s growth should continue to outpace its commodity exporting triple-A (stable) rated peers New Zealand, Canada and Norway over the […]

Muni Bond Yields & Barron’s Confidence Index

Muni Bond Yields & Barron’s Confidence Index

Muni Bond Yields & Barron’s Confidence Index $DIA, $GLD, $SLV Finally, after two months the stock market saw a little excitement last Friday; the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) almost broke below 18,000 at the close. Two “policy makers” said FOMC “policy” isn’t market driven; that they may actually increase their Fed Funds Rate: twice […]

US Manufacturing Pressured By Strong USD Fell in June

US Manufacturing Pressured By Strong USD Fell in June

US Manufacturing Pressured By Strong USD Fell in June $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX New orders for US factory goods fell for a 2nd month running in June on weak demand for transportation equipment and capital goods The US Commerce Department said  Thursday that new orders for manufactured goods declined 1.5% after a Southwardly revised 1.2% […]

Dubai Business Conditions Improved in June

Dubai Business Conditions Improved in June

Dubai Business Conditions Improved in June The Emirate saw the fastest rise in new work since March 2015, according to the Emirates NBD index  Dubai’s private sector posted stronger growth in June, mainly due to improving business conditions in the travel and tourism and wholesale and retail sectors, according to the monthly Emirates NBD index. […]