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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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Understanding “Then” Might Help You Take Advantage Now

Understanding “Then” Might Help You Take Advantage Now

The recent whipsaw market has confused many traders and investors. Specifically, the rise and then fall in volatility is most puzzling. Do emotions and money swing that quickly?  On the spectrum of fear/greed, the money flows back and forth like a windshield wiper, but as the markets move higher and higher, the fear of losing gains becomes more pronounced than the fear of losing out on...

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The Next Big Wave Is Building

The Next Big Wave Is Building

Housing and labor posted good numbers today (again), but what seems to interest the market more is the inflation data that came out today. Underlying inflation pressures pushed higher in October, even as falling gasoline prices kept overall U.S. consumer prices in check. The Labor Department said on Thursday its so-called core Consumer Price Index, which excludes food and energy, rose 0.2...

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The Fed, Banks, Housing, And The Economy

The Fed, Banks, Housing, And The Economy

The market jumped out a little rough this morning. A bit o’ jitters about the new lofty heights, I suspect. Certainly, the good news on the US housing front could not be the reason. Groundbreaking for single-family homes climbed in October and permits for all future projects reached a six-year high to signal construction will add to U.S. economic growth in early 2015. FYI, the number on the...

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What Will The Fed Do Come June?

So, the S&P 500 crossed over the 2050 line today, just about 1.5 months ahead of schedule. At least that would be my schedule, as I suggested about two weeks ago that the index would hit that mark by the end of the year. Okay, so technically I am correct, but I don’t want to be. Historically, the overall market tends to go down Thanksgiving week, so I can expect that might happen again,...

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Stick With The Trend

Stick With The Trend

Well, first let me say Japan slipping back into recession does not appear (at the moment) to be a major upset for the market. Japan unexpectedly sank into a recession last quarter as the world’s third-largest economy struggled to shake off the impact of an April sales-tax boost I find the market movement today quite interesting, as the above, coupled with China’s economic slowdown and the...

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The Arc of Energy is Bending Toward Alternatives

The Arc of Energy is Bending Toward Alternatives

Yes, I have said it before, but it bears repeating – one economic report does not a trend make. However, when you put that report in context with other things, well, then, maybe it is a sign of things to come. German Economy Returns to Growth as France Beats Forecasts True, we might not have a trend yet for the Eurozone, but what we do have is the possibility the tide might be changing. Put...

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The Good Stuff Flows Underneath, As Usual

The Good Stuff Flows Underneath, As Usual

Two words playing in my head this morning are: “As usual.” First, I believe I can now say about the market, “It is behaving as usual.” It is a bit forward, a bit less back. The excessive volatility is gone, replaced by a gentler form of up and down. Second, “as usual,” I will bring to the fore information that does not get huge play with the breathless media, information that helps us better...

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What the Heck Is OPEC Saying?

Other than Russia meddling militarily in the Ukraine, and the same sending its long-range bombers closer to the USA, the hotspots of the world are as they were yesterday, seeming to not affect the market. Thus, the market is behaving as it should – a bit forward, a bit less back. As to other “events” in the world that can move the market, well, there are few at the moment, save for two that...

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Pure Growth, Pure Value, Indices To Watch?

So far today, the market is following the pattern I have been writing about – a bit forward a bit less back. With the market at new highs, it is understandable that without a catalyst of some sort, the market will gently ride the momentum of the resurgence from the recent lows, the positive earnings, and the generally favorable economic news. There is, however, always the possibility that...

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OPEC, The Beginning of the End?

Apparently, the market is in a mood to go up, even on a relatively quiet day in the world. Other than more fighting in Ukraine, more fighting in Libya, more fighting in Syria, more fighting in Iraq, more fighting in the land of the Kurds, and, more stupid people killing stupid people over ideology in Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Palestine/Israel and outright evil massacres in Mexico, the world...

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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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The US Dollar Is Up, But Not Too Far

Here we are on Thursday and the market, so far, is behaving as expected this week. Well, to clarify, it is behaving as I expected it to behave, a bit up, a bit less down. Although yesterday’s up was just a tad over the top, you know, with all excitement about the Repubs taking over the US Senate. In any case, there is something out there that is making the headlines and one should be...

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Is The Market Showing Stability?

A little bit forward and a bit less back. That is the new pattern of the market and it suggests some stability has taken root. I like it. The VIX has found refuge in the mid-14 zone and both the Russell 2000 and the S&P Mid-Cap index are trending up with the overall market. Not bad, after all the hoopla of late. U.S. stocks rose at the open on Wednesday after the Republican Party took...

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A Market Bound To Go Up?

Well, I guess the market has found a place to bargain. The extreme volatility seems to have dissipated and it has been replaced with a more normal give and take. I suspect the market is digesting all that has happened recently and it is now thinking about where it goes from here. Earnings reports still have to come in and the “uncertainty” over the US and global economy has to go away before...

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