February 8, 2017: TTM Technologies reports Q4 EPS of $0.58 versus the $0.45 estimate. Revenue also beat coming in at $706.5 million versus the $672 million estimate.
The CEO said, “On a year over year basis, most end markets grew, with the fastest growth coming from the cellular and automotive end markets. This drove (Read More….)
Barron’s just released a cover story that suggests that President-elect Donald Trump should take steps to make U.S. trade policy freer than it is now after a backslide during the past 15 years. Barron’s goes on to assert that any aggressive push by Trump to hike tariffs will face resistance from a Republican-dominated Congress that (Read More….)
Chinese bond yields exploded higher causing the Chinese government to halt trading in some futures contracts.
As the Chinese devalue the Yuan while the US Federal Reserve hikes rates, the move in China is to sell Chinese bonds and replace them with higher yielding US bonds.
Over the weekend, the PBOC extended emergency loans (Read More….)
The Twiggs Money Flow is falling on the major indices. That means that traders are choosing to sell out of the market and book their profits.
S&P 500 Chart
Comments: The money flow has been falling on the S&P 500 this entire week. Watch 2193 support level. In an uptrend, previous resistance should become (Read More….)
A trade war between the US and China is likely going to start next year with a key promise of Trump to declare China a “currency manipulator” on day one of his Presidency and to enact a 45% tariff on certain Chinese produced products sold in US markets.
China has threatened to retaliate by dumping (Read More….)
Black Friday sales hit an all-time high record of $3.34 billion or 21.6% growth year-over-year. Mobile accounted for $1.2 billion of those sales, a 33% increase from the previous year. TechCrunch writes…
Combined with yesterday’s $1.93 in online sales on Thanksgiving, the two days are expected to close out at nearly $5 billion in sales. (Read More….)
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Franklin Financial Stock Chart
Chart Comments: Testing previous resistance at around $38. Inverted hammer with long upper shadow is bearish and may indicate a pullback is coming. Wait for close above $38 before long entry. (Read More….)
Traders get confused by price action in bonds relative to the stock market because of perma-bear websites like ZeroHedge. Folks, the most reliable signal for how bonds impact the stock market is very simple.
Look At Bond Prices
Your primary research into bonds should always start with bond prices first, then yields second. A bond (Read More….)
We know what Trump is bringing to the globalists brawl that has already begun with shots like China threatening a trade war against the US. Globalists are not going just to roll over quietly for a Trump Administration.
Lisa Haven thinks that globalists could crash the US economy in response to Trump’s win. Lisa thinks (Read More….)
For the week, the DJIA gained 0.1%, the S&P 500 rose 0.8%, and the Nasdaq climbed 1.6%.
Economic data and Federal Reserve commentary virtually sealed the deal that a rate hike is coming at next month’s monetary policy meeting.
Trump needs to fire Yellen IMO. Trump has pledged a $1 trillion infrastructure spending program to (Read More….)
Let’s use microeconomics to examine subsidies and why I recommend everyone stay away from investing in China.
Let’s start off with a perfectly competitive market where equilibrium is set at P and Q on our supply and demand graph.
A subsidy is an amount of money given directly to firms by the government to (Read More….)
Protectionist policies in the form of tariffs and quotas are coming from a Trump Administration. It seems appropriate then that we examine tariffs and quotas from a macroeconomics perspective.
The two most common ways of restricting trade are with tariffs and quotas. From a political point of view and to prevent a trade war, a (Read More….)
For the week the S&P 500 fell -1.9%, the DJIA fell -1.5%, and the Nasdaq plunged -2.8%. Last week the VIX shot back above 20 to trade at levels not seen since the June Brexit vote. The S&P extended its longest losing streak since 1980 with its ninth consecutive decline on Friday.
Oil was (Read More….)
The Federal Reserve held short-term interest rates steady as traders expected. In the Fed’s postmeeting policy statement, it said it only needed “some further evidence” of economic progress before moving forward with a rate hike.
What exactly is the further evidence that the Fed needs? To answer that, you have to know about what (Read More….)
For the week, the S&P 500 lost -1%, the DJIA fell -0.6%, and the Nasdaq dropped -1.5%. Last week, preannouncements from Honeywell, Dover, Ericsson, and Fortinet scared traders, along with a disappointing Q3 report from Alcoa. HP announced a cut of 3,000 to 4,000 jobs across all divisions because of challenging market conditions.
Friday’s solid (Read More….)
The stock market is being taken down by the rising US dollar. Check out the chart below of UUP and the S&P 500.
Our largest trading partner Canada is devaluing the Canadian dollar.
Our second largest trading partner China is devaluing the Yuan which is pushing up the US dollar. In overnight trading, (Read More….)
The months of October and November are the two best months of the year for small cap stocks. This seasonal strength in small-cap stocks during the 4th quarter is well documented. The Stock Trader’s Almanac writes:
October has killed many a bear; Buy techs and small caps and soon wear a grin ear to ear.
Last week was the biggest IPO week of the year with four companies launched. Next week could be even more significant as six companies are on the IPO calendar.
The IPO market is looking healthy. Below is a chart of the Renaissance IPO Index which is a market-cap-weighted basket of newly public companies.
The (Read More….)
The Twiggs Money Flow on the S&P 500 has absolutely plunged. How is this market staying up?
Never underestimate the utter wickedness of institutional traders. The ‘Get Shorty’ trade is on. The way the trade works is that institutional traders stir up the bearish sentiment in the market by going out in the mainstream media and talking up doom and gloom.
In after-hours trading, they buy S&P futures causing the market to (Read More….)
I’ve been asking traders what causes low-interest rates. The consensus is that the Federal Reserve is what causes low-interest rates. That is not entirely true and believing that could be harmful to your trading account.
Some 250 years ago, David Hume was the very first economist to explain what causes low-interest rates.
The three things (Read More….)
I went short the S&P 500 today. More precisely, I went long UVXY.
Today’s upward move on the S&P 500 was a pathetic show of force from Bulls. Check out how the Twiggs Money Flow barely moved higher on the chart.
You can see just how pathetic the upward move was today on the (Read More….)