Category Archives: Investment Management

May 20

Casualties of War

By David Nelson, CFA CMT With the DOW (DJI) 800 points off the highs along with a news cycle that feeds both bulls and bears, I think it’s safe to say the equity backdrop is confused at best. It’s difficult for strategists to suggest full steam ahead with alarm bells going off everywhere even though […]

April 22

Healthcare is hard but it’s even harder when you’re stupid – The Friends of Eddie Coyle

By David Nelson, CFA CMT While stocks put in an unremarkable performance last week, beneath the surface casualties were mounting on the heels of Presidential hopeful Bernie Sander’s town hall on Fox, where he drove home his message of Medicare for All. Each of us come at this from a different political perspective. Certainly in […]

April 14

Round up the usual market suspects

By David Nelson, CFA CMT Captain Renault – “Round up the usual suspects.” – Casablanca The usual market suspects continue to weigh on investor sentiment. Trade talks, slowing global growth, a paralyzed Washington along with an earning’s season most analysts believe will deliver a down year on year bottom-line, has forced many investors to the […]

March 25

Manic Depression – Bipolar Markets

Manic Depression is touching my soul I know what I want but I just don’t know… Jimi Hendrix By David Nelson, CFA, CMT On the heels of the most dovish FOMC press conference in recent memory investors seem to be suffering from “manic depression” or some other severe bipolar disorder. In the 15 hours following […]

March 18

ATLAS WILL SHRUG – The Fed can’t hold up stocks forever

By David Nelson, CFA, CMT Stocks have made a dramatic recovery since the Christmas Eve low. The recent price action pushing shares up  close to 20% begs the question; is there enough fuel to extend the rally? Friday’s volume was well above normal and last week’s strong performance led by Technology comes on the heels […]

March 04

Knocking on Heaven’s Door

By David Nelson, CFA The chart says it all. You can’t get any closer to the resistance line of the S&P 500 without crossing it. For several days, stocks have been threatening to break into the promised land but to date have failed to cross the border. A successful breach doesn’t mean we’re off to […]

February 09

BEZOS TO NEW YORK – “It’s not personal…it’s strictly business”

By David Nelson, CFA After waves of protests Amazon (AMZN) executives are re-evaluating plans to put a campus in New York City. The original plan called for 25,000 jobs in Long Island City and an investment of about $2.5 Billion. Political opponents of the plan have forced a sudden change of heart among company executives. […]

February 04

State of the Market

By David Nelson, CFA With the President’s State of the Union scheduled for Tuesday now seems like a good time to discuss the State of the Market. January was certainly a great way to kick off the year especially on the heels of December, a month most of us would like to forget. Talking points  […]

January 27

Heads I win, tails you lose

By David Nelson, CFA On the heels of a year most investors would like to forget the first Q4 earnings reports are in with some interesting observations. The most surprising data point this season is the following: Investors are rewarding both positive and negative earnings surprises with higher prices. FactSet data shows companies coming in […]

January 13

D-Day – The Earnings Battle

By David Nelson, CFA Market historians will look back at the final months of 2018 and chronicle a war that started perhaps as early as January 30th, 2018. Interestingly, Apple (AAPL) like today was at the heart of concerns. The Wall Street Journal reported the company had reduced plans for its flagship iPhone X from […]