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Select Mining Stocks In Focus: AA, CCJ

Whether the market pulls back, trades sideways, or just keeps trucking higher, the economy is steadily improving. So it's a good time to follow...

Caution: XRT Underperformance Puts Retailers In Focus

There has been an interesting development in the S&P Retail Index (XRT) in recent weeks. Namely, it’s been severely underperforming the S&P 500. This...
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All Alone: A Generational Shift In US Diplomacy

In the very early ‘90s, with the fall of the Soviet Empire, US diplomacy edged toward proactive, as the United States became the de...
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US Financial Markets: December Caps a Memorable Year

by Greg Naylor     December was an eventful month in the US financial markets. On an economic front, the Fed unexpectedly slowed QE and the...
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Caution: Investor Optimism Running High Into 2014

I am at best agnostic about technical analysis. I tend to believe that charts are like footprints: they show where you’ve been, not where...

Twitter Topples In Brief but Classic Blow Off

Twitter slid aggressively today, finishing down more than 9.5 points to close at $63.75, off 13.04% of yesterday's $73.31 close.  With today's rout, the...

Small Caps: Telegraphing the Santa Claus Rally

Green Fridays in 2013: it's a very familiar refrain. The S&P 500 (SPX) notched another closing all-time high Friday - closing up 33 of...
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U.S. Economy, Equity Markets Turn To Consumer For Clues

by Greg Naylor     November was somewhat uneventful for the U.S. economy, as the S&P 500 continued to drift higher and investors turned their attention...
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Why Mortgage Regulations Will Slow Housing Recovery And Hinder Stocks

Mortgage Regulations now being implemented as part of Dodd Frank legislation signed three years ago continue to cripple the mortgage banking industry and have...

The Second Bitcoin Blow Off

Yesterday, we commemorated (if it can be called that) Bitcoin's first break above $450 with a post over on Tumblr drawing comparison between its...

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