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Category Archives: Commodities

S&P 500 closes higher on optimism over U.S. and China trade talks

One of my greatest complaints about forecasters is that they seem to ignore their own records. The amazing thing to me is that these people will go on making predictions with a straight face, and the media will continue to carry them. – Howard Marks The Dow Jones Industrial Average brushed aside worries over Turkey’s […]

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Stocks post modest gains on jobs report, improved economic data

Speculation is an effort, probably unsuccessful, to turn a little money into a lot. Investment is an effort, which should be successful, to prevent a lot of money from becoming a little. – Fred Schwed Jr., professional trader and author of the book Where Are the Customers’ Yachts? The major stock averages closed modestly higher […]

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Stocks close lower as global central banks become hawkish

Investors should be skeptical of history-based models. Constructed by a nerdy-sounding priesthood using esoteric terms such as beta, gamma, sigma and the like, these models tend to look impressive. Too often, though, investors forget to examine the assumptions behind the models. Beware of geeks bearing formulas. – Warren Buffett What a difference a week makes. […]

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S&P 500 closes slightly lower on weak retail earnings

Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing. – Thomas Jefferson The stock market’s three-week winning streak came to an end last week as both the Dow Jones Industrial […]

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S&P 500 near all-time high on strong jobs data for June

I never make a prediction that can be proved wrong in 24 hours. – Louis Rukeyser Worries that the weak May employment report could be an ominous sign of a slowing U.S. economy were eliminated on Friday as the June jobs report far exceeded everybody’s expectations. As a result, the S&P 500 Index soared over […]

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S&P 500 slips on weak retail outlook, stronger dollar

Index investing outperforms active management year after year. – Jim Rogers The S&P 500 Index posted a modest loss for the third consecutive week as several major retailers reported disappointing quarterly sales and earnings and a stronger dollar weighed on commodity prices.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average, which is comprised of large, multi-national companies with […]

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Weak GDP growth, tech earnings send stocks lower

Commodities tend to zig, when the equity markets zag. – Jim Rogers Both the S&P 500 Index and the Dow Jones Industrial Average ended the week on a sour note and closed lower by more than 1% as several factors seemed to unnerve investors. The technology-laden Nasdaq Composite Index dropped even more as disappointing earnings […]

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S&P 500 posts gains on higher oil prices, economic data

It’s always said that the small investor doesn’t have a chance. And if they (people) so believe this theory that the small investor has no chance, they invest in a different format. – Peter Lynch Stocks posted gains for the third consecutive week as economic data continued to be better than expected and the price […]

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S&P 500 closes lower, ends year in red as oil prices slide

Most people get interested in stocks when everyone else is. The time to get interested is when no one else is. You can’t buy what is popular and do well. – Warren Buffett In a fitting end to what could be described as a difficult and frustrating year for investors, the S&P 500 Index closed […]

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