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Strong technology earnings lift Nasdaq to all-time high

Although it’s easy to forget sometimes, a share is not a lottery ticket…it’s part-ownership of a business. – Peter Lynch Strong earnings from several technology giants on Friday propelled the Nasdaq Composite Index to an all-time record high close and enabled the index to post a gain of over 2% for the day. The S&P […]

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S&P 500 closes flat as Fed leaves interest rates unchanged

You can become, to an enormous degree, the person you want to be. – Warren Buffett Although there was a plethora of newsworthy items and economic data last week, the major stock averages barely budged and ended the week at almost the same levels where they began. The S&P 500 Index rose only two points […]

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Hurricanes Harvey and Irma take wind out of stocks, close modestly lower

The game of life is the game of everlasting learning. At least it is if you want to win. – Charlie Munger The month of September has historically been one of the worst performing months of the year and if last week’s market action is any indication, that trend could continue. All three of the […]

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Stocks overcome rising tensions with North Korea, rally to end week higher

In recent years, annual trading in stocks – necessarily creating, by reason of the transaction costs involved, negative value for traders – averaged some $33 trillion. But capital formation – that is, directing fresh investment capital to its highest and best uses, such as new businesses, new technology, medical breakthroughs and modern plant and equipment […]

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S&P 500 rebounds as investors become optimistic about tax reform

We never hold on for the last nickel. I think you make a big mistake when you do that. We never assume something will go past its fair value. We’ll let someone else make the last dollar or two. We’ll always sell too soon. – Seth Klarman, hedge fund manager Both the Dow Jones Industrial […]

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Stocks close lower as geopolitical concerns take center stage

I haven’t the faintest idea as to whether stocks will be higher or lower a month – or a year – from now. What is likely, however, is that the market will move higher, perhaps substantially so, well before either sentiment or the economy turns up. So if you wait for the robins, spring will […]

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Stronger than expected earnings boost stock prices

We don’t have to be smarter than the rest. We have to be more disciplined than the rest. – Warren Buffett All three of the major stock averages hit record highs last week but only the S&P 500 Index and the Nasdaq Composite Index finished in positive territory. The Nasdaq was so strong that it […]

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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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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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