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March 2, 2017

Looking for Catalysts After Rally Above 21,000 As Rate Hike Chatter Persists

For the moment, it looks like a mixed open, with little in the way of catalysts other than continued chatter about a possible March rate hike.

March 1, 2017

Trump Speech Re-Charges Market After DJIA Streak Of Records Ends

Stock futures signaled a much higher open Wednesday after the President’s speech, even as odds for a March rate hike climbed significantly.

February 28, 2017

What Will Trump Say? Another Day of Wait-and-See Appears on Tap for Markets

Maybe President Trump might be able to nudge the markets in one direction or another after he rolls out plans on taxes, health care and deregulation tonight.

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February 27, 2017

Look, Markets Appear to Be Doing it Again: Waiting for Oomph

Markets open marginally lower, threatening halt to record-highs rally, ahead of at least two important speeches this week from President Trump and Fed Chair Yellen

February 24, 2017

Pushing Pause: Red Numbers Pop Up Amid Overseas Weakness, Policy Caution

Steep losses overseas and policy caution may put the Dow Jones Industrial Average’s ($DJI) 10-day streak of record highs in peril.

February 23, 2017

Fed Minutes Don’t Offer Much To Chew On, But Home Builder Results Tell Story

Many market participants seem focused on Fed minutes. But to get a picture of the economy, it may make more sense to look at an earnings report.

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February 22, 2017

Tick, Tick, Tick.... Markets Appear to Be on Hold Until Fed Minutes Come Out

After hitting fresh highs again yesterday, the three major benchmarks are barely budging in the early going. Insight into Fed thinking on interest rates might jolt them.

February 21, 2017

Major Market Benchmarks Open at Record Highs. Again. Can they Hold?

If upward trajectory holds throughout the day, it will mark eight of nine days to the upside and four straight weeks. Stay tuned.

February 17, 2017

Despite End to Record SPX Streak, Markets Seem Resilient On Tax Policy Hopes

The streak of five record closes for the Nasdaq and S&P 500 (SPX) is over, but the market appears to remain resilient amid hopes for business-friendly tax policy.

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February 16, 2017

Rate Hikes Getting Closer? Economic Data, Hawkish Fed Take Center Stage

Expectations for a rate hike appear to be getting closer, judging by action in Fed funds futures. Stock prices pulled back in pre-market trading Thursday.

February 15, 2017

More Market Records Fall Even as Yellen Takes a Hawkish Tone To Congress

How ironic that on the very day Fed Chair Yellen sounded about as hawkish as she ever has in a meeting with Congress, all the major indices rang up new record highs.

February 14, 2017

What Will Yellen Say? Fed Chair Addresses Congress After Market Climbs To Highs

The “Trump jump” continues, with all major indices setting new record highs Monday. Today's highlight is Fed Chair Janet Yellen's testimony to Congress.

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February 13, 2017

Market Looks Set For New Records Ahead of Yellen Testimony Later in Week

The main bulk of earnings are in the rear view mirror, but there’s plenty of excitement this week, including key data and a visit to Capitol Hill by Fed Chair Janet Yellen.

February 10, 2017

Tax Party: Indices Hit New-All-Time Highs As Trump Promise Helps Invigorate

President Trump’s promise of a “phenomenal” tax policy announcement in the next two to three weeks appears to have put the markets into party mode.

February 9, 2017

Not Much to Tweet About: TWTR Results Disappoint, But Stocks Aim for Highs

Both CocaCola (KO) and Twitter (TWTR) posted quarterly results today, and despite TWTR weakness, stock futures point to another possible test of recent highs.

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February 8, 2017

Party Crasher? Watching Crude For Signs of Weakness Flowing Into Equities

Crude is back in the news, with tumbling oil prices hurting the energy sector this week and possibly posing a threat to the broader market.

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