Category: Big Picture

S&P 500 Nearing a Bear Market 

Posted on May 19th, 2022

A bear market is defined as a 20% drop from an index’s 52-week high. The S&P500 has become more of the benchmark traders and investors use to assess what is going on with stocks / the economy It used to be the Dow Jones Industrial Average, but nowadays more and more professionals get more out […]

Can the Energy Sector Bullish Run Continue?

Posted on May 17th, 2022

Energy Sector Positive for the 6th Day in a Row When it comes to analyzing the big picture on Energy and Oil I look at the chart on United States Oil Fund, LP (USO). This fund, per Yahoo Finance, invests primarily in futures contracts for light, sweet crude oil, other types of crude oil, diesel-heating […]

Oil is a Bullish Sector in a Bearish Market

Posted on May 6th, 2022

The Oil Sector is at Year-to-Date Highs The market is in e bearish slide overall with the Dow down 9.96% Year-to-Date (YTD), the NASDAQ is down 22.45%, which could be qualified as a recession for that market, and the S&P 500 is down 13.91% all at the time of this write up. The choice is […]

Options Trading Ahead of the Fed

Posted on May 3rd, 2022

Ask Yourself This Question When we are coming in to an announcement from the Federal Reserve on what they are going to do with short-term interest rates – or the Fed Announcement, you may find yourself holding open options trades/positions. Would you open this position today? If so, one can make the decision to keep […]

The Worst 1st Quarter for US Stocks in 2 years 

Posted on April 1st, 2022

Late Day Selling in the Markets Ends a Terrible 1st Quarter for Stocks Today was the last day of trade for the 1st  quarter of 2022. The US Stock market ended the 1st quarter in a volatile fashion, especially over the last hour of trade today. Much of this may be attributed to professional money […]

Is the Bond Market Signaling a Recession?

Posted on March 28th, 2022

Inverted Yield Curve and What it May Bring An inverted yield curve in bonds is where or when short-term bond yields exceed those of longer-term bond yields. It signals investors are worried about the economy’s long-term potential. An example of this is a 20-year Treasury bond carrying a higher yield (or, interest rate) than a […]

Where to Focus: The Ups and Downs of Stock Market Averages

Posted on March 25th, 2022

The markets have endured despite all that’s going on in the world. The two biggest issues it seems are the Russia Ukraine war and on the home front the prospects of multiple more short-term interest rate hikes which could be of the half-basis point variety starting as early as May has caused the market to […]

Quadruple Witching and How Options Traders can Take Advantage

Posted on March 10th, 2022

Quadruple Witching will take place Friday, March 18 That day should experience a great deal more options volume due to the options of stock index futures, stock index options, stock options, and single stock futures expiring simultaneously. This situation causes many Money Managers, Hedge Fund Managers. Market Makers, etc. to not only worry about their […]

Russia / Ukraine Tensions and My Take on the Stock Market  

Posted on February 14th, 2022

Happy Valentine’s Day in the Stock Market … I will get back to this in a bit. Russia Ukraine Tensions and it’s Effect on the Markets There is a ton written and researched on what is going on between the two and what may happen that I don’t need to rehash that for you. What […]

My Take on the Stock Market Today

Posted on February 11th, 2022

I had a little fun in my weekly newsletter by asking what your favorite dip was and I added pics of a bean dip, a spinach and artichoke dip and a ranch dip. I then said but how about a ‘Tech Dip?’ Prior to the last two days of trade, it looked like investors favored […]