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Intuit Releases Quicken 2015 for Mac

  Intuit released Quicken 2015 for Mac, the first new version of the software in seven years. According to an article on AppleInsider.com, the new program is fairly similar to its previous version, though some features have been omitted. The article said, “Among those missing are they ability to create a 12-month budget, show loan amortization and pay bills directly within the application.” The software...

Supply Snag for Apple iPhone 6 Screen

If you were hoping to snag a new iPhone 6 after its introduction in early September, you may have to wait a bit. According to a Reuters’ report, Apple suppliers are “scrambling” to make sure there are enough screens for the newest iPhone. The problem stems from the need to redesign a key component, which disrupted production of the panels, supply chain sources said. The article goes on to say...

Bullish Sentiment Hits 2014 High

Bullish sentiment reached its highest level of the year in the latest AAII Investor Sentiment Survey. After rising 6.3 percentage points this week, bullishness is the highest it has been since since December 26, 2013 (34 weeks). The bull/bear spread, which measures the difference between bullish and bearish sentiment, rose to its highest level in 10 weeks to +22.46 percentage points. Overall, the readings...

CI Market Dashboard: Two New Bullish Signals This Week

For the week ending August 15, 2014, three CI Market Dashboard indicators were bullish, two were bearish and four were neutral. There were two new bullish signals this week as two previously-bearish signals went positive. For much of this week, eroding tensions in the Middle East and in the Ukraine soothed the nerves of jittery traders and investors, even as economic data coming out of Europe cast doubt...

Free Computational Investing Course @ Coursera

If you are interested in furthering your investment knowledge, AAII is here with numerous tools and education to do that. But there are other websites which also occasionally offer tools that can be very useful for individual investors. One such website is a free education website called Coursera (www.coursera.org) which says it is an education platform that partners with top universities and organizations worldwide,...

Potential Accounting Scandal at Alibaba As It Plans IPO

The Wall Street Journal reported that Alibaba Group Holding has discovered potential accounting irregularities at the film-production arm it recently bought, the latest red flag for investors as the e-commerce giant prepares for what could be the largest initial public offering in U.S. history. Alibaba Pictures disclosed it would delay its financial results while it investigated what it called “possibly...

Bearish Sentiment Has Biggest Weekly Drop Since August 2013

Bearish sentiment had its biggest one-week drop since the week of August 29, 2013, in the latest AAII Investor Sentiment Survey. In addition, bullish sentiment had its biggest one-week increase since mid-February. The bull/bear spread, which measures the difference between bullish and bearish sentiment, rose to its highest level in six weeks to +12.85 percentage points. Overall, the readings for August 14,...

Twitter Announces Promoted Video Feature

Twitter, Inc. (TWTR) announced this morning it will begin beta testing a new feature called “Promoted Video,” which is aimed at brands looking to upload and distribute their videos to the Twitter network. The feature expands upon the previously announced Twitter Amplify program which is expected to allow content producers to upload, share and “measure the distribution effectiveness of their video content...

No Changes in CI Market Dashboard

For the week ending August 8, 2014, one CI Market Dashboard indicator was bullish, four were bearish and four were neutral. There were no signal changes this week, nor were there any confirming bearish or bullish signals. After last week’s sell-off, the market spent this week seesawing in response to a variety of geopolitical and economic news. Things got off to a good start on Monday, with the market...

Correction: Bearish Sentiment Highest in 50 Weeks

Earlier this week, we erroneously reported that bearish sentiment reached its highest level in over a year. Actually, this wasn’t quite correct. Bearishness rose 7.11 percentage points to 38.22% in the latest AAII Investor Sentiment Survey. Specifically, AAII members haven’t felt this poorly about the market’s prospects for the next six months since August 22, 2013. In addition, the bull/bear...