It’s about time……..(more…)
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The relentless march higher for credit card heavyweights Visa and MasterCard may be over (and take American Express with it), should PayPal prove to be the canary in the credit coal mine.
Why? Their charts look eerily similar, with Paypal potentially being the leader.(more…)
Earnings season is upon us, and a couple of big investment banks reported this morning. JP Morgan, true to form, blew the doors off, and they’re hanging out at new lifetime highs. Goldman Sachs, on the other hand, has gapped down, and it seems to me the trendline it already broke is indicative of the breakdown that is transpiring.(more…)
This past week, one sector which took it on the chin was the brokerages. The reason is easy enough to understand. Two important revenue sources for them are (1) commissions and (2) interest on deposits. And yet (1) commissions are going to $0 across the board and (2) interest rates are plunging, and ultimately, I believe, will be negative. So here is the kind of catastrophe these companies are facing, with most of them down nearly 50% from their highs last year:(more…)
Bank of Nova Scotia had a nice gap down today. I’m going to go ahead and short it with a stop-loss at 57.35:(more…)
Some interesting “pivots” happening in the world of banking stocks, such as Bank of Montreal (BMO). One in particular that caught my eye this morning was megacap Bank of America (BAC) which has been pounding out a series of higher highs and higher lows since the depths of the financial crisis. It seems to have stalled at the red horizontal, however, and this morning we’re seeing an intriguing flip lower.
One powerhouse of a stock which is showing signs of weariness is American Express (AXP). Take note of how it’s already done some damage to its long-term uptrend, and how it has formed a small, but clean, distribution top.(more…)