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  1. Mixed bag


    After a positive open, stocks drifted lower on Tuesday but once again we saw a mix of results as the Dow lost 37-points and the S&P was down 0.10%, the Nasdaq held onto a solid gain, while the Transports bounced back and small caps were flat. The dollar rallied and that put some pressure on the I-fund.

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  2. The majors are flat, the leaders flop


    The three major stock indies couldn't have been any flatter yesterday as the Dow gained 5-points (+0.03%), the S&P 500 added 9 cents (+0.00%), and the Nasdaq was up 1.90 (+0.03%). It took some buying into the close to get there as they were all slightly negative for most of the trading day. That's the good news.

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  3. Favorable news helps stocks last week. Now what?


    We got a strong jobs report early Friday morning and the initial reaction was tentative, but as the day went on, and a budget was finally passed in Washington, the bulls loosened up an we saw some solid gains, and the first positive Friday since early March. The I-fund led again as the dollar dropped on the jobs report, while bonds held up well, which is a bit of a surprise given the strong economic data.

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  4. EFA Madness

    Last week, I said I was leaning bullish for the week on solid breadth and liquidity readings. I also noted that NAAIM was bullish, which is bullish for the market in general.

    But it was a tough week for those of us in the S fund as that index closed just 0.04% higher. And it took a big Friday rally just to get back to even. The C fund fared better with a 0.66% gain, but it was the I fund (EFA) that really stood out as it tacked on a cool 2.57% gain. I really don't know how long that ...

    Updated 05-07-2017 at 04:48 AM by coolhand

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  5. April Jobs Report

    U.S. Job Growth Bounces Back; Unemployment at 10-Year Low

    An impressive 211,000 jobs were added last month, bringing the three-month average up to 174,000.

    The unemployment rate was 4.4 percent, down from 4.5 percent in March and the lowest rate in more than 10 years.
    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/05/b...mployment.html
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