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  1. Stocks get boost from Fed

    After a weak open on Tuesday, stocks had a very nice day yesterday with moderate gains across the board despite some earnings scares. The Dow gained 56-points and the S&P 500 finally moved above 2800 with some conviction. The breakouts did not come on much volume as we are still in the summer vacation days, and actually July 18 is the start of the more negative portion of July's seasonality chart so there are some minor headwinds.

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  2. Stocks pause - Netflix disappoints

    Stocks opened slightly higher on Monday morning but faded and chopped during the rest of the trading day leaving the indices mostly negative, except for the Dow which gained 45-points led by the Financials. The 2800 level on the S&P has been a stubborn area for the index as it tries to move, and hold, above the March highs, but not so far.

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  3. Here comes earnings season... and Putin

    The stock market caught a bid early on Friday pushing some indices to their highs of the day, then flattened out during a typical low volume summer trading day. The Dow led as the rebound continued from Wednesday's trade war sell-off. We saw only slight gains in the S&P 500 and Nasdaq while the small caps were down slightly on the day. The dollar was down helping the I-fund to a good day.

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  4. What trade war? ... Investors ask

    The tariff tantrum lasted a day as we saw the big losses from Wednesday completely reversed on Thursday. The Dow picked up 224-ppoints on the day while tech stocks led with the Nasdaq jumping 1.4%. The small caps and the Transports lagged a bit with neither getting back all of Wednesday's losses, but there was green across the board.

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  5. Another tariff tantrum

    Just when we were saying that the news out of D.C. was quiet, we got another round of trade war bombs and stocks do what they do when we get them.... they fall. The Dow lost 220-points and I guess it could have been worse since that's about where the pre-open futures were pointing, so the loss was priced in early, and we traded near or above that level for most of the day.

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