EDITOR'S DESK, FUNDAMENTALS, INVESTING, MARKETS/ECONOMY, STOCKS, TECHNICALS

Shock Wavin. Verizon And United Health Battle Concussion Waves.

DECEMBER 11, 2018. Poseidon ruled beneath the waves. It was much calmer below. Peace ruled but breathing came in gulps. Positive price-action is now much like a gulp, when there is any. We would settle for a slice of stability. Got any?
Markets are in correction pain mode and relentlessly technical. “Fundamentals” you say? Fundamentals are not driving. Vast swaths of stocks with good fundamentals now struggle beneath concussive waves of their descending moving averages. Little breathing occurs that far down. And what about fortress companies such as United Health and Verizon? Bulwarks both.
Yet keep the following in mind. On-going instability and down-trending volatility are this market’s rule. STOCKjAW snorkels the depths on two of our strongest survivors. Even these stars are in a very wavy way.

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EDITOR'S DESK, FUNDAMENTALS, INVESTING, MARKETS/ECONOMY, MEDIA, TECHNICALS

Inverted. Can United Health or Boeing Float Through This?

DECEMBER 7, 2018. The view is different upside-down. You’ll hear then say that about the “inverted yield curve” Is that real? What’s it do just before the end?
The dreaded curve yielded on Tuesday. But this one was the twos and fives. That’s kid stuff, but look what happened. Smart people say an inversion of twos and tens spells doom, the equity death dirge. We’re close, very close. We don’t know if anything lives through that. But aren’t inversions like volcanoes? They may huff but they don’t always go off.
Meanwhile, United Health and Boeing battle along with the rest. How are two towering leaders doing amid a very busy brutal mix? Do you trust them still? STOCKjAW takes an informative technical look.

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EDITOR'S DESK, FUNDAMENTALS, GREEDY CREEP, INVESTING, MARKETS/ECONOMY

Valuation Fun With Peg And P/E. “Who’s P/E Again?”

NOVEMBER 25, 2018. Go ahead. Jerk the O-ring on any Chatty money manager. What comes out? “Valuation.” That’s right. What’s it worth now, after the splintering market-wide mud slide.
Obsessions come in every form and some are healthy. We have two, or actually one, with two TRUE faces.
Maybe, possibly, this bull’s not dead. But it’s no longer moving. Wave goodbye.
Those glorious bag-ramming gains of a happy mile-wide market have popped. Think soap bubble. Gains will not tumble forth in twin-fisted flurries. Late has darkened to later. Gains will hide hard, in crumbs and invisible to many. Why?
Nine-year-old bulls do not rage. They amble.
What investors face now is a pure “technical” market. Translation? Only the few will prosper–both companies and investors. But how? Discipline and precision. Wanna win?
Don’t move without knowing. Wanna prosper?
Precisely pin the true current value of your equity candidates, and never over-pay. STOCKjAW shows the way.

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BUSINESS, EDITOR'S DESK, FUNDAMENTALS, INVESTING, MARKETS/ECONOMY, TECHNICALS

Fugly Fun

NOVEMBER 23, 2018. No need exists to check the judges score cards. Facts often stand clear.
Facts are also fugly at least half of the time. Now is that time. The bull is dead, killed by mouth. Now we know, words do kill.
The fed is a proud club much like the ex-presidents, or NFL team owners. No? Take a quick listen to Stanley Fischer’s recent comments on fed independence.
Poking the fed with a verbal stick brings only backlash, much like attempting to bully the Chinese. Is Powell watching? Or will he prove his “independence” at investor’s expense? And Trump’s trade war? Correct or not the damage is piling up.
Cascading equity prices are how we live now. We witness support levels vanishing daily. Nightmare charts abound and we have the most frightening one right here for you.
Smart voices will tell you that what’s next remains a mystery. Is that new or different? It’s absolutely different from the past nine years. Big money has already repositioned, pushing old school defensive names beyond any viable entry point. Can you really afford to stay in this market? The view from STOCKJAW.

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EDITOR'S DESK, FUNDAMENTALS, INVESTING, MARKETS/ECONOMY, STOCKS

Master-Blaster Powell’s Spam Hole Apocalypse. Our Fix.

NOVEMBER 5, 2018. Who knew? Well, most people. A single word or phrase from the federal reserve can move markets. Jerome Powell’s “over-shoot” comment threw markets backward. Throw in the escalating fear of a very real trade war and markets dive.
“Not to worry–it’s a common correction. It’s healthy.” We heard that. Does a 20% decline in portfolio worth sound healthy?
We know what you’re thinking. “It’s too late to reposition.” It’s only too late to adjust you positions if you want traditional defensive stocks–consumer packaged goods or utilities. Better plays exist. Besides, like us, you may want to look at your research habits as well. We did. Glimpse our four fix points for a far less “accommodating” environment.

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EDITOR'S DESK, EDITORIAL

Toe warts to ptomaine. It’s The Economist Bub.

SEPTEMBER 10, 2018. The Economist covers the entire world, in a week, every week. But what does it tell us? In August the paper told us “The way forward on immigration.” It’s good to know someone has all the answers. But can we sleep safe? Not if you believe in democracy, or national self-determination. This paper beats only a globalist drum. And it does it on every topic, with answers for everyone from Botswana to Boston. And that means you bub. Enjoy. We did, after we calmed down.

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EDITOR'S DESK, EDITORIAL, FUNDAMENTALS, INVESTING, THINKING NOW

Ring Time Ranks As Risk

SEPTEMBER 3, 2018. Market risk rolls on, every second you’re invested. All the fancy dancing in the world will not protect you from crushing losses. Think ’08. Diversification helps. But just like boxing, you’re either in the ring, or not. If you’re in win, don’t dance.
Owning five hundred stocks is hardly winning. Nor is it effective risk management. It’s hedging. It’s playing not to lose, while facing most of the same risk. You can’t dance and win at the same time. Again, you’re either in or not. So punch to win. Why not? Your ass is on the line either way. Do you truly want to brawl for a bag of quarters?

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