And Now He’s Off to Parts Unknown

By Biiwii

Last week I watched as System of a Down’s Serj Tankian and Anthony Bourdain ate and talked their way through a country I actually knew little about. That would be my ancestral homeland, Armenia.

He did not shy from the topic that defines Armenia, a Christian country struggling not only with the Muslim neighbors it’s surrounded by, but a century of official government (including the US) denial about a genocide that most definitely occurred. This denial hurts the whole world, not just one country and its people. Evil lives and even thrives until light is shone upon it to put it to rest.

How gently, respectfully and inquisitively he handled his host countries and societies.

With local cuisine as a baseline topic Anthony Bourdain brought out the richness and humanity of people we may have known little or nothing about, all around the world. But more than that, he was a guy I thought was just really cool and completely comfortable in his own skin. In short, a success on several different levels.

Just yesterday I went to do a skim of the fundamentals of a company on my watch list, Tapestry (TPR) and in that research found out Kate Spade (a name I’d heard, but had no clue the details about) had hung herself in her Park Avenue apartment. Another success, another suicide.

Back on Bourdain, in doing a little reading up on him I found out he had similar musical taste to mine. Roxy Music, Johnny Thunders and… BJM! Okay, I am sad and I am also wondering ‘WTF?’ with respect to the number of brilliant people going down this path (let’s not forget Chris Cornell and so many others). It seems to be becoming epidemic, and while the disease known as Depression is at the center of much of it, the hatred and evil gaining a media-amplified foothold in the world cannot be ruled out as an underlying pressure as well.

My Favorite Songs: Anthony Bourdain

Global Equities Breadth Check

By Callum Thomas

With the rather volatile action in global equities over the past few weeks, it’s worth checking in on where market breadth is tracking.  We take a unique approach in breadth analysis for global equities in that we look across a country-level rather than individual stock level.  The benefit of this is that you can pickup early warning signs e.g. as certain groups of countries start to come under pressure e.g. as a result of some underlying macro issues.  Aside from warning signs and risk management, it can also be useful in identifying opportunities, and this is well highlighted in today’s blog.

The key conclusions and observations are:

-50DMA country breadth looks to be giving an oversold signal.

-On the “Death Watch” the proportion of countries with ‘death cross’ has tapered off after a previous steady increase.

-On the bear market monitor, of the 70 countries we track, none have entered into a bear market’.

-The lack of red flags lines up with our constructive macro/earnings outlook, so the oversold signal looks like a buying opportunity.

1. 50-day Moving Average Breadth: 50DMA breadth for global equities (across 70 countries) collapsed to oversold levels in the wake of the stockmarket correction (which sent the MSCI All Countries World Index in local currency terms down just over -8% top to bottom), and has since rebounded – usually a bullish signal.  Interestingly this comes off the back of a classic bearish divergence which was initially resolved through a blow-off top.

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Earnings, Stock Prices and the Voting Machine

By Charlie Bilello

“The stock market is a voting machine rather than a weighing machine. It responds to factual data not directly, but only as they affect the decisions of buyers and sellers.”- Graham and Dodd, Security Analysis

Earnings drive stock prices – so says investing lore. As earnings rise or fall, stock prices move higher or lower by a commensurate amount.

Is this actually how it works?

At first blush, it certainly seems so. In looking at a simple chart, earnings and stock prices appear to move closely together.

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How to Anticipate Stock Market Trend Changes

By Elliott Wave International

Every active stock market investor wants to know: Where are prices headed next?

Most will scour the financial headlines, tune into financial television and talk to their broker or financial advisor in hopes of finding the answer. But, alas, this quest for market insight often leaves investors just as uncertain as before.

One market veteran might say “buy the dip.” Another strongly advises: “Sell!” Yet another knowingly smiles and comments: “Volatility is normal, just ride it out.”

The truth is: no one knows for sure what the market will do next.

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