Month: August 2019

Seemingly everywhere you look, there are signs of a recession. The yield curve is inverted. There are negative interest rates everywhere across the globe. The 30-Year Treasury yield is at an all-time low. The U.S.-China trade war is escalating. Manufacturing activity globally is slowing. Corporate insiders are selling stock in bulk. Business confidence is eroding.
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Silver continues to disobey non-believers. International silver pushed up through 18 in early New York trading, we will have to see if it can stay there throughout the US trading day. And of course, this is on top of yesterday’s pop. Here’s the chart for SLV, the unleveraged ETF most US “regular people” use to
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Investors on Wall Street have been growing nervous in recent weeks, and for good measure. The yield curve has inverted, a strong signal a recession is coming. The trade tensions between the United States and China remain high. And President Donald Trump seems determined to bully the Federal Reserve into cutting rates aggressively and weakening
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Analysts tend to regard large market cap companies as good and stable long-term investments. Therefore, I personally do not make investment decisions on such solid stocks based on daily hype. However, even the darlings of Wall Street get held down from time to time. Today I’m going to discuss three stocks, 3M (NYSE:MMM), Johnson &
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Fridays leading into holiday weekends, particularly the Friday prior to Labor Day, usually don’t generate much excitement on Wall Street and if there is, it’s usually a bad sign. So with that in mind, today’s results were nothing to be concerned about. Source: ymgerman / Shutterstock.com In fact, the results for this Friday, the last
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One of the best ways to assess the health of a sector is by examining the Generals of the group. I use nine of the highest market capitalization names within the Gold Miners Index and have termed them the Generals. In this article, I examine how the group looks currently and what this means for
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For some investors, mid-cap stocks are a perfect hunting ground for stocks to buy. Small-cap stocks offer more volatility — and generally have underperformed in this bull market. Large-cap stocks often have so much coverage that finding a real buying opportunity is difficult. So mid-cap stocks — defined here as those with a market capitalization
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Holiday shoppers at a Target store in Culver City, California. Mark Ralston | AFP | Getty Images Despite retailers banking on acceleration in the fourth-quarter from holiday sales, Wells Fargo said fundamental trends have deteriorated. “While the majority of companies appear optimistic on their ability to drive solid growth in [the fourth quarter of 2019],
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Whether it’s through stocks, bonds, ETFs, or other types of securities, all investors love seeing their portfolios score big returns. But for income investors, generating consistent cash flow from each of their liquid investments is their primary focus. Source: Shutterstock While cash flow can come from bond interest or interest from other types of investments,
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Apparently gold traders hadn’t seen the steady rise in the USD since Monday, but that’s OK, humans are exuberant critters especially when they’re trading. Here’s the chart for the US Dollar index UUP showing the Dollar’s week. (credit Fidelity.com) US-China trade war news was mixed. There was a burst of news that new talks were starting,
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The market continues to treat almost any stock with significant China exposure badly. As I explained in a recent article about Micron (NASDAQ:MU), you simply can’t invest in most of these stocks until the trade war concludes. This makes AMD (NASDAQ:AMD) stock all the more interesting. As one of the tiny number of semiconductor stocks still faring
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It’s only been 3 months since gold broke up through 1200, and just this week gold popped up through 1500. And now here we are pushing up toward 1600 just 2 days later. Your friendly Gold Enthusiast feels like he’s given you all the reasons gold should go up.  In case you weren’t following closely, they
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Here’s the good news on earnings: Despite much hand-wringing around tariffs and the global economic outlook, overall earnings for the S&P 500 in 2019 remain “flattish,” meaning they are likely to be little changed from 2018’s record pace. The bad news: Investors remain on edge because confidence in the estimates are not high. “The wild
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Aaron M. Sprecher | Bloomberg | Getty Images Cash is still not the answer, despite looming economic uncertainty, according to UBS. “We believe that investors can keep their investment strategies on track for the long term even in the current uncertain times without retreating to cash,” UBS global chief investment strategist Mark Haefele said in
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Nio Inc (NYSE:NIO) the Chinese electric vehicle (EV) company is faltering. Not only were its July deliveries disappointing (down 38% from June) but there is no indication of whether NIO stock has enough cash to survive its massive cash burn. Source: THINK A / Shutterstock.com Here is what we know about Nio’s cash position. Five
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