The Week Ahead in the Stock Market
August 20, 2012
Market Information for this Week.....
The Week Ahead in the Stock Market – August 20, 2012
In the absence of data or policy catalysts and with the S&P 500 near four-year highs, market participants are hoping technical indicators hold the clues in the week ahead on whether stocks will sell off into September following a slow-speed rally. All the information required in regard to earnings, economic data and ETFs is also included.
The Economy and Earnings in the Week Ahead – August 20, 2012
Investors will be parsing Fed-speak in the week ahead for signs of more stimuli for the economy, with the release of the minutes from the Federal Reserve’s July meeting. Housing data is also due in an otherwise slow week for economic reports.
The Past Week Stock Market Results – August 20, 2012
The S&P 500 held near a four-year high in the past week, and the market's key gauge of anxiety sank to its lowest since 2007, suggesting a belief that the problems stressing investors might be closer to a resolution.
The Major ETFs in the Week Ahead – August 20, 2012
All the stock market index ETFs made headway last week, and three of the four are in the vicinity of their 52-week highs.
A clear break above the 52-week high indicates another wave higher in a long-term uptrend could be underway. The current levels of these index ETFs are pivotal price points.
Options Expiration Cycles – August 20, 2012
This article discusses which options expiration cycles are the more profitable – four-week or five-week!
The VIX Futures Curve and Stock Market Sentiment – August 20, 2012
The so-called "fear" barometer -- lost nearly 8.9% last week and notched a new annual low of $13.30. This move, along with the current state of the VIX futures curve, sparked a lot of chatter in the financial media, but many VIX watchers may be overreacting.