The Stock Market – Continued Weakness?

With the ongoing problems in Europe, fears of worldwide economic “contagion”, and many overt signs of economic slowing in the United States, one is led to wonder how susceptible the U.S. stock markets are to further declines. While I have written extensively about how I believe the stock market will face an exceedingly large decline …

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S&P500 Earnings Estimates For 2010 & 2011

As many are aware, Standard & Poors publishes earnings estimates on a quarterly basis. Currently, their estimates for 2010 add to the following: -From a “bottom up” perspective, operating earnings of $81.72/share -From a “top down” perspective, operating earnings of $71.32/share -From a “top down” perspective, “as reported” earnings of $64.84/share Currently, their estimates for …

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2010 S&P500 Earnings Projections

Tommorrow’s Barron’s cover story has forecasts provided by 12 strategists and investment managers.   I would like to highlight their S&P500 earnings forecasts for 2010.  As seen on page 28, the average of the 12 stated forecasts is $75.75. From what I have seen, this $75 level is very common among forecasters, and as such seems like the predominant forecast for …

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S&P500 Downtrend And 50% Retracement

The following chart shows a Weekly Log Chart of the S&P500 from 2007.  I have drawn a trendline from the October 2007 highs as well as a retracement indicator from the March 2009 bottom of ~666.  (Please note that the trendline and retracement both might be off by a “hair,” but this is relatively immaterial …

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When Might I Become “Bullish”?

In this post I would like to respond to a question that was raised in response to the final post (November 6) of my “Danger In The Markets?” series. The question raised was “What would have to occur before you considered moving bullish?” I will answer this question in the context of the general stock market …

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Danger In The Markets? Part IV

The charts seen in this post are from Maurice Walker, http://thechartpatterntrader.com.  First, a daily 1-year chart of the S&P500.  The large broadening pattern  (in blue) is notable, as is the smaller one, as seen by the dotted line. chart provided by http://thechartpatterntrader.com Chart Courtesy of StockCharts.com   Here is a weekly chart of the S&P500.  Notable …

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Danger In The Markets? Part III

Moving on to the stock market.  First, a 1-year daily chart of the S&P500.  Although at first glance, the advance from the March lows doesn’t appear too suspect, two aspects are notable.  One can see that currently the price has dipped below the 50 day moving average (line seen in blue -the red line is …

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