Over the last several weeks, the threat of a trade war between the United States and China has put a lot of pressure on the broad market. Virtually every sector of the economy could be affected by U.S. tariffs More →
When reading about the fraught retail sector, I usually find myself wondering about how iconic American brands are doing. Those longstanding brands that really embody and define American style.
This week had me thinking about Ralph Lauren (NYSE: RL).
For several years, it has seemed that Ralph Lauren has been in the same boat with Michael Kors and Coach, with their products being found mostly at outlet malls and on discount racks at departments stores. More →
I have a confession to make. I used to be a Starbucks addict.
A few years ago, I was never without my venti iced non-fat 16-pump chai tea latte with extra extra ice. The baristas at my local store knew me by name and even went so far as to ask if I was ok if I showed up late or if I showed up more than twice a day. They even followed my dog on Instagram.
I was addicted to a point that when there was a forest fire one summer that stopped my preferred Starbucks store from getting its chai concentrate delivered, I went online and bought all of the chai concentrate I could afford from starbucks.com with delivery by next day air. More →
Looking at the retail sector over the last couple of years, it’s not difficult to imagine the grim reaper (or maybe just Amazon) coming for what remains of shopping mall staples and other brick-and-mortar retailers.
The number of bankruptcies and closures is astounding. So far this year, more than 300 retailers have filed for bankruptcy, up 31% since this time last year. While most of those filings were from small Mom & Pop stores, there are some pretty big household names on the list too.
Gymboree. Payless ShoeSource. Gordman’s. RadioShack. Teen clothing retailer Wet Seal. Women’s retailers The Limited and Bebe. More →
On occasion, I like to take a look back over the stocks I’ve written about to see how the technical patterns I’ve identified in their charts have played out.
In early January of this year, I wrote a piece for our sister publication, Direction Alerts, about Canadian Solar (NASDAQ: CSIQ). In the article, which you can find here, I discussed how CSIQ was nearing a breakout from a falling wedge pattern and could soon be beginning a new uptrend that could see its price potentially rising 100% or higher.
So where is CSIQ today? More →
If you’re like me, you’ve looked at more than a few charts and wished you had invested when a stock was coming off a bottom and was on its way up rather than looking for clues that tell you if there’s another buying opportunity on the horizon so that you can get in on the uptrend too.
Lucky for us, there are ways to spot a bottom. And once you do spot one, it only takes the courage of your convictions to buy in even with sentiment at its worst.
Last week I wrote about a bearish pattern on China’s Google, Baidu (NASDAQ: BIDU). At the end of that article, I made mention that when one market leader starts to turn bearish, others may soon follow.
Sure enough, last Friday, the technology sector experienced a sell-off that extended its losses on Monday and sent some big names—Netflix to name one—into near-correction territory.
It’s not clear what started the sell-off, and it remains to be seen if it was all just a short-term correction or a sign of something more ominous from the group of stocks that has been at the heart of Wall Street’s bull run in equities in the last several months.
It never fails to make me laugh a bit to myself when I see excitement over a bunch of zeros. Remember Dow 20,000 earlier this year? Or Amazon hitting $1,000 a share last week?
This week it was Google’s parent company, Alphabet (NASDAQ: GOOGL), soaring to trade at $1,006 by late Monday morning which helped push the market cap of the world’s second largest company to $688 billion.
What’s remarkable in my mind is that the demand is still there, even despite all those zeros of the four-digit stock price, as such a high price on an individual stock should make the company look unaffordable to smaller investors.