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 …

Dow Inches Up While Tech Stocks Lead

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[Chart courtesy of MarketWatch.com] 1. Moving the Markets The Dow continued blazing a trail today, bolstered by a strong earnings report from tech giant Microsoft (MSFT). The index continues to plow its way into record territory and lately there’s no sign of it doing otherwise. The nine-day winning streak is its longest since a 10-session rally more than three years …

Equities End Mixed As Crude Oil Slides

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[Chart courtesy of MarketWatch.com] 1. Moving the Markets The major U.S. stock indexes kicked off the trading week in a mixed fashion. U.S. stocks, still reeling from its worst yearly start ever, were able to close mostly higher in a bumpy trading session as traders shook off fears after China’s 2015 economic growth hit its lowest level in 25 years, …