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Indexes were under selling pressure for most of the week based on continuing fear of a slowing Chinese economy, and they ended on another negative note following the release of the monthly jobs number. Read more »  ...

The September SSR Monthly Report is now available on the SSR website. Read more »  ...

The market’s downside volatility was the focus of the financial news media this week. Though it’s understandable that reasons for the decline were sought (weakness in China and continued uncertainty over the timing of the first interest rate increases by the Federal Reserve...

While currency fluctuations are not a component of the SSR approach, the slowdown in China and the government’s willingness to devalue the yuan made headlines in the early part of the week. The announcement was a surprise to the market. Many market participants viewed the devaluation...

As we move out of earnings season and the end of summer beckons, let’s take a moment for a quick look back at the nearly completed second-quarter earnings season. The numbers offer a mixed picture for investors. According to Thomson Reuters, using data as of August 7, 70% of...

Investors expect that the stock they purchase today will be worth more at some point in the future. Exactly how much more is determined by investors’ expectations of future performance. Every quarter, many companies follow their earnings releases with guidance for the upcoming...

The NASDAQ set a new record high this week. The surge in technology valuations has some analysts concerned about a new bubble inflating. Earlier this week, MarketWatch ran an article indicating that technology stocks are now high enough to cause flashbacks to the technology bubble...

We are now in earnings season, with companies such as Alcoa (AA) releasing their earnings. The earnings season can be hectic, and it can be tempting for investors to glance at a company’s earnings release and take it at face value. However, the press release doesn’t always...

While summer is officially underway, the doldrums were not in effect this week, as we saw the potential end game in Greece with the government declaring a referendum for July 5 to determine whether the country would accept its creditors’ terms. The ruling Syriza party has recommended...

The July SSR Monthly Report is now available at the SSR website. There is one new portfolio deletion and one new portfolio addition to announce. Union Pacific Corporation (UNP) in Group 1 is being removed from the portfolio. MEDNAX Inc. (MD) is being added to Group 3. Read more...