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October 27, 2021

Showing Some Restraint

There is plenty of good earnings news this morning to get the stock market going, but because the going hasn’t been tough at all this month, the stock market isn’t really going like one might think.

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October 26, 2021

No Break Yet in The Positive Price Momentum

Just because some technical indicators might suggest the stock market is overbought on a short-term basis and ripe for a pullback doesn’t mean market participants will necessarily comply with that setup. They certainly aren’t in pre-market action anyway.

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October 25, 2021

Resilience Is the Word

Records were set last week by the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average. More could be coming this week, but there is a big earnings hill to climb if that is going to happen.

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October 20, 2021

Bears Have Their Work Cut Out For Them

The S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite have enjoyed five straight wining sessions. During that streak, they have increased 3.9% and 4.6%, respectively, yet their uptrending ways go back even further. Since their lows on October 4, they are up 5.6% and 6.7%, respectively.

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October 11, 2021

Market Shaken, Not Stirred, Over Bond Yields

The Treasury market isn’t open today. It is closed in observance of Columbus Day, but even so, you’ll still be hearing a lot about bonds today (including James Bond since it was opening weekend for No Time to Die).

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October 4, 2021

The Bags Are Still Packed

Alas, there is a mishmash of headlines contributing to a wait-and-see mindset. No one is really sure what today’s tape will show.

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September 29, 2021

No Surprise in Mechanical Rebound Effort

The major indices suffered large losses yesterday that were pinned on a jump in Treasury yields and a violation of technical support at the 50-day moving average for the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite.

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September 17, 2021

Some Knocks Under the Hood

The major indices are on track for a winning week, but they aren’t sitting on a large cushion entering today. Gains for the week range from 0.2% to 0.4%.

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September 16, 2021

Hoping for Follow Through

The stock market put together a winning session on Wednesday. The question is, can it follow up with another one today?

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September 13, 2021

Eyeing A Rebound Bid

The S&P 500 futures are up 40 points and trade 0.8% above fair value to start the week, as investors show an early inclination to buy the dip. The benchmark index enters the session on a five-session losing streak and about 2% off its record high.

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September 7, 2021

Settling in After the Long Weekend

Market participants can be forgiven for not showing a lot of conviction before today’s open. Interest levels may have been depleted over the extended Labor Day weekend.

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September 3, 2021

August Jobs Report Has Created A Real Mess

There was job growth in August, but it was woefully weaker than the job growth seen in July. The key takeaway from the August report, frankly, is that it was a real mess from a policy-making standpoint.

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August 30, 2021

In Preservation Mode

A record finish Friday for the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite is being preserved for the most part this morning by the futures market. There isn’t a lot of buying conviction at the moment, but notably, there isn’t any selling conviction either.

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August 25, 2021

A Cooling-Off Period

The stock market appears to be cooling off just a bit after a hot start to the week that has ferried the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite to new record highs.

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August 23, 2021

Rebound-Minded Action

The futures market is continuing Friday’s rebound action. In fact, if the S&P 500 opens as the futures market suggests it will, the S&P 500 will have made up nearly everything it lost last week.

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August 10, 2021

Devoid of Conviction for Now

Like yesterday, the stock market is devoid of conviction. The futures for the S&P 500, Nasdaq 100, and Dow Jones Industrial Average are little changed and trading close to fair value.

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August 9, 2021

Growth Factors in The Mix

Record-closing highs on Friday for the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 aren’t being greeted this morning with follow-through buying interest. To be fair, they aren’t being greeted with a great deal of selling interest either.

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July 28, 2021

No Real Surprise in Better Than Expected Results

There has been a ton of earnings news since yesterday’s close and there has been one “better than expected” report after the next. These aren’t small companies reporting either. They are the biggest and some of the most widely-held companies.

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July 26, 2021

Signs of Softness As Big Week of News Begins

The futures for the major indices are trading lower, but relative to fair value, they are only slightly below fair value. In other words, it should be a soft and modestly lower start for the major indices.

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July 20, 2021

Positive Start Expected, But the Close Matters More

The key thing today, however, isn’t how the stock market starts, it’s how it finishes. Given the market’s behavior since the lows in March 2020, it should come as no surprise that it is attempting to bounce back from yesterday’s selling.

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July 1, 2021

Walking a Mixed Line as Q3 Begins

Today marks the start of July and the beginning of the third quarter. The first day of a new month tends to be accented with a positive bias, particularly in an uptrending market where liquidity is widely available, as new money gets put to work.

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June 29, 2021

It’s A Windy City

The trading winds have shifted this morning. The technology stocks, which enjoyed a tailwind yesterday, are now facing a headwind. Conversely, cyclical stocks, which dealt with a headwind yesterday, are now benefiting from a tailwind.

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