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What Happened To Stocks During The 2013 Shutdown

The stock market managed to shake off the threat of a government shutdown on Friday to close the week higher again as the NYSE A/D ratios were strong at 2-1 positive. Apparently some on Wall Street did not think a shutdown was possible or were not worried about its impact. [caption id="attachment_907689584" align="alignleft" width="960"] (Photo…
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The Week Ahead: Investing Or Trading In 2018?

The 100 point lower open on Wednesday was enough to make some of the now always bullish TV analysts nervous as they warned that it was long overdue. As had been the case for most of 2017 the stock market reacted by making more new highs over the next two days. The bullish start to…
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Bulls Stampeding — What’s Your Strategy?

The stock market has its best start to a New Year since 2006. It was the best weekly gain since the week ending December 9, 2016 when the Spyder Trust (SPY) rose 3.1%.  Last week it was up 2.4% while the Nasdaq Composite was up 3.4% and the Dow Industrials rose 2.33%. The highlighted section…
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The Week Ahead: The Shrinking Wall of Worry

Many times throughout this bull market I have urged investors to ignore the “Wall of Worry” that many advisors were using to convince investors that the risk in the stock market was too high. At various points during the stock market amazing run since the 2009 lows there have been a wide range of concerns…
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The Week Ahead: Can Stocks Move Even Higher In January?

The powerful stock market gains on Friday have pushed the S&P 500 to a 1.48% gain for the month of December. Surprisingly that is close to the average December return for the S&P 500 of 1.54% since 1950.  There have been 50 up years since 1950 with just 17 down years. One can examine the…
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Is The Slide In Semiconductor Stocks Over?

The technology shares after making a low on Wednesday rallied into the end of the week but gave up some of the early gains on Friday.  There has been plenty of carnage in some of the best performing stocks but is the decline from the November 22th high already over? According to a Friday Bloomberg…
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