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Investors happy with Fed moves

The stock market received the assurance it wanted from the Federal Reserve last week, and, to show appreciation, the market set new records. The Dow Jones industrial average continued its higher-closing trend Thursday and Friday.

Fed officials met last week and announced that they plan to keep the short-term interest rate near zero for a while longer – a boon to the market that should stimulate the economy and make stocks more attractive compared with bonds.

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Raising cash now could be premature

While a market dip would not be surprising, raising cash right now seems premature because we are going through a corrective phase. As an investor since 1956, I am concerned, but I’m sitting quietly because I have gone through this phase numerous times.

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Time to follow the Dow transports

If you feel the market has reached the top and volatility makes you want to dump your portfolio, keep in mind the bulls are still around.

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Keep looking for buying opportunities

It wasn’t long ago when Wall Street set new daily highs, with the S&P 500 at 2,000.02 points, the Dow Jones industrial average at 17,138.20 – and the bulls sitting pretty.

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Fed will move cautiously on rates

Another closing high for the S&P 500 and Dow Jones industrial average, within 1 percent of all-time highs, is not what investors expected for August. Historically, August has been an underperforming month.

A bullish trend has been reconfirmed, and the August lows will no longer represent significant points.

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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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