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Markets Quiet to End the Year

* Latest Market Developments * NOTE: I am out of the office all week this week. My friend and fellow market analyst Ken Seehusen will be producing my report today. Ken’s format and style is a bit different than mine, but I think you’ll enjoy and benefit from his work, too.—Jim The STOCK INDEXES: The March NASDAQ 100 was slightly higher overnight as it consolidates some of Tuesday's decline....

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Crude Oil Bears in Full Command

* Latest Market Developments * NOTE: I am out of the office all week this week. My friend and fellow market analyst Ken Seehusen will be producing my report today. Ken’s format and style is a bit different than mine, but I think you’ll enjoy and benefit from his work, too. —Jim Wyckoff The STOCK INDEXES: The March NASDAQ 100 was lower due to light profit taking overnight as it consolidates...

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U.S. Stock Indexes See Mild Profit Taking Early Monday

* Latest Market Developments * NOTE: I am out of the office all week this week. My friend and fellow market analyst Ken Seehusen will be producing my report today. Ken’s format and style is a bit different than mine, but I think you’ll enjoy and benefit from his work, too. —Jim Wyckoff U.S. STOCK INDEXES: The March NASDAQ 100 was lower due to light profit taking overnight as it consolidates...

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Markets Quieter Friday as Many Traders Still on Holiday

* Latest Market Developments * Markets were mostly quiet in overnight dealings, on the day after the Christmas holiday. There were no major, markets-moving news events over the Christmas holiday. Trading volumes in many U.S. markets on Friday could be the lightest of the year, especially since there are no major U.S. economic reports due for release. The feature in overnight trading was a...

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Quiet Market Place on Christmas Eve Day

*OVERNIGHT DEVELOPMENTS* (Note: I want to take this opportunity to wish all of my valued readers Happy Holidays. I have a great job, being able to provide you with my daily perspective on the markets. Thanks for your loyalty.—Jim) Markets were generally quiet overnight on this Christmas Eve day. U.S. markets close early today and many traders and investors have already checked out for the...

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Busy U.S. Data Day Tuesday

* Latest Market Developments * In a holiday-shortened trading week, activity could briefly pick up Tuesday, as the main U.S. economic report for this week is on deck: be the third-quarter gross domestic product report. GDP is expected to be up 4.3%, year-on-year, versus the previous reading of up 3.9%. Tuesday could be the busiest trading day of the week as there are also several other key...

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Markets Quieter Monday, to Begin Holiday-Shortened Week

* Latest Market Developments * The market place Monday is quieter to start this holiday-shortened Christmas trading week. Many players are off this week, and activity will only grow quieter after Tuesday. The main U.S. economic report on tap this week will be the third-quarter gross domestic product report on Tuesday. GDP is expected to be up 4.3%, year-on-year, versus the previous reading...

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Stock Index Bulls Show Dramatic Strength

* Latest Market Developments * Asian and European stock markets posted sharp gains Friday, following Wall Street’s lead from Thursday. The world stock markets’ euphoria is stemming from dovishly construed FOMC meeting results on Wednesday. There are also ideas the European Central Bank will soon announce further monetary policy stimulus measures, which helped to boost the European equities....

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Risk-On Day in Market Place Early Thursday

* Latest Market Developments * Traders and investors are still digesting Wednesday’s Federal Reserve Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting and Fed chair Janet Yellen’s press conference. Many market watchers were confused in the immediate aftermath of FOMC statement, as the Fed left in the “considerable time” phrase, regarding when it might raise interest rates, but the statement also said the...

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Market Place Awaits FOMC Conclusion; Eyes Still on Ruble

* Latest Market Developments * The market place is still very concerned about the Russian ruble’s sharp drop this week, hitting a record low versus the U.S. dollar—despite the Russian central bank on Tuesday implementing a big interest rate increase from 10.5%, to 17%. The reverberations in the world currency markets and financial sector are significant. And there are growing worries the...

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Keener Risk Aversion in Market Place Tuesday

* Latest Market Developments * As the U.S. day session is set to begin, it has quickly become a keen “risk-off” trading day in the world market place Tuesday. U.S. stock indexes have fallen to solidly lower levels after posting moderate gains overnight. There were several worrisome developments overnight but the main concern is the Russian ruble has plunged and hit another record low versus...

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Stock Markets Rebound Monday; FOMC in Focus

* Latest Market Developments * World stock market prices were mostly higher Monday on corrective bounces from last week’s selling pressure. The plunging price of crude oil the past few weeks has spooked the stock markets, despite the benefit for consumers at the gasoline pumps. Overnight, January Nymex crude dropped to another five-year low of $56.25 a barrel but then posted a corrective...

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Slumping Crude Oil Prices Still the Focus of Market Place

* Latest Market Developments * The focus of the market place continues to be on the falling price of crude oil. Overnight, January Nymex crude dropped to another five-year low of $58.80 a barrel. A bearish report was released Friday from the International Energy Agency, which forecast reduced world demand for crude oil in 2015. Despite consumers cheering falling gasoline prices at the pump,...

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Market Place a Bit Calmer Thursday Morning

* Latest Market Developments * The market place is calmer as the U.S. trading day approaches Thursday.  U.S. stock indexes are trading near unchanged levels. Crude oil prices are firmer on a corrective bounce after hitting five-year lows Wednesday. January Nymex crude oil futures dropped to a low of $60.43 a barrel Wednesday. The plunging price of oil has recently spooked the market place....

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World Markets Calmer Wednesday Morning

* Latest Market Developments * World stock markets have stabilized Wednesday following Tuesday’s big shudder. Asian and European equity markets were mixed and the U.S. stock indexes were not trading far from unchanged in early, pre-market action. Crude oil prices are lower and at or near five-year lows Wednesday. It’s understood by most that rising U.S. crude oil production is a main factor...

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