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Monthly Archives: February 2015

Q4 Earnings update

The most recent data from S&P shows 90% of S&P500 companies have reported Q4 earnings. Here’s a scorecard: As reported earnings per share are down nearly 14% from Q3, and down 10.6% from Q4 the previous year.  Note: this includes a likely 2% tailwind from share buybacks. Trailing 12mo earnings (a broader view) is up 3% –but again nearly all of that gain is […] Read the rest of this entry »

Euphoria abounds

It is said that stock market rallies die of euphoria.  Last week saw widespread euphoria. Insider selling on the NYSE reached 10.6 shares sold vs bought. I expect much the same this week.  Anything over 4 suggests insiders are concerned about not being able to sell high in the next year or so. Over 6 is pretty much panic selling. Again this is not […] Read the rest of this entry »

Late day sell off

SPX futures just plummeted 18 points in 11 minutes.   Hmmmm.