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This and that about the market, the TSP, maybe some politics, and life.

  1. Sell-off heading into FOMC meeting

    Stocks lost more ground to start the week yesterday, although some late buying helped moved the indices off their lows. The Dow closed down 336-points, which was about 130-points off the low of the day. The Nasdaq lagged while small caps held up slightly better, as did the Transportation Index, but it was a red day across the board.
  2. Historically weak part of March, put to the test

    Stocks were higher on Friday, an options expiration day, causing trading volume to spike. The Dow ended the day up 73-points while the S&P was up slightly, and the Nasdaq was flat. Small caps outperformed and the rally in the dollar caused the I-fund to lag. ...
  3. The late weakness in stocks continues

    Stocks rallied early Thursday morning after positive trade comments from Peter Navarro, the Director of Trade in the White House, but as has been the trend this week, the early strength turned into afternoon weakness. The Dow did post a 116-point gain, but it had a near 300-point gain going before lunchtime. The other indices were flat to down as the recent leaders lagged, and the lagging Dow turned out to be the out-performer.
  4. Outside reversal again

    Stocks pulled back on Tuesday with several stories hitting the headlines and investors were left to figure out what it all meant. The Dow lost 172-points on the day, which isn't overly significant, but as you will see in the charts below, there were some negative outside reversal created and that can be bad news - at least for the short-term. The Dow was up about 200-points earlier in the day and down 230 so the swings continue to be rather wide. ...
  5. The market feels like it's behaving normally again, but will that be a good thing?

    Stocks opened higher and closed lower on Wednesday, as it has done all week. The Dow shed another 249-points, even after the announcement of the new top Economic Advisor, Larry Kudlow. Since the market peaked in late January the Dow has had a triple digit move (up or down) in 23 of the 32 trading days so volatility remains alive and well, and that tends to mean the indices are still vulnerable. ...
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