Optimism Meets Pessimism | April 5th 2015

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending April 5th, 2015 (Friday Showed Modest Gains 04-05-2015) There was optimism and pessimism ahead of the government jobs number on Friday, but the number was not that great. In fact, it was pretty bad. Expectations were for 248,000 new jobs in March, so the paltry 126,000…

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Friday Showed Modest Gains | March 28th 2015

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending March 28th, 2015 (Friday Showed Modest Gains 03-28-2015) Bulls were pleased to see the stock market close out Friday to the upside, even though Friday’s gains were quite modest and subdued. A win is still a win, though, and bulls were quite happy that Friday’s…

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Nasdaq Hits New 15 Year High | March 22nd 2015

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending March 22nd, 2015 (Nasdaq Hits New 15 Year High 03-22-2015) Bulls were hoping for a strong finish to the week, and Friday’s session did not disappoint. The Nasdaq led the charge higher as it hit a new 15-year high, and is now within striking range…

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Tough Spot Makes for Rocky Stocks | March 14th 2015

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending March 14th, 2015 (Jobs, Jobs, Jobs 03-14-2015) The stock market is in a very tough spot right now. We saw a weak January, a strong February, and while March is down, the month is still up for grabs in terms of performance. It looked as…

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Jobs, Jobs, Jobs | March 8th 2015

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending March 8th, 2015 (Jobs, Jobs, Jobs 03-08-2015) Wait a minute. The bulls were looking for a strong jobs report in order to validate February’s big run up in equity prices, and that was exactly what we got. Friday’s government jobs report showed that an impressive…

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This February Was One to Remember | March 1st 2015

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending March 1st, 2015 (This February Was One to Remember 03-01-2015) January closed out with monthly losses for the major indices, and with the old adage, “As January Goes…,” the thought was that February would prove just as challenging. After all, there was the Greek Crisis, tensions…

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Stock Market Impresses the Pessimists | February 21st 2015

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending February 21st, 2015 (Stock Market Impresses the Pessimists 02-21-2015) It was one of those weeks where a lot of things could have gone wrong, but somehow, some way, many of the “wild cards” remained calm and cool, and nothing actually went wrong. The big positive…

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Investors Hold Tight to Last Year’s Gains | February 8th 2014

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending February 8th, 2015 (January Closes With Unhappy Investors 02-08-2015) Hopes were high for a strong finish to what actually turned out to be a pretty good week for the stock market. While we were higher in midday action on Friday, some late-afternoon selling kicked in and…

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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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