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Nasdaq gains nearly 2% as technology & health care stocks surge

Acknowledge the complexity of the world and resist the impression that you easily understand it. People are too quick to accept conventional wisdom, because it sounds basically true and tends to be reinforced by both their peers and opinion leaders, many of whom have never looked at whether the facts support the received wisdom. It’s […]

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S&P 500 edges slightly higher despite Fed interest rate hike

Games are won by players who focus on the playing field – not by those whose eyes are glued to the scoreboard. – Warren Buffett Each of the three major stock averages posted different results last week as economic data was decidedly mixed and inconclusive and earnings reports were almost nonexistent. The Dow Jones Industrial […]

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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, Nasdaq at record highs despite negative news

A man should never be ashamed to own that he has been in the wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that he is wiser today than he was yesterday. – Jonathan Swift Stocks snapped their two-week losing streak and, in the process, both the S&P 500 Index and the Nasdaq Composite Index closed […]

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Stocks rally to post modest losses in volatile week

Values aren’t fixed; they move in response to changes in the economic environment. Thus, cyclical considerations influence an asset’s current value. Value depends on earnings, for example, and earnings are shaped by the economic cycle and the price being charged for liquidity. – Howard Marks The S&P 500 Index plunged nearly 2% on Wednesday as […]

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S&P 500, Nasdaq close at record highs on earnings, jobs data

The number one idea is to view a stock as an ownership of the business and to judge the staying quality of the business in terms of its competitive advantage. Look for more value in terms of discounted future cash flow than you are paying for. Move only when you have an advantage. – Charlie […]

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Stocks post solid gains on positive earnings, guidance

In our view, though, investment students need only two well-taught courses – How to Value a Business and How to Think about Market Prices. Your goal as an investor should simply be to purchase, at a reasonable price, a part interest in an easily understandable business whose earnings are virtually certain to be materially higher […]

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Stocks close lower as geopolitical tensions rise

We work really hard never to get confused with what we know from what we think or hope or wish. – Seth Klarman, American billionaire who founded one of the world’s largest hedge funds Stocks closed lower for the second consecutive week despite strong earnings from the major banks as the first quarter earnings season […]

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Stocks edge slightly lower in heavy news week

Here’s one truth that perhaps your typical investment counselor would disagree with: if you’re comfortably rich and someone else is getting richer faster than you by, for example, investing in risky stocks, so what! Someone will always be getting richer faster than you. This is not a tragedy. – Charlie Munger The major stock averages […]

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