The Week Ahead Stock Market Update | December 27, 2016

The big day came last week, as the Federal Reserve finally raised its benchmark interest rate to a, still historically low, 0.5%. The tightening move was the first one since last December, but now it seems it won’t be another “orphan” hike, and rates will continue to normalize in the coming year. Despite the expected…

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Major Indices Continue to Climb for the Holidays | December 25, 2016

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending December 25th, 2016 (Major Indices Continue to Climb for the Holidays 12-25-16) It was a long year for investors, but we closed out Friday with the three major indices slightly higher as we head toward the last week of trading. Bulls are still optimistic that…

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Great Expectations | From the Mind of the Gorilla

Are you excited?   Are you chomping at the bit?   Are you having a hard time containing yourself?   Or…   Are you filled with dread? Biting your nails to the quick?   It all depends on what side of the line you’re standing on…   With the election of Donald J. Trump as…

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The Week Ahead Stock Market Update | December 19, 2016

The big day came last week, as the Federal Reserve finally raised its benchmark interest rate to a, still historically low, 0.5%. The tightening move was the first one since last December, but now it seems it won’t be another “orphan” hike, and rates will continue to normalize in the coming year. Despite the expected…

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Not A Bad Week for Stock Market | December 18th 2016

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending December 18th, 2016 (Not A Bad Week for Stock Market 12-18-16) While Dow 20,000 is not all that important from a technical standpoint, it still is one of those levels that will get a lot of attention as we head toward 2017. The Dow had…

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The Big Dump | From the Mind of the Gorilla

“For everything, a season…”   While this quote may have biblical origins, it doesn’t mean we can’t apply it to the financial world.   Especially when it comes to buying and selling stocks. Timing is everything and knowing when to get in and when to get out is the most important thing to know for…

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The Week Ahead Stock Market Update | December 12th, 2016

The recent correction on Wall Street resolved in a very satisfying way for bulls last week. The major indices all finished the period with significant gains, as small caps continued to lead the way, providing a solid base for the rally. The main benchmarks completed a rare “clean sweep,” advancing in all five sessions of…

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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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Turning Black Into Green | From the Mind of the Gorilla

  When you think of the captains of industry and tycoons of years past what do you think of?   What’s the one thing that seemed to create everlasting fortunes for the heirs of these men of vision?   If you guessed steel, you’d be close…   But as you could probably guess from the…

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The Week Ahead Stock Market Update | December 5th, 2016

Wall Street experienced a correction last week following the historic “Trump-rally” of the past few weeks. The slight decline was broad, although the huge difference between the various sectors persisted. The Nasdaq remained the weakest segment of the market, as some of the previous leaders of the bull market continue to struggle in the new…

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