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  1. Rally takes a break

    08/17/11

    Stocks opened sharply lower yesterday, but after a mid-day 190 point loss, we saw a modest rebound taking the indices well off of their lows. The Dow closed down 77-points.



    For the TSP, the C-fund lost 0.95% yesterday, the S-fund fell 1.63%, the I-fund dropped 0.90%, and the F-fund (bonds) gained 0.26%.

    The S&P
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  2. A Healthy Pullback?

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    I had mentioned yesterday that I was leaning toward a down day today, but that I wasn't convinced the upside was over. And I'm still not convinced, as today's action may simply be a healthy pullback after some sizable gains. For the day the DOW retreated 0.67%, the S&P 500 was down 0.97%, and the Nasdaq dropped 1.24%. The Wilshire 4500 fell the hardest of our three TSP equity funds and that was down 1.62%, while the I fund wasn't far behind with a loss ...
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  3. The easy part of the rebound may be over

    08/16/11

    The recent large moves in the indices made yesterday's 213-point gain in the Dow look small on the chart, but of course a 2% gain is nothing to sneeze at. Volatility is alive and well so don't get too comfortable yet.


    For the TSP, the C-fund gained 2.18% yesterday, the S-fund jumped 2.84%, the I-fund was up 2.53%, and the F-fund (bonds) lost 0.22%.


    The S&P 500
    picked up another 2.2% yesterday
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  4. Three Straight

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    It was another big day for the bulls as they made it three straight gains in row. On the day, the DOW advanced 1.9%, the Nasdaq 1.88%, and the S&P 500 2.18%. In addition to those impressive gains, the EAFE (which our I fund tracks) was up an impressive 2.33%, while the Wilshire 4500 (S fund) was the biggest winner of the day with a gain of 2.82%.

    Futures portended a higher open, and a higher open is what we got. Even a poor reading on the ...
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  5. Enjoy any rally, but expect a test

    08/15/11

    Despite the triple digit gain in the Dow, the market was rather subdued on Friday compared to the prior four trading days, which all experienced 400-600 point moves. The broader market indices moved up more modestly on the day.


    For the TSP, the C-fund gained 0.53% on Friday, the S-fund was up 0.48%, the I-fund picked up 0.95%, and the F-fund (bonds) added 0.38%.
    For more on the weekly and monthly returns, please see our TSP Weekly
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S&P 500 (C fund)
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Dow Completion (S fund)
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EFA (I fund)
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Bonds (F fund)
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