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Stock major indexes post a modest rebound Wednesday: |  After a shaky start to trade Wednesday, stocks rebounded to end with modest gains as Fed Chief Bernanke seems to have calmed investors with his talk with Congress Wednesday morning. Economic data didn't help matters with data showing manufacturing contracting and GDP for fourth-quarter being revised lower. Being last trade of February, fund managers could be sprucing up month-end with buying-  could be why markets ended somewhat higher today-  tomorrows market will be important in deciding if the bears or bulls are in control. The DJIA closed up by 0.4 percent, the S&P 500 closed up by 0.6 percent, and the NASDAQ was higher by 0.3 percent.  |   The Market-Barometer stock market forecast models continues to indicate CAUTION with a neutral forecast-bias.   Wednesday, February 28, 2007,  5:56  P.M. Eastern

 

Gross Domestic Product revised down: GDP, the output of goods and services produced in the U.S., increased at an annual rate of 2.2 percent in the fourth-quarter of 2006.   Wednesday, February 28, 2007,  11:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Wednesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   GDP in focus for the start.   Wednesday, February 28, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

U.S. stock market is slammed by sellers Tuesday: Stocks plunge Tuesday losing more than 3-percent as investors and traders dump stocks on concerns that the U.S. economy is slowing, as news this morning that China's stock market lost more than 9-percent on its economic slowdown concerns. At one point the Dow lost more than 4-percent when it dived 500 plus points in afternoon trade. The long awaited sell off of equities appears to be here, as there hasn't been a valid correction for some time. The DJIA lost 3.3 percent, the S&P 500 lost 3.5 percent, and the NASDAQ lost 3.9 percent. It will be important for investors and traders to watch for recovery efforts in Wednesdays market-   as usual, the last hour of trade will give us a better idea on any further weakness over the next week or so.  |   The Market-Barometer stock market forecast models continues to indicate CAUTION with a neutral forecast-bias.   Tuesday, February 27, 2007,  5:42  P.M. Eastern

 

Tuesday stock market open: Look for a negative open and start.   China and economical data in focus for the start.   Tuesday, February 27, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks off amid TXU deal Monday: |  Stocks continue to trend lower in trade Monday after an upbeat start on TXU utility deal. The DJIA and S&P 500 moved slightly lower today by 0.1 percent, the NASDAQ was off by 0.4 percent.  |   The Market-Barometer stock market forecast models indicate CAUTION with a neutral forecast-bias.   Monday, February 26, 2007,  6:00  P.M. Eastern

 

Monday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Deals in focus for the start.   Monday, February 26, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks go negative Friday prompts bias change: |  U.S. stocks moved lower on Friday amid oil [oil continues in the lower 60's] and Microsoft news and little other news to move traders and investors;   marketeers await economical data in the form of nonfarm jobs report and the GDP report. The DJIA closed off by 0.3 percent, the S&P 500 and NASDAQ was lower by 0.4 percent.  |   Afternoon model run indicated a general degradation of buying that may continue into next weeks trading sessions. The model-run changed the forecast-bias to NEUTRAL from positive on weakening fundamentals. Stocks could get slippery [next week] until more is known about the-   now unsure-    interest rates picture. Nonfarm and GDP reports will give investors more information to work with next week.  |   The Market-Barometer stock market forecast models indicate CAUTION with a neutral forecast-bias.   Friday, February 23, 2007,  5:31  P.M. Eastern

 

Friday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open..   Friday, February 23, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Unemployment insurance claims drop: Initial jobless insurance claims drops to 332,000, a decrease of 27,000 from the previous week. The 4-week moving average is 328,000.   Thursday, February 22, 2007,  12:43  P.M. Eastern

 

Thursday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Earnings and economical data in focus for the start.   Thursday, February 22, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Blue chip and tech stocks go separate ways, broader market flat Wednesday: |  Stocks end mixed Wednesday amid economical data [CPI report] as oil prices surge 2-percent to close above $60. bbl.- gold tops $680 on growing worries of inflation. The DJIA closed lower by 0.4 percent, the NASDAQ was up by 0.2 percent, and the S&P 500 closed off the mark by 0.1 percent.  |   The Market-Barometer stock market forecast models indicate CAUTION with a positive forecast-bias going into tomorrow's open.   Wednesday, February 21, 2007,  6:06  P.M. Eastern

 

Wednesday stock market open: Look for a negative open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start as well as CPI inflation data.   Wednesday, February 21, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Tech stocks ramp higher; broader market flat but up in trade Tuesday: |  Investors start the short week with a positive end to trade Tuesday from mixed earnings [ Wal-Mart - Home Depot - Volkswagen] and Fed talk. The Dow ended up by 0.2 percent, the S&P 500 was higher by 0.3 percent, and the NASDAQ ramped higher by 0.7 percent.  |   The Market-Barometer stock market forecast models indicate CAUTION with a positive forecast-bias going into tomorrow's open.   Tuesday, February 20, 2007,  5:36  P.M. Eastern

 

Tuesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Tuesday, February 20, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Manufacturing prices fell in January: Manufacturing Price Index-   PPI, for finished goods-   declined 0.6 percent in January;   the decrease follows a 0.9-percent advance in December;   a 1.8-percent jump in November;   prices for intermediate goods moved down 0.7 percent;   crude goods index decreased 6.3 percent... Friday, February 16, 2007,  12:13  P.M. Eastern

 

Friday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Economic data in focus for the start.   Friday, February 16, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Closing data for DJIA, S&P 500, and NASDAQ for Thursday: DJIA 12,765.01, +23.15, +0.18%;   S&P 500 1,456.81, +1.51, +0.10%;   NASDAQ 2,497.10, +8.72, +0.35% .  |   The Market-Barometer stock market forecast models indicate CAUTION with a positive forecast-bias going into tomorrow's open.   Thursday, February 15, 2007,  5:49  P.M. Eastern

 

Thursday stock market open: Look for a neutral flat open. Could turn mixed. Earnings and data in focus for the start.   Thursday, February 15, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks continue rally on Fed talk Wednesday: |  Stocks move higher continuing Tuesdays rally as traders and investors have less worries about inflation;   Fed Chief Bernanke indicates inflation to be a lessening threat in the economy;   retail sales data for January didn't keep investors from buying stocks Wednesday;   oil prices moved lower after a run at $60. bbl;   investors and traders buy stocks today as the Dow hits another record close, up 0.7 percent, while the S&P 500 closed up by 0.8 percent, and the NASDAQ-   in catch up mode from yesterdays lagging performance-   closed up by 1.2 percent.  |   The Market-Barometer stock market forecast models indicate CAUTION with a positive forecast-bias going into tomorrow's open.   Wednesday, February 14, 2007,  5:43  P.M. Eastern

 

Wednesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open.   Fed and and earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.   Wednesday, February 14, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Broader market takes off Tuesday: Broader market rallies Tuesday as investors and traders buy stocks ahead of Bernanke [Federal Reserve FOMC Chairman]. GM, Alcoa and others [NASDAQ - UBS - KB Home] spur on buying today with the DJIA and S&P 500 ramping higher by 0.8 percent, the NASDAQ [NASDAQ news] gained 0.4 percent.  |   The Market-Barometer stock market forecast models indicate CAUTION with a positive forecast-bias going into tomorrow's open.   Tuesday, February 13, 2007,  6:04  P.M. Eastern

 

Tuesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Tuesday, February 13, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Stock market and oil prices fall Monday: |  Stocks continue negative, albeit slightly, as oil prices dive on continued supply/demand issues. The DJIA lost 0.2 percent, the S&P 500 lost 0.3 percent, and the NASDAQ lost 0.4 percent.  |   The Market-Barometer stock market forecast models indicate CAUTION with a positive forecast-bias going into tomorrow's open.   Monday, February 12, 2007,  5:37  P.M. Eastern

 

Monday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open.   Monday, February 12, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Tech leads market lower Friday: |  Investors grapple with rate hike fear-  with the economy doing so well, the fear is that the Fed may increase interest rates and that could put the stops on the stock market-  the market had been hoping for a rate cut. The DJIA lost 1/2 percent, the S&P 500 lost 0.7 percent, and the NASDAQ lost 1.2 percent.  |   The Market-Barometer stock market forecast models indicate CAUTION with a positive forecast-bias going into tomorrow's open.   Friday, February 9, 2007,  5:56  P.M. Eastern

 

Friday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open.   Company job cuts/ layoffs in focus for the start.   Friday, February 9, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Stock market moved lower Thursday: |  Stocks lose ground Wednesday amid economical data [insurance jobless claims and retail sales] as well as earnings data [Walt Disney - EDS] while the price of oil continues to make advances on $60. bbl. The DJIA lost 0.2 percent, the S&P 500 and NASDAQ lost 0.1 percent.  |   The Government reported 3,000 new initial claims for last week brining the total to 311,000.  |   The Market-Barometer stock market forecast models indicate CAUTION with a positive forecast-bias going into tomorrow's open.    Thursday, February 8, 2007,  5:51  P.M. Eastern

 

Thursday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Economical data and earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.   Thursday, February 8, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Tech stocks ramp, broader market flat Wednesday: NASDAQ ramps higher Wednesday while the broader market ends flat. The NASDAQ was higher on the day by 0.8 percent, the S&P 500 was up slightly by 0.1 percent, and the DJIA ended virtually unchanged.  |   In economical news the productivity report was released indicating production in the U.S. was significantly higher last year and in earnings news, News Corp, Sara Lee, Whirlpool, and Lazard helped the mixed sentiment today.  |   The Market-Barometer stock market forecast models indicate CAUTION with a positive forecast-bias going into tomorrow's open.   Wednesday, February 7, 2007,  5:34  P.M. Eastern

 

Wednesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Cisco Systems earnings/ outlook in focus for the start as well as productivity report.   Wednesday, February 7, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Sideways market sees slight gain at the end of trade Tuesday: |  The U.S. stock market ran sideways, in neutral, as investors await more earnings data [Cisco Systems, BP - Tyco - Duke Energy - Toyota] to trade on. The major indices ended nearly unchanged with the indexes pointing slightly higher with gains of less than one-tenth of one percent.  |   The Market-Barometer stock market forecast models indicate CAUTION with a positive forecast-bias going into tomorrow's open.   Tuesday, February 6, 2007,  5:56  P.M. Eastern

 

Tuesday stock market open: Look for a neutral open. Could turn mixed.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.   Tuesday, February 6, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Stock market goes mixed on Monday: |  No real catalysts to drive stocks in any particular direction today as investor and traders are near equal in the buy/sell direction. The Dow up slightly by 0.1 percent, the S&P 500 was slightly lower by 0.1 percent, and the NASDAQ lost 0.2 percent.  |   The Market-Barometer stock market forecast models indicate CAUTION with a positive forecast-bias going into tomorrow's open.   Monday, February 5, 2007,  4:53  P.M. Eastern

 

Monday stock market open: Look for a neutral flat open. Could turn mixed.   Earnings and economical data in focus for the start.   Monday, February 5, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

U.S. companies created less new jobs than expected: Employment [nonfarm payroll] jobs created in January rose by 111,000, analysts had expected 150,000 to 170,000;   the unemployment rate increased slightly to 4.6 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics..   Friday, February 2, 2007,  12:07  P.M. Eastern

 

Friday stock market open: Look for a neutral open.   Nonfarm payroll jobs report in focus for the start.   Friday, February 2, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Unemployment insurance initial claims drop: A Government report showed today that initial jobless claims for last week was 307,000, a decrease of 20,000 claims from the previous week..   Thursday, February 1, 2007,  11:57  A.M. Eastern

 

Thursday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Earnings/ outlook and economic data in focus for the start.   Thursday, February 1, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 
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