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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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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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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July Ends on an Interesting Note| July 31st, 2016

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending July 31st, 2016 (July Ends on an Interesting Note 7-31-16) Stocks closed out July on a mixed and quiet note, but overall, the month had the bullish camp smiling widely. The week was fairly flat, but for the month, the major indices hit a home…

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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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Markets Bounce Back and Look Past Brexit | July 3rd, 2016

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending July 3rd, 2016 (Markets Bounce Back and Look Past Brexit 7-3-16) What a week it was, as we saw the major indices bounce back from last Friday’s 600-point decline in the Dow and finish the week essentially back where we were before the Brexit vote.…

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Santa Clause Rally Loses Momentum | December 26th 2015

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending December 26th, 2015 (Santa Clause Rally Loses Momentum 12-26-15) Stocks closed mixed and flat on Christmas Eve, which was a disappointment for the bulls who were hoping for a rip-roaring Santa Claus Rally to close out the week. It was a decent week, though, and the…

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Dow Plunges and Recovers | August 30th 2015

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending August 30th, 2015 (Dow Plunges and Recovers 08-30-2015) By the looks of the flat and mixed close for stocks on Friday, most investors would have thought it was just one more of those lazy trading days of summer. The weekly numbers essentially said the same…

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Thrills and Chills Rattle Bulls and Bears | July 12th 2015

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending July 12th, 2015 (Thrills and Chills Rattle Bulls and Bears 07-12-2015) It was a week of thrills and chills, with enough drama to rattle bulls and bears alike. The 3-plus hour closure of NYSE trading on Wednesday suggested that we might have seen another “Flash Crash”…

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Inflation Rises, Stocks Decline | May 24th 2015

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending May 24th, 2015 (Inflation Rises, Stocks Decline 05-24-2015) The stock market closed slightly lower on Friday, as inflation rose and Janet Yellen said the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates gradually this year. The Dow fell 54, or 0.3%, to 18,232. The Nasdaq lost a…

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