What to Make of Oil Prices

We Can Always Watch the Price of Oil
Oil prices rallied early on Monday, September 26, going up to well over $45 before the trading day had ended in the United States. This comes after a dramatic drop during the previous week hurt the price of crude oil and the companies that are dependent upon crude. However, it’s clear now that consumer confidence has improved quite a bit over the last couple years in regards to crude because of this action. Oil dropped considerably the previous week, but as Monday’s rebound show...

A Big Week for Fundamental Data

On Friday, June 3rd, the U.S. jobs report came out, and the results were far worse than anyone had foreseen. Only 38,000 jobs were created over the month of May, making it one of the worst months that the United States has seen in the last decade. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, though, and before you start taking out longer term trades or even investments, it’s important to try and get the full story behind the numbers. Whether you are t...

Making Sense of Confusion

Traders are scrambling the last several days to get an accurate pulse on what is happening in markets all over the world. Because of so many kneejerk reactions, it is hard to tell what’s real, and what is going to be reversed in the next couple weeks. Even the experts are a bit confused about what the proper course of action is, simply because so many of the events that are currently going on are tightly interwoven. For example, oil’s drop in price, China’s declining stock market, central banks ...

Adopting a Broader Strategy

The Power of Adopting
International stocks and the U.S. dollar are once again faltering as the U.S. Federal Reserve is once again debating a rate hike. Anyone that pays attention to the news knows that 2016 has been brutal so far, and although we aren’t even a full month into the year yet, it has been one of the worst starts to a calendar year ever, shattering all sorts of records in the U.S. during the first few weeks of the year. Now, as the Fed attempts to fix things on their end, international...

The Failed Bitcoin Experiment

Insiders within the Bitcoin industry have reached a sad conclusion—regardless of what happens to the price of the Bitcoin in the short term, the long term trend for the currency/commodity should now be slanted downward. Insiders are selling off their positions and many of them are leaving the development process completely behind. For short term traders, this is something to take note of. As Bitcoin prices drop, this does not mean that you should be taking long positions. In ...

Looking Ahead at Blue Chips

The Big Stocks
For long term investors, a blue chip stock is considered one that is highly stable, has a large trading volume, and has a more than probable chance of long term future growth. Money managers look to these types of companies to even out the bumps in their portfolios because they tend to reflect the marketplace that they are in, and they are often far more stable than the indices that pick them up. For example, a blossoming blue chip stock like Apple has a beta of 0.994, indicatin...

2015 Wall Street Summary

Trading on Wall Street
Wall Street ended 2015 on a sour note. The year as a whole was pretty turbulent, but the last week of the trading year was particularly rough. The S&P 500 recorded a loss of 0.71 percent for the year. If you factor in dividends, it did end up on the year by 1.40 percent, but not all traders were able to capitalize on this because of short term exposure. This is a very neutral sounding year, but in between December 31st, 2014 and December 31, 2015, there were some violent price swings More

Apple Down 20 Percent

Apple’s stock is down more than 20 percent off of recent high prices, falling from up over $134 per share to a bit more than $106 per share. There are a lot of reasons for this plummet, and some of them are better than others. There are two questions that traders should be asking themselves right now about Apple: what will the price be doing in the future? And, when will that start? W...					</div>
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Fed Move Boosts Stocks

Wall Street rallied on the Federal Reserve’s long awaited announcement that they would be raising rates. A lot of traders did not anticipate a rally like this, but to those that have been studying the markets over the last couple months, this shouldn’t have been a big surprise. Thanks to the prolonged selloffs that have been going on, many stocks found themselves very underpriced, and when the Fed made their announcement, a floor of sorts was put under all of the volatility that...

A Mathematical Approach to Trading Fed News

On Friday, December 11th, Wall Street posted its biggest weekly loss since August. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped by 1.77 percent and the S&P 500 dropped by even more: 1.95 percent. There are a lot of reasons for this, but it boiled down to two main points in the end. Investors are afraid of rate hikes, and they are losing confidence because of the free fall in the price of oil. With the Federal Reserve strongly expected to raise interest rates sometime next week, ...