Markets Respond Mixed To M&A News As Q1 Earnings Season Winds Down

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[Chart courtesy of MarketWatch.com] 1. Moving The Markets Stocks dwindled around breakeven for most of the day, but finished strong led by Internet stocks and mixed M&A success. All the major indexes closed higher as the chart above shows. In M&A news, AstraZeneca (AZN) rejected yet another takeover bid from Pfizer (PFE). AstraZeneca rejected a revised £69 billion ($116 billion) …

Heading Towards Bear Market Territory; Let’s Hope February Is A Very Short Month

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1. Moving The Markets A new report on U.S. manufacturing growth was released today that showed the sector barely expanded in January. This was not a good start for trading in February and the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) felt the wrath falling by more than 2% on the day. If you read the last piece I wrote at the …

Domestic Stocks End Flat Despite Better Economic Numbers; Germany And France Hold The Fort

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[Chart courtesy of MarketWatch.com] Domestic stocks pared better economic-data driven early gains Tuesday in the final trading hour, after media reports suggested Greece was set to seek more time to meet its budget-deficit reduction targets. As if more time would really make a difference. The Financial Times of London suggested Greece is expected to propose 1.5 percent deficit reduction annually …