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‘Tis the Season for Mobile Payments

Black Friday weekend is here and the holiday shopping season is just getting started. While I have no clue which retailers will be the big winners or losers this season, the mobile payments industry is likely to be a big winner.

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Big Banks Hold Big Breakouts and this Laggard May Play Catchup

Several finance-related ETFs and stocks broke out with big moves from early October to early November. Many of these then stalled over the last two weeks and this rest could be the pause that refreshes. Today we will look at performance for the finance-related ETFs and the bull flags taking shape in three banking stocks

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There is (almost) Always Cause for Concern

The S&P 500 SPDR and Nasdaq 100 ETF recorded new all time highs this past week, while the S&P MidCap 400 SPDR hit a new 52-week high in November. Sounds bullish, but the S&P SmallCap 600 SPDR and Russell 2000 ETF are still well below their 2018 highs, even though they are very close to 52-week highs. Which index ETFs tell the real story here?

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The Offense has Taken the Field:
Here are Three Signs

The character of the stock market changed over the last six to seven weeks as the market took on a more offensive tone. Stocks were already in bull mode, but we are now seeing stocks outperforming bonds. In addition, momentum and offensive sectors are leading.

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New Highs Expand within Small-caps

New highs expanded in the small-cap universe over the last few weeks and this indicates that the bull market is broadening. This post will first look at the high-low pairs for the S&P indexes and then apply a 20-day SMA to show the improvement in new highs over the last few weeks.

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Small-Caps Come Alive, but Microcaps Fall Short

The Russell 2000 ETF is in the nascent stages of an uptrend, but the Russell Microcap ETF is still short of a breakout. The Russell 1000 ETF left both behind over the last few months with a steady uptrend and continued leadership.

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