Slope of Hope Blog Posts

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Broker and Broker

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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:

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Healthy Momentum

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By Harry Boxer, TheTechTrader

Medical stocks dominate today’s top charts to watch.

AbbVie Inc. (ABBV) climbed $1.72 to $73.85 on 6.2 million shares Thursday. The move came on no news from the maker of Humira and other drugs. The stock has been rallying for the last month, breaking out of a 1 1/2-year declining channel.  However, it pulled back on Tuesday and Wednesday to test support before Thursday’s bounce.  Watch for a move next to recent highs near $76.

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