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  1. 25 or 50 basis point cut today?

    Stocks opened sharply lower on Tuesday, but the lows of the day were made soon after the opening bell and we saw a drift higher as the day went on. Still, there were modest losses in many of the major indices with the Dow slipping 23-points, while the S&P and Nasdaq each gave up about a quarter of a percent. Small caps bucked the trend a posted a big gain as the back and forth in that index continued.

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  2. A slow start to a busy week

    Despite the Dow gaining 29-points, stocks were mostly lower on Monday, although they battled back most of the day from a weak start to the day. Small caps lagged with a 0.6% loss while the S&P 500 was just south of flat. Bonds have also been quite flat over the last week or so.

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  3. New highs heading into Fed rate cut week

    Stocks rallied on Friday helped by a better than expected GDP report, although it was not a given that investors would appreciate a strong economic number with the Fed on deck this week poised to cut rates. The Dow gained 51-points, or +0.19%, while we saw more impressive gains in the broader indices including a 1% gain in our S-fund. The I-fund was down because the dollar made another new 52-week high, which weighs on foreign stock prices.

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  4. Give backs

    Stocks pulled back on Thursday with a few indices giving back all of Wednesday's gains. The Dow was not up on Wednesday so it tacked on another 129-point loss, while the S&P did give back all of Wednesday's gains, and small caps were down but did held onto some of the prior day's big gains. The losses didn't break any recent rising trends, but the bulls' momentum was obviously slowed.

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  5. Small caps fly

    Stocks were mixed but mostly higher again led by the small caps on Wednesday. The Dow was actually down on the day, held back by Caterpillar and Boeing's stock, but the broader indices, which actually opened weakly, rallied all day while the much of the country was distracted by the Mueller hearing. The Dow lost 79-points while the S-fund jumped well over 1% on the day.

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