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Oil falls to lowest level in five months; Brent breaks below $60 a barrel

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China promises to cut taxes, increase spending to stimulate economy

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Ominous weakening today, September 6, below the surface in U.S. stocks

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This market’s volatility puzzle–it’s as if investors and traders don’t think risk is climbing in the general market

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Next earnings season test after Netflix? Microsoft

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I’m buying the Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF in my Perfect 5 Portfolio today

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Second quarter GDP forecasts start to come back to earth

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Here we go again: Argentina and Italy compete to see which can be the next Greece

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AbbVie continues its run–picks up momentum from Allergan results

AbbVie continues its run–picks up momentum from Allergan results

Shares of AbbVie (ABBV) tacked on another 1.32% today to a close at $96 continuing a run that began back on January 31 at $81.02. The trend picked up momentum on February 7 after the company reported fourth quarter earnings with better than expected sales for its blockbuster Humira drug that has picked up competition from biosimilar in Europe. The stock climbed 5.9% that day. Now the shares are getting an added boost from better than expected quarterly numbers from Allergan (AGN). AbbVie is in the process of acquiring the Botox-maker.

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Sold Cirrus Logic out of my Volatility Portfolio on Monday

Sold Cirrus Logic out of my Volatility Portfolio on Monday

I was going to wait until just before Cirrus Logic (CRUS) reported earnings on January 29 before deciding to sell. But with the market trending down on fears of the coronavirus outbreak in China (and increasingly globally), I don’t see the upside in waiting. Also on a pure earnings story and the gains the stock has posted recently I have to wonder if Cirrus Logic isn’t trading on earnings expectations that the company just won’t be able to meet.

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Sold Xilinx out of my Volatility Portfolio on Monday

Sold Xilinx out of my Volatility Portfolio on Monday

I was going to wait until just before Xilinx (XLNX) reported earnings on January 28 before deciding to sell. But with the market trending down on fears of the coronavirus outbreak in China (and increasingly globally), I don’t see the upside in waiting.

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I think today is just a pause in the China-coronavirus selling; I’m selling JD.Com out of my Volatility Portfolio today on the bounce.

I think today is just a pause in the China-coronavirus selling; I’m selling JD.Com out of my Volatility Portfolio today on the bounce.

In my thinking we’ve still got a way to go before markets can breathe a true sigh of relief and put coronavirus fears behind them. And move onto worrying about other things like economic growth rates in China, rising debt levels, and earnings growth for U.S. stocks in the first and second quarters of 2020. I’m using what I think is a bounce, and just a bounce, today to sell a few more stocks with heavy exposure to China and disruptions caused by the coronavirus.

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FDA and Nektar both shock on company’s opioid drug candidate; I’d buy more on weakness

FDA and Nektar both shock on company’s opioid drug candidate; I’d buy more on weakness

Yesterday an advisory joint committee at the U.S. Food & Drug Administration voted to reject Nektar’s application for its new non-addictive opioid NKTR-181. The thinking–my thinking–was that the committee had structured the vote so that the most likely outcome was a narrow approval of the drug candidate that required further clinical trials by Nektar. Nope. The advisory committee voted for an outright rejection and the vote wasn’t even close at 27-0 against. Shock #1. Shock #2.

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iPhone sales in China show double-digit growth in December

iPhone sales in China show double-digit growth in December

Apple’s iPhone shipments in China grew 18.7% year over year in December to roughly 3.18 million units, according to Bloomberg. (Bloomberg’s calculations are based on data from the China Academy of Information and Communication Technology, a government think tank. The growth rate is especially impressive given a drop in overall smartphone shipments in China of 13.7% ear over year in December.

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Selling emerging markets short ETF EUM out of my Volatility Portfolio

Selling emerging markets short ETF EUM out of my Volatility Portfolio

I don’t know whether you’ve been able to hear it over all the other market noise–All the shouting on Brexit, for example–but there is a distinct and increasingly loud call from Wall Street that 2020 is the year to get back into emerging market assets. I don’t happen to agree with a lot of the thinking about why this is a good move now–but I think the crescendo of sentiment makes it dangerous to stand in the way of these bulls.

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Re-adding tech pick Twilio to my Volatility Portfolio

Re-adding tech pick Twilio to my Volatility Portfolio

Twilio is  my favorite play in the red-hot cloud software platform sector. (To keep you up with the jargon, Twilio is the leading communications platform-as-a-service, or cPaaS, company.) Twilio develops APIs that allow customers’ software developers to add voice communications like phone calls, text messaging via SMS, video, and a wide variety of other types of communications into their software applications.

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This website is based on my book, Juggling with Knives. Both the book and website are about volatility in everything from stocks and bonds to real estate, and real life topics such as jobs and education.

This website keeps the content of the book fresh and the advice and strategies up to date. If you've purchased the book, you've earned a one year free subscription. Use the Coupon Code in the book to start your FREE subscription when you Subscribe on this website.