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In a bear market, the best offense is a good defense

“To keep your footing and stay centered, reverse that old adage about sports and war: In a bear market, the best offense is a good defense” reports marketwatch.com. A bear market, when it comes, will feel like an attack on your financial security.The bullish case for Facebook is about to get even better Momentum-based investing strategies are coming off a 10-year cycle of poor performance, writes Mark Hulbert.Investors working with investment advisers ought to make time to talk about bear markets — when stocks drop at least 20% from their…

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Stocks post strong finish as optimism over trade talks grows

“Wall Street has been encouraged by the signals that Chinese and U.S. officials have sent in the latest round of trade talks that began Monday” reports thebusinessjournal.com. Two days of trade talks wrapped up Friday in Beijing.(AP) — The Dow Jones Industrial Average surged more than 400 points Friday as renewed optimism over trade talks between the U.S. and China put investors in a buying mood.Economists said this week’s two days of talks were too brief to resolve the sprawling dispute that extends to cyber-spying and China’s trade surplus. Source: thebusinessjournal.com

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After strong 2019 start for U.S. stocks, trade verdict looms

“Investors are increasingly hopeful about a positive resolution as a March 1 deadline for trade talks nears” reports businessinsider.com. “Risk assets across the spectrum would see severe selling pressure if trade talks completely collapsed and tariff rates rose,” Saglimbene said.But a trade deal that avoids more severe tariffs could help, since many companies prepared investors for the worst.And if the United States and China reach a deal, market professionals say clarity after the lengthy dispute should continue to push shares higher. Source: businessinsider.com

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Howard Gold: Stick with domestic and defensive stocks as S&P earnings growth slows

“With the Federal Reserve on hold for rate increases, that means earnings growth will be increasingly important in setting share prices” writes Howard Gold for marketwatch.com. In fact, the companies in the S&P SPX, +0.79%   just completed three consecutive quarters of 20%-plus year-over-year earnings per share growth.Fourth-quarter earnings are on track for a 13.2% gain, according to FactSet Research, a streak of double-digit earnings growth that goes back to the fourth quarter of 2017.At that point, interest rates, trade wars and government shutdowns aside, the best-performing stocks will be…

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US stocks set to follow Asia markets lower after report that US-China trade talks are ‘like pulling teeth’

“US stocks are set to decline on Friday, following Asian markets lower on reignited pessimism about US-China trade talks, where there’s reports of tensions as leaders from both nations meet in Beijing this week” writes Trista Kelley for businessinsider.com. Time is of the essence since March 1 marks the scheduled end of the 90-day pause in the trade war.The South China Morning Post, citing sources, reported that trade negotiators “remain far apart on key issues,” including equal market access and intellectual property protection.Then there’s jitters about the US economy after…

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Stocks Daily Review February 15, 2019

Stocks Daily Review for February 15, 2019 Coca-Cola shares slip after earnings miss expectations The previous report misstated the annual growth in the coffee and tea category. It has been corrected. Coca-Cola Co. KO, +0.26% shares fell 2.3% in T   Tempur Sealy shares fall premarket after profit misses estimate Tempur Sealy International Inc. shares TPX, +0.50% slid 4.5% in premarket trade after the company missed profit estimates for the fourth quarter by a   Canada Goose shares soar after earnings beat, upbeat guidance Canada Goose Holdings Inc. shares GOOS,…

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Firearm stocks shrug off gun-control momentum among House Democrats

“A push by Democratic lawmakers to tighten regulations on firearms sales, which gained momentum when a House committee backed a bill requiring background checks for all buyers, wasn’t enough to buoy stock in the two biggest U.S. gunmakers” reports washingtonexaminer.com. “Both of the bills passed out of the committee today tackle real problems within our current system,” said Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., who criticized what he said were efforts by some Republican committee members to obstruct the measures. Source: washingtonexaminer.com

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Dow’s decline despite bullish breadth is Coca-Cola’s fault

“The stock’s price decline of $3.81 was shaving about 26 points off the Dow’s price” writes Reporter Editor for marketwatch.com. That would be the biggest one-day percentage decline since it dropped 8.7% on Oct. 9, 2008, in the midst of the financial crisis.The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.41% is down 23 points, even though 18 of 30 components are trading higher, and despite bullish broader market breadth data, because of the sharp price drop in Coca-Cola Inc.’s KO, -8.44% stock.The beverage giant’s stock tumbled 7.7% in afternoon trade after…

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Stocks struggle, dragged down by consumer staples and financials

“The U.S. producer-price index fell by 0.1% in January, lower than the 0.1% increase expected by economist polled by MarketWatch” writes Markets Reporter for marketwatch.com. AVP, -11.03% skidded 11% after the beauty-products company reported fourth-quarter results.BLMN, +8.95% shares jumped 9% after the parent company of Outback Steakhouse reported fourth-quarter profits and sales that surpassed Wall Street expectations.Investors were caught off guard by a report showing that U.S. retail sales fell by 1.2% in December, the largest single-month decline since 2009 and well below the flat growth expected by economists polled…

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