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Taking Stock

The Band Plays On In October, the stock market achieved a remarkable reversal to the upside. It is now moving toward new highs like a soprano repeating curtain calls to continuing applause. Investors are a less forgiving audience and many now fret whether the next performances...

Taking Stock

Try To Remember The Kind Of September . . . As stocks exited the summer of 2014, the S&P 500 Index marked the year by closing at 2014. It backed off and is now around 1972; resumed momentum and September quarterly earnings reports should send it back by yearend above 2014 and...

Taking Stock

 Skepticism Over a Long Shutdown As I write this, the United States government is in its third day of an increasingly worrisome shutdown. In labor disputes, employees are sometimes locked out until a dispute is resolved. Such a dispute, like most disputes, is between the parties...

Taking Stock

Advice From Mark Twain Stocks stumbled through the summer with the Dow Industrials losing 3% and then regained balance in September before the tragic situation in Syria began to dominate the news. Despite the many uncertainties of any military situation, stocks actually rallied...