October Was a Little Less Frightening | November 1st 2015

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending NovemberĀ 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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Third Straight Week of Stock Gains | October 18th 2015

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending October 18th, 2015 (Third Straight Week of Stock Gains 10-18-15) It was an interesting week that bulls enjoyed seeing end on a positive note, as the stock market finished Friday with a late-session win. We continue to see mixed economic news and “so-so” earnings numbers,…

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Rate Hikes on the Back Burner | October 11th 2015

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending October 11th, 2015 (Rate Hikes on the Back Burner 10-11-15) Despite some shaky earnings numbers from the likes of Yum Brands (YUM) and Alcoa (AA) this past week, the major indices closed out Friday on the upside and finished solidly higher for the week. Bulls…

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Ugly Jobs Report Sends Stocks Lower | October 4th 2015

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending OctoberĀ 4th, 2015 (Ugly Jobs Report Sends Stocks Lower | 10-04-2015) Following some very tough stock market conditions in August and September, investors were hoping for some positive news that would drive stocks higher by the end of this past week. Then came the ugly-looking jobs…

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Fed Rate Hike May Still Be Imminent | September 27th 2015

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending September 27th, 2015 (Fed Rate Hike Still Imminent 09-27-2015) The Dow may have closed out Friday up more than 100 points, but the Nasdaq was down a percentage point for the day and the S&P 500 finished modestly in the red. The Dow received a…

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The Fed Met and the Market Yawned | September 20th 2015

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending September 20th, 2015 (The Fed Met and the Market Yawned 09-20-2015) For all of the weeks and weeks of analysis, commentary and discussion about what the Fed would do this past week with regard to interest rates, you would have thought we would have had…

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This Month’s Stock Market is One Wild Ride | September 13th 2015

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending September 13th, 2015 (This Month’s Stock Market is One Wild Ride 09-13-2015) It has been a wild ride for the stock market for the past month, and the bullish camp was really hoping for a strong Friday close to wrap up the week. That was…

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Fed Watchers Foresee Rate Hike | September 6th 2015

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending SeptemberĀ 6th, 2015 (Fed Watchers SeeĀ Rate Hike 09-06-2015) It was a tough week for investors, and most bulls were happy to see the week come to an end. The government jobs report for August was supposed to answer some questions, but the lackluster 173,000 jobs we…

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Dow Plunges and Recovers | August 30th 2015

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending August 30th, 2015 (Dow Plunges and Recovers 08-30-2015) By the looks of the flat and mixed close for stocks on Friday, most investors would have thought it was just one more of those lazy trading days of summer. The weekly numbers essentially said the same…

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