The Four Horsemen Of The Stock Market Apocalypse

Storm clouds continue to accumulate on the stock market horizon. Following an impressive five-year rally that saw stocks not only rebound from its financial crisis lows but also explode to new highs, signs are continuing to emerge that a change may soon be coming. So while the skies remain generally sunny over the U.S. stock market today with the major averages continuing to set new highs amid notably persistent investor bullishness, it may not be long before markets find themselves confronted with the final judgment when the markets are ultimately forced to begin truly working through all of the excesses that were accumulated first leading up to the financial crisis and then even more so in its aftermath. It may be a few months, a couple of years or perhaps even longer before we finally arrive at this inflection point. Then again, it may have just now gotten underway. Only time will tell. But regardless of the timing, as long as the global economy continues to languish, debt continues to accumulate, and geopolitical tensions continue to mount, such a judgment day is coming. Fortunately, for those investors concerned about such an outcome, investment markets provide not only a way to protect against potential losses but also to achieve impressive rewards for those that are best prepared.

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Crisis In Ukraine: What It Means For U.S. Stocks

U.S. stock futures opened sharply lower on Sunday night following the news over the weekend that Russia had moved military forces into Ukraine to occupy the Crimean peninsula. The strong initial reaction by stock investors to the news in Ukraine raises an important question. Exactly how should we reasonably anticipate the U.S. stock market to react in the coming days as the situation in Ukraine unfolds? While today’s situation is defined by its own unique circumstances, recent history is instructive in providing us guidance as to what we might expect.

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How To Add Some Spice To Your Portfolio

McCormick is the undisputed giant in the global spices and seasonings industry. As investment markets struggle to digest the uncertainty that has come with increased volatility in the New Year, McCormick is a stock that offers investors a demonstrated track record of smooth and satisfying long-term results regardless of the market environment. And following a recent sharp pullback, it is now also offering investors a potentially zesty short-term total returns opportunity.

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Disclosure: This article is for information purposes only. There are risks involved with investing including loss of principal. Gerring Capital Partners makes no explicit or implicit guarantee with respect to performance or the outcome of any investment or projections made. There is no guarantee that the goals of the strategies discussed by Gerring Capital Partners will be met.

Stocks In The Heat Of Battle

Stocks have managed an impressive bounce from their early Wednesday lows at 1737 on the S&P 500.  But after a strong 60 point surge to 1797 to close out the week, it is reasonable to wonder whether stocks have further to run higher in the coming days or if a fresh move lower lies ahead.  How stocks behave in the early part of this week will go a long way in answering this question, as stocks are currently trading in a thicket marked both by various support and resistance levels.

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Friday was a particularly notable trading day, as stocks smashed back through potential resistance at both the 100-day moving average and the 1775 level on the S&P 500.  As a result, the 1775 range represents the first line of defense for any reversal lower in stocks in the coming days, with the next stop at the upward sloping 150-day moving average currently at 1741 and rising.

Stocks also now have some meaningful challenges in continuing their move to the upside.  The first line of resistance is at the downward sloping 20-day moving average currently at 1802 and falling.  The next is at the 50-day moving average that just recently turned lower and is currently at 1809.  And the third is at 1813 on the S&P 500, which represented the previous all-time high for the index first reached back in late November and has served as both resistance and support on several different occasions since.

In short, stocks currently find themselves in a fairly tight range where a number of support and resistance levels have converged.  How stocks respond to these various levels over the next few trading days will go a long way in determining how the market is likely to move in the coming weeks.

Was 2013 The Best Year Ever For Stocks?

The stock market posted a remarkable performance in 2013. And given both the magnitude and consistency of the gains throughout the year amid what was otherwise a generally lackluster economy, it raises some questions for the ages. Where does 2013 rank among historical calendar year stock market performances? Is it possible that 2013 was the best year ever for stocks? And what do these strong 2013 returns mean, if anything, for the 2014 outlook?

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