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UBS Says Disney’s Streaming Ambition Gives It A ‘New Hope’

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UBS Says Disney's Streaming Ambition Gives It A 'New Hope'

The streaming video landscape is dominated by Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) and, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), but UBS says Walt Disney Co (NYSE: DIS) can position itself to become a leader as well with its own streaming ambitions.

The Analyst

UBS analyst John Hodulik maintains a Buy rating on Disney’s stock with an unchanged $128 price target.

The Thesis

Among the entire traditional media space, Hodulik said only Disney boasts the necessary scale, brand recognition and portfolio of content to be considered in the same category as Netflix and Amazon. Specifically, Disney could gain five million global subscribers within the first year of operation and 50 million in five years. Aside from its own platform, Disney’s investment in Hulu will give it a “second leg” and help gain exposure to the attractive streaming video space which values Netflix’s stock in excess of $100 billion.

Despite an encouraging outlook in the streaming space, Disney’s push will result in a negative impact to earnings in the near term, the analyst wrote in the note. In fact, it won’t be until 2024 when the streaming business is likely contribute upside to earnings. Beyond 2024, the streaming business can contribute long-term upside to earnings as the company takes advantage of the continued shift towards streaming content and other favorable industry-wide trends.

Price Action

Shares of Disney were trading at $111.79 Tuesday afternoon.

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Latest Ratings for DIS

Date Firm Action From To
Nov 2018 Imperial Capital Upgrades In-Line Outperform
Nov 2018 Argus Maintains Buy Buy
Oct 2018 Barclays Upgrades Equal-Weight Overweight

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A Peek Into The Markets: US Stock Futures Signal Lower Start On Wall Street

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A Peek Into The Markets: US Stock Futures Signal Lower Start On Wall Street

Pre-open movers

U.S. stock futures traded lower in early pre-market trade. Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 178 points to 23,772.00, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index futures fell 19.6 points to 2,575.25. Futures for the Nasdaq 100 index declined 66.25 points to 6,546.50.

Oil prices traded lower as Brent crude futures fell 0.79 percent to trade at $60.00 per barrel, while US WTI crude futures dropped 0.91 percent to trade at $51.12 a barrel.

A Peek Into Global Markets

European markets were lower today, with the Spanish Ibex Index falling 1.1 percent, STOXX Europe 600 Index declining 0.77 percent and German DAX 30 index dropped 0.66 percent. The UK’s FTSE index was trading lower by 0.94 percent, while French CAC 40 Index fell 0.79 percent.

In Asian markets, Japan’s Nikkei Stock Average rose 0.97 percent, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index fell 1.38 percent, China’s Shanghai Composite Index dropped 0.71 percent and India’s BSE Sensex fell 0.43 percent.

Broker Recommendation

Analysts at Bank of America downgraded Delta Air Lines, Inc. (NYSE: DAL) from Buy to Neutral and lowered the price target from $62 to $51

Delta Air shares fell 1.77 percent to $47.70 in pre-market trading.

Breaking News

  • Tailored Brands Inc (NYSE: TLRD) lowered its Q4 and FY18 earnings guidance.
  • Crocs, Inc. (NASDAQ: CROX) raised its sales outlook for Q4 and FY18.
  • Yeti Holdings Inc (NYSE: YETI) raised its forecast for the year. The company said it projects full-year adjusted earnings of $0.88 to $0.90 per share, versus earlier forecast of $0.79 to $0.82 per share, and sales of $778.8 million.
  • Stein Mart, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMRT) reported a 3.3 percent drop in its comparable stores sales for the nine-week period ended January 5, 2019 on a shifted basis.

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Is It Finally Time To Consider Financial ETFs?

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Is It Finally Time To Consider Financial ETFs?

The Financial Select Sector SPDR (NYSE: XLF), the largest financial services exchange traded fund by assets, tumbled 13 percent last year, underscoring the sector’s status as one of the worst-performing groups in the S&P 500.

Moreover, financial services stocks and ETFs were epic disappointments. Expectations were in place for the sector to benefit from rising interest rates, but even as the Federal Reserve obliged with four 2018 rate hikes, financials flailed.

What To Know

XLF targets the Financial Select Sector Index and “seeks to provide precise exposure to  companies in the  diversified financial services; insurance; banks; capital markets; mortgage real estate investment trusts (“REITs”); consumer finance; and thrifts and mortgage finance industries,” according to State Street.

Following a rough year for XLF and rival financial services ETFs, some analysts are bullish on the fund. AltaVista Research has an Overweight rating on the $23.79 billion XLF. The firm’s Overweight ratings implies “above average appreciation potential.”

“Typically, funds in this category consist of stocks trading at attractive valuations and/or having above-average fundamentals,” said AltaVista.

Why It’s Important

For over a year, the financial services sector, the third-largest sector weight in the S&P 500, has been widely framed as a value play. AltaVista estimates XLF’s price-to-book ratio to be 1.1 and its price-to-earnings ratio to be 10.4. Both are well below the comparable metrics on the S&P 500. Using those metrics, XLF is also the least expensive of the 11 sector SPDR ETFs.

XLF is one of just three sector SPDR ETFs AltaVista has an Overweight rating on.

“Higher interest rates, tax cuts, regulatory relief and faster GDP growth should all help Financials sustain higher margins and ROE into 2019E, though estimates took a big hit on recent market volatility,” said the research firm. “Nonetheless with P/E multiples at their lowest point in 5 years our ratings framework suggests the sector looks attractive vs the S&P 500, and sell-side analysts’ ratings have

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41 Stocks Moving In Monday’s Mid-Day Session

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  • Microbot Medical Inc. (NASDAQ: MBOT) shares jumped 119.2 percent to $5.27 after the company reported a European patent covering its ViRob technology platform.
  • Pedevco Corp (NYSE: PED) shares climbed 33.6 percent to $1.67 after the company entered an agreement to acquire 22,000 Acres in the Permian Basin and raised $15 million.
  • Renmin Tianli Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ABAC) gained 31.1 percent to $1.6254 after the company announced it entered an equity transfer agreement to acquire 40 percent equity interest in Dalian Lianhui Hotel by issuing 4,00,000 shares of Renmin Tianli common stock.
  • Limited (NASDAQ: SSLJ) climbed 23.5 percent to $0.5210 after the company announced it plans to take appropriate measures after receiving a Nasdaq deficiency notice.
  • USA Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: USAT) shares jumped 22.3 percent to $6.20 after the company provided an open letter to shareholders related to the Audit Committee Probe.
  • Christopher & Banks Corporation (NYSE: CBK) rose 20 percent to $0.6264 after the company reported holiday comps increased 3 percent since last year; The company also reaffirmed FY19 guidance.
  • Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) rose 17 percent to $11.40 after MNG Enterprises confirmed a proposal to acquire Gannett for $12.00 per share in cash.
  • DropCar, Inc. (NASDAQ: DCAR) gained 16.3 percent to $0.4186 after the company announced a deal with Turo to use DropCar’s Mobility Cloud services to provide enhanced vehicle pick-up and drop-off.
  • VIVUS, Inc. (NASDAQ: VVUS) rose 13.7 percent to $3.66.
  • The Alkaline Water Company Inc. (NASDAQ: WTER) gained 13.3 percent to $3.5450.
  • Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. (NASDAQ: OMEX) gained 12.1 percent to $5.95.
  • Goldcorp Inc. (NYSE: GG) shares rose 10.6 percent to $10.70 after Newmont Mining Corp (NYSE: NEM) announced plans to acquire Goldcorp in an all-stock deal valued at $10 billion.
  • Boot Barn Holdings Inc (NYSE: BOOT) rose 10.2 percent to $21.37 after the company issued strong forecast for the third quarter.
  • Youngevity International, Inc. (NASDAQ: YGYI) rose 9.8 percent to $7.18 after surging 17.41 percent on Friday.
  • Tilray, Inc. (NASDAQ: TLRY) surged 8.3 percent to $103.97 after the company announced its VersaFilm product, in development with IntelGenx, should be ready to launch in late Q4.

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Bullish Raymond James Appreciates Yeti’s ‘Impressive’ Earnings Pre-Announcement

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Bullish Raymond James Appreciates Yeti's 'Impressive' Earnings Pre-Announcement

Shares of premimum cooler maker Yeti Holdings Inc (NYSE: YETIwere soaring Monday in reaction to an encouraging preliminary fourth-quarter announcement.

What Happened

Yeti said in a press release that net Q4 sales rose 19 percent year-over-year to $241.2 million, while direct-to-consumer sales increased 45 percent to $110.5 million and wholesale sales rose 4 percent to $130.7 million. By segment, drinkware sales rose 24 percent to $143.5 million, while coolers and equipment sales rose 10 percent to $91.2 million.

Why It’s Important

Yeti’s pre-earnings announcement was “impressive” and highlighted by an “especially strong” performance in the drinkware segment, which outperformed expectations for 9-percent growth, Raymond James’ Dan Wewer said in a research report. The company also benefited in the quarter from new product launches like dog bowls and chairs, the analyst said. 

Raymond James has an Outperform rating on Yeti with a $19 price target. 

What’s Next

Looking forward to fiscal 2019, Yeti is expected to see 12-percent sales growth due to the brand’s continued momentum, new product categories and continued expansion in the direct-to-consumer business, Wewer said. 

Yeti’s strong quarter comes at a time when the stock is still trading at a discount to its peers at 11.1 times 2019 estimated EV/EBITDA, which is 31 percent below the comparable universe average, according to Raymond James. 

Yeti shares were rising 9.69 percent to $18.29 at the time of publication Monday. 

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Goldman On Restaurants: Buy Texas Roadhouse, Sell Yum, Hold Starbucks

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Goldman On Restaurants: Buy Texas Roadhouse, Sell Yum, Hold Starbucks

Restaurant investors should be be selective in their choices, as the bullish theme of the strong U.S. consumer could be offset in discretionary spending away from restaurants, according to Goldman Sachs.

The Analyst

Analyst Karen Holthouse made the following rating and price target changes:

  • Texas Roadhouse Inc (NASDAQ: TXRH) from Neutral to Buy, price target lifted from $64 to $72.
  • Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM) from Neutral to Sell, price target lowered from $83 to $76.
  • Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ: SBUX) from Buy to Neutral, price target lowered from $75 to $68.

The Thesis

Restaurant investors should be aware of potential labor pressures and the impact of tighter credit on franchised business restaurants, Holthouse said in an industrywide research report released Friday.

The second quarter of 2019 will mark the anniversary of last year’s tax refunds — a time when restaurants were likely a major beneficiary of tax reform, the analyst said. This creates some top-line challenges as the group starts to lap “peak restaurant wallet share,” she said. 

Texas Roadhouse: Pricing Power, Exposure To Lower End

Texas Roadhouse is sitting in a comfortable position where it can increase menu prices in the first half of 2019, while a proprietary survey shows customers are willing to pay more for the Texas-themed steakhouse, Holthouse said in the upgrade.

After a potential round of price increases in the first half of 2019, the restaurant chain will have a labor cost of 32.7 percent of 2019 estimated sales — 30 basis points below the Street’s expectations, she said. 

Texas Roadhouse boasts minimal exposure versus peers to lower-wage states, which implies the potential for continued mid-single digit unit growth over the coming years,

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22 Stocks Moving In Friday’s Pre-Market Session

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  • Flotek Industries, Inc. (NYSE: FTK) rose 75.9 percent to $2.48 in pre-market trading after the company reported the sale of its Florida Chemical Co. to Archer Daniels Midland for $175 million in cash.
  • Corbus Pharmaceuticals Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRBP) rose 12 percent to $8.71 in pre-market trading.
  • Tilray, Inc. (NASDAQ: TLRY) shares rose 9.5 percent to $88.00 in pre-market trading following press release from Privateer disclosing it does not plan to sell company shares in 1H’19.
  • China Eastern Airlines Corporation Limited (NYSE: CEA) shares rose 9.4 percent to $31.00 in pre-market trading.
  • SYNNEX Corporation (NYSE: SNX) rose 7.3 percent to $93.15 in pre-market trading after the company reported better-than-expected results for its fourth quarter and issued strong outlook for the first quarter.
  • PVH Corp (NYSE: PVH) rose 5.9 percent to $104.77 in pre-market trading after outlining strategic changes to the brand and organization. The company also raised fourth-quarter adjusted EPS guidance by 15 cents to $1.75. The company sees FY18 adjusted earnings of at least $9.50 against a $9.35 estimate.
  • Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (NYSE: TAK) rose 5.3 percent to $20.13 in pre-market trading.
  • Ferroglobe PLC (NASDAQ: GSM) rose 5.2 percent to $2.67 in pre-market trading after gaining 15.98 percent on Thursday.
  • Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV (NYSE: BUD) rose 4 percent to $73.55 in pre-market trading on report of possible IPO of its Asian business.
  • Motif Bio plc (NASDAQ: MTFB) rose 3.5 percent to $8.80 in pre-market trading after surging 7.91 percent on Thursday.
  • Uxin Limited (NASDAQ: UXIN) rose 2.7 percent to $3.85 in pre-market trading after gaining 5.63 percent on Thursday.

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  • Aehr Test Systems (NASDAQ: AEHR) fell 34.2 percent to $1.23 in pre-market trading. Aehr Test Systems reported a Q2 loss of $0.02 per share on sales of $5.9 million. The company also lowered its FY19 sales guidance.
  • SemiLEDs Corporation (NASDAQ: LEDS) fell 19.9 percent to $2.54 in pre-market trading. SemiLEDs reported a Q1 loss of $0.27 per share, down from a loss of

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Barclays Constructive On US Large-Cap Bank Stocks Ahead Of Earnings Reports

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Barclays Constructive On US Large-Cap Bank Stocks Ahead Of Earnings Reports

Bank earnings season is around the corner, and most banks are expected to continue their forecast-beating streak, according to Barclays.

The Analyst

Barclays analyst Jason Goldberg previewed big banks‘ Q4 earnings. 

The Thesis

Higher loan growth, higher net interest margins, the eliminations of the DIF surcharge and active stock buybacks are likely to more than offset weak fee income,  market-sensitive products and mortgage revenue, Goldberg said in a Thursday note.

Consensus EPS estimates have come down recently, the analyst said, with most market-sensitive names such as Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE: GS), State Street Corp (NYSE: STT), Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS), Citigroup Inc (NYSE: C), JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) and Northern Trust Corporation (NASDAQ: NTRS) seeing at least 2-percent reductions.

M&T Bank Corporation (NYSE: MTB), Comerica Incorporated (NYSE: CMA) and Wells Fargo & Co (NYSE: WFC) are the only banks to see upward adjustment in consensus estimates over the past 30 days, he said.

The increase may have been due to PaP gain, Goldberg said. 

Barclays is 5 cents below consensus for SunTrust Banks, Inc. (NYSE: STI), PNC Financial Services Group Inc (NYSE: PNC), Capital One Financial Corp. (NYSE: COF) and Ally Financial Inc (NYSE: ALLY).

The analyst’s estimates are the furthest below consensus for Goldman and Wells Fargo.

Relative to Q3, Barclays expects an increase in net interest income that’s reflective of improved loan growth, wider net interest margins, varied fee income trends, controlled expenses, and higher loan loss provisions, with benign, asset-quality metrics and active share repurchases.

The reduction in the  DIF surcharge will bring down expenses for banks

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Activist Investor’s Dollar Tree Proposals Earn Lukewarm Reception From Raymond James

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Activist Investor's Dollar Tree Proposals Earn Lukewarm Reception From Raymond James

Raymond James is unsure that an activist investor’s ideas for Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ: DLTR) are going to work.

The Analyst 

Analyst Dan Wewer maintained an Outperform on Dollar Tree.

The Thesis 

Dollar Tree has prominent signs right on its store fronts proclaiming “Everything’s $1.” 

But the investor, hedge fund Starboard Value LP, wants Dollar Tree to explore changing that pricing structure and consider selling items that are more than $1, according to a Monday in The Wall Street Journal. Starboard also wants Dollar Tree to sell off its Family Dollar-branded stores, which have seen weak sales since being acquired by Dollar Tree more than three years ago, the Journal reported.

Wewer questioned both of Starboard’s ideas in a Monday note. 

Dollar Tree tested higher pricing about 12 years ago, trying out sales of items up to $5 in some stores. It didn’t work, the analyst said. 

“Dollar Tree quickly learned the multi-price strategy confused its customers and led to disappointing results.” 

Wewer did say Dollar Tree could try pricing adjustments. 

“Although we are skeptical of higher price points leading to stronger same-store sales for Dollar Tree (already an industry leader), we could be wrong,” he said, adding that offering items up to about $3 might be worthwhile.

Selling Family Dollar is a more difficult prospect due to the challenge of finding a buyer, the analyst said. 

The company’s main competitor Family Dollar isn’t a likely candidate, as government regulators would probably block such a deal, Wewer said.

That’s especially true because the sector is important to low-income customers, he said. 

Dollar General is the only viable strategic buyer, but if the government were to require it to divest a large number of stores, it wouldn’t make financial sense, the analyst said. 

Selling Family Dollar to a financier is more likely, but brings problems of its own, Wewer said.

“Although valuation is cheap enough to garner interest from private equity firms, we are concerned that potentially leveraging Family Dollar’s

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Larry Ellison Invests $1B In Tesla

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Larry Ellison Invests $1B In Tesla

Oracle Corporation (NYSE: ORCL) founder Larry Ellison is digging his claws deeper and deeper into his latest project.

What Happened

At the time of his appointment last month to the Tesla Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA) board, Ellison disclosed ownership of 3 million company shares, according to an SEC filing.

Tesla has long been his second-largest investment, but there’s little stopping him from making it his first. Ellison’s now $1 billion in shares represents a mere sliver of his $51.4 billion in wealth.

Why It’s Important

Even with his stake, Ellison is far from the firm’s largest shareholder. CEO Elon Musk still holds that title with 33.7 million shares — the most of any individual or institutional investor.

With 20 percent of the company, Musk’s superior investment, and his intended expansion of that position, ensures his continued influence over the automaker even as regulatory agents and some insiders seek to diminish his role.

Ellison’s swelling stake may prove of further importance to Musk in this time of vulnerability. The board member has been a close friend and ardent defender of Musk and Tesla in the wake of criticism.

What’s Next

Ellison’s intentions for the board and Tesla are not known, and neither are his ownership goals.

At time of publication Tuesday morning, Tesla traded up 2.7 percent at $344 per share.

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Brexit: An 'escape room' with no escape


Brexit: An ‘escape room’ with no escape

Courtesy of Terrence Guay, Pennsylvania State University

Brexit is beginning to look a lot like an “escape room” with no exit.

An escape room is an increasingly popular adventure game that requires participants to solve a series of puzzles before they can leave the room and advance into another one with additional riddles.

Brexit now seems to be a riddle that can’t be solved, after U.K. lawmakers voted down Prime Minister Theresa May’...

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Is This The Real Reason Why Stocks Are Surging?

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Wondering why US equity markets are soaring at a pace not seen since the March 2009 lows? Confused by the massive swings higher despite weak macro data, and tumbling earnings expectations?

Well, the answer is simple once again, "it's not the economy, it's the central banks, stupid!"

Q4 2018 saw global stock markets finally wake up to the fact that the world's central banks were withdrawing liquidity and played catch-down to an ugly tightening reality. December's contagion to American stocks was the final straw for the world's elites however  and after the Mnuchin Massacre, it appears the Plunge Protection was ordered back into battle...

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The "Average Stock" is Facing a Big Test Here!

Courtesy of Chris Kimble.

The Value Line Geometric Index tends to give investors a good idea of the health of the overall market. It is an equal-weighted index with a broad swath of stocks that gives investors an idea of how the “average stock” is performing.

The Value Line Geometric formed highs in the same area in 1998, 2007, and 2015 (see blue line). In the last two years, the index broke out above that line and held above it until the recent correction.

It is now testing the underside of that price area (now resistance). Bulls will get good news with a breakout ABOVE thi...

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Crypto-Bubble: Will Bitcoin Bottom In February Or Has It Already?

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The new year has been relatively good for the price of bitcoin after a spectacular collapse of the cryptocurrency bubble in 2018. It’s up notably since the middle of December and traded around the psychological level of $4,000... so is this a sign that the crypto market is about to recover?

Of course, it depends on who you ask, but one analyst discovered a pattern which might point to a bottom next month.

A year after the cryptocurrency bubble popped


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D.E. Shaw Investment Calls For Leadership Change At EQT

By ActivistInsight. Originally published at ValueWalk.

Elliott Management has offered to acquire QEP Resources for approximately $2.1 billion, contending the oil and gas explorer’s turnaround efforts have done little to lift the company’s share price. The company responded and said that a thorough review of the proposition is imperative in order to properly act in the best interests of shareholders, “taking into account the company’s other alternatives and current market conditions.” The news came only a month after Travelport Worldwide agreed to sell itself to Siris Capital Group and Elliott’s private equity arm Evergreen Coast Capital for $4.4 billion in cash and two months after Athenahealth was bought by Veritas and Evergreen for $5.7 bi...

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UBS Says Disney's Streaming Ambition Gives It A 'New Hope'

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Weekly Market Recap Jan 13, 2019

Courtesy of Blain.

In last week’s recap we asked:  “Has the Fed solved all the market’s problems in 1 speech?”

Thus far the market says yes!  As Guns n Roses preached – all we need is a little “patience”.  Four up days followed by a nominal down day Friday had the market following it’s normal pattern the past nearly 30 years – jumping whenever the Federal Reserve hints (or essentially says outright) it is here for the markets.   And in case you missed it the prior Friday, Chairman Powell came back out Thursday to reiterate the news – so…so… so… patient!

Fed Chairman Jerome Powell reinforced that message Thursday during a discussion at the Economic Club of Washington where he said that the central bank will be “fle...

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Why Trump Can't Learn


Bill Eddy (lawyer, therapist, author) predicted Trump's failure based on his personality, which was evident years ago. This article, written in 2017, references a prescient article Bill wrote before Trump became president, in July, 2016, 5 Reasons Trump Can’t Learn. ~ Ilene 

Why Trump Can’t Learn

Donald Trump by Gage Skidmore (...

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Opening Pandora's Box: Gene editing and its consequences

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Opening Pandora's Box: Gene editing and its consequences

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Courtesy of John Bergeron, McGill University

Today, the scientific community is aghast at the prospect of gene editing to create “designer” humans. Gene editing may be of greater consequence than climate change, or even the consequences of unleashing the energy of the atom.


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Trump: "I Won't Be Here" When It Blows Up

By Jean-Luc

Maybe we should simply try him for treason right now:

Trump on Coming Debt Crisis: ‘I Won’t Be Here’ When It Blows Up

The president thinks the balancing of the nation’s books is going to, ultimately, be a future president’s problem.

By Asawin Suebsaeng and Lachlan Markay, Daily Beast

The friction came to a head in early 2017 when senior officials offered Trump charts and graphics laying out the numbers and showing a “hockey stick” spike in the nationa...

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Swing trading portfolio - week of September 11th, 2017

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This post is for all our live virtual trade ideas and daily comments. Please click on "comments" below to follow our live discussion. All of our current  trades are listed in the spreadsheet below, with entry price (1/2 in and All in), and exit prices (1/3 out, 2/3 out, and All out).

We also indicate our stop, which is most of the time the "5 day moving average". All trades, unless indicated, are front-month ATM options. 

Please feel free to participate in the discussion and ask any questions you might have about this virtual portfolio, by clicking on the "comments" link right below.

To learn more about the swing trading virtual portfolio (strategy, performance, FAQ, etc.), please click here ...

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Free eBook - "My Top Strategies for 2017"



Here's a free ebook for you to check out! 

Phil has a chapter in a newly-released eBook that we think you’ll enjoy.

In My Top Strategies for 2017, Phil's chapter is Secret Santa’s Inflation Hedges for 2017.

This chapter isn’t about risk or leverage. Phil present a few smart, practical ideas you can use as a hedge against inflation as well as hedging strategies designed to assist you in staying ahead of the markets.

Some other great content in this free eBook includes:


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