Christopher Versace is the Portfolio Manager of the Thematic Growth Portfolio at Fabian Wealth Strategies, as well as the editor of both the long-only "PowerTrend Profits" investment newsletter and "PowerTrader" trading service that utilizes strategies combining stocks, ETFs and options. Versace uses a proprietary thematic investing perspective that ties in economics, demographics, psychographics, technology and more to determine investment candidates, while also sidestepping companies vulnerable to thematic change.Expand

Versace is also the host of PowerTalk, a weekly podcast that features conversations with public and private management teams, as well as other thought leaders, for the benefit of both individual and institutional investors. These conversations aim to get behind the scenes with such guests as Steve Forbes, Donald Rumsfeld and the CEOs of Smith & Wesson and Cato, among others.

Versace was previously the portfolio manager of Agile Capital Management, which combined a hedged investment mandate and a thematic investing framework. He also previously served as senior vice president, equity research at Friedman Billings Ramsey, where he covered the mobile phone industry and component technologies. Versace was also an analyst at Donaldson Lufkin Jenrette, as well as Salomon Brothers.

Versace is a contributor to and a frequent guest on "Live from The Washington Times with Andy Parks," in addition to other radio and television programs. He earned bachelor's degrees in economics and mathematics from Fairfield University before earning an MBA in finance from Fordham University.Collapse

Oil Weakness Starts to Bite Real Money Pro($)

Following up on my comments from earlier today, oil is below $43 a barrel and we're now starting to see the analyst community begin to downgrade stocks and start to trim back EPS expectations. Some of those on the receiving end here include Chevron (CVX) , BP (BP) , and Marathon Oil (MRO) . As long as oil prices stay at current levels, we're likely to see more downgrades and steeper EPS cuts. 

Politics and Earnings Season Real Money Pro($)

Let's circle back to the town that is some 40 miles from me... I call it the other Sin City, but you call it Washington, DC... in addition to the healthcare vote coming back into focus, it's looking like Senate Republicans are planning for a July vote to raise the debt ceiling. While the calendar has yet to be set, given how July 4th falls odds are this vote will happen smack dab in the middle of second-quarter earnings season.
We've got less than an hour until the closing bell and, barring some late action in the market it's looking like a mixed day for the market indices.
Earlier today, Fresh Market, a specialty grocery stores that was acquired by Apollo Global Management, said CEO Rick Anicetti resigned from his position and his board seat just two years after joining the company. The Fresh Market by me recently closed, and I have to say its offering paled in comparison to Whole Foods (WFM) .

Dunkin Details Real Money Pro($)

Following up on my Dunkin Brands (DNKN) comments from earlier, it seems things are a bit more challenging for the company given that MillerPulse is weighing in and saying that May same-store restaurant sales rose 0.6%. This is the first monthly improvement in a year and it also marks the first time in 16 months that same-store sales increased at quick-service restaurants as well as casual dining. Hmmmm.... Here's the thing, we know the restaurant industry has had an awful time over the last year and some of this "improvement" could simply be far easier year-over-year comparisons. I'd also note that one month does not make a trend, especially since May restaurant traffic fell more than 1%, with declines registered at both QSR and casual dining. 
We've all seen the news and subsequent headlines over the Amazon (AMZN) - Whole Foods (WFM) tie up. I see it as more pain for Kroger (KR) Sprouts Farmers Market and others, like Target (TGT) , that have ventured into the grocery space to capture consumer wallet share. 
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Playing Cyber Security Real Money Pro($)

Another knock on retail, but on a different front -- cyber security.
Likely downward revisions in energy earnings will create a ripple effect that will bring down expected aggregate earnings growth for the S&P 500 as well.

Recommended Street Reading Real Money Pro($)

As the morning's flurry of activity starts to settle down, here are some recommended readings from my compadres at The Street: 

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