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Dow to surge -- Profit from the drawback!
March 28, 2017

The Dow to Surge -- Be Prepared

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) finished in the red for an eighth straight trading day -- its longest losing streak since August 2011 – but historically, the situation could prove beneficial to the alert trader.

The major cause of this continued downward momentum seems to stem from President Donald Trump's legislative disaster Friday, after the healthcare bill to repeal and replace Obamacare was pulled due to a gridlock, with telecom and financial stocks bearing the brunt of the selling pressure.

However, relief could be on the horizon, as based on history the DJIA has historically outperformed following a seven-session losing streak -- with the most notable returns occurring at the three-month mark. The Dow, when this occurred, has averaged a post-streak three-month gain of 2.7% and has seen an increase in volatility over the near term.

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Best of Trading,
Ian Harvey
Director of Stock Options Made Easy

Buy the Dip

March 22, 2017

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) dropped to triple digits for its worst daily percentage loss since Sept. 13, amid a disastrous day for bank stocks. One of the worst hit areas was financial shares which slid on worries that President Donald Trump's tax reform and deregulation efforts will be delayed.

Also, the Nasdaq Composite (COMP) was even worse off than the Dow -- falling the most since Sept. 9, despite touching a record intraday high of 5,928.06 in early trading.

As well, the Russell 2000 Index (RUT) dropped into negative year-to-date territory, and the S&P 500 Index (SPX) logged its biggest loss since Oct. 11. And adding fuel to the pull-back, Fed officials attracted attention, with Kansas City Fed President Esther George saying she currently sees an opportunity to remove some stimulus measures.

Retail stocks have taken a hit with a loss of 1.5% on Monday -- down 5.2% on the year -- one of the worst performing groups.

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The Stock Market Bull Ride Continues

March 19, 2017

The stock market continues its’ upwards spiral, despite the fact the Fed raised rates.

Even though there was relatively muted action in stock markets Friday, the Dow, S&P 500 Index (SPX), and Nasdaq Composite (COMP) all closed higher for the week, with the COMP notching an all-time intraday high.

There was plenty of information to be considered throughout the week -- trade discussions in a meeting between President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, as well as the G-20 summit of global financial leaders, a round of economic data and wavering oil prices, as well as a pull-back in bond rates. And on top of this was quadruple witching expiration occurring.

When the Fed actually raised rates on Wednesday afternoon there was surge in stock prices. The fact that the committee was comfortable with just three hikes this year, provided a comfort zone to traders, and for those that were gambling on a more hawkish Fed there was scramble to undo their bets.

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