Last updateWed, 24 Aug 2016 12pm

Rally proves unimpressive

By Friday’s close, the Dow Jones industrial average jumped 367 points, or 2.2 percent, to 17,006, and the Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 52 points, or 2.7 percent. Events have steered the market in a positive direction.

March brings a caution flag

Beware the Ides of March, for the madness is about to begin.

Stocks still in volatile mood

Last week’s first four trading days showed the Dow Jones industrial stocks up 4.9 percent, but by Friday the oil turned slippery again, perhaps prompting investors to question why they are still in the stock market.

U.S. equities continue falling

The average stock on Standard & Poor’s 500 index is down 10 percent so far in 2016, and trading 26 percent below its 52-week high. After Thursday’s decline, the Dow Jones industrial average closed at 15,660.18, down -254.56.

Volatile oil still controls stock market

The oil slick was evident again Thursday with volatile pricing on the stock market. Stocks reversed out of early losses to close up 79.92 as oil fluctuated back to $30.

Market receives gift from Japan

We live in a global economy. At one point last week, the Standard & Poor’s 500 index loss for 2016 reached 11 percent. However, investors became happy overnight when the Bank of Japan unexpectedly cut interest rates below zero to stimulate the Japanese economy, and the S&P recovered to end January down only 5 percent.

Earnings determine stock moves

With the Dow Jones industrial average in a bearish state, investors should take a more cautious approach to the stock market in 2016. Fourth-quarter earnings season begins with the average U.S stock down more than 10 percent since Dec. 29.

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