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Yo-yo market: Stocks every which way but up as Fed reports

Yo-yo market: Stocks every which way but up as Fed reports

WASHINGTON, October 29, 2014 – It’s trick-or-treat time on Wall Street today, albeit just a tad early in the week. After opening nicely up nicely in a follow-through to Tuesday’s rally, traders changed their minds this afternoon after the Fed definitively—more or less—finally put a stake through the heart of QE. It’s like the Day

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Oil in trouble, stocks lack direction in Monday trading

WASHINGTON, October 27, 2014 – Monday’s trading is dominated by a seemingly endless number of competing traders, ideas, politics and general foolishness. Traders are busy talking their books on CNBC as usual. Politicians and economists paint rosy or rotten portraits of U.S. business prospects as we run up to a momentous Midterm Election 2016 where

Terry Keenan (Kass), 1961-2014. Screen capture image via YouTube video.

Terry Keenan, pioneering TV business analyst, dead at 53

NEW YORK, October 24, 2014 – Terry Keenan, a pioneering TV and newsprint financial journalist, died suddenly Thursday night of a cerebral hemorrhage. She was only 53. Keenan became a familiar face to many financial TV viewers when she became the first journalist to regularly report live from the floor of the New York Stock

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Apple, IBM, Yahoo! results: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

WASHINGTON, October 22, 2014 – It’s been a weird Wednesday on Wall Street. While Apple’s (AAPL’s) blowout fiscal 4th quarter results were good enough to blast the onetime tech darling out of its longtime trading range, one-time tech and computer king IBM (IBM) shattered the Dow Jones Industrial Average with poor quarterly earnings and a startling lack

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Check your shorts: Cramer says stock market has hit bottom 

WASHINGTON, October 20, 2014 – Very short column today. The Maven is short on time, short on money, and somewhat short the market via ETFs and plans to stay that way at least today. CNBC’s Jim Cramer is calling a bottom to the current downtrend. But Jim has done that before and he’s been wrong.

Janet Yellen to the market's rescue! (Composite derivative art by Ponick)

Janet Yellen rides to the stock market’s rescue

WASHINGTON, October 17, 2014 – Vague but clearly dovish comments yesterday from at one Fed member, followed up Friday morning by similar observations from Fed Chair Janet Yellen, helped stem Thursday’s continuing stock market cliff dive, helping to inspire an impressive rally this morning that continues unabated at 1:00 p.m. EDT. Markets have been extremely

U.S. Federal Reserve's DC HQ. (Via Wikipedia)

The stock market, QE and the psychology of asset bubbles

WASHINGTON, October 16, 2014 — Has the stock market’s Day of Reckoning arrived? The occasional dips in the mild amusement park ride of the Dow’s climb from 7,000 to 17,000 have not had any effect on investors until now. The reason was that the big money — the institutional investors — followed the Federal Reserve’s interventions

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Wall Street Hell Week: Dow, S&P500, NASDAQ crater again

WASHINGTON, October 15, 2014 – It’s a bad day for the Maven today as he tries to file his tax return before the ultimate filing deadline today while simultaneously directing a virtual fire hose at his fire-consumed portfolio. Stocks themselves have descended into the bowels of hell this morning, with the Dow initially down well