Ominous Inflationary Signs Evident

Inflation Revving Up

Earnings season is getting underway, and thus far Costco (COST), Federal Express (FDX), and Nike (NKE) have warned that inflation is real and is bound to hit consumers as the holidays approach. Costco, Federal Express, and Nike are seeing rising shipping costs and supply chain disruptions that persist and should continue through the upcoming holiday season. In particular, the cost to ship containers overseas has skyrocketed over the past few months. These rising inflation expectations and the realization of these inflationary pressured could cause the Federal Reserve to change policy course sooner rather than later. It’s going to be a tug-a-war between inflation, employment, Washington wrangling, and the delta variant backdrop. CPI reports will become more significant as these readings are used to identify periods of inflation. The recent CPI readings result in a much stronger influence on the Federal Reserve’s monetary policies hence the recent taper guidance.

Real World Inflationary Commentary

Supply chain disruptions, specifically in the shipping channels, have led to rising freight costs that have escalated shipping costs dramatically. The cost to ship containers overseas has soared in recent months. A standard 40-foot container from Shanghai to New York costs about $2,000 a year and a half ago pre-pandemic. Now, it runs some $16,000, per Bank of America.

Costco CFO Richard Galanti called freight costs “permanent inflationary items” and said those increases combine with things that are “somewhat permanent” to drive up pressure. They include freight and higher labor costs, rising demand for transportation and products, shortages in computer chips, oils, and chemicals, and higher commodity prices. Continue reading "Ominous Inflationary Signs Evident"

How To Trade Apple's Earnings Today

After the close of business today Apple, Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) will report its fourth quarter earnings. I thought it would be interesting to go back and look at the last three years to see how you would have done if you just used this simple trade strategy.

The premise is simple, when both the weekly and monthly Trade Triangles are in sync, i.e. when they are both in the same direction, you would take a position on the close in the direction the Trade Triangles were indicating. You would then exit this position the following day on the close.

So here's what is needed to make a trade in Apple before today's earnings report is released. The position is taken the day Apple, Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) releases its earnings report, i.e. today.

(1) Both the weekly and monthly Trade Triangles are in sync.

(2) Take a position on the close in the direction the Trade Triangles are indicating.

(3) Exit the position the following day on the close.

These are simple, straightforward instructions. As an old mentor of mine used to say, "They don't pay you any more for making it complicated."

So how has this worked in the past? Continue reading "How To Trade Apple's Earnings Today"

Can MarketClub's Trade Triangle Technology Predict Earnings?

Today, I'm going to investigate whether or not MarketClub's Trade Triangle technology can predict stock earnings.

To do this I randomly chose 7 stocks that just reported their Q3 earnings. Here are the rules I followed for taking or not taking a position in a stock before a company announced its earnings.

Long And Short Rules

Use the Trade Triangle technology to determine how you would have been positioned in each stock before they announced their earnings. You are looking for uniformity between the monthly and weekly Trade Triangles, i.e. a matching monthly and weekly green Trade Triangle would indicate holding a long position before an earnings announcement. Conversely, a matching monthly and weekly red Trade Triangle would indicate holding a short position before an earnings announcement.

Sideline Rules

When there is a conflict between the weekly and monthly Trade Triangles, a sideline position is in order. For example, if a monthly Trade Triangle is green and the weekly Trade Triangle is red, it would indicate a sideline position.

Here are 7 stocks that just announced their earnings: Continue reading "Can MarketClub's Trade Triangle Technology Predict Earnings?"

Bank Earnings To Impact Dollar Sentiment

Lior Alkalay - Contributor - Forex

Generally, Wall Street earnings have no direct impact on how we view the dollar outlook. Yet, there are exceptions and this week is one such notable example. What types of earnings are significant enough to shed light on the dollar’s future; you might wonder. The simple answer is this: Bank earnings, which are abundant this week.

Why do Bank Earnings Matter?

As we all know, the Federal Reserve has the greatest impact on the dollar. Outside of the Fed, bank earnings impact the dollar’s outlook because they reveal the credit supply. Of course, the supply of credit in the US economy affects the American consumer. In turn, the American consumer impacts inflation. And that brings us full circle since the inflation outlook typically helps shape Fed policy. Continue reading "Bank Earnings To Impact Dollar Sentiment"

A Consumer Goods Stock That Feeds Any Investors Appetite

Daniel Cross - Contributor - Equities

A missed quarter is often an opportunity for value investors who know how look to the future rather than the short term. A temporary stock hit can mean getting a discount on a company that could turn around and post out-sized profits down the road.

For a food production company, weakness can come from a number of sources such as higher livestock costs, grain costs or import costs. However, one fairly steady constant is the demand for food itself. Rather than being subject to supply and demand curves or the whims of the business economic cycle, a food producer will always have a solid customer base that's always growing as the global population rises. Regardless of the state of the economy, food will always be in demand making it a solid investment choice over the long run. Continue reading "A Consumer Goods Stock That Feeds Any Investors Appetite"