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The markets gave back some of their recent gains, with all of the major indicators headed south. Including dividends, however, all of the year-to-date figures are still in positive, double-digit territory. Of course, the hot news from the Fed was a cooling off of their campaign to “normalize” short-term interest rates. Chairman Jerome Powell announced...
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The markets registered another solid month, with all of the major indicators moving further into double-digit returns for 2019.  The strong performance, surprising to many economists and analysts, comes in spite of the lukewarm earnings gains for many companies. Weaker earnings gains were anticipated by the market, but some had gone too far, predicting actual...
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The markets begin 2019 with a “stealth recovery” as all of the major indicators recorded positive increases. What’s driving the advance over the past three to four weeks? It doesn’t seem to be corporate earnings, which have been mixed for the companies that have reported so far. Projected earnings gains for the coming year are...
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The headline on the front page of Saturday’s Wall Street Journal said it all, “Stocks Cap Worst Week Since 2008.” All three of the major indicators tumbled badly for the week and are likely to remain in negative territory for the year. The S&P 500 finally broke the lows set in February and March. Now...
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As I’ve mentioned before, the stock market was lifted to record highs by just a few stocks that have disproportionate weightings. We are talking about Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, Google and Microsoft, although there were others that helped along the way. Since those stocks are in nearly every technology index fund and major ETF, they...
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The 3 percent to 4 percent plunge in the major American indexes earlier this month is unsettling for investors who have grown accustomed to low U.S. market volatility in recent years. What’s more disturbing is that most of the traditional hedges against such a large equity sell-off, both within and across market segments, did not...
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