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Stock market hits worrisome stage

October is traditionally the stock market’s most volatile month.

Last week proved a wild ride for investors as the Dow Jones industrial average experienced its biggest drop of the year. The 334-point decrease came after the Dow celebrated its largest gain of the year. By noon Friday, the market regained some stability.

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Job gains halt stock-market slide

The market was down 238.19 points at 16,804.71, or 1.40 percent, Oct. 1. Stocks took a beating because there are too many global concerns for investors to feel confident in the stock market.

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A bullish trend has been reconfirmed, and the August lows will no longer represent significant points.

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