The Things That Used to Matter to Stock Investors Don’t Anymore

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Rising earnings. Economic growth. Bargains. A lot of the stuff investors were thought to cherish has been in short supply in the rally that has swept markets since March. Also: share repurchases, all but gutted as the coronavirus lockdown put a premium on conserving cash. A measure of equity demand that tallies announced buybacks and… Read more »

Profit Estimates Do a Weird Thing: Hold Up Amid Earnings Season

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Traditional indicators have suddenly stopped mattering in a stock market driven by global health concerns, for good reason. They can say little of value in assessing the worsening toll of the coronavirus. “The global economy is starting to show some green shoots and more stabilization versus three or six months ago. The forecasts are taking… Read more »

Trump Has Real Reasons to Fixate Over the Stock Market

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No president in modern history has followed the stock market more obsessively as a barometer of success than Donald Trump. You can see it in the dozens of tweets he’s sent referencing the Dow Jones Industrial Average, in the way every record is celebrated while lurches are pinned on the Democrats. Now, new academic research… Read more »

While Wall St. Talks of Recession, Bond Investors Make a Killing

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For stock investors, the trade war has been nothing but trouble. For bond investors, it’s been a dream. Unable to stomach turbulence driven by the escalating conflict between China and the United States, and leery of a darkening outlook for the economy, investors have been pulling money out of the stock market and buying bonds, the… Read more »

Weatherstone Capital Management To Join Focus Firm Carnick & Kubik

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NEW YORK, Jan. 30, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Focus Financial Partners Inc. (NASDAQ: FOCS) (“Focus”), a leading partnership of independent, fiduciary wealth management firms, today announced that definitive agreements have been entered into under which Weatherstone Capital Management, Inc. (“Weatherstone”) will join existing Focus partner firm Carnick & Kubik Group, LLC(“Carnick & Kubik”), and Insero Wealth Strategies, LLC (“Insero”) will join existing Focus partner… Read more »

Stocks’ Bumpy Ride Resumes as Bond Jitters Linger: Markets Wrap

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Treasury yields push higher after auction; commodities decline U.S. indexes lose day’s gains after rebounding from rout U.S. stocks remained on unsteady footing as the bout of volatility that’s gripped global financial markets persisted amid signs that the rise in Treasury yields has yet to run its course. Pressure Wednesday came from a weak 10-year… Read more »

Bloomberg Business

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Lu Wang from Bloomberg.com writes about how technology stocks have continued to rise. Michael Ball is quoted, going over the “buying stampede” that has been witnessed in these stock and how that relates historically to other periods of large buying periods (05/15/2017).   Click the image to view the article on the Bloomberg.com.

Bloomberg Business

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Joseph Ciolli writes about stock paralysis eases at a great time for those holding cash. Michael Ball is quoted going over managed money and what happens when the goal is to follow the markets (10/30/2016).   Click the image to view the article on the Bloomberg.com.

Bloomberg Business

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Lu Wang writes about how chaos in the stock market has put live money managers ahead of robot indexers. Michael Ball is quoted going over managed money and what happens when the goal is to follow the markets (9/11/2016).   Click the image to view the article on the Bloomberg.com.

The Wall Street Journal

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Timothy Puko and Tiva Gold from the Wall Street Journal write how the U.S. equity markets have rebounded and quote Michael Ball on the markets and the possibility of an interest rate rise. Wall Street Journal 8/29/2016.   Click the image to view the article on the Wall Street Journal.