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  1. Apple, Boeing, Fed all help stocks to big rally

    Stocks rallied initially off of Apple's earnings, as well as Boeing's, which accounted for much of the Dow's 435-point (1.77%) gain, but it was the Fed that pushed it into another gear as their once hawkish stance has become quite dovish and accommodative for investors. The S&P 500 came very close to hitting its 200-day EMA at the highs yesterday, so now we'll see if the bulls still have anything left to push it above.

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  2. The calm before Apple and the Fed - Apple rallies after hours

    Stocks were mixed again on Tuesday with the Dow gaining 52-points, while the S&P 500, small caps, and more so the Nasdaq, were all down on the day. There were some earnings warnings but we were also within a day of the FOMC meeting which tends to keep the indices afloat. Now we're getting more of the big companies reporting, and the first was Apple last night, which should be a market mover today.

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  3. The bulls continue to put the pressure on

    Stocks continued their winning ways on Friday as the Dow gained 184-points. The bigger early gains did erode some as the day wore on but by the close Friday's rally wasn't quite enough to push the S&P 500 into positive territory for the week last week. The small caps and the I-fund were able to turn positive for the week with Friday's gains.

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  4. Earnings impacted by slowdown in China

    Just like last week, stocks started the new week with a big loss. Last Tuesday, after MLK Day, the Dow was down 300+ points. But another trend has been unfolding with weakness in the morning, followed by stabilization and strength into the close, and that's what happened again yesterday. The Dow, down over 400 at the lows, cut the losses in half by the close. Oil was down 3%, and earnings disappointments from Caterpillar and Nvidia didn't help.

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  5. Semis giveth but may taketh away

    The Dow was down 22-points on Thursday but we saw small caps and Tech stocks do very well so it was another mixed day. The S&P 500 eked out another small gain while the Transports rallied sharply on some positive news from the airlines.

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