Tuesday, July 29, 2014

MeetMe: Recent Pullback Represents Attractive Buying Opportunity - MeetMe, Inc. (NASDAQ:MEET) | Seeking Alpha

MeetMe: Recent Pullback Represents Attractive Buying Opportunity - MeetMe, Inc. (NASDAQ:MEET) | Seeking Alpha



This is a good article on MeetMe (MEET), another interesting social networking company.  Revenues are increasing, and it was ranked number one among the fastest growing internet companies in 2013. MEET is an easy way to hook up with people by facial recognition.


Monday, July 28, 2014

iPhone 5c causes second-degree burns | Komando.com

iPhone 5c causes second-degree burns | Komando.com



Here is another smartphone story about how phones can be flammable.  You should not stick them in your back pocket where they will not get sufficient air flow.  Lithium ion batteries can be very dangerous, and we need to be safe at all times.  We need to protect ourselves as well as our smartphones.


One smartphone could burn your house down! | Komando.com

One smartphone could burn your house down! | Komando.com



This is an outstanding article about smartphone safety with burnt pictures included.  I own a Samsung smartphone similar to the one in the article, but I have not had any problems with my phone.  It turned out that the girl in the story fell asleep with the phone under her pillow, and Samsung states in their user guide that you should not cover your phone with bedding material or anything else that would restrict air flow.  This could cause a fire.  On top of that, the girl was using a 3rd party battery instead of a Samsung battery.



So, it is not worth saving a few extra dollars to buy non-standard batteries.  When you are charging your phone, it should be on a flat flame resistant surface with no flammable material nearby.  You should also not use a fast charger because that could be a fire hazard, too.  I charge my smartphone at night on a dresser with nothing nearby.  A few standard safety rules will prevent fires and enable your smartphone to last a long time.

  

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Bloomberg United States Financial Conditions Index Analysis - BFCIUS - Bloomberg

Bloomberg United States Financial Conditions Index Analysis - BFCIUS - Bloomberg



Here is another good indicator for knowing whether to be in or out of the stock market.  The Bloomberg Financial Conditions Index will show how the credit markets are performing, and if the value is less than .75 on the chart, there is a good chance that a correction will follow like we had in February of 2014.  We need to use several different indicators to be sure we are on the right side of the trade in the stock market.

Is A Stock Market Correction Imminent? | Seeking Alpha

Is A Stock Market Correction Imminent? | Seeking Alpha



Eric Parnell has written a very good article about why we are probably near a stock market correction.  He showed a picture of the S&P 500 where stocks were continuing to rise in price but the Chaikin Money Flow has dramatically decreased.  Moreover, small caps stocks have diverged to lag since April, and mid-caps recently started to separate downward from the S&P upward trend.  This all means that large caps will probably correct sometime in the near future. Eric also gave a helpful list of exactly what percent of loss will occur when the S&P falls to various support lines.  For example, if the S&P falls to 1879 and its 150-day moving average, that will be a -5% correction. The 150-day line is where the S&P rebounded during the February 2014 correction.


Fed May Help Open Crack In Correction Door | Seeking Alpha

Fed May Help Open Crack In Correction Door | Seeking Alpha



Chris Ciovacco has written a great article about why we may be near a stock market correction.  He included a chart from the NYSE Composite Index (NYA) to illustrate that stocks are basically going nowhere now compared to going up in the first part of July.  The transportation index (IYT) is doing okay, but that will not be enough to send the market up as a whole.  Chris added TLT, the long treasuries ETF, to his portfolio as a result of stocks just treading water recently.  I also hold TLT as well as TMF, which is a 3x TLT ETF.  Of course, I am still long on a lot of stocks, but I am very cautious about it.  We need to be ready for anything.


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Lithium Sector Powering Up To New Highs On Major Mergers And Acquisitions Deals - Global X Lithium ETF (NYSEARCA:LIT) | Seeking Alpha

Lithium Sector Powering Up To New Highs On Major Mergers And Acquisitions Deals - Global X Lithium ETF (NYSEARCA:LIT) | Seeking Alpha



Jeb Handwerger has written an excellent article about the growing lithium industry.  You can own the three largest lithium miners through the ETF called LIT.  You also get the battery maker Panasonic as well as other interesting companies.  The only problem I see currently with LIT is low volume trading.  Electric cars and smartphones are here to stay, though, and they require lithium.  So, companies involved with lithium will eventually rise significantly.