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Growth vs. Value: The Story of the Market

There are many ways to slice and dice the market to gain insights into its recent performance, but perhaps the simplest and sometimes the most effective way is to look at growth vs. value.

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Momentum Fades, Risk Increases

After mounting an impressive turnaround rally which saw the S&P 500 rise 16.6% from its intraday low of 1810.10 on Feb. 11 to an intraday peak of 2111.05 on April 20, the stock market has recently given back some of … Continue reading

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Market Update – April 17, 2016

The S&P 500 closed the week ended April 15, 2016 at 2080.73, just a whisker away from the November 3, 2015 intraday high of 2116.48 and also its all-time high of 2134.28 at on May 21, 2015. In a little … Continue reading

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Market Update – March 27, 2016

The stock market lost ground last week after five consecutive weeks of gains. The selling began on Wednesday, following the attacks by Islamist extremists in Brussels. Yet, the losses were modest and orderly. Momentum had been waning in the latter … Continue reading

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Market Update – March 4, 2016

Major averages closed the week ended March 4 up 2%-3%. This marked the third consecutive week of gains. The S&P 500 gained 2.7%, but smaller stocks have led the way during this rebound. The S&P Mid-Cap 400 gained 4.4% and … Continue reading

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Market Update – Feb. 29, 2016

The broader stock market averages closed the week ended February 26 with gains of 1.5%-1.8%. Small caps rose 2.8%, a positive sign. This was the second consecutive week of gains, coming off of the Feb. 11 market low; but this … Continue reading

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Is A Market Bottom At Hand?

Ignoring, for the moment, the last three days of trading action, the stock market appears to be in the early stages of a correction. Last week, the S&P 500 broke below 1820, its October 2014 low, setting the next downside … Continue reading

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Weak Economic Growth Does Not Necessarily Point to Recession

So far, the stock market appears to be anticipating a slowdown in economic activity, but not necessarily a recession. Some think that the decline in stocks might actually cause an economic pullback (consistent with George Soros’s concept of reflexivity). Certainly, … Continue reading

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Stocks Take A Tumble Again

Stocks got off to a terrible start in its first week of 2016 – the worst start to a year ever, according to Barron’s.  The S&P 500 closed the week down 6%.  Most major averages posted similar declines.  The S&P … Continue reading

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After Last Week’s Sell-Off, A Market Correction Is More Clearly Underway

Stock markets around the world got clobbered last week. The U.S. was down 5%-6%. Europe fell 5%-8%. China and nearby countries also dropped 5%-8%. Latin America was mixed, but still down 1%-8%.

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