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One of the Best Ways to Spot Trading Opportunities

You’ll often find opportunity in the most hated stocks.

Look at Netflix (NFLX), for example. For weeks, the stock was beaten silly over fears of subscription growth concerns, and poor earnings forecasts. Analysts began to reduce their price targets, given uncertainty. Morgan Stanley lowered its target from $450 to $400. UBS lowered its target from $420 to $370. Goldman Sachs lowered it from $420 to $360.

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These May be the Top Blood in the Streets Opportunities

One of the best ways to make money in the market is to spot excessive fear.

After all, it’s how some of the top investors made their fortunes. 

Sir John Templeton would tell investors to buy excessive pessimism. 

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The Dow Jones Just Broke Below its 200-Day Moving Average

Panic was out of control in October 2019.

Investors began to run for the exits, selling everything. In just three days, the Dow Jones lost 1,100 points thanks to ISM data pointing to slower growth. The private sector was seeing slower jobs growth. Fears of impeachment were making the rounds.

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Sports Gambling is Here to Stay. Top Stocks to Watch

The sports betting market is on the cusp of a sizable boom.

All after, the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for states to legalize sports betting just a year ago. In fact, the high court struck down a 1992 federal law that had prohibited most states from allowing sports betting, saying the law violated constitutional principles limiting the government from controlling state policies.

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What the Fed Rate Cut Means for You

Markets weren’t too pleased with the Federal Reserve in September 2019.

At the time, the central bank cut rates by only a quarter point to a range of 1.75% to 2%, and noted the cut was only meant to serve as an insurance policy against future developments.

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Three of the Top Cannabis ETFs to Watch Ahead of 2020 Election

Just over the last two years, Canada legalized cannabis. 

U.S. states have approved its use for recreational and medicinal use. Corporate America has been quick has been quick to jump on the bandwagon. In fact, it’s already transformed some of the biggest industries in the world from health and wellness, to alcohol.

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Hurricane Season Stocks to Watch

The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season was one of the worst on record.

All thanks to infamous trio of Harvey, Irma and Maria.

2018 was also an "above normal" season, that ushered in Florence and Michael which brought record winds and flooding to the Florida panhandle and coastal Carolina.

2019 has ushered in Hurricane Dorian.

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Top Stocks to Watch When Trade War Tensions Ease

There’s a collective sigh of relief in the markets.

Days after Trump threatened to cut off Huawei on August 19 , 2019, he changed his tune in August 2019.  In fact, the Trump Administration extended a reprieve to Huawei, allowing it to buy supplies from US companies so that it can continue servicing existing customers.

An extension will renew an agreement set to lapse on August 19, continuing the Chinese company’s ability to maintain existing networks and provide software updates to Huawei handsets, says Reuters.

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How to Place Options Trades

Hi, Rob Booker here.

There have been lots of questions pouring in lately about Options trading so I wanted to put this together as a quick guide for how to place an Options trade.

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These Aerospace and Defense ETFs are Still Flying High in 2019

One of the best ways to diversify at less cost is with an ETF.

In early August 2019, most defense names became very expensive.

- Raytheon (RTN) was $179

- Boeing (BA) traded at $339

- General Dynamics (GD) was at $182

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Top Winners Whenever the Yield Curve Inverts

Markets went off the rails again in August 2019.

At the time. the 10-year Treasury bond yield slipped to 1.627%, which was below the 1.632% yield on the 2-year. That was the first time that’s happened since 2007. 

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Bearish Oil ETFs to Watch if China Buys Oil from Iran

The trade war went well off the rails in early August 2019.

President Trump threatened China with another 10% tariff on $800 billion worth of imports. Then China cut off its purchases of U.S. agricultural products, and even allowed its currency to plummet to record lows. All sparked fear of a severe economic slowdown, or even a recession. 

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100 Million Customers Hacked: The Top Cybersecurity ETFs to Watch

A few keystrokes are all it takes.  All of a sudden, your most private information is in the hands of criminals. Your most personal information, banking details, social security numbers, your children's information.  Yet, we're not prepared as it gets worse.  

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Congress is One of the Most Powerful Catalysts for Cannabis

For quite some time, cannabis stocks have taken center stage as the hottest trade of the year.

After all, Canada just legalized it. More U.S. states are jumping on the bandwagon. Demand is outpacing supply. Even retailers are jumping on board.

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A Fed Rate Cut is Imminent, but is it Needed?

Fed Chairman Jerome Powell signaled the central bank was ready to cut rates in July 2019.

However, for many, a rate cut really made no sense.

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The Top Ways to Protect your Trades in 2019

You must manage your money well, or you can lose it all. 

Trading without a plan is as good as an idea as driving blind. Money management defines your risk. It also gives you a way to set aside a set dollar figure per trade each and every time. 

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How Investors Are Protecting Portfolios with Trade War Fears

It’s always a good idea to prepare for volatility.

The trade war with China may have cooled off. But one is intensifying with the European Union (EU), where President Trump could add tariffs on $4 billion of EU goods, covering 89 products including meat, cheese, pasta, fruits, coffee, and whiskey. All as the U.S. remains locked in a dispute with the EU over two of the world’s biggest airplane manufacturers – Boeing and Airbus.

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FOMC Decision: What It Means for Investors

The Federal Reserve left interest rate unchanged in June 2019.

However, they did signal that another could be on its way if the U.S. economy broke down.

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Mexico Tariffs 2019: Three Stocks Breathing a Sigh of Relief

Mexico and the U.S. averted tariffs in June 2019.

All after the two countries struck a deal on immigration.

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One of the Best Ways to Trade an IPO

Far too often, investors like you and I get burned by an IPO out of the gate.

Lyft (LYFT) was supposed to be a high-flier for investors. Instead, it plunged from $87 to $47.50. Uber (UBER) was supposed to be a great IPO, too. Instead, it plunged out of the gate.

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Three Top Blood in the Streets Stocks to Watch

Things have gotten way out of hand with the trade war.

After weeks of intense fighting between the two economic superpowers, Dow futures are pointing to a 230-point drop at the open today. All after the press reported the U.S. was considering restrictions on Hikvision – a Chinese surveillance equipment provider – from buying U.S. components.

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The Most Powerful Cannabis Catalysts of 2019

Cannabis stocks were some of the hottest stocks of 2019.

More U.S. states gave the green light for medicinal and/or recreational use.  

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Trade War 2019: Three Ways Investors Hedged Fear

With markets in a state of panic, we reported that one of the best ways to prepare your portfolio for potential downside was by hedging volatility.

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Uber Car-Wreck IPO Set Investors Up for a Bumpy Ride

It was one of the year’s most anticipated IPOs.

Instead, it turned into one of the biggest flops. Out of the gate, shares of Uber (UBER) opened at $45 and sank to nearly $36, losing $6 billion in its first date.

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Where’s the Beef: Beyond Meat (BYND) Just Had the Best IPO of 2019

Apparently, the veggie burger boom is upon us.

In May, Beyond Meat (BYND) exploded out of the gate with the best IPO of 2019. In fact, the maker of vegan beef rocketed as much as 192% on its first day.  And now, shares which opened for trading at $46 are now up to $85 a share.

However, this may just be the start of a much bigger run.

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Oil ETFs: One of the Best Ways to Invest in Crude

Crude oil prices surged to fresh 2019 highs.

All after the Trump Administration announced that that oil buyers in Turkey, South Korea, China, India, and Japan must end their imports from Iran or face potential U.S. sanctions. 

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Lyft IPO: You Would Have Made More Money this Way

Investors chased Lyft Inc. (LYFT) out of the gate to $80.75.

'This is a lightning start for Lyft's stock as investors are salivating [over] owning a piece of the $1 trillion ride sharing market,' Wedbush managing director Dan Ives told CNBC. 'The robust start to trading is also a clear positive for other tech names that are watching Lyft to gauge investor demand and Street reaction on this transformational consumer tech name.'

However, as exciting as opening day may be, it was better to be cautious, as we’ve noted.

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Goldman Sachs Believes eSports Market Growth is Just Beginning

eSports is quickly becoming one of the “can’t miss” trades of the year.

This year alone, the market is expected to grow 15% year over year to 453.8 million, according to analysts at Newzoo. Better, total revenue for the global market could reach $1.1 billion in 2019.  By 2022, it could fly as high as $3.2 billion. 


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Trump Trade: Why Infrastructure Stocks Could Pop

Never ignore President Trump news. 

It may just lead to your next profitable opportunity.

For example, he just released his 2020 budget, which includes a call for a $1 trillion infrastructure plan. 

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Two of the Best Cannabis ETFs for 2019

After months of investigations, millions of dollars, hundreds of interviews, and panic over potential impeachment, the Mueller investigation finally ended.

Now that the investigation was over, analysts began to note that some sectors could see a boost, as the President turns back to focusing on policy. Some of those sectors include infrastructure, defense, and even cannabis legalization.

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How to Become a Better Trader in 4 Easy Steps

The odds are stacked against you as an investor.

You have a job. You have a life. You just don’t have time to investigate opportunities like a professional analyst who covers 10 stocks, visits the companies, talks to management regularly, and pores over word of quarterly earnings conference call.

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The Top 3 Catalysts for Gold Prices

2018 wasn’t the best year for gold prices.

Gold slipped from $1,369 to a low of $1,180 that year.

However, gold is just now beginning to push higher on a few catalysts.

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The Bullish Argument Canopy Growth (CGC)

The marijuana story is growing like a weed.

With Canadian legalization in the pocket, U.S. states legalizing, supply issues, and interest from the corporate world, this could very well be the Gold Rush story of 2019. Plus, supply issues are plaguing the industry, creating sizable opportunity.

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Lyft IPO: What You Need to Know before Investing

Lyft just left Uber in the dust.

Over the last week, the company filed to raise up to $100 million in a public offering, and will soon list on the NASDAQ under the ticker, “LYFT.”

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Three of the Best Ways to Trade the 5G Boom

The 5G boom is upon us.

This monstrous $1.3 billion story that could provide us with speeds up to 100x faster than 4G networks. Speed like that is a game-changer.

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Two Top IPOs to Watch For in 2019

Bankers are confident that 2019 will be another strong year for IPOs.

That’s according to a new BDO USA survey that found that 71% of capital market executives believe IPO activity will increase at, or be flat with 2018, as noted by Market Watch.

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Marijuana Gold Rush: Senate Bill 420 Could Spike Your Portfolio

The marijuana story is growing like a weed.

All as Congressional support for legalization grows. 

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How to Experience Explosive Growth over a Few Short Years with Minimum Risk

​“Explosive growth with minimum risk!” Does that sound too good to be true?

Before I watched a video on how Ryan Jones of uses covered calls in his trading, I thought it was.

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Student Loans: Why the Bubble Will Eventually Burst

From the Great Depression to the subprime loan disaster, the U.S. has seen its fair share of economic crises.  And while markets have been quite resilient with each one, we could get walloped again with a $1.5 trillion student loan debt bubble. 

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2019 IPO Spotlight: Slack and Robinhood

2018 was quite an impressive year for IPOs.

Even with market volatility, we saw 274 IPOs last year, which raised more than $64.74 billion. That, by the way, was a marked improvement over the 234 IPOs of 2017, which raised $52.41 billion. But neither may be able to catch the potential of 2019.

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These Trades Go Up when the Market Goes Down

When it comes to trading, nothing is ever a guarantee.

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How to Make Money from IPOs without Buying an IPO

In late 2015, Ferrari (RACE) raced onto the market floor at a high of $60 a share.

Here was a $12 billion IPO rolling on to the showroom floor, oversubscribed 10 times over. Investors were excited. Anticipation was high. The press noted it could be a hot runner even though the company had just said net profits fell 34%.

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Blood in the Streets: Why Johnson & Johnson Plunged 10%

Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) plummeted in early December 2018, wiping out nearly $40 billion worth of value after a damaging Reuters report.

In fact, the stock fell more than 10, or $14 a share on a Reuters report that the drug and consumer products company new for decades that its baby talcum powder was contaminated with asbestos.

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Three Key Tips for Investing in an IPO

No one has ever said IPO investing was a walk in the park.

One of the worst things many investors – especially new ones do – is they get caught up in what the press hounds would have them believe.

But that’s a great way to lose money.

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Why Oil is Struggling in Oversold Territory

Since early October 2018, oil prices have been clobbered.

Prices sank from a high of $76.90 to a recent low of $49.41. 

Major oil companies sank right along with it.

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Trade War Resolution: Why Investors Should Remain Cautious

The trade war ceasefire between the U.S. and China set off quite a rally in December 2018.

The Dow Jones rocketed 330 points. The NASDAQ gained 117. The S&P 500 was up as much as 33. And the small-cap Russell 2000 picked up another 10 points on the day.

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The Benefits of Combining Fundamental and Technical Analysis

Over the last 22 years, I’ve heard countless arguments for and against fundamental and technical analysis. While neither is perfect, they both have strengths we can capitalize on.

Fundamental analysis shows us what’s under the hood.

At its very core, it helps us arrive at a stock's intrinsic value. It helps us see:

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Marijuana Investing: Time to Abandon Pot Stocks?

Marijuana stocks quickly fell out of favor following Canadian legalization news.

But don’t let that chase you out of the market.



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This Price Level Might be Gold’s Line in the Sand

In early October, 2018, gold may have found its bottom.

After plunging for the last six months, prices were in the longest streak of losses in about 30 years. Just since April 2018, gold prices sank from $1,360 to a current price of $1,180. 

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How to Spot Profitable Opportunities

One of the worst things that traders still do to this day is ignore stocks at 52-week lows, even when it comes to the biggest stocks in the world.

That’s because they believe three ideas:

  • It’s never safe to buy a stock hitting a 52-week low.
  • Stocks in downtrends tend to stay in downtrends.
  • Nothing is more destructive than thinking a 52-week low is a good buy
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Trading the News: What You Need to Understand about the Marijuana Pullback

Eugene Fama’s Efficient Market Theory (EMT) taught us that when news is released, it’s immediately priced into stocks.

But that’s impossible because it never took into consideration the friction of news flow.

If you have an intended reach of 100 people, and only 30 of them get the news, the other 70 people haven’t had an opportunity to react.

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Spotlight on FANG Stocks: Is it Time to Buy?

Major index futures plunged.

The Dow Jones fell 2,506 points. The NASDAQ fell 1,050. The S&P 500 was down as much as 311 points. Investors panicked and sold.

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Trading Volatility ETFs: How to Easily Spot Pivots in the VIX

If you can predict volatility, you can prepare in advance for big moves in the market.

There are ways we can do this. One is to trade volatility any time the Volatility Index (VIX) falls under 10. The other is to keep an eye on technical pivot points.

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The Federal Government Could Help Send These Pot Stocks Soaring

It's not surprising to see big moves for stocks in emerging industries. Cannabis stocks are no exception, and we saw big moves all summer, especially after each company announced advancements in its commercialization.

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Top Stocks for Hurricane Season 2018

The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season was one of the worst on record.

All thanks to infamous trio of Harvey, Irma and Maria.

Harvey flooded Houston with more than four feet of rainfall as it made landfall August 25. Irma battered the Caribbean before coming ashore in the Florida Keys on September 10. And Maria destroyed homes and much of the infrastructure in Puerto Rico and inflicted a devastating disaster on the island when it came ashore on September 20.

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What the Facebook Hack Means to Investors

Facebook dropped another bombshell in September 2018.

It revealed an unknown hacker breached the site, compromising the accounts of 50 million users. While the company found and fixed bugs used in the attack, the damage has again been done. Trust has again been put in jeopardy.

Worse, not only did the hackers obtain the ability to access the Facebook accounts, they could access other services you use with your Facebook account registration. 

The latest hack is another major misstep for Facebook, which has been trying to win back consumer trust after several recent debacles. Besides the Cambridge Analytics issue, Congress has strongly criticized the company for failing to prevent the spread propaganda. 

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What Happened this Time?

Attackers were able to trick Facebook into issuing them “access tokens,” or digital keys that allow them to access accounts as if the attackers were the users. 

The access keys allowed the attackers to even access any other services that someone used Facebook's login service to log in to, whether that's dating app Tinder, or a niche smartphone game, and gain access to highly personal information.

Unfortunately, it’s not clear who carried out the attack.

They may never know. What we do know is that the company patched the problem. And while Facebook doesn’t believe this attack will hurt its business, we’re not so sure. If users can’t trust their data to Facebook, they’ll delete their accounts and go elsewhere, or just stop using Facebook altogether. 

It Highlights the Need for Cyber Security

A few keystrokes are all it takes.

All of a sudden, your most private information is in the hands of criminals.

Your most personal information, banking details, social security numbers, your children's information... all at risk.

Yet, we're not prepared as it gets worse. What's terrifying is that our own government isn't prepared -- at all.

Our digital over-dependence means that our risk is greater than ever before with new attacks surfacing all the time. The latest one attacks your cellphone to mine cryptocurrencies.

And just in case you think hackers can’t get to you behind your locked, alarmed doors, they’re already inside your home computer.

If you think it can’t happen to you, guess what?  

You’ve already been hit, as you just learned the hard way from Facebook.

It’s cost U.S. businesses billions of dollars. Consumers are having their most private data exposed for the world to see. Credit cards, social security numbers, bank account information, even your child’s information in the hands of strangers.

Arguably, the threat is very real and expensive to fight.

Damages related to cyber crimes are expected to hit $6 trillion a year by 2021.

Unfortunately, despite the scale and potential harm of such attacks, many companies and government agencies still are not prepared.

Up to 75% of all U.S. companies are not prepared.

Up to 65% haven’t devoted the time or resources to prepare.

Making that worse, Microsoft predicts that by 2020 data volumes online will be 50 times greater than what they are today with 111 billion lines of new software code produced each year, including billions of potential vulnerabilities that can be exploited.

For investors, this is another opportunity to look at cybersecurity stocks, like FireEye (FEYE).

FireEye (FEYE)

FireEye offers network security, malware analysis, endpoint security, e-mail security and file content security. After being ignored for quite some time, FEYE has become an industry high-flier to own long-term.

Not only is it one of the hottest “go to” stocks of the sector again, but underlying fundamentals look polished, too. For the third quarter of 2018, FireEye expects revenue of $206 million to $210 million, billings of $210 million to $220 million, and adjusted net income per share of $0.01 to $0.03. Better yet, it just reiterated its guidance for full-year 2018 revenue of $820 million to $830 million, but also boosted its outlook for billings of $825 million to $845 million (up $10 million from both ends of its previous ranges). FireEye also continues to expect 2018 adjusted net income per share of between $0.00 and $0.04.

According to FireEye CEO Kevin Mandia:

"Sales growth in the second quarter was broad based across all geographies and product families, and demand for our differentiated security products and services is increasing as we enter the second half of 2018. New logo customers added in the quarter increased year-over-year and sequentially for the first time since early 2016, and we added more than 75 new Helix customers in the second quarter. We continue to leverage our unique innovation cycle to quickly adapt our products with knowledge gained on the front lines of combating cyberattacks."

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Midterm Elections: What History Tells Us About Volatility

Months ahead of 2018 midterm elections, fear ran rampant of a changing of the guard.

If the Republicans retain leadership, we’re greatly optimistic we could see 35,000 on the Dow Jones Industrials, argued some. In fact, some argue that tax reform is likely to leave many Republicans relatively unscathed in 2018, and perhaps put them on solid ground by 2020, too.

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Dow Jones Industrial Average: Why 30,000 is a Real Possibility

The bull market is now well over 3,400 days old.

And there are no clear signs it’ll end – at least, not anytime soon.

Since January 2016, the Dow Jones Industrials rallied from 15,450 to 26,200.

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Cannabis Stock Spotlight: Tilray, Inc. (TLRY)

Hot out of the IPO gate, Tilray Inc. (TLRY) has become one of the hottest pot stocks to own.

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Oil Prices: The Catalysts That Could Deliver $90 Oil

Oil has been a fickle beast.

After topping out at $75 in July 2018, prices slipped to $64 a barrel. However, some analysts believe oil could rally well above $90 later in 2018.

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Stock Spotlight: The Top 3 Pot Stocks to Own for the Next 10 Years

The marijuana story is growing like a weed.

Not only do 61% of Americans now support legalization, states are moving to legalize it with hopes for significant new revenue stream.

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Private Prison Stocks: Where Immigration is Profitable

Apparently, private prison stocks are no longer on death row.

In the final months of the Obama Administration, the Justice Department announced it would end the use of private prisons. Sally Yates, the former deputy attorney general even directed the Bureau of Prisons to withdraw or decline contracts for private prison operators, noting they compared poorly. 

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Latin America Quickly Emerging as Marijuana Catalyst

With the global community quickly embracing the medical attributes of medical marijuana, most notably in Latin America, coupled with millions of patients worldwide, marijuana companies are quickly gaining international exposure to realize higher valuations.

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Mega-Mergers 2018: A Tremendous Opportunity Born

In a historic week, the Department of Justice just lost a landmark challenge of a mega-merger, setting the stage for a new raft of likely deals. In June 2018, a federal judge ruled in favor of AT&T, allowing it to absorb Time Warner in a deal valued at $85 billion.

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These Aerospace and Defense ETFs could Fly High in 2018

One of the best ways to diversify at less cost is with an ETF.

In early July 2018, most defense names became very expensive.

- Raytheon (RTN) was up to $195

- Boeing (BA) traded at $336

- General Dynamics (GD) was at $187

- Northrop Grumman (NOC) was at $309

- United Technologies (UTX) was at $125

If I wanted to own just 10 shares of each, it’d cost me $11,520.

If I wanted to own 100 shares of each, now we’re up to $115,200.

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A Closer Look at Energy ETF Opportunities

Since June 2017, oil prices rocketed from a low of $42.05 to a high of $64.30 in early 2018.

At the time, that was the highest crude oil prices had been since May 2015 thanks in part to OPEC production cuts. We were also seeing strong demand growth in China, too.

It’s the reason Exxon Mobil (XOM) jumped from a 2017 low of $75 to $87.50. Chevron (CVX) ran from $101 to $133.60. Conoco Phillips (COP) exploded from $42 to $60.

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Tariffs and Trade Wars: Winners and Losers

In early June 2018, the Trump Administration imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum exports from three of its closest trading allies – Canada, Mexico, and countries in the European Union.

And the trade war began.

The tariffs – 25% on imports on steel and 10% on aluminum – didn’t sit well with these other countries, which referred to U.S. actions a violation of trade rules, imposing countermeasures of their own.

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Crypto Initial Coin Offerings (ICO): What Every Investor Must Know

Whether you’re getting involved with an existing crypto or even an Initial Coin Offering (ICO), which acts as a fundraising mechanism for new projects, understanding who is on the development and management team is one of the most important things to know.

But first, just what is an ICO?

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Marijuana Boom: Up in Smoke? Think Again.

Marijuana may still be one of the most controversial topics.

But it’s quickly proven itself to be one of the most profitable.

All thanks to marijuana… and now, Donald Trump?

Yep, in early 2018, the Trump bump added even more momentum to the sector.

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The Top ETFs to Own for the Next Decade

Sometimes, the greatest opportunities are hiding in plain sight.

Yet, they’re ignored, or “left for dead” out of fear that a sector may be too speculative. Biotech and pharmaceutical stocks are the perfect examples. But only the foolish have ignored the rewards the sector has produced -- and will produce. 

In 2008, I first began telling folks to back up the truck on biotech.

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Stocks to Watch as the Two Koreas Potentially Negotiate a Peace

Back in September 2017, a war of words intensified between Donald Trump and North Korea.

Trump called Kim Jong-un a “Rocket Man” bent on a “suicide mission” with Kim calling Trump a “mentally deranged US dotard,” threatening to test an H-bomb over the Pacific.

All after Trump threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea in his speech before the U.N.

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Spotlight on Lithium Battery Stocks

By now you’re well aware of the excitement brewing with the electric vehicle (EV) boom.

We already know that BMW is now aiming to sell 500,000 electric vehicles globally by the end of 2019.  Volvo has pledged to produce every car model with an electric motor by 2019.

General Motors said it would launch 10 electric and gas-electric hybrid vehicles in China by 2020 as part of its plan to make and sell EVs in that country. 

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Gene-Editing Stocks: A Costly Lesson in Emotional Trading

If you’re an emotional trader, take your money out of the market.

You’ll never make any money if your first reaction to fear is to sell stocks.

Look at gene-editing stocks, for example.

By far, this was one of the most innovative, exciting technologies we’ve seen. 

It involves the insertion, deletion, or replacement of DNA in a cell or organism. While there are several ways of editing genes, the most exciting technique right now is clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats, or CRISPR, an approach that uses an enzyme found in bacteria to alter DNA.

Investors were jumping into stocks like Editas Medicine (EDIT)Intellia Therapeutics (NTLA) and CRSPR Technologies (CRSP).

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All of a sudden, many of these stocks began to fall out of the sky.

News was that the human immune system has a built in defense against the Cas9 enzyme used in CRISPR technology. The technology was deemed far too risky to explore in human trials.  Of course, the news sparked fear in investors.

But while bad news was partially true, there were still ways around the problem. 

For example, the Cas9 could be modified so a human body would not immediately attack the enzymes.  Once that was realized, once the fear dissipated, opportunity was found. Extreme fear gave way to wild greed.

In short, investors panicked.  They sold with emotion. 

They got caught up in herd mentality without ever doing their due diligence.  As a result, some missed the NTLA rally from a low of $20 to $36; the EDIT rally from $30 to $44; and the CRSP rally from $23 to more than $62 a share.

What makes the gene-editing story even more powerful is news that two companies were reading human trials for 2018.  Researchers found that a gene-editing technique known as CRISPR-Cas9 could be used to edit living human cells, raising the possibility that human DNA could be significantly altered.  In fact, in early 2018, CRISPR Therapeutics applied for permission from European regulators to test its treatment in patients suffering from beta-thalassaemia, an inherited blood disease where the body does not produce enough healthy red blood cells.

That news alone dispelled the idea that gene editing was too risky.

Again, it proves that before you sell anything, be sure to remove your emotion and the desire to sell because every one else is panicking.  You stand to lose a good deal of money that way.

Just think – how would you feel if you sold these stocks out of panic only to watch them explode?  You’d feel a bit sick, wouldn’t you?

This logic applies to all assets – stocks, bonds, ETFs, options, indexes and even crypto.

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Wind Energy Could Blow Big Profits Your Way

It may not sound like the most exciting investment in the world.

But once you consider that wind energy is booming globally, accounting for more than a third of all electricity capacity installed over the last five years, you can see why many investors have grown to like it. In short, a multi-billion dollar industry has been right under many of our noses. Unfortunately, the story hasn’t grabbed many headlines.



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Augmented Reality: A Booming $60 Billion Industry that Cannot Be Ignored

Analysts strongly believe augmented reality will boom in 2018.

Between virtual realities, which create immersive computer-generated environments, augmented reality can create near-real world reality with graphics, sounds, and even smell. It can literally change human perception of the surrounding space when a digitally augmented human interacts with a data sources, as noted by Network World. 

Look at Pokemon Go for example to see how excited folks are for the technology.

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Omnibus Spending Bill 2018: How Defense Stocks Fared

Facing a deadline to prevent a government shutdown in March 2018, the House and Senate put together a $1.3 trillion spending bill that was signed by President Trump. Running 2,000-plus pages, the bill allocated federal money through the end of September 2018 and included quite a boost to defense spending.


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How to Technically Trade Cryptocurrencies

Assets are primarily driven by bouts of extreme optimism and pessimism.

And if we can spot these extreme instances the higher the likelihood for success.

Even Warren Buffett will tell you that. “Be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful,” he says. 

Sir John Templeton would even advise to “buy extreme pessimism.”

It’s part of the reason they became as wealthy as they did. They waited for points of excessive fear and greed… and pounced on the opportunity.

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Tech Breakthrough Has Potential to Save Electric Car Industry

One game-changing company is "swooping" in to save the electric car market...

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New Energy Tech Company Can Extract Oil for Less than $23 per Barrel

The shale revolution is over.

A new breakout trade is happening right now “under the radar”...

This secretive energy tech company may just be the answer

Extracting oil for less than $23 per barrel!!

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Solar Stocks: The Technical Picture Many Traders Missed

Never ignore the downtrodden, we noted in late March 2017.

At the time, we were talking about solar stocks, many of which had been left for dead, ignored at historic lows.  Many became ridiculously oversold on a perfect storm of lower gas prices, concerns the government would phase out subsidies, as well as crushing amounts of debt.

While the fundamentals told a story of despair, technical analysis painted a completely different story, highlighting just how oversold related stocks became.

On March 28, 2017, we brought your attention to oversold shares of Canadian Solar (CSIQ).  On that day, not only was it stuck at its lower Bollinger Band, relative strength (RSI) was at its 30-line.  Williams’ %R was under its 80-line.  Not long after Money Flow (MFI) fell under its 20-line.

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Marijuana Boom 2018: Two of the Most Popular Stocks

The marijuana story is still growing like a weed.

As controversial as it may be, it’s also one of the most explosive opportunities we’ve seen. In fact, with recent legalization, marijuana could very well be a $30 billion market in four years. It’s only a $6.7 billion industry right now, up 30% from 2015.

Right now, 29 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for medical purposes. As for its recreational approval, California just became the eighth state to make it legal.

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A Closer Look at Energy ETF Opportunities

Since June 2017, oil prices rocketed from a low of $42.05 to a high of $64.30 in early 2018.

At the time, that was the highest crude oil prices had been since May 2015 thanks in part to OPEC production cuts.  We were also seeing strong demand growth in China, too.

It’s the reason Exxon Mobil (XOM) jumped from a 2017 low of $75 to $87.50. Chevron (CVX) ran from $101 to $133.60.  Conoco Phillips (COP) exploded from $42 to $60.

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Cryptocurrency 2018: It’s Finding Global Acceptance

It’s the ultimate disruptor.

With the emergence of cryptocurrency, global financial transactions are being decentralized on an incredible scale. It’s already changing the dynamics of international and domestic trade. And, according to some analysts, it’s only a matter of time before cryptocurrencies see global acceptance.

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How to Hedge Against a Market Correction

Markets hit all-time highs.

Optimism and confidence in markets soared to unbelievable heights.

There was nothing but euphoria. Nothing could stop the rally.

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Cryptocurrency Trading: Three Essential Facts

Historically, the stock market has been one of the greatest creators of wealth.

While U.S. stocks have returned an average 9% return between 1871 and 2017, crypto currency returns have left that number in the dust since the start of 2017. But before you rush off to mortgage the home to buy into the crypto craze, there are a few facts you need to understand. 

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Tax Reform 2018: Three of the Biggest Winners

When the Dow Jones Industrials exploded to an all-time high of 26,086, it did so just a week after hitting 25,000. That was the fastest 1,000-point rise we’ve ever seen.

"We're just starting to see Corporate America tell us what a lower corporate tax rate means to the bottom line. We shouldn't dismiss that," noted Art Hogan, chief market strategist a B. Riley FBR, as quoted by CNN Money.

Even better, Goldman Sachs believes the bull market could run another three years.

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Crypto Spotlight: Ethereum (ETC)

In early January 2018, Ethereum hit an all-time high of $1,417.

That means in a single year, the coin has skyrocketed more than 13,765% since January 2017 when it traded at just $10.22. 

And according to its co-creator, Steve Nerayoff, as quoted by CNBC, “the price of ethereum could ‘easily double or triple by the end of the year.”

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This ETF Sector Is Primed for the Next Decade

Sometimes, the greatest opportunities are hiding in plain sight.

Yet, they’re ignored, or “left for dead” out of fear that a sector may be too speculative. Biotech and pharmaceutical stocks are the perfect examples. But only the foolish have ignored the rewards the sector has produced -- and will produce. 

In 2008, I first began telling folks to back up the truck on biotech.

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Crypto Spotlight: The Coin to Watch in 2018

At the end of 2016, the value of all crypto coins was valued at nearly $17.5 billion.

As of the end of 2017, the combined valued of 1,370 coins had a value of $605 billion.

And to be very honest, the boom shows no signs of slowing down.

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These Infrastructure Stocks are Leaders of the Pack

American’s infrastructure has been failing for quite some time.

One look at the countless potholes, congested roads, derailed trains, collapsed bridges and dams is proof enough.  Just to fix it all could cost as much as $3.6 trillion by 2020, says the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

What’s worse, the ASCE just gave current U.S infrastructure a D+ rating. Even the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has estimated that there’s an $808.2 billion backlog in deferred maintenance on the nation’s rail and bus lines. 

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Why It Pays to Trade Seasonal Trends

As anyone with a respiratory system will tell you, flu season isn’t fun.

But as any investor holding pharmacy and flu-related, coughing-sniffling remedy stocks will tell you it’s one of the best times of the year.

Each year the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) consults recommendations from the World Health Organization, trying to get the right composition for its flu vaccines. The FDA experts pick the flu strains they expect to be the most dominant that year, and make recommendations to the vaccine manufacturers.

Then they wait, and hope they're right.

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The Dogs of the Dow 2018

With the Dogs of the Dow, you’re simply buying the highest yielding 10 Dow Jones stocks that fell out of favor, investing an equal amount in each, liquidating by January 1 of the following year, and repeating for nearly predictable rewards.

Even better, it's easy to use, and it performs well.

The way you pick the Dogs is very simple.

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ETF Trading: The Best Way to Hedge for “What Ifs”

It’s always important to be aware of “what ifs.”

Markets may have hit all time highs in November 2017. Optimism and confidence in markets were soaring to unbelievable heights. But we’ve seen this move before. And as I tell many traders and investors, it’s never too early to start thinking about how to protect your portfolio from potential swings lower.

That’s because if we’re not prepared, all of the gains you see today could be gone tomorrow.

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Why It Pays to Trade Seasonality

Seasonal trading theories are a dime a dozen.

  • The first half of the year tends to bring better returns that the second half.
  • Dow Jones Industrial Average stocks whose price was beaten down in the previous year have a tendency to outperform the rest of the DJIA in the following year.
  • There’s even the theory that markets in the northern and southern hemispheres predictably succumb to the winter blues, or Seasonal Affective Disorder.
  • There’s the January Effect -- that expected time of year when tax conscious investors sell stocks to write off losses against capital gains. The “tax sell-off” would depress stock values lower until buyers came back in early January.
  • There’s the “Sell in May and go away” idea that hasn’t worked so well.
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Use these Simple Indicators for Trade Confirmation

There is no such thing as the “Holy Grail” of trading and investing.

It just doesn’t exist. But you can give yourself a fighting chance, if you’re willing to trade smart with confirmation.

That’s because confirmation is key to trading success.

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Marijuana ETF Exposes You to $17 Billion at Less Cost

Controversial or not, one of the hottest investments of 2018 could very well be the marijuana story. In fact, even after some monster moves in the sector, there’s still further upside remaining. 

Look at Canopy Growth (TWMJF), for example to see how real the boom has been. The stock more than doubled in November 2017 on excitement surrounding the issue of legalization and news of a major investor. 

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The Best Way to Invest in Rare Earths and Strategic Metals

By now, you’re very well aware of the electric vehicle (EV) boom.

What you may not know is that it’s heating up faster than any one expected.

The chief energy economist of French Oil Major Total S.A. believes electric cars could make up 15% to 30% of global new vehicle sales by 2030, as noted by Bloomberg, as we noted last month. OPEC just quintupled its forecast for sales of EVs to 266 million from 46 million. The International Energy Agency doubled its 2030 forecast from 23 million to 58 million.


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Hammers: Two of the Most Powerful Candlestick Patterns

It’s not difficult to understand why candlesticks have become so popular.

Unlike your typical bar or line chart, candlestick charts tell us four essential things in a given day – the open, high, low and close. More importantly, they can tell us how strong or weak the bulls or bears are at a point in time.

For example, if I spot a doji cross at top of trend, it’s an indication of indecision among the bulls and bears. It can also tell technicians – based on historical observations – if a trend is likely to reverse in the opposite direction. 

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The Top Stocks to Own for the Next Decade

Sometimes, the greatest opportunities are hiding in plain sight.

Yet, they’re ignored, or “left for dead” out of fear that a sector may be too speculative. Biotech and pharmaceutical stocks are the perfect examples. But only the foolish have ignored the rewards the sector has produced… and will produce. 

In 2008, I first began telling folks to back up the truck on biotech.

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A Closer Look at Why Defense ETFs are Worth Every Penny

One of the best ways to diversify at less cost is with an ETF.

In late September 2017, most defense names became very expensive.

  • Raytheon (RTN) was up to $185
  • Boeing (BA) traded at $256
  • General Dynamics (GD) was at $205
  • Northrop Grumman (NOC) was at $282
  • United Technologies (UTX) was at $114
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Solar Stocks: The Technical Picture Many Traders Missed

Never ignore the downtrodden, we noted in late March 2017.

At the time, we were talking about solar stocks, many of which had been left for dead, ignored at historic lows.  Many became ridiculously oversold on a perfect storm of lower gas prices, concerns the government would phase out subsidies, as well as crushing amounts of debt.

While the fundamentals told a story of despair, technical analysis painted a completely different story, highlighting just how oversold related stocks became.

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Why It’s Essential to Blend Technical and Fundamental Analysis

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."

Unfortunately, those very words of Thomas Edison are often lost on investors.

Instead, investors miss opportunity because a stock appears to be boring, or because the “herd” has convinced them not to buy. 

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The Economic Truth of Natural Disasters

The Gulf Coast couldn’t catch a break in August 2017. September promises the same fate for Florida.

After dumping trillions of gallons of water on Texas, estimates noted the storm could cost as much as $160 billion, or the combined costs of Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy. Hurricane Irma could easily rival or surpass the devastation from Harvey.

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The Shiller P/E Ratio: The Most Worrisome Signs of a Correction?

One of the most worrisome signs we’re overdue for a correction is the Shiller P/E at 30.13.

Developed by Yale University’s Robert Shiller, the ratio helps us determine how much of your portfolio should be invested in stocks, based on the relationship between the price you pay for a stock and the value you get in return.

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Six Key Tools to Unlock Fundamental Value

Fundamental analysis may not be able to hand us immediate information on the psychology of the herd, but what it can unveil is long-term value.  With it, we’re trying to identify six key pieces of information that will help tell us if a company is overvalued, or undervalued with good chances for upside.

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How to Spot Where Breakouts Will Happen

Months ago, the drug industry was in a state of panic.

Between tweets from Hillary Clinton, and comments from Donald Trump’s that the industry was “getting away with murder” investors became unnerved for quite some time. There were even fears that pricing controls could wreak havoc on the sector, too. 

However, most of that, we believe, was priced in on a massive pullback.

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The Magic of Moving Average Crossovers

By now, you’re well aware of how to find trends using simple moving averages, such as the 50- and 200-day moving averages.   But you should also know how to potentially spot when a trend could stop dead in its tracks, or birth a new trend.

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10 Marijuana Stocks to Watch Had Gains as High as 114.3% in July 2017

This list shows the top marijuana stocks to watch this month (July 2017), based on month-to-date returns. After this pot stock list, we'll show you why Canada's upcoming marijuana legalization could increase marijuana sales by 400% next year, plus how to get in on the best pot stocks to own before legalization begins...

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How to Invest in Airline Stocks in 2017

Airline stocks may be popular investments in 2017, but we do not recommend adding them to your portfolio. Just take a look at the trading volume of airline stocks, and you can see their popularity.

JetBlue Airways Corp. (Nasdaq: JBLU), a company with a $7.6 billion market cap, has an average trading volume of 4.6 million shares per day. Meanwhile, Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) and its $445 billion market cap sees an average of 3.6 million shares changing hands per day.

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4 “When and Where”s of High Probability Setups

Today, I want to quickly highlight one of our most powerful methods which simply looks at 4 places that have high probability trades day in and day out.

You have heard about high-probability entry setups, and you probably wonder if they really exist.

While there is...

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Options Strategy: The Butterfly Trap Nets Huge Profits on Big Moves

As a professional trader I am NOT in the business of predicting the future. Instead, I ANTICIPATE where a stock may go, and then apply the right strategy to profit from the move. I prefer to trade stocks like TSLA, AMZN, PCLN, and CMG … etc. because they have the potential to make big moves.

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“X” Marks The Spot: A New Way To Capitalize On Major Stock Moves

In my youth, I used to love reading books and watching movies about pirates and buried treasure. Sooner or later, someone would discover the treasure map, leading to a wild adventure to find the buried treasure chest. In most of these swashbuckling tales, the location of the buried gold was marked with an “X” on the map.

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The US Dollar, Oil, & Equities: Opportunities Abound in 2017

Not too long ago, I made a video describing the trading opportunities I see for 2017. Since then, we've witnessed some interesting developments that confirm my original expectations. In particular, I mentioned that it was likely that OPEC and non-OPEC members would likely stand firm on their decision to cut production in order to support oil prices above $50 per barrel.

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The Absolute Best Entry Points for Stocks

Over the years, we’ve found that studying nothing more than charts can help traders break away from the herd-like pack and spot moves before they actually happen.

While homework on fundamentals is essential, it’s a terrible idea to pull the trigger on any trade without first looking at the chart.  Stock ABC may seem fundamentally strong after further review, but if the chart shows resistance at current prices, and a higher likelihood of failure, you need to be aware of that.

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The Biggest Reason Why Investors Never Become Rich

If you want to be a millionaire, that’s great. I wish you all the best of luck.

But you won’t get there if you don’t take the time to learn, practice, or even allow emotion to dictate how you trade.  It takes discipline in the end.  Without it, you’ll never reap the rewards that many stocks offer. 

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Why I sold Every Mutual Fund I Had

Mutual funds are one of the biggest scams ever pulled on the average investor.

Despite high fees, over diversification, and decades of staggering underperformance, well-dressed salesmen (“financial professionals” as they call themselves) continue to herd our personal wealth into these abysmal products.

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A Crash Course in Stock Spin-Offs

Following the herd is the surest way of achieving mediocre performance. To produce superior returns, investors have two options.

First, be smarter or know more than the other guy. Legendary investor, Howard Marks, refers to this as “second level thinking." For example, “Everyone thinks Apple has peaked and sales will begin to suffer. But I believe they are wrong and the company’s brand loyalty and continued innovation will generate greater-than-expected sales and profits. Therefore, I’m going to buy the stock even though the talking heads on CNBC prefer Samsung.”

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Technical Analysis: The Importance of Money Flow

When it comes to trading, one of the best ways to tell what’s happening is by paying attention to the flow of money in and out of a stock. None of us want to buy a stock if money is flowing out, right? Of course not… It’s a great way to lose money.  Instead, we want to buy if we’re seeing money flow in.

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