29Aug1:11 pmEST

The Stock Market Recruits a New Driver

  Do you remember the drill with the banks? They tend to catch a nice bid as rates eventually edge higher.  Financials are leading today, on the back of a potentially hawkish Fed (also opposed to the bluffing one we are used to).  While there are plenty of skeptics regarding whether The Fed can actually muster the, shall we say, intestinal...

29Aug10:50 amEST

Fiesta Making a Run at Chotchkie's

Select casual dining plays have enjoyed something of a snapback rally in recent weeks, seemingly under-the-radar.  While it is true that many eyes have been glued to CMG for a potential bottom, the likes of BWLD and FRGI have also been noteworthy.  CMG, green again this morning, would likely need a close above $435 to confirm even a temporary...

28Aug2:33 pmEST

Weekend Overview and Analysis 08/28/16 {Video}

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27Aug2:11 pmEST

Saturday Night at Market Chess Cinemas

I recently saw  Anthropoid (2016), the real-life account of Operation Anthropoid. Anthropoid was the code name for a World War II mission to assassinate the malevolent SS General Reinhard Heydrich, the main architect behind the Final Solution and the Reich's third in command after Hitler and Himmler. Heydrich was said to be so violent and...

26Aug1:13 pmEST

A Staring Contest for the Ages

The initial reaction to Janet Yellen's apparently hawkish language this morning seemed hell-bent on calling her bluff, with the rate-sensitive sectors rallying along with commodities.  However, an abrupt downside reversal ensued, virtually across the board, after Stanley Fischer reinforced the hawk case for higher rates.  At the moment, we have...

26Aug10:51 amEST

Calling Yellen's Bluff

Despite Fed Chair Yellen just saying that the chance for raising rates has "strengthened," Treasuries, REITs, utilities, commodities, and stocks all rallied, likely hinting that the market is calling Yellen's bluff she will not, in fact, actually raise rates. I am reminded of the following hand between Phil Ivey and Paul Jackson as an analogy...

25Aug3:49 pmEST

Stock Market Recap 08/25/16 {Video}

The following video is a brief, condensed version of the Stock Market Recap which I present each evening to members of Market Chess Subscription Services. In the longer version, I offer tons of actionable trade ideas, educational content, and in-depth objective analysis across all markets. If you enjoy my videos and blog posts, then please...

25Aug3:47 pmEST

Keeping Lane Discipline

Despite another red day, biotechnology stocks in the XBI ETF (for small/mid-cap biotechs) held the $59.80 level, denoted below on the weekly timeframe.  As long as buyers can defend that level, it is tough to get too bearish on the bios, too soon.  However, as we noted yesterday, the sector is effectively back in the "neutral zone," below its...

25Aug1:10 pmEST

Hey Jude, Don't Bring Me Down

In light of Muddy Waters disclosing that it is short Saint Jude Medical earlier today, we are conducting what is usually a worthwhile exercise in terms of keeping tabs on the medical device sector in general. Specifically, medical device plays have enjoyed a rather strong 2016 thus far. And if STJ plunging today off the Muddy Waters note fails...

25Aug10:31 amEST

The Narcos Rally

Netflix is enjoying another enthusiastic open this morning after an upgrade. For a few weeks now, NFLX has seen a pattern of strong opens followed by lackluster afternoon action. So, I am looking to see if the marquee issue can clear the prior $97.75 resistance level with authority today, amid the plethora of usual cheerleading in the name. ...

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