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Technology-laden Nasdaq plunges on valuation concerns

It amazes me how people are often more willing to act based on little or no data than to use data that is a challenge to assemble. – Robert Shiller It was a tale of two markets this past week with the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index plunging 1.6% and the S&P 500 Index posting only […]

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Major stock averages close at record highs despite lackluster jobs report

Opportunities come infrequently. When it rains gold, put out the bucket, not the thimble. – Warren Buffett All three major stock averages closed at record highs last week as investors continued to hold out hope that economic growth would begin to accelerate, with or without help from President Trump’s pro-growth policies. The year is almost […]

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S&P 500 winning streak ends as Fed rate hike looms

The minute you get away from the fundamentals – whether it’s proper technique, work ethic, or mental preparation – the bottom can fall out of your game, your schoolwork, your job, whatever you’re doing. – Michael Jordan The S&P 500 Index celebrated the eight-year anniversary of the bull market this past week but closed modestly […]

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Dow closes above 21,000 on President Trump’s speech to Congress

Investing is not nearly as difficult as it looks. Successful investing involves doing a few things right and avoiding serious mistakes. – John Bogle With the help of a 300 plus point gain on Wednesday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average posted its fourth consecutive weekly gain and ended the week slightly above 21,000. It wasn’t […]

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Strong earnings fail to lift stocks as President Trump is sworn in

An investment operation is one which, upon thorough analysis, promises safety of principal and a satisfactory return. Operations not meeting these requirements are speculative. – Benjamin Graham Despite positive economic data and strong quarterly earnings reports, the major stock averages barely budged and ended the week modestly lower. The focus for investors was primarily on […]

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Rally in stocks stalls despite strong earnings, positive economic data

We don’t get paid for activity, just for being right. As to how long we’ll wait, we’ll wait indefinitely. – Warren Buffett The major stock averages were mixed last week as both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 Index edged lower while the Nasdaq Composite Index bucked the trend and rose 1%, closing […]

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S&P 500 closes at record high, fueled by post-election optimism

The idea that a bell rings to signal when investors should get into or out of the market is simply not credible. After nearly 50 years in this business, I do not know of anybody who has done it successfully and consistently. – John Bogle After seeing its winning streak snapped in the prior week, […]

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Stocks post modest losses on new FBI probe

All intelligent investing is value investing – acquiring more that you are paying for. You must value the business in order to value the stock. – Charlie Munger News on Friday that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had reopened its investigation of Hillary Clinton’s e-mails caused stocks to drop and left the major stock averages […]

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Stocks post modest gains on positive earnings reports

It takes twenty years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. – Warren Buffett The S&P 500 Index snapped a two-week losing streak with a modest gain as investors sifted through a plethora of quarterly earnings reports and economic data. The Nasdaq Composite Index posted the biggest gain of the major stock […]

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Stocks post modest losses on concern over earnings

To be an investor you must be a believer in a better tomorrow. – Benjamin Graham Stocks posted modest losses for the second consecutive week as uncertainty over the third quarter earnings season, the upcoming presidential election and the timing of the next Federal Reserve interest rate hike seemed to rattle investors. The S&P 500 […]

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