Bullish Engulfing Pattern

With the disappointing IBM and Texas Instrument earnings announcements last night, the S&P 500 opened sharply lower this morning. It seems that the market is now very concerned with companies that miss revenue targets and we could be setting a theme for this quarter’s earnings. However, as we returned to the office after a gorge…

Canned Goods, Bottled Water, and Shotguns

System risk, or the risk that the entire financial system will cease to work, is on the minds of many of our clients who invest with the intention of preserving capital and earning enough of a premium over inflation to achieve their financial goals. Rick and Carl mention worries about system risk in our current…

Inflation Pressures Fading

This week’s barrage of economic data included several updates on the inflation front. Separate reports on import prices, producer prices, and consumer prices were all released. Import prices and producer prices came in below expectations, while consumer prices matched expectations by declining a little from the prior month. The current message from the latest round…

Market Update

The S&P 500 has bounced over the past several trading days, gaining a little more than 8% from its intraday low of 1,011 reached on July 1st through its close at 1,096 today. The latest move isn’t totally surprising, since the market was oversold on many measures at its recent low. However, technical damage was…

Leading Indicator Update

It’s Friday and the sun is shining bright, so here are some charts to analyze. Rick and Carl are writing the quarterly outlook which will provide more color on the charts, but the basic gist is leading indices are signaling a slowdown ahead.

Death Cross

Last June, every financial station on TV heralded the Golden Cross. This is the term that describes the 50 Day Moving Average, which is the average price of the last 50 closing prices of a security or index, crossing above the 200 Day Moving Average. That was a good moment for bulls because it is…

Income Growth Improves

The trend in income growth carries a lot of weight in our process under normal circumstances. Recently, it’s been elevated even higher. The reason for that is that we (and others) believe that if employment picks up, and thus underlying incomes, it could be the critical piece that allows the economic recovery to continue and…

Range Bound?

The markets have remained volatile this week. Recent economic reports have largely been disappointing, particularly the latest housing market data. While certainly concerning, we don’t think enough evidence has accumulated to join the double-dip recession crowd at this point. Overall, the market seems to be digesting some degree of slowing in the U.S. economy. It…