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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July Ends on an Interesting Note| July 31st, 2016

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending July 31st, 2016 (July Ends on an Interesting Note 7-31-16) Stocks closed out July on a mixed and quiet note, but overall, the month had the bullish camp smiling widely. The week was fairly flat, but for the month, the major indices hit a home…

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Bulls Disappointed By Friday Fade | June 19th 2016

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending June 19th, 2016 (Bulls Disappointed By Friday Fade 6-19-16) Bulls had been hoping for a Friday rally that would build on Thursday’s gains, but that was not to be the case. Friday’s fade was not all that bad, but it did close out a tough…

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Yellen Couldn’t Increase Confidence Levels | June 12th 2016

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending June 12th, 2016 (Yellen Couldn’t Increase Confidence Levels 6-12-16) There were hopes that we could close out Friday with a win, but that was not to be the case, as all three of the major averages finished lower. The overall week was mixed and flat, with…

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The Market Leaves Investors Scratching Heads | May 22nd 2016

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending May 22th, 2016 (The Market Leaves Investors Scratching Heads  5-22-16) It was one of those up and down weeks on Wall Street that left investors scratching their heads. We had good economic news and not-so-good economic news this week, but the bulls were pleased to…

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Federal Reserve Raises Rates | December 20th, 2015

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending December 20th, 2015 (Stock Market Wild Card Still to Come 12-20-15) It was one of those weeks that we have not seen in quite a while. The Federal Reserve raised interest rates by a quarter point, marking the first interest rate hike by the Fed…

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Santa Claus Rally On Hold | December 13th 2015

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending December 13th, 2015 (Stock Market Wild Card Still to Come 12-13-15) Bulls had been hoping for a Friday bounce, but that was not in the cards to wrap up what turned out to be a tough week in the stock market. Falling oil prices and…

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Jobs: Great for the Economy, Bad for Stocks | November 8th 2015

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending November 8th, 2015 (October Was a Little Less Frightening 11-08-15) It was one of those “good news was bad news” days on Wall Street Friday, as the impressive-looking jobs number gave the Fed a “thumbs up” for a rate hike in December. Economists were looking…

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The Fed Met and the Market Yawned | September 20th 2015

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending September 20th, 2015 (The Fed Met and the Market Yawned 09-20-2015) For all of the weeks and weeks of analysis, commentary and discussion about what the Fed would do this past week with regard to interest rates, you would have thought we would have had…

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A Record Close is Still a Record Close| May 16th 2015

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending May 16th, 2015 (A Record Close is Still a Record Close 05-16-2015) Bulls were hoping that stocks would turn on the juice and move confidently toward new highs on Friday, but that was not to be the case. The good news was that the S&P…

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