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  1. TSP Talk: Bookend rallies in mixed week

    A wild end to another wild week for stocks which started with a big rally on Monday, and ended with a big rally on Friday. But those rallies sandwiched in three days of severe selling creating a mixed week for the stock funds. The Dow gained 572-points on Friday, reversing early losses, and the big gains in the C and I funds did push them into positive territory for the week, while the S-fund lost 2%.

  2. February Jobs Report

    Job growth surges in February on hiring jump in restaurants and bars

    Nonfarm payrolls increased by 379,000 in February and the unemployment rate was 6.2%.

    Dow Jones estimates for were 210,000 new jobs and a headline jobless rate of 6.3%.

    Most of the hiring came in the hospitality sector, which saw 355,000 new jobs. Education, construction and mining all saw declines.

    The Black unemployment rate jumped to 9.9% from 9.2%.
  3. TSP Talk: Nasdaq and S&P break. Dow and small caps reverse?

    Another day of selling for the indices as we saw more breakdowns, but possible reversals, in the indices. The Dow lost 346 points, which was off the lows, and small caps also had a pretty good bounce off the lows, but big losses none the less. We got that one big rally on March 1st that certainly threw us a curve, but otherwise that's 5 down days in the last six for stocks. The Nasdaq and small caps were the big losers again.

  4. TSP Talk: Growth stocks taking a hit

    After Monday's largest one day gain since June to start the month, we've now seen the worst two day stretch for stocks in six months. The Dow spent most of the day in positive territory but succumbed to the selling pressure late to end the day down 121-points. Once again the broader indices saw he larger losses with the Nasdaq and small caps plummeting more than 2%. The Transports actually gained 0.66% on the day, while bonds were down as yields crept up again.

  5. TSP Talk: A pause or a roadblock?

    Stocks tried to battle back from a weak opening yesterday, but the dip buyers dried up into the close and the indices closed near their lows of the day. The Dow lost a modest 0.46% but the broader indices were hit harder. Bonds were flat, the dollar was down, and the VIX was up but remains below any warning levels.

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