January Closes With Unhappy Investors | January 31st 2015

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending January 31st, 2015 (January Closes With Unhappy Investors 01-31-2015) Bulls had been hoping for a positive close on Friday that would have finished out January trading with a win, but that was not in the cards. The lackluster fourth-quarter GDP number showing 2.6% versus the…

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Stocks Zig and Zag | January 25th 2014

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending January 25th, 2015 (Stocks Zig and Zag 01-25-2015) Bulls were looking for a strong Friday to close out what had been a fairly upbeat week, but that was not to be the case. Stocks zigged and zagged early in the session Friday right around the…

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Consumer Sentiment at 11-Year High | January 17th 2015

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending January 17th, 2015 (Consumer Sentiment at 11-Year High 01-17-2015) The three major stock market indices saw some brief, early downside on Friday morning, but they managed to reverse and close out the day with a much-needed win. The January Consumer Sentiment report led the stock market…

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Jobs Climb, Stocks Slide | January 11th 2015

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending January 11th, 2015 (Jobs Climb, Stocks Slide 01-11-2015) Bulls were looking for good economic news and a strong finish to what was a very tough week, and all that they got was one of the two. The government’s employment report showed 252,000 newly created jobs in…

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Oil Remains on Radar in New Year | January 4th 2015

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending January 4th, 2015 (Oil Remains on Radar in New Year 01-04-2015) In a light-volume and uneventful Friday, the stock market kicked off 2015 with a mixed and mellow performance that left the Dow slightly higher and the Nasdaq and the S&P 500 lower. It was a quiet day…

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Stocks See Gargantuan Meltdown | December 20th 2014

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending December 20th, 2014 (Stocks See Gargantuan Meltdown 12-20-14) This week was not for the faint of heart. With oil prices crashing and Russia unraveling, it looked like the stock market was ready for a gargantuan meltdown. The major indices had dipped below their 50-day moving…

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Oil Prices Remain Culprit | December 14th 2014

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending December 14th, 2014 (“All You Need Is Jobs” 12-14-14) It was not a Black Friday, but it was dark enough to have investors fretting as we headed into the weekend. We have become so accustomed to having late-Friday rallies that calm investors’ nerves. Closing out…

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“All You Need Is Jobs” | December 7th 2014

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending December 7th, 2014 (“All You Need Is Jobs” 12-7-14) Many economy watchers may have been remembering (and humming) the old Beatles song, “All You Need Is Love,” as Friday morning’s employment data approached. The employment picture has lagged over much of the six-year recovery, so the…

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Holiday Session Mixes Up Stocks | November 30th 2014

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending November 30th, 2014 (Holiday Session Mixes Up Stocks 11-30-14) Stocks closed out Friday’s shortened holiday session mixed, quiet and flat. By the looks of the numbers for the U.S. stock market on Friday, and by the looks of the numbers for the week, it might…

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Stocks Soar to 14 Year Highs | November 22nd 2014

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending November 22nd, 2014 (Stocks Soar to 14 Year Highs 11-22-14) Friday started strong and faded a bit, but we still saw the Dow and the S&P 500 hit all-time highs. The Nasdaq was on board as well, and it touched yet another 14-year high. So…

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