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  1. 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. ...
  2. 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.
  3. 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. ...
  4. 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. ...
  5. Stocks mixed after digesting Friday's gains

    Stocks were mixed and choppy on Monday following the big rally on Friday. The Dow traded in a 300-point range - up 120 and down about 180 - before closing down 157-points. The Dow is lagging as the large export-rich companies are still pricing in the potential consequences of the tariffs. The Nasdaq continues to lead on the upside following Friday's breakout to new highs with another new high on Monday.
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