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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Federal Reserve Raises Rates | December 20th, 2015

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending December 20th, 2015 (Stock Market Wild Card Still to Come 12-20-15) It was one of those weeks that we have not seen in quite a while. The Federal Reserve raised interest rates by a quarter point, marking the first interest rate hike by the Fed…

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Santa Claus Rally On Hold | December 13th 2015

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending December 13th, 2015 (Stock Market Wild Card Still to Come 12-13-15) Bulls had been hoping for a Friday bounce, but that was not in the cards to wrap up what turned out to be a tough week in the stock market. Falling oil prices and…

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Jobs Report Stirs Rally | December 6th 2015

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending December¬†6th, 2015 (Stock Market Wild Card Still to Come 12-06-15) Investors certainly liked what they saw in Friday’s jobs report, and the subsequent rally propelled the major indices up by more than 2% each on Friday alone. The lift closed out a rough week for…

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Stock Market Wild Card Still to Come | November 29th 2015

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending November 29th, 2015 (Stock Market Wild Card Still to Come 11-29-15) In post-Thanksgiving trading, the stock market closed flat and mixed, which was to be expected as investors retreated to enjoy the rest of the holiday weekend. The Dow was slightly lower while the Nasdaq…

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Turkey Day Rally Appears Just in Time | November 22nd, 2015

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending November 22nd, 2015 (Fed Talks Tough and Investors Fight Back 11-22-15) It was a solid week for the stock market, and wrapping it up Friday with another win was a plus. The major indices did very well for the week, with the Dow up 3.4%,…

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Fed Talks Tough and Investors Fight Back | November 15th, 2015

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending November 15th, 2015 (Fed Talks Tough and Investors Fight Back 11-15-15) Last week’s stellar jobs number gave the Federal Reserve enough courage to wheel out various Fed officials this week to “get us ready” for a possible rate hike in December. The only problem is…

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Jobs: Great for the Economy, Bad for Stocks | November 8th 2015

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending November 8th, 2015 (October Was a Little Less Frightening 11-08-15) It was one of those “good news was bad news” days on Wall Street Friday, as the impressive-looking jobs number gave the Fed a “thumbs up” for a rate hike in December. Economists were looking…

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October Was a Little Less Frightening | November 1st 2015

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending November¬†1st, 2015 (October Was a Little Less Frightening 11-01-15) A Happy Halloween to all! We all know that October has always been one of those historically spooky and scary months that most investors would prefer to avoid, but this October was exactly the opposite. There…

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Stocks Soar Thursday and Friday | October 25th 2015

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending October 25th, 2015 (Third Straight Week of Stock Gains 10-25-15) It was a strange finish to a strange week on Wall Street, as the stock market finished strong on Friday following Thursday’s moonshot rally. The week had begun flat and quiet; the stock market remained…

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