Markman Capital Insight

5 signs that a “growth bounce” is underway

June 18th, 2015

Is the economy really improving? Analysts at Evercore ISI point out that it's not just one indicator that makes the case that a "growth bounce" has started. It's the package of indicators. ISI analysts point to these pieces of evidence:1. Tax Receipts are surgingU.S. tax receipts were up +8.3% year over year in May, which is remarkable with just +3.0%...

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Greek default unlikely but survivable

June 18th, 2015

While leaders in Athens said they are pushing for a final deal, officials in the eurozone headquarters remained very skeptical. A Bloomberg report noted that Greece and its creditors are still far apart, with pensions, sales tax and budget surplus targets as usual among the big sticking points.Greece owes so much money and has so little means to repay...

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As the conference calendar heats up, keep an eye on biotech

June 18th, 2015

The biotech industry holds a variety of important conferences during the year where scientists and companies present their latest molecules, discoveries, therapies and big thoughts.The American Society of Clinical Oncology held its annual meeting in Chicago and it often produces news that moves individual stocks in the discipline.I ran across a good...

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The Internet of Everything

June 15th, 2015

Executives for the Fitbit (FIT) fitness tracker have been on a road show lately selling their upcoming IPO.  One of the highlights of their spiel is that the original idea for the device came from video games -- particularly the Nintendo Wii. They fell in love with its dazzling accelerometers and gyroscopes at first sight, and brainstormed...

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Gemini Update: May Madness

June 7th, 2015

The Gemini Futures System logged a memorable May, with three of its programs knocking out great performances for members.-- Gemini 252, which times the S&P 500 E-minis, was up 9.2% gross in May via six separate successful forays, four long and two short, each gaining 1.39% to 2.5% gross.-- Gemini SGX, which times the Russell 2000 E-minis, was up...

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Gemini Update: New Gains

June 7th, 2015

Quick note to let you know the latest news on our Gemini futures programs.-- Gemini 252 knocked out a very nice 1.6% gross profit on Wednesday June 3 from an intraday short and cover of the S&P 500 E-minis. The system is now up 38.1% gross this year.-- Gemini SGX knocked out an even nicer 2.56% gross profit on...

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Gemini 252 spanks index, ahead 35% gross year-to-date

May 29th, 2015

Gemini 252 just completed a two week, two-contract trade sequence. The system shorted one S&P 500 E-mini contract on May 14 and shorted another four days later. On Tuesday, the system took advantage of the sharp decline by covering the two contracts for a $350 gross profit, or +1.56%, in the model $22.5k portfolio. The system is now up 35.02%...

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Avago mega-merger with Broadcom is just the beginning

May 29th, 2015

The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg reported midday that Avago and Broadcom were considering a $37 billion merger of near-equals, most likely led by Avago. This would be another in a series of blockbuster moves in the semiconductor industry, following in the footsteps of NXP Semi's bid for Freescale Semi (FSL) a few months ago.The industry is consolidating...

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