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  1. The pullback

    Welcome to February. Stocks pulled back sharply as the Dow lost an eerie 666-points on Friday, ending a week that saw the Dow fall over 1000-points. It was a very broad sell-off with all of the major indices shedding 2% or more on the day. Volatility is back and that is not necessarily a bad thing. Yes, it could mean that stocks may struggle, but it could set up better trading opportunities, and after the buy and holders had their fun in the sun, market timers will welcome a change. ...
  2. Bulls and bears battling after pullback

    The Dow traded in a near 300-point range on Thursday being up as much as 157-points, and down as much as 135-points, but settled at +37-points as it was another day of fairly dramatic ups and down. The broader indices were mixed with the S&P down slightly, the Nasdaq down modestly, while small caps picked up a modest gain.

  3. Rollercoaster day for stocks

    It was a bumpy ride for stocks on Wednesday with the indices opening sharply higher on the day, but those morning highs didn't last long and we saw a steady decline late into the afternoon pushing most of the major indices into negative territory before a final hour rally pushed many of them back near break even. The Dow was up about 260 at the highs, then down 25 at the lows, finally closing up 73-points. The S&P 500 was flat while small caps lagged with a modest loss. ...
  4. Will dip buyers show up after two down days?

    Stocks fell sharply for a second day on Tuesday, with the Dow dropping 363-points making it 540-points in two days. It sounds like a lot but the broader indices were only down around 1%. Volume was slightly higher than normal, but nothing that indicated panic selling. The market has been able to shake off two day declines fairly easily over the last year. Now if we get a third day, that may change attitudes, but for now, meh. ...
  5. A rare sell-off

    Stocks closed down on the day yesterday with some late selling for the first time in a while. The Dow lost 177-points, which was about the lows of the day. The losses were modest (0.5% to 0.6%) but it's barely a blip on the radar compared to recent gains. ...
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