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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

PREDICTION: Mini Rally Starts for Stocks Today

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After having survived the FOMC surprise, investors should welcome the arrival of supportive economic data this week. It starts today, with what I expect should be a good new home sales data point, and it likely continues with the support of oil inventory data Wednesday. Durable goods orders Thursday should not be bad enough to derail the run, especially after excluding high-ticket transportation goods. Friday, however, brings a reminder of the misery of Q1 with the revision of first quarter GDP (they’re expecting an uptick though). Janet Yellen’s feared public appearance Friday might not be so bad, as she will be in a good mood while receiving an award at Harvard. More importantly, the University of Michigan should report the American consumer’s mood is up as investors drift into the long holiday weekend marking the start to summer. See the whole story at A Mini Rally Starts for Stocks Today on Improving US Data.

Security Sector
05-23-16
SPDR S&P 500 (NYSE: SPY)
-0.1%
SPDR Dow Jones (NYSE: DIA)
+0.0%
PowerShares QQQ (Nasdaq: QQQ)
-0.1%
iShares Russell 2000 (NYSE: IWM)
-0.1%
Vanguard Total Stock Market (NYSE: VTI)
-0.1%
Financial Select Sector SPDR (NYSE: XLF)
-0.1%
Technology Select Sector SPDR (Nasdaq: XLK)
-0.2%
Energy Select Sector SPDR (NYSE: XLE)
-0.3%
Health Care Select Sector SPDR (NYSE: XLV)
-0.4%
Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (NYSE:  XLY)
-0.4%
Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (NYSE: XLP)
+0.1%
Utilities Select Sector SPDR (NYSE: XLU)
-0.9%
Materials Select Sector SPDR (NYSE: XLB)
+1.2%
Industrial Select Sector SPDR (NYSE: XLI)
-0.2%
iPath S&P 500 VIX ST Futures (NYSE: VXX)
-0.5%
SPDR Gold Trust (NYSE: GLD)
-0.3%
United States Oil (NYSE: USO)
-0.8%
PowerShares DB US Dollar Bullish (NYSE: UUP)
-0.0%

Please see our disclosures at the Wall Street Greek website and author bio pages found there. This article and website in no way offers or represents financial or investment advice. Information is provided for entertainment purposes only. Article should interest investors in SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average (NYSE: DIA), SPDR S&P 500 (NYSE: SPY), PowerShares QQQ Trust (Nasdaq: QQQ), ProShares Short Dow 30 (NYSE: DOG), ProShares Ultra Short S&P 500 (NYSE: SDS), ProShares Ultra QQQ (NYSE: QLD), NYSE Euronext (NYSE: NYX), The NASDAQ OMX Group (Nasdaq: NDAQ), Intercontinental Exchange (NYSE: ICE), E*Trade Financial (Nasdaq: ETFC), Charles Schwab (Nasdaq: SCHW), Asset Acceptance Capital (Nasdaq: AACC), Affiliated Managers (NYSE: AMG), Ameriprise Financial (NYSE: AMP), TD Ameritrade (Nasdaq: AMTD), BGC Partners (Nasdaq: BGCP), Bank of New York Mellon (NYSE: BK), BlackRock (NYSE: BLK), CIT Group (NYSE: CIT), Calamos Asset Management (Nasdaq: CLMS), CME Group (NYSE: CME), Cohn & Steers (NYSE: CNS), Cowen Group (Nasdaq: COWN), Diamond Hill Investment (Nasdaq: DHIL), Dollar Financial (Nasdaq: DLLR), Duff & Phelps (Nasdaq: DUF), Encore Capital (Nasdaq: ECPG), Edelman Financial (Nasdaq: EF), Equifax (NYSE: EFX), Epoch (Nasdaq: EPHC), Evercore Partners (NYSE: EVR), EXCorp. (Nasdaq: EZPW), FBR Capital Markets (Nasdaq: FBCM), First Cash Financial (Nasdaq: FCFS), Federated Investors (NYSE: FII), First Marblehead (NYSE: FMD), Fidelity National Financial (NYSE: FNF), Financial Engines (Nasdaq: FNGN), FXCM (Nasdaq: FXCM), Gamco Investors (NYSE: GBL), GAIN Capital (Nasdaq: GCAP), Green Dot (Nasdaq: GDOT), GFI Group (Nasdaq: GFIG), Greenhill (NYSE: GHL), Gleacher (Nasdaq: GLCH), Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS), Interactive Brokers (Nasdaq: IBKR), INTL FCStone (Nasdaq: INTL), Intersections (Nasdaq: INTX), Investment Technology (NYSE: ITG), Invesco (NYSE: IVZ), Jefferies (NYSE: JEF), JMP Group (NYSE: JMP), Janus Capital (NYSE: JNS), KBW (NYSE: KBW), Knight Capital (NYSE: KCG), Lazard (NYSE: LAZ), Legg Mason (NYSE: LM), LPL Investment (Nasdaq: LPLA), Ladenburg Thalmann (AMEX: LTS), Mastercard (NYSE: MA), Moody’s (NYSE: MCO), MF Global (NYSE: MF), Moneygram (NYSE: MGI), MarketAxess (Nasdaq: MKTX), Marlin Business Services (Nasdaq: MRLN), Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS), MSCI (Nasdaq: MSCI), MGIC Investment (NYSE: MTG), NewStar Financial (Nasdaq: NEWS), National Financial Partners (NYSE: NFP), Nelnet (NYSE: NNI), Northern Trust (Nasdaq: NTRS), NetSpend (Nasdaq: NTSP), Ocwen Financial (NYSE: OCN), Oppenheimer (NYSE: OPY), optionsXpress (Nasdaq: OXPS), PICO (Nasdaq: PICO), Piper Jaffray (NYSE: PJC), PMI Group (NYSE: PMI), Penson Worldwide (Nasdaq: PNSN), Portfolio Recovery (Nasdaq: PRAA), Raymond James (NYSE: RJF), SEI Investments (Nasdaq: SEIC), Stifel Financial (NYSE: SF), Safeguard Scientifics (NYSE: SFE), State Street (NYSE: STT), SWS (NYSE: SWS), T. Rowe Price (Nasdaq: TROW), Visa (NYSE: V) and Virtus Investment Partners (Nasdaq: VRTS).

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Oil Prices – Was that Bad News Actually Good?

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When the Energy Information Administration (EIA) Weekly Petroleum Status Report was published last week, I wondered if good news was mistaken for bad. Just a week after a large crude oil draw had been posted, the latest data showed a build in crude oil storage even despite the ongoing issues in Alberta. Oil prices immediately declined after the release, but did investors miss an important point? See the whole story at Oil Prices - Was Good News Mistaken for Bad?

Energy Relative Shares
05-23-16 Close
SPDR S&P 500 (NYSE: SPY)
-0.1%
United States Oil (NYSE: USO)
-0.8%
iPath S&P GSCI Crude Oil (NYSE: OIL)
-0.5%
United States Natural Gas (NYSE: UNG)
-0.2%
Energy Select Sector SPDR (NYSE: XLE)
-0.2%
SPDR S&P Oil & Gas E&P (NYSE: XOP)
-0.2%
Market Vectors Oil Services (NYSE: OIH)
-0.4%
Exxon Mobil (NYSE: XOM)
-0.2%
Chevron (NYSE: CVX)
-0.4%
B.P. (NYSE: BP)
-1.5%
TOTAL S.A. (NYSE: TOT)
-1.1%
ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP)
+0.0%
Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX)
-0.1%
Occidental Petroleum (NYSE: OXY)
-0.1%
Schlumberger (NYSE: SLB)
+0.1%
Weatherford Int’l (NYSE: WFT)
+2.0%
Halliburton (NYSE: HAL)
+1.3%

Please see our disclosures at the Wall Street Greek website and author bio pages found there. This article and website in no way offers or represents financial or investment advice. Information is provided for entertainment purposes only. Article interests energy investors including Exxon Mobil (NYSE: XOM), BP (NYSE: BP), PetroChina (NYSE: PTR), Petrobras (NYSE: PZE), Royal Dutch Shell (OTC: RYDAF.PK), Total (NYSE: TOT), Chevron (NYSE: CVX), Repsol (OTC: REPYY.PK), ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP), Eni SpA (NYSE: E), Sasol (NYSE: SSL), Encana (NYSE: ECA), Suncor (NYSE: SU), Imperial Oil (AMEX: IMO), Statoil (NYSE: STO), Cenovus (NYSE: CVE), Transocean (NYSE: RIG), Penn West Petroleum (NYSE: PWE), Continental Resources (NYSE: CLR), Noble (NYSE: NE), Concho (NYSE: CXO), Diamond Offshore (NYSE: DO), Ensco (NYSE: ESV), Whiting Petroleum (NYSE: WLL), Nabors (NYSE: NBR), Pride International (NYSE: PDE), Helmerich & Payne (NYSE: HP), QEP Resources (NYSE: QEP), Enerplus (NYSE: ERF), Rowan (NYSE: RDC), Cobalt (NYSE: CIE), Patterson UTI (Nasdaq: PTEN), SandRidge (NYSE: SD), Schlumberger (NYSE: SLB), Halliburton (NYSE: HAL), National Oilwell Varco (NYSE: NOV), Baker Hughes (NYSE: BHI), Weatherford International (NYSE: WFT), Cameron (NYSE: CAM), FMC Tech (NYSE: FTI), Oil States International (NYSE: OIS), Superior Energy (NYSE: SPN), Carbo Ceramics (NYSE: CRR), Helix Energy (NYSE: HLX), Pioneer (NYSE: PXD), CNOOC (NYSE: CEO), China Petroleum and Chemical (NYSE: SNP), Ecopetrol (NYSE: EC), Canadian Natural Resources (NYSE: CNQ), Apache (NYSE: APA), Anadarko (NYSE: APC), Devon (NYSE: DVN), EOG (NYSE: EOG), Chesapeake (NYSE: CHK).

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Stock Apocalypse – Something Happened En Route

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Stocks started to move sharply lower after Wednesday’s shocking (to some) FOMC meeting minutes, but something happened on the way to the stock market apocalypse. We got a reason to rally, and a very good one at that. See the whole story at Stock Market Apocalypse - Something Happened En Route.

Security Sector
05-23-16 at the Open
SPDR S&P 500 (NYSE: SPY)
-0.1%
SPDR Dow Jones (NYSE: DIA)
-0.1%
PowerShares QQQ (Nasdaq: QQQ)
+0.0%
iShares Russell 2000 (NYSE: IWM)
-0.1%
Vanguard Total Stock Market (NYSE: VTI)
+0.0%
Financial Select Sector SPDR (NYSE: XLF)
-0.1%
Technology Select Sector SPDR (Nasdaq: XLK)
-0.0%
Energy Select Sector SPDR (NYSE: XLE)
-0.6%
Health Care Select Sector SPDR (NYSE: XLV)
-0.2%
Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (NYSE:  XLY)
+0.1%
Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (NYSE: XLP)
+0.1%
Utilities Select Sector SPDR (NYSE: XLU)
+0.2%
Materials Select Sector SPDR (NYSE: XLB)
+0.8%
Industrial Select Sector SPDR (NYSE: XLI)
-0.1%
iPath S&P 500 VIX ST Futures (NYSE: VXX)
+0.2%
SPDR Gold Trust (NYSE: GLD)
-0.8%
United States Oil (NYSE: USO)
-2.0%
PowerShares DB US Dollar Bullish (NYSE: UUP)
+0.1%

Please see our disclosures at the Wall Street Greek website and author bio pages found there. This article and website in no way offers or represents financial or investment advice. Information is provided for entertainment purposes only. Article should interest investors in Bank of America (NYSE: BAC), J.P. Morgan Chase (NYSE: JPM), Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS), Citigroup (NYSE: C), Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS), Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC), TD Bank (NYSE: TD), PNC Bank (NYSE: PNC), State Street (NYSE: STT), Janus (NYSE: JNS), T. Rowe Price (Nasdaq: TROW), General Electric (NYSE: GE), Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT), McDonald's (NYSE: MCD), Alcoa (NYSE: AA), American Express (NYSE: AXP), Boeing (NYSE: BA), Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT), Cisco Systems (Nasdaq: CSCO), Chevron (NYSE: CVX), DuPont (NYSE: DD), Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS), Home Depot (NYSE: HD), Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ), IBM (NYSE: IBM), Intel (Nasdaq: INTC), Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ), Kraft (NYSE: KFT), Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO), 3M (NYSE: MMM), Merck (NYSE: MRK), Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT), Pfizer (NYSE: PFE), Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG), AT&T (NYSE: T), Travelers (NYSE: TRV), United Technologies (NYSE: UTX), Verizon (NYSE: VZ), Exxon Mobil (NYSE: XOM), Paychex (Nasdaq: PAYX), Manpower (NYSE: MAN), Robert Half International (NYSE: RHI), 51Job Inc. (Nasdaq: JOBS), Monster World Wide (NYSE: MWW), Korn/Ferry International (NYSE: KFY), Administaff (NYSE: ASF), Kforce (Nasdaq: KFRC), TrueBlue (NYSE: TBI), Dice Holdings (NYSE: DHX), Kelly Services (Nasdaq: KELYA), SFN Group (NYSE: SFN), CDI Corp. (NYSE: CDI), Cross Country Healthcare (Nasdaq: CCRN), On Assignment (Nasdaq: ASGN), AMN Healthcare Services (NYSE: AHS), Barrett Business Services (Nasdaq: BBSI), Hudson Highland Group (Nasdaq: HHGP), StarTek (NYSE: SRT), RCM Technologies (Nasdaq: RCMT), VirtualScopics (Nasdaq: VSCP), General Employment Enterprises (NYSE: JOB) and TeamStaff (Nasdaq: TSTF).

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Seeing Green Shoots in this Homebuilder Measure

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Homebuilder sentiment was measured this week, and it showed that while builders are generally feeling positive about their sector, they are not as giddy as they were a few months back. So what does the Housing Market Index say for real estate? See the whole story at Latest Homebuilder Measure Offers Reason to Believe.

Housing Relative Shares
05-17 to 05-19 Close
SPDR S&P Homebuilders (NYSE: XHB)
-0.5%
PulteGroup (NYSE: PHM)
-2.1%
D.R. Horton (NYSE: DHI)
-0.7%
K.B. Homes (NYSE: KBH)
-0.8%
Toll Brothers (NYSE: TOL)
-0.4%
Hovnanian (NYSE: HOV)
+0.6%
Lennar (NYSE: LEN)
-0.8%

Please see our disclosures at the Wall Street Greek website and author bio pages found there. This article and website in no way offers or represents financial or investment advice. Information is provided for entertainment purposes only. Editor's Note: Article should interest investors in Investors Title (Nasdaq: ITIC), Freddie Mac (OTC: FMCC.OB), Fannie Mae (OTC: FNMA.OB), UltraShort Real Estate ProShares (NYSE: SRS), Ultra Real Estate ProShares (NYSE: URE), ING Clarion Global Real Estate Income Fund (NYSE: IGR), Xinyuan Real Estate Co. (NYSE: XIN), Rydex Real Estate Fund H (Nasdaq: RYHRX), T. Rowe Price Real Estate Fund (Nasdaq: TRREX), Toll Brothers (NYSE: TOL), Hovnanian (NYSE: HOV), D.R. Horton (NYSE: DHI), Beazer Homes (NYSE: BZH), Lennar (NYSE: LEN), K.B. Homes (NYSE: KBH), Pulte Homes (NYSE: PHM), NVR Inc. (NYSE: NVR), Gafisa SA (NYSE: GFA), MDC Holdings (NYSE: MDC), Ryland Group (NYSE: RYL), Meritage Homes (NYSE: MTH), Brookfield Homes (NYSE: BHS), Standard Pacific (NYSE: SPF), M/I Homes (NYSE: MHO), Orleans Homebuilders (AMEX: OHB), Vanguard REIT Index ETF (NYSE: VNQ), PNC Bank (NYSE: PNC), J.P. Morgan Chase (NYSE: JPM), Hooker Furniture (Nasdaq: HOFT), Ethan Allen (NYSE: ETH), Pier 1 Imports (NYSE: PIR), Williams Sonoma (NYSE: WSM), Home Depot (NYSE: HD), Lowes (NYSE: LOW), Nasdaq: XNFZX, Nasdaq: FSAZX, Avatar Holdings (Nasdaq: AVTR), Apartment Investment & Management (NYSE: AIV), Equity Residential (NYSE: EQR), Avalonbay Communities (NYSE: AVB), UDR Inc. (NYSE: UDR), Essex Property Trust (NYSE: ESS), Camden Property Trust (NYSE: CPT), Senior Housing Properties (NYSE: SNH), BRE Properties (NYSE: BRE), Home Properties (NYSE: HME), Mid-America Apartment (NYSE: MAA), Equity Lifestyle Properties (NYSE: ELS), American Campus Communities (NYSE: ACC), Colonial Properties (NYSE: CLP), American Capital Agency (Nasdaq: AGNC), Sun Communities (NYSE: SUI), Associated Estates (NYSE: AEC), PennyMac Mortgage (NYSE: PMT), Two Harbors (AMEX: TWO), Simon Property Group (NYSE: SPG).

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Oil Prices are Heading Back to $50

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Oil prices took a hit after the release of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting minutes and they opened even lower on Thursday. Indeed, the Fed is not your friend if you are long oil, given dollar and economic repercussions, but there is no need to dawn crash helmets just yet. This impact to oil prices is temporary, as sector dynamics demand it and the economy continues to show improvement. See the whole story at Oil Prices are Going Back to $50.

Energy Relative Shares
05-19-16 Intraday
SPDR S&P 500 (NYSE: SPY)
-0.4%
United States Oil (NYSE: USO)
+0.7%
iPath S&P GSCI Crude Oil (NYSE: OIL)
+0.6%
United States Natural Gas (NYSE: UNG)
+2.5%
Energy Select Sector SPDR (NYSE: XLE)
-0.1%
SPDR S&P Oil & Gas E&P (NYSE: XOP)
-0.6%
Market Vectors Oil Services (NYSE: OIH)
-0.5%
Exxon Mobil (NYSE: XOM)
+0.4%
Chevron (NYSE: CVX)
-0.2%
B.P. (NYSE: BP)
-0.3%
TOTAL S.A. (NYSE: TOT)
-0.8%
ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP)
+0.1%
Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX)
-0.8%
Occidental Petroleum (NYSE: OXY)
-0.0%
Schlumberger (NYSE: SLB)
+1.4%
Weatherford Int’l (NYSE: WFT)
-4.2%
Halliburton (NYSE: HAL)
-0.1%

Please see our disclosures at the Wall Street Greek website and author bio pages found there. This article and website in no way offers or represents financial or investment advice. Information is provided for entertainment purposes only. Article interests energy investors including Exxon Mobil (NYSE: XOM), BP (NYSE: BP), PetroChina (NYSE: PTR), Petrobras (NYSE: PZE), Royal Dutch Shell (OTC: RYDAF.PK), Total (NYSE: TOT), Chevron (NYSE: CVX), Repsol (OTC: REPYY.PK), ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP), Eni SpA (NYSE: E), Sasol (NYSE: SSL), Encana (NYSE: ECA), Suncor (NYSE: SU), Imperial Oil (AMEX: IMO), Statoil (NYSE: STO), Cenovus (NYSE: CVE), Transocean (NYSE: RIG), Penn West Petroleum (NYSE: PWE), Continental Resources (NYSE: CLR), Noble (NYSE: NE), Concho (NYSE: CXO), Diamond Offshore (NYSE: DO), Ensco (NYSE: ESV), Whiting Petroleum (NYSE: WLL), Nabors (NYSE: NBR), Pride International (NYSE: PDE), Helmerich & Payne (NYSE: HP), QEP Resources (NYSE: QEP), Enerplus (NYSE: ERF), Rowan (NYSE: RDC), Cobalt (NYSE: CIE), Patterson UTI (Nasdaq: PTEN), SandRidge (NYSE: SD), Schlumberger (NYSE: SLB), Halliburton (NYSE: HAL), National Oilwell Varco (NYSE: NOV), Baker Hughes (NYSE: BHI), Weatherford International (NYSE: WFT), Cameron (NYSE: CAM), FMC Tech (NYSE: FTI), Oil States International (NYSE: OIS), Superior Energy (NYSE: SPN), Carbo Ceramics (NYSE: CRR), Helix Energy (NYSE: HLX), Pioneer (NYSE: PXD), CNOOC (NYSE: CEO), China Petroleum and Chemical (NYSE: SNP), Ecopetrol (NYSE: EC), Canadian Natural Resources (NYSE: CNQ), Apache (NYSE: APA), Anadarko (NYSE: APC), Devon (NYSE: DVN), EOG (NYSE: EOG), Chesapeake (NYSE: CHK).

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