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 »

Here’s how the Apple Watch’s heart monitor works

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Description: CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains how to use Apple Watch’s built-in ECG monitor. Source: CNN.com – video report Date: Dec 04, 2018 Link:  https://www.cnn.com/videos/business/2018/12/05/apple-watch-ecg-app-health-review.cnn-business/video/playlists/top-news-videos/ Questions for discussion: Do you think this device will significantly increase consumer choice for Apple in place of other brands? Do you think this product development changes investor’s perception of… 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 »

Whatever Apple’s Tim Cook decides to do with video ‘could explode’: Discovery CEO

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Description:  Discovery CEO David Zaslav told CNBC that Apple’s video streaming service “could explode” when it launches next year, because CEO Tim Cook and video head Eddy Cue have the connections they need: subscribers. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Nov 23, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/28/tim-cooks-plans-for-apple-video-could-explode-discovery-ceo.html Questions for discussion: What distinguishes the Discovery business model from scripted television?… 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?

The Monopolization of America

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Description: In one industry after another, big companies have become more dominant over the past 15 years, new data show. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Nov 25, 2018 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/25/opinion/monopolies-in-the-us.html Questions for discussion: What does the report say about mergers and their effect on the economy? Do you agree with this assessment?

It’s been an ‘avalanche’ of bad news for Apple, but this investor isn’t…

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Description: Dan Ives, managing director of Wedbush Securities, and Ed Snyder, co-founder and managing director at Charter Equity Research, discuss whether the market is overreacting in the sell-off of Apple. It’s been an ‘avalanche’ of bad news for Apple, but this investor isn’t bearish on the stock yet from CNBC. Source: CNBC.com – video report… Read more »