Stocks Hit Record Highs in Post-Election Rally | November 27th 2016

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending November 27th, 2016 (Stocks Hit Record Highs in Post-Election Rally 11-27-16) It was a half-day session on Friday, but what a great way to close out the week with the Dow, Nasdaq, S&P 500 all hitting all-time highs on Friday. The post-election rally has added…

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October Ends with Another Round of Madness | October 30, 2016

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending October 30, 2016 (October Ends with Another Round of Madness 10-30-16) Just when we were gearing up for the end of the contentious election that takes place on November 8th, there was yet another round of madness about Hillary Clinton’s emails on Friday that raised more…

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Markets Decline Despite Talks of Rate Hike | September 11, 2016

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending September 11th, 2016 (Declining Job Numbers Leads to Possibility of Rate Hike 9-11-16) The hard part of Friday’s stock market decline was the fact that the U.S. Federal Reserve was hanging tough with its multi-week hawkish comments about a September rate hike. The Fed even…

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Bulls Let Down With The Week’s Outcome | August 14th 2016

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending August 14th, 2016 (Bulls Let Down With The Week’s Outcome 8-14-16) Bulls were hoping for a blockbuster upside win yesterday that would have closed us out at all-time highs for the week, but that was not to be the case. Retail sales for July came…

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Week Ends On A Mixed, Yet Positive Note| July 17th, 2016

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending July 17th, 2016 (Week Ends On A Mixed, Yet Positive Note 7-17-16) We did set record highs for the Dow and the S&P 500 on Friday, but the stock market ran out of upside steam and finished the day flat and mixed, with the Dow higher…

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Dow Plunges and Recovers | August 30th 2015

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending August 30th, 2015 (Dow Plunges and Recovers 08-30-2015) By the looks of the flat and mixed close for stocks on Friday, most investors would have thought it was just one more of those lazy trading days of summer. The weekly numbers essentially said the same…

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Dow Continues Worst Streak in Four Years | August 9th 2015

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending August 9th, 2015 (Dow Continues Worst Streak in Four Years 08-09-2015) The stock market fell on Friday, as a solid jobs report left open the possibility of a Federal Reserve rate hike next month. The Dow fell 46, or 0.3%, to 17,373. The Dow declined…

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Stock Market Impresses the Pessimists | February 21st 2015

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending February 21st, 2015 (Stock Market Impresses the Pessimists 02-21-2015) It was one of those weeks where a lot of things could have gone wrong, but somehow, some way, many of the “wild cards” remained calm and cool, and nothing actually went wrong. The big positive…

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Amazon (AMZN) and Visa (V) Set Negative Tone | July 26th 2014

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending July 26th, 2014 (Amazon (AMZN) and Visa (V) Set Negative Tone 7-26-14) Amazon (AMZN) and Visa (V) set a negative tone on Friday, as both announced earnings that fell short of analysts’ expectations. Visa is a Dow component, and that weighed heavily on the Dow. To…

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