Financial Sense

Companies' Stock Buybacks at Biggest Pace Since 2007
Michael Shedlock's picture

Companies bought back the most shares in 2007, right before the crash, and the least shares at the most opportune time in 2009. In practice, insiders buy low and sell high, and pocket cash from options all the way up. Insider activity is exactly the opposite of how companies treat shareholders.


OPEC Hints It May Act to Stop Oil Price Slide
Oil Price's picture

Oil prices may have gone as low as OPEC is willing to tolerate. After several months of price declines, the secretary-general of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) says the group may cut its production target for 2015 because of an abundance of supply.


Fed Comments Should Spur Positivity
Sheraz Mian's picture

The markets felt comfortable with the dovish reassurance that came out of the Fed meeting, with the ‘considerable time’ phrase in the statement telling investors that the FOMC was in no hurry to start raising rates in the spring — the feared timeline for a quicker rate hiking process.


PBoC Joins Other Major Central Banks With Unconventional Monetary Policy Action
Sober Look's picture

Softer than expected economic growth in China (see discussion) has finally spurred the PBoC into action. However, rather than undertaking asset purchases that would inject reserves into the overall banking system, the PBoC forced liquidity directly into state-owned banks.


Dow Theory: Yellow Flags or Green Light?
Chris Ciovacco's picture

Stock prices have a high correlation to economic activity and earnings. History tells us bear markets are often kicked-off by recessions. Recent economic data does not hint at an imminent recession. However, a mixed message came in a September 15 report on industrial production.


Can Gold Finally Recover?
Clif Droke's picture

Gold recently fell to its lowest level in seven-and-a-half months as the dollar rose to a 14-month high. Easing tensions in Ukraine and the Middle East also acted as a drag on gold and silver prices. Investors have been asking the obvious question...


Why the Debate Over U.S. LNG Exports Has Been Won
Oil Price's picture

The debate over natural gas exports appears to be over. On Sept. 10, the U.S. Department of Energy approved two more export terminals for liquefied natural gas (LNG) and it barely made any news.


Fed Expected to Clarify Course
Sheraz Mian's picture

The Fed remains the market’s sole preoccupation today as investors look for clues to the future course of monetary policy in the central bank’s official statement this afternoon. The ‘considerable time’ debate has been dominating market participants’ discussion of the Fed.


Four Places That Could Become Water Conflict Zones
Global Risk Insights's picture

Water is the single most important resource on the planet but human consumption is already beginning to outpace growth of the global water supply. As a result, tensions over shared water resources could give rise to conflict.


Soros Issues Major Warning; U.K. Sees Large Outflows
Christopher Quigley's picture

This Thursday, the 18th of September, Scotland goes to the polls to decide whether it wants to stay in a Union with the rest of Great Britain or go down the road of independence. At the moment the election is too close to call with sentiment equally divided between either camp.


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