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Markets Live: the Afternoon Trading Breakdown with D.R. Barton, Jr., and Shah Gilani

Today's markets live afternoon session was a wild one.

The Dow was up 4% in the first half of the trading day, but was ultimately met with selling resistance midway through the day and closed slightly lower.

While that sounds concerning, the constant volatility we're seeing today is actually creating a multitude of opportunities to make fast profits.

Here's why our Markets Live experts - D.R. Barton, Jr., and Shah Gilani - think the market went down this afternoon - along with some of the top stocks they're looking to buy soon...

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Dow Jones Kicks Off Another Volatile Week

The Dow Jones rallied 800 points at open today after a long week of coronavirus-induced volatility.

But there could be signs of stabilization ahead…

A slowdown in death rates across Europe has many people hoping the U.S. rate will peak soon.

Meanwhile, Japan has unveiled a new stimulus package worth 20% of GDP to help stave off negative economic impacts of the outbreak.


Trading Strategies

Brace for More Fear and Panic on Wall Street as Markets Tumble

Monday's stock market declines weren't unexpected, though the extent of losses was shocking.

Investors had been selling stocks for the previous two weeks on coronavirus fears, starting immediately after U.S. benchmark indexes made record highs on Feb. 12, 2020.

A "dead cat bounce" last week didn't fool seasoned traders, who saw huge inflows into U.S. Treasuries last week as a warning sign there was more equity selling to come.

As COVID-19 hotspots cropped up across the globe and infections rose along with fatalities in U.S. cities and states over the weekend, right on cue, sell orders flooded brokerages before markets even opened Monday morning.

So many sell orders in fact, markets couldn't open. Instantaneous and extraordinary selling knocked stocks "down limit," or 7%, at the open, triggering a "circuit breaker" halt to trading for 15 minutes.

After 15 minutes, exchanges let stocks trade again, and they fell another 1% before buyers, probably computer-driven algorithms, started buying beaten-down names like Microsoft and Amazon.

But buying volume was thin all day, and sellers more often overwhelmed attempts to lift stocks higher.

Stocks closed 144 points off their session lows of 2,158, ending down 2,013.76 points to 23,851.02. That's a 7.79% drop in one day and a 19.3% drop since Feb. 12.

Most evident in yesterday's carnage were the market's worst enemies: fear and panic. That tells me something about what I'm watching today… Full Story

Most evident in yesterday's carnage were the market's worst enemies: fear and panic. That tells me something about what I'm watching today...

Market Correction

The 3 Stocks to Sell Before the Coronavirus Correction Gets Worse

The stock market is officially in correction territory, but for three stocks the bleeding is going to get much worse.

You don't want these companies anywhere near your portfolio right now.

While the Dow is down 11% from its 2020 high in February, stocks like Carnival Corp. (NYSE: CCL) have lost nearly half their value on the year.

Now, we're not advocating you sell your entire portfolio and sit on cash. That could end up costing you even more money.

But there are some stocks that can poison your portfolio.

And these are the three you don't want to own...

Market Crash

Is Today the Start of a Stock Market Crash?

The Dow plunged nearly 1,000 points this morning, making today's 3% loss the worst day for stocks in 2020. That could just be a small hiccup in the longest running bull market of all time, but many fear it could be the start of the next stock market crash…

While we can't predict the future, we do know now isn't the time to panic. And if you're worried about what the coronavirus means for your money, you're in the right place.

We'll show you how to turn this into an opportunity, even if it's the start of a market crash...

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Don't Be Scared of a Dropping Stock - Do This Instead

On Monday, Apple announced that it expects revenue to suffer this coming quarter – news that caused the stock to open a full 3% lower Tuesday morning.

And AAPL is just the beginning. Revenue across multiple industries is about to feel the effects of COVID-19, aka the coronavirus.

As the second-largest economy in the world, China produces over $25 trillion in products a year. Pick up any product on your desk right now – a stapler, a pen, even your keyboard – and it probably says those three little words, "Made in China."

But the country's economic growth has hit a major roadblock with the coronavirus.

As the pneumonia-like virus continues its rapid spread through China, revenue will suffer. Which, in turn, could pull stocks in world markets down drastically.

In fact, it already has…

But I'm not writing this to scare you. There's no reason to be fearful.

Today I'm going to show you the best way to deal with a dropping stock and protect your portfolio… Full Story

But there's no reason to be fearful. Today, Tom's going to show you the best way to deal with a dropping stock and protect your portfolio...

Trading Strategies

The Huge Coronavirus "Reality Gap" Created by the News Media - and What to Do About It

Every time my phone starts ringing off the hook to make TV network appearances, I know it's a sign there's a Reality Gap big enough to make some real money.

A Reality Gap is the huge chasm between what the news media (plus Wall Street, Big Government, and Madison Avenue – or as I call them, the "Big Four") is serving you and the actual truth. The illusions they peddle aren't in your best interest; they distract you from what's best for your money.

Take China's coronavirus outbreak. Over the past two weeks, I've made seven television show appearances to talk about the coronavirus and how it's impacting markets and individual stocks.

It's pretty clear the news media is having a field day over this. Every minute, there's a new update on infections, possible mutations, comparisons to SARS… This human tragedy is being milked for all it's worth.

The reason why is simple: Fear sells. No TV news segment, news website, or cable news update is complete without a coronavirus update, because that's currently what gets views. And more views mean more money selling ads.

It's overtaken the top of the news agenda – the president's impeachment trial, Monday's Iowa caucus, even the record-breaking wildfires still raging in Australia.

Not to mention the things you can actually act on, like Amazon's extraordinary earnings surprise…

And the news media isn't the only culprit here, either. Big Government is getting in on the game, too, with health organizations underreacting, then overreacting, and issuing jarring headlines.

"CDC: Preparing as If Coronavirus Is 'the Next Pandemic.'" This led to a 250-point drop in the Dow on Jan. 24.

And lost amid all this noise is a Reality Gap between what's being said and what should really matter: the truth.

And the truth is we're turning the corner on this outbreak. As the very numbers the news media uses to whip up panic show, coronavirus cases are peaking. This means the end is in sight.

I know because I did something the news media won't do for you – I took a closer look at the numbers beyond the headline distractions. Let me show you… Full Story

Let me show you...

Market Crash

Will the Coronavirus Cause a Stock Market Crash?

If you're spooked the coronavirus could cause a stock market crash, you aren't alone.

The Dow Jones started this week 400 points in the red as the outbreak continues to spread.

But a jittery few days doesn't mean a stock market crash is coming.

It also doesn't mean there's no danger either.

As always, our goal is to help you make money, and crises like these don't just create risks, they create opportunities too...


The Technicals Are Clearing This Stock for Takeoff

Are we starting to see some “green shoots” from the global economy?

You would swear it by the number of mentions that I’ve heard over the last two weeks.

The transportation stocks are starting to see some life as a result of this chatter and one stock in particular is looking like it’s ready to take off.

And I just had to share this bonus trade idea with you.