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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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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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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Amazon (AMZN) and Visa (V) Set Negative Tone | July 26th 2014

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending July 26th, 2014 (Amazon (AMZN) and Visa (V) Set Negative Tone 7-26-14) Amazon (AMZN) and Visa (V) set a negative tone on Friday, as both announced earnings that fell short of analysts’ expectations. Visa is a Dow component, and that weighed heavily on the Dow. To…

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Star Spangled Week for Stock Market | July 4th 2014

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending July 4th, 2014 (Star Spangled Week in the Stock Market 7-4-14) It was a Star Spangled way to end the week, with the Dow surpassing the high-profile 17,000 level, and the odds are good that “The Dow” will be the talk of backyard barbecues this holiday…

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Close But No Cigar for Major Indices | June 21st 2014

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending June 21, 2014 (Close But No Cigar for Major Indices 6-21-14) It was close but no cigar for the major indices on Friday, as the exuberance from Janet Yellen’s Wednesday testimony continued to reverberate. Many market mavens were looking at the Dow 17,000 level and the…

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Dow Reaches All Time High, Again | June 7th 2014

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending June 7, 2014 (Stock Market Has Decent June 6-7-14) The postman’s creed reads that “Neither snow nor rain nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” With a few word changes, that old U.S. mail saying sums up the action…

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Market Closes Par for the Course| May 17th 2014

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending May 17, 2014 (Stock Market “Par for the Course” 5-17-14) Stocks managed to rally back from their morning and mid-day lows, and close Friday with all three of the major indices in the green. We may have seen small gains for the day on Friday,…

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Dow Reached All Time High | May 10th 2014

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending May 10, 2014 (Strengthening Economy 5-10-14) Stocks eked out a win on Friday as the Dow reached an all time high, and that had the bullish camp smiling. The S&P 500 is within 19 points of its all-time high, but the Nasdaq has its work…

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Strengthening Economy and Interest Rates | May 3rd 2014

State of the Stock Market Analysis for the Week Ending May 3, 2014 (Strengthening Economy 5-3-14) Stocks edged lower Friday, but they somehow ended higher for the week, as we saw the Dow rise about 1%. The Nasdaq was up 1.2%, while the S&P 500 gained about 1% as well. It was not a bad…

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