Alan Knuckman

Analyst Articles

While the blue-chip Dow Jones Industrial Average is up 11% over the past 52 weeks, it has some serious catching up to do with the broad market S&P 500, which has gained 19% during that time.  Of the Dow 30 components, nearly a third are in negative territory for the… Read More

While the blue-chip Dow Jones Industrial Average is up 11% over the past 52 weeks, it has some serious catching up to do with the broad market S&P 500, which has gained 19% during that time.  Of the Dow 30 components, nearly a third are in negative territory for the… Read More

Molycorp’s (NYSE: MCP) best days are likely behind it. This development-stage company that engages in the production and sale of rare earth oxides hit a high above $79 in 2011. Shares have since fallen 98% to a low below $2 on Wednesday. Wednesday’s big sell-off came on speculation that the… Read More

The middle dining ground that Darden Restaurants (NYSE: DRI) caters to, with chains like Olive Garden and Red Lobster, has not recovered as well from the Great Recession as the low-end and high-end establishments.  DRI has traded sideways for three years while the broader market enjoyed a bull market. The… Read More

The middle dining ground that Darden Restaurants (NYSE: DRI) caters to, with chains like Olive Garden and Red Lobster, has not recovered as well from the Great Recession as the low-end and high-end establishments.  DRI has traded sideways for three years while the broader market enjoyed a bull market. The… Read More

Volatility in the overall market, as measured by the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), is at seven-year lows. This environment can make it difficult for options sellers to generate a significant amount of income. But there are certain stocks that are exhibiting the kind of volatility they love. Case… Read More

Groupon (NASDAQ: GRPN) shares more than tripled in price from around $4 in late 2012 to their 2014 highs above $12, made in early January. But then the selling began, and it accelerated when GRPN failed to hold support at $8, which had been an important two-year price pivot point. Read More

Groupon (NASDAQ: GRPN) shares more than tripled in price from around $4 in late 2012 to their 2014 highs above $12, made in early January. But then the selling began, and it accelerated when GRPN failed to hold support at $8, which had been an important two-year price pivot point. Read More

Financial stocks have led the market higher since the start of 2013, yet as a group, they are nowhere near their pre-crisis levels. In fact, the Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF (NYSE: XLF) only recently hit the halfway recovery point of its devastating drop from the 2007 peak near $38… Read More

Financial stocks have led the market higher since the start of 2013, yet as a group, they are nowhere near their pre-crisis levels. In fact, the Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF (NYSE: XLF) only recently hit the halfway recovery point of its devastating drop from the 2007 peak near $38… Read More

Food and beverage companies fall under the category of consumer staple stocks, which are typically bought for their consistency and dividends. But lately, an acquisition/consolidation frenzy has made them much more desirable to traders. The space started heating up in December when China’s Shuanghui International Holdings, the world’s No. 1… Read More