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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

Summer’s End Investors had a good summer in the stock market. As we approach the end of August, Federal Reserve Chairman Bernanke is expected to indicate whether the economy needs another shot of bond buying by the Fed or if the recovery has strengthened sufficiently to forego this assistance. Recent stock market advances indicate that […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

Election Coming; What’s Next? Stocks continue on track for their best August in 20 years. No major developments have taken place recently in the problems of the Euro Zone or of the “fiscal cliff” here, so the market’s strength may be a reaction to an unaccustomed absence of bad news. Whatever the reason, an improved […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

Global Bargains Stocks pushed through the prevailing anxieties to end July with a 2% gain. That put them ahead 10% for the year so far. Not bad, particularly in the face of media warnings that the economies of both the U.S. and Europe face imminent collapse. Each faces complex and serious problems but responsible people […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

Election Year And Stocks Turbulent currents continue to make the stock market work slowly upstream. Troubling news from the Euro Zone pushed stocks back this summer although the market (S&P 500) is still eight percent ahead for the year so far as we approach August, historically the least volatile month for stocks. Readers have asked […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

Weeding And Seeding Stocks appear to be firming up as if they were going to the gym for workouts instead of to their creditors for financial workouts. Some of their support is coming from an absence of any more dramatically bad news from Europe. Those troubled economies are prompting companies with global sales to temper […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

A Long, Warm Summer Midsummer arrived on schedule as did the first wave of quarterly earnings reports. The summer is hot, the reports lukewarm. First returns show decent results in sales and earnings despite a sluggish economic recovery but the forecasts are guarded. Europe’s uncertainties and its slumping economies are beginning to impact the sales […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

Hiding From Risk Stocks kept their course during a challenging quarter. After selling off in May and rallying in June, the market ended off three percent for the three-month period. For the first six months of 2012, the Dow Jones Industrials gained five percent and the more broadly based S&P 500 index was up eight […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

End Of The Quarter Stocks continue to oscillate in a range roughly between 12,000 and 13,000 on the Dow Jones Industrials Average. With news from Europe and political fighting here, stocks are not sticking with short-term trends. After a good first quarter, the market went into a correction in May, reversed briefly to an uptrend, […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

On The Bargain Counter The stock market managed to work itself back into an uptrend with volume rising on consecutive up days. No sooner had it achieved this short-term reversal of May’s “correction” than a 200-point down day put its new uptrend under pressure. As economic developments here and in Europe have not produced any […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

Home On The Range Stocks continue to oscillate in what Wall Street likes to call a “trading range.” With all the nerve- wracking news from Europe and unsettled political quarrelling here, it is no wonder that investors do not feel at home on this range. As usual, the public mood exaggerates stock market conditions. Things […]

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Irrational Pessimism

Irrational Pessimism

After a miserable month of May for the stock market, stocks managed to firm up for a small streak of three straight up days. The overall situation in the Euro Zone has not improved but there are scattered signs that the self-interests of the largest nations will divert them from the unsuccessful austerity budgets they […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

A Facebook in the Crowd Facebook is back in the headlines with its public stock sale coming in a week. This promises to be a very hot offering with most underwriters taking firm orders only from their larger customers. Those who can’t get in should take comfort in the knowledge that its stock price for […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

Who’s Number One? A recent Gallup poll reported that a significant majority of Americans believe that China has become the leading economic power in the world today. Although China overtook Japan last year to become number two, the United States economy is still over twice that of China. This mistaken belief seems based on an […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

Show Me the Dividend Dividends have always been an important factor in successful investment returns. They seem likely to become an even more significant part of future returns. The stock market is subject to swings from emotion and periods of overconfidence have often pumped up stock prices of companies with little prospects of paying out […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

Nix to Bricks Stocks continue to bounce around in response to new quarterly earnings reports and in reaction to their decent advance over the last few months. Summer is icumen in and May often introduces a market lull until the fall. The Presidential campaign will dominate the news until then and its resolution in November […]