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  1. Healthcare Bill delay. Tech faltering

    Stocks opened lower on Tuesday with the selling accelerated in the afternoon and by the close both the Dow and the Nasdaq had lost abut 100-points, with the latter being a significantly larger percentage loss. Oil was up most of the day but after hours some preliminary industry data suggested inventories are rising and much of those gains were given back.

  2. Good start to the week, but it didn't last

    Stocks started the new week with a strong early push to the upside, but the rally quickly faded and the momentum turned negative. The indices closed somewhere near the lows of the day as the Dow, up 111-points at one point, closed with a gain of 15-points. The Nasdaq lagged losing 18-points or 0.3% and produced a failed breakout from the bear flag we've been watching.

  3. Flags are flying

    It was another flat to modestly higher day for stocks on Friday as the Dow shed 3-points while the Nasdaq and small caps posted solid gains. The S&P was up slightly, as was the I-fund and bonds (F-fund). The afternoon trading saw the indices giving back early gains, but a late rally kept it a mostly positive day for stocks.

  4. 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 some support lines after recent pullbacks.

  5. 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.

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