With rare exceptions such as Amazon, the earnings season has been quite successful so far.  In fact, corporate earnings are at their highest level since 2011, and we are in full swing.  Apple and Tesla were the latest companies to wow Wall Street, with many more on the way in the coming days.  Market sentiment…click to read more.

50 Day Moving Averages have supported in major U.S. Markets, as a timely bounce has improved the perceived near-term sentiment.  Three things will likely be front and center during July and early August:  Earnings, Earnings, and Earnings. The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) remains at extreme low levels after a brief pop last week.  Pullbacks on…click to read more.

The Nasdaq has broken out once again to an all-time high, and the S&P 500 also appears poised to do so.  The Russell 2000 is lagging, though improving, which suggests a lack of investor aggressiveness outside of technology.  “Safe” sectors such as Consumer Staples and Utilities showing strength, which is quite revealing.  Last Wednesday’s pullback…click to read more.

“Golly Gee, Beaver, that’s creepy!”.  The S&P 500 is creeping around…lurking even…wanting to breakout to a new all time high, but in no particular hurry to do so.  A big miss on earnings for Macy’s could bode poorly for other retailers about to report as well, and may make us wait longer for that breakout. …click to read more.

The S&P 500 has neither broken down or broken out.  But the Nasdaq has, and continues to steam higher even in a mediocre environment.  Meanwhile the Russell 2000 has retreated back into it’s range-bound shell.  In short, tech is still where it’s out despite a mixed bag of earnings results from key equities such as…click to read more.

What a difference a week makes!  The S&P 500 is now in a double bottom pattern, and is working toward a possible breakout to a new high.  The Nasdaq is still leading the way, having achieved its new high, and continuing to trend higher.  The Russell 2000 has also broken out, suggesting that the “RISK…click to read more.

“Down but not out” might be a good way to describe the U.S. markets these days.  The S&P 500 is about 3% off of it’s high, and the Dow is on pace for the worst month in 15 months.  All major markets except the Nasdaq have slipped below their 50-day moving average, oil is dropping,…click to read more.

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