When you invest in a sector exchange-traded fund you are participating in a segment of the S&P 500 without the challenge of stock picking. In the case of the Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLY) there are 85 retail-oriented stocks. If you picked Amazon.com (AMZN) you would be out-performing the ETF, but thanks to the momentum of the on-line retail giant, the consumer discretionary ETF set an all-time intraday high of $93.21 on Thursday.
Most strategists on Wall Street have been telling investors to avoid bonds and the only place to invest for the long term is to buy stocks. Conservative strategists follow the 60 / 40 rule where 60% of assets are in stocks and 40% is in bonds. My suggested concept is different. Each investor should carefully study their own risk appetite and establish a pool of money for each broad category, which could be more than just stocks and bonds. Today I focus on the bond side of the investment strategy.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite still have characteristics of "inflating parabolic bubbles", but it's been a week since these three major equity averages set their all-time intraday highs. I define an "inflating parabolic bubble" as a ticker with a momentum reading (12x3x3 weekly slow stochastic) above 90.00 on a scale of 00.00 to 100.00. These three have readings above 95.00.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".