Stock Market’s Cool, Calm, and Collected Week | December 4th, 2016

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending December 4th, 2016 (Stock Market’s Cool, Calm, and Collected Week 12-04-16) We are still flirting with all-time highs for the major indices, but Friday ended with the S&P 500 and Nasdaq slightly higher and the Dow Jones Industrial Average slightly lower. It was a calm and…

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Feds’ Hands Tied with Negative October Start | October 9, 2016

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending October 9, 2016 (Feds’ Hands Tied with Negative October Start 10-9-16) We are in October, and we all know that October can be a tough month for the stock market. The Lehman-led meltdown from eight years ago remains on investors’ minds, and the recent problems…

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High Employment Has Bulls Singing | July 10th, 2016

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending July 9th, 2016 (High Employment has Bulls Singing 7-10-16) Bulls were hoping for some good economic news and a catalyst to head higher, and we got it in the form of a blow-out employment number of 287,000 for June that handily topped expectations of 173,000 as…

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Investors See Worst Jobs Report in Five Years | June 5th 2016

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending June 5th, 2016 (Stocks Soar Going Into Memorial Day Weekend 6-05-16) There was investor optimism going into Friday’s jobs report that we would get a strong employment report which would confirm that the economy was vibrant and that better days were on the way. After all,…

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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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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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Stocks Rise Sharply After Employment Report | May 10th 2015

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending May 10th, 2015 (Stocks Rise Sharply After Employment Report 05-10-2015) Bulls were cautiously optimistic heading into Friday, and what we needed was a solid jobs number. That was exactly what we saw Friday morning, as investors gave a “thumbs up” to the government employment report…

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Jobs, Jobs, Jobs | March 8th 2015

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending March 8th, 2015 (Jobs, Jobs, Jobs 03-08-2015) Wait a minute. The bulls were looking for a strong jobs report in order to validate February’s big run up in equity prices, and that was exactly what we got. Friday’s government jobs report showed that an impressive…

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The Bullish Vibe Is Back | October 4th 2014

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending October 4th, 2014 (The Bullish Vibe Is Back 10-04-14) Bulls were heading into the weekend needing a win, and that was exactly what happened Friday, as the employment report was impressive enough to get the bull market off the floor and take it higher. The 200-plus-point rally…

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Bulls Get a Win This Week | September 6th 2014

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending September 6th, 2014 (Bulls Get a Win This Week 9-6-14) Bulls were looking for a win on Friday to close out the week, and that was exactly what we saw. Having the S&P 500 close out the first trading week of September at an all-time…

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