S&P 500 Mid-Year Review and Outlook for the Year Ahead (Includes AAPL NVDA XOM)

The Blue-Chip S&P 500 index shook off recession fears and a U.S. regional banking crisis to gain 15.9% in the first half. The Nasdaq Composite for its part gained 31.7% for its biggest first-half increase in four decades. Much of the rise was from climbing the wall of worry as shorting became costly with the Cboe Volatility Index hit its lowest level since early 2020. Interesting with all the headlines that the huge advance in the stock markets is being … Continue reading “S&P 500 Mid-Year Review and Outlook for the Year Ahead (Includes AAPL NVDA XOM)”

S&P Futures Sell off on Rates and Geopolitics – where to now?

We look at the S&P 500 as it continues its slide after last week finished pressuring asset prices, fear levels rose and confusion reigns. Both market participants and Central Bankers are acting belligerent in where they think prices should be. Bottom line is we getting robust signals from the economy about a year-and-a-half into upward pressure on market-based borrowing costs, why? Enjoy live commentary from Our Trading Room at YouTube – feel free to like and share Live on YouTube … Continue reading “S&P Futures Sell off on Rates and Geopolitics – where to now?”

AMD Warns on PC Slump but Gains on Intel in Lucrative Data Center Market

Advanced Micro Devices reported Tuesday quarterly revenue ahead of consensus, AMD however guided lower for the quarter ahead by over $150 million. Analysts and investors were excited that AMD is gaining further ground on Intel. The stock traded higher on AMD making up for a personal-computer slump with gains in the lucrative data center market. The company’s data center business revenue grew 42% in the quarter, compared with the 33% decline recorded at INTC’s data center and artificial intelligence unit … Continue reading “AMD Warns on PC Slump but Gains on Intel in Lucrative Data Center Market”

S&P 500 Worst Year Since 2008 as Mega Cap Tech Stocks were Shredded

The Blue-Chip S&P 500 index had a dismal year, down 19.4% in 2022, it was the worst performance since 2008. The benchmark index saw one new high in 2022, January 3 with the now infamous January 5 FOMC minutes from the Federal Reserve putting paid to anymore for the year. By comparison the S&P 500 clocked 70 fresh record highs in 2021. Trailing only 1995 with 77 closing highs. Last year energy companies Devon and Marathon were the top two … Continue reading “S&P 500 Worst Year Since 2008 as Mega Cap Tech Stocks were Shredded”

Semiconductor gloom as AMD Warns Again, Samsung First Profit Decline in Three Years

Advanced Micro Devices issued preliminary third-quarter results Thursday that are well below its initial guidance from an already weak second-quarter earnings and guidance where AMD slashed its revenue and gross margin guidance for Q3, citing a “significantly” weaker PC market. Now they are saying it’s even worse saying its non-GAAP gross margin is expected to come in around 50%, while it had previously expected gross margin to be closer to 54%. AMD is seen as having a significant market opportunity … Continue reading “Semiconductor gloom as AMD Warns Again, Samsung First Profit Decline in Three Years”

All AMD’s Major Segments Grew but Sees Declines in PC Business for Q3

Advanced Micro Devices reported second-quarter earnings on Tuesday after the close of markets that essentially matched estimates for profit and revenue but guided lower for the current quarter. $AMD stock fell over 6% in extended trading. AMD is seen as having a significant market opportunity as its primary rival for PC and server processors, Intel continues to disappoint. All four of AMD’s major segments grew during the quarter, in which overall revenue soared 70% year over year. Graphics processors for … Continue reading “All AMD’s Major Segments Grew but Sees Declines in PC Business for Q3”