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  1. Fed hikes and says two more coming. Market whines

    Stocks were flying high early on Wednesday as investors were expecting the Fed to rescue them from the recent bearish action, and Powell did basically what most expected, but it wasn't enough. The stock market wanted a more dovish stance, so the Dow turned a nearly 400-point mid-afternoon gain, into a 352-point loss by the close. It was a 1.5% loss for stocks on the day, but 3% off the highs, so it felt much worse. Volume was very high as we've come to expect on Fed days.

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  2. November Jobs Report +155,000 / 3.7%

    Job growth falls short of expectations in November: 155,000 payrolls created vs 198,000 estimate


    Nonfarm payrolls increased by 155,000 in November, the Labor Department says. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones had been expecting payroll growth of 198,000.

    The average hourly earnings gain of 0.2 percent fell short of estimates for a 0.3 percent increase.

    October's jobs count was revised lower from an initially reported 250,000 to 237,000.
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  3. Getting sea sick?

    Stocks came out of the starting gate on Monday morning like a thoroughbred on steroids, but after reaching top speed in the early afternoon, it ran out of gas and rolled downhill the rest of the way. The Dow, up about 440-points at the high, closed up just 46. That was the case across the board, big gains turned into modest gains with a couple dipping into negative territory.

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  4. The test of the lows is here. Will it pass?

    Stocks completed an awful week on Friday with the Dow taking another 425-point hit. The week saw the S&P 500 fall nearly 6% as the quest to test the February lows is on. Tests of the prior corrections lows is common. What happens when the indices do reach those lows again is questionable. Breakdown or double bottom? Place your bets!
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  5. Sell-off heading into FOMC meeting

    Stocks lost more ground to start the week yesterday, although some late buying helped moved the indices off their lows. The Dow closed down 336-points, which was about 130-points off the low of the day. The Nasdaq lagged while small caps held up slightly better, as did the Transportation Index, but it was a red day across the board.
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