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Mastering IBM (IBM) Options and Earnings

PREFACE Two seemingly contradictory phenomena are equally true for International Business Machines Corp (NYSE:IBM) stock, and together they have created a wonderful option trading result for years... Read More

Monte Paschi May Have Received Solvent-Status "Fudge" To Get Bailout

To make sense of the Monte Paschi debate, you have to start with a 2014 law known as the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive, which sets out the EU's bank-failure rules. The law assumes that if a firm needs "extraordinary public financial support," this indicates that it's failing and should be wound down. In that process, investors including senior bondholders can be forced to take losses. An exception, known as a precautionary recapitalization, is allowed for solvent banks if a long list of conditions is met. As the name suggests, this tool isn't intended to clear up a bank's...

These Are The Best And Worst U.S. Cities To Own A House

In its latest, January, update of US home prices, Case-Shiller reported that the unadjusted 20 city composite index, rose at a 5.9% annual rate, up from 5.7% last month and setting a 31-month high. Perhaps even more notable is that in 17 of 20 metro areas, the pace of home appreciation over the past year was 5% or higher, or more than double the pace of core inflation. And with rents continuing to soar across the country, in many cases at a double digit clip, not to mention exploding healthcare costs, one wonders just what the BLS "measures" with its monthly...

Richmond Fed: Regional Manufacturing Activity Expanded in March

From the Richmond Fed: Manufacturing Firms Upbeat in March with Shipments, New Orders, and Employment Indexes Rising. Manufacturers in the Fifth District were generally upbeat in March, according to the latest survey by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. The index for shipments and new orders both rose and employment gains were more common. This improvement led to a composite index for manufacturing that rose from 17 in February to 22 in March — the strongest reading for that index since April 2010. In addition to improvement in the employment index...

SNAP Cracks As Facebook Adds "Stories"

Three words... "barriers to entry" After soaring yesterday on the back of an upgrade-fest from Wall Street, Snap shares are down 3% in the pre-market, paring earlier gains, as Bloomberg reports that Facebook adds "Stories" feature to its mobile app, letting people post pictures and videos that disappear after 24 hours. As Bloomberg reports, Facebook is making a dramatic change to the social network's mobile application, letting people post pictures and videos that disappear after 24 hours. Dramatic, but unsurprising—it's the fourth time the company has added such a feature...

Tuesday: Case-Shiller House Prices

Here is the Zillow forecast (They've been very close each month): The January Case-Shiller national index is expected to grow 6 percent year-over-year and 0.5 percent from December, up from 5.8 percent annual growth recorded in November but down somewhat from 0.7 percent monthly growth in December. The smaller 10- and 20-city indices are both expected to grow by 0.7 percent month-over-month (SA), slower than the 0.9 percent monthly growth recorded in December. On an annual basis, the 10- and 20-city indices are expected to grow by 5.1 percent...'s Chart of the Day - National Beverage Corp

The Chart of the Day belongs to The National Beverage Corporation (FIZZ).  I found the beverage stock by using Barchart to sort the Top Stocks to Own list first for the most frequent number of new highs in the last month, then again for technical buy signals of 80% or more. Since the Trend Spotter signaled a buy on 2/3 the stock gained 54.28%. National Beverage Corp. is a holding company for various subsidiaries that develop, manufacture, market and distribute a complete portfolio of quality beverage products throughout the...

Dallas Fed: "Texas Manufacturing Activity Strengthens" in March

From the Dallas Fed: Texas Manufacturing Activity StrengthensTexas factory activity increased for the ninth consecutive month in March, according to business executives responding to the Texas Manufacturing Outlook Survey. The production index, a key measure of state manufacturing conditions, rose two points to 18.6, suggesting output growth picked up pace this month. ... The general business activity index fell eight points but remained positive at 16.9, and the company outlook index was largely unchanged at 17.9...

Stocks and Bonds; Critical change of direction in play?

Since the summer of 2016, stocks have done very well and bonds have been thumped, as rates have risen sharply. Is it time for these trends to take a break? Below compares the performance of the S&P 500, with the popular bond ETF TLTover the past 9-months. The performance spread between stocks and bonds over the past 9-months is a big one! Rare to see the spread between the two being 30% in a 9-month time frame! If the S&P would happen to break support and TLT breaks resistance...

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