First, the change can be explained by higher interest rates and higher commodity prices. This is stoking demand for “cyclical” companies like industrials and financials that benefit from more gross domestic product. Many of these companies struggled before the crisis and are now being rediscovered for the first time in years.
All else being equal, a trader with poor stock selection and sound risk management will outperform and survive longer than the trader with great stock selection and poor risk management.
The S&P 500 rose 3.3 percent between Friday, September 21, and Friday, September 28. It was the biggest weekly gain since the end of June 29 – July 2.
The biggest decliner in the S&P 500 today, for instance, was Mylan (MYL). Disappointing results, manufacturing problems and weak demand hammered the drug maker 24 percent. That was its worst decline in at least a decade
Pinterest (PINS) announced yesterday it would issue 75 million shares for $15-17 each. Based on its 529 million share count, that translates into an overall valuation of $7.9 billion to $8.9 billion. The number immediately raised eyebrows because PINS was valued around $12 billion in the private market 22 months ago.
Business transformation is the sixth of our seven major catalysts for price movement in the stock market. It occurs when a company transitions from an old, weakening model to a new model better suited to the present time. The process often results from changes in technology, but can also involve adapting to more recent customer trends.
Microsoft (MSFT) is making serious efforts to enter the world of “cloud computing,” the business of large companies using third-party servers and software instead of running their own data centers. It’s a broad shift that’s been occurring in the world of tech for most of the decade.
The Fed held FOMC meeting on September 25th and 26th and decided to raise short-term interest rates by 0.25%. After the FOMC meeting, Federal Reserve Board members and Federal Reserve Bank presidents released Summary of Economic Projections, which showed the same FFR projection as last time.