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Stock market begins new year in the red

The older I get, the more I see a straight path where I want to go. If you’re going to hunt elephants, don’t get off the trail for a rabbit. – T. Boone Pickens, American business magnate and financier, corporate raider and takeover specialist during the 1980s After finishing the year at an all-time high […]

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Santa Claus comes to the stock market

The stock market is filled with individuals who know the price of everything and the value of nothing. – Phillip Fisher, American stock investor and author of Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits In a week with sparse economic data and an absence of any significant corporate news, the stock market continued its steady upward climb […]

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Stocks surge on Fed tapering

This company looks cheap, that company looks cheap, but the overall economy could completely screw it up. The key is to wait. Sometimes the hardest thing to do is to do nothing. – David Tepper, American hedge fund manager and founder of Appaloosa Management In a move that surprised most market observers, the Federal Reserve […]

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To taper or not to taper?

If you have trouble imagining a 20% loss in the stock market, you shouldn’t be in stocks. – John Bogle, founder and retired CEO of the Vanguard Group Will they or won’t they? That is the question on all investors’ minds heading into this week as the Federal Reserve Open Market Committee meets to assess […]

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Stock market’s winning streak comes to an end

The individual investor should act consistently as an investor and not as a speculator. This means that he should be able to justify every purchase he makes and each price he pays by impersonal, objective reasoning that satisfies him that he is getting more than his money’s worth for his purchase. – Benjamin Graham The […]

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Eighth consecutive record high for stocks

Price is what you pay; value is what you get. Whether we’re talking about socks or stocks, I like buying quality merchandise when it is marked down. – Warren Buffett   For the eighth straight week, the stock market closed at record highs and the technology-laden Nasdaq composite index closed above the 4,000 level for […]

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Fed taper on hold, stocks continue to climb higher

The time of maximum pessimism is the best time to buy and the time of maximum optimism is the best time to sell. – Sir John Templeton                                                                                                                  Records are made to be broken and for the seventh consecutive week, both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 Index closed at record high […]

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Yellen soothes markets, stocks at record highs

The four most dangerous words in investing are: ‘this time it’s different.’” – Sir John Templeton Both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 Index closed at record high levels last week, marking the sixth consecutive week of gains posted by these two indices. Investors can thank Janet Yellen, the Federal Reserve Vice […]

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Better than expected economic data lifts stocks

How many millionaires do you know who have become wealthy by investing in savings accounts? I rest my case. – Robert G. Allen Just when almost everyone was convinced that there would be no Fed tapering until the spring of 2014, better than expected third quarter GDP growth and a strong jobs report have caused […]

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Earnings propel the stock market higher

Even if you identify the managers who have good past performance, there’s no guarantee that they’ll have good future performance. – George Sauter, Vanguard Group Stocks continued their winning ways last week as both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 Index posted modest gains. Although there was a full plate of economic […]

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