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Rehabilitation Or Redemption: What Does Henry Blodget Want Most?

Remember Henry Blodget? How could anyone forget? Isn't this the man who made headlines in the dotcom boom of late last century by making a ridiculous share price prediction for the then heavily loss-making, only to see his forecast come true just three weeks later?

The Week Ahead: What Are Global Bankers Afraid Of?

It started out as another choppy week for the stock market as last Tuesday's sharply higher close caught me and many others by surprise. As I noted the next day, the market internals did not measure up to the price gains so this made the following days and the weekly close the most important. Of course, the Tuesday turnaround was spurred by the "European Central Bank's plans for ?1 trillion of monetary stimulus" as the Euro markets rallied in impressive fashion. The Dax Index hit a low last Monday of 9161 and was up 4% by early Wednesday. However, the surprisingly weak economic data out of the EuroZone and China quickly dampened the market's enthusiasm. This put the markets back on edge, as Wednesday, US stocks closed lower. On Thursday, the market responded positively to better US data suggesting that Tuesday's upside breakout could be maintained. This supported the more bullish outlook case I outlined last week, though it was not my favored scenario. The markets got another surprise Friday when the ECB's Draghi commented that the bank must "raise inflation and inflation expectations as fast as possible." These strong comments reflected the urgency of the situation as the Euro markets and the US futures were sharply higher in early trading. The Chinese then added fuel to the fire as the People's Bank of China cut rates for the first time in over two years. Some economists are skeptical whether this will work, but it extended the Euro markets already impressive gains with the Dax closing up over 5% for the week.

Weekly Market Wrap: November 21, 2014

The forty-seventh trading week of 2014 comes to a close with the S&P 500, Dow Jones and the NASDAQ composite higher in early-afternoon trading on Friday.

How Russia Could Help Apple By Banning The iPhone

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If Russia implements a ban on the use of cloud-based data storage services beginning in 2015, the consequences of such a decision will be interesting for investors to watch. Ironically there is a chance that such a ban, even if it could actually be enforced, may help iPhone sales around

Friday Sector Leaders: Materials, Energy

The best performing sector as of midday Friday is the Materials sector, up 1.1%. Within that group, Allegheny Technologies (NYSE: ATI) and Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold (NYSE: FCX) are two large stocks leading the way, showing a gain of 5.9% and 3.1%, respectively. Among the high volume ETFs, one ETF closely following materials stocks is the Materials Select Sector SPDR ETF (AMEX: XLB), which is up 1.0% on the day, and up 10.83% year-to-date. Allegheny Technologies meanwhile, is up 0.87% year-to-date, and Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold, is down 18.60% year-to-date. Combined, ATI and FCX make up approximately 4.6% of the underlying holdings of XLB.

Friday Sector Laggards: Services, Utilities

Looking at the sectors faring worst as of midday Friday, shares of Services companies are underperforming other sectors, up 0.1%. Within the sector, GameStop (NYSE: GME) and The Gap (NYSE: GPS) are two large stocks that are lagging, showing a loss of 13.0% and 5.4%, respectively. Among the largest ETFs, one ETF closely following services stocks is the iShares U.S. Consumer Services ETF (AMEX: IYC), which is up 0.3% on the day, and up 9.45% year-to-date. GameStop, meanwhile, is down 21.11% year-to-date, and The Gap, is down 0.64% year-to-date. Combined, GME and GPS make up approximately 0.5% of the underlying holdings of IYC.

Friday 11/21 Insider Buying Report: SEE, MGPI

As the saying goes, there are many possible reasons for an insider to sell a stock, but only one reason to buy -- they expect to make money. So let's look at two noteworthy recent insider buys.