Archive for April 2012

Weekly Update-April 28, 2012

By: Michael Vodicka “The only fresh warning signal we saw this week was a fairly sharp GDP miss on Friday, with a read of 2.3% coming in below expectations of 2.6%.” The market took a turn for the better this week, rallying on strong quarterly earnings to reverse a recent bout of weakness. For the…

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Food Scarcity Driving Agriculture Boom

By: Michael Vodicka “Looking forward, it is clear that the world is struggling with a serious food problem. In fact, the United Nation estimates that global food production needs to increase by more than 70% over the next 20 years just to keep up.” “The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2011.” Sounds pretty…

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Top 4 Gold Charts-Breakout or Breakdown?

With Europe’s most recent blast of weakness putting the central banks back in the spotlight, precious metals are sure to follow. That means its a good time to see what some of our favorite gold stocks have been up to. Here is a quick look at my top 4 gold charts with a rundown of…

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Gold Looking Bearish on Chart

**Precious Metals trade into the red as the market scrambles for liquidity. But longer term, if the central banks are keen to print, PM’s are well positioned to gain.** We’re seeing some interesting movement between stocks and precious metals today. Equities opened the session sharply lower on a serious flare up in the Euro zone.…

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Weekly Update-April 22, 2012

Volatility remained in play this week, as stocks swung in a wide range on somewhat mixed results on the earnings front. For the week, the Dow Jones added 1.4%, the S&P gained .7% and the NASDAQ trailed with .24% decline. The big story this week was earnings. And so far, the results are looking a…

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Google, Inc. (GOOG) in Long-Term Breakout

Google, Inc. (GOOG) made headlines last week as one of the first companies to report Q1 earnings. Although the results came in ahead of the consensus estimate, shares sold off on the news and dropped back to the $600 level. That’s a bit of a setback for the Google faithful, but bigger picture, the company’s…

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Cash America, Inc. (CSH) Looks Cheap

Even though the general economy has improved over the last few years, unemployment remains high. That means there are millions of people looking for quick and easy access to cash to pay bills and live their lives. That continues to provide a boost to the pawn and payday lending industry, fueling a multi-year cycle of…

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Apple, Inc. (AAPL) a Buy on Dip

Yesterday’s huge spread between the NASDAQ and S&P was big news on the Street. The tech heavy index was weighed down by a rare under performance from Apple, Inc. (AAPL), falling more than 4% on the day and pulling the NASDAQ into the red. All in, that was Apple’s worst performance in 5 months. It…

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MasterCard, Inc. (MA) Hits All-Time High

Mastercard, Inc. (MA) has been on a tear for the last 18 months, more than doubling in price after climbing from below $200 in September of 2010 to a new all-time high of $443.80. With earnings projected to jump 18% this year and shares trading in line with historical valuations, MA is a way to…

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Worst Week of Year for Stocks

Volatility came roaring back into the market this week, with fresh concern in the Euro zone and weak economic data out of China giving the bears a reason to growl. For the week, the Dow Jones fell 1.6%, the S&P dropped 2% and the Nasdaq lagged with a 2.3% loss. The daily action was bumpy…

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