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Monthly Archive: December 2014

Dec 30

Oil falls to a multi-year low

Market Recap: Stocks were flat on Monday as low volume and a lack of economic news gave traders and investors little impetus to act. Oil did fall to a multi-year low, trading near $52 per barrel as market participants speculated that the supply glut would remain in place for some time to come. On the …

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Dec 29

The Year of the Dogs

Market Recap: Stocks are at all-time highs, as a Fed induced rally wiped out any losses created by anxiety over the future of monetary policy. A commitment by the Fed to remain dovish and erring on the side of caution when it comes to raising interest rates, along with strong economic data, the recognition that …

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Dec 22

Stocks Rallied For A Fourth Day In A Row

Market Recap: Stocks rallied for a fourth day in a row, as Blue Chips rallied sharply on lower energy prices and the expectation of continued lower interest rates. The DJIA climbed nearly 1% as IBM, Boeing, Intel all rallied sharply, while energy and healthcare shares – which are more prevalent in the S&P 500 – …

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Dec 22

This Week’s Market Moving Events

Market Recap: Stocks ended the week near all-time highs, as a Fed induced rally whipped out any losses created by anxiety over the future of monetary policy. A commitment by the Fed to remain dovish and erring on the side of caution when it comes to raising interest rates, along with strong economic data, recognition …

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Dec 19

THANK YOU Mrs. Chairwoman

Market Recap: THANK YOU Mrs. Chairwoman – stocks continued their Fed induced rally on Thursday as the Dow Jones Industrial Average soared more than 400 points, helping lift stocks by nearly 5% over 2 days. A commitment to keep interest rates low for an extended period of time, and reiterating that any policy changes will …

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Dec 17

What a ride it was on Tuesday

Market Recap: What a ride it was on Tuesday – stocks started with 100 point plus decline in the Dow Jones Industrial Average before climbing sharply to an over 200 point gain for the blue-chip index to ultimately close about ½% lower for the day. Treasuries, Oil and currencies were all just as erratic, as …

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Dec 16

Current market psychology is fragile but short lived

Market Recap: In spite of a very strong start of the trading day, where the Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed triple digits by noon, stocks ended the day in negative territory as falling oil prices dragged equities down. In addition to falling energy prices, markets were apparently impacted by year-end window-dressing and portfolio clean-up activity …

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Dec 12

The weakness in Thursday’s market close

Market Recap: After a sharp sell-off on Wednesday, stocks started with a sharp reversal on Thursday as the DOW climbed more than 200 points by mid-day. Stronger than forecast November retail sales data and a sharper rise in consumer confidence helped lift investors’ spirits in early trading. By early afternoon however, falling oil prices started …

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Dec 10

Markets show some signs of confliction

Market Recap: It was a tough day on Wall Street, as markets started sharply lower in sympathy with the sell-off in Asian equities before declining further after the JOLTS report confirmed yesterday’s weaker than forecast Labor Market report. On the positive side, Small Business Optimism was shown to rise much more than expected in November, …

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Dec 09

Don’t allow short-term news distract you from your investment thesis

Market Recap: Stocks started the week on a relatively muted note, before a disappointing Labor Market report disappointed market participants. The latest read on job creation and overall employment conditions by the Fed fell well short of expectations for the month of November, sharply contradicting last week’s strong jobs report. Oil continued its recent slide, …

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