The Xchange Blog

  • Why Financial Stocks are Poised for a Breakout. Maybe.

    With the flow of Q1 earnings slowly winding down to a trickle, 2018’s first earnings season proved just as strong as those that preceded it. This season was marked by a higher-than-average trend of companies beating analyst estimates and positing strong fiscal-year guidance. Companies with…

  • Facebook Sneezed and Tech Caught a Cold

    The Cambridge Analytica scandal, which sits among the many controversies currently surrounding Facebook, has done a number on the company’s reputation, both on Main Street and Wall Street. In the week following the revelations that its data was used to target voters in the presidential election,…

  • When Volatility Reigns, Bold Trades Abound

    Over the last two months, the market has been tailor-made for trading. 2018 has seen volatility in the market come back with a vengeance. The entire range of the VIX (Chicago Board Options Exchange SPX Volatility Index) for 2017 was 8.84–17.28, an incredibly low year for that measure. However, so…

  • The China Trade “War” Question

    The not-quite-a-trade-war with China has already shaken the major indexes, and equity traders continue to worry over any indication from either President Trump or Chinese leader Xi Jinping that might create more waves for the markets. The Dow and S&P both fell by more than 2.5 percent in…

  • Q1 Earnings Hit the Street

    Earnings season is here, and all eyes are on the tech, financials and industrials sectors. Big names like Netflix, Salesforce and TD Ameritrade are expected to deliver earnings growth of 50% or more in their next quarterly reports.  Here is a list of ideas to keep in mind for trading Q1 Earnings…

  • Trading Inflation

    Well, the market is finally awake. After two full years of a sub-30 VIX, we finally have some volatility. For traders, this is a sight for sore eyes. The brief sell-off we experienced in early February was attributed to normal market correction behavior. But it seems like for the first time in a…

  • Trump Year 2: Where’s the next trade?

    It's been just 14 months since Donald Trump was sworn in as president. In that time the S&P 500 Index was up almost 20% from January 20, 2017, through February 15, 2018—and in that time, the economy has shown improvement, with two GDP readings over 3%. Though President Trump’s actual…

  • The Rally is On for Biotech. For How Long?

    Wall Street is cyclical, and perhaps no sector is as hot right now as biotech. Following a year where the FDA approved 46 drugs, the most in over a decade, the sector is hungry for merger & acquisition activity (M&A); and everybody is on the menu. This isn’t exactly surprising…

  • Will Europe’s Markets Outshine The Rest?

    Nothing seems quite as certain now that volatility has returned to the markets. Though it spooked markets at first, it isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Volatility is normal. But there are other global headlines to be aware of that can potentially cause problems down the road.  For one, China,…

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