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Don't give in to the market decline

Blame the current stock market downturn on the Kiplinger Letter. In its July 25 business edition, Kiplinger said to prepare for a 10-20 percent stock market drop – and last Thursday and Friday the Dow Jones industrial average plummeted 387 points.


Think about shorting some stocks

Whether you are a bull or a bear, we are currently in a dangerous bubble period in the stock market, and now could be the time to consider doing a little selling for cash or shorting some better issues.

Solid earnings from good companies have countered the strife in Ukraine and the Middle East, keeping the major averages near all-time highs. But shares of small and mid-sized companies have been under pressure and tend to be sensitive to unexpected events.


Earnings reports still drive the market

The stock market is always on edge, waiting for something to happen.


Brace for quarterly earnings surprises

Starting this week, we are headed into the earnings season, which could bring some healthy – and unhealthy – surprises. The market remains bullish, and it would need to suffer a significant correction over the next three to 10 weeks to become bearish.


Dow Jones average exceeds 17,000

July is a cool time to own stocks. If you’re thinking of going on vacation to a sandy beach, you better keep in touch. The Dow Jones industrial average topped 17,000 for the first time Thursday on a bullish June jobs report.

With the market closed Friday for Fourth of July, Thursday the Dow was up 92.02 points at a record-high 17,068.26. The S&P 500 closed at 1,985.44, just short of a new 52-week high.


Market looks for new milestones

With the first half of the year gone, Wall Street analysts are looking for a big rebound in the second half. Earnings reports start arriving this month, and investors expect second-quarter profits to rise 5.4 percent over a year ago.

The Dow Jones industrial average reached nearly 17,000 last quarter, and the S&P 500 is only 40 points from 2,000, up 5 percent for the year. Even with daily market ups and downs, the next two quarters look favorable.


Market still follows Fed Reserve moves

After Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen last week said the economic outlook appeared positive and hinted that interest rates would remain low through 2016, the market continued toward more new highs.


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