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Q4 Earnings, a Blistering Start

The Q4 2013 Earnings Season has just recently gotten started, but we have enough data to draw initial conclusions.  From the data we have thus far, this earnings season has gotten off to a blistering start.  This is true across almost all sectors, and it is true when we categorize results based on company size as well.  In the table below I have displayed the results thus far based on company sizes.  We categorize companies based on the quarterly revenue figures posted by that respected company for the quarter, and we use that to categorize based on company size.  For example, companies earning more than $10B in quarterly revenue would be included in the $10B segment in the table below.

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For TWTR, BBRY, and the S&P 500, Price Matters Most

In this article recent calls on TWTR and BBRY are updated, these have moved very fast, and specific market comments are offered.  On January 3, 2014 Stock Traders Daily issued public comments to sell  Twitter (NASDAQ:TWTR)and buy BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY), each of those were met with harsh criticisms from the public and the media, but sometimes making money in the stock market is not about being popular.  Instead, those calls were based on what we consider a very important thing, they were based on price, and using the performance of these recent calls as an example we will prove in this article why price matters, and define what the market is telling us based on price.

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Price Matters: CHK, ADSK, ORCL, AET

When markets act as sporadically as they have been this week some investors are going to lose focus, they are going to become emotional, and they are going to make bad decisions.  That is very typical, and it is not just limited to decisions to sell, but ill-timed decisions to buy are also common when the market is as wild as it has been lately. 

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NASDAQ 100 (NDX) Could Cause a Breakout

On Monday, the NASDAQ 100 Index (^NDX) was up more than all the other major markets, the Russell 2000 was weakest, and prominent large cap tech companies like Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) and Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) were standouts.  These stocks were up over 1% in early trading, and at the same time the NASDAQ composite index was also testing important resistance levels.

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Price Matters: TWTR, SBUX, C, HAL

Many big name companies are testing important levels, but investors need to differentiate fundamental analysis from price in each of these names.  The business of investing is sometimes confusing to persons who consider all of the facets of a company before investing.  However, sometimes the people who are taking the time to make all of those fundamental observations are not really interested in investing in the company anyway.  Certainly large institutions should do their homework, as should anyone who intends on holding any company for the next 5-10 years, but if you are in a stock to make money, and you like the idea of doing so over a span of a few months, only one thing really matters.

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