The Xchange Blog

  • 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,…

  • Q4 Earnings Calendar

    Earnings Season: It can't get better than this. Or can it? Companies started reporting fourth-quarter earnings a few weeks ago, with the focus on corporate taxes. Profits have been generally good, with many companies reporting one-time charges because of tax changes going into effect in 2018.…

  • Will The Industrial Sector Get The Spending It Was Promised?

    Save for the notable exception of General Electric, 2017 was an all around solid year for the industrial sector on the surface. Looking at the top holdings of the Industrial Select Sector Index, the benchmark index for the Direxion Daily Industrials Bull 3X ETF (DUSL), seven of the top 10…

  • The Tax Code Has Changed: What Happens Next?

    If there’s one reason the Street reacted so enthusiastically to the results of the 2016 election, it was the promise of an overhaul of the American tax system that would reduce the corporate tax rate. The market went into overdrive once that campaign pledge became plausible policy. While a lot…

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