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

The Global Picture 09-30-14

Global events continue to influence stock trading. This week, unrest in Hong Kong has moved front and center in global headlines, given its implications for China, the world’s second largest economy, with its current signs of slowing. Read more about The Global Picture 09-30-14

Risk Off, But Not for Long 09-23-14

A modest global selloff has been underway for several days now. Today investors are focused on Europe where the latest readings on Purchasing Mangers Indices pointed to the continued loss of momentum for the EU economy. In France, both manufacturing and services came in under 50, the level below which traditionally is thought to signal that an economy has entered contraction. In practice, however, recessions typically occur only after the PMIs slip to the low to mid 40s. France’s second-quarter GDP, also out today, was flat with the prior quarter. Read more about Risk Off, But Not for Long 09-23-14

Several Catalysts on Deck, But Stock Trading Should Remain Quiet 09-16-14

The U.S. Federal Reserve’s Federal Open Market Committee is meeting today and tomorrow to weigh monetary policy. The Fed is expected to wrap up its quantitative easing program in the next several weeks and traders will watch for a change in the central bank’s policy language for signs that it may consider raising short-term interest rates sooner than the estimated mid-2015 time frame currently anticipated by conventional wisdom. Read more about Several Catalysts on Deck, But Stock Trading Should Remain Quiet 09-16-14

Stocks Heading Nowhere Fast 09-09-14

Stocks remain on a familiar treadmill these days. The S&P 500 continues to flirt with the 2000 level but hasn’t done since initially exceeding that mark. The blue chip average managed to close above that level for several consecutive sessions but has since given up some ground. Trading volume has picked up, as expected, now that the summer vacation season is over, but still remains relatively light. Read more about Stocks Heading Nowhere Fast 09-09-14

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