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  1. Late selling spoils early gains

    After a mostly positive morning and early afternoon of trading, stocks took a little dive into the close with a last hour sell-off. The trading range wasn't all that wide and volume was light again, and neither bulls nor the bears have been able to gain much traction. The Dow lost-13-points on the day and the S&P and Nasdaq also closed with minor moves. The Transports and small caps had modestly good days as they both battle
  2. FANG up, everyone else... down

    While most of the market struggled on Wednesday, the "FANG" stocks decided to buck the trend and bounce back from Tuesday's sell-off. So while the Nasdaq rallied 0.74% on the day, the Dow (-57), the S&P (-1.42), Transports, small caps, and the international stocks, were all down on the day.

  3. Failed breakout?

    Stocks pulled back on Tuesday with widely varying degrees of losses depending on the sector. The Dow lost 62-points, giving back just a fraction of Monday's gains, but the Nasdaq, smalls caps, and particularly the Transports, all pulled back more significantly. Like during Monday's buying, volume was quite light again so there were no signs of institutions dumping stocks yet, but there was technical damage done to some charts.

  4. New highs on tepid volume

    Stocks started the new week with a sharp rally that was pretty broad in nature, although volume wasn't all that impressive given the size of the gains. The Dow gained 145-points, or 0.68%, while the recently beaten down Nasdaq led with a gain of 1.42%. But that Nasdaq chart isn't quite out of the woods just yet.

  5. Watch the Nasdaq for the next clue

    Stocks were mixed again on Friday, but once again the bulls were able to take the indices well off the early lows. The Dow ended the day up 24-points while the S&P was flat, and the small caps and Nasdaq posted small losses. The Nasdaq continues to be the laggard after months of leading to the upside, and that is the main concern for investors right now as the tech stocks are held up by a moving average that is hovering over a potential precipice.
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