All you need to know about volume

What is ‘Volume’ Volume is the number of shares or contracts traded in a security or an entire market during a given period of time. For every buyer, there is a seller, and each transaction contributes to the count of total volume. That is, when buyers and sellers agree to make a transaction at a certain price, it is considered one transaction. If only five transactions occur in a day, the volume for the day is five. Volume as Indicator ‘Volume’ Volume is an important indicator in technical analysis as…

Artificial Intelligence Stocks in 2016

How Top Artificial Intelligence Stocks Are Performing in 2016 2016 has rewarded some leading artificial intelligence stocks and punished others, but this long-term growth market is just getting started The rise of artificial intelligence, or AI, services — one of the fastest-growing markets in tech — should be a boon for consumers and investors alike. In fact, researcher IDC predicts AI and cognitive systems technology sales are primed to simply explode in the years to come, rising from an estimated $8 billion this year to $47 billion in 2020. Though…

Microsoft to Buy LinkedIn

Microsoft to Buy LinkedIn for $26 Billion in Biggest Deal Yet Microsoft Corp. is acquiring the professional social network LinkedIn Corp. for $26.2 billion, one of the largest technology-industry deals on record, as the maker of Windows software attempts to put itself at the center of people’s business lives. The deal is a way for Microsoft, which largely missed out on the consumer Web boom dominated by the likes of Google and Facebook Inc., to sprint ahead in social tools -– in this case, for professionals. While Chief Executive Officer…

Billionaire crisis

The billionaire crisis: easy come, easy go Rapper Notorious B.I.G. may have said it best when he sang, “Mo money, mo problems.” The global uber rich have no shortage of complaints right now, given volatile markets where we have witnessed the combination of the commodities downtrend, the unwinding of petrodollar flows, banks getting fined for managing secret accounts and the arrival of negative interest rates. On top of all of that, those opting to stash cash offshore have found that the practice is a lightning rod for criticism. In the recent Panama…

Nordic American Offshore

Nordic American Offshore: A 10% Yield Sure To Be Cut I’ve been writing the Safety Net column for more than three years. I’ve never seen a stock that was as much of a lock for a dividend cut as the one I’m covering this week. Nordic American Offshore (NYSE: NAO) is a microcap stock with a market cap of just $110 million. It trades a little over 100,000 shares per day. Nordic American owns and operates platform vessels in the North Sea. Given that the company is heavily tied to the oil industry,…

Visa Stock Buy

If you’re a reader of my blog, you know that I typically invest in companies with dividend yields above 2%. Visa Stock doesn’t fit this investment strategy. I do on occasion take chances on riskier investments regardless of yield, or in companies with a fantastic growth opportunity regardless of yield. In this case it’s the latter. I bought 25 shares of Visa Stock at a per share price of $79.11. The total invested amount of this purchase is $1,977.75.Visa Stock pays a very low yield of 0.69%. There’s not much near-term dividend income with this…

Consumer Staples Stocks

3 Volatile Consumer Staples Stocks for the Risk Taker (WFM, SFM, WMT) Due to its noncyclical nature, the consumer staples sector has shown strength against the U.S. equity market in 2016 and 2015, despite many global macroeconomic conflicts. The S&P 500 Consumer Staples Index fared well against the market turbulence and ended the year up 6.6% in 2015, while the S&P 500 Index was down 0.73%. As of Feb. 25, 2016, the S&P 500 Consumer Staples Index is up 2.38% year to date (YTD), whereas the S&P 500 Index is down nearly…

Oil And Stocks

About Oil and Stocks I have known oil industry expert Daniel Yergin since working for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in the 1970s. Yergin attended our hearings on OPEC‘s quadrupling the oil price and then turned out readable versions of the revelations, forecasts, and strategies the Senators had extracted from their witnesses. My then-boss, Sen. Clifford P. Case, R-NJ, called Yergin a “terrible simplificateur.” Dan Yergin is still at it. This week, he managed to be quoted at the top of the financial second section of the Financial Times saying:…

Earning on Earnings Releases

Are You Earning on Earnings Releases? April 11th is the earnings release date for Alcoa, Inc. This is considered to be the official start of the earnings season. Regardless of the earnings impact on the markets, one of the core concepts we teach at Online Trading Academy is the preservation of capital and the proper assessment of risk for any trade. The purpose of this article is not to teach you how to trade before an earnings release, that is extremely risky.  Instead, the purpose of this article is to…

Great Buys In April

3 Boring Stocks That Are Great Buys In April Following a weak start to the year, markets have posted strong returns last month. Gains have come on the back of two major factors, a decline in rate hike fears and resurgence in oil prices. Stocks gained again on the first trading day of the month, raising hopes of better times ahead. However, concerns continue to linger just beneath the surface, even though they are being ignored at this point in time. This is why it is necessary to pick stocks…