Investing and Analysis

What Recession? Small Businesses are doing Great!

I was talking to one of my neighbors this week and she asked me about the looming recession and when the stock market was going to crash. I paused for a moment, and then remembered that she is a disciple of fake news, brought to her daily by her favorite alphabet news station. You have two choices of response here. ...

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Farming in the City? Vertical Farming Explained

When you traverse our nation by plane, train or car, you will notice that as soon as you get away from either coast, the country becomes much more sparsely populated. Hundreds and hundreds of miles of nothing. So I wonder why we worry about population growth and the ability to feed ourselves. Surely there is enough land available to grow ...

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September – The Worst Month for Stocks

Stocks were extremely volatile in August as the market got whipsawed by various developments throughout the month. The S&P gained or lost over 1% in 11 of the 21 trading days during the month and in the end, the index dropped 1.8% on the month. Now we enter September with investors nervous and the ninth month is historically the worst ...

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Positive Surprises for Retailers

The retail sector has been lagging the overall market by a wide margin over the past year. The SPDR S&P Retail ETF (NYSE: XRT) is down over 20% while the S&P 500 is up just over 2% in the past year. Despite the lagging performance by the retail sector, we have seen some big moves to the upside by some ...

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Is the Cream Rising to the Top this Earnings Season?

So far approximately 43% of the stocks in the S&P 500 have reported second quarter earnings results—at least that was the case at the end of the day on Friday. We have seen earnings big upside moves from big names such as Alphabet (Nasdaq: GOOGL) and Twitter (NYSE: TWTR), and we have seen surprises to the down side from companies ...

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Is the Market Setting Up for Another Rough Fourth Quarter?

With the S&P 500 trading near the 3,000 level and a record high, stocks have bounced back from a slight decline in May and many are in or close to overbought levels. The bounce back has also caused investor sentiment to jump sharply as well. There are few signs pointing to trouble for the market and that worries me. I ...

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Tech Earnings Expected to Fall Overall: Sentiment Picture Mixed

Earnings season is underway at this time, and the few stocks that have announced have produced some mixed results so far. One industry that is expected to see earnings decline in the second quarter is the tech sector, and we have seen mixed results from International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM) and Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX). IBM saw earnings grow, but revenue ...

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