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Go With What You Know

Go With What You Know

There is a fair amount of media gloom building around the May jobs report, but for every argument that suggests the economic end is near, there is one that points to the data as a blip. - The U.S. Federal Reserve said on Monday that its index on labor market conditions fell to its lowest level since May 2009, reinforcing a perception of slowing job growth following last week's stunningly...

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Just In: No Real News – Sell It

Just In: No Real News – Sell It

Okay, take a step back. Take a breath. Get a grip. Relax. Today is “much ado about nothing.” - U.S. stocks dropped on Friday, led by banks, after much weaker-than-expected jobs data for May pointed to labor market weakness. Question: Is the first draft of the May jobs report meaningfully relative to the US economic reality? Answer: Hardly, it is the trend that is important, the flow if you...

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Market Consolidating And Solar City A Buy?

Market Consolidating And Solar City A Buy?

Get ready for a bump up the ladder. The economic momentum is shifting to form a solid foundation for the next leg-up in the market. - U.S. private employers increased hiring in May and new applications for jobless benefits fell last week, further boosting the economic outlook for the second quarter. - Oil prices fell more than 1 percent on Thursday as the Organization of the Petroleum...

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Jobs, The Fed, And Boeing Going Faster

Jobs, The Fed, And Boeing Going Faster

You gotta admit, the breathless media is a master at stating the obvious. - The fact that traders have all eyes on the jobs number during this data-packed, shortened week speaks volumes about just how important this data is. Of course the jobs data is the singular most important piece of data related to economic assessment. No jobs, no money, no spending, no profit, no market. As important...

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Welcome To June The “Baddest” Month?

Welcome To June The “Baddest” Month?

Welcome To June The “Baddest” Month? Convention, tradition, or established patterns are not things the market truly honors. Sure, there are times when those three things come into play, but you can never … rather, you should never count on them.  - Stocks entered the final trading day of May with solid gains across the U.S. and Europe for the month, supported by a 5 percent jump in the oil...

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A Rising Tide, Money Flow, And Discount Bonanza

A Rising Tide, Money Flow, And Discount Bonanza

So much to say and so little space as the SPX looks to crossing the 2100 line… - Portugal just ran for four straight days entirely on renewable energy. Yep, the renewable energy sector is a place to find opportunity. Expect big money to increase its flow into this sector for some time to come. - General Electric has announced it will partner with the kingdom in investing as much as $3...

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Chill, It’s All Good, Check Out MSRT

Chill, It’s All Good, Check Out MSRT

And the hits just keep on coming. - Contracts to buy previously owned U.S. homes surged far more than expected in April to the highest level in more than a decade. - Orders for long-lasting U.S. manufactured goods surged in April on strong demand for transportation equipment and a range of other products. The recent flow of good economic data does not necessarily mean the market is headed...

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Oil No, Brexit Less Likely, HP Worth A Look

Oil No, Brexit Less Likely, HP Worth A Look

Two consecutive days the market is popping. Oil? The Fed?  - Wall Street opened higher on Wednesday, extending gains from Tuesday, as oil prices rose and investors got more comfortable with the prospect of an interest rate hike as early as this summer. Really? The market lost interest in the Fed soap opera last December. The US economy and the market survived that rate hike and the market...

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The US Housing Market, Brexit, And The Market Goes Up

The US Housing Market, Brexit, And The Market Goes Up

The Fed is silent, not a peep from China, and oil is quietly waiting for the US inventory report to arrive. So what gives? Why is the market popping big today? - New U.S. single-family home sales surged to a more than eight-year high in April and prices hit a record high. - The usually strong spring housing market could be far stronger this year, if only there were more homes for sale. The...

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Rising Wages, Tesla Dump, And A Battery-Chill Maker

Rising Wages, Tesla Dump, And A Battery-Chill Maker

One would think the market would be tumbling today, given that the breathless media has incessantly told us the coming Fed rate hike is a market killer. - The Federal Reserve's latest Beige Book report, out on Wednesday, indicated that in 11 of the Fed's 12 regional districts, signs of wage growth were everywhere. Yep, that’s right. The market is rising on news about the single most...

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Market Madness, Data Dump

Market Madness, Data Dump

There’s panic on the Street. OMG! The Fed will probably raise rates in June. Run for the hills. The market is doomed … Really? - The number of Americans filing for unemployment aid fell from a 14-month high last week, the latest sign that the economy was regaining speed after stumbling in the first quarter. The only way the Fed raises rates in June is if the US economy is looking to gain...

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Same Old Same Old – Forget The Rips, Buy The Dips

Same Old Same Old – Forget The Rips, Buy The Dips

Déjà vu … How many times have we been here –the market gyrates as investors hand over the helm to traders because of the Fed uncertainty? - The market got jittery yesterday after comments from the Fed officials but what it's really looking for is comments from Yellen. What is it that investors fear – market irrationality or the US economy cannot withstand another rate hike? Are investors...

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Oil Pushing Higher, But Don’t Buy What GS Is Selling

Oil Pushing Higher, But Don’t Buy What GS Is Selling

Maybe the giants of the energy world have ruled longer than any other industrial-age company, but, if you don’t adapt … Big Oil Companies Have Already Become Dinosaurs Chatham House, a United Kingdom think tank, suggests the mighty oil companies have failed to adapt and they will perish unless they do. - The oil markets are going through fundamental structural changes driven by a...

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Morphing Technology Creates New Opportunity – Find It

Morphing Technology Creates New Opportunity – Find It

Can you say, “volatile?” The market is seeking its level – time for research. - What lies ahead is a period of extreme disruption in which most of what we’ve come to expect from technology is becoming undone. What replaces it will be truly new and different. Investors and traders are in the prediction business, so the future is now in the market. It is not what is, but what will be. - Over...

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Markets Developing From Yet Another Socio-Cultural Shift?

Markets Developing From Yet Another Socio-Cultural Shift?

Nothing like a good headline to make you click … - The Information Age is over; welcome to the Experience Age An interesting read that leads you to thinking about the changes coming relative to social media. The “yungins” of the world care little for that “ancient” commenting-in-a-box technology, such as FB, this we know. What we don’t know are the opportunities developing from this...

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