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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Investors Optimistic About New Year | January 8th 2017

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending January 8th, 2017 (Investors Optimistic About New Year 1-8-17) Once again, it was close, but no 20,000 cigar for the Dow Jones Industrial Average as it got to within a third of a point of 20K before pulling back a bit at the close. The…

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Post-Election Consumer Sentiment Positively Soaring | December 11th, 2016

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending December 11th, 2016 (Post-Election Consumer Sentiment Positively Soaring 12-11-16) We can probably thank Friday’s University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment number for December, which rose sharply toward its highest level since 2004. Economists were looking for a 95.0 reading, which would have been up from the…

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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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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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Third Quarter Ends With a Surprising Victory | October 2, 2016

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending October 2, 2016 (Third Quarter Ends With a Surprising Victory 10-2-16) Who is afraid of the “Big Bad Wolf” was the question going into Friday’s session, and the global “wild card” on that issue was Germany’s largest bank, Deutsche Bank (DB). It had hit all-time…

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