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A Fan of Volatility? Think March E-Mini S&P 500

A Fan of Volatility? Think March E-Mini S&P 500

If you are a fan of volatility and wild rides in the markets, you are probably enjoying the first month of trading for 2015. Central Banks around the globe have made things interesting, as some of their decisions have sent secondary markets into frenzy. Crude oil continues to grab attention, and it has consumers and investors both asking, “How low can it go? “ In the Eurozone, we started off...

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Will Europe Make It Back in 2015?

Will Europe Make It Back in 2015?

The talk among many analysts now is about what will happen to Europe in 2015. Given the recent decline in economic data from some of the bigger players in Europe (save for Germany with record low unemployment), and Greece’s inability to conform to the needed cuts, thus the talk of Greece leaving the Eurozone, one might think 2015 for Europe will not be a good one. Think again. Mario Draghi...

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Get Freaky –The Market Does This Now And Then

Get Freaky –The Market Does This Now And Then

The market is up big out of the gate, which is not surprising since yesterday it was down big. China, Alcoa, small business confidence, wages, Europe, and oil all are in the news today, and all those things are good, so what gives? China's December trade figures have beaten expectations with exports up 9.7% and ... The final numbers for the year mean exports rose 6.1% in 2014 compared with...

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Look To Europe In 2015

Look To Europe In 2015

Finally, the last day of the year is here. As I wrote last week, I will not miss 2014, personally. As to the stock market, overall, it turned out to be quite a good year. Now, if the market finishes today as I think it will, then, I can say I will miss 2014 professionally. The year behaved mostly as I suggested it would when I suggested it would, and if the Dow finishes above 18,000 today,...

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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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