Opinion: Stock-market investors, it’s time to hear the ugly truth

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Description: The Federal Reserve is propping up the market — and here’s the evidence Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Jan 05, 2019 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/stock-market-investors-its-time-to-hear-the-ugly-truth-2019-01-05 Questions for discussion: What does the article say about the role played by the Fed? Do you agree with this assessment? Should this information influence investing decisions?

Here are the S&P 500’s best and worst stock performers of 2018

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Description: Considering how much coverage there has been of the strengthening U.S. economy, demand for workers and a massive tax cut that has boosted corporate earnings, 2018 has been a disappointing year for the stock market overall. Investors seem to be disappointed as they look ahead. Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Dec 06, 2018 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/here-are-the-sp-500s-best-and-worst-stock-performers-of-2018-2018-12-06 Questions… Read more »

Dimon says Fed will likely still hike rates in December despite market turmoil

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Description:  Despite the stock market sell-off this week, J.P. Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon predicts the Federal Reserve will likely still raise interest rates in December. Source: CNBC.com Date: Dec 05, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/12/06/dimon-says-fed-will-likely-still-hike-rates-in-december-despite-market-turmoil.html Questions for discussion: What does Jamie Dimon have to say about interest rates and the economy? Do you agree with his assessments and interest… Read more »

Leon Cooperman says SEC needs to investigate computer trading for causing ‘Wild West’ with markets

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Description: Omega Advisors founder Leon Cooperman on Thursday blamed the Securities and Exchange Commission for failing to address the impact computerized trading has had on the broader market and how it exacerbates volatility during market swings. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Dec 06, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/12/06/leon-cooperman-says-sec-needs-to-investigate-computer-trading-for-causing-wild-west-with-markets.html Questions for discussion: What does Leon Cooperman say about the recent… Read more »

More than half of the S&P 500 components have produced death crosses

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Description: With the S&P 500 SPX, -1.65% poised to produce a bearish “death cross” chart pattern on Friday, more than half of the index’s components are already there. A death cross is when the 50-day moving average (DMA) crosses below the 200-DMA, with many chart watchers viewing that occurrence as marking the spot a shorter-term pullback transitions to a longer-term… Read more »

Earnings are still great, and that’s what matters for stocks

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Description: Third-quarter earnings season is just about over, and corporate results haven’t been this strong in eight years. With 97% of the S&P 500 having reported results through the end of last week, the blended earnings growth rate for the S&P 500 is25.9%, according to data from FactSet. Source: Finance.Yahoo.com – video report Date: Dec 04,… Read more »

Watch out for December ‘risk liquidation’ if Trump/Xi meeting disappoints

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Description: A volatile year of trading could be coming to a head this weekend. Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Nov 23, 2018 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/watch-out-for-december-risk-liquidation-if-trumpxi-meeting-disappoints-2018-11-30 Questions for discussion: What are the reasons given for investor concern? Do you agree with this assessment? What would reduce volatility in the market? What should investors do, in your opinion?

7 key reasons the ‘bottom is falling out’ of oil prices on Black Friday

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Description: WTI falls by 7.7% to settle Friday trade at its lowest since Oct. 9, 2017 Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Nov 23, 2018 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/6-key-reasons-the-bottom-is-falling-out-of-oil-prices-on-black-friday-2018-11-23 Questions for discussion: Do you agree with the assessment and the reasons given in this report? What should investors do?

Hedge fund titan Ray Dalio says the world is counting on stocks going up and that will mean trouble in a bear market

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Description: Hedge fund magnate Ray Dalio warned investors on Thursday the next bear market could be very painful since most are not prepared for it. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Nov 15, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/15/hedge-fund-king-ray-dalio-says-the-world-is-long-stocks-and-that-will-mean-trouble-in-a-bear-market.html Questions for discussion: Explain the concerns expressed by Ray Dalio in the interview. Do you think he is overly concerned about… Read more »

Buffett’s big bank bet explained using a simple measure of stock market value

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Description: Everyone is concerned about an overvalued stock market. And they should be. You don’t reach a full decade of a bull run without asking the reasonable question about stock values. A simple explanation that Warren Buffett once gave for knowing when the market is overvalued doesn’t present a full-throated endorsement of market bargains being… Read more »