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  1. What pullback? Earnings and Tax Plan lift stocks

    Stocks rebounded on Thursday erasing the losses of the prior two days. The Dow jumped 187-points on the day, or +0.8%, as the dip buyers mocked the bears after their first 0.5% decline in two months on Wednesday. It was a broad rally across most indices and for now the bulls have been able to defend the support that was being tested.
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  2. First 0.5% loss in over 2 months

    Stocks opened sharply lower again on Wednesday and while the dip buyers showed up early, they faded a bit in late afternoon trading and the indices closed with modest losses. The Dow gave up 138-points and most of the major indices lost in the neighborhood of 0.5%, which is of some significance since it has been more than 2-months since the S&P 500 lost 0.5% in one day.

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  3. More early selling gets bought

    An early sell-off was bought yet again on Tuesday as the buy the dip strategy continues to work for those playing it. The Dow, which was off nearly 160-points near the open, closed down just 30-points, with modest one quarter percent losses in most of the major indices. The I-fund held up as the dollar slid 0.7% on the day.

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  4. Dip buyers grab Monday's weak open... again

    Stocks opened sharply lower on Monday but as has been the case for months now, the bulls swooped in and bought the dip and we saw mostly gains, albeit slight, into the close. The Dow gained 17-points and we continue to be in a market that refuses to sell-off with any authority, and any attempts at it are quickly reversed. Volatility is trying to creep in, but it can't hold.
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  5. Volatility returned last week - for a minute, anyway

    The market opened sharply lower last Thursday, followed by a decent afternoon bounce-back that took a lot of those losses away. Then stocks were mixed on Friday and the week ended with losses in both stocks and bonds. The Dow lost about 140-points since our last commentary, down 40 on Friday, and the action became more volatile.

    The markets charts just below are from Friday while the TSP share prices and returns are only from Thursday since the TSP was closed and ...
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S&P 500 (C Fund)
S&P 500 INDEX,RTH (^GSPC)
DWCPF (S Fund)
Dow Jones U.S. Completion Total Stock Market Index (^DWCPF)
EFA (I Fund)
iShares MSCI EAFE Index (EFA)
AGG (F Fund)
iShares Lehman Aggregate Bond (AGG)