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Gold Starts to Show Gains

Gold has begun to start climbing again, finishing the week ending on October 21st up for the first time in four weeks. At the close of the week, December gold futures stood at about $1,267.70 per ounce, signaling that the tide is about to turn in the gold market. It was a rise of over [...]

October 31st, 2016|Markets|

Netflix Posts Huge Numbers

Netflix, the movie and television show streaming service, reported record earnings recently. This, according to reports, was thanks in large part to two new hit shows that the company has independently released: Stranger Things and Narcos. In Monday, October 17th, after hours trading the company’s price rose by about 20 percent, after dropping more than 1.6 percent during the regular trading day. Netflix’s supporting indices dropped during the day, and Netflix easily outpaced the losses. The NASDAQ fell by 0.27 percent, and the technology sector dropped by 0.27 percent, too. Netflix was expected to post earnings on this day, and thanks to its rising costs of service, experts did not believe that earnings would be nearly as impressive as they were. The average customer saw their subscription costs go up by more than $2 per month, and analysts expected that this would lead to a decrease in revenue for the company. However, because of the strength of the programming that the company has picked up, as mentioned above, this was not the case at all. […]

October 26th, 2016|Trading Stocks|

Twitter Still in Trouble

Twitter’s stock price dropped dramatically on Friday, October 14th, after the news was released that Salesforce would not be purchasing the company. According to company spokespeople, the Twitter buy was not the right fit for their company at this point. It marks the last strong company in the running to purchase the struggling social media company to leave the table. Twitter’s future remains an uncertainty as a result of this. The immediate public reaction was impressive. Twitter’s stock price fell by as much as 7 percent in the aftermath of the announcement, with Salesforce’s stock rising by about 7 percent simultaneously. Not only did this clearly indicate that Twitter investors were really hoping for the new major investor to move in and acquire the company, it showed that Salesforce investors believed that avoiding the Twitter purchase was a very strong move. At the end of the day, Twitter had dropped by a total of 5.12 percent. […]

October 17th, 2016|Companies|

Is Verizon Rethinking Yahoo Purchase?

After the Yahoo hacking scandal was made public a few weeks ago, there were rumors that Verizon would be looking to go back on their purchase of the web services side of the company. Although this was almost certainly seriously considered by Verizon, they are not going to be pursuing this avenue, new reports say. According to Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam, the purchase of Yahoo is still happening, he confirmed in a press statement on October 10th. […]

October 11th, 2016|Companies|

Sector Movement Guides Us

Watching sector action can help us to have a great idea of what to do. We reference sector moves, both up and down, and where they land at the end of the day often here, but we do this for a very good reason. When a sector shows unusual action, it helps us to have a much better idea of what to trade, and how to trade it. The energy sector was hit hard on Friday, dropping by 1.37 percent. All of the major sectors fell on Friday, but this one was hit the hardest. Financials fell by 0.74 percent, healthcare fell by 0.47 percent, and technology fell by 0.82 percent. All of the major indices dropped, too. Energy was hit much more severely than anything else, and it was a very noticeable difference. Oil’s price obviously had a lot to do with this, but it created an opportunity that would have been far more lucrative for binary options traders than other traders. […]

September 30th, 2016|Markets|

European Growth Better Than Thought

New data comparisons reveal that much of the stagnation that is currently being experienced in Europe is probably psychological in nature. Over the last 12 months, the euro area has seen growth of 1.6 percent, while in the United States over the same period of time, the growth rate has only been 1.2 percent. During this time, the U.S. economy has been viewed as much stronger and the dollar as a far better currency to hold, but in reality, the euro area has seen slightly better growth. In the EU, the growth that has occurred has been labelled as insufficient, and it is. For the EU to be competitive and keep up with the desired rate of growth, their rate should be about 1 percent higher. But the same is true of the United States. […]

September 20th, 2016|Markets|

Amazon to Open New Chicago Store

Amazon has been one of the most successful companies of the last two decades, driving one of the biggest bookstore chains in the United States (Borders) out of business, and taking away a huge share of the world’s largest book chain (Barnes & Noble). Amazon has thrived because of their online presence, becoming the largest online retailer in the United States, and one of the most dominant sources of entertainment in the world thanks to their streaming services, apps, books, and e-readers. However, the company looks like they are heading out in a new, experimental direction, and it is one that is very reminiscent of the past. Amazon has experimented with opening a brick and mortar bookstore in the past, and now they are opening even more, as they seem to be revisiting that they had almost made obsolete just a few years ago. […]

September 9th, 2016|Companies|

Crude Oil Bounces Back

Oil prices are once again on the rise, but not everything is as clear as it might seem within the crude oil business. The commodity has risen to about $50 per barrel, after another recent trip down below $40. Experts have cited the reasoning for this big jump in price as a result of increased usage and demand for oil. During the summer months, oil usage has gone up quite a bit thanks to increased travel. However, what might be even more important than this is the fact that international demand for crude has increased, too. Countries that do not have high levels of oil on their own are purchasing more and more, which has inevitably driven prices up. […]

August 30th, 2016|Markets|

Why Overall Sector Trends are Dangerous

One method that many binary options traders use to help them focus their efforts over the course of a day is to look at sector trends within the stock market. This can be a helpful “cheat sheet” so to speak on how to get started. For example, let’s say you aren’t sure where to start [...]

August 19th, 2016|Markets|

Asia/Pacific Economies Moving Up

The economies of Japan and China have endured some rough times over the last part of 2015 and all of 2016 so far, but the Asian/Pacific region as a whole is currently breaking through with one-year highs within the stock markets here. The MSCI Asia Pacific Index hit 138.22 at the close of Hong Kong trading hours on Tuesday, August 9th. It’s the highest point that it has closed at since August 17th, 2015. China is still an exception to this trend. It is mainly the emerging markets that are outperforming right now. This includes countries like Malaysia, Vietnam, South Korea, and the Philippines. These are not major countries when it comes to investments, and almost no binary options brokers carry individual companies, or even indices, from these nations. […]

August 11th, 2016|Markets|