That’s been hard to figure lately.  Uncertainty has not eased.  Not in Europe.  Not in the Middle East. Not in China or Japan. Not in the U.S., with a dead-heat election battle and unknown future Congressional dynamics.  Companies overall continue to beat earnings, mostly, and miss on revenues.  Now there is a certainty: earnings cannot keep going up if revenues keep going down. Read more about What the Market Wants: Looking for Certainty Amidst Uncertainty

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After two consecutive weeks of more than 200 basis points of growth in S&P 500 market prices, resulting from general enthusiasm over the stimulus decisions of the ECB, Fed, and Japanese Central Bank, the market took profits relatively quietly last week. Last week’s economic reports were generally flat. Read more about What the Market Wants: Caution is the Word of the Week

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I woke up this morning and the sun was gone

Turned on some music to start my day

I lost myself in a familiar song

I closed my eyes and I slipped away

It’s more than a feeling

More than a feeling Read more about More Than a Feeling To Go Long Aflac, July Option Review

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The market did rebound last week, but it’s not much to brag about. Large-cap Value led the style/caps, up a paltry 1.42%, while Mid-cap Value dropped a tad, down -0.11%. It’s worth noting that Large-cap Value led not only last week, but last month and the last 3 months (see market stats). While it hasn’t been that great over the past 3 months, it has been the best of the worst.  Read more about What the Market Wants: Dead Cat Bounce?

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A weekend of more election surprises in Europe, as a socialist candidate won a key state vote in Germany, threatening Prime Minister Angela Merkel‘s stance on austerity in the Eurozone. The Greek “leadership” has all but abandoned hope of forming a new elected government, likely requiring yet another vote. Read more about What the Market Wants: Six weeks, One Day...and Still Counting

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david trainerThe financial sector is one of four sectors to earn our “dangerous” rating and is the worst-ranked sector in the our 3Q11 Sector Roadmap report according to my methodology at New Constructs. Read more about Don’t Gamble In Financial Sector ETFs

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The abundance of news last week -- most with a positive slant -- finally boosted the S&P 500 out of the Channel of Gloom in which it was mired for so long. Not only did the S&P 500 break out of the channel, but it is now threatening the 200-day moving average, having surpassed the 50-day MA last week. Read more about WHAT THE MARKET WANTS: The Thundering of Little Feet

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We enter a new month this week mired in a persistent global malaise.  The weekend increase in Israeli-Palestinian tension doesn’t help, nor does the continued inability of BP to deal with the largest oil spill in history.  Economic news this morning was positive but without sufficient importance to do much more than soften the opening gap down. Read more about WHAT THE MARKET WANTS: Stock Market Hindered by Global Ills

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