Markets Gain Broadly As Geopolitical Tensions Wane

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[Chart courtesy of MarketWatch.com] Moving the markets By the time the opening bell rang this morning, the lobbing of a bunch of missiles into useless Syrian targets on Friday had been long forgotten with the focus now having shifted to the upcoming earnings season. Everything appeared to be positive for the market with the S&P 500 honing in on its …

Afternoon Rally Starts June With A Bang

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[Chart courtesy of MarketWatch.com] Moving the Markets Private sector hiring as reported by ADP, which added a seasonally adjusted and bigger–than-expected 253k rise in employment for May, set the tone for the market, as the major indexes climbed steadily above the unchanged line and into record territory. As has been the case in the recent past, negative news like US …

Uncertainty Reigns; Dollar Gets Pummeled

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[Chart courtesy of MarketWatch.com] Moving the Markets Uncertainty and volatility reigned supreme as Secretary of State Tillerson’s meeting in Russia initially generated a small relief rally in the dollar with bond yields shooting higher. Then the hammer came down as Trump commented on a variety of issues including China and the overvalued US dollar. That was all it took, and …

Banks & Stocks Bleed While Gold Shines

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[Chart courtesy of MarketWatch.com] Moving the Markets An early rally attempt driven by Apple reaching new all-time highs was rebuffed in a hurry, as worries surfaced that Trump may not be able to deliver on his promised tax cuts as quickly as had been assumed, an assumption that has been the reckless driver of the market in recent months. Right …

The Fed Blinks—Again; No Rate Hike Propels Indexes

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[Chart courtesy of MarketWatch.com] 1. Moving the Markets Stocks rallied as the Nasdaq closed at a new record high after the Federal Reserve opted to leave interest rates unchanged but stressed that the case for a hike in rates has “strengthened”. In its statement, the Fed said the “case for an increase in (short-term) rates has strengthened” but that the …