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Return of the Uptick Rule

March 10, 2009

According to U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, the Securities and Exchange Commission could restore the uptick rule within a month. The uptick rule prevents a short seller from initiating a sale until a stocks last move was upward. The uptick rule had been in place since the 1930’s, but […]

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Jeffrey Saut Sees Markets Bottoming

December 30, 2008

I all ways find the market opinions of Raymond James’ Jeffrey Saut enlightning and fascinating.  In his latest Investment Strategy note he quotes the views of Barron’s Stephanie Pomboy and then gives some stock tips: In past missives we have suggested that the equity markets have been in a bottoming process since the October 10th […]

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Kiplinger’s: “Six Reasons to Buy Stocks Now”

December 22, 2008

Kiplinger’s has a thoughtful piece on the potential virtues of buying stocks now in this beat up market.  It describes six reasons why now it the time to buy stocks. The six reasons to buy stocks now from the article: Stocks are battered and cheap. Stocks are overdue for a rally. The low risk alternatives […]

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What’s Up With Nvidia?

September 17, 2008

On a day when the market is scared to death, and people are screaming that the end is nigh, Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA) was up 4.28%. This was on no real news. Nvidia has fallen from its 52 week high of $39.67 to a recent $8.80. It closed today at $10.00. Can it be inferred from this […]

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Airlines Are Up Huge Today

September 16, 2008

So goes oil, so goes the airlines. As oil continues to drop, the airline stocks have been on an absolute tear. This is in contrast to the overall market which has been generally miserable. At the time of this writing: Delta Airlines (NYSE:DAL) is up 24% today and up 79% in the last three months. […]

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What is the Dow Jones Industrial Average?

February 19, 2008

With Bank of America and Chevron entering the Dow Jones Industrial average today, I thought it would be a good time to discuss exactly what this closely watched stock market indicator is, and how it is configured and calculated. History The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was originally, as its name implies, an index of […]

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When Mr. Market Offers You A Deal, Take It

January 9, 2008

“Investors should remember that excitement and expenses are their enemies. And if they insist on trying to time their participation in equities, they should try to be fearful when others are greedy and greedy only when others are fearful.” – Warren Buffett in the 2004 Berkshire Hathaway Letter to Shareholders I heard something very interesting […]

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All Major Stock Indexes End the Year Positive

January 1, 2008

Despite a rough showing in the fourth quarter, the US stock market ended the year with gains. The Dow Jones industrials ended the year up 6.4% while the NASDAQ was up 9.8%. The S&P 500 was up only 3.5% due to the index being heavily weighted with financial stocks, which took steep losses in the […]

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