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Afternoon Reversal

Afternoon Reversal

Friends Traders spent most of the morning fretting over a weak close in European stocks, particularly in Spain and Italy. By mid-morning, the Dow was experiencing a nearly 100 point down move. The weekly unemployment claim number was still in the 350,000 area (no real improvement) which was slightly...

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Giving It Back

Giving It Back

Friends Weakness in oil and natural gas, and continued concerns of a slowdown in the Global economy (namely China) sent stocks lower today. The February durable goods report was a bit on the disappointing side as well. When all was said and done, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was...

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Cool Down Tuesday

Cool Down Tuesday

Friends, After the Dr. Bernanke fueled rally in stocks yesterday, trading was somewhat directionless today, until the last hour. By the close, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 43 points to close at 13,197. The S&P 500 gave back 4 points to finish the day at 1412. Gold...

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The Bernanke Rally!

The Bernanke Rally!

Friends Dr. Bernanke provided the fuel for a nice rally in stocks and gold today as his comments this morning indicated that the Fed continues to stand at the ready. Every time you think that the Fed just has to be done providing liquidity, Dr. Bernanke assures us he...

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Thanks Goldman

Thanks Goldman

Friends Ok, Goldman Sachs calls for the dawn of a new era in stocks and we go down for the third day in a row. Thanks for ringing the bell Goldman (you know I love to pick on the “evil empire”). For the second day, traders were concerned over...

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Goldman Call

Goldman Call

Friends A fairly quiet day in the markets today, until the last 5 minutes. Stocks were mixed most of the day, but at the end, the Dow Jones Industrial Average finished down 45 points to close at 13,124. The S&P 500 was down 2.62 points to close at 1402.90...

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As China Goes…

As China Goes…

Friends Stocks sold off a bit today on a report from mining company BHP Billiton that iron ore sales into China have been slowing. Although not new news, traders took it as another cue that slowing growth in China may not be good for the global economy and by...

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An Apple a Day!

An Apple a Day!

Friends Stocks had a somewhat quiet day as the only economic news of consequence was the NAHB housing index number (the higher the better) which came in at 28 (consensus estimate was 30). It broke a 5 month improving trend and signals that we are not out of the...

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