Monthly Archives: December 2014
December 30, 2014
By Vlad Karpel

The small-caps($IWM) are breaking out of what has been in range for the last year. Today, $IWM hit a 52-week high. Some might say this is an index of 2000 stocks – so you take these moves with a grain of salt. I would agree, you need to weed out the sectors that are bubbling […]




December 29, 2014
By Vlad Karpel

I do not have to state the obvious, Energy ($XLE) has been the worst performing sector in December. We have seen Materials ($XLB) in the same category as well. There is also a lack of leadership and momentum in Utilities ($XLU), Healthcare ($XLV), and Consumer Staples ($XLP). These are leadership sectors that need to have […]




December 24, 2014
By Vlad Karpel

You would have to live under a rock if you have not seen the headlines on North Korea’s $HACK into Sony ($SNE),in an effort to stop the release of their new movie, “The Interpreter”. While the intrigue has been fun to watch this did bring an opportunity to light that could flow into an investment […]




December 19, 2014
By Vlad Karpel

‘Tis the season and traders are buying: large-caps ($SPX), small-caps ($RUT), and tech ($NDX)- oh my! I said I am buying on weakness and selling into strength. So you might ask how would you define strength? If a stock moves 20-25 percent in one to three days, that is considered strength. I would either sell […]




December 18, 2014
By Vlad Karpel

Buying on weakness and selling into strength, sounds good, right? But, it’s a little like standing in front of a train at a slit, hoping it goes right and not left. While yesterday I did buy the dip on all the stocks that I had on my Tradespoon Bull conviction screen, I only purchased ~30 […]




December 17, 2014
By Vlad Karpel

The long-term trend is up for the major index ETFs, but the short-term trend is down. The short-term volatility expanding the action in the market remains negative. The percentage of stocks above the 20-day EMA for the S&P 500 ($SPX), S&P MidCap 400($MDY), and S&P Small-Cap 600 ($SML), has sliced through to less than 40 […]




December 16, 2014
By Vlad Karpel

The S&P 500 ($SPY) continues to come under selling pressure but consumer names stay relevant as ($XLY) continues to stay positive. In the last week I have had Consumer Discretionary stocks: Macy’s ($M), Kohls ($KSS), and Coach ($COH), all firmly on up-swing of almost 3 percent in the last week. With these stocks showing strength […]




December 12, 2014
By Vlad Karpel

Welcome to Karpel’s Corner. This is where I throw out my thoughts on the markets and share some of my favorite strategies. I keep it market-focused, and never miss an opportunity to teach trading strategies and commentate on the latest trends affecting the financial markets. Hope you enjoy today’s post! While mainstream media is now […]




December 3, 2014
By Vlad Karpel

Welcome to Karpel’s Corner. This is where I throw out my thoughts on the markets and share some of my favorite strategies. I keep it market-focused, and never miss an opportunity to teach trading strategies and commentate on the latest trends affecting the financial markets. Hope you enjoy today’s post! The Healthcare sector ($XLV) has […]




December 2, 2014
By Vlad Karpel

Welcome to Karpel’s Corner. This is where I throw out my thoughts on the markets and share some of my favorite strategies. I keep it market-focused, and never miss an opportunity to teach trading strategies and commentate on the latest trends affecting the financial markets. Hope you enjoy today’s post! Hamlet said it best, “Whether […]