Markets fell on Thursday reacting to the news that a commercial airliner had been shot down over the Ukraine. Stocks extended their fall when Israel invaded Gaza later in the day. But by Friday investors, trained to buy the dip, had rushed back into stocks, recouping most of the losses.

A spate of global stock market selling put an end to the atmosphere of growing complacency among investors this week. The turmoil came from a variety of sources including Europe, the Middle East and China. The jury is still out over the market’s next move.

The stock markets enjoyed its own brand of fireworks this week. Stocks edged higher, with the Dow almost touching another all-time high of 17,000. You just can’t keep a good market down.

  Sometimes even the stock markets need to pause and catch their breath. This was one of those weeks where the averages, were down, although not by much.

  It is a fact that the U.S. Federal Reserve bank has been calling the tunes in the financial markets for the last five years. This week Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen expressed optimism that we can expect future economic growth over the next two years.

June Swoon

  This week the stock market was actually down three days in a row. It caught many investors off guard, but by the end of the week, traders were expecting the dip buyers to arrive. They did not disappoint.

  When the allies invaded the coast of Normandy on June 6, 1944, no one knew how much was at stake. It was a risky move that not only put an end to years of bloodshed within Europe but also ushered in a new world order that continues today. European leaders are hoping that their [...]

The Last Hurrah

  This holiday-shortened week saw all three market averages grind higher. At the same time, interest rates declined to levels not seen since the Fed announced their intent to taper stimulus last spring.  Welcome to the new world where both bond and stock investors make money.

You can’t keep a good market down, so why is everyone so darn worried about the stock market? Could it be that too much of a good thing may be dangerous to your financial health? If so, someone should tell the bulls. Truly, no one should be complaining. Here we are at the end of [...]

  The S&P 500 Index hit 1,900 this week. The Dow Jones Industrial and Transportation averages also reached new historical highs but the euphoria lasted about a minute and a half. That’s about as long as it took for traders to sell into the move. Not good.