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Keep Your Eye On The Macro, The Market Is Going Up

Keep Your Eye On The Macro, The Market Is Going Up

First off, let me just say I consider myself a “moralist,” or, at the very least, ethical. I believe we should all pursue our endeavors in a manner that does not cause harm to others. This is pretty basic, right? Isn’t it what religious institutions teach, you know, the Golden Rule, respect for others, etc.? So, when I read about rather large corporate institutions pursuing their goals at...

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Be Wary Of Big Money Telling You Where To Put Your Money

Be Wary Of Big Money Telling You Where To Put Your Money

Studying the market, one learns many a thing that often flies in the face of logic. The reason is the market is not a “pure” game; forces are constantly trying to manipulate it and if the forces are powerful enough, they succeed. Now, this reality flies in the face of logic because one can logically ask, “Then why play the market, if forces can move it this way and that when it suits them?”...

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Keep Your Eye On The LongShore And Warehouse Union

Keep Your Eye On The LongShore And Warehouse Union

We have another day in a now series of days that indicates the market has returned to a sense of normalcy. Even with the big news out there, the market is pushing into the green and the VIX is holding steady at around 15, which is a nice place to be for the VIX. Yup, the big news is still Greece, but the market is seeing through the hyperbole, yes, seeing the glass as half-full now, not...

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A Daily Chore and Pinterest, Something To Watch

A Daily Chore and Pinterest, Something To Watch

So, today is another day of normalcy, meaning the market is doing just fine with a slight decline from the recent record highs and the news is still talking about falling (no not falling yes falling  … ) oil, Greece and Ukraine. Of the three, oil is by far the most important to the market up or down in the short and long term. The other two are matters of perception, which, of course, the...

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Big Milestones, Big Money, and a Big Bet

Big Milestones, Big Money, and a Big Bet

I am not a betting man … Oh wait! Actually I am a betting man. I invest in and trade the market and anybody who does that is a betting man, or woman. So, right now, in the current state of affairs in the market, I think it is safe bet that: 1)     Oil will fall back again. Crude oil futures fell on Wednesday, unable to build on more than 1 percent gains in the previous session as rising...

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Young Love Is Normal, But Is The Market?

Young Love Is Normal, But Is The Market?

If this keeps up, the world will explode. The market is acting normal again, which means we have another day without extreme volatility. I have asked this before recently, but it bears asking again – Is the market finally paying attention to the fundamentals? Who knows, but I like the idea of it. So, I have a salient question today, and since I have been the optimist, I will give you my...

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The Market Is Happy For Valentine’s Day …

The Market Is Happy For Valentine’s Day …

So, here we are heading onto one of the most important holidays of the year – Valentine’s Day – and the market is acting normal, still. “Really?” you might think. Valentine’s Day is one of the most important holidays of the year? Think about it, boys and girls … So, yes, the market seems to have quieted down from its rebellious volatility this winter, this winter of discontent, or not....

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A Metaphor, The Market, and A Positive Shift

A Metaphor, The Market, and A Positive Shift

“Epiphany.” I love the word. It has a nice ring to it, a pleasant sound when heard or played in my head. Interestingly, it is Greek in origin, and with what is going on with Greece right now, well, that is not so pleasant. Anyway, the longer I live, the more I come to understand that life is rich with epiphany. In fact (you guessed it), I had one this morning. Oh, nothing of a magnitude,...

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Turning Technological Corners and Finding Cool, Scary?

Turning Technological Corners and Finding Cool, Scary?

Yes, I did say it, but I kinda pulled back from it, meaning, I did not want to come off as saying I really was in a rut, even though sometimes the market boxes me in with the news, so it feels as if I am in a rut, and maybe that is enough to actually put me in a rut, but, hey, what is a “rut” after all – a state of mind? That opening sentence would be enough to take anyone out of a rut, if...

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Job Openings Just About Says It All

Job Openings Just About Says It All

Do you ever feel as if you are in a rut, and you just cannot get out? Of course you do; everyone does, now and then.  I do now, and it is not the first time I have felt this as I write. When I feel this way, I always wonder why. After all, I can write about anything in the market, so why do I sit here and feel what I am writing about is me in a rut? Actually, the answer is not about me at...

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Oil, Could It Go To $20?

Oil, Could It Go To $20?

I have an idea – let’s talk oil. Aside from Greece and Ukraine, it is one of the hot market topics of the, day, uh ... week, no, month, year? In any case, oil is hot, and with the current uptick in prices, one has to ask – is the fall in prices over? Me? Well, you know my position. Oil has become subject to fundamentals, generally speaking. Now, having said that, the current uptick in prices...

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Can’t We Just Enjoy the Moment?

Can’t We Just Enjoy the Moment?

Dare I ask it? No, I can’t. Okay, I can’t help myself – Could it be the market might return to a sense of normalcy based on the jobs report that came out today? Could it be that the market will see the absolutely fantastic jobs report that came out today as some kind of a sign that the US economy is still moving forward despite the problems in Europe, China, Japan, Ukraine, the Middle East,...

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Oil, QE, Europe, And ETFs

Oil, QE, Europe, And ETFs

It is difficult to watch the market day in and day out and not pay attention to the plight of oil. This reality kindles in me a spark of compunction, a sense of regret that I, writing daily about the market movement, am compelled to write about oil. Actually, my reality is such that I must write about not only oil, but the other headlines that might, or might not, actually be the underlying...

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Sail Past The Rocks, Leave The Siren Song Behind

Sail Past The Rocks, Leave The Siren Song Behind

Temptation … The word itself has a seductive quality, much like the market. Yup, I said it – the market has a seductive quality. For example, after a horrible week last week, the market comes back this week singing siren songs of breaking resistance. Yet, giving in to the seduction of a good week might just land you on the rocks, much like the fabled seduced sailors in ancient times. The...

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Up and Down We Go … I Remember When I Was A Kid

Up and Down We Go … I Remember When I Was A Kid

I remember when I was a kid … Oh wait! I thought I was talking to my son. Sorry. What I meant to say was, “I remember all the way back to 2008-2009 when the market was swinging wildly, much like it is today. The big difference, though, is the size of the swings. Back then, (when I was a kid), a 1,000 point swing was not uncommon and many a day saw a 500 pointer. So, if you think it is tough...

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