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Taking Stock

The Fed Points The Way The Federal Reserve under new Chair Janet Yellen continues to shape the financial markets. Its policies persist in those set by her predecessor, Ben Bernanke, who led the recovery from the financial disasters of 2007-2008. New programs of unprecedented...

Taking Stock

Living With Corrections Stocks are closing the quarter down around 2% for March and breakeven for the year so far. After strong performance in 2013 following a good year in 2012, some loss of momentum is normal. The market’s uptrend has been under increasing pressure for weeks...

Taking Stock

An Apple a Day Keeps the Down Market Away Apple (AAPL-$445) crushed Wall Street analysts’ earnings estimates. It did this the old fashioned way, not through juggling its accounting as many banks do, but through developing and marketing superior products. One hopes that this would...

Taking Stock

An Apple a Day Keeps the Down Market Away   Apple (AAPL-$445) crushed Wall Street analysts’ earnings estimates. It did this the old fashioned way, not through juggling its accounting as many banks do, but through developing and marketing superior products. One hopes that...

Taking Stock

Risk On, Risk Off   Wall Street loves jargon; its latest is “Risk on” or “Risk off” to label daily market swings. This is really only a more genteel description of the impact of greed versus fear on stock prices but it is a reminder of the importance of risk valuation in...

Taking Stock

The Challenge From 1984   The month of October may bring early Halloween chills from its role in stock market history. This month saw the big Crash of 1929, the lesser Crash of 1987 and the beginning of the financial Crash in 2008. This October is reading from a different...

Ten for 2010

By Tony Crowell Stocks had a good year in 2009, anticipating the economic recovery that began in the fall. Both the stock market and the global economy will continue their comebacks in 2010, although a few lagging sectors will slow the pace. The ten picks below are all big enough...