Dow Drops 530 Points | August 23rd 2015

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending August 23rd, 2015 (Dow Drops 530 Points 08-23-2015) Weak economic data from China set the stage for Friday’s big sell off in the stock market, as did the resignation of Greece’s Prime Minister, as “global shock” themes were clearly back in play. The Dow dropped 530…

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China is the Stock Market’s Wild Card| August 15th 2015

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending August 15th, 2015 (Dow Continues Worst Streak in Four Years 08-15-2015) It was a strange week on Wall Street, as stocks rose sharply Monday and then faded hard and fast to a mid-Wednesday low that was looking precarious to say the least. The early week…

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Dow Continues Worst Streak in Four Years | August 9th 2015

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending August 9th, 2015 (Dow Continues Worst Streak in Four Years 08-09-2015) The stock market fell on Friday, as a solid jobs report left open the possibility of a Federal Reserve rate hike next month. The Dow fell 46, or 0.3%, to 17,373. The Dow declined…

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The Strange Year in Stocks Continues | August 2nd 2015

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending August 2nd, 2015 (The Strange Year in Stocks Continues 08-02-2015) It has been a strange month for the stock market to say the least. It has been a strange year as well, and looking back to January 2nd, the S&P 500 was at 2,058. We have zigged…

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Push and Pull in Big-cap Tech | July 26th 2015

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending July 26th, 2015 (Push and Pull in Big-cap Tech 07-26-2015) It was a strange week for the stock market in which we saw Apple (AAPL) fall early in the week on sub-par numbers, but then we saw Amazon (AMZN) rocket higher to close out the…

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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 Bears 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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