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  1. Sellers winning the battles

    Stocks opened higher on Monday, but the Dow and S&P 500 peaked at the the open and from there it was a battle between dip buyers and rally sellers, and by the close the rally sellers won out again. The losses were moderate for the large caps losing about a half of a percent (Dow -127), while the technology sector had a strong day and allowed the Nasdaq to close up on the day. Small caps gave up some early gains and did relatively well compared to the large caps, ...
  2. 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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  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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