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Semiconductor Equipment Sector Update

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NFTRH 322 covered the usual range of markets, from US to global stocks to precious metals and commodities to currencies and indicators. It also included an extended economic discussion about the realities of the strong US economy and its dangerous underpinnings.

The economic segment began with this look at the Semiconductor Equipment sector, which was our first indicator on economic strength exactly 2 years ago and will be an initial indicator on economic deceleration when the time is right. (more…)


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If there’s been one sector that’s been a consistent powerhouse ever since the depths of the financial crisis, it is the one probably considered the most humdrum and boring by the public: utilities. I mean, how many people can get excited by an electric company versus, say, GoPro? But one glance at the chart below proves the case – – utilities are up about 170%, throwing off dividends the entire time, and now have exceeded even their long-term ascending channel.