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NASDAQ in the Spotlight

Have you wondered why the NASDAQ has become so popular? It is now the driving force leading markets higher. Here are some highlights from the pages of the NASDAQ:Continue Reading

The Two Faces of Oil

Oil is a mysterious commodity. It trades with supply and demand numbers, yet it also trades with geopolitical events. It is an international commodity with each country buying or selling depending on their needs and domestic supply.Continue Reading

Investors Seek the Fed’s Guidance on the Economy

What do the latest Fed minutes tell us? Since the recession began, the Fed has set two goals for the economy. Perhaps the foremost objective is to maintain inflation at or near the 2% level. The one crisis point would be a drop in inflation below the flat line. This would indicate that the economy is teetering on the brink of recession. The entire quantitative easing program is aimed at keeping the economy growing. We are seeing the effects of stagnation in Europe with the introduction of negative interest rates to stimulate the economy. So far, the US economy has been expanding, albeit very slowly. The latest 2nd quarter GDP numbers came in better than expected at 4.6%. The media has jumped on this number and is prodding the Fed to raise interest rates. However, all is not that great. The 1st quarter GDP actually fell 2.1% after a brutally cold winter in the Northeast. When taken together these numbers indicate a moderate expansion in the economy. According the Fed’s statistics, inflation in August was at 1.7%. However, this number does not include food, energy and shelter.Continue Reading

Ebola Stocks-Should You Invest Now?

The dreaded disease, Ebola, has captured the imagination and attention of traders and speculators. It has erupted in Africa and has spread quickly, causing 1,000 deaths, and 2,000 new infected cases. There is a dire race to find a cure. To date, no cure is available. This has prompted a search for biotech companies that have started to do research on Ebola.Continue Reading

Trouble Ahead-Big Company Profits and Declining Employment

Over the past two decades we’ve had growing trends toward globalization and technology. The stock market crash of 2008-09 and the ensuing unemployment exacerbated and accelerated these mega changes. Profits are down. Continue Reading

Investing in Human Genome Sequencing Companies

Medical technology is rapidly moving toward the development, treatment and cure of specific diseases or prolonged life treatments. These new drugs use human genome sequencing to determine a specific area of study. We often call these “designer drugs.”Continue Reading

What Does Net Neutrality Mean for Investors?

There is a giant power struggle underway between proponents of the “Open Internet or Net Neutrality” and the large broadband Internet Service Providers (ISPs) over whether or not the Open Internet will survive.Continue Reading

Investors Look to Dow Transports for Growth and Dividends

With the media focused on Dow 17,000, we often overlook some promising investing opportunities in the Dow Transports. The Dow Jones Transportation Average was the first listing in 1884. It had nine railroad stocks in the index. The Dow Jones Industrial Average came later in 1896. Throughout the late 1800s and early 1900s, rail transportation dominated the way goods were shipped throughout the country. At one point in 1916, the US had 254,000 railroad lines. From then on railroads had to compete with trucks and air transportation and saw a loss of revenue and jobs. However, we are in the midst of a new revival of rail transportation with both ton miles shipped and net proceeds setting new records.Continue Reading

Investing in Small Cap Stocks

We have a group of stocks that we refer to as “Small Cap.” They are defined as having a Market Cap of between $250,000 and $2 billion. Many are start ups trying to bring a new product or service to market. For example we are seeing many of the biotech stocks in this category. Many of them have a promising new drug but it first must go through rigorous testing by the FDA. This is a lengthy process involving several stages of testing, often lasting up to three years. Only a small group make it through. These become he new “stars” of the investing world and their stocks rise, often very quickly.Continue Reading

Where is the Price of Gold Headed?

The markets have turned in a strange performance over the past several weeks. The numbers on the economy came in weaker than expected with GDP down -.1% in April. Unlike other recoveries, spending growth has decelerated. Each year it takes a step down. This is not the way it should be. In all past recoveries, spending growth increased as the economy grew. Discretionary spending was up but 90% of that was due to inflation, especially in food and energy. Consumers are being forced to spend more. Our US deficit is running at about $17.3 trillion. The US Federal Reserve’s Balance Sheet has grown to $4.9 trillion. Surprisingly, the US stock market made a new all time high in the Dow and S & P. Gold, on the other hand, fell to its lowest level in the past 15 weeks.Continue Reading