Upward America Venture: Lennar Tackles Housing Affordability Challenge

Just as I was going about to close the books on the seasonal trade in home builders, Lennar (LEN) revived upward momentum across home builders. LEN gained 13.8% after announcing a partnership with Centerbridge to invest in rental single-family housing. News of the “Upward America Venture” lit a fire across the sector. However, the excitement … Read more

Music Streaming: Hard for Artists, Good for The Stocks

A month ago I mused about the business of music streaming and wondered how music artists make any money from their music. A recent episode of Marketplace provided the simple answer: the transition from buying music by the unit to paying a flat monthly fee has been unprofitable for the vast majority of music artists. … Read more

A Great Stock Market Divergence – Above the 40 (March 12, 2021)

Stock Market Commentary A great stock market divergence clarified itself last week. Growth stocks, especially the expensive and/or speculative kind, took a back seat to industrial and consumer names and other stocks primed to benefit most from the global economies reopening on a fresh wave of liquidity. This divergence renders a generalized view of the … Read more

Soliton Reveals More Details About Its Coming Product Launch

Soliton (SOLY) is a pre-launch medical device company specializing in technology for tattoo removal and cellulite reduction. The company is working on extending its RAP (Rapid Acoustic Pulse) technology to other indications. Soliton is still pre-launch, so the company had little to report for its financials in its latest earnings report. Management spent most of … Read more

A Buy Triggers On the 20% Correction in EWZ, the Brazil ETF

The iShares MSCI Brazil ETF (EWZ) hit its last peak on January 14, 2021 at $38.61. I was too busy trading around last week’s bearish action to notice that EWZ twice hit and bounced off the 20% correction point of $30.88. With my short-term trading call flipped to neutral, I was more keen to see … Read more

High-Tech Stocks Break Down In Fallout from Fierce Bear-Bull Battle – Above the 40 (March 5, 2021)

Stock Market Commentary The stock market continued its streak of trickiness. Buyers and sellers played a fierce bear-bull battle starting with one of the biggest fake-out one-day rallies since last September 2nd’s near parabolic run-up. Fresh money flowed into funds to start the month of March to for gains of 2.4% on the S&P 500 … Read more

ReneSola Finally Broke the Bank

ReneSola (SOL) is down 64.9% from its near 10-year high set in January. The company celebrated that high by announcing a secondary stock offering…its fifth in 4 months. SOL came back stronger and better from the first four secondaries of the series. The fifth secondary stock offering finally broke the bank (meaning ReneSola overwhelmed the … Read more

Flashing A Mix of Signals Going into Housing’s Spring Selling Season – Housing Market Review (February, 2021)

Housing Market Intro and Summary A little over a month after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell suggested that the housing market would soon normalize, mortgage rates have increased and the stocks of home builders have generally gone nowhere. The National Association of Realtors projected much stronger growth in existing home sales this year than in … Read more

Tricky Trading Quickly Took Stocks from Strength to Weakness – Above the 40 (February 26, 2021)

Stock Market Commentary The stock market got quite tricky last week. A day after buyers re-established control, sellers returned with a sustained fury. The selling on Thursday reflected the stock market’s split personality while the follow-up selling on Friday seemed broader. The pressure on the the stock market looks like an ominous setup for March … Read more