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This year started off on a very strong note after equities exploded out of the gates on Wall Street following the successful resolution to the fiscal cliff on New Year’s eve. As budget woes passed and worries over the eurozone’s recovery eased up, domestic stocks took the lead and investors from around the world embraced the United States’ improving economic growth prospects. The second half of 2013 proved to be more tumultuous, however, after the Federal Reserve hinted that it would soon start to scale back on stimulus measures; investors initially reacted with fear, although as volatility simmered, the bull trend resumed with full force and many were prompted to rotate out of defensive equities and into growth-sensitive, cyclical ones [Download How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time].

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Did You Buy On The Dip?

by on April 20, 2013

Equity markets kicked off last week on a very sour note after worse-than-expected China GDP data opened up the gates for the bears on Wall Street. To top it off, extreme selling pressures in the gold market dented the bulls’ confidence altogether, prompting many to jump ship to Treasuries for much of the trading week. Nonetheless, bargain buyers stepped in once again following the short-lived correction, and the S&P 500 Index managed to close out the week right above a key support at the 1,540 level [see Free 7 Simple & Cheap All- ETF Model Portfolios].

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Our picks from Monday’s Insider posted very good performance results, even after equity markets endured a choppy trading week. Below, we highlight how our trade ideas fared during the week [sign up for a free trial of ETFdb Pro to get actionable ETF ideas every Monday, as well as access to more than 50 all-ETF model portfolios]. [click to continue…]

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Yellow Metal In Bloody Red

by on April 15, 2013

Economic data managed to put a dent in investors’ confidence over the weekend after Chinese GDP data came in weaker-than-expected; the Asian powerhouse posted economic growth of 7.7% in the first quarter, falling short of the expected 8% reading as well as the previous figure of 7.9%. The continued sell-off in the precious metals market […]

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Sellers Swarm, Bulls Unfazed

by on April 6, 2013

Selling pressures finally struck this past week on Wall Street, but much to the bears’ frustration the pullback was short-lived and welcomed by eager bargain buyers on Friday. The bears crept onto the scene this past Wednesday after ADP payroll data came in worse-than-expected; pessimistic suspicions proved true after Friday’s monthly employment report left many disappointed, although buyers […]

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Data Heavy Week Could Spur Volatility

by on April 1, 2013

U.S. equity indexes extended their gains last week as Cyprus bailout woes took a backseat and buying pressures returned on Friday after a brief profit taking period. With the S&P 500 now sitting on 5-year highs, bears are once again lurking and will surely look to take profits at the first sign of pessimistic news […]

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Stocks Continue Bull Run

by on February 9, 2013

Another week in the books, and February’s first full week was another strong one. Though there were a few hiccups through out the week, the Nasdaq closed within reach of a 12-year high, and the S&P 500 making yet another high. For now, it seems like each week brings a new record for major benchmarks […]

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Keep An Eye On Bargain Buyers

by on February 4, 2013

The bull train continued its ascent on Wall Street last week as profit taking pressures were short-lived amid the improving economic outlook. Worrisome GDP results did manage to spook some, however, market sentiment overall remains undeniably bullish as each minor pullback has welcomed eager buyers [see 3 Economic Charts Bears Love To Ignore]. This week will remain busy […]

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Stocks Drift As “Fiscal Cliff” Nears

by on December 8, 2012

Aside from short-lived spurts of optimism and pessimism fueled by dramatic headlines, equity markets remained fairly calm this week as looming “fiscal cliff” woes kept a lid on investors’ confidence. On the international front, the Reserve Bank of Australia cautiously lowered its benchmark interest rate down to 3.0% while eurozone GDP contracted by 0.6% for […]

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Fiscal Cliff Woes Simmer On Tax Talks

by on December 3, 2012

Stocks kicked off the week with an early pop as Treasury Secretary Geithner’s prediction that Republicans would budge on the issue of higher tax rates for the wealthiest of Americans inspired confidence that the much-feared “fiscal cliff” could be avoided. Clouds of uncertainty continue to loom over the global manufacturing sector as mixed data took […]

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Don’t Try To Catch The Falling Knife

by on November 17, 2012

Investors endured a painful week of profit-taking on Wall Street as post-election worries over the looming “fiscal cliff” have taken center stage. Overseas, European policymakers did what they do best: kick the can down the road. Finance ministers from the currency bloc agreed to postpone Greek austerity talks yet again, giving an extension through November 20. At […]

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Fiscal Cliff Woes Set Volatile Tone

by on November 12, 2012

Markets are off to an encouraging start on Veterans Day as major equity indexes appear to be bouncing higher following last week’s nosedive, although light trading volumes may prove deceiving. Overseas, Greece is waiting for the green light to receive further aid as the country once once again flirts with bankruptcy. At home, the looming fiscal cliff remains at […]

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Winning Picks During A Flat Week

by on September 22, 2012 | Updated September 28, 2012

Major equity indexes grinned sideways throughout the week with a downward bias as QE3 euphoria faded and looming eurozone debt woes resurfaced. Investors took a step back and gave into profit-taking pressures as it became apparent that the political gridlock in Europe would not be so easily overcome. To top it off, a number of lackluster economic data releases […]

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