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 ...

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...