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NASDAQ and Russell 2000 on Hold

Sep 04 2008

The NASDAQ Composite and the Russell 2000 have signaled a hold mid-week with the Dow Jones Industrials and the S&P 500 still long. This was anticipated on August 21st as the indexes where not climbing but trading in a range and the news around the market was not bullish.

Dell Inc. (DELL)

Aug 29 2008
Dell Inc. (DELL) missed its earnings expectations today and looks to be expensive even after a 12% drop in stock value. Analysts were looking for 36 cents a share but the company could only earn 31 cents for the previous 3 months.

iShares MSCI Japan Index (EWJ)

Aug 27 2008
Some countries are being affected by the global slowdown more than others. The iShares MSCI Japan Index (EWJ) is in the mist of a trend downward that has not taken too many pauses. Begun at the beginning of June, the index Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) has dropped 20% from 13.83 to 11.20 on August 25th.

Akamai Technologies Inc. (AKAM)

Aug 24 2008

Strong Call option buying in Akamai Technologies (AKAM) on Friday is a positive sign for the company. Most of the buying was in the front month of September with some additional buying in the October Calls noted.

Whole Foods Continues to Slide

Aug 22 2008

Whole Foods Market Inc (WFMI) finished the week with a little uptick as volume spiked at the close on Friday but the weeks chart looks similar to Freddie Mac (FRE). Of course Freddie Mac dropped 43% this week while Whole Foods only dropped 6%. But the continued slide looks similar.

Index Indicators still Positive, But

Aug 21 2008

This has been a very difficult week for stocks and Thursday is looking to be another day of negative movement in the indexes. The index indicators are still showing a positive bias but with this weeks action they could signal a hold instead of a buy today or tomorrow.

Markets in Full Rally

Aug 12 2008

You may not have noticed today as a couple of financials led the markets lower but all four of the major averages have now triggered a buy signal. The Nasdaq Composite, The Dow Jones Industrials, The Russell 2000, and the Standard & Poors 500 are all signaling a rally has begun.

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