Movers & Shakers

From a top-down perspective, the market has performed impressively this week. Under the market’s hood, however, the situation is anything but clear.»

Bottoming in Process

Last week, most major indexes successfully re-tested their August lows and, importantly, we saw a positive divergence from our Two-Second Indicator.»

Looking for Confirmation

We’re looking to see if the intermediate-term trend can turn up; by our measures, it could happen within a day or two if the market holds its recent gains. »

Movers & Shakers

If the trend turns up, we’ll take a more constructive stance (though we’ll likely advise going slow, as the longer-term trend remains an issue), and if it doesn’t turn up, we’ll simply remain hunkered down.»

Here’s What to Watch For

We’re focused on any potential bottoming action, especially as the major indexes tested their August mini-crash lows this week. »

Onus Remains on the Bulls

as always, it’s best to just take the evidence as it comes—today, that means holding lots of cash and limiting new buying as we patiently wait for a bottom to form.»

Stock Picks


The stock came public in May and, after a rally to 40 in early August, it's etched a decent-looking launching pad.

Activision Blizzard

I like any growth stock with a good combination of story, numbers and chart, but I was especially interested in this one, because I know World of Warcraft has been a huge earner in China.

Consolidated Edison

For investors who rely on regular income from their investments, high-quality dividend payers are the best vehicle for maintaining a steady income during troubled times in the market.

Cabot Wealth Advisory

Is Facebook the New Apple? (And Two IPOs to Watch)

By Michael Cintolo on October 08, 2015

As my boss likes to say, “Trends often last longer than anyone expects.” That’s very true. But it’s also true that, once a trend ends, it takes a long time for investors to come to terms with it. That’s true of both major market trends—it takes months for the general public to get bullish or bearish after a big turn, for instance—but it’s also true when it comes to individual stocks.Read More >

Have Solar Stocks Bottomed?

By Timothy Lutts on October 06, 2015

Recent weeks have brought an abnormally high number of days when the Dow gained or lost 200 or more points, as the overwhelming majority of stocks joined in the trend of the day. What do I think about this volatility, and what does it mean for the future?Read More >

The Problem with Hunches

By Paul Goodwin on October 05, 2015

Many people like to make decisions based on hunches; sometimes they’re called “educated guesses” and sometimes “feminine intuition.” And there’s some experimental support for the idea that snap judgments often prove quite sound.Read More >