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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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Still Not Settled, The Market That Is

So, here we are on Monday and the market is showing nary a strong sign of going backwards. True, the VIX is up right now, but, it is retreating from its morning opening and it remains in the mid-14 zone. Unknown election outcome is stocks' big fear Maybe, as we get closer to the election, the above will have an effect, but, as I just wrote, the market seems fearless at the moment. By the end...

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Go Ahead, Just Ignore My Advice

I just have to say, getting ignored affects my sense of worth, my confidence, and it marginalizes me in my profession. Why is the market ignoring my advice? Why is it gobbling up points as if there were no tomorrow? Doesn’t it appreciate the work I do to come up with the advice? So, here we are at new record highs intraday for the S&P 500. It surely did not take long to get back here,...

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Resistance Is Futile

“Resistance is futile.” Don’t go there! I am not a Trekkie, but I have seen all the TV episodes and all the movies (I think), so I am familiar with the Borg, the space folk who take over the collective minds of other civilizations. Watching the market this morning, the Borg and their motto popped into my head (Could it be? No, no way!). Anyway, it struck me that the market can go here and go...

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Slow Down and Chew More Carefully

Again, I would caution the market to take small bites and chew carefully before swallowing. Yesterday’s gulp chomped off another chunk of the big losses recently seen. Heck, the Dow is back above 17,000 and the S&P 500 crushed its most recent ceiling at 1967, finishing up 18 points higher at 1985. My guess is the market will heed my advice today, even though the economic data coming out...

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Yup, It Is Simple, Uh-huh.

Let’s keep it simple today. Okay, so I always keep it simple, but there is a reason for that. It is simple, at least in my mind. The market moves up and down in the near term on economic data, news, rumor (sometimes the same as news), and perception. Now, if all is right with the world and the market system operates on its own energy, in the longer term, it is the trend that powers 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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High-Speed Panic Does Not Negate Earnings

Canada, New York, and Mali all are making the market news cycle. Ebola and terrorism, or, rather, what many are thinking is terrorism, but what just me a local nutcase.   The market did react when the news of the Canadian parliament shooting came across the wire on Wednesday and it reacted this morning to the news that both New York and Mali had their firs Ebola victims. To some degree, all...

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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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Remember Our Lessons Already Learned

Ahhhh …. Life is normal again, and it feels right. In today’s sense of normalcy, a learned lesson or two in life resides. One of those is familiar to me from repetition in my childhood and the other I am just starting to learn through repetition. Yesterday, I just “relearned” the latter. My computer is working. Yup, the same one I gave up on yesterday is the same one I fixed yesterday. I...

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Is This Back to the Future?

My computer world is not any better today than it was yesterday, but I feel better. I did what I could do for my laptop, but it is in a coma. It will require equipment and knowledge beyond my scope to bring it around. Given that I am away from my hometown, I will keep it on life-support until I return. No worries; it is stable enough to wait three more days. In the meantime, I said I feel...

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Not A Good Monday, For Me …

Today is not starting out well for me. Two words sum it up – computer problems. First, my normal work computer gave me the “blue screen of death” this morning, and for those who know Microsoft Windows, well, you know that this is as bad as it gets with Windows. The reason I am even writing about my computer problems is that just two minutes ago I was closing out my sagacious thinking for the...

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It’s Getting Easier To Say, Hang In There

Is this it? Is the panic over? Have the sellers become exhausted and have the buyers stepped back into the breach? Is this, after weeks of churning, the bottom? U.S. stocks were higher at the open on Friday, following a batch of solid earnings reports that eased concerns about the impact of weak global demand on U.S. growth and businesses. Strong right out of the gate and holding steady the...

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