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TommyIV's TSP Talk Blog

Check out this blog for the TSP Talk Weekly Wrap Ups and the Sentiment Survey results.

The Weekly Wraps should be posted on Saturdays, and the Sentiment Survey results get posted by Monday morning.

  1. TSP Talk Weekly Wrap Up

    Stocks had trouble holding on to gains early in the week but large caps thrived off a string of good news to close in positive territory for the week. Small caps also came off their lows for the week after early trouble but it wasn't enough to wipe out the early losses.

    Stocks opened up Monday after the Senate passed the tax bill over the previous weekend but the 'sell the new' reaction kicked in right away producing the S&P 500's largest negative reversal day since February of 2016. ...
  2. TSP Talk Weekly Wrap Up

    Stocks moved up this week as the Senate was expected to vote and pass the tax bill. The S&P 500 hit its high intraday Thursday but buyers briefly stepped aside Friday as stocks sold off sharply on the news of General Michael Flynn pleading guilty to lying to the FBI opening new doors to the Russian investigation. The selloff was dramatic at first but did not last long as the dip buyers jumped in to erase a bulk of the intraday losses.

    Despite one of the best weeks for the Dow in a ...
  3. TSP Talk Weekly Wrap Up

    Thanksgiving's positive seasonality came through again this year. Stocks were up with small caps outperforming large caps. Most of the gains came early on Tuesday followed by a pause in movement leading up to Thanksgiving Day. Stocks pressed higher Friday to give the S&P 500 its 55th closing record of the year.

    As far as seasonality goes, it's not uncommon for the market to slow down or pull back in late November through mid-December before things pick up again the last couple weeks ...
  4. TSP Talk Weekly Wrap Up

    Pressure was put on stocks the first half of the week with a string of weak opens but dip buyers and a rally Thursday kept the damage to a minimum. Dip buyers were there at every opportunity cushioning the bears attempt to turn this market around. The market rallied Thursday after good earnings reports and a tax bill passed by the House of Representatives that cut corporate taxes. The rally pressed stocks into positive territory for the week but some of the gains were sold off Friday to drop large ...
  5. TSP Talk Weekly Wrap Up

    Stocks slipped this week as the Senate put out their version of the tax bill which had a few significant contrasts with the House version. One contrast is the Senate plan would delay the corporate tax-rate cut until 2019 rather than 2018. This put some heat on smaller companies dropping the expected increase in earnings next year with the tax-cuts. Large caps pulled back as well but not with the magnitude of small caps.

    A drop in the junk-bond market was also given credit to the drop ...
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