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

  1. Fed gives market what they want to hear - are new highs next?

    Stocks rallied at the open on Wednesday, sunk into the afternoon, then bounced back after the FOMC meeting and the release of the Fed's policy statement. The Dow gained 30-points on the day with moderate gains in the S&P 500 and Nasdaq, as well as the Transports, and the I-fund. The S-fund lagged slightly closing just slightly north of flat.

  2. Working off the excesses of jobs report rally

    Stocks opened sharply lower on Tuesday but buyers stepped up right away to take the indices off their lows and into positive territory, before fading and closing slightly negative. The Dow lost 28-points after Monday's triple digit decline and that's just something we tend to see after a big jobs report driven rally.

  3. Back to the sidelines for some

    TommyIV filling in for Tom Crowley:

    Stocks pulled back Monday to start off an important week for markets. The uncertainty surrounding trade and upcoming scheduled tariffs had some investors swallowing gains and moving to the sidelines. Last week's jobs report gave investors the confirmation bias they needed to have faith in the future of the economy. However it would be an uninformed gamble to buy further into stocks ahead of an FOMC meeting that won't include a rate cut as well as
  4. Jobs report gives buyers new life

    Stocks rallied on Friday and the big news was the strong jobs report. The Dow gained 337-points or 1.22%, and we saw solid gains of near 1% in many of the major indices. Not surprising, the safety type trades of bonds and gold were down as risk was certainly on Friday.

  5. Jobs Report November

    Jobs growth soars in November as payrolls surge by 266,000


    Nonfarm payrolls surged by 266,000 in November, better than the 187,000 expected by economists polled by Dow Jones.

    The unemployment rate ticked down to 3.5% from 3.6%, back to the 2019 low and matching the lowest jobless rate since 1969.

    The end of the GM strike had a big effect, boosting employment in motor vehicles and parts by 41,300, part of an overall 54,000 gain in manufacturing.
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