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The latest issue of the Iacono Research Weekend Update has been posted to the website and is now available for subscribers here. There will be no changes to the buy ratings but three changes to the model portfolio, the latter detailed in the following discussion topic:

The executive summary is as follows:

The missile attack on Malaysian flight MH17 and an Israeli ground invasion of Gaza were not nearly enough to temper the enthusiasm of stock investors who were again emboldened by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen during testimony before Congress. Amid mixed economic data, bonds also rose in what has become a disturbingly familiar development – prices for both stocks and bonds being bid higher.

The natural resource sector continued to struggle as prices for major agricultural goods and some energy products moved further into negative territory for the year while precious metals tumbled, taking mining shares down with them. Energy stocks were about the only natural resource shares to move higher, REITs rose again, but the model portfolio fell 0.5 percent, now up 9.5 percent for the year.

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The latest issue of the Iacono Research Weekend Update has been posted to the website and is now available for subscribers here.

There will be no changes to the model portfolio or the buy ratings this week, but the ongoing covered call sales are reviewed in the following discussion topic:

The executive summary is as follows:

As second quarter earnings season gets underway, a sharp sell-off for equity markets early in the week was partially reversed on Wednesday after the release of meeting minutes from the Federal Reserve’s June gathering. Fresh banking fears in Europe led to renewed risk aversion and the broad stock market ended the week lower as safe haven assets such as bonds and precious metals gained.

Prices for both energy products and agricultural goods tumbled, falling for the third week in a row, and related shares were bid sharply lower as well, but precious metals prices rose for the sixth straight week with mining stocks seeing more outsized gains. REITs moved higher and long-term Treasuries surged as the model portfolio rose 0.7 percent, now up 10.0 percent for the year.

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The latest issue of the Iacono Research Weekend Update has been posted to the website and is now available for subscribers here. There will be no changes to the model portfolio or the buy ratings this week, but developments from last week as they relate to financial markets are reviewed in the following discussion topic:

The executive summary is as follows:

A surprisingly strong labor report and other positive economic data in the U.S. combined with very dovish comments from multiple Federal Reserve officials, including Fed Chief Janet Yellen, to send U.S. equity markets to record highs. Treasuries fell and the U.S. dollar rebounded as investors around the world were emboldened to bid prices higher amid ongoing violence in the Middle East that has now spread to Israel.

Though most related shares moved higher, commodity prices had their worst week in the last five as prices for both energy products and agricultural goods tumbled. Metals were the notable exception in the natural resource sector and mining stocks saw more gains, adding to their impressive 2014 performance after a dismal 2013. For the week, the model portfolio rose 0.8 percent and is now up 9.2 percent for the year.

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The latest issue of the Iacono Research Weekend Update has been posted to the website and is now available for subscribers here. There will be no changes to the model portfolio or the buy ratings this week, but the model portfolio performance at mid-year is reviewed along with last week’s covered call sales in the following discussion topics:

The executive summary is as follows:

Economic data in the U.S. that included new signs of life in the housing market but an even bigger contraction in the first quarter than previously reported caused stock investors to become somewhat cautious and U.S. equity indexes ended the week mixed. Technology shares rose as large cap stocks moved lower after warnings from Federal Reserve officials about interest rates rising sooner rather than later. Trouble is still brewing in Iraq and Ukraine, but it did not dominate the news as in recent weeks.

The natural resource sector had its first losing week in the last four as prices for energy products and agricultural goods fell while related shares moved lower. REITs fell and precious metals ended the week almost exactly where they began as mining stocks continue to be one of the year’s best performers. For the week, the model portfolio rose 0.02 percent and remained up 8.3 percent for the year.

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