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According to Bloomberg 78% of 303 S & P 500 companies that have reported earnings have exceeded expectations. Regarding revenues, 39% beat forecasts and 40% matched. For the quarter earnings are expected to decline by 2.1% YOY, an improvement over the 3.8% expected...

Stocks advanced globally after the US and China reached a fresh truce in the trade war and agreed to resume talks towards a deal.. Gold and Treasuries retreated and oil is ...

A statistic from Art Cashin places the myopicy of today’s market into proper perspective. There are only 13 stocks in the S & P 500 making new highs. This is the narrowest advance in history, being pushed by an ...

Equities came under moderate pressure on growth and trade concerns. Moreover first quarter S & P 500 earnings projections were revised lower to a 2% decline versus a 1% drop forecasted a week ago. At year end results were anticipated to rise by...

Fourth quarter earnings season is at its halfway point. Of the 234 S & P 500 companies that have posted results, 71% have exceeded forecasts rising by an average of 18%. Historically 64% of firms exceed expectations. At the conclusion of the season, profits are...

Yesterday I referenced Stanford Bernstein research about momentum investing, as the index is at its priciest levels versus the benchmark on record, a decidedly bearish factor. Some of the favored momentum issues are the FAANGs. Since bottoming on December 24, the members are up approximately...

2018 is quickly coming to an end. As noted the other day this has been the worst year in the financial markets in over 100 years for as according to Deutsche Bank 89% of assets are down anywhere between 10% and 60%. Societe General wrote...

Yesterday a SEC official warned that passive investing may pose a threat to investors as many may be complacent about the inherent risks involved.  Warren Buffet once quipped if one cannot withstand a 40%-45% loss, that person...

Equity markets led by technology staged a strong post-election advance.  Gridlock is the new positive buzz word and yesterday’s era will last into perpetuity following October’s speedbump. Typically strong advances like the one experienced yesterday, the percentage of advancing S & P 500 stocks is over...