inflation

Inflation Remains Stubborn…8.2% – by Justin Vaughn

(Justin Vaughn, Editor, Options Trading Report) After a whip-sawed week of ups and downs, investors and traders were looking for some ‘bit’ of good news to build some confidence. A positive jobs report showed employers added over 263,000 hires in September, pushing the unemployment rate down to 3.5%, from 3.7%. As this ‘good news’ is normally a booster for the market, it actually was a ‘downer,’ as it prompts the Fed to rethink the inflation … Read more…

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A YoYo Market – by Justin Vaughn

(Justin Vaughn, Editor, Options Trading Report) Stocks rebounded Monday, with the indices showing new found confidence, after months of whipsawing, sending multiple signals. The Bear disappeared for a while…with signs that just maybe October was saying good-bye to a frightful September. Monday’s indices surged, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average adding 765 points.. The S&P 500, benchmark index, tacked on 92 points. The Nasdaq Composite followed suit. And Tuesday seemed to find the groove that … Read more…

Inflation sinks in

Inflation Sinks In – by Justin Vaughn

(Justin Vaughn, Editor, Options Trading Report) The Sleeping Bear Has Awakened…and Monday christened the slide.. The steep downturn Monday, after five days of sliding, the indices set new lows. The Dow Jones Industrial Average led the way falling 329 points on Monday to close at 29260, and into Bear Territory. The index has fallen over significantly to give credence to entering ‘Bear Territory.’ The S&P 500 rested at a ‘new’ bottom at 3655. The Technology … Read more…

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Maintaining Focus – by Justin Vaughn

(Justin Vaughn, Editor, Options Trading Report) The week opened aimlessly with no evident direction as the indices sputtered, with an uneventful closing. Then came Tuesday, a day of reckoning and the indexes began to retreat as inflation took on a serious stand. Consumer apathy showed its ugly head and the reality that inflation is hardly budging. Traders and Investors stepped in and the carnage began, with major selling drilling the market , as the indexes … Read more…

Consumed Investor

The Consumed Investor – by Justin Vaughn

(Justin Vaughn, Editor, Options Trading Report) Markets remained softer as investors and traders tip-toed with caution as the week opened. Hanging fears persisted as anticipation gripped the indices, awaiting another round of tightening. The indexes opened the shortened week with much apprehension: the energy stalemate in Europe (and around the world) and the continued Fed policy of tightening, all weighing heavily as the reality is getting ‘real.’ After two months of somewhat reassuring markets upticks, … Read more…

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Lost In Inflation – by Justin Vaughn

(Justin Vaughn, Editor, Options Trading Report) Inflation looms, interest rates rise and markets churn, turning negative…All battling the ‘conflagration’ of inflation. As the indices reveal weaknesses, investors and traders continue to hedge, moving into safe havens, with bonds a target. While the Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell maintains the tightening course of deflating inflation, apprehension grips the markets roiling and disrupting long-term goals. Indices are squamish as the frustrated investor seeks to safeguard capital. As … Read more…

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The Apprehensive Investor – by Justin Vaughn

(Justin Vaughn, Editor, Options Trading Report) After three days of down indices, Wednesday turned positive, with help…as energy stocks came alive, and perked up and buoyed all markets. Until Wednesday, investors and traders were influenced by several negatives; rumblings of interest rates rising, the service industry is weaker than through. Even manufacturing news wasa pessimistic, as earnings numbers were not as expected. Brian Price, head of investment management at Commonwealth Financial Network noted: “The market … Read more…

stumbling market

Stumbling Markets – by Justin Vaughn

(Justin Vaughn, Editor, Options Trading Report) Stocks were mixed all week as stronger retail numbers by industry leaders were robust, surprising analysts and economists. As the week wore on more earnings emerged with less ‘gloss’ and the markets reacted with some ‘whipsawing.’ Blue Chip stocks were in the limelight off and on the first three days as no direction defined itself. Both the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average showed some positiveness, while … Read more…

Inflation trending down

Trending Downward – by Justin Vaughn

(Justin Vaughn, Editor, Options Trading Report) The markets Monday and Tuesday flowed aimlessly, neither gaining nor losing ground significantly..in anticipation. Investors’ and traders’ moods show no signs of direction, not affected by scattered earnings reports and future tightening by the Fed. And then Wednesday’s announcement came-soothing investors and traders alike and…with ‘good news.’ The July report showed inflation backed down to 8.5%. Six-tenths of a point sent the indices reeling…and up. The Nasdaq led the … Read more…

Tightening Takes Hold

Tightening Takes Hold – by Justin Vaughn

(Justin Vaughn, Editor, Options Trading Report) After a couple of opening August sessions, a good rally spiked all indices on Wednesday. The Nasdaq Composite led the way splurging 2.6% and giving confidence to investors and traders. Both the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average showed gains of 1.6% and 1,3% respectively. The bearishness to start August was dusted away Wednesday amid several possible negative factors: Pelosi’s unauthorized visit to Taiwan and the lingering interest … Read more…