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Where Do You Think We Go From Here?

I am not sure where to begin this morning, but I guess the place best for me is with the following headline from yesterday. Fed Officials Said Job Gains May Bring Faster Interest-Rate Rise That headline should have spooked the market and it did, but as quickly as the market dove yesterday, it came back up. U.S. stock prices trimmed gains after the release of the minutes but quickly recovered...

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And A Bit More Strength To Ponder

Despite the dirty facts on the ground, the breathless media is amazingly quiet. Perhaps it has lost interest in the constant warfare in Gaza, Iraq, Syria, and Ukraine. Maybe the news hasn’t played out as a thriller with the market. Given the recent market rebound, it is not a bad conclusion to draw – the market is simply not interested in the dirty facts. And really, why would it be? As I...

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What’s Not to Like About the Market?

The market overall had quite the day yesterday and how about that NASDAQ? Hitting a 14-year high is quite impressive, given that the index fell so far from grace in 2000, just 14 short years ago. Perhaps the NASDAQ is providing a clue as to where the money is beginning to flow. Better yet, a clue as to where the money is returning. It appears today is a follow up day for the bulls. Right out...

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Is It Coming Down to Oil?

It appears the Kurds are kicking some Islamic State butt over there in the oil regions of the world, specifically Iraq. And I guess Libya’s militias have figured out that shutting down their oil production is not really good for their country. And Iran seems to understand the only way they get back into the oil business is to let IAEA inspectors in to their plutonium business. Russia seems...

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What is One to Make of the Market Today?

Up and then down like a rock in water the market did go this morning. Arriving first and driving the market up was the news that Putin was playing nice again and Iraq was finding its way to a coalition government. Emerging-market stocks rose for a fourth day as President Vladimir Putin said Russia will do all it can to end the Ukraine conflict, spurring speculation tension will ease. Tribal...

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It’s All About to Change

There hasn’t been much in the financial news lately about earnings. That’s too bad because of all the things the market cares about, or should care about, earnings top the list, or should top the list.   … there are about a zillion ways to measure stock market valuation. Therefore, like art, the judgment of whether or not stocks are "expensive" or "cheap" usually lies in the eyes of the...

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And This With World Falling Apart

Some days, I just gotta lot to say. Yes, I am still bored with the current market, but I am getting excited about the market coming soon to a laptop near you. It's days like today and weeks like the past two weeks, though, that can really get irritating. Stocks barely budged on Tuesday, and are basically back to where they closed on July 31st. See, there are others out there who find this...

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Yawn … The Market Is Boring, Again

It’s sad, but, once again, I’ve become bored with the market. I know, I know … objectivity and emotion-free are the buzz words when dealing with the market, yet, here I am. If I hadn’t already taken a vacation, I would recommend that, so, in lieu of a vacation, I suggest I deal with something else, sort of. Here is a long question from a reader. I have broken into parts and answered each as...

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An Evolved Market Might Not Care

This weekend, I mostly finished building a big deck in our back yard, but while I was tediously screwing down plank after plank after plank after plank, I thought about the market. I wondered if the rally on Friday would have any legs come today. I suspected it might as the news from Ukraine and Gaza over the weekend tempered. So far this morning, my suspicion seems correct. The buyers are...

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Less Russia, More Iraq, and Opportunity in Europe

It appears the market week will end this week as it started – up a bit today but lower overall. As of this writing, the Dow is down some 700 points off its record high, which makes it just about 4.2% lower. The S&P is down some 70 points from its record high, which makes it just about 3.6% lower. Decent minor corrections that will bring earnings and P/E ratios closer to a place investors...

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A Thing Is Not A Problem Until It Is

It is true; a thing is not a problem until it is. The Russia/Ukraine confrontation is now a problem. The US and its allies are now at war with Russia. Russia said on Wednesday it would ban all food imports from the United States and all fruit and vegetables from Europe, in a sweeping response to Western sanctions for Moscow's support for separatists in Ukraine. In this day and age, the above...

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The Bear Pressure Is Just Too Great, For Now

Right out of the gate this morning, the market bolted to the red. I see no reason for the recent market panic other than it is summer and traders hold sway in the market. Fundamentally, the market environment has not been this sound in years.   U.S. stock index futures fell on Wednesday, with S&P e-minis at a more than two-month low, on worries of an escalation of the conflict in Ukraine...

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So, What Is the Reason Today?

Yesterday provided a nice breather from the selling we’ve seen over the last week or so. Although not great in total numbers, the rally yesterday impressed me for two simple reasons – 1) the market rallied at all and 2) the rally was broad based. Stocks closed higher on Monday with broad gains across most sectors that helped the S&P 500 rebound from its largest weekly drop since 2012....

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Will The Bulls Come Out Swinging?

It’s good to see last week in the rear-view mirror. Even though I get it, a week such as last week bugs me. I understand the reality of market rebalancing, but I don’t like it when the market freaks out. The memories of 2008, 2009, and 2010, and 2011 still linger clearly in my head. So, what I need as a tonic for last week is a decent bounce this week, starting today.   The quality of the...

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Sit Tight, Hold On, and Trust

Well, ain’t that a kick in the pants? That was quite the drubbing yesterday in the market. Once those algos get started, there is no stopping them. They will sell until the cows come home, or, this case, until the market closes. Since the rout is on, I suspect we could see more carnage before the bulls step back in. Let’s just call this a correction, of a sort. The economic news out today is...

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