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Earnings Recession?

Earnings season kicks off this week (April 6 – 10) with Alcoa set to report first quarter 2015 earnings on Wednesday, April 8. This earnings season has received a great deal of attention in recent w ..
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Market’s March Madness

The Final Four of the 2015 NCAA College Basketball Tournament is set with Kentucky, Wisconsin, Duke, and Michigan State headed to Indianapolis to determine this year’s college hoops champion. In tha ..
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The Dollar’s Ripple Effect

In technical analysis, “intermarket analysis” looks at the way in which various markets interact. Intermarket analysis primarily looks at four market sectors: currencies, commodities, bonds, and s ..
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Dollar Strength is a Symptom, not a Cause

The massive U.S. dollar rally has wide-ranging impacts. It hurts international stock returns generated in foreign currencies. It influences global trade and the flow of investment dollars. A strong do ..
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Happy Birthday Bull Market

The current bull market, one of the most powerful in the S&P 500’s history, celebrates its sixth birthday today, March 9, 2015. The S&P 500 has more than tripled since the financial crisis ..
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A Very Different NASDAQ

The Nasdaq Composite just hit 5000 today as this report was going to press and is nearing its all-time record closing high of 5048 set during the peak of the internet bubble in March 2000. The 15-year ..
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Are Expectations Too High

Thanks to some help from the Greece agreement reached Friday afternoon (February 20, 2015), the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrials Average ended last week at new record highs, while the NASDAQ has move ..
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Energy Sector Outlook: What We Are Watching

No sector is getting more attention right now than energy. Market participants are attracted to the potential upside after both oil and the energy sector suffered substantial declines in recent months ..
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Earnings Season Highlights and Lowlights

Despite the massive drag from the energy sector and the negative impact of a strong U.S. dollar, fourth quarter 2014 earnings are on track to exceed the prior Thomson-tracked consensus estimate of 4.2 ..
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Don’t Fret About January Effect

The stock market declined in January 2015, causing some to ask whether the so-called January effect (or what some call the January barometer) means that stocks will fall this year. One of the best kno ..
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