Amidst Global Unrest, Market Edges Toward All-Time Highs | September 17th 2017

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending September 17, 2017 (Amidst Global Unrest, Market Edges Toward All-Time Highs 9-17-17) Despite hurricane fallout, terror attacks, another North Korean missile launch, and general global nervousness, the stock market once again edged toward all-time highs this past week. It did so calmly and quietly with…

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Solid Week for Market Despite Mixed Earnings News | July 23, 2017

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending July 23rd, 2017 (Solid Week for Market Despite Mixed Earnings News 7-23-17) We may have closed slightly lower on Friday, but it was a solid week for the broader stock market just the same. Earnings season is coming in well, but it is coming in mixed. Bulls…

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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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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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