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Ukraine unrest upsets stocks again

Stocks fell big-time Friday, erasing three days of gains on the Dow Jones industrial average after Ukrainian forces engaged a Russian armored column on Ukrainian land. The Dow plummeted more than 100 points before noon.

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Feeling confused by the stock market?

There is still a lot of trepidation in the stock market. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 317 points Thursday for the biggest one-day loss since February. On the other hand, the economy is in a good position and the earnings season behind us has been mostly positive.

To add to the confusion, most stocks rose Friday as investors weighed the implications of the U.S. military strike against insurgents in Iraq along with rising tensions in the Russian-Ukraine situation. Solid earnings reports have countered the uncertainty in Ukraine and kept the major averages near all-time highs. Even the Federal Reserve has helped by delaying a move to hike interest rates.

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Don't give in to the market decline

Blame the current stock market downturn on the Kiplinger Letter. In its July 25 business edition, Kiplinger said to prepare for a 10-20 percent stock market drop – and last Thursday and Friday the Dow Jones industrial average plummeted 387 points.

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Think about shorting some stocks

Whether you are a bull or a bear, we are currently in a dangerous bubble period in the stock market, and now could be the time to consider doing a little selling for cash or shorting some better issues.

Solid earnings from good companies have countered the strife in Ukraine and the Middle East, keeping the major averages near all-time highs. But shares of small and mid-sized companies have been under pressure and tend to be sensitive to unexpected events.

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Earnings reports still drive the market

The stock market is always on edge, waiting for something to happen.

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Brace for quarterly earnings surprises

Starting this week, we are headed into the earnings season, which could bring some healthy – and unhealthy – surprises. The market remains bullish, and it would need to suffer a significant correction over the next three to 10 weeks to become bearish.

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Dow Jones average exceeds 17,000

July is a cool time to own stocks. If you’re thinking of going on vacation to a sandy beach, you better keep in touch. The Dow Jones industrial average topped 17,000 for the first time Thursday on a bullish June jobs report.

With the market closed Friday for Fourth of July, Thursday the Dow was up 92.02 points at a record-high 17,068.26. The S&P 500 closed at 1,985.44, just short of a new 52-week high.

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