All 3 Major Indices Close with a Win | May 7, 2017

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending May 7th, 2017 (All 3 Major Indices Close with a Win 5-7-17) Bulls were hoping for a strong Friday close, and while it was not a rip-roaring close, it did allow the major indices to close out the week with a much-needed win. All three of…

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Stock Market Avoids Major Declines | April 16, 2017

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending April 16th, 2017 (Stock Market Avoids Major Declines 4-16-17) Despite the missile attack in Syria last week, and the MOAB bombing this week in Afghanistan, the stock market held up relatively well. Conventional wisdom would have said we should have seen major market declines. Yes, the…

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Fairly Quiet Week on Wall Street | March 19th 2017

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending March 19th, 2017 (Fairly Quiet Week on Wall Street  3-19-17) The week had begun with great expectations that we would get a catalyst or two that would send the stock market to new, breakout highs or a long-awaited selloff. The buzz surrounding Janet Yellen and the…

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Exciting Week for Stock Market | March 5th 2017

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending March 5th, 2017 (Exciting Week for Stock Market  3-5-17) It was an exciting week for the stock market, especially after Wednesday’s 300-plus-point gain for the Dow that powered all three of the major indices to all-time highs. The upside move was impressive, but things settled down…

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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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