Surrounded By Bears

The U.S. stock market has been showing signs of resilience in recent weeks. After bottoming at 1812 on the S&P 500 Index on January 20, stocks have rallied by as much as +7% into early February and remain well off their recent lows through Thursday’s close. And still hovering at just -10% below its all-time highs from last May, it seems that the S&P 500 Index still has the potential to find its footing and eventually fight its way back to new highs. Unfortunately, for the S&P 500 Index, it is finding itself increasingly surrounded by bears that may eventually take it down once and for all.

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Gold: No Silver Lining

Gold is continuing its impressive 2016 rally into early February. But the recent surge may be coming to the end of the line, at least for the short term. Gold has not only reached overbought levels, but it is also missing an important silver lining of support behind its advance.

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How To Fight The Fed

It is an understandable concern for many investors wary from years of relentless monetary policy intervention into capital markets by the U.S. Federal Reserve. Many look around and see a global economic backdrop that is shaky at best, corporate earnings that are in steady decline and valuations that remain rich by historical standards. But they also have been conditioned over the past several years to expect whenever the market enters into any sustained period of volatility that the Fed will come rushing back in with more stimulus. This leads to the following conflict for some investors, which is that they may be inclined to lighten up on their stock allocation but are reluctant to do so amid the worry that the Fed will begin talking up a new stimulus program that will propel stocks to new heights. Two key points may be helpful in working to overcome this dilemma.

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Food Glorious Food

It has been nearly nine months now since stocks last peaked. Since that time in late May, the stock market as measured by the S&P 500 Index has been down nearly -10%. But not all segments of the market have been down over this more challenging time period. In fact, one industry has been performing quite well, as many food stocks have been in their glory over this same time period.

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Gold: Time To Get On Board?

Gold has gotten off to a rousing start in 2016. During the first month of the new trading year, the yellow metal has risen by more than +5% at a time when the stock market as measured by the S&P 500 Index has stumbled out of the gates by falling -5% over the same time period. This strong beginning to 2016 raises a key question. Is it finally time to get on board the gold trade following a more than four-year bear market to date in the precious metal?

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