Thu04242014

Business & Real Estate

Timing the stock market proves futile

Stocks moved higher Friday, with the Dow Jones industrial average within striking distance of all-time closing highs of 16,576.66 and the S&P 500 in record territory of 1,866.66. Anything above those levels would be a good reason to review your portfolio.

Of course, the bears have no shortage of reasons to be pessimistic, as they will claim that stock prices are unusually high relative to corporate earnings and stocks will suffer when profit margins revert to normal.

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Timing the stock market proves futile

Stocks moved higher Friday, with the Dow Jones industrial average within striking distance of all-time closing highs of 16,576.66 and the S&P 500 in record territory of 1,866.66. Anything above those levels would be a good reason to review your portfolio.

Of course, the bears have no shortage of reasons to be pessimistic, as they will claim that stock prices are unusually high relative to corporate earnings and stocks will suffer when profit margins revert to normal.

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Quiet markets can determine decisions

The old Wall Street adage “Never short a quiet market” seems to be working, because we didn’t get anywhere with daily buys and sells last week. Large trading volume usually signals a rally to buy or sell.

Broadcaster and financial analyst Jim Cramer agrees that when the stock market looks horrible, resist the urge to sell. Selling into weakness is anything but strategic, according to Cramer, and sellers ultimately regret their decision.

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Is the market correction over?

Last week’s gains put the stock market back on track, prompting a question from investors: Is the stock market correction over?

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Federal Reserve pressure continues

Both the Dow Jones industrial and transportation averages have slumped more than 6 percent from their recent all-time highs, underlining that there is no doubt this year’s pullback qualifies as a significant correction.

However, after Thursday’s positive jump in share prices, investors sought more information from Friday’s January jobs report. Despite only 113,000 jobs added to the workforce, the weaker-than-expected news didn’t faze the market.

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The market is bucking like a bronco

With the stock market down again last week as January came to a close, it set the tone for the Year of the Horse, which could be a contrary and unpredictable year. It will certainly be a volatile and bucking year for the horse.

Since World War II, when the market is down in January, the average usually remains flat in the following 11 months. This trend runs counter to many analysts’ forecasts this year, which predict that the market will rise by the end of 2014.

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