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Business & Real Estate

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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Realtors discuss mobile technology advances


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Mobile apps like MLS Source, above, give homebuyers another option in real estate searches.

Mobile technology advances have the potential to radically change the ways consumers search for real estate online, according to a session at the 2014 Realtors Conference & Expo.

The recent event in New Orleans drew realtors from across the country, including members of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors’ (SILVAR) leadership group such as president David Tonna, SILVAR President-elect Chris Isaacson, SILVAR National Association of Realtors Director John Tripp and Executive Officer Paul Cardus.

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Taking a quick peek ahead to 2015

Looking at recent all-time highs, it becomes more difficult to find stocks to purchase at reasonable prices, because most of those gains occurred during 2014.

With high volatility and fewer firms to consider, the year 2015 could become critical for the investor. Forecasts call for a gain of 10 percent in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index.

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Market's last week could be interesting

Investors are taking a long lunch these days as the Russian financial crisis looms and as they await a statement from Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen on future direction.

Stocks went on a wild ride last week, with the Dow Jones industrial average moving more than 300 points in one day. Several noted analysts told investors to brace themselves for more turbulence and perhaps a significant decline in the near future.

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