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Employment News

Employment News

Friends We had some good news on the employment front this morning with the ADP private sector job number coming in at a whopping 325,000 new jobs for December (whopping for recent times anyway). In addition, the weekly new unemployment claim number once again came in nicely under 400,000...

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Recovery

Recovery

Friends The Italian bond auction, that everyone was waiting on, went fairly well, and combined with an “ok” domestic initial jobless claims number of 381,000 (vs. expectation of about 375,000), traders had enough decent news to stake a rally in stocks. For the day, the Dow Jones Industrial Average...

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Friends, Traders (the few that are around today) shrugged off some lackluster domestic economic reports and took stocks higher as we enter the Christmas weekend. Santa did deliver us a nice little rally this week. It will be interesting to see if we can hold it into the New...

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Quiet Rally Continues

Quiet Rally Continues

Friends, We had another nice jobless claims number (two weeks in a row) with the 364,000 number being the best we’ve seen in 3 ½ years. Also, the University of Michigan consumer confidence number beat expectations coming in at 69.9 vs. the 67.7 consensus estimate (the higher the number...

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Here Comes Santa Claus?

Here Comes Santa Claus?

Friends, After yesterday’s slow grinding 100 point Dow loss, stocks staged a nice rally today (dare I say the beginning of a Santa Claus rally?). Nothing like a couple of nice European bond auctions and quiet European politicians to help spark a little love here domestically. For the day,...

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Lackluster Week

Lackluster Week

Friends, The grind into the holidays continues. After a slew of economic numbers, including a flat CPI number this morning, the domestic economic picture, indeed, looks a lot better than most experts would have guessed six months ago. You remember all the calls for a double dip recession and...

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