Higher Volatility is Not Necessarily Bad
Posted on October 10, 2014 | Stock Superstars Report
Down 300, up 300 and then down 300; the middle of the week saw some rather sharp fluctuations in the indexes. The swings were not limited to the indexes; our benchmark, the iShares Dow Jones U.S. ETF (IYY), also suffered from the increased volatility. Still, while the week felt tumultuous, put in perspective this volatility only feels sharp because the last two years have been unusually calm. Despite these swings, the indexes are only about 6% off of their all-time highs. With an improving economy making its presence more and more known, via such indicators as jobs numbers, even a short sell-off shouldn’t be of concern to long-term investors. U.S. airstrikes in Iraq continue to generate headlines, as does the Ebola virus as cases begin to appear in developed countries. Inflation expectations continue to drop, even for the long end, which could support the Federal Reserve’s dovishness.
The Steady Hand Wins the Day
Posted on October 3, 2014 | Stock Superstars Report
The market, as measured by the Dow Jones industrial average, is down around 100 points for the week, which is just noise in the investment world. Apart from the excitement surrounding the iPhone 6 and the “panic” surrounding a case of ebola in Texas, the week was relatively quiet. While the ebola “panic” generated plenty of headlines…
The Bears are Dancing, Plus Two Changes to the Portfolio
Posted on September 26, 2014 | Stock Superstars Report
The October SSR Monthly Report is now available at the SSR website. There is one new portfolio deletion and one new portfolio addition to announce.
New Week, New Records
Posted on September 19, 2014 | Stock Superstars Report
Don’t fight the Fed. The value of those words was proven again as Fed complacency, indicated by the statement they released on Wednesday, removed any obstacle to higher equity prices. Once it became clear that the Fed would not be aggressive in hiking interest rates, the markets resumed their inexorable march higher. Market participants felt comfortable with what were perceived to be ‘dovish’ comments from the Federal Reserve. Additionally, instability across the globe was good for any dollar-based assets as investors abroad looked to the U.S. for safety.
Industrial production last month was slightly worse than expected, but it did little to dampen the mood. The August consumer price index came in lighter than expected, supporting the Fed’s case that they have room to maneuver. The September Philadelphia Fed Survey dipped, but still was strong. No data from this week counters the idea that the economy is slowly strengthening.
Buckle Up, It’s FOMC Time
Posted on September 12, 2014 | Stock Superstars Report
The first full week of work in the fall added little to the big picture as the market hovered near all-time highs. Stocks fell for the week, snapping a five-week advance. Treasuries fell for the seventh straight day.
Jobless claims were slightly worse than expected, but this tends to be a volatile number so investors shouldn’t put too much stock into it. Consumer sentiment hit its strongest level in more than a year, while retail sales were in line with expectations. The data continued to point to an economy that is improving, albeit at an unhurried pace.
Jobs Report Causes Market Uncertainty
Posted on September 5, 2014 | Stock Superstars Report
A short week did nothing to stop the indexes from hitting new highs, although the range was quite tight. On each of the four days of the week, new highs were reached. The jobs report released on Friday morning was a negative surprise, with only 142,000 jobs created versus expectations of 228,000 jobs created.
Heading Into September, Plus the September Monthly Report
Posted on August 29, 2014 | Stock Superstars Report
The September SSR Monthly Report is now available. There is one new portfolio deletion and one new portfolio addition to announce.
SSR August Appears to Be Better Than Expected
Posted on August 22, 2014 | Stock Superstars Report
On Monday, the NASDAQ hit a 14-year high and the Dow Jones industrial average is well on its way to having its best month of performance since February. The S&P 500 index hit a new all-time high of just over 1,992 on Thursday, which marks the 28th record close this year for the index.
August Appears to Be Better Than Expected
Posted on August 22, 2014 | Stock Superstars Report
On Monday, the NASDAQ hit a 14-year high and the Dow Jones industrial average is well on its way to having its best month of performance since February. The S&P 500 index hit a new all-time high of just over 1,992 on Thursday, which marks the 28th record close this year for the index. August’s impressive performance comes as a surprise; many analysts were warning of an impending correction.
SSR Portfolio Beats the Market
Posted on August 15, 2014 | Stock Superstars Report
According to a report from Merrill Lynch, health care and technology stocks have turned in the most second-quarter earnings and revenue numbers that beat consensus estimates, while the telecom sector has lagged.