Investors Remain Optimistic | February 19th 2017

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending February 19th, 2017 (Investors Remain Optimistic 2-19-17) Friday started off slow for the stock market, and the bulls were hoping for a late-day lift that would close out the week on a positive note. That is what happened, and the stock market ended with the major…

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Hectic Week for the Stock Market | February 5, 2017

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending February 5th, 2017 (Hectic Week for the Stock Market 2-5-17) It was an interesting week for the stock market, as it felt more dramatic than it actually was. We had a lot of politics, a Federal Reserve announcement, and the much-anticipated jobs report. So you would have…

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Markets Seem Ready For Possible December Rate Hike | November 20, 2016

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending November 20th, 2016 (Markets Seem Ready For Possible December Rate Hike  11-20-16) While the stock market may have run out of steam on Friday afternoon, the declines in the major indices were not all that bad. Banks and small-cap stocks have had a great post-election…

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To Raise Or Not To Raise? | October 16th 2016

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending October 16, 2016 (To Raise Or Not To Raise? 10-16-16) Several of the big banks topped lower earnings estimates Friday morning, which allowed investors to breathe a big sigh of relief. We did see a late-day selloff on Friday, however, and the major indices closed out…

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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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Summer Heat Brings a Calm Week | August 21, 2016

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending August 21st, 2016 (Summer Heat Brings a Calm Week 8-21-16) With all three major indices finishing Friday slightly lower, it rounded out a quiet week that was essentially flat. It was no surprise as there were just no big news items or earnings reports to send…

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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 Keyword is Bubble | April 10th 2016

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending April 10th, 2016 (The Keyword is Bubble 4-10-16) Bulls were looking for a Friday bounce, and that was how the day began following Thursday’s selloff. Oil prices rallied by more than 6% on Friday, which took some of the worries about a global GDP slowdown…

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Fed Talks Tough and Investors Fight Back | November 15th, 2015

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending November 15th, 2015 (Fed Talks Tough and Investors Fight Back 11-15-15) Last week’s stellar jobs number gave the Federal Reserve enough courage to wheel out various Fed officials this week to “get us ready” for a possible rate hike in December. The only problem is…

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Fed Rate Hike May Still Be Imminent | September 27th 2015

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending September 27th, 2015 (Fed Rate Hike Still Imminent 09-27-2015) The Dow may have closed out Friday up more than 100 points, but the Nasdaq was down a percentage point for the day and the S&P 500 finished modestly in the red. The Dow received a…

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