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It's tough to pin fundamental reasons for the volatility in this market, but media pundits always have ready answers for any given trading day and today was no exception.
A drop in November exports from China was one reason cited for Monday's sell-off. After all, slowing exports in China means possible economic contraction in other countries. Another was "concern" over EU officials being able to build on last week's summit. Funny how that
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Stocks rallied sharply on Friday as the latest out of Europe was positive, but we know that could change at any time. The Dow gained 187-points on the day, not quite getting back all of the 199 it lost on Thursday.
For the TSP, the C-fund rallied 1.62% on Friday, the S-fund jumped 2.52%, the I-fund gained 2.10%, and the F-fund
We're not feeling it. It's not that we've pulled back all that much, but we sure haven't embraced the idea of a Santa Claus rally either. And next week we'll be half way into December.
I guess I'm not only one with my guard up.
Here's this week's Tracker Charts:
Last week, the Top 50 increased their stock exposure by 11.9% to begin the new week. It paid off with moderate
Despite a series of strong economic reports, the stock market is still almost completely focused on the situation in Europe; moving up and down with every headline coming out of the EU meetings.
On Thursday and Friday the Dow flip flopped on a couple of nearly 200-point days as the news out of Europe was disappointing on Thursday (-199) and more positive on Friday (+187).