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Shares of Retail Stocks Target (NYSE: TGT), J.C. Penny (NYSE: JCP), and American Eagle Outfitters (NYSE: AEO) Slammed on Holiday Sales Woes – Mike Swanson (01/05/11)

Jan 5th, 2012 | By brinvest | Category: WallStreetWindow

Retail stocks are getting hit hard today as major discount retailers announce strong headline sales numbers, but analysts must now worry that those sales will not lead to strong profits. According to Thomson Reuters, retail sales for stores operated by major chains for at least a year were 3.4% higher than they were in December from the December a year ago. This was good on its surface because it was 0.1% more than analysts had been expecting. read more



Doug Casey Addresses Getting Out of Dodge

Jan 5th, 2012 | By brinvest | Category: Pinnacle Professors

(Interviewed by Louis James, Editor, International Speculator)L: Doug, a lot of readers have been asking for guidance on how to know when it's time to exit center stage and hunker down in some safe place. Few people want to hide from the world in a cabin in the woods while life goes on in the mainstream, but nobody wants ... [more]



U.S. Dollar & Currencies: Review and Outlook

Jan 5th, 2012 | By brinvest | Category: Pinnacle Professors

www.merkfunds.com In 2012, policy makers around the world may be driven by the realization that the theme of 2011 was not a Euro-specific crisis, but simply another stage in a global financial crisis. Central bankers may ramp up their printing presses in an effort to limit “contagion” concerns. As such, the currency markets may be the purest way ... [more]



Podcast: Matt Frailey’s Automated GDX Trading System, Free To Use – Mike Swanson (01/05/12)

Jan 5th, 2012 | By brinvest | Category: WallStreetWindow

I just did an interview with Matt Frailey of BreakPointTrades.com. In this interview we talked about the development of automated trading systems and Matt shared a trading system for the GDX gold stock index that anyone can get for free. All they have to do is click here. For the charts referenced in this interview click here. read more



The Facebook IPO: The Devil Is In the Details – Howard B. Arnn (01/05/12)

Jan 5th, 2012 | By brinvest | Category: WallStreetWindow

Social networking giant Facebook is widely expected to do an IPO sometime this year that is estimated to raise about $10 billion and value the company at $100 billion. This will make it the largest IPO by an Internet company in history. (An IPO or initial public offering is when a private company, in order to raise capital, sells its stocks to the public and also becomes a publicly traded company on the stock market.) read more



Gold Resolutions For 2012

Jan 4th, 2012 | By brinvest | Category: Pinnacle Professors

1.    The 2012 phase of the great gold war is underway.  Click today's gold chart now, to watch gold start the year in winning fashion.  A small band of dollar bug “snipers” sit in the $1600 price zone, but don’t expect them to draw much blood from our golden warriors.2.    Note the solid positioning of the ... [more]



Case for Sustained $100 Oil

Jan 4th, 2012 | By brinvest | Category: Pinnacle Professors

In 2011, oil was one of the top performing commodities among those we track, with Brent rising more than 13 percent. Geopolitical risk and unexpected non-OPEC supply losses caused oil to rise significantly in early 2011. By October, we saw the black gold sink to a low of $96 per barrel before rising to its current level ... [more]



Podcast: The Greek Debt Crisis and the Future of the Euro with Ike Iossif of Marketviews.tv – Mike Swanson (01/04/12)

Jan 4th, 2012 | By brinvest | Category: WallStreetWindow

I just did this important podcast with Ike Iossif of marketviews.tv. Ike is a retired hedge fund manager and investment advisor that now lives in Greece. Ike is a good friend of mine that I have talked with about the markets on a regular basis now for over 10 years. It is my belief that the European debt crisis is going to get worse and reach a crescendo next year when Greek defaults on its debt. With that in mind I ... [more]



Most FOREX Experts Are Bullish On The US Dollar Index For 2012 – Howard B. Arnn (01/04/12)

Jan 4th, 2012 | By brinvest | Category: WallStreetWindow

As the outlook for the European financial situation remains ambiguous, most Wall Street analysts believe that the US dollar will continue to rise in value against the euro in 2012. Moreover, the recent slowing down of manufacturing activity in China and the growing likelihood of a recession in Europe have also made many investors flock to safe haven currencies, with the US dollar generally seen as the most attractive currency. read more



Experts Make Crude Oil Price Predictions for 2012 – Howard B Arnn (01/04/12)

Jan 4th, 2012 | By brinvest | Category: WallStreetWindow

In 2011, crude prices averaged about $95.09 per barrel, while the U.S. Energy Department expects prices to rise further next year to about $98 per barrel. According to a Reuters December poll of 32 oil analysts and consultants, most of them are of the view that crude oil would average around US$105 in 2012, which is not too far from this year’s record high average near $111. read more