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April Closes At New Highs

April Closes At New Highs

Friends On this final day of April, the economic news was somewhat mixed. On the negative side of the ledger the Chicago Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) was dreadful, while on the positive side of the ledger the consumer confidence number was better than expected. Traders seemed to want to...

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An Up Monday!

An Up Monday!

Friends For the most part, Monday’s have been disastrous all year long. That is not uncommon when you consider the bull market move we have seen in stocks. Basically, that reasoning goes that the doubters come in at the beginning of the week certain that this week is going...

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A Decent Week

A Decent Week

Friends Well that was disappointing. Today’s first look (yes, there are a couple of revisions to come) at 1st quarter GDP was a bit of a downer. Most economists were expecting that the economy had grown at 3% or more in the quarter, making up for the disastrous 4th...

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5 Straight Up Days

5 Straight Up Days

Friends Now we have earnings coming at us full force, and despite a drumbeat of negative outlooks, stocks continue to claw their way higher. The theme so far this quarter is a familiar one, meet or beat on the bottom line but miss on the top line. The stocks...

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Rotation?

Rotation?

Friends Earnings are definitely moving stocks this week, but in sometimes confusing directions. For example, YUM Brands (Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut) was struggling mightily into its earnings report yesterday afternoon, but rallied hard today after posting a “not as bad as expected” report. On the other hand...

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Earnings Rally?

Earnings Rally?

Friends As earnings season is in full force, stocks seem to be reacting fairly well to somewhat mundane earnings reports. Led by reports from the likes of DuPont, Netflix and Coach, stocks traded higher right at the open this morning and held gains for most of the trading day....

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Back To Normal-Hopefully

Back To Normal-Hopefully

Friends After last week’s more than 2% drop in the stock market, fueled by more “lukewarm” earnings reports, stocks opened to the downside again today as the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down more than 90 points in early trading. But as the day wore on, shares of companies...

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Down Week So Far

Down Week So Far

Friends Earnings season is in full force now, (we get Google and IBM after the close today) and despite some pretty darn good reports, stocks still look rather disheveled. For the third day this week the market ended in negative territory, and yes we did rally off the midday...

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And Back Down Again

And Back Down Again

Friends Well, well, volatility has returned. For about 5 months we had nice deliberate upward bias to stocks. Things seem to have changed just a bit. Down big on Monday, up big yesterday, and back down big today. Yes, we did recover some, as the Dow was down almost...

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Bounce Back

Bounce Back

Friends Because of yesterday’s tragedy in Boston, the markets took a back seat, but as we mentioned there was a lot of action especially in gold, which had it largest one day drop in 30 years. Stocks also had a miserable day yesterday, but today bargain hunters did a...

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