Central Banks to Remain Accommodative, But Stocks Due to Pause 11-18-14

Remember the drastic moves Japan announced a few weeks ago to reinvigorate and re-inflate its economy? Well, it looks like Japan must do even more work. We learned the other day that its economy slipped into recession yet again last quarter, having contracted at a 1.6 percent annualized rate in the period. This marks its fourth recession in six years. In response, the Abe government has postponed an increase in the nation’s sales tax and called for snap elections to insure that it has a mandate to govern. Read more about Central Banks to Remain Accommodative, But Stocks Due to Pause 11-18-14

How High Is Too High? 11-11-14

The markets continue to climb on optimism for stronger growth and continued easy monetary policies. Most recently, news from Japan has it that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering dismissing the cabinet and calling new elections, all before rescinding a hugely unpopular planned sales tax increase. Or, to be exact, rumors to that extent have not been rejected by the Japanese government. Read more about How High Is Too High? 11-11-14

A Shot Heard 'Round the World 11-04-14

Japan hit the reset button last week in its bid to revive its economy and once and for all shed itself of the deflationary pressures that have plagued the country for several decades. Its latest stimulus efforts are affecting markets across the globe. 
 

Correction? What Correction? 10-28-14

The nearly 10 percent decline that occurred in the S&P 500 in the three weeks to mid October has quickly become a distant memory as investors have rushed back into stocks. The recovery in the last nine trading sessions has carried the blue chip index to little more than 2 percent from its closing high. Read more about Correction? What Correction? 10-28-14

Stocks Gain Nicely as Investors Return 10-21-14

Stocks are climbing for the fourth consecutive day, bouncing back from their biggest correction in three years. Investors have shrugged off weak earnings from prominent names such as Coca-Cola and International Business Machines, seeing their problems as company specific rather than indications of systemic issues. Most notable about the market’s action, small cap stocks, which previously were laggards, are leading the charge. Read more about Stocks Gain Nicely as Investors Return 10-21-14

Expect Oil to Lubricate the Economy 10-14-14

Buyers have returned to stocks today after three weeks of selling that pushed U.S. shares to their lowest level since May and brought the S&P 500 below its 200-day moving average for the first time since November, 2012, an unusually long stretch without such a pullback. Read more about Expect Oil to Lubricate the Economy 10-14-14

Investors Fretting About Europe 10-7-14

Last week we had encouraging news on the euro zone economy to aid stocks. This week, not so much. Read more about Investors Fretting About Europe 10-7-14

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