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The Bigger The Better After beginning the year in a steady uptrend, stocks are now bouncing around. This volatility is not necessarily unfavorable as long as current economic trends continue although it tends to terrify those whose investments are hampered by their emotions. The...

Taking Stock

Market Rallies Are Not Sell Signals Some investors remind me of animals that have been abused and now resist offers of kindness. A majority of investors surveyed in a recent CNBC poll reported that they mistrust stocks to some degree, as if they had been mistreated. This distrust...

Taking Stock

A Good Apple Apple celebrated the arrival of Spring with an eagerly awaited dividend announcement. Holders will receive a quarterly dividend of $2.65 a share sometime during Apple’s third fiscal quarter, which begins in July. Apple being Apple with its record of understating...

Taking Stock

Friendly Corporate Divorces Corporate mergers and acquisitions often produce more publicity than profits. Companies moving in the opposite direction through spin-offs or split-ups can be more profitable for shareholders. Whether the failures or successes of these maneuvers have...

Taking Stock

Testing, Testing: One, Two Three Stocks continue in an uptrend. We can expect such trends to be tested at anytime with dips or even larger “corrections,” for almost any reason. Such momentary setbacks are inherent in the nature of active markets and investors should avoid nervous...

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The Beat Goes On The market still has the wind at its back. For the first two months of 2012, the S&P 500 rang up a 9% gain, far ahead of its record for more than the last two years. It continues to outshine the Dow Jones Industrial average, a reverse from last year’s fearful...

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Euphoria Warning Investors now seem almost obsessed on when the Dow Jones Industrial Average will pass through 13,000. That’s an interesting tidbit for those in search of sound bites but it is both inevitable and of only passing significance. Like the breaking of the four-minute...

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Dow 15,000? Halfway through the first quarter of 2012 and stocks are up 6%! That’s far better than last year when the S&P 500 was totally flat after four full quarters. Eight quarters since 2009 only bumped it to 1%. Despite over-publicized anxieties with political resistance...

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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

The Year Of The Dragon The Chinese New Year approaches, bringing in the Year of the Dragon, said to be a deliverer of good fortune. Stocks are anticipating this, up over four percent in the first three weeks of 2012. That’s over four percent better than they did last year, going...

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The Quiet Rally Stocks continue a stealth rally, quietly moving to their best levels in five months. The market has recently been untroubled by bad news from Europe, even receiving some sparks of good news like another small downtick in the unemployment rate. Quarterly earnings...

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Quick Start for 2012 Stocks came out swinging at the opening bell of 2012. For a brief period, the market was not burdened with bad news from the bankers of Europe or the political candidates of America. As the holiday glow fades, we can expect the battering to resume as the...

Talking Stock

Living With Uncertainty Stock columns at this time traditionally try to forecast the year ahead. Currently, the only certainty is that there will be continued uncertainty and accompanying volatility. That is more of a useful forecast than it might sound. Investors will do better...

Taking Stock

A World of Uncertainties Unemployment finally moved down a notch from 9% to 8.6%, mixed progress is taking place with Europe’s financial problems and stocks continue to bounce up and down. They always have but this year seems to have been particularly hard on investor nerves,...