The Week Ahead Stock Market Update | April 24, 2017

The major indices recovered well following the long Easter weekend, as Wall Street registered a surprisingly bullish week in the face of significant headwinds, led by small caps and the Nasdaq. Earnings reports, economic numbers, and political news were all mostly negative, although the previous week’s geopolitical tensions eased somewhat. That said, the close race…

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Directionless Week Ends Somewhat Positive | April 23rd, 2017

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending April 23rd, 2017 (Directionless Week Ends Somewhat Positives 4-23-17) This was a tough week for the stock market, as it never really found direction. Earnings disappointments have put a damper on what bulls thought would be a “green light” for the major indices to move back…

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The Week Ahead Stock Market Update | April 17, 2017

A rather surprising activist turn in U.S. foreign policy stirred up Wall Street and global politics, in the past two weeks. The Syrian missile attacks were followed by significant moves against the North Korean regime, and heavy attacks against the positions of ISIS in Afghanistan. Safe-haven assets rocketed higher during the week, with both the…

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Stock Market Avoids Major Declines | April 16, 2017

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending April 16th, 2017 (Stock Market Avoids Major Declines 4-16-17) Despite the missile attack in Syria last week, and the MOAB bombing this week in Afghanistan, the stock market held up relatively well. Conventional wisdom would have said we should have seen major market declines. Yes, the…

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The Quick and The Dead | From the Mind of the Gorilla

  “In business, there are two kinds of people – the quick and the dead.”   How many times have we heard that old adage?   Just because it’s a cliché doesn’t mean it’s not true – in fact – one could argue it’s a cliché because it IS true…   And obviously, this is…

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The Week Ahead Stock Market Update | April 10, 2017

Traders continue to enjoy the perks of a robust bull market on Wall Street, as the major indices once again proved their resilience to negative news. Volatility remained tame, even considering the hectic trading around the release of minutes from the recent FOMC meeting. The Fed’s rhetoric remains the center of attention, and the hints…

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Market Flat Amid Trump Meeting, Syria, and Job Numbers | April 9th 2017

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending April 9th, 2017 (Market Flat Amid Trump Meeting, Syria, and Job Numbers 4-9-17) This past week marked the beginning of a new month and a new quarter for investors. It began flat and quiet, and the buzz was that once we saw employment numbers from ADP…

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Locked And Loaded | From the Mind of the Gorilla

  There are many things that fathers (or father figures) are supposed to teach their sons…   How to fish, how to change a tire, how to change the oil in a car, how to catch, hit, and throw a baseball…   But the lesson most fathers take the most time and care with is…

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The Week Ahead Stock Market Update | April 3, 2017

Things got back to normal for traders last week following the most volatile period in quite some time, as the sharp correction in financials faded, and the major indices drifted slowly, but surely towards their all-time highs again. The Nasdaq continued to outperform the broader market, and small caps were also ahead of the pack,…

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