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How to Ride the Equities Wave in Winning Sectors

I still believe the real danger lies in over-weighting bonds…while the real opportunity is in stocks that too many investors have all but ignored for years now, writes Mike Larson, senior analyst at Weiss Ratings. 

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Time to Build the Launching Pad. Metals, Equities Rally in Lockstep

In 2017, the word “disappointment” took on a new spelling – “G-D-X.” After several failed break-out attempts in 2017, there is no question that it provided us a year of frustration, writes Avi Gilburt, technical analyst and author of ElliottWaveTrader.net.

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Zen Master Says Long US Tech (XLK) and Short US Energy (XLE)

Trade ideas: If inflation begins to slow while U.S. growth continues to accelerate, then being long U.S. technology and out/short U.S. energy stocks will be a profitable way to roll, writes Landon Whaley of Focus Market Trader Thursday.

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In Robot-Fueled Rally, Look at Semiconductor Stocks

Perhaps the best bet is to explore the semiconductor stocks, which remain in an uptrend but are lagging the leadership sectors such as energy while starting to show signs of strength, asserts Joe Duarte, MD. He’s traded, analyzed and written about the markets since 1990. 

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Top Picks 2018: Charles Schwab Corporation (SCHW)

Charles Schwab Corporation (SCHW) and its subsidiaries serve both individual and institutional U.S. investors through a broad array of financial services including wealth management, securities brokerage, banking, asset management, custody, and financial advisory services, notes Joe Laszewski, senior portfolio manager for Stack Financial Management and contributing editor to InvesTech Research.

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Top Picks 2018: Direxion Daily CSI 300 China A Share Bear 1X Shares (C

My assessment of markets always begins by evaluating the three most critical forces, or gravities, that impact asset prices: fundamental, quantitative, and behavioral. I call this my Gravitational Investing Framework, explains Landon Whaley editor of Focus Market Trader.

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Top Picks 2018: VanEck Vectors Fallen Angel High Yield Bond ETF (ANGL)

With interest rates expected to head higher in 2018, it’s assumed that fixed income would be a less than ideal place to be invested. Junk bonds, however, tend to behave more like stocks than bonds, suggests ETF expert David Dierking, editor of ETF Focus. 

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Trade Idea: Energetic about 2018 with Energy Select Sector

XLE broke out from the downtrend that started in 2014. A break out from a multi-year price weakness like this usually leads to a sharp rise which may be an indication that XLE could hit the target price of $95 quickly, writes Joon Choi of Signalert Asset Management.

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Top Picks 2018: iShares Russell 2000 ETF (IWM)

The U.S. economy recently experienced two quarters of 3% GDP growth for the first time since 2014. Our labor market remains strong, with more jobs being created each month than needed to sustain full employment, asserts Matt Kerkhoff, editor of Dow Theory Letters. 

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State of the Market: Stocks Surge to New Highs to Start New Year

The valuations of emerging markets relative to developed markets stocks is in line with the 21-year average spread. Emerging markets are less risky now than they used to be, so I consider this to be a favorable indicator, says Marvin Appel, MD, PhD, of Signalert Asset Management.

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Can We Maintain the Strength in the Metals Complex?

I am expecting a 3rd wave to commence in 2018, and some outsized gains in this complex for investors who have not been scared out of this market from frustrations of a 2017 retracement, writes Avi Gilburt, technical analyst and author of ElliottWaveTrader.net.

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Gold Miners ETF Moves from One Inflection Point to Another

The question is if the market will continue much higher and begin to confirm that the larger degree 3rd wave has begun, or if we will roll over to extend this 2nd wave pullback into early 2018?, writes Avi Gilburt, technical analyst and author of ElliottWaveTrader.net.

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Why Gold Miners Are at Another Inflection Point

Using the GDX as my proxy for the metals market, overall, I am looking for a very bullish 2018 in the metals complex once we complete this second wave pullback, writes Avi Gilburt, technical analyst and author of ElliottWaveTrader.net.

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What Are the Differences Among Bitcoin, Amazon, Tesla and the S&P 500?

The SPX has now extended approximately 3% beyond the target I set 2 years ago, and can still see further extensions, and 2018 will present us with a nice pullback back towards the 3000 region, writes Avi Gilburt, technical analyst and author of ElliottWaveTrader.net.

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A Hassle-Free Way to Invest in REITs

Real estate investment trusts (REITs) have seen a spike in popularity in 2017. REITs typically purchase office buildings, hotels and other properties to produce income, notes ETF expert Jim Woods, editor of Successful Investing.

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Robots are All Around Us

At one time, the only robots you and I would come in contact with was in a movie like Star Wars. But no longer; the age of robots is upon us. They are in our homes, in our workplace, and all around us the form of drones, driverless cars, etc., notes Tony Daltorio, editor of Investors Alley The Market Cap.

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Another Banner Year? Or Buy the Rumor, Sell the News?

While businesses and individuals saw tax relief, investors did not see much change. From what I can tell, the maximum tax rate on long-term capital gains will remain at 23.8%, notes Mark Skousen, editor The 1600 Alert.

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It’s Time To Get Serious about the Metals Complex

Now is the time to deploy your capital again as long as your time horizon is longer than the next few months, as 2018 looks to be setting up as a very strong year for the metals complex, writes Avi Gilburt, technical analyst and author of ElliottWaveTrader.net.

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State of the Market: No News Is Good News for Stocks As Blue Chips Sur

Our U.S. equity models remain overall bullish. I expect the favorable market climate to last at least several more months. Indexes such as the DJI and SPX appear near-term overbought. Stocks may pause, asserts Marvin Appel, MD, PhD, of Signalert Asset Management.