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HFT ‘berserkers’ prepping for Wall Street bloodbath?

WASHINGTON, February 7, 2016 – Sunday night, along with Mrs. Maven, yours truly watched a moderately interesting “historical” show via Amazon Prime. The rather interesting and more or less true subject concerned those ancient Viking “special forces” units known as “the berserkers.” These fearsome warriors were known for their crazed, lethal pursuit of the enemy ...

Thursday trading: Fed decision leaves punchbowl half-empty

WASHINGTON, December 17, 2015 – This column took a brief holiday yesterday to assess the impact of the Federal Reserve’s decision to raise interest rates just an eensy bit at long last. The long-awaited announcement, which brought the Fed’s long “Waiting for Godot” period to an end at last, caused Wednesday’s iffy rally to shift ...

Apple [AAPL], Fed, earnings weigh on Monday stock trades

WASHINGTON, Oct. 26, 2015 – Stocks are bobbing and weaving in Monday trading, likely reflecting the general investment mood on Wall Street. Good news, at least for frequent traders: It looks like Europe and China (and maybe Japan) are likely to crank up the monetary printing presses again, bringing free money to the market for ...

Latest Einhorn short attack is aimed at hapless frackers

WASHINGTON, May 4, 2015 – Tuesday stock market action looks to be flat to slightly negative as Wall Street continues to grapple with fear of the unknown. The Fed is trying to ease the U.S. into a post-QE mode; Q1 corporate earnings—with the exception of Apple (symbol: AAPL)—have generally been unimpressive as another “earnings season” ...

Friday stocks obliterated by ‘positive’ employment figures

WASHINGTON, March 6, 2015 – As the Maven opined here Thursday, the bottom fell out of the stock market Friday, with all averages down, big time. As of 2 p.m. EST, the Dow Jones Industrials were down a whopping 235 points, marginally better than its earlier negative 250 handle. The S&P 500 was down a ...

Crude craters again, ruble routed, chaos reigns in stocks

WASHINGTON, December 16, 2014 – Last week’s stock market horror show, arguably kicked off by Saudi Arabia’s extreme oil aggression game, continued in Monday trading action on Wall Street with the Dow getting whacked another 100 points or so. But early last evening, futures indicated we’d likely be getting that oversold bounce rally we’ve been ...

Grinch or Bad Santa? Who stole year-end stock market rally?

WASHINGTON, December 15, 2014 – Although it’s a little chilly, it’s a nice day here in Washington, with temperatures up somewhat and with sunshine shining away. Up in New York, Wall Street also basked in the morning sunshine, which seemed to lift last week’s very bad stock market mood. But to mix metaphor, this era ...