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  1. Stocks and TSP Funds back off

    Stocks pulled back on Tuesday with the indices dropping modestly. The Dow lost just 50-points but percentage-wise, the losses in the small caps were more significant.

    The theory of the decoupling of the price of oil from the stock market lost a little credibility yesterday as oil was also down close to 2%.

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  2. Stocks mostly flat


    Stocks have been relatively flat the last couple of days and with yesterday being a Federal holiday, many banks were closed, as was the bond market so the trading volume was very light light and the action didn't prove very significant.

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  3. Fed helps keep the rally going


    Stocks opened lower on Thursday but the Dow and S&P hung around the breakeven mark until the Fed Meeting Minutes were released and investors heard what they wanted to hear... I think. Well, that is the interpretation of the rally that followed. Basically it sounds like the Fed said things aren't growing enough to raise rates yet.

    The Dow gained 138-points, and the Nasdaq, which was lagging and down near 1% most of
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  4. Bulls keeping the bears at bay


    It was a bit of a rollercoaster ride on Wednesday, but the bulls were able to withstand a late morning push by the bears. By the close, the Dow had gained 122-points, which was off the early highs, but also well off the lows too, and the indices basically traded within a recent rising channel, that could be considered "F" flags.

    Oil traded in a volatile range yesterday and that's something
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  5. A pause at resistance


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    tocks took a breather on Tuesday where neither the bulls nor the bears could make much headway, but some stiff overhead resistance held giving the bulls a reason to do a little profit taking. The Dow gained 14-points with most of that gain coming from a 7.7% pop in DuPont's stock price and a jump in oil related companies, while the broader major indices all suffered moderate losses.

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