For the first part of the year, the markets have been nothing but higher. Every major index has pushed off the December decline and rallied straight up, mostly back above their 200-day moving averages. Many traders are starting to think about protecting against a downside move or simply looking to try to profit from any pullback. Today we'll cover a few ways you can short the markets should you feel the same.The first and easiest way, but also the most capital intensive, is t...
Ever wonder why moving averages are used by so many traders? It seems that no matter which chart you look at there is always at least one moving average on there. Is it a self fulfilling prophecy at this point that because so many traders use them that we are all responding to them or is there something more to them? If so, how can we make the most of it?There are three extremely popular moving averages that seem to be used on almost any time frame. First is the 20 period mov...

The markets have moved into the final stages of the first quarter, all with gains to report. Today we go over all the different areas to see how things are going.

First, we'll take a look through the different indices to see how the year has progressed so far. Year to date, the Russell 2000 Midcap Index (NYSE: IWR) has been the leader with a gain of over 15%. However in the last few weeks, it's been a clear laggard and seems to be slowing. The Nasdaq 100 (NASDAQ: QQQ) is just a touch behind the Russell with a gain of 15.62%. Last week the QQQ was the clear leader as big tech pushed back to highs.

The Dow (NYSE: DIA) comes in as the worst performer on the year so far. Though it still boasts a gain of 10.78%, it's notably weaker than the other major indices. Over the last week the DIA has been held back thanks to the sharp selloff in Boeing (NYSE: BA).

The tech sector (NYSE: XLK) comes in as the best-performing sector of the year with a gain of 17.76%. It should be noted that 4.76% of that came in the last five trading days thanks in part to Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL), which finally sparked a new round of buying.

Industrials (NYSE: XLI), Real Estate (NYSE: XLRE), and Energy (NYSE: XLE) all are bunched up in the number two spot, with gains of 14% each. Healthcare (NYSE: XLV) and Consumer Staples (NYSE: XLP) are the clear lagging sectors, with gains of only 6.3...

Healthy Rally or Overbought? The market rally so far this year has generated returns of about 10% on the S&P 500. Given that it is only mid-February, the markets have be...
Healthy Rally or Overbought? The market rally so far this year has generated returns of about 10% on the S&P 500. Given that it is only mid-February, the markets have be...
Healthy Rally or Overbought? The market rally so far this year has generated returns of about 10% on the S&P 500. Given that it is only mid-February, the markets have be...
Healthy Rally or Overbought? The market rally so far this year has generated returns of about 10% on the S&P 500. Given that it is only mid-February, the markets have be...
What's the Best Month for Investments? Have you noticed how slow February has been so far? Did you know that the markets are typically pretty quiet in February? If we look back th...
What's the Best Month for Investments? Have you noticed how slow February has been so far? Did you know that the markets are typically pretty quiet in February? If we look back th...
What's the Best Month for Investments? Have you noticed how slow February has been so far? Did you know that the markets are typically pretty quiet in February? If we look back th...
What's the Best Month for Investments? Have you noticed how slow February has been so far? Did you know that the markets are typically pretty quiet in February? If we look back th...
Identifying the end of a technical trend... There are two ways technical traders will identify the end of a trend and today we cover them both.
Identifying the end of a technical trend... There are two ways technical traders will identify the end of a trend and today we cover them both.
Identifying the end of a technical trend... There are two ways technical traders will identify the end of a trend and today we cover them both.
Identifying the end of a technical trend... There are two ways technical traders will identify the end of a trend and today we cover them both.
Is Now the Time to Invest for Dividends?... With so many analysts and market pundits claiming a recession - or at the very least a market correction - is on the horizon, it begs the qu...
Is Now the Time to Invest for Dividends?... With so many analysts and market pundits claiming a recession - or at the very least a market correction - is on the horizon, it begs the qu...
Is Now the Time to Invest for Dividends?... With so many analysts and market pundits claiming a recession - or at the very least a market correction - is on the horizon, it begs the qu...
Is Now the Time to Invest for Dividends?... With so many analysts and market pundits claiming a recession - or at the very least a market correction - is on the horizon, it begs the qu...
S&P 500 distribution of returns. Let's start with a question for you. What is the average return of the S&P 500 over it's 90 year life? If you were to ask most investors the...
S&P 500 distribution of returns. Let's start with a question for you. What is the average return of the S&P 500 over it's 90 year life? If you were to ask most investors the...
S&P 500 distribution of returns. Let's start with a question for you. What is the average return of the S&P 500 over it's 90 year life? If you were to ask most investors the...
S&P 500 distribution of returns. Let's start with a question for you. What is the average return of the S&P 500 over it's 90 year life? If you were to ask most investors the...
Adjust your stop or take the profit? We all wish that this would happen on every trade. You search and study for the best opportunity to enter. Position size perfectly relative...
Adjust your stop or take the profit? We all wish that this would happen on every trade. You search and study for the best opportunity to enter. Position size perfectly relative...
Adjust your stop or take the profit? We all wish that this would happen on every trade. You search and study for the best opportunity to enter. Position size perfectly relative...
Adjust your stop or take the profit? We all wish that this would happen on every trade. You search and study for the best opportunity to enter. Position size perfectly relative...

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