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Stock volatility still confusing

The market opened down more than 100 points Friday but by noon rose more than 130, the form of volatility that quickly draws investors’ attention. By week’s end, the Standard & Poor’s 500 index and the Dow Jones industrial average were on track to set all-time closing highs.

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Dividends are the heroes for investors

Unusually low oil prices have wreaked havoc on some economies, but the U.S. economy continues on a strong, steady course, with the market opening at more than 18,000 Friday.

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Investors on edge as lows persist

As we move into February, investors are on edge as stocks return to their mid-December lows.

The first month of the year proved to be challenging for investors, with high volatility and negative returns influencing the major market indices. The new year is shaping up to be quite different from the index records enjoyed in 2013 and 2014.

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Market still on track for weekly gains

After four days of nice gains last week, the bulls struggled to make it five – without success. Even with a loss Friday, the major indexes were still on track for solid weekly gains.

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S&P 500 takes rare dip last week

U.S. stocks dropped for the fifth straight day Thursday, with declines attributed to a different reason each day. Wall Street braced for further losses Friday.

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Look for stocks to go on the rise again

Predicting the timing for the end of a bull market is an impossible task, and anyone with credibility avoids it. However, the stock market is currently highly volatile because of interest rates, world oil pricing, jobs growth and a surprising economy.

When the market dropped more than 1,000 points after Santa returned home, numerous forecasters predicted that by the end of 2015, there would be plus signs in front of many asset classes, including the stock market.

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