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

Behind the Records 09-02-14

As was widely anticipated, the main blue chip U.S. index, the S&P 500, climbed to a new high—and broke above the 2,000 level for the first time last week. The latest up-move hasn’t been very strong, but represents an advance nonetheless. Read more about Behind the Records 09-02-14

Investor Anxiety on the Rise with Stocks 08-26-14

Step by step, stocks continue their ascent with the help of an accommodative Federal Reserve. The blue chip S&P 500 carved out a new milestone this week, closing above the 2000 mark. Likewise, the Nasdaq 100 notched another post-tech bubble high. Other averages, however, while not acting poorly, have so far failed to set new records, but they’re not far off. Trading volume remains exceedingly light, which is to be expected at least through Labor Day. Read more about Investor Anxiety on the Rise with Stocks 08-26-14

Summer Time…And the Trading is Easy 08-19-14

Stocks are marching ahead once more today in quiet trading, with the blue chip averages close to record highs. The tech-heavy Nasdaq 100 actually reached its own milestone today, a 14-year high, revisiting levels not seen since the heady days of the tech bubble. With many investors enjoying their summer holiday in the waning days of summer, volume today, as has been the case for some time now, is quite light—and it’s likely to remain that way through Labor Day. Read more about Summer Time…And the Trading is Easy 08-19-14

Quiet Trading As Stocks Lack a Catalyst 08-12-14

Stocks are little changed today after two days of gains, with little news to propel them in either direction. What news we have had, however, has largely been positive. Read more about Quiet Trading As Stocks Lack a Catalyst 08-12-14

Holding Steady 08-05-14

No sooner did we describe the market as being unflappable (in the last update headline, no less) than stocks produced their worst weekly performance in two years. Still, we stand by that call. Although equities did slip in last week’s trading, from where we sit it looks like nothing more than a modest, and much needed correction. Read more about Holding Steady 08-05-14

Unflappable and Unexciting 07-29-14

Tensions in Europe continue to mount in the wake of a seeming step-up in Russian support of Ukrainian separatists following the success of Ukrainian government troops in recapturing territory formerly held by the rebels—despite widespread condemnation of the downing of Malaysia Airlines MK17. The European Union has enacted stiffer sanctions on Moscow and the United States is expected to follow suit. Russia claims it will not be drawn into tit-for-tat sanction escalation, but it shows no sign of backing down either. Read more about Unflappable and Unexciting 07-29-14

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