What’s Really Behind May’s Surging Home Sales [Sherwin-Williams Company, Toll Brothers Inc]

real estateJohn Whitefoot:  Judging by all the headlines alone, you’d conclude that the U.S. housing market is in full recovery mode (it isn’t) and that the U.S. economy is heading in the right direction (it’s not).
NYSE:IYR June 26, 2014 1:37pm

Student Debt On Course To Sink America’s Economy [Dow Jones Industrial Average, Direxion Daily Small Cap Bear 3X Shares]

debtJohn Whitefoot: In April, the unemployment rate dropped to 6.3%—its lowest level since 2008. While Wall Street and Capitol Hill might be giving each other high-fives, there is still plenty left to lament.
NYSE:DIA June 2, 2014 10:42am

Stocks Ripe For A Short-Term Correction [The Dow Chemical Company, CVS Caremark Corporation, Walgreen Company]

stockJohn Whitefoot: Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen confirmed what we’ve been espousing in these pages for the last couple of years—that the so-called recovery feels an awful lot like a recession for most Americans.
ETF BASIC NEWS April 2, 2014 11:17am

How To Turn Disappointing Housing Data Into Greater Returns [Lennar Corporation, D.R. Horton, Inc., Toll Brothers Inc, PulteGroup, Inc.]

real estateJohn Whitefoot: Since the beginning of 2012, the U.S. housing market has been considered one of the bright spots in an otherwise uneven economic environment. Between 2007 and the end of 2011, the U.S. housing market fell 33%—since then, it has rebounded,
NYSE:XHB March 31, 2014 12:16pm

Silver Plays That Can Weather A Short-Term Downturn [iShares Silver Trust (ETF), Pan American Silver Corp. (USA), Tahoe Resources Inc, Global X Silver Miners]

silver barsJohn Whitefoot: Technically, the Federal Reserve’s job is to oversee the monetary policy (short-term interest rates) of the world’s biggest economy. Obviously, it does, but it’s also important to remember that its opinion and carefully chosen words
NYSE:SIL March 27, 2014 3:30pm

SPDR Gold Trust (ETF): Be Prepared For A Bullish Run In Gold [iShares Gold Trust(ETF), ETFS Gold Trust]

india-gold-etfJohn Whitefoot: After 12 years, gold bullion’s glorious bull run ended with a thud in 2013, retracing 30% and locking in the biggest annual decline since 1981. Many speculate that gold bullion prices melted in 2013 as investors tried to figure out when the Federal Reserve
NYSE:GLD March 26, 2014 10:50am

Stocks To Profit From New and Old Cars Alike [BorgWarner Inc., Magna International Inc. (USA), Linamar Corporation]

book-profitsJohn Whitefoot: Spring is finally here, but that certainly doesn’t mean corporate America will cease to use the cold weather as an excuse for abysmal corporate earnings. Throw a dart at any sector, and you’ll find CEOs blaming the weather in some capacity
ETF BASIC NEWS March 25, 2014 11:11am

Why Consumers Have Been Increasing Spending In This Sector Since 1994 [PetSmart, Inc., VCA Antech Inc, IDEXX Laboratories, Inc.]

retail-shoppingJohn Whitefoot: The U.S. economy is weak. Everyone knows it. We just don’t know where to lay the blame. Businesses on the S&P 500 have been using the weather as an economic scapegoat. And not a small number, either.
ETF BASIC NEWS March 21, 2014 2:43pm

Sin Stocks That Are Posting Impressive Gains [Smith & Wesson Holding Corp, Melco Crown Entertainment Ltd (ADR)]

quantitative easingJohn Whitefoot: As the investing adage of the day goes, “When the going gets tough, the tough get eating, smoking, and drinking.” And there’s plenty of tough economic data out there to send people into the arms of their favorite vices and sin stocks.
ETF BASIC NEWS March 20, 2014 11:54am

Geopolitical Events Boosting These American Stocks [Stillwater Mining Company, ETFS Physical Platinum Shares, Wellgreen Platinum Ltd]

Wall streetJohn Whitefoot: When it comes to Wall Street, oil isn’t the only commodity investors are seeking stable supplies of—you can add platinum (NYSEARCA:PPLT) to the list.
NYSE:PALL March 19, 2014 10:57am

How To Profit From The Two Things Consumers Can’t Do Without [Utilities SPDR (ETF), Vanguard Consumer Staples ETF]

investJohn Whitefoot: Another month of cold weather is being blamed for the most recent weak consumer confidence numbers.
NYSE:VDC March 18, 2014 11:50am

Airline Stocks That Are Ready To Rebound [Hawaiian Holdings, Inc., Southwest Airlines Co, JetBlue Airways Corporation]

commercialairlinerJohn Whitefoot: Thanks to a number of different factors, airline sector stocks have been on a tear. And thanks to an inverse relationship with the price of oil, strengthening consumer sentiment, the expected increase in business travel, and the (eventual) arrival
NYSE:FAA March 17, 2014 12:22pm

Stocks Rewarding Patient Investors [Plug Power Inc, FuelCell Energy Inc, Ballard Power Systems Inc. (USA)]

smart moneyJohn Whitefoot: There’s more to renewable energy than just wind and sun. And thank goodness for that, because our interest and investment in traditional renewable energy sources like solar panels and wind farms seems to be on the decline.
ETF BASIC NEWS March 13, 2014 1:02pm

3 Stocks To Consider At The Market Top [Raytheon Company, Pitney Bowes Inc., Northrop Grumman Corporation]

money and investingJohn Whitefoot: Normally, an anniversary is worth celebrating. But with the S&P 500 having recently celebrated the fifth anniversary of its bull market run, there are many economic reasons to question its longevity.
ETF BASIC NEWS March 12, 2014 11:31am

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