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A Good January!

A Good January!

Friends January limped to a close today, but after all was said and done, we ended up with the best January we have seen for stock averages since 1997. The day began to the upside but was quickly undercut by a trio of disappointing numbers; consumer confidence (61.1 vs....

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Blue Monday

Blue Monday

Friends Monday started out with a bad case of the blues, as stocks in Europe were showing hefty losses stemming from continued haggling over Greek debt and the apparent lack of any semblance of growth initiatives from the major players (Merkel in Germany continues to stress austerity measures which...

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The Earnings Grind

The Earnings Grind

Friends As traders tried to absorb the likely consequences of the Fed’s actions (statements) yesterday, we got a lot of economic and earnings news today. On the economic front, we got a better than expected durable goods report and a less than stellar housing number. On the jobs front,...

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Fedspeak

Fedspeak

Friends Dr. Bernanke basically told us today that interest rates will be at zero for the rest of our lives (The Fed announcement actually indicated towards the end of 2014, but who’s counting). The takeaway from today’s Fedspeak was that they anticipate very slow growth, for a very long...

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Remaining Calm

Remaining Calm

Friends Starting tomorrow we will get a string of earnings reports that should set the tone for stocks over the remainder of the week. We got a somewhat disappointing report from Halliburton this morning, and will get Texas Instruments after the close today. Tomorrow, we will get earnings from...

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Earnings Driven Dow

Earnings Driven Dow

Friends As traders wait for a resolution on Greek debt, the focus was on earnings today. We had a bevy of tech earnings after the close yesterday, including good reports from IBM, Microsoft and Intel and one awful report from Google. In addition to many regional bank reports, today...

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The Quiet Climb

The Quiet Climb

Friends, Stocks continued their quiet but deliberate climb today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average gaining 45 points to finish the day at 12,623. The S&P 500 was up 6 points to close at 1314. Gold was down $3.20 to trade near the $1656 area, and oil was again...

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S&P 1300

S&P 1300

Friends After a calm 60 point advance in the Dow Jones Industrial Average yesterday, traders followed up yesterday’s move with another 96 points to the upside today with the Dow finishing the day at 12,578. The S&P 500 was up 14 points to close at 1308, which was the...

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