Earnings Season Unfolds | April 17th 2016

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending April 17th, 2016 (The Keyword is Bubble 4-17-16) The late-day Friday rally bulls were hoping for did not materialize, which was likely the result of a batch of mixed (and mostly negative) economic numbers that kept buyers on the sidelines. It was a decent week…

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The Not So Friendly Skies | From the Mind of the Gorilla

You’d think the airlines would have learned their lesson a few years ago. It doesn’t seem that long ago when some experts were predicting a massive consolidation of the entire industry… However, they dug themselves out. Many of the airlines people thought would disappear are still in business and some even showing a profit. That’s…

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Investment Clubs | What Would You Do Test

How well do you think investment clubs perform? A) 60%-67% of investment clubs outperform the overall stock market. B) 60%-67% of investment clubs underperform the overall stock market. The financial press has made frequent claims suggesting that 60%-67% of investment clubs beat the market. If true, this figure would be quite impressive since most mutual…

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The Keyword is Bubble | April 10th 2016

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending April 10th, 2016 (The Keyword is Bubble 4-10-16) Bulls were looking for a Friday bounce, and that was how the day began following Thursday’s selloff. Oil prices rallied by more than 6% on Friday, which took some of the worries about a global GDP slowdown…

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Water Cooler Trading | From the Mind of the Gorilla

The rumor mill – one of Wall Street’s most dangerous traps. Rumors have a tendency to make some people a lot of money – but for the majority of traders REACTING to the rumor – it’s more likely to be at a loss than any kind of gain. Let me know if this sounds familiar……

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The Stock Market Rebound Continues | March 3rd 2016

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending April 3rd, 2016 (Fed Calms and Market Rallies 4-03-16) It was a tough first quarter for the stock market, but the numbers were not all that bad. For the quarter, the Dow was up 1.4%, and the S&P 500 was up 1%, while the Nasdaq was…

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The Silver Lining Attitude | From the Mind of the Gorilla

Ugh… When the numbers for February’s existing home sales came out – there were a lot of people that began to panic – namely realtors and insurance agents. How low were they? The National Association of Realtors reported that home resales dropped a little over 7%, bringing the annual rate to 5.08 million units, the…

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Avoiding Shortcuts | Do You Need Gorilla Trades?

Linda is quiet, studious and concerned with social issues. While an undergraduate at Yale, she majored in English literature and environmental studies. Given this information, indicate which of the following three cases is most probable. A) Linda is a librarian. B) Linda is a librarian and a member of the Sierra Club. C) Linda works…

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Stocks Stand Strong as Terror Strikes | March 27th 2016

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending March 27th, 2016 (Fed Calms and Market Rallies 3-27-16) Happy Easter weekend! The stock market was closed for Good Friday, which followed a flat and mixed session on Thursday. It was a tough week as investors had to digest the gruesome terrorist attacks in Belgium,…

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Oil: The Commodity We Love To Hate | From the Mind of the Gorilla

Oil… Crude has been creating Billionaires for almost 150 years – if you consider John D. Rockefeller’s establishment of Standard Oil as the beginning of the modern oil industry. Most American’s have a love/hate relationship with oil… Investors love watching prices surge – high crude prices often mean big profits for OTHER industries as well…

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