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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.

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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.

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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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Is the market correcting itself?

With daily volatility, the stock market has made numerous attempts at rallies the past year, but they have fallen flat because of the Chinese economy, plunging oil prices and U.S. Federal Reserve actions.

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Don't bail out just yet

 

The Dow Jones industrial average finished the first week of 2016 down 6.19 percent, its worst five-day kickoff to any year ever. With the Dow finishing the week 11 percent off its all-time high, stocks are now in bear-market territory, and investors hope the selling is over.

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Definitive stock predictions for 2016

Now that the dust has settled on 2015, it’s time to enjoy the flood of predictions coming from well-known (and not-so-well-known) experts on stock market performance for 2016. I did a quick scan and came up with the following.

• Julian Emanuel, a strategist at UBS global finance services company, expects the Standard & Poor’s 500 index to end 2016 at 2,275 amid modest earnings growth and rising interest rates, according to Forbes. That translates to an estimated 11 percent return for the year.

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A new year: Investing in 2016

The aging bull market will finally fall to the bear. In approximately three weeks, fourth-quarter earnings reports will hit the market – and they won’t be encouraging for the average investor.

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