Powell Served Up the Ball On Inflation, Bullard Delivered the Slam Dunk

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell served up the alley-oop and James Bullard delivered the slam dunk. While the latest statement on monetary policy had nothing to say about a hawkish turn at the Fed, Powell served up notice during the press conference. Powell noted growth and inflation prospects that exceeded prior expectations, which in turn … Read more

GoodRx: A Healthy Recovery from An Amazon Panic

The Amazon Panic An “Amazon Panic” describes a rush of selling in the stocks of companies potentially impacted by a new initiative from Amazon.com (AMZN). Invariably, the dust settles, the panic subsides, and buyers pick up the pieces. The whirlwind is a short-term, quick trigger reaction to a world shattered by Amazon. An Amazon Panic … Read more

How to Warn Investors and Guarantee A Correct Prediction

The Warning The CNBC headline warned investors: “Widespread overconfidence is putting investors in a dangerous situation, Invesco’s Kristina Hooper warns.” I typically skip right past such headlines. Yet my recent switch to a cautiously bearish short-term trading call made me more receptive to the big tease. I expected to read stock market predictions about the … Read more

Stock Market Lessons from Cramer In Turmoil

As I scrambled to write my update on a “suddenly oversold” market stock market, I listened to Jim Cramer’s Mad Money. Cramer is naturally entertaining, and I particularly like hearing his take at key market moments like these. On Tuesday, February 25th, Cramer was firmly in the bearish camp on his Mad Money show. He … Read more

The Dow Jones Industrials’ Unimpressive 5-Week Selling Streak Could Become A Meaningful Prelude

The CNBC headline sounds scary: “Dow rises nearly 100 points, but posts longest weekly losing streak since 2011“. It sounds like sellers have gripped the stock market! Normally, I ignore the Dow Jones Industrial because it is meaningless as an unrepresentative price-weighted index, but I could not ignore this headline. At first blush, I thought … Read more

T2108 Update (April 7, 2014) – From Overbought to Quasi-Oversold in Three Days Flat

(T2108 measures the percentage of stocks trading above their respective 40-day moving averages [DMAs]. It helps to identify extremes in market sentiment that are likely to reverse. To learn more about it, see my T2108 Resource Page. You can follow real-time T2108 commentary on twitter using the #T2108 hashtag. T2108-related trades and other trades are … Read more

Herbalife: Anatomy of A Short Squeeze

In “A Trading Plan For Herbalife: A Pullback Likely Before A New Trading Range“, I used options trading and presumed resistance at the 50-day moving average (DMA) to estimate that this week would finally mark a pullback in Herbalife (HLF) shares. Instead, HLF punched right through 50DMA resistance on Monday (Jan 14) and in just … Read more