Stock Market News: 1-18-20

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Market Indexes: It was another up week for the market, with indexes making new highs, as investors were buoyed by stronger building permits figures, and renewed optimism from the signed trade deal.

“The US and China announced an initial trade deal on Wednesday that will roll back some tariffs and boost Chinese purchases of U.S. goods and services, defusing an 18-month conflict between the world’s two largest economies. Beijing and Washington have portrayed their “Phase 1” agreement as a momentous step after months of start-stop talks punctuated by tit-for-tat tariffs that uprooted supply chains and stoked fears of a further slowdown in the global economy.

The centerpiece of the deal is a pledge by China to purchase at least an additional $200 billion worth of U.S. farm products and other goods and services over two years, over a baseline of $186 billion in purchases in 2017. The deal would reportedly include $50 billion in additional orders for U.S. agricultural products.
The Phase 1 deal, reached in December, canceled planned U.S. tariffs on Chinese-made cellphones, toys and laptop computers and halved the tariff rate to 7.5% on about $120 billion worth of other Chinese goods, including flat panel televisions, Bluetooth headphones and footwear.
But it will leave in place 25% tariffs on a vast, $250 billion array of Chinese industrial goods and components used by U.S. manufacturers.” (Reuters)

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Volatility: The VIX fell 42.89% this week, ending the week at $12.10.

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Market Breadth: 25 out of 30 DOW stocks rose this week, vs. 14 last week. 85% of the S&P 500 rose, vs. 56% last week.

FOREX: The US $ rose vs. most major currencies, except the Swiss Franc.

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Economic News:
“U.S. job openings recorded their biggest drop in more than four years in November, while hiring increased moderately, suggesting a loss of momentum in the labor market at the tail end of 2019.
Job openings, a measure of labor demand, tumbled 561,000 to 6.80 million, the lowest reading sine August 2015, the Labor Department said in its monthly Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, or JOLTS, on Friday.

Vacancies have been trending lower this year since hitting an all-time high of 7.63 million in late 2018. The decline in job openings in November was led by the private sector, which saw a decrease of 520,000 unfilled jobs. The drop in vacancies was concentrated in the retail and construction industries.” (Reuters)

“Housing starts jumped 16.9% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.608 million units last month, the highest level since December 2006. The percentage gain was the largest since October 2016. Groundbreaking activity last month was likely boosted by unseasonably mild weather.
Despite the surge in December, starts remained below levels seen at the peak of the housing market bubble between 2005 and early 2006.” (Reuters)

“U.S. industrial production fell 0.3% in December, as unseasonably warm weather reduced demand for heating from utilities.
The Federal Reserve said Friday that total industrial production — which includes the manufacturing, mining and utilities sectors — slumped 1% over the past year. Factory output has tumbled 1.3% from a year ago, driving much of the overall decline as manufacturers grappled with trade disputes and slower global growth in 2019.” (AP)


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Week Ahead Highlights: US markets will be closed on Monday for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
7 DOW stocks will report earnings next week, including Intel, J&J, and IBM.
“Earnings reports from Netflix, Intel and Texas Instruments next week may hint at what is to come in the December quarterly earnings season, with some investors wary of possible danger signs that could knock Wall Street after its latest surge to record highs. Analysts on average expect reports to show S&P 500 earnings per share fell 0.8% in the fourth quarter, with technology earnings seen up 0.6%, according to IBES data from Refinitiv. Earnings estimates for the fourth quarter have already weakened slightly in the latest week as initial reports from big banks and a smattering of other companies filtered in.” (Reuters)
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Sectors: Utilities and Tech led this week; Energy lagged.

Futures: WTI Crude fell -.34% this week, finishing at $58.84.

Stock Market News: 01-11-20

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Market Indexes: It was an up week for the market, excepting the Russell small caps, with record highs set on Thursday, but the indexes retreated Friday, on signs of renewed tensions between the US and Iran,  The US said it was imposing additional sanctions on Iran as a result of its missile attack on U.S. troops in Iraq this week, and Washington rebuffed an Iraqi request to pull out its troops.
“Major U.S. stock indexes registered record closing highs on Thursday as optimism about a U.S.-China trade deal firmed and as Apple and other market heavyweights posted strong gains. Also helping the market were easing concerns over tensions between the United States and Iran. Iran’s foreign minister said the missile strikes on Iraqi bases that house U.S. forces had “concluded” Tehran’s response.
China’s commerce ministry said Vice Premier Liu He will sign a Phase 1 deal in Washington next week.” (Reuters)

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Volatility: The VIX fell 4% this week, ending the week at $12.46.

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Market Breadth: 14 out of 30 DOW stocks rose this week, vs. 15 last week. 56% of the S&P 500 rose, vs. 41% last week.

FOREX: The US $ rose vs. most major currencies, due to the Middle East tensions.

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Economic News: “The December Non-Farm Payrolls report disappointed the market on Friday, with 145K jobs created in December, vs. the 165K forecast, and 265K posted in November. The Unemployment Rate stayed flat at 3.5%. The US added an average of 176,000 jobs/month in 2019, compared to 223,000 in 2018, down 21%.

The Labor Department also revised down data for October and November to show 14,000 fewer jobs were created than previously estimated.
Pay gains also remain muted, reflecting that many of the new positions are in low paying fields.


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Week Ahead Highlights: There will be multiple Housing-related reports due out. Q4 ’19 Earnings season begins, with 4 DOW stocks reporting – WBA, JPM, GS, and UNH.

Next Week’s US Economic Reports:

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Sectors: Tech and Healthcare led this week; Energy lagged.

Futures: WTI Crude fell -6.23% this week, finishing at $59.12, as the effect of higher Middle East tensions and the OPEC cuts faded.

Stock Market News: 01-04-20

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Market Indexes: It was a mixed week for the market , with the DOW and S&P down slightly, and the Russell small caps lagging. The 1st 2 days of 2020 were up on Thursday, with a pullback on Friday, due to the heightened tensions in the Middle East. So far, the tech-heavy NASDAQ is leading the way in 2020.

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Volatility: The VIX rose 4..39% this week, ending the week at $14.02, its 2nd straight week of gains.

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Market Breadth: 15 out of 30 DOW stocks rose this week, vs. 25 last week. 41% of the S&P 500 rose, vs. 74% last week.

FOREX: The US $ fell vs. the Yen, Loonie, and Swiss Franc this week, and rose vs. Pound, Euro, and Aussie/NZ dollars.

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Economic News: “U.S. automakers on Friday reported another year of stable sales of pick-up trucks, as discounts during the crucial holiday season and lower interest rates on vehicle loans attracted buyers while demand for passenger cars retreated further. Passenger cars have fallen out of favor with buyers amid lower oil prices and automakers have focused on selling larger sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and pick-ups that are also more profitable.” (Reuters)
Pending Home sales rose 1.2% in November, and the Case-Shiller Home Price Index rose 3.2% in October.  Construction Spending rose 126.5, below forecasts.

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Week Ahead Highlights: The non-farm Payrolls report for December will come out on Friday. Economists are forecasting a much lower number, 158K, than the November 258K figure.

Next Week’s US Economic Reports:

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Sectors: Industrials and Tech led this week; Basic Materials lagged.

Futures: WTI Crude rose 2.03% this week, finishing at $62.97, another high weekly close, on the heels of inflamed Middle East tensions.

“Oil stocks were in the spotlight on Friday after a targeted military strike killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, considered the architect of the Islamic Republic’s military expansion in the Middle East.
The attack has sent crude-oil prices soaring, with West Texas Intermediate crude for February delivery on the New York Mercantile Exchange up $1.41, or 2.3%, at $62.59 a barrel after trading as high as $64.09 — the highest intraday level for the U.S. benchmark since late April. The expectation is that an Iranian response to the killing of one of its most revered generals will hurt global energy supplies, at least in the short term.
The ensuing surge in crude-oil prices could be beneficial to those companies that produce crude and its byproducts, with that view giving some buoyancy to energy stocks. However, gains aren’t as powerful as they have been in the most recent Middle East drama, when a drone attack briefly knocked out major facilities in Saudi Arabia back in mid September.” (MarketWatch)
Oil posted the longest run of weekly gains since April as prices followed equities higher and a government report showed U.S. crude inventories falling to the lowest in two months.” (Reuters)

Stock Market News: 12-28-19

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Market Indexes: It was a mostly up market this week, supported by the promise of a China deal, and higher crude prices. There were new highs hit again.

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Volatility: The VIX rose 7.35% this week, ending the week at $13.43.

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Market Breadth: 25 out of 30 DOW stocks rose this week, vs. 28 last week. 74% of the S&P 500 rose, vs. 81% last week.

FOREX: The US $ fell vs. most major currencies again this week.

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Economic News: Durable Goods orders fell -2%, far below the expected increase of 1.5%. Home mortgage applications fell 5.0%, worse than the previous 2% decrease.


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Week Ahead Highlights: It’ll be another shortened week, with US markets closing on Thursday for New Year’s day.

Next Week’s US Economic Reports:

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Sectors: Consumer Discretionary and Tech led this week; Utilities lagged.

Futures: WTI Crude rose 2.12% this week, finishing at $61.72, another high weekly close.
Oil posted the longest run of weekly gains since April as prices followed equities higher and a government report showed U.S. crude inventories falling to the lowest in two months.
On Friday, the Energy Information Administration reported that oil inventories fell 5.47 million barrels while supplies at the key Cushing, Oklahoma, storage hub declined to the lowest in more than a year. Crude also tracked the S&P 500, which hovered near an all-time high. Oil is up about 12% this month after the U.S. and China made a breakthrough in their prolonged trade dispute and as the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies agreed to deepen output cuts.” (Bloomberg)

Stock Market News: 12-21-19

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Market Indexes: It was an up market this week, supported by a Q3 GDP report showing 2.1% growth, flat vs. Q2 ’19. Strong consumer spending offset weaker business investment.
“Dow Jones Market Data figures going back to 1950 indicate that the Dow Jones Industrial Average tends to climb 75% of the time, with an average return of about 8.9% in the following year, when it finishes the previous year with a return of at least 20%. It tends to ring up an average annual gain of 11.2% when it finishes the preceding year with an advance of at least 20%, and gains 83% of the time, according to the data team.” (MarketWatch)

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Volatility: The VIX fell .09% this week, ending the week at $12.51.

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Market Breadth: 28 out of 30 DOW stocks rose this week, vs. 20 last week. 81% of the S&P 500 rose, vs. 62% last week.

FOREX: The US $ fell vs. most major currencies this week, except the yen, the Euro, and the Pound.

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Economic News:
“The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a new North American trade deal on Thursday that includes tougher labor and automotive content rules but leaves $1.2 trillion in annual U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade flows largely unchanged. The changes negotiated by Democrats, which include tighter environmental rules, will also set up a mechanism to quickly investigate labor rights abuses at Mexican factories. They have earned the support of several U.S. labor unions that have opposed NAFTA for decades.

The biggest changes require increased North American content in cars and trucks built in the region, to 75% from 62.5% in NAFTA, with new mandates to use North American steel and aluminum.

In addition, 40% to 45% of vehicle content must come from high-wage areas paying more than $16 an hour – namely the United States and Canada. Some vehicles assembled in Mexico mainly with components from Mexico and outside the region may not qualify for U.S. tariff-free access.

The U.S. Congressional Budget Office estimated earlier this week that automakers will pay nearly $3 billion more in tariffs over the next decade for cars and parts that will not meet the higher regional content rules.” (Marketwatch)

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Week Ahead Highlights: It’ll be a shortened week, with US markets closing early, at 1PM on Wednesday for Christmas Eve, and closing on Thursday for Christmas.

Next Week’s US Economic Reports:

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Sectors: Utilities and Healthcare led this week; Industrials lagged.

Futures: WTI Crude rose .48% this week, finishing at $60.36, another high weekly close.
“Oil prices held steady near three-month highs on Friday, heading for a third consecutive weekly rise, on the back of easing Sino-U.S. trade tensions that have weighed on demand as well as the global economic growth outlook. China on Thursday announced a list of import tariff exemptions for six oil and chemical products from the United States, days after the world’s two largest economies announced an interim trade deal set to be signed at the beginning of January.” (Reuters)

Stock Market News: 12-14-19

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Market Indexes: It was an up market this week, supported by trade talk optimism earlier in the week, and a neutral Fed rate statement. The announcement of an agreement on Phase 1 in the US-China trade talks on Friday cooled market sentiment, due to lack of details.

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Volatility: The VIX fell 7.3% this week, ending the week at $12.63.

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Market Breadth: 20 out of 30 DOW stocks rose this week, vs. 17 last week. 62% of the S&P 500 rose, vs. 55% last week.

FOREX: The US $ fell vs. most major currencies this week, except the yen.

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Economic News:  “The Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged at its final meeting of the year on Wednesday, and officials signaled an indefinite pause as America’s economy chugs through a record-long expansion on what appears to be sustainable footing. Officials penciled in no rate changes next year, according to their latest set of quarterly economic projections, and saw only one move, an increase, in 2021, followed by a second in 2022.
Jerome H. Powell, the Fed chair, said at a postmeeting news conference that he thought the Fed’s policy rate would remain appropriate until inflation rose persistently, and pointed out that “none of us have much of a sense of what the economy will look like in 2021.” (NY Times)

“The United States and China cooled their trade war on Friday, announcing a “Phase one” agreement that reduces some U.S. tariffs in exchange for increased Chinese purchases of American farm goods. Chinese officials offered no specific details on the amount of U.S. agricultural goods Beijing had agreed to buy, a key sticking point in recent deal negotiations to end the 17-month trade war between the world’s two largest economies.
Some U.S. business groups hailed the deal as an end to uncertainty that’s slowed global growth; critics questioned whether the trade war had been worth the job losses and drop in sales.” (Reuters)

“U.S. consumer prices increased solidly in November, which together with labor market strength could support the Federal Reserve’s intention not to cut interest rates again in the near term after reducing borrowing costs three times this year. The consumer price index rose 0.3% last month as households paid more for gasoline and food prices increased for a third consecutive month. The CPI advanced 0.4% in October. In the 12 months through November, the CPI increased 2.1% after gaining 1.8% in October.
Excluding the volatile food and energy components, the CPI rose by 0.2%, matching October’s increase. The so-called core CPI was up by an unrounded 0.2298% last month compared to 0.1572% in October. The core CPI was lifted by gains in healthcare and prices of used cars and trucks, recreation and hotel and motel accommodation. In the 12 months through November, the core CPI increased 2.3% after a similar gain in October.” (Reuters)

“U.S. producer prices were unexpectedly unchanged in November as increases in food and gasoline prices were offset by declining costs for services, pointing to muted inflation despite a recent uptick in consumer prices. Other data on Thursday showed the number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits surged to more than a two-year high last week. The jump in jobless claims, however, likely does not signal a pickup in layoffs as the data tends to be volatile in the period following the Thanksgiving Day holiday.” (Reuters)


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Week Ahead Highlights: We’ll see the latest revision for Q3 GDP – economists are expecting a 2.2% rise. There will also be several Housing-related reports coming out.

Next Week’s US Economic Reports:

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Sectors: Financials led this week, on the heels of the Fed assuming a neutral posture on future rate lowering. Real Estate lagged.

Futures: WTI Crude rose .98% this week, finishing at $59.78, another higher weekly close.
“Global oil inventories could rise sharply despite OPEC and its allies deepening their output cuts and slowing U.S. production growth, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Thursday. “Despite the additional curbs … and a reduction in our forecast of 2020 non-OPEC supply growth to 2.1 million barrels per day (bpd), global oil inventories could build by 700,000 bpd in Q1 2020,” the Paris-based IEA said in a monthly report.” (Reuters)

Stock Market News: 12-7-19

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Market Indexes: It was a mixed market this week, with Monday and Tuesday continuing the pullback that started last week. However, Friday was a big up day, supported by the OPEC oil production cuts deal, and news of potential progress in the US-China trade talks.

This Week’s Options Trades: We added new 10%-plus yielding covered call and high yield put-selling trades for ABBV, MKC,and BAC to our Public Covered Calls Table and to our Public Cash Secured Puts Table this week.

Volatility: The VIX rose 7.9% this week, ending the week at $13.62, for its 2nd straight weekly gain.

High Dividend Stocks: These high yield stocks go ex-dividend next week: GCAP, KTB, LADR, OXY, SPTN, ECCB, GBDC, LGI, CTZ, EAD, GGT, M, NMFC, OCSL, ARCC.

Market Breadth: 17 out of 30 DOW stocks rose this week, vs. 23 last week. 55% of the S&P 500 rose, vs. 80% last week.

FOREX: The US $ fell vs. most major currencies this week.

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This Week’s Economic Reports: Non-Farm Payrolls rose by 266,000 new jobs in November, up from a revised level of 156,000 new jobs in October, and higher than economists’ forecasts of 180,000. The end of the GM auto-workers strike added ~ 50,000 jobs to the total.The unemployment rate declined to 3.5% from 3.6%. The 12-month rate of hourly wage gains fell to 3.1% from 3.2%. Hours worked each week were unchanged at 34.4 hours. The government revised the increase in October new jobs to 156,000 from 128,000. September’s gain was revised to 193,000 from 180,000.

“Online sales rose more than 19.6% to $7.4B on Black Friday, marking the day’s largest revenue grab ever, according to Adobe Analytics, which tracks transactions at 80 of the top 100 U.S. retailers. For Thanksgiving, it estimated web sales grew 14.5% to $4.2B, while Small Business Saturday and Super Sunday sales are projected to surpass $7.6B. Cyber Monday spending is expected to hit a record $9.4B, an 18.9% jump from a year ago.” (SA)

“U.S. factory activity contracted further in November amid a slump in new orders while construction spending unexpectedly fell, offering cautionary notes on an economy that had recently shown signs of growing at a moderate pace. The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) said its index of national factory activity dropped 0.2 point to a reading of 48.1 last month. A reading below 50 indicates contraction in the manufacturing sector, which accounts for 11% of the U.S. economy.
The ISM index needs to break below the 42.9 level to signal a recession in the broader economy. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast the index rising to 49.2 in November from 48.3 in the prior month.November’s reading marked the fourth straight month that the index remained below the 50 threshold.” (Reuters)

“The Commerce Department said construction spending dropped 0.8% as investment in private projects tumbled to its lowest level in three years. Data for September was revised to show construction outlays declining 0.3% instead of rising 0.5% as previously reported. In October, spending on private construction projects dropped 1.0% to $956.3 billion, the lowest level since October 2016, after declining 1.1% in September. It was held down by a 0.9% decrease in spending on private residential projects. Outlays on residential construction dropped 1.1% in September.” (Reuters)

“China’s Finance Ministry said it would exclude some U.S. soybeans, pork and other commodities from tariffs. The government did not indicate how much of those products would be excluded. The move comes as the U.S. and China are attempting to reach a so-called phase one agreement on reducing trade tensions.” (MarketPulse)

“Factory orders rose 0.3% in October, the Commerce Department said Thursday. This is the first gain in three months. Orders in September were revised to a 0.8% drop compared with the previous estimate of a 0.6% fall.” (MarketPulse)


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Week Ahead Highlights: Elections will be held in the UK next week, which will impact the Brexit situation. The market will be watching for any change in Interest Rate sentiment, when the Fed makes its FOMC announcement next Wednesday.

Next Week’s US Economic Reports:

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Sectors: Energy led this week, with Industrials lagging.

Futures: WTI Crude rose 7.07% this week, finishing at $59.07, its highest close since mid-September, driven higher by a new production deal announced by OPEC on Friday:
“Saudi Arabia and Russia spearheaded a deal on Friday in which OPEC and its allies committed to some of the deepest oil output cuts this decade aiming to avert oversupply and support prices. The group of more than 20 producers agreed to an extra 500,000 barrels per day (bpd) in cuts for the first quarter of 2020, taking the total to 1.7 million bpd, or 1.7% of global demand. Brent oil rose 2% to more than $64 a barrel after Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman said effective cuts could be as much as 2.1 million bpd as Saudi would carry on cutting more than its quota.” (Reuters)

Stock Market News: 11-30-19

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Market Indexes: The market declined this week, after 5 straight weeks of gains, with small caps trailing.

This Week’s Options Trades: We added new 10%-plus yielding covered call and high yield put-selling trades for BX and GMRE to our Public Covered Calls Table and to our Public Cash Secured Puts Table this week.

Volatility: The VIX rose 2.3% this week, ending the week at $12.62.

High Dividend Stocks: These high yield stocks go ex-dividend next week: ITUB, WSR, FUN, SLB, FDUS, OUT, SNR, AFIN.

Market Breadth: 23 out of 30 DOW stocks rose this week, vs. 13 last week. 80% of the S&P 500 rose, vs. 42% last week.

FOREX: The US $ rose vs. most major currencies in November, except the Pound and the NZ$.

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This Week’s Economic Reports: The 2nd estimate of Q3 ’19 US GDP was raised to 2.1%, vs. the previous 1.9% estimate, which averts a technical recession for now.
“Heavy snow in parts of the northern U.S. could prevent some farmers from harvesting the rest of their corn and soybeans until 2020 in the latest weather-related blow to growers. Flooding from torrential rains delayed spring seeding and prompted record amounts of acres to go unplanted. As of Sunday, the U.S. corn harvest was just 84% completed, the slowest rate in a decade. If crops are abandoned in fields until the spring, that’s likely to further tighten supplies at a time when cash prices are already on the rise.
The wet weather that’s plaguing farmers is also having a knock-off effect on other markets. For example, high-moisture content in grain contributed to shortages of propane, which is used to dry corn and heat homes. And it’s not just corn and soybean seeing woes. There will be fewer harvested acres of crops including spring wheat, sugar beets and potatoes amid the wet weather.” (Bloomberg)

“Contracts to buy previously owned U.S. homes fell unexpectedly in October, with new contract signings down in three of the four U.S. regions. The National Association of Realtors said on Wednesday its pending home sales index, based on contracts signed last month, decreased 1.7% to a reading of 106.7.
Economists polled by Reuters had forecast pending home sales rising 0.8% last month. Pending home contracts are seen as a forward-looking indicator of the health of the housing market because they become sales one to two months later. Compared with one year ago, pending sales were up 4.4%.” (Reuters)

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Week Ahead Highlights: The Non-Farm Payrolls report will come out on Friday am. There will also be mfg. and services reports due out for November.

Next Week’s US Economic Reports:

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Sectors: Tech, Financials and Healthcare led in November with Utilities and Real Estate lagging.

Futures: WTI Crude fell .22% in November, finishing at $55.42, while Natural Gas fell 12.35%.

STOCK MARKET NEWS: 11-23-19

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Market Indexes: “The S&P 500 and the Dow showed their biggest daily gains on Friday, in a lackluster week marked by uncertainty, with a report suggesting the delay of a trade truce to 2020 and U.S. lawmakers passing two bills supporting protesters in Hong Kong, which could complicate U.S.-China talks.” (Reuters)

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Volatility: The VIX fell 2.45% this week, ending the week at $12.34.

High Dividend Stocks: These high yield stocks go ex-dividend next week: RVI, ABDC, AY, BPR, BPY, CLDT, NGG, PEI, SPKE.

Market Breadth: 13 out of 30 DOW stocks rose this week, vs. 26 last week. 42% of the S&P 500 rose, vs. 66% last week.

FOREX: The US $ rose vs. most major currencies this week, except the Yen and the NZ$.

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This Week’s Economic Reports: “The world is getting windier at the same time that developers are installing more turbines to generate electricity from breezes. Average wind speeds rose about 7% since 2010 in northern mid-latitude regions, reversing a trend of slowing winds in the decades prior, according to a group of researchers from institutions including Princeton University. The findings, published Monday in Nature Climate Change, forecast that wind farms will produce significantly more energy than anticipated as a result of the shift in the coming years.
Wind had been slowing down since the late 1970s, data analyzed in the study showed. That all changed in 2010, when wind speeds started to pick up. If the trend continues, wind power generation could increase 37%, according to the study.” (Bloomberg)

Consumer sentiment came in at 96.8 in November, above the expected 95.7

“The U.S. is set to post the smallest agricultural trade surplus since 2006, with costlier imports shrinking the difference between the value of exports and inbound shipments. The trade surplus is projected to total $5.2 billion in the fiscal year that ended in September, according to a government report updated Wednesday. Imported fruits and vegetables were more expensive than expected, and exports of corn and soybeans were lower than earlier projections, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.
In general, while overseas shipments of agriculture have been increasing in value since 2016, inbound crops have been getting costlier more quickly. Agriculture exports in the 2019 fiscal are expected to total $134.5 billion, with imports at $129.3 billion, according to the USDA.” (Bloomberg)


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Week Ahead Highlights: Earnings season starts to wind down as 95% of the S&P 500 companies have already reported. THe US markets will be closed on Thursday, for Thanksgiving.

Next Week’s US Economic Reports:

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Sectors: Healthcare led again this week, with Basic Materials lagging.

Futures: WTI Crude rose .36% this week, finishing at $57.93, while Natural Gas rose .3%.

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Market Indexes: The S&P 500, the Nasdaq, and the DOW indexes hit record highs this week, for a 6th straight week of gainsm fueled by fresh optimism over a potential calming of U.S.-China trade tensions and by big gains in shares of healthcare companies.

This Week’s Options Trades: We added a new 10%-plus yielding covered call and 2 high yield put-selling trades for Wells Fargo (WFC) to our Public Covered Calls Table and to our Public Cash Secured Puts Table this week.

Volatility: The VIX fell 5.15% this week, ending the week at $12.05.

High Dividend Stocks: These high yield stocks go ex-dividend next week: NHTC, ENBL, MNRL,GNK, LB.

Market Breadth: 18 out of 30 DOW stocks rose this week, vs. 26 last week. 60% of the S&P 500 rose, vs. 66% last week.

FOREX: The US $ fell vs. most major currencies this week, except the Aussie $.

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This Week’s Economic Reports: “Fed Chairman Jerome Powell says the central bank is unlikely to move on interest rates given the “sustained” economic expansion. The central bank has cut its benchmark rate three times this year to a range of 1.5%-1.75%. “Looking ahead, my colleagues and I see a sustained expansion of economic activity, a strong labor market, and inflation near our symmetric 2 percent objective as most likely,” he tells a joint congressional committee.” (CNBC)

“China’s factory output growth slowed significantly more than expected in October, as weakness in global and domestic demand and the drawn-out Sino-U.S. trade war weighed on broad segments of the world’s second-largest economy. China wants tariffs imposed by the U.S. to be removed but has not made the agricultural purchases the United States wants because swine flu has decimated its pork industry and eliminated the need for U.S. soybeans.
The German economy grew just 0.1% in the third quarter, avoiding slipping into a mild contraction thanks to consumer spending, but remaining weak nevertheless.” (Reuters)

“U.S. producer prices increased by the most in six months in October, lifted by gains in the costs of goods and services, further bolstering the Federal Reserve’s stance that it will probably not cut interest rates again in the near term. The report from the Labor Department on Thursday showed healthcare costs accelerated last month, with the cost of outpatient care at hospitals posting its largest rise since 2009. The jump in healthcare prices mirrored gains reported in October’s consumer price index report on Wednesday. Still, underlying producer inflation remained muted last month.
The Fed, which has a 2% annual inflation target, tracks the core personal consumption expenditures (PCE) price index for monetary policy. The core PCE price index rose 1.7% on a year-on-year basis in September and has undershot its target this year. October PCE price data will be published later this month.” (Reuters)

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Week Ahead Highlights: Earnings season will continue next week, with several retailers reporting, including Macy’s, Lowes, and Home Depot.

Next Week’s US Economic Reports:

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Sectors: Healthcare led this week, with Basic Materials lagging.

Futures: WTI Crude rose 1.21% this week, finishing at $57.93, while Natural Gas fell 4.09%.
“The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) NATURAL GAS REPORT 2018 shows that the United States set new records in natural gas production, consumption, and exports in 2018. In 2018, dry natgas production increased by 12%, reaching a record-high average of 83.8 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d). This increase was the largest percentage increase since 1951 and the largest volumetric increase in the history of the series, which dates back to 1930. U.S. natural gas consumption increased by 11% in 2018, driven by increased natgas consumption the electric power sector. Natural gas gross exports totaled 10.0 Bcf/d in 2018, 14% more than the 2017 total of 8.6 Bcf/d. Several new liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facilities came online in 2018, allowing for more exports.”

Stock Market News: 11-9-19

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Market Indexes: The S&P 500 and Nasdaq indexes hit record highs again this week, for a 5th straight week of gains. “Increasing optimism on the trade front and mostly better-than-expected earnings have driven the recent record run in stocks. Of the 446 S&P 500 companies that have reported results so far, roughly three-quarters have beaten profit estimates, according to IBES data from Refinitiv. The numbers, to some extent, reflect significantly lowered analysts’ forecasts.” (Reuters)

This Week’s Options Trades: We added a new 10%-plus yielding covered call and 2 high yield put-selling trades for AAPL to our Public Covered Calls Table and to our Public Cash Secured Puts Table this week.

There are several Covered Call trades with annualized yields above 20%, including CC, CTL, MKC, STX, and several other trades yielding over 20% annualized.

Volatility: The VIX fell 4.6% this week, ending the week at $12.07.

High Dividend Stocks: These high yield stocks go ex-dividend next week: BGCP, ETRN, BSM, AHC, ARR, CORR, SBRA.

Market Breadth: 23 out of 30 DOW stocks rose this week, vs. 26 last week. 62% of the S&P 500 rose, vs. 66% last week.

FOREX: The US $ rose vs. most major currencies this week.

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“11% Yield, 15% Distribution Growth Through 2020,18 Straight Hikes: CNXM” (SATURDAY)

Economic Reports: “Data released this week shows that the overall US trade deficit continued to widen in the first 9 months of 2019, defying the current US administration’s plan to try to shrink the figure by renegotiating trade agreements.
The trade deficit for both goods and services grew to $481.3 billion in the first three quarters of the year, up 5.4 percent from the same period last year, according to data released by the Commerce Department. Total American exports fell by $7 billion from the previous year, while imports grew by $17.8 billion.
The trade deficit in goods for the first nine months also widened slightly from the previous year, as exports of American products fell by more than imports.” (NY Times)

The ISM Non-MFG. Index was 54.7% for October, vs. a 53.8% forecast.


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Week Ahead Highlights: Fed Chairman Powell will speak Wednesday to the Congressional Joint Economic Committee, and he will also appear before the House Budget Committee Thursday.

Next Week’s US Economic Reports:

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Sectors: Energy and Financials led this week, with Real Estate and Utilities lagging.

Futures: WTI Crude rose 2.2% this week, finishing at $57.44, while Natural Gas rose 2.76%.

Stock Market News: 11-2-19

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Market Indexes: The S&P 500 and Nasdaq indexes hit record highs on Friday, after data showed U.S. jobs growth slowed less than expected in October. It was an up week for the market, which was also buoyed by another rate cut by the Fed.

This Week’s Options Trades: We added a 15%-plus yielding covered call and 2 high yield put-selling trades for 2 water utilities to our Public Covered Calls Table and to our Public Cash Secured Puts Table this week.
There are several Covered Call trades with annualized yields above 25%, including CC, CTAS, AAPL, HP, and several other trades yielding over 20% annualized.

Volatility: The VIX fell 2.7% this week, ending the week at $12.30.

High Dividend Stocks: These high yield stocks go ex-dividend next week: CNXM, PMD, SPH, AROC, MMP, HP, NS, IVZ.

Market Breadth: 26 out of 30 DOW stocks rose this week, vs. 20 last week. 66% of the S&P 500 rose, vs. 68% last week.

FOREX: The US $ fell vs. most major currencies this week, except the Loonie, on the heels of the latest rate cut by the Fed.

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Economic Reports: “The Federal Reserve lowered interest rates by a quarter of a percentage point on Wednesday, its second cut since late July, and suggested it was prepared to move aggressively if the United States economy showed additional signs of weakening. For now, a growing number of Fed officials expect one more cut this year, based on economic projections released after the Fed’s two-day meeting. But a murky economic outlook and a division within the Fed’s policy-setting committee prevented a clear message about what comes next.

Jerome H. Powell, the Fed chair, said at a news conference after the meeting that the United States economy remained strong and unemployment low, but that “there are risks to this positive outlook.” If the economy weakens, he said, a “more extensive sequence” of rate cuts could be appropriate.” (NY Times)

“Non-farm payrolls increased by 128,000 jobs last month, with manufacturing shedding 36,000 positions – the most since October 2009, the government’s survey of establishments showed. Striking workers who do not receive a paycheck during the payrolls survey period are treated as unemployed. The strike by about 46,000 workers at GM plants in Michigan and Kentucky ended last Friday. The unemployment rate rose to 3.6% from 3.5%.

The economy created 95,000 more jobs in August and September than previously estimated. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast payrolls rising by only 89,000 jobs in October. Job growth is slowing this year, averaging 167,000 per month compared with an average monthly gain of 223,000 in 2018, in part because of the nearly 16-month trade war between the United States and China, which has undermined business investment.

The Institute for Supply Management’s (ISM) employment measure for the manufacturing industry has contracted, likely suggesting manufacturers could be planning workforce reductions. ISM’s services sector employment gauge has also declined.” (Reuters)

“The U.S. economy slowed to a modest growth rate of 1.9% in the summer, (Q3 2019), as consumer spending downshifted and businesses continued to trim their investments in response to trade war uncertainty and a weakening global economy. Economists had been forecasting a much bigger slowdown with fears GDP could slump to 1.4% or less given a number of headwinds.

Consumer spending, which accounts for 70% of economic activity, grew at a solid 2.9% rate in the third quarter, but it was still a slowdown after a 4.6% surge in the second quarter. Business investment in structures plunged at a 15.3% rate in the third quarter after a sharp 11.1% drop in the second quarter. Residential investment, which had been falling for six quarters, finally saw an increase, rising at a 5.1% rate, a gain that reflected the impact lower mortgage rates from the Federal Reserve’s rate cuts were having on sales and construction plans.

Growth this year is forecast to come in around 2.3%, down from 2.9% last year. Many analysts are forecasting a further slowdown to GDP growth of around 1.5% in 2020.” (Washington Post)


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Week Ahead Highlights: Earnings season will continue next week, with many major companies reporting, including, Chevron, Exxon, Disney, AbbVie, and Berkshire Hathaway.

Next Week’s US Economic Reports:

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Sectors: Healthcare led this week, with Real Estate lagging.

Futures: WTI Crude fell .76% this week, finishing at $56.63, while Natural Gas rose 9.8%.

Stock Market News: 10-26-19

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Market Indexes: The market rose this week, with the Tech-heavy NASDAQ leading, as some big tech firms, such as Intel reported upbeat earnings surprises.
About 80% of companies on the S&P 500 have topped expectations for Q3 ’19 profits so far this earnings season.

This Week’s Options Trades: We added a 37%-plus yielding  covered call and 2 high yield put-selling trades for Chemours (CC) to our Public Covered Calls Table and to our Public Cash Secured Puts Table this week.
There are several Covered Call trades with annualized yields above 25%, including AAPL, GOOG, HP, and several other trades yielding over 20% annualized.

Volatility: The VIX fell 11% this week, ending the week at $12.65.

High Dividend Stocks: These high yield stocks go ex-dividend next week: BLX, AGNC, CLDT, EFC, GEL, PAA, PAGP, PSEC, PSXP, SAN, SKT, VET, WHF.

Market Breadth: 20 out of 30 DOW stocks rose this week, vs. 18 last week. 68% of the S&P 500 rose, vs. 63% last week.

FOREX: The US $ rose vs. most major currencies this week, except the Loonie.

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“3 Spooky High-Yield Trades With Insider Buying: 9% To 16%”(FRIDAY)

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Economic Reports: “Sales of newly-constructed homes in the U.S. decreased 0.7% on a monthly basis in September to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 701,000. That’s down slightly from a downwardly revised rate of 706,000 in August, which was almost as high as the 12-year record set back in June. Compared with September 2018, new-home sales were up 15.5%. This was the first time since 2007 that new home sales exceeded a 700,000 annual pace for two straight months.
New home sales fell for most of the country. They decreased most significantly in the West, where the sales volume was 3.8% lower than the previous month, followed by the Northeast (down 2.8%) and the South (down 0.2%). The Midwest was the only region where new home sales picked up from August, rising 6.3%. At the end of September, the government estimated there was a 5.5-month supply of new homes available for sale, in line with the previous month but slightly below the six-month threshold that represents a balanced market. Last December, the supply of homes peaked around seven months.” (MarketWatch)

“New orders for key U.S.-made capital goods fell more than expected in September and shipments also declined, a sign that business investment remains weak amid the continuing fallout from the U.S.-China trade war. The Commerce Department said orders for non-defense capital goods excluding aircraft, which are seen as a measure of business spending plans on equipment, fell 0.5% last month on less demand for transportation equipment, motor vehicles and parts, and computers and electronic products. Data for August was also revised down to show core capital goods orders falling 0.6% instead of declining 0.4% as previously reported. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast core capital goods orders dipping 0.2% in September.” (Reuters)

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Week Ahead Highlights: It’ll be a jam-packed week – it’s the busiest week of the earnings season, with major companies like Apple and Alphabet reporting. There will also be a key Federal Reserve meeting in mid-week, which may bring another rate cut. The week will end with the October non-farm Payrolls report.

Next Week’s US Economic Reports:

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Sectors: The Energy and Tech sectors led this week, with Real Estate lagging.

Futures: WTI Crude rose 5.12% this week, finishing at $56.63, while Natural Gas rose 6%.

Stock Market News: 10-19-19

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Market Indexes: The market fell this week, with small caps pulling back the most, down -2.99%. The S&P 500 held up the best, but still fell -.70%, as investors worried about slowing economic conditions, in spite of some positive earnings reports from big banks.

This Week’s Options Trades: We added long term covered call and a put-selling trades for mega cap Conglomerate GE to our Public Covered Calls Table and to our Public Cash Secured Puts Table this week.

There are several Covered Call trades with annualized yields above 25%, including CTAS, CTL, IVZ, AAPL, and others.

Volatility: The VIX fell 10% this week, ending the week at $14.25.

High Dividend Stocks: These high yield stocks go ex-dividend next week: F, CMRE, SMTA.

Market Breadth: Only 18 out of 30 DOW stocks rose this week, vs. 10 last week. 63% of the S&P 500 rose, vs. 38% last week.

FOREX: The US $ fell vs. most major currencies this week.

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“GE: Back To The Future – 3 Tax Deferred 10% To 13% Trades” (FRIDAY)

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Economic Reports: Housing Starts and Building Permits both fell in Sept.

“Of the 11 S&P 500 companies that reported earnings before the bell on Tuesday, only two missed Wall Street’s estimates. UnitedHealth, Johnson & Johnson, J.P. Morgan Chase all beat analysts’ expectations, while Goldman Sachs and Wells Fargo fell short of estimates.
Earnings for the S&P 500 are expected to decline by 4.6% this quarter, after growing by more than 3% in the second quarter, according to FactSet. This trend has not played out so far this season. Including those that reported on Tuesday morning, 34 S&P 500 companies have reported third-quarter results and 26 of 34 companies have reported positive EPS growth, according to The Earnings Scouting Report.” (CNBC)

“U.S. retail sales fell for the first time in seven months in September, raising concerns that the slowdown in business spending evident in the manufacturing sector, resulting from the current US administration’s international trade policies, may be spilling over into consumer spending.
. A Chinese protest against a bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in support of Hong Kong also cast doubt on prospects for the future of the trade deal between the two countries announced last Friday.” (MarketWatch)

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Week Ahead Highlights: Around 25% of the S&P 500 is slated to report quarterly numbers next week, including Amazon, Caterpillar and Intel. Consumer sentiment and durable goods orders will also be in focus for investors.

Next Week’s US Economic Reports:

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Sectors: Telecoms and Healthcare sectors led this week, with Energy stocks lagging.

Futures: WTI Crude fell 1.55% this week, finishing at $54.79, while Natural Gas rose  6.55%.

Stock Market News: 10-12-19


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Market Indexes: The market rose over 1% on Friday, after news of a partial US-China trade deal, but was down again for the week, with small caps trailing the other major averages.

This Week’s Options Trades: We added covered call and a put-selling trades for mega cap Telecom dividend stocks AT&T, and Verizon to our Covered Calls Table and to our Cash Secured Puts Table this week.

There are several Covered Call trades with annualized yields above 30%, including GOOG HP, AAPL, and others. Our Cash Secured Puts table has put trades ranging up to over 30%.

Volatility: The VIX fell 7% this week, ending the week at $15.85.

High Dividend Stocks: These high yield stocks go ex-dividend next week: SUNS.

Market Breadth: 22 out of 30 DOW stocks rose this week, vs. 10 last week. 62% of the S&P 500 rose, vs. 38% last week.

FOREX: The US $ fell vs. most major currencies, but rose vs. the Yen, and the Swiss Franc.

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“AT&T Vs. Verizon: Telecom Titans Smackdown” (FRIDAY)

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Economic Reports: “U.S. producer prices unexpectedly fell in September, leading to the smallest annual increase in nearly three years, which could give the Federal Reserve room to cut interest rates again later this month. The producer price index for final demand dropped 0.3% last month, weighed down by decreases in the costs of goods and services, the government said. That was the largest decline since January and followed a 0.1% gain in August.
In the 12 months through September the PPI increased 1.4%, the smallest gain since November 2016, after rising 1.8% in August. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast the PPI nudging up 0.1% in September and advancing 1.8% on a year-on-year basis.

Excluding the volatile food, energy and trade services components, producer prices were unchanged last month after jumping 0.4% in August. The so-called core PPI increased 1.7% in the 12 months through September after climbing 1.9% in August. The Fed, which has a 2% annual inflation target, tracks the core personal consumption expenditures (PCE) price index for monetary policy. The core PCE price index rose 1.8% on a year-on-year basis in August and has undershot its target this year.

Some economists expect the U.S. central bank could cut rates at its Oct. 29-30 policy meeting amid signs that the current US administration’s 15-month trade war with China, which has weighed on business investment and pushed manufacturing into recession, was impacting the broader economy.” (Reuters)

“The number of job openings nationwide fell in August for the third straight month and hit a one-and-a-half-year low, coinciding with a decline in hiring that’s taken place against the backdrop of a slowing U.S. economy. Job openings slipped to 7.05 million in August from 7.17 million in the prior month. Although the number of jobs openings still easily exceeds the 5.8 million Americans officially classified as unemployed, they’ve declined almost 8% since the start of the year.” (Marketplace)
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Week Ahead Highlights: “The biggest U.S. banks are expected to kick off the earnings season on a sour note next week due to falling interest rates, which may have pressured net interest margins enough to cause the sector’s first year-over-year earnings per share decline in three years. While strength in mortgage banking and cheap valuations could provide support to the S&P 500 bank index, its performance depends on what reassurance executives provide on credit conditions, the outlook for loan growth and their ability to reduce deposit costs during their conference calls.
Tuesday brings third quarter profit reports from Citigroup Inc, Wells Fargo and Co, JPMorgan Chase & Co, and Goldman Sachs. Bank of America reports on Wednesday.

The biggest U.S. banks will report a 1.2% decline in third-quarter earnings, while revenue is seen rising 0.9%, according to data aggregated by Refinitiv analyst David Aurelio. This would be the first profit decline since the same quarter in 2016, according to data from Factset.” (Reuters)

Next Week’s US Economic Reports:

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Sectors: Defensive Utilities and Real Estate sectors led again this week with Energy stocks lagging.

Futures: WTI Crude rose 3.8% this week, finishing at $54.79, while Natural Gas fell 5.4%.

“Oil prices rose on Thursday as OPEC indicated that all options were on the table to balance oil markets and that it would take a decision in December on supply for next year. A December meeting between the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries plus allies including Russia would take “decisions that will set us on the path of heightened and sustained stability for 2020”, Barkindo said on Thursday. Separately, Saudi Arabia told OPEC its monthly oil output fell by 660,000 bpd in September after major attacks on its energy facilities, while OPEC lowered its 2020 forecast for non-OPEC supply growth.” (Reuters)

Stock Market News: 10-5-19


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Market Indexes: The market fell again, for the 3rd straight week, with small caps falling the most, down -5.19%, followed by the NASDAQ, down -2.38%, the DOW, down -2.37%, and the S&P, down ~1.84%, as investors had renewed recession concerns over weakening US economic data, after September manufacturing activity fell to a more than 10-year low. In addition to pressures from the impeachment inquiry, the market now has an escalation of the trade war, with the US imposing $7.5B in tariffs against European goods. A rally on Friday occurred after a modest Sept. jobs report.

This Week’s Options Trades: We added covered call and a put-selling trades for mega cap banking stock JPMorgan Chase, (JPM), to our Covered Calls Table and to our Cash Secured Puts Table this week.

There are several Covered Call trades with annualized yields above 25%, including TLT, FB, AAPL, and others. Our Cash Secured Puts table has put trades ranging up to nearly 50%.

Volatility: The VIX fell 1% this week, after hitting over $21.00 on Wednesday, ending the week at $17.04.

High Dividend Stocks: These high yield stocks go ex-dividend next week: LOAN, CIO, PMT, ARR.

Market Breadth: Only 10 out of 30 DOW stocks rose this week, vs. 14 last week. 38% of the S&P 500 rose, vs. 42% last week.

FOREX: The US $ fell vs. the Pound, the Loonie, and the Aussie $, but rose vs. the Euro, the Yen, the Swiss Franc, and the NZ $ in September.

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“Doubling Down On JPMorgan Chase Dividends For 15% Yields” (FRIDAY)

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Economic Reports: “U.S. job growth increased moderately in September, with the unemployment rate dropping to near a 50-year low of 3.5%, assuaging financial market concerns that the slowing economy was on the brink of a recession amid lingering trade tensions. Non-farm payrolls increased by 136,000 jobs last month, the government said. August data was revised to show 168,000 jobs created instead of the previously reported 130,000 positions.
The initial August job count was probably held back by a seasonal quirk related to students leaving their summer jobs and returning to school. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast payrolls would increase by 145,000 jobs in September.” (Reuters)
“Automatic Data Processing showed that a modest 135,000 jobs were created in September, another sign that hiring is slowing along with the broader U.S. economy. That missed the Econoday consensus forecast of 152,000 jobs. The average monthly job growth for the past three months also fell to 145,000 from 214,000 for the same time period last year.” (MarketWatch)
“U.S. manufacturing activity tumbled to a more than 10-year low in September as lingering trade tensions weighed on exports, further heightening financial market concerns of a sharp slowdown in economic growth in the third quarter. The survey from the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) on Tuesday came on the heels of data last week showing a moderation in consumer spending in August. The economy’s fading fortunes have been blamed on the White House’s 15-month trade war with China, which has sapped business confidence and undermined manufacturing.
The ISM said its index of national factory activity dropped 1.3 points to a reading of 47.8 last month, the lowest level since June 2009, when the recession was ending. A reading below 50 indicates contraction in the manufacturing sector, which accounts for about 11% of the U.S. economy. September’s reading marked the second straight month that the index broke below the 50 threshold.” (Reuters)

“Outlays for U.S. construction projects rose 0.1% in August at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.29 trillion, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. Economists polled by MarketWatch had expected a 0.4% gain. Activity has been weak but economists think housing may pick up as interest rates fall.” (MarketWatch)

“U.S. stocks fell sharply Thursday morning after a report on the U.S. services sector showed it growing at a slower pace than at any point since 2016, following a report on manufacturing earlier this week that showed it contracting for the second month in a row.The ISM’s index of the Services sector came in at 52.6% in September, down from 56.4% in August, and below economists expectations of 55.3%, according to a MarketWatch poll of economists.

Investors also were digesting news that the U.S. will impose some $7.5 billion in import duties on goods from the EU, including jetliners, Irish and Scotch whiskies, cheeses and hand tools, starting later this month, after the U.S.won WTO backing on Wednesday.” (MarketWatch)


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Week Ahead Highlights: With this week’s weak Sept. mfg. report pointing to trade as a major cause of economic slowdown, the trade talks resuming in DC next week take on even more significance.

Next Week’s US Economic Reports:

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Sectors: Defensive Utilities and Real Estate sectors led this week with Energy stocks lagging.

Futures: WTI Crude has risen 16.74 in 2019, while Natural Gas has fallen 20.1%.

Stock Market News: 9-28-19

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Market Indexes: The market fell this week, with small caps falling the most, down -3.9%, followed by the NASDAQ, down -2.9%. The DOW and the S&P had similar losses this week, both down ~1.5%, in the wake of the impeachment inquiry announcement in DC.

This Week’s Options Trades: We added covered call and a put-selling trades for mega cap banking stock Bank of America, (BAC), to our Covered Calls Table and to our Cash Secured Puts Table this week.

There are several Covered Call trades with annualized yields north of 20%, including STX, T, CTL, and others.

Our Cash Secured Puts table has put trades ranging up to over 50%.

Volatility: The VIX rose 12.4% this week, ending the week at $17.22.

High Dividend Stocks: These high yield stocks go ex-dividend next week: JCAP, KIM, BRX, WPP.

Market Breadth: Only 14 out of 30 DOW stocks rose this week, vs. 7 last week. 42% of the S&P 500 rose, vs. 40% last week.

FOREX: The US $ fell vs. most major currencies, but rose vs. the Euro, Aussie $, the Yen, and the Pound.

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“Doubling Down On Bank Of America Dividends For 14% To 18% Yields” (FRIDAY)

“The Best 9% Yield Shipping Stock You’ve Never Heard Of: American Shipping, No K-1” (SATURDAY)

Economic Reports: “IHS Markit’s Purchasing Manager’s Index (PMI) for U.S. manufacturing activity rose to a reading of 51 in September from 50.3 in August, topping expectations of economists polled by Reuters. Services PMI came in slightly weaker than expected at 50.9.
The report follows dour business surveys from across the euro zone, which suggested growth had ground to a halt in the bloc. Other economic reports on investor radar in the final week of the third quarter include core personal consumption data – the Fed’s preferred inflation gauge – and final reading of second-quarter GDP data.” (Reuters)

Q2 GDP stayed at 2%, in its final revision.

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Week Ahead Highlights: Trade headlines, Fed speakers and reports on jobs and manufacturing are the big items for markets in the week ahead. The Sept. jobs report will be issued on Friday.

Next Week’s US Economic Reports:

(MarketWatch)

Sectors: Real Estate and Consumer Staples led this week, with Consumer Discretionary stocks lagging.

Futures: WTI Crude fell 3.3%, and ended the week at $56.18. Natural Gas fell -5.45%.

Stock Market News: 9-21-19

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Market Indexes: Market indices fell in this eventful week, with small caps falling the most, and the S&P falling the least. The week started off with oil surging the most since 2016, after a weekend bombing of a major Saudi oil complex. The Fed lowered its rate by .25% on Wednesday, as expected, but was divided on future rate hikes.  Stocks fell on Friday, after Chinese officials unexpectedly canceled a visit to farms in Montana and Nebraska as deputy trade negotiators wrapped up two days of negotiations in Washington.

“Oil futures headed for their sharpest daily rise in years on Monday after a weekend drone attack on major crude facilities in Saudi Arabia threatened to create a supply crunch that was roiling global crude markets. West Texas Intermediate crude for October delivery was up 11.6%, or $6..38, at $61.23 a barrel. A gain of that magnitude, if prices hold, would represent the largest daily gain for the most-active contract since Feb. 12, 2016, according to FactSet data.
Price spikes in crude come after a Saturday attack on Saudi Arabia’s Abqaiq plant and its Khurais oil field, which has thrown offline an estimated 5.7 million barrels of the kingdom’s crude oil production a day, equivalent to more than 5% of the world’s daily supply. The Wall Street Journal, citing Saudi officials, have said 1/3rd of the output would be restored on Monday, but a return to full production may take weeks, experts have said.” (MarketWatch)

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Volatility: The VIX rose 11.5% this week, ending the week at $15.32.

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Market Breadth: Only 7 out of 30 DOW stocks rose this week, vs. 20 last week. 40% of the S&P 500 rose, vs. 67% last week.

FOREX: The US $ rose vs. most major currencies, but rose vs. the Loonie and the Yen.

This Week’s Seeking Alpha Articles:

“10% Yield, 26 Straight Hikes, 10% Distribution Growth For Delek Logistics Partners” (FRIDAY)

“OMP Is On Sale: 12% Yield, 14% In 2020, Higher Beyond, With 1.7X Coverage, Big Upside Opportunity” (SATURDAY)

Economic Reports: “The US central bank has cut interest rates for only the second time since 2008, amid concerns about slowing global growth and trade wars. As expected the Federal Reserve lowered the target range for its key interest rate by 0.25 basis points to between 1.75% and 2%. The bank said the cut is aimed at shoring up the US economy, amid “uncertainties” about future growth. Mr Powell said policymakers decided on a second cut after global growth slowed and trade tensions worsened over the summer.
But officials were divided about the decision and over the need for future rises. Seven members of the Federal Reserve Open Markets Committee, which sets the rates, voted in favour of Wednesday’s cut, including Mr Powell. Two members wanted to hold the rate steady, while one wanted to cut further.” (BBC)

“The central bank now expects GDP to grow at a 2.2% pace for 2019, versus the 2.1% forecast in June. The unemployment rate is expected to rise to 3.7% this year, slightly above the 3.6% projection in June. The GDP outlook for 2020 stayed unchanged at 2%. The Fed still expects the headline inflation to grow at 1.5% this year, while its expectations for core inflation, which excludes volatile food and energy prices, stayed at 1.8%.” (CNBC)


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Week Ahead Highlights: The revised Q2 GDP figure will be released, in addition to several Consumer-related reports.

Next Week’s US Economic Reports:

(MarketWatch)

Sectors: Defensive Utilities and Real Estate led this week, with Consumer Discretionary lagging.

Futures: WTI Crude rose 6.45% this week, ending at $58.39. Natural Gas fell 3.02%.
“Saudi Arabia sought to calm markets on Tuesday after an attack on its oil facilities, with sources in the kingdom saying output was recovering much more quickly than initially forecast and could be fully back in two or three weeks. The attack knocked out half of Saudi Arabia’s oil production, or 5% of global output, sending prices soaring when trading resumed on Monday. So the new prediction of a quick return to normal output sent prices down sharply on Tuesday. (REUTERS)

Stock Market News: 8-24-19

Market Indexes: It was another volatile week for the markets, with Fed chief Powell’s speech falling on negative ears – the market was looking for reassurance of a deep interest rate cut in September, or even a cut announcement at the meeting, but it didn’t happen.
Investors think another interest-rate cut in September is a foregone conclusion, but other Fed officials’ comments indicate that the FOMC rate- setting committee has a difference of opinions on that subject.
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Stock Market News: 8-10-19

“Late Sunday, China let the yuan breach the key 7-per-dollar level for the first time in more than a decade and announced it was halting its purchases of U.S. agricultural products, halting a global rally which had pushed benchmark indexes in the United States and China up more than 20% for the year to date. Click here to read more…

Stock Market News: 8-3-19

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Market Indexes: It was a rough week for the markets, with the Fed making its predicted .25% rate cut, but indicating this isn’t necessarily the start of a new trend. More tariff rhetoric from DC drew an immediate response from China, which rattled investors. The Payrolls report didn’t disappoint, but wasn’t enough to reverse the market’s decline. Click here to read more…

Stock Market News: 7-20-19

Market Indexes: All 4 market indexes fell this week, with the Russell small caps lagging. Trade worries and heightened tensions in Iran weighed on the market.
“A narrow waterway in the Middle East that marks the most sensitive transportation choke point for global oil supplies remained in focus Friday after Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard said it seized a British-flagged tanker in the Strait of Hormuz, Click here to read more…

Stock Market News: 7-6-19

“Global stocks rallied and bonds retreated on Monday as the United States and China agreed to restart trade talks at the G20 summit over the weekend, leading investors to bet that a breakthrough between the world’s two largest economies would jumpstart global economic growth. The US and China agreed on Saturday to resume trade negotiations after the US offered concessions to China met at the Group of 20 summit in Japan. Those included no new tariffs and an easing of restrictions on tech company Huawei. China agreed to make unspecified new purchases of U.S. farm products and return to the negotiating table.” (Reuters)
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Stock Market News 6-15-19


“Hong Kong police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at demonstrators who threw plastic bottles on Wednesday as protests against an extradition bill that would allow people to be sent to mainland China for trial descended into violent chaos. Civil Human Rights Front, which organized a protest on Sunday that it estimated saw more than a million people take to the streets in protest against the extradition bill, accused police of using unnecessary violence.” (Reuters)

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Stock Market News 6-8-19

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Markets: Market indexes roared back this week, supported by a Fed chief Powell’s remarks in a speech Tuesday, that were seen as opening the door to a rate cut if the economy slows. The  weak jobs report on Friday morning also added fuel to the fire, sending all 4 indexes up for the week. The DOW led, up 4.71%, followed by the S&P, up 4.41%, the NASDAQ, up 3.88%, and the Russell small caps, up 3.43%:

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Stock Market News: 6-1-19


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Markets: Market indexes fell again this week, pressured by ongoing trade war rhetoric, and a surprise expansion of the trade war to include Mexico. This was a dismal May for the market, with the DOW falling -6.69%, the S&P 500 falling -6.58%, the NASDAQ down -7.93%, and the Russell small caps down -7.85%.
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Stock Market News: 5-25-19

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Markets: Market indexes fell this week, pressured by ongoing trade war rhetoric, and falling oil prices, which posted their biggest weekly drop of the year, due to concerns about rising inventories and worries about the global economy. The DOW held up the best, but still fell -.89%, while the S&P fell -1.17%. The NASDAQ trailed, losing -2.29%, and the Russell small caps lost -1.34%. This was the DOW’s longest weekly losing streak since 2011.
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Stock Market News: 5-11-19

Markets: This was the market’s worst week of the year, with volatile sessions every day, due to constant trade talk fears, which were exacerbated by rhetoric. The market turned up Friday afternoon, after a comment by Fed member Bostic, who said on Friday that the central bank could cut interest rates if a trade fight begins to hurt to American economy.

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Stock Market News: 4-20-19

Markets:  It was a short, but mixed week for the market, with the DOW up .56%, and the S&P 500 slightly down. The RUSSELL trailed again, falling -1.29%, and the NASDAQ had a small .17% gain. The market was held back by lagging healthcare stocks, which fell, after several news stories surfaced detailing future potential overhauls to the US healthcare system.
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Stock Market News: 4-13-19

Markets: It was a mixed week for the market, with the NASDAQ and the S&P 500 posting good gains. The DOW and RUSSELL trailed. The market was buoyed on Friday by positive earnings report from JPMorgan and PNC; and the unveiling of its pricing for its new streaming service from Disney. Oil also gained this week.
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Stock Market News: 3-23-19

Economic News: “The Federal Reserve doesn’t see any interest rate hikes coming in 2019.
Patient means that we see no need to rush to judgment,” Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said, adding it could be “some time” before the jobs and inflation outlooks provide a reason to change policy. Treasury yields dropped to the lowest in over a year. Click here to read more…

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Markets: It was an up week for the market, with the Tech-heavy NASDAQ logging a big 3.78% gain. Indexes logged their best weekly gains in several weeks, and the S&P 500 and Nasdaq finished at their highest levels since early October, as investors focused on progress on China trade talks. Boeing shares, which had slumped over the past 2 weeks, rebounded a bit at the end of the week. The NASDAQ and the Russell small caps lead year to date.
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STOCK MARKET NEWS: 3-9-19

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Markets: It was a down week for the market, which was blindsided by the unexpected ECB stimulus announcement, and then confronted with a very weak US Payrolls report on Friday. Investors went “risk off”, and sold off small caps – the Russell 2000 lost -3.28%, while the S&P held up the best, losing -1.49%.
“The economy’s remarkably steady job-creation machine sputtered in February and produced a mere 20,000 jobs. It was the smallest gain in well over a year and came on top of other signs that the economy was off to a sluggish start in 2019.” (NY Times)
“The European Central Bank slashed its growth forecasts and surprised everyone with a new round of policy stimulus, leaving investors fearing the worst for the global economy. ECB President Mario Draghi said the economy was in “a period of continued weakness and pervasive uncertainty” as he pushed out a planned rate hike and instead offered banks a new round of cheap loans. The reversal came in the same week that Canada’s central bank took a sudden dovish turn and dismal data from Australia to the UK instilled a sense of foreboding in markets.” (Reuters)

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Stock Market News: 3-2-19

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Markets: It was a mixed week for the market, with the DOW and RUSSELL small caps  flat, the S&P up .39%, and the NASDAQ leading. Investors were buoyed by positive comments from both sides about the US-China trade talks.

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Stock Market News: 1-19-19

Markets: It was another up week for the market, with investors upbeat on US-China trade talks, and ignoring the government shutdown, which is now the longest one in US history. This was the 3rd straight positive week for the market, and it was broad-based, with all sectors except defensive Utilities rising.

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Stock Market News: 1-5-19

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Markets: It was a volatile start to 2019, with the market gyrating over the past 3 days, hit by Apple’s downward earnings revision,
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Stock Market News: 12-1-18

Markets: It was an up week for the market, with all 4 indexes posting major gains, as investors were encouraged by Fed chief Powell’s rewording of the Fed’s current rate hike trajectory, and by good online holiday sales figures. Investors also overcame saber rattling chatter from the G20 summit U.S.-China trade talks. With this week’s gains, all 4 indexes returned to positive territory for the year to date.
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Stock Market News: 11-24-18

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Markets: It was another rough week for the market, with all 4 indexes falling again. For the 2nd week in a row, the Russell small caps held up the best, while the tech-heavy NASDAQ trailed. On Friday, the market closed early, at 1pm, after the Thursday break. Oil prices slipped to their lowest in over a year, dragging down energy shares. Markets were also rattled about the administration’s latest threats to the independence of the Fed.  Meanwhile investors were also jittery ahead of next week’s G20 summit U.S.-China trade talks.


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Stock Market News: 11-17-18



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Markets: It was a rough week for the market, with all 4 indexes falling. In a turnaround from recent trends, the Russell small caps held up the best, while the DOW megacaps trailed. Falling crude prices and trade talk confusion gave investors the jitters.

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Stock Market News: 10-27-18

Markets: It was yet another turbulent week for the market, with all 4 indexes down at least around -3% or more. The DOW held up the best, but still lost -2.97%, while the S&P trailed, losing nearly -4%. Both the DOW and the S&P are now in the red for 2018. The Russell small caps and the NASDAQ both lost ~-3.8%.
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WTI rose .52%, finishing the week at $67.62, while Natural Gas fell -.34%.
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Stock Market News: 9-15-18

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Markets: It was an up week for the market, as investors took heart earlier in the week from the possibility of further trade talks between the US and China, but the market ended the day nearly flat on Friday, with the US readying more tariffs vs. China. The NASDAQ led the way this week, with Tech stocks getting a bounce. Click here to read more…

Stock Market News: 8-25-18

Markets: It was an up week for the market, as tariff war fears subsided a bit, crude oil rallied, and the Fed struck a moderate tone at its annual conference.
The Russell small caps and the NASDAQ led, while the DOW and S&P 500 also gained.

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Stock Market News: 8-4-18

Markets: It was yet another mixed week for the market, with the DOW flat, and the S&P 500, NASDAQ, and RUSSELL small caps all up. Apple’s robust earnings helped the bulls, but the bears were aided by ongoing tariff troubles. On Friday, the market shook off a tepid jobs report.
“U.S. stocks fell on Thursday, weighed down by financials, as worries of a trade war between the United States and China were heightened after the White House proposed 25% tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports. The increase is up from a previously proposed 10% duty because China has refused to meet Washington’s demands and has imposed retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods. Beijing responded to the new threat saying it was ready to escalate the trade war.” Click here to read more…

Stock Market News: 7-21-18


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Markets: It was a mixed week for the market, with the DOW, the S&P 500, and the NASDAQ all roughly flat, while the Russell small caps notched a gain. Strong earnings reports from MSFT and other major firms failed to counter investor trade war jitters, which were fueled Friday by another round of rhetoric from the White House, in addition to warnings from US firms about tariffs dampening profits.
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Stock Market News: 7-14-18

Markets: It was an up week for the market, with investors shaking off trade war developments. Oddly, the Russell small caps fell, lagging the DOW, the S&P 500, and the NASDAQ. The megacap DOW led the way, climbing above the 25,000 level for the 1st time in almost a month, while technology stocks pushed the Nasdaq to a record high.
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Stock Market News: 7-7-18

Markets: It was an up week for the market, as a good payrolls report on Friday helped investors to shrug off escalating trade war battles.  The Russell small caps led, which makes sense, considering that there are more small US companies which don’t rely on international trade.
U.S. government bond yields fell on Friday to their lowest level since late January, extending their pullback for the week, after the economy added more jobs than forecasted in June. Yields fall when bond prices rise. Click here to read more…

STOCK MARKET NEWS: 6-9-18

Markets: It was a big up week for the market, with solid gains across the board. The DOW bounced back from last week’s loss, logging its best week since March, to lead all 4 indexes. Investors shrugged off global trade tensions, and focused on better earnings – Wall Street estimates 2018 earnings growth of 22.2%, according to Thomson Reuters. A retreat by the $ also perked up Basic Materials stocks – the sector was up 2.98% this week.
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STOCK MARKET NEWS: 6-2-18

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Markets: It was a mixed week for the market. The DOW was down, but the S&P, NASDAQ, and Russell small caps all gained. The NASDAQ led again, with a 1.62% gain. The market rallied Friday, led by bank stocks as a stronger-than-expected jobs report for May reinforced expectations of a June interest rate hike by the Fed.
On Thursday, the US imposed steel and aluminum tariffs on the country’s top allies, the EU, Canada, and Mexico. The tariffs will be 25% on steel and 10% on aluminum. Canada, Mexico and the EU made up 50% of US steel imports in 2017.
Stocks plunged Thursday after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced steel and aluminum tariffs against the US. The EU announced tariffs on Harley Davidson, and Mexico also said it would retaliate.

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Stock Market News – 5-26-18

Markets: It was a flat week for the DOW; the S&P was up a bit, and the Russell small caps trailed. The NASDAQ led, with a 1.08% gain.  Crude oil fell on Friday, due to OPEC talk of raising production levels. N. Korea tensions arose again, as talks were cancelled.

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Volatility: The VIX was down 1.9% this week, ending the week at $13.17.
“The Fed will consider a proposal to modify the “Volcker Rule” banning proprietary trading by banks at a May 30 meeting of its board, the central bank announced Wednesday.
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Stock Market News: 5/19/18

Markets: It was a down week for the DOW, S&P and the NASDAQ, with only the Russell small caps up this week. Wall Street slipped on Friday, weighed down by financials and as Alphabet and Applied Materials led technology stocks lower, although losses were limited as industrial shares gained on signs of progress in Sino-U.S. trade talks.
News:  Retail Sales ex-Autos were below forecasts for April, rising 0.3%, vs. the 0.5% forecast. Housing Starts were ~ in line with forecasts.  The Empire State Index rose 20.1% in May, vs. 15.8% in April.
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Stock Market News: 5/12/18

“The U.S. stock market has seen volatility rear up in 2018, with major indexes experiencing wild swings on a nearly daily basis. There have been a number of causes often cited for the recent bout of turbulence, including concerns over inflation, geopolitical uncertainty, and the first-quarter earnings season, but one of Wall Street’s most prominent investment banks fingers one key culprit: Main Street.
Citing both their outsize ownership of stocks and a surge in recent trading activity, Goldman attributed the recent whipsawing trading in the equity market to…
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Stock Market News: 5/5/18

Markets: It was a mixed week – with all 4 indexes saved from weekly losses by Friday’s big rally, powered by positive news about Warren Buffet’s bigger stake in Apple. The DOW and the S&P finished the week slightly down, while the NASDAQ led all 4 indexes, followed by the Russell 2000.

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Stock Market News: 4/28/18

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Markets: It was an flat-to-down week for the market, with 3 out of 4 indexes posting losses, and the S&P flat. It was an “Earnings vs. Higher Rates” showdown, and rate fears appear to have won this week. The Fed funds futures market shows a nearly 50% chance that the Fed will also raise its rate in December, for a total of 4 rate hikes in 2018. This is up from 33% a month ago.

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Stock Market News: 4/21/18

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Markets: It was an up week for the market, with all 4 indexes posting gains, led by the Russell small caps. The week ended on a down day, though, investors grew leery of rising bond yields and rising inflation. The 10-Year Treasury note rose to 2.956% on Friday, the highest since January 2014. Stocks have been more sensitive to bond prices recently, as the 10-year yield approaches 3%. Click here to read more…

Stock Market News: 4/14/18

Markets: It was an up week for the market, with all 4 indexes posting strong gains, as the market turned in its best performance in a month. Trade war fears ebbed, but investors were unimpressed on Friday by good major bank earnings reports, sending the market down in late trading. Even though JPM, C, and WFC beat earnings estimates, investors were expecting more, due to the anticipated benefits from the tax cut bill. These 3 banks fell from -1.5% to 3.4% on Friday.

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Stock Market News: 4/7/18

Markets: It was a down week for the market, with all 4 indexes falling, as investors reacted to tariffs from China, a disappointing March Non-Farm Payrolls report, and a rate-hawkish speech from new Fed chief Powell on Friday. The DOW, S&P, and the RUSSELL small caps are in the red so far in 2018, with the NASDAQ being the only index still in positive territory year-to-date, (but barely).
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Stock Market News: 3-24-18


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Markets: It was another rough week for the market, with all 4 indexes falling by large percentages, as DC tariffs on Chinese goods and China’s response spooked investors. The Russell 2000 held up the best, but still lost -4.91%. The DOW lost -5.67% and the S&P 500 lost -5.95%, and are now both negative for 2018. The only index in positive territory year to date is the NASDAQ.
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Stock Market News: 3/10/18


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Markets: It was a big up week for the market, with all the DOW and S&P 500 indexes rising over 3%, and the NASDAQ & Russell 2000 rising over 4%. Half of the week’s gains for the DOW and the S&P came on Friday, buoyed by a strong Non-Farm Payrolls Report.
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Stock Market News – 2/17/18

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Markets: The market bounced back this week, with all 4 indexes making big gains, and recapturing half of the gains from the pullback earlier in the month. It was the market’s best week in over 5 years. Click here to read more…

STOCK MARKET NEWS: 1-13-18

Markets: It was another big week, with all 4 indexes up again, and hitting new highs. All main stock benchmarks closed at records on Tuesday with the S&P 500 notching 6 straight records to kick off a new year, something it has not done since 1964. The Dow and the S&P had the best start to the calendar year since 2003.
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Stock Market News: 1-6-18

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Markets: It was a big week to start the year, with gains across multiple sectors, with the NASDAQ surging over 3%, the S&P and DOW up over 2%, and the Russell small caps up 1.5%.
“The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 25% last year, marking the 10th time since 1950 that it scored an annual advance of that magnitude or more. What typically has happened after such banner years? The Dow has been higher in the next year on eight occasions posting a double-digit percentage rise six times. Click here to read more…

Stock Market News: 12/30/17

Markets: It was a down week, with typical year end light volume- with all 4 indexes losing ground for the week.The NASDAQ led in 2017, followed byThe DOW and the S&P 500, and the Russell Small Caps lagged. The DOW hit new highs 71 times in 2017.

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Stock Market News: 12-23-17

Markets: It was a mixed week again- with 3 out of 4 indexes gaining for the week and hitting record highs, as the Tax Bill was passed. The DOW and the S&P led, and the NASDAQ gained, but the Russell Small Caps actually lost ground again this week.

“The Dow Jones Industrial avg. did something on Monday, it has never done in its 121-year history. The 30-stock average is now up more than 5,000 points in a year, marking its biggest annual-points gain ever. This following a 200-point rally Monday which sent it to an all-time high. Most of the big point moves are in recent years for an obvious reason: the Dow is much bigger than it was decades ago. So investors should keep this point move in perspective. Click here to read more…

STOCK MARKET NEWS: 12/16/17

Markets: It was a mixed week again- with 3 out of 4 indexes gaining for the week and closing at record highs on Friday, as the Tax Bill advanced further through the legislative process. The DOW and the S&P led, and the NASDAQ gained, but the Russell Small Caps actually lost .92%.
Quadruple witching, the simultaneous expiration of U.S. options and futures contracts for stocks and indexes, boosted volume to 10.7 billion shares, well above the 6.73 billion average over the last 20 trading days, and the highest since a year ago.
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Stock Market News: 12/9/17


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Markets: It was a mixed week- with the DOW and the S&P gaining, and the NASDAQ and the Russell Small Caps trailing.

“The European Union and Japan have agreed terms for a free trade deal set to create the world’s biggest open economic area.The deal – the largest struck by the EU – is expected to liberalize almost all trade between the bloc and the world’s third-largest economy. It must now be ratified by EU members and the European Parliament.

Japan has a population of about 127 million people and is Europe’s seventh-biggest export market. One of the biggest EU exports to Japan is dairy goods, as the Asian nation’s appetite for milk and milk-based products continues to rise. Meanwhile, cars are one of Japan’s biggest exports to the 27-nation bloc.” (Source: MarketWatch) Click here to read more…

STOCK MARKET NEWS: 12/2/17

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Markets: It was a mixed week for the market, with 3 out of 4 indexes gaining, but the Tech-heavy NASDAQ losing ground. However, all 4 indexes hit new all-time highs, spurred on by Tax cut hopes and OPEC support. Oil prices were helped by OPEC, which announced on Thursday that it has agreed, along with its non-member allies, to extend its oil production-cut agreement to the end of 2018. The agreement lengthens the cuts by another nine months. Click here to read more…

Stock Market News – 11-25-17


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Markets: It was a shortened, but up week for the market, helped by rising Crude Oil prices, with all 4 indexes hitting new highs. WTI Crude Oil futures are up 9.8% in 2017, and have risen in 6 of the past 7 weeks. The spread between WTI and Brent crude has been closing – WTI gained 4% and Brent futures, the international benchmark, marked a 1.8% climb.

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Stock Market News – 11/18/17

Markets: It was a split market this week, with the DOW and the S&P down, and the NASDAQ and small caps rising, as investors continued to worry about the future of promised corporate tax cuts. Stocks had their best day since Sept. on Thursday, after passage of the House tax bill.

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Stock Market News – 11/11/17

Markets: The market fell this week, with all 4 indexes down, and the small caps lagging, as investors worried about the future of promised corporate tax cuts following dueling plans unveiled by Republican lawmakers.

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Stock Market News – 11/04/17

Markets: The market rallied once again this week, with the S&P 500, and DOW hitting new highs, and the NASDAQ rallying as well, but, once again, Small caps didn’t join the party, and were down -.79% for the week.

October was a big month for the market, which saw the DOW rise over 4%, the S&P gain 2.2%; the NASDAQ up 3.6%; and small caps gain .73%:

Futures: WTI Crude futures rose 10.5% in October, natural gas also gained 3.4%.
World stock markets notched up a fresh record high on Wednesday, powered by a 3% jump in basic resources shares after oil prices hit their highest since mid-2015. Click here to read more…

STOCK MARKET NEWS: 10-7-17

Markets: The market rallied again this week, with the DOW, the S&P, and the Russell 2000 all making new all-time highs, as hopes were rekindled for tax cuts/reform. The S&P 500 rose 1.2%, hitting a sixth consecutive record high before falling on the final day. At 19 times forecast earnings, the index trades near the highest valuation since the dot-com era.

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Stock Market News: 9-30-17


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Markets: The market rallied this week, with the DOW, the S&P, and theRussell 2000 all making new all-time highs. The RUSSELL small caps went gangbusters in Sept., gaining over 6% in 1 month. The DOW and S&P both added ~ 2% for the month.

“For the first time in over three years, each of the three major Dow stock market averages has just hit a new all-time high the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Dow Jones Transportation Average, and Dow Jones Utility Average. This development is rare: Its happened in fewer than 4% of the months since 1970. But here’s the even better news: Never have any of these prior events occurred at a bull market top. The least bullish of any prior occurrences (which came in the spring of 2007) still came five months before a top”.

“To be sure, investors usually don’t pay much attention to the Dow utilities. Most of us focus just on the Dow industrials. And among those who focus on Dow averages beyond the Dow industrials, most focus on just the Dow transports. That’s because of the famous Dow Theory, the oldest market timing system that remains in widespread use today, which holds that joint new highs of both averages is confirmation that were in a bull market.”(Source: MarketWatch)

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Stock Market News: 9-9-17

Markets: The market fell this week, with the YTD-leading NASDAQ pulling back -1.17%, as investors pulled back over geopolitical tensions and hurricane-related damage concerns. All 4 indexes fell, with the small caps being the most resilient.

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STOCK MARKET NEWS: 9-2-17


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Markets: It was a big up week for the market, with the NASDAQ and the RUSSELL small caps leading, aided by an upward revision to Q2 GDP, and a lack of hawkish Fed sentiments at last weekend’s Jackson Hole conference. Even a weak Payrolls report couldn’t hold stocks back on Friday.
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STOCK MARKET NEWS – 8/26/17

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Markets: The market eked out a gain and stopped its 2-week skid, aided Friday by no rate hike comments by Fed Chief Yellen at her Jackson Hole speech.

The RUSSELL flip-flopped, and led this week, although they’re still down -3.27% for the month. The S&P, DOW and NASDAQ all had similar gains. The S&P is still within 1.5% of its all time highs.
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Stock Market News – 8/19/17


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Markets: The market fell for the 2nd straight week, with Thursday being the biggest loss in 3 months. Investors are growing more skeptical about any tax reform plans getting done in 2018. Ongoing political instability in the administration, which had to dissolve several business councils this week, after CEO’s walked, continues to shake investor confidence.
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Stock Market News – 8/5/17


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Markets: The DOW advanced .92% this week, hitting more record highs, and exceeding the 22,000 level for the 1st time ever.  The S&P had a minor gain, while was flat, and the RUSSELL small caps trailed again.
The DOW was powered by Apple, JNJ, Exxon, and JPMorgan, all among the top 5 in market cap for the index.
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Stock Market News: 7/22/17

Markets: Another week of all-time highs for the DOW, S&P, NASDAQ, and the RUSSELL 2000, fueled by rising Crude prices through most of the week, as WTI Crude hit an 8-week high mid-week. It was the 3rd straight week of a drop in US oil supplies.

Energy prices hit a snag, though, on Friday, due to a report which said that OPEC production was rising. OPEC’s July oil supply was set to rise by 145,000 barrels per day  compared to June, according to tanker-tracking firm PetroLogistics.


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Stock Market News: 7/15/17

Markets: The market had strong gains this week, spurred on by Fed chief Yellen’s dovish interest rate comments before Congress in mid-week. The S&P and DOW hit new all-time closing highs on Friday, helped by rising Crude prices, which were up this week, due to reports of a setback for Nigerian crude supplies and a recent forecast for higher oil demand this year.

Shares of JP Morgan, Citigroup, and Wells Fargo were down, despite reporting quarterly profits that beat analysts’ expectations, as investors saw limited advantages for the big banks from the prospect of fewer rate hikes.  Tech came roaring back, pushing the NASDAQ up 2.8% on the week.


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Stock Market Bulletin: 7/8/17


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Markets: The market were saved by the bullish payrolls report this week, barrelling out of a deficit with big gains on Friday. Only the Russell small caps posted a weekly loss.
The struggling Tech sector, (the most-heavily weighted sector on the S&P 500), held on to make a modest gain this week, which saw Crude futures fall -3.8%.


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Stock Market Bulletin: 7/1/17

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Markets: The market hit a rough patch this week, with the NASDAQ falling 1.99%, the S&P 500 down .61%, the DOW off by .21%, and the RUSSELL small caps flat. Small caps led in June, up 3.37%, followed by the DOW, which rose 1.62%; the S&P was up .48% in June with the Tech-heavy NASDAQ trailing, down -.94%, as investors rotated out of Tech stocks.

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Stock Market News: 6/17/17

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Markets: The market was split again this week, with the RUSSELL small caps and the NASDAQ lagging, the S&P flat, and the DOW rising.Tech stocks continue to fall, as investors took profits.
Amazon shocked the food world by bidding $42/share to buy out Whole Foods. Barclays now thinks that this may spark a bidding war, as retail grocery competitors place rival bids. (For more info on Whole Foods, (WFM), see the latest article on our Dividend Stocks Blog, which came out the day before the Amazon deal was announced.
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Stock Market News: 6/10/17


Markets: The market was split this week, with the DOW, S&P and NASDAQ hitting new all-time highs again, in spite of the DC Comey drama, and an adverse UK election result. However, the S&P and NASDAQ fell for the week, while the RUSSELL small caps and the DOW rose. Tech stocks had a big intra-day pullback on Friday, with many dropping over -4%
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Stock Market News: 5/27/17

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Markets: The market rose this week, with the S&P and NASDAQ hitting new all-time highs. On Friday, trading volume was the lowest of the year. Equity prices have risen on stronger-than-expected Q1 earnings, which grew 15% for S&P 500 companies.

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Stock Market News: 5/20/17

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Markets: The market fell this week, reacting to more uncertainty in DC, and a scandal in Brazil. The market fell over 1% on Wednesday, for only the 2nd time in 2017, as the promise of tax reform seemed to fade further into the future.
The Russell Small Caps Index trailed, and even the NASDAQ pulled back.

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Stock Market News: 5/13/17

Markets: The market fell this week, reacting to an uncertain US political environment, after the firing of FBI director Comey. Brick & Mortar Retail stocks slid, led down by JC Penney, which reported mixed results. Retail Sales rose .4% in April, below the .4% forecast.
The NASDAQ was the sole gainer, and leads the other indexes by a wide margin year-to-date, buoyed by resurgent Tech firms.

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Stock Market News: 5/6/17

Markets: The market rose this week, led again by the NASDAQ, which closed at another all-time high. Friday’s positive Non-Farm Payrolls report spurred the market on, capturing most of the indexes’ gains for the week.

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Stock Market News: 4/22/17

Markets: The market had a topsy turvy week – up 2 days, down 3, but broke its 2-week slump with an up week. Investor tax reform enthusiasm faded on Friday, in the face of worries over this weekend’s elections in France.
Small Caps led this week, regaining some of their luster, and the NASDAQ hit a new all-time high on Thursday.
Barrons reported today that “the 10 largest stocks in the S&P 500 accounted for 39% of the market’s gains during the first quarter of the year, according to Birinyi Associates data.Investors have flocked to bonds—sending yields on 10-year Treasuries to the lowest levels since the election—and to gold, which is up 12% this year.
S&P 500 companies are reporting an 11% rise in first-quarter profits, the headiest showing in years, thanks to the big year-over-year jump in energy prices”. (Source: Barrons)

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Stock Market News: 4/15/17

Markets: The market fell in this holiday-shortened week, for the 2nd week in a row, hampered by geopolitical worries. Financials fell, in spite of upbeat earnings reports by big banks JP Morgan Chase and Citigroup.

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Stock Market News 3-25-17

Markets: The market fell this week, in the wake of the GOP failing to pass its revised healthcare bill to replace the Affordable Care Act. This was the market’s worst week of 2017, with the S&P falling over 1.4%. Small caps fared even worse, falling 2.87%.
The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the GOP’s new health care bill would have taken away health coverage for 24 million Americans. The revised bill would have reduced the U.S. deficit by only $150 billion over 10 years, whereas the original bill aimed to reduce the deficit by $337 billion.
Political observers are now saying that HHA head Tom Price, a long-time opponent of the ACA, may use his agency’s powers to sabotage and undermine the ACA.
Next on the DC agenda will be Tax reform, which may have a better chance of passing, before the August summer break. The campaign promise was for a 15% corporate tax rate, but that counted on savings from the defunct healthcare bill, so now observers are pointing to a rate in the 25 -30% range.
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Stock Market News: 3/18/17

Markets: The market reverted to “risk on” this week, with small caps and the NASDAQ leading, after the Federal Reserve disappointed traders this week with its failure to make more aggressive forecasts for rate increases.  Financials, which are thought to benefit from higher rates, lagged all other sectors, due to lower inflation expectations shown in a Consumer survey. This was the markets’ 7th gain in 8 weeks.
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Stock Market News: 3-11-17

Markets: The market pulled back this week, as investors grew cautious ahead of next week’s Fed meeting, at which there will probably be a 25 basis point rate hike announced. Small Caps lagged, falling nearly -2%, while the market-leading NASDAQ merely slipped -.15%.

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Stock Market News: 3-4-17

Markets: The market hit record highs again this week, with the S&P 500 gaining for the 6th straight week. Fed Chief Yellen’s speech on Friday indicated a strong likelihood of a rate hike when the Fed meets in mid-March.

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Stock Market News: 02-25-17

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Markets: The market had good gains for the week again, with the Dow capping an 11-day winning streak – its longest since 1987. The S&P 500 ended at right around an all-time high on Friday, and hit its 11th all-time high this week. It continues to trade in a tight 1% range, the tightest in 40 years. Investors got defensive, shunning small caps, and leaving the NASDAQ up only slightly.

Q4 earnings season update:  Over 400 companies have reported earnings, with 74% beating profit targets and 53% beating revenue marks. “Results beat expectations for the 31st consecutive quarter”, according to Barclay’s.

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Stock Market News: 2/18/17

Markets: The market had good gains for the week again, with the Dow, S&P 500 and NASDAQ all hitting all-time highs once again, in spite of Fed Chief Yellen’s testimony to Congress, that the Fed may possibly raise rates in March. Banks had another good week, with the promise of higher rates, and political jawboning about rolling back Dodd-Frank pushed big bank stocks higher.

The zeigeist has shifted in 2017 – over the past few years, any talk of a rate hike would send markets down. In 2017, however, the market sees this as constructive for banks. Of course, the talk about easing financial regulations is very supportive of banks as well.

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Stock Market News: 2-4-17

Markets: The market ended up flat for the week, averting a loss with Friday’s big rally, which saw the DOW up .94%, the S&P up .73%, and the NASDAQ up .54%, after the upbeat Payrolls report, surprised investors. Bank stocks rallied Friday, on news that Dodd-Frank regulations may be lifted. Will this mean the return of such abuses as “liar loans”? Stay tuned…

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Stock Market News 1-14-17

Markets: The NASDAQ continued its winning ways this week, hitting a new record high. It now leads all other indexes by a wide margin so far in these early days of 2017. The DOW and the S&P 500 both gave up a bit of ground, in a week which saw both lower Crude Oil prices and a falling dollar.
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Stock Market News 01-07-17

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Markets: Indexes hit new record highs in this 1st trading week of 2017, aided by a strong Dec. US Auto Sales report. U.S. sales of new cars and trucks hit a record high in 2016, 0.4 percent higher than the previous record set in 2015. It was the 6th straight year of increasing sales, with Ford’s F-series trucks as the best-selling model line in the US, for the 40th year in a row.
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Stock Market News 12-31-16

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Markets: Stocks retreated in all 4 indexes this week, ending the DOW’s 7-week winning streak. Small Caps led the way in 2016, gaining nearly 20%, while the Tech-heavy NASDAQ trailed, gaining 7.5%. This was the 8th straight year of gains for the market, the 2nd longest in history. Small Cap Value stocks led the way in 2016, rising over 29%, vs. 10% for Small Cap Growth stocks. The S&P 500 is now trading at 19 x 2016 earnings, with a consensus for 12% earnings growth in 2017.
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Stock Market News: 12-24-16

Markets: The Market had another positive week, as the DOW scored its 7th straight weekly gain. Small Caps have lost some of their luster, as they trailed for the 2nd straight week. Trading volume was light, as per usual in the last 2 weeks of the year. About 4 billion shares changed hands in U.S. exchanges, vs. a 7.4 billion daily average over the last 20 sessions.
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Stock Market News 12-17-16

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Markets: The market mostly shrugged off the Fed rate hike this week, with the DOW rising a bit, the S&P 500 and NASDAQ both flat, but the RUSSELL 2000 fell 1.74%, as small caps faded. This was a welcome contrast to last December’s rate hike, after which the market fell 3.3% in the days after the hike. Clearly, investors feel that the economy can now withstand a rate hike.
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Stock Market News 12-10-16

Markets: The market bounced back strongly this week, with all 4 indexes making big gains. The Dow, S&P 500, NASDAQ, and the RUSSELL 2000 all made new all-time highs. Even more impressive was that all sectors shared in the rally, even the beleaguered HealthCare and Real Estate sectors. The lagging Tech sector also joined in.
Following last week’s OPEC production cut, the number of active U.S. rigs drilling for oil climbed by 21 to 498 rigs this week – the highest level since January.
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Stock Market News – 12/3/16

Markets: 3 out of 4 indexes pulled back this week, with only the DOW barely eking out a .10% gain. Even an OPEC production cut agreement couldn’t lift the market, although it did lift the Energy sector by nearly 3%.

The Municipal Bond Index fell over 3.46% in November, (its worst drop since the Sept. ’08 fall of Lehman Brothers), due to the prospect of lower tax rates in 2017, stemming from an overhaul of US tax system.
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Market Update Bulletin: 11-26-16

Markets: All 4 indexes had gains again in this shortened week, with the Russell 2000 up 2.35% – once again, small caps advanced more than larger firms. All 4 indexes hit highs together for the 1st time since 1999.
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Market Update Bulletin: 11-19-16

Markets: All 4 indexes had gains this week, with the Russell 2000 up 2.85% – based upon the thesis that the promise of increased US government spending and deregulation will benefit small caps more than larger firms. The DOW hit another all-time high, but fizzled at the end of the week.

The US Bond market continued to sell off, maintaining its trends over the past few months – September had the biggest outflows of US bonds since 1977.
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Stock Market News: 11-12-16

Markets: All 4 indexes had huge gains this week, following the surprise results from the US election. Investors poured into small caps, sending the Russell 2000 up 10%. The DOW ended at an all-time high, in its best week since 2011, and the S&P 500 had its best week since October 2014. Financials rallied, on stronger certainty of future Fed rate hikes.

The Bond market was closed in the US on Friday, but bond yields rose to their highest level since January.
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Stock Market News: 11-5-16

Markets: All 4 indexes fell again this week, following Crude Oil declines, and continued tensions about the upcoming election. However, the S&P 500 is still only less than 5% below its all-time high.
Looking back a few years shows how far the market has come – the S&P is up 208% vs. its March 2009 lows, while the DOW is up 173%. The Tech-heavy NASDAQ has done even better – it’s up almost 300%, and the Russell small caps are up 231%. Clearly, the market has enjoyed this slow recovery, which is the 4th longest in US history.
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Stock Market News – 10/29/16

Markets: All 4 indexes fell this week, in the wake of mixed earnings reports, Crude Oil declines due to no OPEC production freeze agreement yet, and political volatility fallout from the upcoming election.
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Stock Market News – 10-22-16

Markets: 3 of the indexes had modest gains this week, while the DOW was virtually flat. The ECB’s Mario Draghi decided to maintain the ECB’s Bond-buying QE program, rather than increasing it which took pressure off of the US Bond market, and paves the way for a Fed rate hike in December. While there’s virtually no chance of a hike at the Nov. 1-2 confab, fed-funds futures put a 68% probability on a December move, according to Bloomberg.
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STOCK MARKET NEWS – 10-15-16

Markets: The indexes had their 2nd straight week of losses, with Alcoa delivering disappointing earnings. Upbeat reports from mega banks JP Morgan and Citibank helped the market make a small gain on Friday. With the S&P 500’s current P/E 19% higher than historical averages, some additional big cap earnings surpirises next week could help lift the market out of its current funk. Rising forecasts for a December Fed rate hike also served to put a damper on stocks this week.
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Stock Market News – 10/8/16

Markets: In spite of a rise in Crude Oil, it was a down market this week, with volatile currency moves – the Pound fell over -4% vs. the US $ in one week, which is a huge move for a currency, as the pound hit a multi-decade low. Small caps fell the most, dropping over -1%, as investors became risk-averse. This makes sense – we are in October – the worst month for stock performance, with a US election looming and creating uncertainty for the market.
The Non-Farm Payrolls report also created unrest in the market – even though the September numbers were lower, they were in line with Fed expectations, and fanned rate hike fears, causing rate-sensitive stocks, such as Utilities, to decline. The 3-month average for job creation is 192K/month. Fourteen of 15 primary dealers that do business directly with the Fed responded yes to a poll querying a rate hike at the U.S. central bank’s December meeting.  
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Stock Market News: 10-1-16

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Markets: The market bounced back strong on Friday, averting a down week, on the heels of reports that beleaguered Deutsche Bank’s fine from the US Dept. of Justice may only be about 1/3rd the size previously mentioned – a mere $4.5B. Small Caps trailed this week, with the DOW Large Caps leading.
The S&P 500 rose 3.5% in the 3rd quarter, for the 14th time out of the last 15 quarters.
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Stock Market News – 9-24-16

Markets: The indexes gained this week, celebrating the Fed not hiking rates. Small caps led by a wide margin, as it was back to “risk on”. Crude Oil’s rise, inspired by a possible Saudi/Iran production cut, also helped push the market higher.
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Markets: World markets took a tumble Friday, brought lower by investor disappointment over the ECB not announcing any new financial stimulus measures, hawkish Fed member speeches, pesky N. Korea’s nuclear test, and a pullback in crude oil. This was the worst week since early February. Bond markets fell throughout the world, which sparked equity selloffs.
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Volatility: The VIX rose 46% this week, finishing at $17.50, its highest point since the late June Brexit pullback.

Currency: The $ rose vs. the Pound, the Aussie $, and the Loonie, and fell vs. most other major currencies, in spite of Fed jawboning about higher rates.
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Market Breadth:  4 of the DOW 30 stocks rose this week, vs. 21 last week. Only 15% of the S&P 500 rose this week, vs. 71% last week.

US Economic News:  ISM Services fell again, to 51.4, vs. 55.5 in July. JOLTS Job Openings hit a high of 5.871M in July. Initial and Continuing Claims were lower than last week’s figures.
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Stock Market News: 9-3-16

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Markets: The tepid August Payrolls report served to dampen rate hike fears, as the market turned positive on Friday. Small caps continued to lead. The market has gone 40 sessions now, without a move bigger than 1%.

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Stock Market News: 8-27-16

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Markets: The market had a down week, as investors cautiously took some profits. Only the Russell small caps managed to eke out a tiny gain. The S&P 500 fell for the 5th time in the last 6 sessions, but is still just 1% below its all-time high.
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Stock Market News 8-20-16

Markets: The DOW, S&P, and NASDAQ indexes all rallied for 3 days this week, reaching new highs, but then subsided, ending the week mostly flat. Small caps leed the pack for the week, and still lead for the month. The hawkish Fed minutes and various Fed member speeches served to dampen investors spirits. The market is looking ahead to this week’s annual Fed conference in Jackson Hole, and the next Fed meeting in Sept., which Fed members are indicating still has the possibility of a rate hike.
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Stock Market News: 7-30-16

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Markets: The market rallied in July, bouncing back from the 2-day Brexit late June swoon, in spite of Crude Oil falling over -18% for the month. Positive earnings reports from some large firms, such as Amazon and Google, propelled the Tech sector to the top of the pack, and put the NASDAQ way out in front of the S&P 500 and the DOW, both of which hit several all-time highs in July.
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Stock Market News 7-23-16

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Markets: US indexes hit all-time highs this week, in spite of Crude Oil falling -5%, with the DOW extending its string of up days to 9. The S&P also closed at an all-time high, $2175.03, and is up 221.5% since the March 2009 lows.
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Stock Market News – 7-16-16

Markets: The DOW and the S&P 500 hit all-time highs this week, as the post-Brexit rally rolled on. This was the 3rd straight week of 1%-plus gains. The DOW posted 4 straight record closes this week, as markets were lifted by good economic news from China and the US, while Financials were buoyed by good earnings from JP Morgan Chase
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Stock Market News 7-9-16

Markets: Friday’s US Payrolls-inspired rally put indexes into positive territory for the week, as recession fears abated. The NASDAQ led, gaining nearly 2% for the week. The Unemployment Rate rose to 4.9%, but it was due to more people seeking jobs.
Bonds have been on a tear – 10-Year Treasuries hit record low yields this week. Meanwhile, Gold and Silver hit their highest levels since 2014.
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Stock Market News – 7-2-16

Markets: After the wild post-Brexit pullback on Monday, US indices staged a big rally, with 3 out of 4 notching 3%-plus gains. This was the market’s 1st up week in 3 weeks, no doubt aided by the fact that forecasters are now placing more chance of a Fed rate cut, than any rate hikes in 2016.

Financials remain the weakest sector year-to-date, with no rate hike in sight. The Financial sector will also lose some important window dressing in September, when Standard & Poors breaks out Real Estate REIT’s into a new sector – REIT’s had been propping up the Financial sector’s dividend yield, in addition to adding to earnings.
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Stock Market News 6-25-16

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Markets: The Brexit “leave” vote hammered indexes Friday. In a broad-based selloff, the NASDAQ lost over -4%, trailing even the Russell Small Caps, which fell by -3.92%, followed by the S&P 500, (-3.59%), and the DOW, (-3.39%). It was another down week for the market – the 3rd losing week in a row.
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Stock Market News – 6-18-16

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Markets: Markets fell for the 2nd straight week. As expected, the Fed didn’t raise rates, but investors are jittery about the possibility of the UK exiting the EU. The vote is next Thursday, 6/23/16. The market continued to correlate with Crude Oil, which fell 1.49% in the futures market.
Treasuries had quite a run this week – the yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury note lost 2.4 basis points to 1.586%, its lowest level since November 2012.
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Stock Market News 6-11-16

Markets: It was a mixed week for US and global markets – even after Fed chief Yellen’s more dovish comments on Monday, concerns about US and global growth served to depress investors’ enthusiasm for S&P and NASDAQ stocks. However, the DOW and the RUSSELL small caps both had a positive week.

With the S&P only around 1.5% below its all-time high, some market observers note that many stocks look fully valued – particularly in defensive sectors, such as Utilities. Never the less, that sector continues to roll on, and was one of the leaders this week, and still leads by a wide margin in 2016.
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Stock Market News 6-4-16

Markets: It was a mixed data week that left the market mostly neutral, with the exception of small caps, which led again, with a 1.20% gain. Housing numbers were strong, Consumer Spending was the best in 7 years, and Mfg. rose for the 3rd straight month. However, a very weak Non-Farm Payrolls report Friday ended the week on a down day.
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Stock Market News: 5-14-16

Markets: The market fell for the 3rd straight week, with only 7 DOW stocks rising for the week. In a bifurcated market, large caps and small caps both trailed the S&P and the NASDAQ.  Even though the financial media has been warning of overheated Utility stocks, this defensive sector has once again outperformed so far in May, gaining 2%.
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Stock Market News 5-7-16

Markets: Weak Chinese economic data dampened investors’ spirits this week, sending the indexes into negative territory for the 1st week in May. Defensive sectors ruled, with Consumer Staples and Utilities leading the pack, and small caps lagging. Crude Oil futures were down a bit this week, continuing the ongoing market/crude oil correlation – Crude futures rose Friday, as did the market.
In a continuation of the “Bad News Is Good News” mindset, Friday was an up day, after a weaker than expected US Payrolls Report, which the market felt lessened chances that the Fed will raise rates at its June meeting.
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Stock Market News – 4-30-16

Markets: Mixed earnings weighed on the market this week, as DOW tech components Apple, Intel and Microsoft all fell. Apple fell over 11%, after reporting its 1st ever drop in iPhone sales, and forecast lower than expected revenues for its next quarter. Weaker US GDP also put pressure on the market.

The DOW now leads these other 3 indexes year to date, followed by the S&P 500. Meanwhile, the NASDAQ lagged in April and year to date.
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Volatility: The VIX rose 4.3% this week, finishing at $16.90.
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Stock Market News: 4-23-16

Markets: It was a mixed week – not so good for Tech, or defensive sectors, such as Utilities and Consumer Staples. Meanwhile, investors plowed back into small caps, sending the Russell 2000 up 1.44% on the week. Tech giant Microsoft fell nearly 7% for the week, punished for underwhelming results. Google was also down, over 5% this week. United Health, American Express and Disney were the 3 biggest gainers in the DOW, while 4 out of the top 10 gainers in the S&P 500 were independent Oil & Gas firms: Murphy Oil, Southwest Energy, Devon Energy, and Noble Energy.
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Stock Market News – 4-9-16

Markets: Indexes fell for the 2nd time in the past 3 weeks, in spite of an 8%-plus gain in Crude Oil futures. The DOW and S&P remained positive year-to-date, but hte NASDAQ and RUSSELL small caps slipped further into the red.
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Stock Market News 4-2-16

Markets: Even though all 4 indexes were negative in March, the DOW and the S&P 500 finally turned positive for 2016. However,  the NASDAQ and the RUSSELL small caps are still in the red. As you’ll see in the Sectors section below, all sectors were positive in March, with Tech, Energy, and Utilities leading the way.
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Stock Market News 3-25-16

Markets: The market took a breather in this shortened week, held back by the Brussels attack, a pullback in Crude Oil, and hawkish Rate comments by some Fed officials, who upped expectations for more interest rate hikes in coming months than investors expected. This snapped a 5-week rally.
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Stock Market News: 3-19-16

Markets: All 4 indexes had solid gains – the S&P 500 had its 5th week of 1%-plus gains, for the 1st time since April 2009, and pulled into positive territory for the year, along with the DOW. Crude Oil and Natural Gas had another good week, spurred on by the promise of an OPEC meeting on April 17th.
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Stock Market News 3-12-16

Markets: The market put together a rally this week, (4th in a row for the S&P- 1st time since May ’13), spurred on by more ECB stimulus, and, you guessed it, rising Crude Oil prices. All 4 indexes rallied, with DOW & S&P 500 large caps leading the way.
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3-5-16 Stock Market News

Markets: The market had its 3rd week of gains, with the DOW and the S&P 500 finishing at highs for 2016, as a short squeeze played out in Energy-related stocks. The rally was propelled by higher Crude Oil and Basic Materials prices. A better than expected US Payrolls report on Friday also pointed to a more resilient US economy, with companies adding 242K jobs in Feb., vs. 190K forecasted.
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Stock Market News – 2-27-16

Markets: The S&P has had its best 2-week run in a year, registering another solid gain this week. It was “risk on” again this week, with small caps leading.

Thus far in the Q4 earnings season, companies lowering guidance have outnumbered companies raising guidance by 3 to 1. 63% of reporting companies beat earnings estimates – the highest reading since Q4 2010. The52% revenue beat rate was an improvement over Q3’s 47% figure, and close to the high end of the range from the preceding 3 quarters.
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Stock Market News 2-20-16

Markets: The Crude Oil correlation continued in this short week, with all 4 indexes registering good gains, as Crude Oil futures gained 8.56% on the week. Investors moved back into more risk, and pushed the RUSSELL Small Caps up nearly 4%. This was the market’s best week thus far in 2016.
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Stock Market News 2-13-16

Markets: In spite of a big rally Friday, it was another down week for the market – the S&P 500 has been down 5 of the 7 past weeks. Even beleaguered small caps caught a break on Friday, sending the RUSSELL 2000 to a nearly 2% gain on the day.
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Stock Market News 1-30-16

Markets: The major indexes staged a huge rally on Friday, narrowing their monthly losses, in what was the worst January for the market since 2009. The Bank of Japan unexpectedly lowered rates, (they’re now negative), and strong earnings from Microsoft, sparked a rally in Tech shares Friday. Friday’s weak US GDP report also strengthened investors’ conviction that the Fed won’t raise rates again in April.
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Stock Market News – 1-23-16

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Stock Market News 1-9-16

Markets: The market had its worst yearly starting week ever, in spite of a very strong US Jobs report, as global economic fears, China’s stock market turmoil, and falling crude oil prices hastened a selloff. The Russell small caps took the biggest hit, but this was the worst yearly start ever for the S&P 500 and the DOW. This was the biggest 1-week loss since September 2011.
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Markets: 3 out of 4 indexes finished 2015 in the red, with only the NASDAQ registering a 5.73% gain. The RUSSELL 2000 trailed, falling -5.98% in 2015. This was the market’s flattest year since 2011.

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Stock Market News 12-26-15

Markets: This historically bullish week lived up to its reputation, with all 4 indexes making impressive gains over the 4-day period. Higher Crude prices helped push the markets higher.
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Stock Market News 12-19-15

Markets: The market had its second down week in a row this week, buffeted by lower crude prices, reactions to the Fed rate hike, and slowing growth fears. Options expirations also added fuel to the fire. It was the 3rd straight down week for the RUSSELL small caps, and the DOW, S&P 500, and NASDAQ all closed beneath their mid-November lows.
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Markets: The market had its worst week since August, as falling crude oil prices added to investors’ uneasiness about next week’s Fed meeting, which is widely expected to result in the 1st rate hike by the Fed in almost 10 years.
The RUSSELL 2000 small caps had their worst week since May 2012, falling almost 5%.
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Stock Market News 12-5-15

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Markets: A strong US jobs report sent stocks soaring Friday, and saved the market from a big down week. The DOW and NASDAQ led for the week, with the RUSSELL small caps negative, and the S&P flat.
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Markets: Small caps continued to break out of their slump this week, with the RUSSELL 2000 leading again. It was a holiday-shortened week, with very low trading volume.
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Markets: The S&P had its best week of the year, as the market bounced back strong from last week’s pullback, spurred on by comments from ECB chief Draghi that the ECB may embark on a new round of easing at its Dec. 3rd meeting. Markets were also helped by strong earnings reports from retailers, including Walmart. The DOW is now flat for the year, the S&P is back in positive territory, and the NASDAQ leads by a wide margin.
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Stock Market News – 11-14-15

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Markets: The market had its worst week since August, with all 4 indexes falling 3% to over 4%. Tech shares sold off Thursday-Friday, and department stores also got hit, on worries about the coming holiday shopping season.
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Stock Market News – 11-7-15

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Markets: It was definitely back to “risk on” this week, as the RUSSELL 20000 small caps greatly outpaced the other 3 indexes.
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Markets: The S&P had its best month since 2010 this month. All 4 indexes had big gains, but investors favored large caps, as the RUSSELL small caps trailed significantly. With no Fed rate hike to worry about, the market was able to shake off mixed worldwide economic data, and was further buoyed by several upbeat earnings reports from large cap firms.
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Stock Market News – 10-24-15

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Markets: Large Cap earnings beats from Google, Microsoft, and Amazon helped lift markets this week, along with a surprise rate cut by China and further easing by the ECB. The S&P 500 is now back in positive territory for 2015, as the major indexes continued to surge in October, with 8%-plus gains for 3 out of 4 indexes.
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Stock Market News 10-3-15

Markets: Friday’s topsy turvy big rally sent 3 out of 4 indexes into the positive territory for the week, as investors went bargain hunting, after the weak Sept. US Payrolls Report sent the market down in the morning.

Friday had the largest single-day price swings in four years for the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Investors snatched up beaten-down Basic Materials and Healthcare stocks, in particular.
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Stock Market News – 9-26-15

Markets: It was another seesaw week for the markets, with indexes rocking back and forth from the latest news – biotechs got hit, after Hilary Clinton vowed to take on pharma price gouging, auto stocks were rocked by the enormous VW scandal, and on Friday, we had a rally, until 2pm, inspired by Fed Chief Yellen’s Thursday pm speech, in which she asserted that the Fed would raise rates in 2015. The RUSSELL Small Caps and the NASDAQ erased all of their gains for the month.
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Volatility: The VIX rose 6% this week, finishing at $23.62.

Currency: The $, aided by Fed Chief Yellen’s speech, rose vs. major currencies this week.

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Stock Market News 9-19-15

Markets: Markets rallied early in the week, in spite of the impending Fed rate decision on Thursday. However, they sold off after the rate decision, with a big down day on Friday, leaving only the RUSSELL Small Caps and the NASDAQ up for the week.
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Volatility: The VIX got as high as $24.25, before settling at $22.28, down 4% for the week. The VIX is still up 51% over the past month, but is 46% below its high of $40.74, which it reached on Monday, 8/24/15.
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Stock Market News 8-29-15

Markets: Worries about the crashing Chinese stock market and slowing Chinese growth sent world markets tumbling on Monday. (The Chinese market had been up 67% in 2015, and is now down for the year.) The DOW was down 1000 points at the open, amid rampant margin calls, which sent investors scrambling. Record amounts of cash were withdrawn from US Equity markets – $29.5B.

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Stock Market News 8-22-15

Markets: Weak data from China, more more Oil declines, emerging market worries, (i.e. Brazil), and ongoing FED rate hike worries, all combined to send markets tumbling Friday, in the worst weekly rout of the year. The DOW lost 531 points Friday- its worst week since 2011, after a Friday am report from China showed Mfg. there had hit a 6-year low. The S&P 500 had its worst weekly decline since 2011.
Markets throughout the world also fell steeply this week.
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Volatility: The VIX had its beggest 1-week rally ever, surging 118%, as investors plowed into S&P 500 options to hedge their positions. Options values soared, as the VIX hit a 4-yrar high, ending at 28.03.
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Stock Market News 8-15-15

Markets: After a topsy-turvy week, the market managed to eke out small gains. China’s 3% currency devaluation and slowdown fears sent markets reeling early in the week. Crude oil hit its lowest point in 6 years, and has many Energy mavens calling for a low.
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Volatility: After rising as high as on Wednesday’s big seeswaw day, the VIX closed the week down 4%, at 12.89.

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Stock Market News 8-8-15

Markets: A solid Non-Farm Payrolls report sent markets down again on Friday, as the possibility of the Fed’s 1st rate hike in over 6 years loomed larger in investors’ minds. The DOW has suffered its worst losing streak in 4 years, falling 7 sessions in a row.

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Volatility: The VIX rose 10.5% this week, ending at 13.39, and reaching a high point of 14.58.

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Stock Market News 8-1-15

Markets: The NASDAQ and the S&P 500 both had solid gains in July, while the DOW gained just .40%, and the RUSSELL small caps retreated. Year-to-date, the DOW large caps are still in the red, and the NASDAQ leads by a wide margin.

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Volatility: After rising to 16.27 on Monday, due to US market reactions from the Chinese market selloff, the VIX fell 12% this week, ending at 12.12.

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Stock Market News – 7-3-15

Markets: It was another down week for the market, and June was a down month, as the S&P put in its worst 1st half since 2010. Investors remained skittish this week, facing the uncertainty ahead of the Greek bailout referendum on Sunday. (The table below shows July performance for the month.)
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Volatility: The VIX rose as high as 19.80, before closing the week at 16.89, rising 20.47%.
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Stock Market News Update – 6-27-15

Markets: It was a down week for the market, in spite of strong US Consumer Spending, Consumer Sentiment, and Housing data. The culprit? You guessed it – the ongoing Greek drama. How fitting that the country which gave the world the art of drama millenia ago, hasn’t lost its flair for it in the 21st century. There’s yet another round of meetings this weekend, to try and stave off a default on the looming June 30th payment due date.
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Volatility: In spite of the down week, the VIX barely budged, finishing at 14.02, vs. last week’s 13.96 close.

Market Breadth: 10 DOW stocks rose this week, vs. 20 last week. 38% S&P 500 stocks rose this week, vs. 66% last week.

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US Economic News: Consumer Spending had its biggest monthly jump in over 6 years, rising .9% in May. Initial Claims have now been under 300K for 16 weeks. Existing Home Sales jumped 5.1% to 5.33M, best since 2009. New Home Sales also surprised to the upside, at 546K. Consumer Sentiment hit a 5-month high.
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Stock Market News – 6-20-15

Markets: Markets put together an up week, the best since April, in spite of Friday’s down day, which was inspired by the continued uncertainty about Greece, ahead of the Monday pm Eurozone meeting which aims to come up with a last-ditch bailout plan for Greece. Investors were cheered by no rate hike moves by the Fed. The NASDAQ hit a new high, and the Russell Small Caps had yet another up week, and continue to lead the DOW and S&P 500 large caps year-to-date by a wide margin.
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Market Breadth: 20 DOW stocks rose this week, vs. 18 last week. 66% of all S&P 500 stocks rose this week, vs. 53% last week.
Currency: The US $ fell again vs. most other currencies, except the NZ Dollar.
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Volatility: After reaching as high as 15.62 mid-week, the VIX rose 5% for the week, ending at 13.96.
US Economic News: As expected, the Fed kept its rate at .25%.
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