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This Year Is Quickly Becoming Next Year

This Year Is Quickly Becoming Next Year

The year that was is quickly morphing into the year that will be. All signs are that 2015 will be as good as, or better than, 2014, and, despite the ups and downs in the market, 2014 will turn out to be quite a good year. It appears my “prediction” that the Dow will finish above 18,000 is on track and my prediction that the S&P 500 will finish above 2050 looks to be a bit off. In fact,...

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Don’t Fight The Tape, Believe In It

Don’t Fight The Tape, Believe In It

Okay, so the market decided it wanted to go up appreciably yesterday. Today it is working on the news from the Fed and the US government and then balancing that against the economic news from Europe and Russia. Euro-area services and manufacturing grew less than initially estimated last month, leaving the economy facing near-stagnation as the European Central Bank considers its options on...

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Holiday Sales Down – Not Quite

Holiday Sales Down – Not Quite

First, let me say that yesterday was a good day for the market. It needs a bit of a breather, some rebalancing. What we don’t need, but we have it and always will, is the lame analysis given us in the breathless media. A down day for stocks Monday, sparked by the disappointing start in holiday sales. Okay, had the writer taken the time to actually research his/her thesis, he/she would have...

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How Can Falling Oil Prices Be Bad?

How Can Falling Oil Prices Be Bad?

Welcome back. I hope everyone that celebrates Thanksgiving had a good one. I certainly had a leisurely five days. I had time to read a lot. It is amazing what one can pick up after five days of reading. So here is what I learned in the last five days of reading. The world is still a nasty place because stupid people are killing innocent people, but it is also full of hope for many others,...

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Go Get ‘Em Boys And Girls

Go Get ‘Em Boys And Girls

Boom! Just like that the market leaps forward. At least thus far this morning it has leaped forward. Who knows if it will hold for the day, but, so far, the news of the day has created some excitement.   China cut interest rates unexpectedly on Friday, stepping up efforts to support the world's second-biggest economy as it heads towards its slowest expansion in nearly a quarter of a century....

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Labor, Oil, and Hackers in the Night

Well, I must admit, I am feeling good this Friday. I get to cook for and attend my god daughter’s birthday dinner tonight. Okay, so I also feel good about the market. Today is another day of what appears to be a settled market. Yes, a little forward and a bit less back is the sign of market accepting fundamental reality. U.S. job growth increased at a fairly brisk clip in October and the...

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This Is a Scary Week

First thing on this Monday morning of this Halloween week, the market goes all “fraidy cat.” It opened as if it were watching the latest hit movie, Nightmare on Wall St, playing in theatres all over the place as of late. The plot goes like this. The bulls fall asleep and the horrible bears take over the dream world just to make life miserable for the bulls. Eventually, the bulls wake up,...

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More of the Same But Different?

Let’s start today by going back to yesterday, another in a series of volatile days. I think the market took my advice a bit too seriously, as all the major indices dropped with gusto. I am not sure why, but it seems the buyers simply ran out of gas. Stocks took on some water today, but it can't be a complete surprise. I think it was yesterday we pointed out the S&P 500 had rallied more...

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