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  1. Bounce back


    It was another wild 24-hour period for stocks as the weekend news and opening futures had us believe that Monday could be an ugly day, but what seems more common lately, by the time the market opened on Monday morning, the futures recouped all of their losses and the day ended with solid gains.

    The indices did close off the morning highs and the early triple digit gain in the Dow ended with a again of 46-points. The small caps shined with a big
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  2. Italy and Corporate Taxes will be the headlines this week


    Stocks were mixed but mostly flat on Friday with the Dow shedding 22-points. The reaction to the jobs report was muted as the number of jobs created came in near the estimated number, although the unemployment rate did come in lower than expected at 4.6%.

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  3. TSP Talk Weekly Wrap Up

    The rally sparked by the election stalled this week just as resistance and an expected seasonality pull-back met. As a result, stocks experienced their first week of losses since November 4th. On queue with past trends, investors took some profits after the surge from the Thanksgiving holiday week and this was even more expected as the holiday rally was a continuation of the rally seen through most of November. Traders are now turning their attention back to the inevitable rise in interest rates ...
  4. Stocks mixed into jobs report


    Stocks opened higher Thursday but the rest of the day played out like Tale of two Cities. The Dow gained a solid 68-points, mainly because the price of oil rallied, but the Nasdaq got hit hard again. I read that it was the first time that the Dow was positive and the Nasdaq had dropped 1% or more for two days in a row since December 2000. Meanwhile the Transports were up solidly again.

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  5. Oil rallies pulling stocks up... for a little while


    Stocks opened sharply higher on Wednesday after the OPEC announcement that Saudi Arabia will cut back on their oil production and that sent the price of oil and energy stocks higher. The Dow benefited most and was up over 100-pooints early on, but the gains faded throughout the day and the Dow closed with a small gain of just 2-points. The results were mixed as the Nasdaq 100 took a bad hit losing over 1%, while the Transports had a solid day gaining 0.43%, and S&P and small caps
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