• As you likely already know, Saudi Arabian oil fields were damaged in a drone attack over the weekend crippling roughly 5% of the world’s daily oil output. Both WTI and Brent crude oil prices are up about 12% on the day despite President Trump releasing some of the strategic reserves. This [...]
  • That’s what at least one market watcher thinks. A surprise drone strike on Saudi Arabian oil fields that figure to take half of the country’s oil production offline could send oil prices soaring in the coming days. It’s estimated that nearly 5.7 million barrels of oil a day or about [...]
  • For the first time since the fourth quarter correction of last year, value stocks are taking market leadership. That instance was more that value stocks lost less than growth stocks. Right now, value stocks are leading on the way up. During the month of September, the iShares Edge MSCI USA Value [...]
  • Bank stocks are back in rally mode after the spike in Treasury yields has resulted in the group gaining 10% in just the past couple of weeks.   Bank stocks have been suffering ever since the Treasury yield curve has been flattening since a flatter curve means skinnier net interest margins [...]
  • 3 ETFs To Watch This Week

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    Cyclicals have taken over the lead from defensive stock over the past two weeks. The tech and consumer discretionary sectors are up more than 5% during that time while the core defensive sectors – real estate, consumer staples, utilities and healthcare – have lagged badly. The rally is mostly trade-fueled [...]
  • The charts over the past couple of months have been ugly. The Marijuana ETF (MJ) is down more than 37% from its 2019 high and individual names within the sector are doing much worse.   Tilray, perhaps the poster child for the industry, is down well over 70% from just [...]
  • The U.S. economy is essentially at full employment but the trade war might finally be turning things in the other direction. Jobless claims in a number of manufacturing- and agriculture-heavy have been noticeably rising since the original Trump tariffs were imposed.   This shouldn’t be terribly surprising since tariffs increase [...]
  • As much as the Fed tries to use a combination of lower interest rates, fiddling with the dollar’s value and the possibility of another round of QE, inflation has remained stubbornly low and it may be there to stay. The Invesco DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund (DBC) was tracking higher [...]
  • ​As we head into the second half of 2019, the financial markets are telling us two stories. The first is the equity markets. If you pay attention to just the S&P 500, which most people do, you probably think everything is great. The index just hit a new all-time high and [...]
  • Chinese stocks have been rallying for most of 2019 on anticipation of a China-U.S. trade deal being reached that help eliminate at least some of the tariffs that have been imposed by both sides. Every time we hear words like “progressing” or “encouraging”, we’ve seen a modest pop in the [...]

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