Up, Up And Away; Dow Hits 2007 High; Europe Touches 23-Month High

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[Chart courtesy of MarketWatch.com] Equity ETFs mostly advanced today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average hitting a five-year high after data released showed continued improvement in housing and companies including Pfizer and Valero Energy reported earnings that beat estimates. The indexes picked up pace and rallied as the S&P/Case-Shiller index of US property values rose 5.5 percent in November after …

Fiscal Cliff Regression As Negotiations Stall; Europe Rises On German Data

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[Chart courtesy of MarketWatch.com] Stocks turned lower after a two-day rally, pulling the S&P 500 down from a two-month high, as negotiations to avert deep spending cuts and tax hikes hit a rocky patch, fuelling concerns the economy may go over the so-called fiscal cliff next year. White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer said President Obama would veto a tax …

Apple Rebound Boosts US Stocks Amid Cliff Negotiations; Europe Gains On German Factory Orders

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[Chart courtesy of MarketWatch.com] US stocks advanced for the second straight day Thursday as Apple Inc bounced back from its biggest drop in nearly four years and technology stocks showed strength. But the gains were capped as investors avoided making big bets as long as a budget deal remained elusive in Washington. The indexes continued in roller coaster mode pushed …

US Rally Fizzles As HP Plunge Offset Housing Gains; Europe Buoyed By Mideast Hope

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[Chart courtesy of MarketWatch.com] Capping a choppy trading session, US stocks finished little changed Tuesday after an early rally triggered by an increase in housing starts in October was offset by a sharp sell-off in Hewlett-Packard shares. The looming budget negotiations on tax hikes and spending cuts continued to weigh on investors after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke urged lawmakers …

Equities Get Bruised Again; Middle East Weighs; Europe Sinks

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[Chart courtesy of MarketWatch.com] Equities finished sharply lower Wednesday to extend losses into the third straight session this week, as major averages fell to multi-month lows over concerns about the upcoming budget debate. Markets turned jittery on news of conflict between Israel and Palestine, wiping out an early tech-driven rally. Stocks were on the decline after Egypt recalled its ambassador …

Major Market ETFs Caught In Downward Spiral; TTIs Remain Above Their Trend Lines; Europe Heads South On German Worry

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US stocks slumped Wednesday after a sell-off on Wall Street gained momentum as investors focused on the looming fiscal cliff and Europe’s debt crisis. The Dow Industrials logged its worst daily decline since November 2011 following President Barack Obama’s re-election Tuesday night. Risk sentiment soured after violent protests broke out in Greece as the country’s parliament got ready to vote …