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4 for 4 = Quite a Week

4 for 4 = Quite a Week

Friends What a change a week makes. Stocks ended the 2nd quarter with a four-day flurry which saw the Dow rise over 152 points to close the quarter at 12,413. Whether it was end of quarter “window dressing” or simply investors deciding that the soft economy was only temporary,...

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News = Volatility

News = Volatility

Friends I felt like I was riding an elevator all day today. The market started today in a downward fashion as lingering disappointment in Fed Chairman Bernanke’s comments from yesterday seemed to weigh on the market. Then came word that the U.S. was going to release 30 million barrels...

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The Fed Meeting and Greece

The Fed Meeting and Greece

Friends We got the Fed announcement today as well as the second Bernanke press conference, and the take away for us was that Dr. Bernanke has no intention of raising interest rates anytime soon, and should it become absolutely necessary, additional measures would be taken. The Fed’s dual mandate...

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Summertime Blues

Summertime Blues

Friends, As you know, we have been talking about the liquidity vs. reality story for two and a half years now. We have said repeatedly, don’t fight the Fed. As long as Dr. Bernanke and the Fed were going to provide endless amounts of liquidity, stocks and bonds were...

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Disappointing Jobs News

Disappointing Jobs News

Friends The just reported jobs number was extremely disappointing, but not that surprising after we got a heads up on Wednesday from the ADP number that job creation has slowed. Along with that, the unemployment rate is ticking back up with the reported number today being 9.1%. Stocks and...

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May Wrap Up

May Wrap Up

Friends May ended up being a very choppy month with a negative bias for the markets. We saw commodity prices fall drastically early in the month, but as the month came to a close, many commodity prices were climbing slowly higher. Stocks ended up down 1.4% for the S&P...

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