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  1. A test of the lows has two choices. One is not so good.

    Stocks gave up some big early gains on Friday as the sellers of rallies continue to have the upper hand while the indices flirt with testing the recent lows. The Dow held onto a 65-point gain, thanks to a 9% rally in Dow component Proctor & Gamble. The Nasdaq and particularly the small caps lagged again, while the S&P 500 finished basically flat.

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  2. TSP Talk Weekly Wrap Up

    Stocks continued their volatile action throughout the week as indices are recovering from the recent sell-off. After a slow start Monday, stocks built some of their best gains in months mid-week. Those gains were all erased Thursday and by the close on Friday we were back where we started for the week in the S&P 500. Small caps underperformed large caps as the early gains in the S-fund turned into losses.

    Bonds were also down for the week and the F-fund lagged the other TSP funds with ...
  3. The range is wide right now

    Wednesday morning was certainly testing the valor of the bulls as stocks opened lower and within about 30 minutes the Dow was down 300-points. It did stabilize after that and rally back up, but the indices could not move into positive territory by the close, and the Dow ended the day down 92-points. The S&P and Nasdaq managed to stay relatively flat, but small caps and the I-fund went back to lagging.

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  4. Rally!

    Stocks snapped back after the downside rubber band got a little overstretched. The indices blasted off for 2-3% gains with the Dow gaining 548-points. Some solid economic data may have had something to do with it as job openings hit a record 7.1 million in August, but the futures were rallying sharply beforehand so the market may have just been looking for excuse to bounce back.

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  5. Failed rallies, testing lows, and the trading range

    Anybody having fun yet? The Dow lost fell another 327-points yesterday, which was off the -450's lows, but the choppy backing and filling off of last week's lows is still in progress. So far it has been contained within the range that we've been talking about since last Thursday's big decline, and it continues to work through the process of either creating a bottom, or starting another leg lower.

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