Saturday Spotlight

The Final Steps of the Federation of Europe

Here’s the thing: The only certainty is uncertainty. All we can do is prepare ourselves to adapt to circumstances as they are and as they evolve. Ours, however, is a chaotic opera with leitmotifs tragic, comic, and tragicomic. Absurdity, for instance, comes across on the regular. And today we have word that German Chancellor Angela...

Uncertainty Principles

Uncertainty Principles

“Not losing money,” notes Wall Street Daily Senior Analyst Jonathan Rodriguez in this weekend’s Saturday Spotlight, “is just as important as growing your money.” Like a lot of folks who make their living analyzing financial markets, Jonathan gets a lot of questions from his friends – questions like “Where are stocks headed next?”, “Who’s going...

It Takes Good Tools to Be Contrary with Technology

It Takes Good Tools to Be Contrary

It was the worst of times. The first six weeks of 2016 were the worst start to a trading year… ever. Both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 Index had their worst five-day starts to a trading year in history in January 2016. The Dow fell 6.2% from January 4 through January 8....

How to Make Volatility Work for You

How to Make Volatility Work for You

March has been very kind to the markets. Share prices are on the rise, as investor appetite for risk has increased. And volatility has cooled. Thursday, March 24, was the ninth day in a row that the S&P 500 Index closed up or down by less than 1%. During the 48 trading sessions prior to...

Using 200-Day Moving Averages as a Technical Indicator

Strength in Numbers

The S&P 500 Index posted a modest, 0.6% rally on March 17 to get itself into the green for 2016. Is this an auspicious sign, coming as it did on St. Patrick’s Day? Or are there other, more ominous indications of tougher times ahead for stocks? That’s the big dichotomy at the heart of this...

Investors Guide to Getting All the Information Up Front

Good Government? Good Grief!

It’s easy to hate on The Government. It is too big. It is inefficient. Among the archetypes, “bureaucrat” and “politician” rank somewhere near “proctologist” and “used-car salesman.” It is, too, a necessary evil. The ongoing debate over the contours of “limited government” – a phrase that appears, by the way, in the Articles of Confederation...

Trump's Views on Trade Prove Costly for Global Economy

Trump on Trade

It’s a topic on a lot of peoples’ minds these days. And perhaps we should thank Donald Trump – and Bernie Sanders, for that matter – for shaking up a process that’s become the functional equivalent of the “smoke-filled rooms” of political yore. If nothing else, Trump and Sanders have helped put the corrupt and corroded duopoly...

Small-Cap Stocks: High-Quality at a Low Price

Another Greatly Exaggerated Death Report

A guest talking-head on CNBC recently declared that we’re witnessing “the death of small caps.” The thing is, I know a guy who knows a thing or two about small-capitalization stocks… and a lot more than that about small-cap technology stocks. That would be Wall Street Daily Chief Technology Analyst Lou Basenese. Lou focuses very...

Utilities Sector Opportunities Through Fundamental Technique

Arithmetic Is Awesome

Benjamin Graham, Warren Buffett’s mentor, is a source of a lot of wisdom when it comes to investing in equities. On Friday morning I was reminded of one of Graham’s particularly compelling precepts by Eddy Elfenbein, host of the Crossing Wall Street blog: “Buy not on optimism, but on arithmetic.” Emotion must be checked on...