March 9th, 2014 5:35 pm
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The Downside Hedge Twitter sentiment indicator for the S&P 500 Index (SPX) continues to paint a series of higher highs on a daily basis as the market moves higher. The selling on Monday due to the Ukraine crisis didn't do much damage to investor sentiment. Most traders brushed it off which resulted in a fairly neutral reading of -5. Normally a 20 point price drop in the first few hours of trading would result in at least a modestly bearish reading below -10. This indicates that traders and investors aren't running for the exit on bad news and suggests that the dip in January shook out a lot of weak hands.
Smoothed sentiment continues to rise at a fairly steep angle. The trend line being painted doesn't ...
March 9th, 2014 3:10 pm
Courtesy of Mish.
The takeover of Crimea by Russia is nearly complete. All that remains is the final vote on March 16. There would not be a vote if the outcome was uncertain.
Troops Install Minefields, Border Markers in Crimea
Bloomberg reports Pro-Russia Forces Occupy Ukraine as Separatist Vote Looms.
Pro-Russian forces advanced in Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, ignoring Western calls to halt a military takeover before the region’s separatist referendum. The U.S. estimates Russia now has 20,000 troops confronting a smaller Ukrainian force there. Ukraine has stepped up its eastern border defenses in the worst standoff between it and the West since the Cold War.
Pro-Russian units planted minef...
March 9th, 2014 2:45 pmThe Bitcoin Middle Ground That Nobody Wants To Hear
Believers in the "digital currency" frequently talk about how it has the potential to uproot the existing financial system, and replace the dollar and the Federal Reserve.
Skeptics think it's a sham, a la tulip bubbles.
A series of tweets from Nouriel Roubini capture the "anti" side quite well.
But there is a middle ground between the True Believers and the Roubinis....
March 9th, 2014 1:40 pm
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March 9th, 2014 3:05 am
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We discuss the Ukraine/Russia conflict, Bitcoin, and more. We also share some new trade ideas from Phil.
March 9th, 2014 12:00 am
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What a difference a week can make.
In that time, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) has become a headline-making champion with iPhone 6 r...
March 6th, 2014 3:20 pm
March 3rd, 2014 6:50 pm
Today brought three better than expected economic releases from Construction Spending, ISM Manufacturing, and Personal Income. The ISM figure was quite unexpected and Personal Income was well above expectations. If we ignore for a moment that the Final GDP reading for Q4 was lowered on Friday (which may or may not have been primarily caused by severe weather), we have had a week of better than expected economic numbers. Corporate earnings have also continued to exceed forecasts, albeit with a bit more cautious guidance.
Of course, none of that matters when the “war drums” start beating. Russia and the Ukraine are engaged in a serious game of “chicken” with a bear in the hen house. The Russian ruble has borne the brunt of the damage so far with a double digit drop today again...
March 2nd, 2014 9:29 pm
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January 12th, 2014 2:12 pm
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Ladies and Gentlemen, hobos and tramps,
Cross-eyed mosquitoes, and Bow-legged ants,
I come before you, To stand behind you,
To tell you something, I know nothing about.
And so the circus begins in Union Square, San Francisco for this weeks JP Morgan Healthcare Conference. Will the momentum from 2013, which carried the S&P Spider Biotech ETF to all time highs, carry on in 2014? The Biotech ETF beat the S&P by better than 3 points.
As I noted in my previous post, Biotechs Galore - IPOs and More, biotechs were rushing to IPOs so that venture capitalists could unwind their holdings (funds are usually 5-7 years), as well as take advantage of the opportune moment...
December 3rd, 2013 6:03 pm
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September 29th, 2013 10:56 pm
Welcome to the fouth update of the IRA Virtual Portfolio. First I am going to summarize the current state of the Portfolio then I will get into all the activity we had during September expiration.
Profit and Loss – Net of closed positions the portfolio is up a total of $769
Market Commentary – Last expiration I said, "I would like to put a total of $20,000 to work by the end of SEP expiration. If the VIX pops up to around 20 I plan to put about $50,000 total to work." The market didn't quite reach the goal but I did manage to deploy $15,000 of buying power. I still feel the market is too high and expect a correction during October. If the vix pops up to around 20 I still plan to put about $50,000 to work. If a correction doesn't happen I still plan to have a total of $25,000 in buying power put to work by October expiration. Now on to the act...
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