Wall Street Finished Higher on Trade, ECB Stimulus for the 7th Session Running

Wall Street Finished Higher on Trade, ECB Stimulus for the 7th Session Running

$DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $RUTX, $SOY, $VXX US stocks extend rally on trade developments, ECB stimulus measures Tech gains led the S&P 500 and the NAS Comp higher, while financials gave the biggest boost to the blue-chip DJIA, which closed up for the 7th session running, its longest winning streak since May. Stocks rose worldwide as […]

Wall Street Focus: Big Tech and Multinational Industrials

Wall Street Focus: Big Tech and Multinational Industrials

$AAPL, $KO, $CAT, $AMZN, $MCD, $BA, $OIL, $SOY FLASH: Earnings season continues with companies including: Amazon.com, Alphabet, Unilever, Caterpillar, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and Boeing. Monday, technology shares led gainers among US stocks following mixed sessions in Europe and Asia as investors looked ahead to a busy week of corporate earnings. Crude Oil gained amid tensions in […]

China is “Cautiously Optimistic”on Trump Trade Talks Despite Tariffs’ Escalation

China is “Cautiously Optimistic”on Trump Trade Talks Despite Tariffs’ Escalation

China and the US have agreed to hold more trade talks in Beijing, Vice Premier Liu He said as President Trump ordered his trade Chief to begin the process of imposing tariffs on all remaining imports from China. Mr. Liu voiced some optimism on reaching a deal, but said there were “issues of principle” on […]

Investors in China’s Stock Market Focus on PBoC Stimulus Measures

Investors in China’s Stock Market Focus on PBoC Stimulus Measures

$CNY China’s stock market investors are not quite ready to see Beijing scale back its efforts to support the economy. Stocks started the week lower after improving data prompted traders to pare back their bets for additional stimulus. The Shanghai Composite Index rallied Tuesday after the PBoC injected cash into the financial system, alleviating concerns […]

Investor Focus this Week: Geopolitical Events + Big Bank Earnings

Investor Focus this Week: Geopolitical  Events + Big Bank Earnings

$BAC, $C, $JPM, $MS, $WFC, $USD, $GBP, $JPY The Fed As the US yield curve is deciding whether to invert/not Invert, investors seek reassurance that we are in a era of non-inflationary growth, and focus on monthly price gauges this week. Wednesday, the US Labor Department is expected to report that its March Consumer Price […]

Expect Fed to Signal No Rate Hikes Anytime Soon

Expect Fed to Signal No Rate Hikes Anytime Soon

$DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $RUTX, $VXX FLASH: Cyclical sectors outperformed, follow-through buying interest came in on no new catalysts. Boeing (NYSE:BA) and Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) extend losses on familiar story lines Patience is the FOMC’s focus now, signaling that it went too far last year with its 4 rate hikes, so no interest rate hikes likely soon. […]

How Far South is China’s Rapid Growth Slowdown Headed?

How Far South is China’s Rapid Growth Slowdown Headed?

The growing mystery of where China’s rapid slowdown is headed may become the biggest risk on the horizon. The world economy. Recession Watch: The global economy’s in its weakest shape since the financial crisis 10 years ago. China got more affirming evidence of its Big slowdown, with industrial output and retail sales softening and a […]

EU Cannot Not Rely on US Growth to Help

EU Cannot Not Rely on US Growth to Help

FLASH: President Trump’s top economic adviser offered sharp criticism of the European Central Bank’s (ECB) revival of stimulus measures to spur the EU’s economy. National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow said that a ECB decision Thursday to extend a new round of cheap loans to the banking system wouldn’t be enough to fix the continent’s […]

Trump Policy: Overhaul the Fed!

Trump Policy: Overhaul the Fed!

When the Fed’s FOMC policymakers met last month and put it 3-year rate-hike campaign on hold and backed ending a yearlong push to shrink their $4-T balance sheet, that was draining the liquidity out of the system and shrinking the wealth of American house holds by the trillions of dollars, they cited increased risks to […]

China Musts: Align with US on Trade and Stimulate Sinking Economy

China Musts: Align with US on Trade and Stimulate Sinking Economy

China will step up fiscal spending this year to support its economy, focusing on further cuts in taxes and fees for small firms, finance ministry officials said Wednesday. Mounting US trade tariff pressure on the world’s 2nd-biggest economy pushed growth last year to its lowest since Y 1990 even as Beijing stepped up stimulus measures […]

President Trump’s Stimulus to Boost Economy for ‘at Least’ 3 Years

President Trump’s Stimulus to Boost Economy for ‘at Least’ 3 Years

President Trump’s Stimulus to Boost US Economy for ‘at Least’ 3 Years $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $RUTX, $VXX Thursday, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said he believes the US economy remains in a “good place,” with recent government tax and spending programs likely to boost GDP (gross domestic product) for perhaps 3 years. “I think the […]

We Are Seeing Wall Street Rally Under President Trump

We Are Seeing Wall Street Rally Under President Trump

We Are Seeing Wall Street Rally Under President Trump $SPY Wall Street analysts are predicting another up year for the S&P 500 Index (SPY) It is worth taking notice what would be accomplished if that prediction happens. At 2,800, the average estimate of 9 strategists tracked points not only to another year of all-time highs, […]

Central Banks Turn “Hawkish”, JPY Carry Trade Emerges

Central Banks Turn “Hawkish”, JPY Carry Trade Emerges

Central Banks Turn “Hawkish”, JPY Carry Trade Emerges $GBP, $USD, $EUR, $JPY, $CAD Cable, Loonie and EUR all rose last week on Hawkish comments from central bankers. The BOE Governor Mark Carney said it is not the time of rate hike yet. Then indicated the BOE MPC will start debating raising interest rate in the […]

Comey’s Testimony: “Still Born”, DJIA Marks Record Highs

Comey’s Testimony: “Still Born”, DJIA Marks Record Highs

Comey’s Testimony: “Still Born”, DJIA Marks Record Highs $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX US stocks were higher in early afternoon trading Thursday after sacked FBI Director James Comey’s testimony was seen by investors as yielding nothing that could affect Donald Trump’s Presidency. The DJIA earlier hit an intra-day record and continued to climb and settled back […]

European Central Bank Facing Continuing Challenges

European Central Bank Facing Continuing Challenges

European Central Bank Facing Continuing Challenges The European Central Bank (ECB) facing continuing challenges when its Governing Council meets Thursday in Estonia. The Eurozone’s central bank is likely to err on the side of prudence by avoiding any notable reduction in monetary stimulus, even though the arguments points to a different policy direction. The argument […]

Mario Draghi, “EU Growth Needs More Stimulus”

Mario Draghi, “EU Growth Needs More Stimulus”

Mario Draghi, “EU Growth Needs More Stimulus” The head of the European Central Bank (ECB) says while the economy of the 19-nation Eurozone is improving, but it still needs substantial stimulus. At a parliamentary hearing Monday in Brussels, ECB boss Mario Draghi said “the economic upswing is becoming increasingly solid and continues to broaden across […]

President Trump Can Revive the Economy that Socialist Obama Killed

President Trump Can Revive the Economy that Socialist Obama Killed

President Trump Can Revive the Economy that Socialist Obama Killed $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX Thursday, Sam Zell said President Donald Trump has an “extraordinary opportunity” to revive an economy that died under 8 years of regulatory oppression under Barack Hussein Obama. “I think we’ve had 8 years of kind of an anti-business administration with very […]

ECB’s Draghi Cautiously Upbeat on Eurozone

ECB’s Draghi Cautiously Upbeat on Eurozone

ECB’s Draghi Cautiously Upbeat on Eurozone The Head of the European Central Bank (ECB) says that risks to the strengthening economy of the 19-country Eurozone have fallen insisting it is too early to declare victory and start withdrawing stimulus measures. Mario Draghi said in remarks delivered Wednesday in the Dutch Parliament that recent data confirm […]

Trump Stimulus Expectations Driving US and World Economies

Trump Stimulus Expectations Driving US and World Economies

Trump Stimulus Expectations Driving US and World Economies $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX The world economy will grow steadily over the next 2 years, meaning investors should stay invested in equities, according to Barclays Capital Plc. Barclay’s analysts presented several major themes for the next 2 years Thursday, they are: President Donald Trump and Republicans in […]

China’s Manufacturing Expands for 5th Month Running

China’s Manufacturing Expands for 5th Month Running

China’s Manufacturing Expands for 5th Month Running Activity at China’s factories slowed in December but still marked the 5th consecutive month of expansion in the latest sign that the world’s #2 economy is stabilizing. The monthly PMI (purchasing managers’ index) by the Chinese Federation of Logistics and Purchasing was 51.4 in December, the 2nd highest […]

“Trump Effect” Hammering US Treasury Market

“Trump Effect” Hammering US Treasury Market

“Trump Effect” Hammering US Treasury Market US Treasury’s are having their worst month since Y 2009 after investors pulled money from the US bond market on speculation Donald Trump’s victory in the Presidential election will pave the way for increased fiscal stimulus. An index that tracks the Treasuries market has lost 2.5% this month through […]

It is Time for Americans to Be Optimistic Again

It is Time for Americans to Be Optimistic Again

It is Time to Be Optimistic Again $SPY Donald Trump’s plans for the economy will boost deficits, interest rates and growth but also will create opportunities for ordinary investors, it is time for Americans to be optimistic again. Both Trump and Hillary Clinton promised sorely needed additional spending on roads and public structures, schools, railway […]

Financial Markets “Waking Up” to a Trump Presidency

Financial Markets “Waking Up” to a Trump Presidency

Financial Markets “Waking Up” to a Trump Presidency $BAC The US financial markets are just now “waking up” to the possibility of a Donald Trump Presidency in the wake of Hillary Clinton’s numerous health problem’s and tightening polls, that according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch (NYSE:BAC) Head of Global Rates and Currencies Research David […]

Jeffrey Gundlach, “This is a Big, Big Moment”

Jeffrey Gundlach, “This is a Big, Big Moment”

Jeffrey Gundlach, “This is a Big, Big Moment” Last Thursday DoubleLine Capital’s CIO Jeffrey Gundlach, 56 anni, said it is time for fixed-income investors to prepare for rising interest rates and higher inflation by reducing their positions, moving money into cash and protecting against volatility. “This is a Big, Big Moment,” Mr. Gundlach said during […]

Key World Stock, Crude, Gold and Silver Markets Briefing

Key World Stock, Crude, Gold and Silver Markets Briefing

Key World Stock, Crude, Gold and Silver Markets Briefing $DIA, $OIL, $USO, $GLD, $SLV Commentary: Most of the markets waited for the ECB meet Thursday, where President Draghi was expected to extend the asset buying stimulus further, they were disappointed, as he did not come right out with it. But, from the tone, I understood […]

Financial Markets Running on “Hope” for Continuing Stimulus

Financial Markets Running on “Hope” for Continuing Stimulus

Financial Markets Running on “Hope” for Continuing Stimulus $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX In this world of easy money, where the markets hope the near-Zero interest rate policies to continue, there really should be hope for a growing not stagnant economy. This week;s economic reports have been dominated by a very strong consumer confidence report. The […]

Japan’s Economic Latest Stimulus Measures Expose Flawed “Abenomics”

Japan’s Economic Latest Stimulus Measures Expose Flawed “Abenomics”

Japan’s Economic Latest Stimulus Measures Expose Flawed “Abenomics” Japan’s unrolling this week of a stimulus plan of JPY 28.1-T (US$274-B) as part of Prime Minister Abe’s latest installment of his shaky “Abenomics” economic policy mix, lacks the equivocal allocations and long-term vision necessary to fundamentally kickstart the nation’s ailing economy. As evidenced by the stock […]

Gold Getting Boost from Japan Spend/Lend Stimulus

Gold Getting Boost from Japan Spend/Lend Stimulus

Gold Getting Boost from Japan Spend/Lend Stimulus $GLD, $SLV, $ABX, $KGC “Gold is getting another boost, this time from Japan PM Shinzo Abe” Gold prices are headed for the longest rally in more than 6 weeks after Japan’s cabinet Tuesday approved a spending/lending stimulus package, including JPY4.6-T in outlays this year. The USD also weakened, […]

US Stocks Extend Momentum Rally to Fresh All Time Highs

US Stocks Extend Momentum Rally to Fresh All Time Highs

US Stocks Extend Momentum Rally to Fresh All Time Highs $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX US stocks extended to fresh all-time highs, with the S&P 500 Index marking its longest winning streak in 4 months, as speculation grew for looser global monetary (stimulus) policies while a better-than-forecast profit from JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM) boosted optimism […]

Caution, Investors are Chasing Stocks, more Tactical than Fundamental

Caution, Investors are Chasing Stocks, more Tactical than Fundamental

Caution, Investors are Chasing Stocks, more Tactical than Fundamental $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX Investors are no longer running from the stock market they are chasing it for reasons that are more tactical than fundamental: Caution. It is too early to tell where the UK’s new position in the overall context of the EU will be […]

The S&P 500 Closed Out its 3rd Straight Quarter in the Green

The S&P 500 Closed Out its 3rd Straight Quarter in the Green

The S&P 500 Closed Out its 3rd Straight Quarter in the Green $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX, $HSY, $MDLZ Wall Street marked a 3rd straight day of gainers Thursday as the BOE raised the prospect of a Summer stimulus and consumer staples shares rose on news of Mondelez International’s (NASDAQ:MDLZ) $23-B bid for Hershey (NYSE:HSY). The […]

Managed Money Cautious, Capital Preservation Key

Managed Money Cautious, Capital Preservation Key

Managed Money Cautious, Capital Preservation Key $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX The “new normal” led to the “new neutral” led to ‘insecure stability”. The world has entering a phase of rising risks as the effect of central-bank stimulus policies diminishes. “You can think of it as insecure stability,” Richard Clarida, Pimco’s global strategic adviser, said in […]

Abenomics Not Likely to Lift Japan Out of Sluggish Growth

Abenomics Not Likely to Lift Japan Out of Sluggish Growth

Abenomics Not Likely to Lift Japan Out of Sluggish Growth Statistics released Wednesday showed Japan recorded better-than-expected economic growth numbers in Q-1 of the year. However, economists said the real picture may not be as rosy as it looks to be based on preliminary statistics. The reform plans championed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, known […]