The Strong Dollar And Earnings Impact The Market
- The dollar climbed significantly in 4Q 2014, and the impact should be no surprise on 4Q 2014 company results.
- Companies, like PG, CAT, DD and others with significant international exposure are vulnerable to the Dollar strength.
- Focusing on domestic companies with low to no international exposure is a strategy to pursue short to medium term.
S&P Settlement Echoes 'Don't Fight The Fed'
- Rating agency Standard & Poor’s agreed to settle with the Securities Exchange Commission by paying $77 million, but more repercussions could be on the way.
- S&P will also be barred for one year from rating commercial mortgage-backed securities, which is good news for Moody's and Fitch.
- Reports suggest there could be more lawsuit settlements coming.
ECB's Major Effect On The Markets
- The World Bank and IMF revise global growth forecasts down, but up their US expectations.
- The ECB adopts the Fed's policy of easy money, but torpedoes the euro offering big moves in FXE and EUO.
- Investors need to fish in non-S&P 500 waters to beat the index in 2015, including options.
Using The Calendar And Catalysts To Your Trading Advantage
- Savvy investors look for good companies with catalysts to drive share prices.
- Amid a sea of data, there are calendar-specific events that serve as powerful investing catalysts.
- CES and the Connected Car are examples for Qualcomm, CSR, Freescale, ARM Holdings, AT&T and others.
Looking At Potential Ebola Virus Ripple Effects
- According to the World Health Organization (WHO) the Ebola virus is killing 70% of the people who contract the disease.
- The WHO believes there could be up to 10,000 new Ebola cases per week alone in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone on the African continent by the end of 2014.
- While LAKE and APT are "enjoying" Ebola driven demand, HSY, MDLZ, TR and NSRGY and other chocolate and confection companies could suffer as cocoa prices soar.
Dissecting 2014 Holiday Shopping Forecasts
- We are on the cusp of the 2014 Holiday Shopping Season, and the forecasts are mixed to aggressive.
- With wages flat, consumer spending will see a lift due to falling gas prices, but it won't be across the board.
- Online shopping will continue to take share as will gift cards, which bodes well for AMZN, UPS, V, SBUX and AAPL shares.
Soda Pain Offers Flavor Gain For IFF And SNMX
- Soda companies are facing decking sales of non-diet and diet soda products, a key revenue and profit source.
- Products, such as Coca-Cola Life and Pepsi True, are using alternative sweeteners, but as we learned with New Coke taste and flavor remain key.
- These pain points clear the way for IFF and SNMX, but its new revenue streams that make SNMX shares the story to watch.
China Jobs And Consumers Weigh On Alibaba Shares
- While enthusiasm was high for the Alibaba IPO, data points to worrisome demand drivers in its core market that could pressure BABA's shares further.
- The outlook for Chinese consumers has cooled as they shift toward savings amid job creation concerns.
- While underwriters will be bullish, BABA's valuation is more than lofty, and absent government stimulus, individuals should hold off buying shares for now.
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Economic Hits Keep on Coming
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