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This and that about the market, the TSP, maybe some politics, and life.

  1. TSP Talk: Interest rate scare from Yellen sends stocks down

    Stocks were mixed again on Tuesday with Dow able to close with a small gain of 20-points, but clearly the bears took some control, at least in the first half of the day, and shook up the growth sector pushing the Nasdaq and its large tech stocks down for a 1.9% loss, and small caps losing 1.4%. The S&P 500 battled back some from a 1% plus decline to lose 0.68% on the day. Bonds and the dollar were up.

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  2. TSP Talk: A positive, but mixed start to May

    Stocks were mixed, but mostly higher on Monday, the first trading day in May. The Dow gained 238-points, but we did see some weakness in the Nasdaq and the small caps. The I-fund got a boost from a negative reversal in the dollar yesterday - after Friday's big rally that triggered a big sell off in the I-fund. Bonds were slightly positive after giving away bigger early gains.

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  3. TSP Talk: A strong April ends with a wimper

    A big rally in the dollar on Friday put the pressure on stocks and commodities. The Dow lost 186-points or 0.54%, and the broader the index, the steeper the losses were. Bonds rallied as yields pushed lower, and that led to weakness in the financial stocks. And with the dollar's strength pushing oil prices lower, the S-fund, which has a lot of small financial and oil related companies, was down sharply on the day and lagged the TSP funds. For the week, the C-fund was the only positive fund - ...
  4. TSP Talk: Earnings have been great so, breakout or fake out

    Stocks opened sharply higher on Thursday following some big earnings reports from Apple and Facebook after the bell on Wednesday, but it wasn't as easy as the final gains would indicate. You can see all of the green on the Dow, Nasdaq and S&P 500 charts below, but after gapping up at the open, the S&P 500 peaked and rolled over and never made it any further, and in the case of the Nasdaq and the Russell 2000 small caps, they closed with gains of less than half of the opening highs, so it ...
  5. TSP Talk: Accommodating Fed, earnings good, stocks sluggish

    A late push lower sent the major stock indices to slight to modest losses after the Fed's release of their policy statement sent them to new highs earlier in the day. The Dow ended the day down 165-points, or 0.48%, which was the worst of the bunch, while the S&P (C-fund) and small caps (S-fund) were down just slightly.

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