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  • Michael Lee
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  • DJIA . Dow Jones Industrial Average . Exchange-traded fund . Level . May . October 2008 . S&P 500 . Support and resistance .

Since the election, all major indexes have turned sharply downward on the back of unresolved "fiscal cliff" issues. The S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average are now approaching areas of significant support, leaving many investors on edge. The S&P 500 is trading near support around 1,300. It was a fall through this support level that ignited the further crash in October, 2008. Since that crash, the S&P 500 managed to climb back to this significant 1,300 level in…

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  • Michael Lee
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  • DIA . Dow Jones Industrial Average . Exchange-traded fund . NASDAQ . PowerShares . QQQ . S&P 500 . SPDR .

The markets charged out of the gates at the beginning of the year and, as they tend to do, historically, began to lose steam in late April/early May. Since then all three major indexes, the S&P 500, Dow Jones Industrial Average, and the NASDAQ have all found resistance at the 1,400.00 level, 13,000 level, and 3,000 level, respectively. Here is a one year look at the S&P 500, Dow Jones Industrial Average, and NASDAQ indexes: Likewise, the SPDR S&P 500…

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  • Michael Lee
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  • Business . Equities . Investing . P/B ratio . S&P 500 . Stocks and Bonds . Year-to-date . YTD .

Though the S&P 500 holds a stronger, 6.42% year-to-date (YTD) return than the utilities sector's 2.95% YTD return, the utilities sector began outpacing the S&P 500 in June and appears to be continuing to do so. The utilities sector holds a three-month return of 5.63%, a one-month return of 2.10%, and a one-week return of -0.85%; clearly outperforming the S&P 500's three-month return of -2.45%, one-month return of 0.25%, and one-week return of -1.86%. As I often find value in…

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  • Michael Lee
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  • Earnings per share . Exchange-traded fund . P/B ratio . Price to Sales . Return on equity . S&P 500 . Seeking Alpha . Telecommunication . Year-to-date .

The telecommunications sector is performing significantly well this year, with a year to date (YTD) return of 13.52%; over 5% above the S&P 500's (SPDR S&P 500 Trust ETF: SPY) 8.35% YTD return.   As shown by the YTD view on the graph above, the telecommunications sector began to outperform the S&P 500 in May and has continued to do so. Below is a further breakdown of this performance comparison along the different time horizons.   As telecommunications stocks continue…

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  • Michael Lee
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  • Dow Jones Industrial Average . Exchange-traded fund . Moving average . S&P 500 . SMA . Stock market . United States .

The S&P 500 recently broke support and is now-- as of this writing-- lingering just below its 200-day simple moving average (SMA). Though there is hope for our equities markets to stay strong throughout the year, a major break in support raises a big red flag. If the S&P 500 continues to fall, breaking its 200-day SMA, additional support will likely not be found until the index reaches the-- somewhat far off-- $1,200 level... Read the full article at: http://seekingalpha.com/article/640361-s-p-breaks-support-83-inverse-equity-etfs-to-use-as-a-hedge

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  • Michael Lee
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  • Business . Dividend . Dividend yield . Equities . Investing . P/E ratio . S&P 500 . Stocks and Bonds .

A stock's dividend yield is a good initial indicator of the kind of value you are getting when purchasing the stock. A higher dividend yield means a better value, generally. As December approaches, the month believed to be the best time to buy and sell long term positions according to O'Shaughnessy's cornerstone strategy, rebalancing my long term portfolio, is becoming a priority. In my search for long term opportunities, and with the sting of this year's market turbulence not yet…

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