Monthly Archives: July 2017
July 31, 2017
By Vlad Karpel

A sell-off in the tech sector has dragged on major indexes, but overall we are seeing the close of July bringing the markets to a healthy hovering point. A round of strong earnings reports and an agreeable Fed outlook on the economy were contributing factors, but market participants are now looking at the pace of […]




July 26, 2017
By Vlad Karpel

Markets today are smooth sailing after a round of strong earnings reports and common expectations that the conclusion of an FOMC meeting will result in little-to-no change in policy thinking.  While the political wranglings of a difficult health-care bill situation continues, little has changed so it’s not top-of-mind for investors today.  Notable earnings reports include […]




July 24, 2017
By Vlad Karpel

Major index performance is wavering today as investors are looking toward a massive round of earnings reports this week, as well as a highly anticipated FOMC meeting. We’ll also get a health-care announcement today from the White House, which can be used to gauge legislative gridlock for future Trump agenda items. Over 200 companies are […]




July 19, 2017
By Vlad Karpel

After an impressive round of earnings reports, we’re seeing that corporate America is showing good signs of vitality without the aid of fiscal stimulus. One possible downside to this situation is that higher valuations come from the perspective that markets will see future growth following proposed tax cuts. Four interest-sensitive sectors to keep an eye […]




July 17, 2017
By Vlad Karpel

Last week, I was interviewed by Wall Street Journal about our predictions in the retail sector. This is undoubtedly one of the most volatile industry categories right now, with major disruptions from Amazon and other rising e-commerce players taking serious territory from brick-and-mortar retailers. On June 26, our models generated a buy signal for Best […]




July 12, 2017
By Vlad Karpel

Investors and analysts alike are in for an eventful next few days as the markets will balance political turmoil in Washington with Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen’s Congressional testimony. Recently released emails around Donald Trump Jr.’s 2016 meeting with a Russian government lawyer to discuss ‘incriminating’ documents about Hillary Clinton will likely rattle the administration’s policy […]




July 10, 2017
By Vlad Karpel

Market participants have a sparse amount of economic indicators to inform activity at the start of this week, so risk-assets are under scrutiny against the potential effect of hawkish central bank commentary on bond yields.  Crude oil markets are also in focus, with uncertainty around prices being able to pull out of a recent downturn. […]




July 5, 2017
By Vlad Karpel

Investor sentiment has been drawing cues from economic data and underwhelming inflation rates, which have seemed to work against the hawkish commentary from the Fed.  The Federal Reserve has an 2% inflation target, which has yet to be seen amidsts recent economic data. Other factors contributing to today’s movements is the drastic downturn in crude […]




July 3, 2017
By Vlad Karpel

Just ahead of the Fourth of July holiday, a shortened session of trading is seeing a round of gains in the Dow Jones Industrial Average index. The Dow hit an intraday record at 21,546.82.  A satisfactory report on manufacturing data has also boosted market sentiments, following a series of underwhelming economic data in past weeks. […]