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It's Time To Add Intel To Your Portfolio

For the past few years, there has been a lot of talk about the death of the personal computer. Soon there will be a world where everyone will hold nothing but their smartphones, tablets and wrist computers. That itself sounds so science fiction not that long ago.

I agree, personal computer sales are slowing as more and more consumers migrate across to the mobile world of smartphones and tablets, but from observation as well as from personal experience, these new gadgets are just an extension ...

Jul 30, 2015
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Tech Sector Poised For More Gains: QQQ

If you’ve been reading my commentary over the past five weeks on TraderPlanet you’ve probably noticed a couple that were focused on the Nasdaq ETF . To me this has been a great way to filter out single stock earnings risk from the likes of Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, and Google in the more volatile tech/social media area of the market.

Moving forward to the present day, I’ve changed my tune from bearish to bullish . On July 29th, this was reaffirmed by stocks tacking on gains after t...

Jul 30, 2015
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US Stocks Poised For Follow Through Gains

The S&P500 mini-futures opened flat yesterday, but came to life as the day got closer to the Fed interest rate announcement at 2:00 p.m. After some wide fast moves, the futures settled down and closed at 2101.50, above the important 2100 level for the first time since this decline began, and about 14 points above the prior close. A good day for the Bulls.

The impetus for this irrational exuberance was a Fed statement that was not too hot and not too cold. The Fed didn’t raise interest rates –...

Jul 30, 2015
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Trading Psychology: Men, We Need To Talk

About a month ago I got a call from a guy, fairly new to e-mini trading, who had just taken a 4-figure loss in one day. The set-back shocked him, but he was still up 30% in his account and after talking to me he felt better.

Frankly, I was impressed by his results because his method was very simple and yet he was doing quite well in a difficult market. Some people really are natural-born traders. They have the right temperament and gradually develop the skills.

Moreover, the phenomenon of Be...

Jul 30, 2015
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Will The Fed Confirm A Sept Rate Hike? No Way

The FOMC meeting ends this afternoon.  There will be no press conference, only an announcement.  Some think the announcement will give further confirmation of a hike this year, perhaps at the next meeting in September.  I don’t think so.

Below is testimony from Janet Yellen’s Semiannual Monetary Policy Report from February 24, 2015.

Foreign economic developments, however, could pose risks to the outlook for U.S. economic growth. Although the pace of growth abroad appears to have stepped up sl...

Jul 29, 2015
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Central Bankers Recreating Reality

A hallucination is a fact, not an error; what is erroneous is a judgment based upon it.

Bertrand Russell

We will at some point in time publish a full in depth article in terms of how Central bankers have been actively employing psychological strategies to deceive the masses for generations. In essence, central bankers have been recreating reality, and the sad part is that the masses now assume that this altered reality is the new norm.  We are going to illustrate this by highlighting excerpts...

Jul 28, 2015
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Profit From “Hidden” Fundamentals Of Crude Oil

 

By: James Cordier, Michael Gross

 

An outsider watching the prices of crude oil shift up or down may think this is some sort of random event.

“Who is causing this?” gas buyers and clueless politicians often demand, as though an evil oil company executive is sitting in a room throwing a lever to turn the supply on or off.

As an investor willing to do a little homework, however, you’ll find projecting price ranges for oil is a little less populist rhetoric and little more science and common s...

Jul 28, 2015
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How To Develop True Trading Confidence

Brett found trading confidence elusive.  "If only I was more confident, I'd be a better trader," Brett explained.  What might cultivate more confidence?  "Making more winning trades, of course."  Sorry, that’s the wrong answer.

The Source of True Trading Confidence

Trading confidence doesn’t come from the number of winning trades, how much money was won, or other ‘statistical’ measures.  True trading confidence comes from mastering the various skills needed to read the market and execute and ...

Jul 27, 2015
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IPOs: Watch This Healthy Pet Food Maker

Before the market opens on Wednesday, July 22, healthy pet product maker Blue Buffalo Pet Products’ 29.5 million share IPO is expected to price within a range of $16-$18. The lead underwriters on the deal are JP Morgan and Citigroup. BUFF’s IPO comes on the heels of another healthy pet food IPO, Freshpet , which went public on November 7, 2014. Taking a look back on how that IPO fared, its’ 10.4 million share IPO priced at $15, above the $12-$14 range, but then slid lower over the first few ...

Jul 21, 2015
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Tanger (SKT): A Bargain For Income Investors

 

Why Tanger Factory Outlet Centers Is a Bargain for Income Investors

With global interest rates still near record lows . In particular, income investors should consider Tanger Factory Outlet Centers due to: 1) the firm’s high dividend yields, 2) its ability to increase cash flows when inflation is rising, and 3) robust demand growth for quality outlet mall space. In general, I also like REITs because their legal structure allows management to deduct dividends from the firm’s taxable income...

Jul 17, 2015
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