Snapping A 7-Day Winning Streak

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[Chart courtesy of MarketWatch.com] 1. Moving the Markets Many investors were laying in waiting to see what the ECB’s decision was going to be in regards to raising interest rates. As expected, the ECB stood pat on rates earlier Thursday and began the implementation of its larger asset-purchase program, which now totals 80 billion euros a month. However, President Mario …

Big Gains For Wall Street On Earnings And ECB Stimulus Talk

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[Chart courtesy of MarketWatch.com] 1. Moving the Markets Stocks skyrocketed Thursday as investors were quite encouraged by a market moving earnings report posted by McDonald’s (MCD) and signs from Europe that more stimulus might be on the way for the European Economy. In the end, it was really ECBs Mario Draghi’s jawboning about “re-examining” its stimulus program, which lit some …

Mixed Earnings Reports Pull Stocks Lower

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[Chart courtesy of MarketWatch.com] 1. Moving the Markets A hazy batch of earnings reports were the culprit for the small losses on Wall Street today. The Dow ended the day down a scant 14 points after bouncing in and out of negative territory. IBM (IBM), which is the Dow’s largest component, dragged the index down after weak hardware sales and …

Techs Drag Dow

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[Chart courtesy of MarketWatch.com] 1. Moving the Markets Equities pulled back as a result of IBM and United Technologies putting the first negative on the board this earnings season just prior to the heavyweights, Apple and Microsoft, issuing their quarterly report cards after today’s close. The major indexes are still near record highs and, after having been on a tear …

Markets Move Lower; No Good News From Greece

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[Chart courtesy of MarketWatch.com] 1. Moving the Markets Markets shifted lower today amidst mixed domestic data, higher bond yields and (believe it or not) renewed concerns over Greece. After a myriad of budget cuts, a million lost jobs, 250,000 closed businesses and nearly 240 billion euros ($267 billion USD) in rescue loans, the country is once again on the brink …