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Stocks climb higher as S&P 500 within 1% of its all-time high

In the financial markets, hindsight is forever 20/20, but foresight is legally blind. And thus, for most investors, market timing is a practical and emotional impossibility. – Benjamin Graham The major stock averages continued to climb higher last week although the gains were much more modest than in the prior week. There really weren’t any […]

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S&P 500, Nasdaq rise 2.5% on better than expected earnings, jobs data

Don’t think that you know more than the market; no one does. And don’t act on insights that you think are your own but are usually shared by millions of others. – John Bogle The stock market continued its strong momentum last week as all three major averages were higher, propelled by better than expected […]

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Nasdaq surges nearly 4% on strong technology earnings

The man who begins to speculate in stocks with the intention of making a fortune usually goes broke, whereas the man who trades with a view of getting good interest on his money sometimes gets rich. – Charles Henry Dow Strong quarterly earnings from the biggest technology companies last week and dovish comments from the […]

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Technology stocks lead market lower on profit-taking

While some might consider value investing a mechanical tool for identifying bargains, it is actually a comprehensive investment philosophy that emphasizes the need to perform in-depth fundamental analysis, pursue long-term investment results, limit risk and resist crowd psychology. – Seth Klarman The bad news outweighed the good news last week and, as a result, all […]

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Dow, S&P 500 gain on promising Covid-19 vaccine results

The stock market is a no-called-strike game. You don’t have to swing at everything – you can wait for your pitch. The problem when you are a money manager is that your fans keep yelling, ‘Swing, you bum!’ – Warren Buffett Last week’s market action may be signaling a change in leadership as both the […]

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Stocks close higher on positive news for treatment of Covid-19

Brand-name growth stocks ordinarily command the highest P/E ratios. Rising prices beget attention, and vice versa – but only to a point. Eventually their growth rate can diminish as results revert towards normal. Maybe not in all cases, but often enough to make a long-term bet. Bottom line: I wouldn’t want to get caught in […]

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Stocks rise on positive vaccine news & better than expected jobs data

Your success in investing will depend in part on your character and guts, and in part on your ability to realize at the height of ebullience and the depth of despair alike that this too shall pass. – John Bogle There has been a discernible trend in the stock market lately that a down week […]

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S&P 500 falls nearly 3% as Covid-19 cases increase

I don’t think there is anybody who devotes a life to studying and working on the stock market who doesn’t have something of a gambling instinct. – Burton Malkiel, professor emeritus of economics at Princeton University and author of A Random Walk Down Wall Street The stock market picked up last week where it had […]

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Stocks gain on Fed policy announcement, strong retail sales

The market is a pendulum that forever swings between unsustainable optimism (which makes stocks too expensive) and unjustified pessimism (which makes them too cheap). The intelligent investor is a realist who sells to optimists and buys from pessimists. – Benjamin Graham It was a tale of two markets this past week but when the closing […]

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S&P 500 drops nearly 5% on spike in coronavirus cases, Fed outlook

In the business world, the rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield. – Warren Buffett Concerns that the stock market had come too far, too fast and was significantly overbought were realized last week as the major stock averages posted their biggest weekly declines since March 20th. While it is difficult to point to […]

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