Economy Googling its Way Toward Growth | July 19th 2015

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending July 19th, 2015 (Economy “Googling” its Way Toward Growth 07-19-2015) With Greece subsiding as the big worry of the week, investors gave a big cheer as the Nasdaq hit a fresh, all-time high. Powering the rise was none other than Google (GOOG), whose shares rose…

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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 BearsĀ 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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Bulls Wanted a Happy 4th of July Weekend | July 5th 2015

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending July 5th, 2015 (Bulls Wanted a Happy 4th of July Weekend 07-05-2015) As we headed into the long Fourth of July Weekend, bulls were hoping for a strong Thursday performance that would have sent us into the weekend with fireworks to the upside, but that…

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Mixed Batch for Major Indices | June 28th, 2015

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending June 28th, 2015 (Mixed Batch for Major Indices 06-28-2015) There was good news and bad news throughout the day on Friday, and when the dust finally settled, we had a mixed batch for the major indices. The S&P 500 was essentially flat, the Dow was…

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Options and Futures Contracts Expire | June 21st 2015

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending June 21st, 2015 (Greece is Still “the word” 06-21-2015) Friday was a “quadruple witching” day, when multiple options and futures contracts expired, and it may have played into the lackluster and nervous performance for the stock market. Worries about Greece were also front and center,…

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Greece is Still “the word” | June 14th 2015

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending June 14th, 2015 (Greece is Still “the word” 06-14-2015) It was a roller-coaster sort of week, and Friday’s fade and weak close was a big disappointment. To quote the 1970s movie with John Travolta, Greece is still “the word,” and news of a breakdown in…

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“Good-news, Bad-news” Kind of Week | June 7th 2015

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending June 7th, 2015 (“Good-news, Bad-news” Kind of Week 06-07-2015) It was one of those “good-news, bad-news” kind of weeks, as the stock market finished Friday and the week essentially flat and mixed. The “good news” was the jobs report, which showed 280,000 new jobs. That…

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Market Down as We Head Into June | May 31st 2015

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending May 31st, 2015 (Market Down as We Head Into June 05-31-2015) It was a rough week for investors, and Friday’s lower close was disappointing for the bullish camp that was hoping for a rally to wrap up trading for the month of May. Weekly declines…

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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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A Record Close is Still a Record Close| May 16th 2015

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending May 16th, 2015 (A Record Close is Still a Record Close 05-16-2015) Bulls were hoping that stocks would turn on the juice and move confidently toward new highs on Friday, but that was not to be the case. The good news was that the S&P…

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