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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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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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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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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Lowest PMI Levels Since June Raise Economic Concerns | September 25th 2016

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending September 25th, 2016 (Lowest PMI Levels Since June Raise Economic Concerns 9-25-16) Stocks may have closed out the week on a negative note, but it was a positive week nonetheless. There was some concern about the preliminary Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) coming in at 51.4…

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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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