Right back into the range

The first week of earnings season is behind us. The results were not nearly as bad as investors feared. Some averages, such as the Russell small and mid-cap indexes, actually made new highs. However, all the indexes fell back into a trading range by the close on...

Earnings on deck

This week launched the beginning of first-quarter earnings results for American companies. Wall Street doesn’t expect much. It is bracing for a disappointing season, especially from U.S. exporters. Has the market discounted that news already? Analysts expect that...

Volatility defines the stock market

It was a tumultuous week. Investors should get used to it because volatility is going to be with us for some time to come. You can blame a lot of things, but the evidence suggests that the dollar is the main culprit behind the market’s gyrations. The rate of ascent,...

The Fed does it again

  Coming into this week’s Federal Open Market Committee meeting, investors thought they had a handle on what the central bankers planned to do about interest rates. Once again, the Fed threw us a curve. The bet was that the word “patient,” in regard to when the...

Pay attention to diverging markets

It was a turbulent week for U.S. stocks as the strong dollar and worries over possible rising interest rates spooked investors. But not all markets followed our lead. This divergence could be the beginning of a trend that could benefit your portfolio. Normally, the...

Home on the range

  New highs followed by some selling, then a little back and fill, before climbing to yet another new high. That’s the environment we are in and it happens to be a great recipe for making money in the stock market. The last few days are a great example of what...