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  1. TSP Talk Weekly Wrap Up

    Traders took a breather following the long Christmas weekend. For most of the short week the volume was low and the S&P 500 traded nearly flat. Stock saw some momentum into Thursday's close but that was quickly lost on Friday followed by a sell-off into Friday's close to give the index a modest loss for the last week of the year.

    U.S. stocks were alone with this action as international stocks had a productive end to the year adding nearly 1% to the I-fund. Bonds were also up for the ...
  2. Are profit takers waiting for January because of tax rates?

    Stocks were up early on on Thursday but another late rally from stocks on Thursday moved the indices deeper into positive territory and we saw respectable gains across the board by the close. The Dow gained 63-points with gains in the 0.15% to 0.30% range for many of those indices. Small caps (actually it was the mid-caps) led and the Transports were down.
  3. Action continues to be flat

    Another flat day for stocks yesterday with a very late push higher moving the indices into positive territory. The Dow gained 28-points while the S&P 500, Nasdaq, small caps, and the I-fund all added less than 0.1% on the day. Bonds actually outperformed yesterday as yields moved sharply lower. ...
  4. The rare pre / post Christmas loss (although minor)

    After a surprising small loss on the trading day before Christmas, the market followed up with an equally surprising loss on the day after. Like Friday, the loss was minimal but historically that is a rare feat. The Dow lost 8-points, the S&P 500 was down 0.11% while the Nasdaq took a more meaningful hit with a 0.34% loss. Small caps and the I-fund were the outliers picking up a small gains, and bonds rallied. ...
  5. A rare down day the day before Christmas weekend

    Stocks were uncharacteristically down, but basically flat, the day before Christmas weekend, a day that has an historically positive bias. The Dow lost 28-points and while the indices were down 3 of the last 4 days, it was a positive week for stocks last week. ...
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