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Monday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Monday, December 31, 2007,  9:16  A.M. Eastern

 

Fridays snapshot report: Stocks end mixed with the Dow and S&P 500 up slightly by 0.1 percent, the NASDAQ was off by 0.1 percent. The Barometer models hold the current forecast at CAUTION with a positive forecast-bias going into the last trade of 2007.   Friday, December 28, 2007,  6:05  P.M. Eastern

>  Stocks end mixed after economical data.

>  New home sales fall well below estimates.

 

Friday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Economical data in focus for the start.   Friday, December 28, 2007,  9:20  A.M. Eastern

 

Economics and death of Bhutto causes investors to sell stocks: |  The DJIA and S&P 500 closed off by 1.4 percent, the NASDAQ was off by 1.8 percent.  Slew of economic reports and the death of Bhutto had traders on the defensive Thursday nearly triggering a bias change to neutral.  If stocks can recover Friday, models indicate a continued advance to year-end.   Thursday, December 27, 2007,  6:16  P.M. Eastern- corrected 7:52 pm ET

>  Jobless claims increased by 1,000, sending the average slightly higher.

>  Factory orders fall short of expectations.

>  Consumer confidence improves slightly in December.

>  Bhutto's death causes concern in the U.S. about regions stability.

 

Thursday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Economical data in focus for the start.   Thursday, December 27, 2007,  9:22  A.M. Eastern

 

Tech stocks ramp higher, broader market ends flat: The Dow ended virtually flat at 13,551.69, the S&P 500 ended slightly higher by 0.1 percent, the NASDAQ ramped up by 0.4 percent.   Wednesday, December 26, 2007,  6:02  P.M. Eastern

>  Home prices continue to fall.

>  Holiday spending was weak as expected by retailers.

 

Wednesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Wednesday, December 26, 2007,  9:18  A.M. Eastern

 

Markets closed Tuesday for Christmas: |  Markets scheduled to reopen normal schedule Wednesday.   Tuesday, December 25, 2007,  9:03  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks ramp up on short trade day on credit news: Stocks went higher Monday as investors, being presented with good news,  being happy for the holiday, send stocks higher with the DJIA up 0.7 percent, the S&P 500 and NASDAQ closed higher by 0.8 percent.  Equity market closed early Monday to get investors out for the Christmas holiday.  Markets will be closed Tuesday;  will reopen Wednesday, normal time.   Monday, December 24, 2007,  2:19  P.M. Eastern

>  Stocks do well on shortened day amid Merrill news.

>  Markets close for Christmas, will reopen Wednesday normal time.

 

Monday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Earnings the economy (outlook) in focus for the start.   Monday, December 24, 2007,  9:20  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks rally Friday on earnings and infusion report: Equities rally more than 1- 1/2 percent on earnings and lack of bad news Friday, with the DJIA rising 1.6 percent,  the S&P 500 rose 1.7 percent,  and the NASDAQ rose nearly 2-percent. The forecast-bias was upgraded to positive during the late morning model run, with the forecast now indicating CAUTION with a positive bias going into the holiday session.   Friday, December 21, 2007,  6:14  P.M. Eastern

>  Income outlay report send investors buying stocks Friday.

>  Consumer spending surges in November.

>  The Barometer forecast-bias upgraded to positive late morning session.

>  Spending report signals growth.

>  Stocks rally on Research in Motion and Merrill.

 

Friday stock market open: Look for a positive open.   Economical data and earnings in focus for the start.   Friday, December 21, 2007,  9:19  A.M. Eastern

 

Earnings send stocks up, tech heavy NASDAQ rallies: |  Some great earnings news pumps investors up, sending stocks higher Thursday, with the NASDAQ in rally-mode;  little bad news helped today's positive action with the Dow up 0.3 percent,  the S&P 500 was up 1/2 percent, and the NASDAQ rallied with a 1- 1/2 percent gain on the day.   Thursday, December 20, 2007,  5:59  P.M. Eastern

>  Earnings brings life back to stocks Thursday.

>  The Government reported an increase of 12,000 initial unemployment claims.

 

Thursday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.   Thursday, December 20, 2007,  9:20  A.M. Eastern

 

Close data for Wednesdays stock market: Stocks closed mixed Wednesday with the Dow slightly lower by 0.2 percent, the S&P 500 was slightly lower by 0.1 percent, and the NASDAQ ended up by 0.2 percent.   Wednesday, December 19, 2007,  6:16  P.M. Eastern

>  Stocks end mixed amid still credit worries.

>  President Bush signs energy bill.

 

Wednesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open.   Wednesday, December 19, 2007,  9:20  A.M. Eastern

 

Tuesday's snapshot report: Stocks ended positive with the Dow up 1/2 percent, the S&P 500 ended up by 0.6 percent, and the NASDAQ ended higher by 0.8 percent.   Tuesday, December 18, 2007,  6:12  P.M. Eastern

>  Goldman earnings report beats estimates.

>  Fed approves plan to deal with risky lending.

>  Stocks turn and move positive after days of selling.

 

Tuesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Earnings in focus for the start.   Tuesday, December 18, 2007,  9:23  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks are dumped Monday on inflation and economic concerns: Stocks were sold off Monday as investors believe a major slowdown in the economy is around the corner with inflation- fears rounding out worries. The DJIA lost 1.3 percent,  the S&P 500 lost 1-1/2 percent,  and swamped with sell orders, the NASDAQ dropped 2.3 percent.   Monday, December 17, 2007,  6:04  P.M. Eastern

>  Stock market plunges on continued economic concerns.

>  President Bush says economy is sound.

>  Ingersoll buys Trane A/C company.

 

Monday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Inflation fear and the economy in focus for the start.   Monday, December 17, 2007,  9:20  A.M. Eastern

 

Investors give up on stocks as inflation worries mount: Consumer price data released Friday morning showed that consumers are paying more for goods and services, and investors believe that could lead to an increase risk of inflation.  The FOMC just this past Tuesday reduced rates and investors worry that the Fed may have to raise rates to combat inflation.  Investors and traders sell the market down with the major indices showing a 1.3 percent loss Friday, aggregate. The bias was downgraded at midday to neutral as data indicates the rally could be cooling.   Friday, December 14, 2007,  6:11  P.M. Eastern

>  Consumer prices date set the tone for today's trading.

>  Market falls on mounting inflation worries.

 

Friday stock market open: Look for a negative open.   Consumer prices- inflation-  in focus for the start.   Friday, December 14, 2007,  9:21  A.M. Eastern

>  Stocks fall Friday on building inflation concerns.

>  Consumer prices ramp higher, increases investor worries.

 

Thursday snapshot report: Flat day Thursday as investors analyze the latest Federal Reserve moves.  Dow and S&P slightly higher, NASDAQ slightly lower.   Thursday, December 13, 2007,  6:00  P.M. Eastern

>  Retail sales rose in November better than expected.

>  Stocks go flat Thursday after jump in wholesale prices.

>  Unemployment claims drop 7,000, for an average of 340,750 claims.

 

Thursday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Fed measures still in focus for the start.   Thursday, December 13, 2007,  9:21  A.M. Eastern

>  Manufacturing prices jump 3.2 percent in November, core rose 0.4 percent.

>  Stock market still is cautious over Fed measures.

 

Ping-pong market ends with gains Wednesday: Stocks rally Wednesday morning only for a 400 point plunge by the Dow into negative territory, while investors and traders decipher the Feds latest measures. The Dow closed up by 0.3 percent, the S&P 500 closed with a 0.6 percent gain, while the NASDAQ closed higher by 0.7 percent. The Barometer forecast maintained a caution through the wild ride Wednesday as the models continue to favor a cautionary bullish stocks market.   Wednesday, December 12, 2007,  6:10  P.M. Eastern

>  Fed announces measures to address pressures in short-term markets.

>  Stocks wild ride ends with bounce off the lows of the session.

>  Some banks said results in Q-4 could disappoint.

 

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Wednesday stock market open: Look for a positive open.   Fed in focus for the start.   Wednesday, December 12, 2007,  9:17  A.M. Eastern

 

Tuesday's snapshot report: The Fed cut rates by 25 basis points, investors had expected 1/2 percent.  Stocks dived to end with major loss with the indexes off by nearly 2-1/2 percent, aggregate.  The forecast remains the same pending the morning model run.   Tuesday, December 11, 2007,  6:00  P.M. Eastern

>  The Fed lowered its target for the fed funds rate 25 basis points to 4.25 percent.

>  U.S. stocks sell off Tuesday after FOMC cuts rates.

 

Tuesday stock market open: Look for a neutral, flat open.   Rate-cut in focus for the start.   Tuesday, December 11, 2007,  9:20  A.M. Eastern

 

Monday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open. Could turn mixed. The Fed in focus for the start.   Monday, December 10, 2007,  9:19  A.M. Eastern

>  UBS declares a 10 billion write-down.

>  Banks scale back plan to aid credit...

>  China orders its banks to add to reserves.

>  Forecast continues to show CAUTION ahead of the FOMC.

>  Stocks rally expecting a rate-cut. --50 basis points please--.

 

Stocks go flat Friday ahead of Fed week: U.S. stock market ends mixed after a flat sideways market Friday with the DJIA closing slightly higher by 0.4 percent,  the S&P 500 closed lower by 0.2 percent, and the NASDAQ was off slightly by 0.1 percent.  The U.S. stock market rests after a formable rally and ahead of what marketers are hoping for-  a rate cut next week. The forecast-bias was upgraded yesterday to positive from neutral as models indicate another surge that could turn into a Santa Clause rally if the Fed doesn't disappoint.  Friday, December 7, 2007,  nn:nn  P.M. Eastern

>  Stocks flat Friday after jobs report.

>  Companies added 94,000 jobs in November.

 

Friday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open.   Jobs data in focus for the start..   Friday, December 7, 2007,  9:18  A.M. Eastern

 

Thursday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open.   Jobless claims and retail sales data in focus for the start..   Thursday, December 6, 2007,  9:20  A.M. Eastern

>  Retail chain stores reported strong November sales.

>  Stocks up Thursday on retail sales report.

>  Barometer forecast bias was upgraded to positive during the pre close run.

>  Mortgage agreement sends stocks surging Thursday.

 

Investors send stocks higher Wednesday continuing last weeks rally: Stocks roar Wednesday after a jobs report and productivity data suggests the economy is still strong. The DJIA and S&P 500 rose 1-1/2 percent, the NASDAQ rose 1.8 percent.  Barometer model data indicates a possible turnaround in sentiment that could send stocks higher for-a-much anticipated Santa Clause rally.   Wednesday, December 5, 2007,  6:01  P.M. Eastern

>  A rise in productivity sends stocks higher Wednesday.

>  Jobs data report sends stocks rallying Wednesday.

 

Wednesday stock market open: Look for a positive open.   Jobs report and the economy in focus for the start.   Wednesday, December 5, 2007,  9:08  A.M. Eastern

 

Tuesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Credit worries and the Fed in focus for the start.   Tuesday, December 4, 2007,  9:10  A.M. Eastern

>  Credit worries continue to affect investors.

 

 

Stocks pullback as investors prepare for data and the FOMC: Investors pullback from several days of rally-mode as the market prepares for the jobs report and the Fed. Baked in the market is a 25 basis point cut with anticipation of a 50 point cut which is most likely dependent on economical day such as the nonfarm payroll report due this week.   Monday, December 3, 2007,  6:02  P.M. Eastern

>  Major indexes fall Monday on data and the Fed.

>  Stocks fall Monday on continued fear over credit issues.

 

Monday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open.   Monday, December 3, 2007,  9:23  A.M. Eastern

 

Friday stock market open: Look for a positive open.   Fed speak and economical data in focus for the start.   Friday, November 30, 2007,  9:15  A.M. Eastern

>  Seven week forecast was updated this morning...

>  Bernanke hints at further cuts.

>  Oil prices fall as traders await OPEC meeting.

 

Stocks rest Thursday after turnaround rally: U.S. stock market rests Thursday with the Dow and NASDAQ up by 0.2 percent, and the S&P 500 up 0.1 percent. The Barometer [models] also rested as data indicates a possible direction change. Data suggests that weakness, of the past couple of weeks, could be over with stocks rising over the short term- Christmas rally looks intact if future news doesn't spook investors.   Thursday, November 29, 2007,  6:06  P.M. Eastern

>  Surprise GDP data helps keep stocks positive.

>  Jobless claims increase to 352,000.

 

Thursday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   GDP and jobs data in focus for the start.   Thursday, November 29, 2007,  9:22  A.M. Eastern

 

Strong rally continues in U.S. as investors go bargain hunting: Investors carry rally higher as stocks surge on good news. The major stock indexes show investors maybe have found a bottom, as today's performance, added to yesterdays rally,  adds up to better than 4-percent gains, best in years. Question is, can it hold up through some major data points coming up. Today's strong move,  had the Barometer models moving the bias to neutral- during volatile times, the models can lag the market until more stable readings are assimilated.   Wednesday, November 28, 2007,  6:01  P.M. Eastern

>  Rate cut hopes send stocks into orbit.

>  Mid afternoon, the forecast-bias was upgraded.

>  Oil plunges on inventory report.

>  Fed comments send investors to buy stocks.

 

Wednesday stock market open: Look for a positive open..   Wednesday, November 28, 2007,  9:17  A.M. Eastern

 

Tuesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Tuesday, November 27, 2007,  9:15  A.M. Eastern

 

Forecast bias changed: Back and forth forecast change as data from models are getting close to calling this a major downturn in the stock market. The bias was changed to negative, early afternoon, as the data is showing a possible continued move lower, maybe a capitulation event-  that would be the goods news-  the bad is-   stocks continue moving much lower.  Next couple of days could seal the future (three to six months) of the stock market.   Monday, November 26, 2007,  6:09  P.M. Eastern

>  Stocks fall as credit concerns deepen.

>  Barometer forecast switches forecast-bias to negative in early afternoon trade.

 

Monday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open.   Retail sales and economical data in focus for the start.   Monday, November 26, 2007,  9:17  A.M. Eastern

 

Friday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Short session and holiday shopping in focus for the start..   Friday, November 23, 2007,  9:21  A.M. Eastern

 

U.S. markets are closed: U.S. markets are closed Thursday to observe Thanksgiving Day holiday. Markets to open Friday for abbreviated session.   Thursday, November 22, 2007,  8:44  A.M. Eastern

 

Wednesday stock market open: Look for a negative open.   Oil and the Dollar in focus for the start..   Wednesday, November 21, 2007,  9:15  A.M. Eastern

 

Tuesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.   Tuesday, November 20, 2007,  9:13  A.M. Eastern

 

>  Barometer bias changed to negative during late morning model run.

>  Stocks fall Monday on continued banking concerns.   Monday, November 19, 2007,  5:47  P.M. Eastern

 

Monday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Retail sales and short/ slow week in focus for the start..   Monday, November 19, 2007,  9:20  A.M. Eastern

 

Friday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Friday, November 16, 2007,  9:22  A.M. Eastern

 

Thursday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Inflation, jobs, and the economy in focus for the start..   Thursday, November 15, 2007,  9:24  A.M. Eastern

 

Sellers take the stock market lower in late trade Wednesday: Stocks maintain positive stance until late in the session, when equities moved decisively lower.  October retail sales and producer inflation data had stocks up most of the day.  Late in the session, stocks began to fall with the major indexes posting declines: DJIA off by 0.6 percent;  the S&P 500 off by 0.7 percent;  the NASDAQ lower by 1.1 percent.   Wednesday, November 14, 2007,  5:53  P.M. Eastern

>  The Government reported tame producer inflation, core unchanged.

 

Wednesday stock market open: Look for a positive open.   Retail sales and inflation data in focus for the start.   Wednesday, November 14, 2007,  9:23  A.M. Eastern

 

Tuesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start..   Tuesday, November 13, 2007,  9:10  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks continue to slip on increasing worries of the failing credit market: Stocks continue selling off on growing credit worries and any bad news investors and traders get. The broader market was lower by 1-percent today, with techs selling off by 1.7 percent- the Dow Jones did better with a 0.4 percent move lower.   |   Models [market Barometer] continue to get more active with a change to the bias, to neutral, amid the volatility of the markets. During volatile times, the forecast and bias can change daily until stability returns.  Monday, November 12, 2007,  6:03  P.M. Eastern

>  Bias changed to neutral- forecast now is at caution.

>  Etrade sinks on credit issues.

 

Monday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open.   Monday, November 12, 2007,  9:15  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks tumble Friday as selling continues on fear: U.S. stocks continue selling-off on more bad credit news and earnings forecasts. The broader market lost 1-1/2 percent today, and techs lost 2-1/5 percent. No relief in sight next week prompts a forecast change. The forecast now indicates CAUTION with a negative bias for next week.  Investors and traders could be over reacting to both the credit problem and the economic slowdown with nearly daily swings from negative to positive and back. During this kind of volatility, the forecast could swing on a daily basis, abundant caution is indicated until the volatility settles.      Friday, November 9, 2007,  6:00  P.M. Eastern

 

Friday stock market open: Look for a negative open.   More credit problems in focus for the start..   Friday, November 9, 2007,  9:17  A.M. Eastern

 

Cisco and Fed talk take stocks lower Thursday: |  Cisco Systems outlook sparked a tech sell-off Thursday, while Fed Chief Bernanke [testimony] sees trouble ahead for the economy. His testimony was blamed for  the broader market fall today. Broader market, however,  rebounded to close well off the lows, with the DJIA posting a loss of 0.3 percent, the S&P 500 lost 0.1 percent, and the NASDAQ was hammered, again today, with a 1.9 percent loss.  |   The forecast models nearly downgraded the bias but a ninth inning save, saved the downgrade for another day. The forecast indicates positive with a neutral forecast-bias. The bias is subject to change.   Thursday, November 8, 2007,  nn:nn  P.M. Eastern- corrected 9:18 pm ET

>  Bernanke testimony sees slowing economy.

>  Jobless initial claims down last week.

 

Thursday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open.   Earnings/ outlook and retail sales in focus for the start.   Thursday, November 8, 2007,  9:27  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks tumble, marketers eye capitulation: U.S. stocks cave under GM woes and continued slid of the Dollar.  News has investors trading the markets up and down-  day by day-  with the selling getting the upper hand. The Dow lost 2.6 percent, the S&P 500 lost 2.9 percent, and the NASDAQ lost 2.7 percent.  |   The Barometer forecast continues to indicate positive with a neutral bias, but the bias is subject to downgrade.    Wednesday, November 7, 2007,  6:08  P.M. Eastern

>  Productivity grows 4.9 percent in third-quarter, above expectations.

>  Stocks dive on weak Dollar and high oil prices.

>  New York probes Fannie and Freddie.

 

Wednesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Earnings and oil prices in focus for the start.   Wednesday, November 7, 2007,  9:27  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks gather steam during afternoon session: U.S. stocks ramp higher after midday pullback, while the price of oil soars toward 100 dollars [chart].  The DJIA rose 0.9 percent, the S&P 500 rose 1.2 percent, and the NASDAQ was up 1.1 percent.   Tuesday, November 6, 2007,  6:06  P.M. Eastern

>  Oil Prices soar on Mideast concerns.

>  Stocks make comeback after early pullback.

 

Tuesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Tuesday, November 6, 2007,  9:25  A.M. Eastern

 

News driven market sets today's tone on Citigroup woes: Investors continue to react to credit issues, this time Citigroup management change and write-off concerns with other banks. The DJIA was off by 0.4 percent, the S&P 500 and NASDAQ moved lower by 1/2 percent.   Monday, November 5, 2007,  5:59  P.M. Eastern

>  Citigroup woes and challenges ahead.

 

Monday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Credit issues still a focus.   Monday, November 5, 2007,  9:25  A.M. Eastern

 

Friday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Jobs data and earnings in focus for the start.   Friday, November 2, 2007,  9:25  A.M. Eastern

 

Investors overreact Thursday, dump stocks more than 2-percent: Investors sold off the stock market Thursday after deciding the Fed, most likely, will not continue reducing key rates- Exxon reported earnings/ forecast helping to decide today's fate. The volatility continues on Wall Street with the DJIA and S&P 500 losing 2.6 percent, and the NASDAQ lower by 2.3 percent. The Barometer models yesterday indicated that investors could fully react to the Fed today.  Models continue to indicate positive with the forecast-bias at neutral. Today's drop in the S&P 500 [chart] really isn't a big thing, in and of itself, but further weakness could become a problem.   Thursday, November 1, 2007,  6:17  P.M. Eastern

>  Exxon earnings set stock market tone Thursday.

>  Credit issues still on investor mind.

>  Unemployment claims drop by 6,000.

 

Thursday stock market open: Look for a negative open.   Earnings and the Fed in focus for the start.   Thursday, November 1, 2007,  9:25  A.M. Eastern

 

Investors initial reaction is to pump stocks up: Stocks zoom ahead after the Fed cut the Fed funds target, helped along by a better than expected GDP read.  The DJIA rose 1-percent, the S&P 500 rose 1.2 percent, and the NASDAQ rose 1- 1/2 percent.  The Barometer model [close] run nearly upgraded the forecast-bias to positive, but fell slightly short of the threshold.  If  tomorrows market is positive, look for the bias to be upgraded.  It is possible that investors will fully react to the Fed in Thursdays market-   so-   even though the forecast indicates positive, caution is warranted.   Wednesday, October 31, 2007,  6:01  P.M. Eastern

>  GDP comes in at a better than expected 3.9 percent.

>  Fed cut rates by 25 basis points, Fed funds target at 4.5 percent.

 

Wednesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Fed and GDP in focus for the start.   Wednesday, October 31, 2007,  9:25  A.M. Eastern

 

Investors on edge take stocks lower Tuesday: Uneasiness sets in as investors and traders await the Fed and GDP data.  Today's lower move offset yesterdays positive move-up with the DJIA off by 0.6 percent, the S&P 500 was off by 0.7 percent, and the NASDAQ was virtually unchanged.  Investors are expecting a quarter-point reduction in the Fed target [interests rate] and could react negatively no matter what happens tomorrow.  The forecast, going into the rate cut announcement, continues to indicate positive with a neutral forecast-bias.   Tuesday, October 30, 2007,  5:45  P.M. Eastern

>  Stocks lower ahead of Fed day.

>  Home prices down set mood for the day.

 

Tuesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Fed and earnings in focus for the start..   Tuesday, October 30, 2007,  9:25  A.M. Eastern

 

Investors send signal to Fed expecting a rate cut: Investors run stocks up as the Fed rate cut meeting nears and data from GDP could cause volatility. The Dow and NASDAQ was higher by 1/2 percent, and the S&P 500 was up by 0.4 percent.  |   The forecast-bias was changed to neutral during Friday evening model run, data indicated a bit more stability in the equity market.   Monday, October 29, 2007,  6:02  P.M. Eastern

>  Investors await Fed expecting rate cut.

 

Monday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Fed, Oil, and gold in focus for the start.   Monday, October 29, 2007,  9:25  A.M. Eastern

 

Friday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start..   Friday, October 26, 2007,  9:25  A.M. Eastern

 

Thursday stock market open: Look for a neutral to mixed open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.   Thursday, October 25, 2007,  9:25  A.M. Eastern

 

Wednesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.   Wednesday, October 24, 2007,  9:25  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks soar Tuesday on earnings: Stocks ramp higher Tuesday on earnings with the DJIA closing up by 0.8 percent, the S&P 500 was up by 0.9 percent, and the NASDAQ outperformed with a 1.7 percent advance.   Tuesday, October 23, 2007,  5:52  P.M. Eastern

>  Stocks ramp up in afternoon trade.

 

Tuesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.   Tuesday, October 23, 2007,  9:25  A.M. Eastern

 

Monday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.   Monday, October 22, 2007,  9:25  A.M. Eastern

 

U.S. stocks are hammered Friday on outlook: Stocks were hammered Friday on Caterpillar outlook.  Earnings were a mixed bag but investors were more than ready to pull the plug on any bad news. Caterpillar delivered that news with a disappointing forecast/ outlook.  A correction is well underway that could see negative stock market for the short term. This evening model run is primed to lower the forecast-bias to negative with the outlook remaining at positive, even though the market is under pressure..   Friday, October 19, 2007,  6:06  P.M. Eastern

>  Caterpillars outlook drive stocks lower Friday.

>  Earnings reports: Google, Honeywell, Xerox, 3-M, Caterpillar, McDonald's.

 

Friday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative open. Could turn mixed.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.   Friday, October 19, 2007,  9:25  A.M. Eastern

 

Thursday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.   Thursday, October 18, 2007,  9:25  A.M. Eastern

 

Techs ramp higher, broader market ends mixed: Good earnings review and outlook on tech stocks sees techs ramping higher with the broader market flat and Dow stocks slightly under the weather in Wednesdays trade. The tech story could continue dragging the rest of the market higher, the NASDAQ put in a 1-percent gain on the day with the broader market up slightly and the Dow Jones down slightly.   Wednesday, October 17, 2007,  6:07  P.M. Eastern

>  Consumer prices reported inline with estimates.

>  Earnings: JP Morgan - United Tech - Coke - Altria moves stocks Wednesday.

 

Wednesday stock market open: Look for a positive open.   Earnings/ outlook and data in focus for the start.   Wednesday, October 17, 2007,  9:25  A.M. Eastern

 

Profit takers take stocks into a correction Tuesday: Stocks once again end up in the dumps as negative news moves investors to continue taking profits. Off the lows of the session, the Dow closed off by 1/2 percent, the S&P 500 was lower by 0.7 percent, and the NASDAQ was down by 0.6 percent.  |   The Market Barometer close model changed the forecast-bias to neutral as indicators suggest a retracement or correction in progress. The forecast now reads POSITIVE with a neutral bias.   Tuesday, October 16, 2007,  6:13  P.M. Eastern

>  Wells Fargo profit hurt by credit issues.

>  Stocks fall on Bernanke uncertain outlook speech.

>  Forecast-bias was changed to neutral pre close today.

 

Tuesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Earnings/ outlook and Fed talk in focus for the start..   Tuesday, October 16, 2007,  9:25  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks pullback on earnings amid jump in oil: Stocks pullback and end with a slight loss [see S&P chart] amid Citigroup earnings and oil tops $86 barrel. The DJIA and S&P 500 closed lower by 0.8 percent, the NASDAQ was off by 0.9 percent.   |   Models continue to indicate a positive market with some pullbacks.   Monday, October 15, 2007,  5:57  P.M. Eastern

>  Citigroup reports profit loss in third quarter.

>  Oil tops 86 dollars a barrel.

>  Oil futures are at all time record.

 

Monday stock market open: Look for a neutral mixed open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.   Monday, October 15, 2007,  9:25  A.M. Eastern

 

Fridays stock market open: Look for a neutral mixed open.   Earnings/ outlook and data in focus for the start.   Friday, October 12, 2007,  9:25  A.M. Eastern

 

Tech sell-off puts damper on the broader market: Bad news mostly ignored at the start of business, but by midday, a sell off in tech stocks was to much for the broader market, as stocks across the board fell. Even with today's lower move, the indication is still very positive for further advances. Today, the NASDAQ lost nearly 1-1/2 percent, with the DJIA and S&P 500 loosing 1/2 percent.   Thursday, October 11, 2007,  6:10  P.M. Eastern

>  Trade gap narrows.

>  Rally aborted by tech sell off.

 

Thursday stock market open: Look for a positive open.   Earnings/ outlook and data in focus for the start.   Thursday, October 11, 2007,  9:25  A.M. Eastern

 

Earnings puts damper on stocks Wednesday: Earnings and warning take big cap stocks lower Wednesday putting a damper on the market. The broader market recovers sending techs higher with the S&P 500 closing slightly lower. The forecast, changed yesterday, made it through the day with the forecast-bias maintaining a positive stance. The Dow closed lower by 0.6 percent, the S&P 500 was off by 0.2 percent, the NASDAQ closed up 0.3 percent.    Wednesday, October 10, 2007,  6:06  P.M. Eastern

>  Boeing leads big caps lower.

>  Chevron warns of lower profit.

 

Wednesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start..   Wednesday, October 10, 2007,  9:25  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks rally after Fed released meeting minutes: Stocks started Tuesday in positive territory, ramped higher when Fed minutes alluded to more rate cuts. The DJIA rose nearly 1-percent, with the S&P 500 rising 0.8 percent, and the NASDAQ was higher by 0.6 percent.  The Barometer models finally kicked the forecast up to POSITIVE during the pre close model run, making the forecast now read POSITIVE with a positive forecast-bias;  the last time the forecast was at positive was April 2004.  Quarterly earnings got started with Alcoa this evening which ushers in more volatility. The forecast change to positive indicates a mostly positive stock market through the [forecast -period] with some ups and downs expected. The forecast-bias can be used to gauge the validity of the forecast.  Tuesday, October 9, 2007,  6:18  P.M. Eastern

>  The Barometer forecast was changed to POSITIVE during pre close today.

>  Stocks ramp higher after Fed minutes.

 

Tuesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start..   Tuesday, October 9, 2007,  9:25  A.M. Eastern

 

Stock market ends mixed awaiting earnings: Holiday puts damper on stocks Monday as investors await earnings. Mixed end today with the Dow and S&P 500 ending slightly lower while tech stock, NASDAQ, ended up slightly.  |   The Market Barometer forecast models indicate CAUTION with a positive forecast-bias; forecast is subject to upgrade in Tuesdays session.   Monday, October 8, 2007,  6:04  P.M. Eastern

 

Monday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Inflation worries back- the economy in focus for the start.   Monday, October 8, 2007,  9:27  A.M. Eastern

 

Tech stocks ramp higher taking the broader market up: Stocks rise after a report showing job contraction in August, was revised up to 89,000 and September's mostly inline at 110,000 new jobs.  Mondays stock market action will be a better gauge of how the market views the latest economic report with respect to next years performance and the remainder of 2007.  The Barometer models continue to show CAUTION and is subject to upgrade Monday.   Friday, October 5, 2007,  6:08  P.M. Eastern

>  110,000 new jobs in September- August contraction revised up to 89,000;  stock rally on news.

 

Friday stock market open: Look for a positive open.   Jobs data in focus for the start.   Friday, October 5, 2007,  9:23  A.M. Eastern

 

Slow and flat but steady ahead of major data: Real quiet day Thursday, as investors and traders mostly sidelined ahead of, what could be a major data-point tomorrow.  Little trading in U.S. equities today saw a flat steady close with the Dow virtually unchanged, with the S&P 500 and NASDAQ posting a slight 0.2 percent gain.  A very tricky day tomorrow-  marketers could run stocks lower if the jobs number comes in to high or low-  reaction could be delayed until Monday while investors, having the weekend,  decide on strategy.  |   The Barometer forecast indicates CAUTION with a positive forecast-bias, good through the open.  Thursday, October 4, 2007,  7:19  P.M. Eastern

>  Service sector slows in September.

>  Stocks end lower ahead of data.

>  Jobless initial claims increase by 16,000.

>  Stocks go flat ahead of jobs report.

>  Factory orders drop.

 

Thursday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Earnings and data in focus for the start.   Thursday, October 4, 2007,  9:25  A.M. Eastern

 

U.S. stocks sell off, consolidate ahead of data: Investors take profits, sending stocks lower,  as consolidation appears to be setting in ahead of Fridays jobs report.  The Dow and NASDAQ close lower by 0.6 percent, the S&P 500 was down 1/2 percent.  |   Things may change, but, Barometer data continues to show a good market and a chance of a forecast upgrade, despite today's lower move. The forecast indicates CAUTION with a positive forecast-bias-  the forecast is subject to an upgrade.  Wednesday, October 3, 2007,  5:45  P.M. Eastern

>  Service sector slows in September according to a NYT report.

>  Stocks end lower ahead of data.

 

Wednesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Economical and earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.   Wednesday, October 3, 2007,  9:24  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks rest after yesterdays run-up: Investors rest after yesterdays big run, as the major indexes closed Tuesday's trade mixed. The DJIA closed off by 0.3 percent, the S&P 500 was virtually unchanged, while the NASDAQ posted a positive advance of 0.2 percent.  |   Barometer models still show a good market with chances of an upgrade, promising.   Tuesday, October 2, 2007,  6:04  P.M. Eastern

>  Home sales report send stocks lower.

 

Tuesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Tuesday, October 2, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Fourth-quarter starts off in record territory: Investors bid stocks up into a Dow record on the first trade of the fourth-quarter, ignoring Citigroup warning.  Marketers send stocks surging Monday hoping that the Fed will, once again, cut the Fed funds target when they meet next.  An abundant of earnings news got put aside today, as the focus turns to the jobs report this Friday, when investors hope for a weak number; ammunition for a rate cut.   |   Forecast model data suggests an impending forecast upgrade within the next couple of days- could happen as early as tomorrow.  Monday, October 1, 2007,  6:07  P.M. Eastern

>  Citigroup warns of lower results on credit issues.

>  Walgreen reports loss on the quarter.

>  Rate-cut hopes take Dow past 14,000.

 

Monday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start..   Monday, October 1, 2007,  9:25  A.M. Eastern

 

Friday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open.   Economical data in focus for the start.   Friday, September 28, 2007,  9:25  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks up on mixed economical data Thursday: Stocks seesaw in trade Thursday, as mixed economical data pulled investors up and down, with buyers finally gaining the momentum. Hopes of another rate-cut gave buyers the edge as they pushed stocks higher with the DJIA closing up by 0.3 percent, the S&P 500 and NASDAQ higher by 0.4 percent.  Thursday, September 27, 2007,  5:43  P.M. Eastern

>  GDP fell slightly to 3.8 percent in the second-quarter, according to a Gov report.

>  Unemployment initial claims fell by 15,000 last week.

>  Stocks up on Fed rate cut speculation.

>  August new home sales fell unexpectedly.

>  Market see-saw's most of the day on mixed data.

 

Thursday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   GDP and jobless initial claims in focus for the start.   Thursday, September 27, 2007,  9:25  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks rise on data and deals, ahead of GDP: U.S. stock market advances, ignoring economical data, inspired by Bear Stearns deal, all ahead of GDP data- the final report on how well America did in the second-quarter. All eyes will be on the data tomorrow as it will have major implications to how the Fed will react and for traders and investors strategies.  Stocks, as measured by the major indexes, ramped higher Wednesday closing the Dow (DJIA) higher by 0.7 percent;  the S&P 500 was higher by 1/2 percent;  the NASDAQ was up by 0.6 percent.  |   The Barometer model forecast data continues to show further upside potential with an eye on caution- many more positive days could see an upgrade to the forecast.   Wednesday, September 26, 2007,  5:43  P.M. Eastern

>  Durable Goods weaker than expected.

>  GDP second-quarter final due tomorrow.

>  GM strike deal helps investors drive stocks.

 

Wednesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Earnings/ outlook and data in focus for the start.   Wednesday, September 26, 2007,  9:30  A.M. Eastern

 

Tech issues advance while broader market goes flat Tuesday: Tech stocks ramp higher while the broader market ends mixed on worries of a slowdown by the consumer; retail sales forecast lowered; consumer confidence drops.   Tuesday, September 25, 2007,  5:38  P.M. Eastern

>  Stocks go mixed in Tuesdays session on worries.

>  Consumer confidence drops in September poll.

 

Tuesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Earnings/ outlook and data in focus for the start.   Tuesday, September 25, 2007,  9:25  A.M. Eastern

 

Investors take profits after huge rally tops off: |  Investors and traders take profits Monday after the Fed induced rally peters out.  Major data points (GDP - nonfarm payroll] ahead next couple of weeks has marketers cautious, as the DJIA closed off by 0.4 percent, the S&P 500 was off by 1/2 percent, but the tech heavy NASDAQ out performed and ended just slightly off unchanged.   Monday, September 24, 2007,  5:59  P.M. Eastern

 

Monday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.   Monday, September 24, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

U.S. stocks add to gains after a one day rest: After a quick consolidation yesterday, buyers step back and bid stocks higher helped along by earnings reports and less bad news. The DJIA rose 0.4 percent, the S&P 500 rose 1/2 percent, and the NASDAQ rose 0.6 percent.   Friday, September 21, 2007,  5:38  P.M. Eastern

>  Oracle and Nike quarterly reports inspire buying Friday.  

 

Friday stock market open: Look for a positive open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.   Friday, September 21, 2007, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

U.S. stock market consolidates Fed induced rally: Buyers take a breather Thursday as stocks consolidate after Fed induced rally ran out of steam.  Stocks got off to a rough start, after economical and earnings reports this morning, sending the indices under water all day, closing the DJIA off by 0.4 percent, the S&P 500 off 0.7 percent, and the NASDAQ off by 1/2 percent.   Thursday, September 20, 2007,  5:44  P.M. Eastern

>  Goldman Sachs profit jumps.

>  Bear Stearns profit drops 61 percent.

>  Jobless claims decline by 9,000.

>  FedEx outlook, tops earnings estimates.

>  Bernanke House testimony on the housing credit problem.   

 

Thursday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start as well as Bernanke.   Thursday, September 20, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks advance another half-percent Wednesday: Stock in the U.S. continue rallying,  started yesterday when the FOMC cut rates by 1/2 percent.  The Fed action sends stocks rallying with the DJIA, S&P 500, and the NASDAQ higher by 0.6 percent.  Market Barometer models are churning away with prospect of a forecast change in the near future. Data from the models indicate a market consolidation in the cards, with further upside possible. Any change to the forecast will be posted and indicated at the 'bug', located in the upper left corner of all public pages.   Wednesday, September 19, 2007,  6:03  P.M. Eastern

>  Consumer prices drop 0.1 percent; core prices up 0.2 percent.

>  Morgan Stanley profit falls.

>  General Mills reports profit.

>  Global markets rally on FOMC rate cut.

 

Wednesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Earnings and the Fed in focus for the start.   Wednesday, September 19, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks takeoff after Fed reduces interest rates by 1/2 percent: The Federal Reserve today cut the target for the Fed funds rate by 50 basis points to 4-3/4 percent;  the Fed also lowered the discount window by another 50 basis points. The unexpected deep cut caught investors off guard as they sent stocks ramping higher to close with better than 2- 1/2 percent gain on the day. A lot of short covering and investor-buying sends stock surging with the DJIA closing up by 2-1/2 percent, the NASDAQ closed up by nearly 2- 3/4 percent, while the broader market, represented by the S&P 500, closed up just shy of 3-percent.  |   It was decided yesterday NOT to change the forecast-bias, but to leave the Barometer models to activate changes. A one or two day rally on news doesn't make a definitive direction of a market. The models did however react positive to today's Fed action. More market-data is required for the models to be able to make further determination of market direction. The models do show CAUTION and will remain at that stance until more data is gathered over the next couple of sessions.   Tuesday, September 18, 2007,  6:14  P.M. Eastern

>  Lehman set the tone by beating estimates.

>  PPI declined 1.4 percent in August, core rose 0.2 percent.

>  Read the FOMC announcement that lowered rates.  

 

Tuesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   The Fed and earnings in focus for the start.   Tuesday, September 18, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Investors send stocks lower ahead of rate-day: Equities meander, end in negative territory, ahead of the Fed rate-cut meeting, scheduled announcement set for 2:15 PM  tomorrow. We will find out if and by how much the FOMC cuts the Fed funds rate and any adjustment to the discount window. Stocks were in negative territory today as tensions rise over the credit problems and the Fed's pending response. The Dow closed off by 0.3 percent, the S&P 500 was off by 1/2 percent, and the NASDAQ was down 0.8 percent.   |   It was decided to NOT change the forecast-bias to neutral, but to let the models run as normal and any change dependent on the reaction of the market to the Fed. Several model runs surrounding the Fed announcement will be active, which is normal for FOMC meetings.   Monday, September 17, 2007,  nn:nn  P.M. Eastern- corrected nn:nn am ET

>  Withdrawals continue at Northern Rock.

>  Stocks end lower as rate decision looms.  

 

Monday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Fed in focus for the start.   Monday, September 17, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Friday stock market open: Look for a negative open.   The economy and the Fed in focus for the start.   Friday, September 14, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Dow rallies takes the broader market higher: The Dow takes off Thursday, followed by the S&P 500 stocks with the NASDAQ lagging but comes up well into positive territory. The DJIA rose 1-percent, with the S&P 500 up over 0.8 percent, and the NASDAQ placed third with a rise of 0.4 percent.   Thursday, September 13, 2007,  6:01  P.M. Eastern

>  Unemployment initial claims increased 4,000 according to a Government report.

>  GM and McDonald's stock take the Dow higher, lifting the market.

>  Price of a barrel of oil closes above $80.

>  Countrywide finds new financing, sends the stock and market up.  

 

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

 

Stock market stalls, goes into neutral ahead of rate decision: Stocks consolidate Wednesday after Tuesdays big run-up, as investors look to next weeks rate-cut. The only question now, in investors mind, is how big of a cut.  25 basis points seems to be priced into stocks, marketers are urging the Fed to make it a 50 point increase. Since we haven't seen FOMC Chief Bernanke in action with this kind of pressure, the Barometer models most likely will be overridden next week to indicate a more serious CAUTION, as pending news of this magnitude could cause major convulsions in the market if the Fed decide to continue to hold rates at current levels. More on the model override in the next couple of days.   Wednesday, September 12, 2007,  7:13  P.M. Eastern

>  Oil ramps up to $80. bbl, backs off at the close.

>  Market is betting on rate-cut.

>  Stocks consolidate Wednesday ends mixed.  

 

Wednesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Wednesday, September 12, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks ramp up on rate cut speculation: Stocks rose nearly 1-1/2 percent Tuesday as investors and traders didn't hear any dampening rate-cut comments from Fed Chief Bernanke,  signaling a rate cut next week, well, that's the hope of marketers, anyway. The DJIA and S&P 500 rose 1.4 percent, while the NASDAQ rose 1.5 percent.   Tuesday, September 11, 2007,  6:16  P.M. Eastern

>  Bernanke made no comment about rate cut at the Berlin meeting today.

>  OPEC to add 500,000 barrels of oil to production.

>  Trade deficit 59.2 billion, inline with estimates.  

 

Tuesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Bernanke and 9/11 in focus for the start.   Tuesday, September 11, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Fed must prepare markets if no rate cut planned: After Fridays selling spree, stocks Monday ended mixed as investors and traders await the Fed FOMC meeting, next week.  A rate cut [Fed funds target] is pretty much factored into the stock market and there will be a lot of unhappy investors if the Fed doesn't come through with at least a 25 basis point cut. Talk around the market is more like-   give me 50 points-   at least and I guess some are calling for even more than that. Fed officials had better prepare the markets if cutting is not in their hat of tricks. The Dow and S&P 500 ended flat, the NASDAQ lost 0.3 percent.   Monday, September 10, 2007,  6:08  P.M. Eastern

>  Intel raised its outlook on strong demand.

>  Market flat Monday as investors await the Fed.

 

Monday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   The Fed and the economy in focus for the start.   Monday, September 10, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks sink after jobs report, laying rate-cut foundation for the Fed: Stocks get hammered Friday after a report showing a contraction in payroll jobs last month.  4,000 jobs in Americas corporations were taken out of the economy last month, sending investors to sell equities, as fear of a recession vibrated throughout Wall Street today. Marketers already had been pounding desktops wanting a rate cut. But with the injection of lost jobs in August, investors are now screaming for a 75 basis point cut. The Fed may now have a foundation for rate cut and possibly a 25 basis point cut during their scheduled meeting in two weeks. Stocks nearly lost 2-percent today on more worries of the economy and the credit market spilling over into other economic sectors. Fed speak next week could give clues to the FOMC's direction..   Friday, September 7, 2007,  7:17  P.M. Eastern

>  Futures sink after jobs data this morning.  

 

Friday stock market open: Look for a negative open and start.   nonfarm jobs data and the Fed in focus for the start.   Friday, September 7, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Marketers prepare for nonfarm jobs report sending stocks higher Thursday: Stocks gain ahead of the big economical report tomorrow as investors get some good data today that inspired them to bid equities higher. Anywhere between 115,000 to 130,000 new jobs is expected in the nonfarm sector for the August reporting period. This data is seen as key to how it might sway Fed officials in determining  the interest-rate target, although the latest data today somewhat dampens hopes for a cut in the Fed funds target when Fed FOMC meets in a couple of weeks. The DJIA, S&P 500, and NASDAQ ended up 0.39 percent, aggregated.   Thursday, September 6, 2007,  6:20  P.M. Eastern

>  The Government reported initial jobless claims down 19,000 last week.

>  New mortgage foreclosures sets record.

>  Productivity grows at fast pace in the second-quarter.  

 

Thursday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Economical data in focus for the start.   Thursday, September 6, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Hello September, volatility may get way worse: Volatility continues as stocks dive on fear that the Fed will not cut the Fed funds target [rate] anytime soon. New data suggests that the credit problems might be contained and that it may not spillover into other areas of the market, as first thought. Investors and traders, just yesterday, had high hopes for a rate cut, but today that hope is diminishing. The Dow (DJIA) closed lower by 1.1 percent, the S&P 500 was off by 1.2 percent, and the NASDAQ closed down by 0.9 percent.

>  July pending home sales hits low, helping today's decline.

>  Beige book send stocks lower, shows less chance of rate cut.    Wednesday, September 5, 2007,  6:14  P.M. Eastern

 

Wednesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative open..   Wednesday, September 5, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Investors ramp stocks up on hope: Broader market advanced 1-percent Tuesday on a bet that the Fed will cut the Fed funds-target rate in a couple of week, or earlier. An ISM report shows manufacturing slowing slightly, but still in expanding mode. Stock ramp higher with the DJIA closing up by 0.7 percent, the S&P 500 closed up by 1.1 percent, and the NASDAQ closed up by 1.3 percent.   Tuesday, September 4, 2007,  6:00  P.M. Eastern

>  The bias was upgraded to positive at the pre-close model run.

>  Economic data released today showed slower factory growth in August.  

 

Tuesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open.   Economical data in focus for the start..   Tuesday, September 4, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Markets closed Monday: U.S. markets are closed September 3, 2007 for Labor Day holiday. Markets will reopen, Tuesday at the regular session times.   Sunday, September 2, 2007,  9:36  P.M. Eastern

 

Fed to "act as needed" helps ramp stocks higher Friday: Stocks rally Friday on Fed Chief Bernanke speech and President Bush plan to help out mortgage holders. Consumer spending report helps buyers to step up and add to positions today- off the highs of the session- the DJIA added nearly 1-percent, the S&P 500 and NASDAQ added over 1-percent.   Friday, August 31, 2007,  6:04  P.M. Eastern

>  Stocks rally Friday amid Bernanke speech and Bush aid plan.

>  Consumer spending rebounds in July.  

 

Friday stock market open: Look for a positive open.   Bernanke in focus for the start..   Friday, August 31, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Dow unable to hold positive territory ends lower, NASDAQ up slightly: Stocks meander Thursday as traders and investors await Fed chief Bernanke's speech tomorrow. GDP and unemployment claims didn't inspire marketers as the broader market lost 0.4 percent, while the tech heavy NASDAQ stocks eked out a small gain.   Thursday, August 30, 2007,  nn:nn  P.M. Eastern

>  GDP increased at an annual rate of 4-percent in the second-quarter.

>  Unemployment claims increased by 9,000 to 334,000.

>  Sears earnings profit down in second-quarter.

>  Freddy Mac reports lower profits.

>  H&R Block posts loss on mortgage paper.  

 

Thursday stock market open: Look for a negative open.   Economical data (GDP and jobless claims) in focus for the start.   Thursday, August 30, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Virtually recovered yesterdays losses with bottom-feeding buyers: Stocks virtually recover yesterdays losses with a comeback rally of better than 2-percent. Stocks yesterdays dropped 2.3 percent, aggregated, and today's rally produced a 2.2 percent, aggregated, recovery. No real news for today's rally, other than yesterdays dive accounted as probably unfounded;  today's recovery was a kind-of make up. So we will see what happens tomorrow and Friday with major economical data pending. Today, the DJIA rose 1.9 percent, the S&P 500 rose 2.2 percent, and the NASDAQ rose 2-1/2 percent.   Wednesday, August 29, 2007,  6:07  P.M. Eastern

>  Altria Group to spin off Philip Morris International.

>  Daimler Chrysler profits fall.  

 

Wednesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Wednesday, August 29, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks are slammed Tuesday with losses greater than 2-percent: Stocks were depressed Tuesday, ahead of the release of the August Fed FOMC meeting minutes, as marketers had a premonition about the Fed's position on inflation and the markets. After the reading of the minutes, investors drove the major indices further into negative territory, where the DJIA, S&P 500, and NASDAQ lost 2.3 percent, aggregated.   Tuesday, August 28, 2007,  nn:nn  P.M. Eastern

>  Midday model run changed the forecast-bias back to neutral.

>  Consumer confidence down in August, helps sellers.

>  Stock market extends losses after Fed minutes reading.  

 

Tuesday stock market open: Look for a negative  open..   Tuesday, August 28, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Buyers sidelined on home sales data: Home sales data was blamed for today's negative action, as stocks dropped into negative territory this morning and trended there all day. Buyers may not want to get to far into a position before seeing major data-   GDP-   nonfarm-    to mention just a few. The DJIA closed off by 0.4 percent, the S&P 500 was down by 0.9 percent, and the NASDAQ lost 0.6 percent.   Monday, August 27, 2007,  6:14  P.M. Eastern

>  Existing home sales fell in July.

>  Stocks fall after home sales data.

>  Barometer model shows positive forecast-bias, market could be positive tomorrow.

 

Monday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Monday, August 27, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Major indexes post gains continuing Wednesdays rally: Stocks ramp higher  as investors continue Wednesdays rally on some good news that seems to have offset the credit worries, for now. A stronger than expected durable orders report along with home sales gains helped the bulls take stocks higher Friday. The midday Barometer model run changed the forecast-bias on what appears to be improving sentiment among investors.  The DJIA rose 1.1 percent, the S&P 500 rose 1.2 percent, and the NASDAQ rose 1.4 percent..   Friday, August 24, 2007,  6:13  P.M. Eastern

>  The forecast bias was changed to positive during midday model run.

>  Durable goods report helped stocks with better than expected data.

>  Home sales report helped investors sentiment.

 

Friday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open.   Credit issues and factory orders in focus for the start.   Friday, August 24, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Thursday's market news:   Thursday, August 23, 2007,  6:08  P.M. Eastern- updated 8-24-07, 12:34 pm ET

>  Unemployment initial claims drops by 2,000 last week.

>  Credit worries continue to affect stocks.

>  Banks tap discount window; B of A lends to Countrywide.  

 

Thursday stock market open: Look for a positive open.   Thursday, August 23, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks ramp higher amid deals; S&P 500 continues test: |  Stocks rally Wednesday with a lack of bad news and some positive news, investors try and build a foundation-   S&P 500 still testing support-resistance, see chart. The DJIA, S&P 500, and NASDAQ closed higher by 1.1, 1.2, and 1.3 percent, respectively.

>  Banks take money from Fed discount window.

>  Wednesday's rally courtesy of deals and Fed hopes.   Wednesday, August 22, 2007,  6:05  P.M. Eastern

 

Wednesday stock market open: Look for a positive open.   Deals and the Fed in focus for the start.   Wednesday, August 22, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks end mixed as investors await the next shoe to drop: |  Slow day sees the major indexes end split as investors and traders look to the Fed for the next step. Marketers would like the FOMC to cut the Fed fund rate target, but that may not happen any time soon, as most level-thinking marketer doesn't see the Fed bailing out special interests. The next big move by the stock market probably will be the next statement from someone close to the Fed that pooh-poohs the rate-cut scenario. Meanwhile, stocks ended mixed with the DJIA closing down by 0.2 percent, the S&P 500 was up slightly by 0.1 percent, and the NASDAQ gained 1/2 percent.   Tuesday, August 21, 2007,  6:08  P.M. Eastern

 

Tuesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Economy and earnings in focus for the start.   Tuesday, August 21, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Monday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open.   Fed and credit concerns in focus for the start..   Monday, August 20 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks rally Friday on FOMC rate cut and signal: |  A Fed discount rate-cut [rate cut statement] sends stocks soaring Friday, as investors now know the Fed is on alert and will intervene further if the economy becomes more vulnerable to the credit crises. Action was so good today, the pre-close model run upgraded the forecast-bias to neutral;  a neutral forecast-bias indicates improving conditions, albeit in a very volatile period. The forecast stands at CAUTION with a neutral forecast-bias.   Friday, August 17 2007,  5:56  P.M. Eastern

 

Friday stock market open: Look for a positive open.   FOMC cut discount rate by 1/2 percent. Rally in focus for the start.   Friday, August 17 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Dramatic comeback for stocks as broader market surges to close positive: |  Stocks rally back from very wide losses Thursday to close flat and mixed with no real change other than equities being oversold, financials turned early to close higher.  With major losses reversed, the Dow closed slightly off by 0.1 percent, the NASDAQ was off 0.3 percent-   the star of the day-   S&P 500 index closed up 0.3 percent. 

>  Housing starts fell giving marketers concerns early in the trade day.

>  A Government report showed unemployment initial claims rose 6,000 last week.

>  The Market Barometer midday model run changed the forecast-bias to negative;  this indicates further selling is likely and that a forecast change is nearer.   Thursday, August 16 2007,  6:21  P.M. Eastern

 

Thursday stock market open: Look for a negative open.   Credit worries in focus for the start...   Thursday, August 16 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks take another hit, more pain to come: |  Worries and fear grip investors again, as they are not willing to leave trades open overnight. Stock market takes another hit late in trade Wednesday as the major indexes post better than 1-percent decline. The S&P 500 index drops well below support line [chart] and could signal much more negative action to come. The DJIA lost 1.3 percent, the S&P 500 lost 1.4 percent, and the NASDAQ lost 1.6 percent.   >  Consumer Price Index (CPI) showed a slight increase of 0.1 percent in July;  core rose 0.2 percent.   Wednesday, August 15 2007,  5:58  P.M. Eastern

 

Wednesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Inflation data and earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.   Wednesday, August 15 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Credit worries are back, retail news help push stocks lower: |  U.S. stocks continue adding to losses, retail and credit concern forefront in minds of investors. Wal-Mart and Home Depot generate earnings concern with the credit problems still center stage. The DJIA closes off by 1.6 percent, the S&P 500 off by 1.8 percent, and the NASDAQ was off by 1.7 percent.   >  Wal-Mart and Home Depot give investors concern along with the credit crunch.   >  July wholesale prices rose 0.6 percent;  core prices-  excluding food and energy-  rose 0.1 percent.     >  Bears take the S&P 500 index back down to test support-resistance.   Tuesday, August 14 2007,  6:22  P.M. Eastern

 

Tuesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Earnings/ outlook and inflation data in focus for the start.   Tuesday, August 14 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

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

 

Trading winds down a volatile week, ends mixed: |  The Federal Reserve intervened today, providing liquidity reserves to the open market operations, calming investors Friday as the volatility this week settled down to a mixed end. The Dow was off just 0.2 percent, the S&P 500 was virtual unchanged, and the NASDAQ was down by 1/2 percent..   Friday, August 10 2007,  5:48  P.M. Eastern

 

Friday stock market open: Look for a negative open.   Credit worries in focus for the start.   Friday, August 10 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

U.S. stocks get killed by fresh credit concerns: |  Stocks are hammered Thursday after several days of very positive movement. Fresh credit concerns worry investors and traders Thursday morning as stocks tumble at the start of the session. U.S. stocks tumble 2-3 percent, eclipsing the past several days of rallying higher. Some marketers are squawking (rate cut - rate cut) for the Fed to step in and lower rates, but FOMC will most likely hold at 5-1/4 percent.   >  BNP Paribas action starts a stocks market sell off Thursday.   >  Retail sales report for July disappoint investors, helping today's decline.   >  Today's decline takes us right back,  testing support levels.   >  Jobless [unemployment] initial claims was up 7,000 to 316,000 last week.   Thursday, August 9, 2007,  nn:nn  P.M. Eastern- corrected nn:nn am ET

 

Thursday stock market open: Look for a negative open.   Fresh new credit concern in focus for the start.   Thursday, August 9, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

S&P 500 index rallies tests support levels: |  U.S. stocks rally-   day three-   around the Feds steadfast resolve over inflation, that the FOMC most likely will not get involved in market tantrums. Investors and traders got the picture and decided to continue moving equities higher, knowing that the current credit market concerns could be over done. Still volatile, but pointing in an upward direction, stocks gained, the Dow was up by 1.1 percent, the S&P 500 was higher by 1.4 percent, and the NASDAQ, helped by Cisco, ramped higher by 2-percent.   >  The forecast-bias was upgraded to neutral on favorable S&P 500 tests of support.   >  S&P 500 tests support- next couple sessions could indicate new market direction.   Wednesday, August 8, 2007,  5:57  P.M. Eastern- updated  6:17 pm ET

 

Wednesdays stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Fed still in focus for the start..   Wednesday, August 8, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks rally in late afternoon amid no monetary changes from the Fed: |  Stocks moderate in the early going and take a dip after the FOMC announced its rate hike decision. The Fed kept rates unchanged and added little comfort in the accompanying statement. Stocks moved decisively lower only to rally in late afternoon to close with nice gains. The Dow gained 0.3 percent, the S&P 500 and NASDAQ closed higher by 0.6 percent.   >  The FOMC, today, left interest rate target unchanged at 5.25 percent and continues to see inflation risks ahead.   >  Productivity rebounds in the second-quarter, up 1.8 percent for the nonfarm sector, the Government reported today.   Tuesday, August 7, 2007,  6:18  P.M. Eastern

 

Tuesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   FOMC in focus for the start.   Tuesday, August 7, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Bulls reverse Fridays loss ahead of FOMC: |  With no change expected tomorrow from the Federal Reserve FOMC, bulls take stocks back-up Monday, as the volatility continues to rock the major indexes. No rate hike is expected tomorrow [rate target is expected to remain at 5-1/4 percent] and possibly no determinant [verbiage] change to the accompanying statement. Bulls take the market back from the bears, back up to near Fridays level with the DJIA posting a rise of 2.2 percent, the S&P 500 rose 2.4 percent, and the NASDAQ rose 1.4 percent. >  American Home Mortgage files for chapter 11 protection today.   >  The pendulum swings in favor of the bulls ahead of the Fed.   Monday, August 6, 2007,  6:11  P.M. Eastern

 

Monday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start..   Monday, August 6, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks take a big hit Friday on continuing troubled news: |  U.S. stocks got hammered Friday on investors and traders continuing concerns over credit markets, helped along by poor showing of jobs creation [nonfarm payroll data] and really hammered by negative news from Bear Stearns. Stocks tanked more than 2 percent today as the S&P 500 closed below support, causing even more turmoil. The DJIA closed down by 2.1 percent, the S&P 500 closed off by 2.7 percent [at 1433.06 below support - chart] and the NASDAQ was off by 2-1/2 percent.   >  The S&P 500 index closed below support- it could be tough climb back next week.   >  Market gets off to a bad start on a soft jobs report- 92,000 jobs created- expected north of 110,000.   >  The models kicked out a bias downgrade, prior to the close of business today, making the forecast now read CAUTION with a negative forecast-bias.   Friday, August 3, 2007,  6:20  P.M. Eastern

 

Friday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Jobs report in focus for the start..   Friday, August 3, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Another late session rally ahead of major data: |  Credit concern sea-saw tilts in favor of buyers Thursday as stocks, once again, rally in the last hour of trade.  Ahead of the big nonfarm payroll employment report, buyers took on sellers and outperformed for the past two days, as the S&P 500 index is at a critical stage- see the S&P 500 chart.  Tomorrows job creation report could make or break this 4-plus year rally.  It appears that experts are hoping for a 100,000 plus jobs added to payrolls in July. A lesser number could cause a major selling spree.  Today though, the major indexes put in a powerful showing with the indices up 0.69 percent, aggregated.   >  307,000 new unemployment claims were reported last week, up 4,000 from the previous week.   Thursday, August 2, 2007,  6:17  P.M. Eastern

 

Thursday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Thursday, August 2, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Sea saw battle that the bulls won in today's session: |  Bulls and bears fight for control Wednesday as the equity market gets thrashed violently during a session that saw positive-negative territory visited and revisited. The Market Barometer models show that this market could go either way at this juncture. The nonfarm employment jobs report could be the final deciding point that takes this market higher or lower, not to mention the FOMC is coming up that could add more volatility. The DJIA, S&P 500, and the NASDAQ end higher by 0.72 percent, aggregated.   Wednesday, August 1, 2007,  5:45  P.M. Eastern

 

Wednesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Credit markets in focus for the start.   Wednesday, August 1, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks reverse direction, move decisively lower, well into negative territory: |  U.S. stocks had gained momentum Tuesday morning as investors eyed Sun Microsystems earnings report, along with economical data. Midday, the popular averages were higher by 1/2 percent. Equities turned tail and dived into red ink in Tuesdays afternoon session, as buyers could no longer keep pace with sellers. The major indexes fell 1.26 percent, aggregated.   >  A slew of economic reports-   inflation among them-   had investors buying stocks early on in Tuesdays session.   >  S&P 500 index is in a tough place, could make or break the market- see the chart.   >  Barometer models are close to downgrading the forecast bias to negative- tomorrow could be the day it happens- currently, CAUTION neutral is the forecast.    Tuesday, July 31, 2007,  5:48  P.M. Eastern

 

Tuesday stock market open: Look for a positive open.   Earnings/ outlook and economical data in focus for the start.   Tuesday, July 31, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks ramp up in trade Monday discounting last weeks concerns: |  Investors and traders come back to a fresh week-   after the major indexes sank last week-   to buy stocks discounting last weeks fears and concerns.   More buying by investors and traders could be on tap tomorrow with good Sun Microsystems earnings report. Verizon, AMD, and HSBC also reported earnings and outlook;   >  Stocks rally Monday with less concern over the credit market.   >   The Market Barometer forecast reads CAUTION- models, last week, downgraded the bias, this indicates more caution should be maintained.   Monday, July 30, 2007,  5:58  P.M. Eastern

 

Monday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open.   Earnings, nonfarm jobs data in focus for the start..   Monday, July 30, 2007,  9:27  A.M. Eastern

 

Selling pressure continues- market down another 1-1/2 percent: |  Stocks continue sliding Friday after a mixed start, as investors and traders continue to worry over the economy, earnings, and the new focus, credit concerns;   the major indexes posted a 1.52 percent decline today, aggregated; the S&P 500 2-days loss total is 3.93 percent.   >  A Government report indicated that the economy rebounded, in the second quarter, showing a growth rate of 3.4 percent.   Friday, July 27, 2007,  6:06  P.M. Eastern

 

Friday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open.   GDP and earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.   Friday, July 27, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks get slammed by worry and fear, Dow dives 311 points: |  Stocks dive Thursday as investors continue to be concerned over the housing-sector as well as oil prices;   more bad news in the housing sector and earnings high-profile misses [ExxonMobil] has marketers on edge;   stocks rebound somewhat off the lows of the day but still end lower by 2.14, aggregate;   >  Stocks get hammered Thursday as fear and worry sets investors and traders selling equities, taking the averages down hard.    >  The Government reported first time unemployment claims dropped by 2,000 last week;   >  The models kicked out a downgrade to the forecast-bias;  the forecast reads CAUTION with a NEUTRAL forecast-bias.    Thursday, July 26, 2007,  6:27  P.M. Eastern

 

Thursday stock market open: Look for a negative open.   Housing, earnings/ outlook, and oil prices in focus for the start..   Thursday, July 26, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks positive Wednesday; buyers push stocks higher as volatility sets in through earnings season: |  U.S. volatile stock market sees an upside Wednesday-   day after major selling spree-   as earnings sets off investors in one direction or the other;  today's results are ok with Boeing, Colgate-Palmolive, Amazon, and ConocoPhillips reporting;   midday, the DJIA, S&P 500, and NASDAQ were up by 0.3 percent, aggregate;   stocks ended somewhat higher closing the major averages with a 0.42 percent gain, aggregated.   >  existing home sales fall in June but prices move up.   Wednesday, July 25, 2007,  6:04  P.M. Eastern

 

Wednesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.   Wednesday, July 25, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Tuesday stock market open: Look for a negative open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.   Tuesday, July 24, 2007,  9:24  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks take back some of Fridays losses on M&A and earnings: |  Stocks moved higher Monday on earnings/ outlook and oil sector M&A deal;   Merck and Schering-Plough earnings take buyers of the sidelines Monday to ramp the equity market higher;   Transocean and GlobalSantaFe rebooted investors sentiment Monday as the two companies announce a combining of forces in a merger deal-  the combined companies would be valued at approximately $53 billion;   >  Merck and Schering-plough earnings and forecast got buyers motivated to bid stocks higher Monday.   >  U.S. stock market rose Monday on deals and earnings- Dow and S&P 500 up over 1/2 percent.   Monday, July 23, 2007,  5:56  P.M. Eastern

 

Monday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start as well as more deals.   Monday, July 23, 2007,  9:25  A.M. Eastern

 

Earnings miss hits stocks, Dow backs away from record: |  Earnings reports-   Caterpillar and Google-   disappoint buyers Friday, gets them to hold-up on the sidelines while sellers take the market lower;   Dow backs away from 14,000, as the broader market follows with the major averages posting a 1.2 percent loss, aggregated;   >  Caterpillar and Google disappoint marketers Friday sending stocks lower.  >  Citigroup, Wachovia, and Bank of America earnings played a roll in today's market.   Friday, July 20, 2007,  5:49  P.M. Eastern

 

Friday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.   Friday, July 20, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Dow Jones Industrial average closes at 14,000 mark: |  Stocks moved higher Thursday on IBM earnings and outlook forecasts from several reporting companies. 14,000 was tested by the Dow, and even crossed, early-on in the session, when it came time to close the markets, the DJIA flirted with the 14k mark and settled just CENTS above the magic number. The broader market ramp higher Thursday and closed the S&P 500 and NASDAQ up by 1/2 to 3/4 percent; the DJIA was up by 0.6 percent.   >  IBM, Motorola, Bank of America, EBay, and Honeywell under the microscope, as investors decide where the market goes from here.   >  Unemployment initial claims comes in at 301,000, a decrease of 8,000 from the previous week.   Thursday, July 19, 2007,  6:10  P.M. Eastern

 

Thursday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.   Thursday, July 19, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

U.S. stocks avert a sell off but still end negative: |  Stocks opened Wednesday lower as investors mull the latest earnings, consumer inflation and housing  reports, as well as Bernanke testimony;   nearing midday, the major indexes are lower by 0.77 percent, aggregate;   stocks were at their lowest midday but moved up to avert any further losses;   the DJIA, S&P 500, and NASDAQ lost 0.35 percent, in aggregate.   >  The Government said Wednesday morning that Consumer Prices (CPI)  rose 0.2 percent in June.    >  Earnings for investors to ponder:  JP Morgan, Southwest, Alteria, Intel, Johnson Controls.   >  Today's negative performance can be attributed to earnings misses, housing slump and Bernanke testimony and remarks today.    Wednesday, July 18, 2007,  6:15  P.M. Eastern

 

Wednesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start as well as inflation report.   Wednesday, July 18, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks mixed, Dow misses 14,000 but hits record, techs ramp up: |  Stocks took off Tuesday on better than expected wholesale report and earnings data from the financial sector, as oil prices briefly top $75. bbl, midday;   a Government report showed wholesale prices decrease 0.2 percent while prices, excluding food and energy, rose 0.3 percent;   in afternoon session, stocks were trading mixed with the DJIA backing off of 14,000, the tech heavy NASDAQ shot up 1/2 percent;   CAUTION continues to be indicated by the Barometer models.   >  Wholesale prices decreased 0.2 percent- core rose 0.3 percent, according to a Government report.   >  Earnings continues to inspire investors; Merrill Lynch, Wells Fargo, Sallie Mae, Coca-Cola, Schwab.   >  Dow Jones Industrial Average spikes above 14,000, retreats to end well off the mark.   Tuesday, July 17, 2007,  6:16  P.M. Eastern

 

Tuesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Economical data and earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.   Tuesday, July 17, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Dow another record, broader market ends in negative territory: |  Blue chips takeoff while the broader market struggled to keep on the positive side Monday;   earnings and company outlook/ forecast, as well as, Bernanke on tap this week;   at midday, blue chips were up 1/2 percent, the broader market was struggling to hold 0.2 percent;   major indexes went separate ways Monday with the Dow piling on another record while the broader market sinks;   CAUTION continues to be indicated by the Barometer models.   Monday, July 16, 2007,  6:15  P.M. Eastern

 

Monday stock market open: Look for a neutral flat open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.   Monday, July 16, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Investors bid stocks higher adding onto rally gains: | Stocks looked to consolidate midday Friday with the averages mixed, as investors pondered the latest retail sales data, showing a drop in retail sales in June, according to the Commerce Department. The major indexes were mixed and flat at the lunch-hour;   as the day progressed, stocks trended up to close with nice gains, the day after a major rally;   GE quarterly results sited as instigator of today's performance.   CAUTION continues to be indicated by the Barometer models.   >  Retail sales slip 0.9 percent in June.   >  Consumer sentiment rises helping today's performance.   Friday, July 13, 2007,  6:14  P.M. Eastern

 

Friday stock market open: Look for a neutral flat open. Could turn mixed. Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.   Friday, July 13, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Thursday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start..   Thursday, July 12, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

U.S. equity market surges over half-percent Wednesday: |  Stocks rebound early Wednesday from yesterdays sell-off with little in way of fresh data for investors to ponder.  Earnings and economical data will be key over the next couple of weeks, as the stock market could get much more volatile as investors react to earnings and economical data.   At the lunch-hour, stocks tried to rally with the broader market showing 0.5 percent gain;   stocks maintained the positive move higher and ended with the market posting a gain, greater than 1/2 percent for the day.   CAUTION continues to be indicated by the Barometer models.   Wednesday, July 11, 2007,  6:08  P.M. Eastern

 

Wednesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.   Wednesday, July 11, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks dive Tuesday on earnings warnings and inventory build: |  Earnings season started with Alcoa's report last night, as Sears and others make their quarterly reports available and outlook for the remainder of 2007.  Alcoa and Sears motivate investors to hold-off buying, at least until Bernanke speech scheduled for this afternoon. Stocks moved lower on earnings outlook and inventory buildup report. At midday, the major indexes were off by 0.36 percent, aggregate.  It got way-worse in afternoon trade, with earnings warnings and the Fed still concerned over inflation, as well as an inventory buildup, had investors headed to the exits.  Stocks ended much lower with the major indexes posting 1.2 percent loss, aggregated.  CAUTION continues to be indicated by the Barometer models.  The forecast bias, is once again, subject to change.   >  Fed chief Bernanke still concerned with inflation.   > Home Depot and Sears earnings warning sink stocks.   Tuesday, July 10, 2007,  6:24  P.M. Eastern

 

Tuesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.   Tuesday, July 10, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks hold up Monday ahead of earnings season: |  U.S. stocks opened positive Monday, but turned mixed midmorning as investors geared up for second-quarter earnings, that gets underway with Alcoa's report;   Alcoa starts earnings season tonight with its 2Q07 report;   stocks ended the session higher, as measured by the major indexes, as investors generally feel earning to be good for last quarter and that earnings for the third and fourth quarters, even better;   the Barometer forecast-bias was upgraded to positive Friday on continuing strength of the S&P 500.   >  The start of earnings season is upon us.    >  Reports indicate Alcoa's earnings mostly inline with analysts expectations- shares up in anticipation of positive report.   Monday, July 9, 2007,  6:05  P.M. Eastern

 

Monday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.   Monday, July 9, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks bounce off lows of the morning to post gains Friday: |  Stocks stumble at the start, rebound off the lows of the morning, to move up into positive territory;   oil continues its upward climb and fresh economical data had investors buying equities, with the major indexes reporting gains of 0.3 percent.   >  The Barometer forecast-bias was upgraded to positive prior to the close.   >  The economy added 132,000 jobs in June, more than experts expected.   >  The unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.5 percent in June, according to a Government report.   Friday, July 6, 2007,  6:22  P.M. Eastern

 

Friday stock market open: Look for a neutral mixed open.   nonfarm jobs data in focus for the start..   Friday, July 6, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Broader market flat, tech heavy NASDAQ solid performance: |  U.S. stock market ends mixed Thursday ahead of major data point [nonfarm payroll] tomorrow;    broader market flat, techs ramp higher as little in way of market-moving news for the day after midweek break;   the DJIA and S&P 500 closed flat, while the NASDAQ closed up by 0.4 percent;   CAUTION continues to be indicated by the Barometer models, forecast bias is subject to change.    >  The Government reported unemployment jobless claims up 2,000 to 318,000.   >  M&A activity names for the day are Blackstone - Hilton, CVC - Samsonite...   more...   Thursday, July 5, 2007,  6:10  P.M. Eastern

 

Thursday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open.   Thursday, July 5, 2007,  9:27  A.M. Eastern

 

U.S. stocks higher on short trade day: |  U.S. stock market moves higher Tuesday with more deals and economical data that helped buyers to bid stocks up;   stock market closes early in preparation for the Wednesday holiday- markets will resume normal schedule Thursday;   the economical data for today is factory orders, home sales, and auto sales;   CAUTION continues to be indicated by the Barometer models, forecast bias is subject to change.   > U.S. markets close for holiday, reopen Thursday.   > More M&A has Kraft eyeing Danone.   > Major indexes end shortened day higher by 0.38 percent, aggregated.   Tuesday, July 3, 2007,  4:57  P.M. Eastern

 

Tuesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Economical data in focus for the start.   Tuesday, July 3, 2007,  9:27  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks back in rally mode Monday on data and deals: |  Stocks take off on the first day of the new quarter, as deals and data rule on Wall Street Monday with cross the board 1-percent gains;   an ISM report showed strength in manufacturing for June, which is helping investors and traders push stocks higher;   oil prices initially fell but rebounded to close above $71 in trade Monday;   CAUTION continues to be indicated by the Barometer models, forecast bias is subject to change.    >  Oil prices surge past $71 bbl Monday.   >  Deals help investors to bid stock up Monday.    >  Factory production in June another feather for the bulls.   Monday, July 2, 2007,  6:06  P.M. Eastern

 

Monday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Deals and start of new quarter in focus for the start.   Monday, July 2, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks end lower on the last trade of the quarter: |  Stocks moved higher Friday morning, the day after the Fed left key interest rate unchanged. Investors also got good inflation news that personal spending (an inflation risk indicator) was seen tame. At midday, stocks were up nearly 1/2 percent, as measured by the major indexes. With the quarter ending, investors and traders take some profits and reposition for the summer session. Stock indices closed off slightly by 0.2 percent, aggregate.   CAUTION continues to be indicated by the Barometer models.    Friday, June 29, 2007,  6:08  P.M. Eastern   > The PCE price index (less food and energy) rose 0.1 percent, indicating tame inflation.

 

Friday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Inflation report in focus for the start.   Friday, June 29, 2007,  9:25  A.M. Eastern

 

U.S. stock market goes flat as investors mull GDP data and FOMC policy: |  Stocks dip slightly at the open of trade today, but buyers moved stocks higher to just above the unchanged-line where the indexes continued to meander as marketers awaiting the FOMC rate announcement. In a statement issued this afternoon, the FOMC kept the Fed funds rate target unchanged at 5-1/4 percent and continued to indicate concerns over inflation. The market continued to meander and ended the session flat and mixed within 0.1 percent of unchanged.   CAUTION continues to be indicated by the Barometer models.    > The economy in the first-quarter, eked out 0.7 percent growth.

> Unemployment claims decreased by 13,000 last week.

> The FOMC sees continued inflation risks.   Thursday, June 28, 2007,  6:13  P.M. Eastern

 

Thursday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Fed FOMC in focus for the start.   Thursday, June 28, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Techs lead broader market higher Wednesday ahead of the FOMC: |  Stocks got off to a negative start Wednesday as investors and traders mull the latest data [durable goods orders] and get ready for the FOMC tomorrow, where it is expected rates to remain at 5.25 percent;   by midday, the major indices were reporting mixed results and stocks were trading somewhat flat, with the broader market near unchanged, while techs were headed higher;   unlike the past two days, stocks rallied in afternoon trade to end higher by 0.93 percent, aggregate;   CAUTION continues to be indicated by the Barometer models.     The Federal Reserve FOMC meets today and Thursday to decide on monetary policy...   Wednesday, June 27, 2007,  6:11  P.M. Eastern

 

Wednesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Durable goods orders and FOMC in focus for the start.   Wednesday, June 27, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Stock market sees another positive turn into an afternoon negative: |  Day two of rally in the morning only to sink in the afternoon, as investors cannot hold the edge over sellers in Tuesday's session;   housing slump, once again, gets pinned as the bad guy in Tuesday's equity market;   it should get real volatile with the Fed, GDP, and employment data ahead;   CAUTION continues to be indicated by the Barometer models.   Tuesday, June 26, 2007,  5:36  P.M. Eastern

 

Tuesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Home sales and prices in focus for the start.   Tuesday, June 26, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Relief rally goes aground, triple-digit loss for the Dow Monday: |  Relief rally had traders and investors buying stocks Monday morning after Fridays loss;   housing sales data didn't hold buyers from equities early-on in the session;    the DJIA, S&P 500, and NASDAQ was higher by nearly 1/2 percent in early afternoon trade;   stocks moved lower, heading towards the unchanged-line in mid afternoon trade;   sentiment erodes Monday, broader market settles near unchanged, tech stocks decisively lower on the day.   The FOMC to keep rates unchanged, but investors hope for language change Thursday.   Monday, June 25, 2007,  6:08  P.M. Eastern

 

Monday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Economical data in focus for the start.   Monday, June 25, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Friday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Friday, June 22, 2007,  9:27  A.M. Eastern

 

Investor buy back early losses as they await the Fed next week: |  Sell in the morning, pick up deals in the afternoon as investors and traders take advantage of discounts and run stocks up to close the DJIA higher by 0.4 percent, the S&P 500 was up by 0.6 percent, and the NASDAQ up by 0.7 percent.  |   CAUTION continues to be indicated by the Barometer models.   Government reported a rise in unemployment claims.   Thursday, June 21, 2007,  6:02  P.M. Eastern

 

Thursday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open.   Thursday, June 21, 2007,  12:01  A.M. Eastern- updated 9:26 am ET

 

Stocks drop over 1-percent in trade Wednesday: |  Stocks got off to a flat start, bobbing around the unchanged-line through the morning hours and into midday, as investors and traders continue to look for direction;   some earnings news but not much else in way off substance for marketers to base their buy/ sell strategy on;   with GDP and nonfarm economical reports due in the near future, stocks could tread the unchanged-line until fresh data can be assimilated;   investors found direction in trade Wednesday afternoon as the major stock averages drop 1.2 percent Wednesday, collectively;   CAUTION continues to be indicated by the Barometer models with a chance of a change.   Wednesday, June 20, 2007,  6:09  P.M. Eastern

 

Wednesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Wednesday, June 20, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks eke out a positive end to trade Tuesday: |  U.S. stocks continued yesterdays flat trading as the major indexes were just slightly lower in late morning trade;   Yahoo, Best Buy, and housing data had investors feeling real flat on the equity market in the morning session;   stocks turned, trended up into positive territory at midday, with the DJIA, S&P 500, and NASDAQ within 0.1 percent of unchanged;   maintaining slight positive sentiment, investors hold onto positive territory to end with the Dow Jones averages and S&P 500 positive by 0.2 percent, the NASDAQ ended flat, nearly unchanged.   CAUTION continues to be indicated by the Barometer models with a chance of a change.    Tuesday, June 19, 2007,  5:39  P.M. Eastern- corrected 5:59 pm ET

 

Tuesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Economical data in focus for the start.   Tuesday, June 19, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks flat, post slight loss for Mondays session: |  Stocks seemed slippery Monday morning as the major indexes reflected a flat, somewhat negative start;   some rumors of more deals [Alcoa]  as investors and traders await economical data;   at midday, the popular averages were seen within 0.1 percent of the unchanged-line;   afternoon trading didn't get much better as stocks, as measured by the major indexes, traded mostly sideways to end near the unchanged-line, with the DJIA off by 0.2 percent, the S&P 500 was off by 0.1 percent, and the NASDAQ ended virtually unchanged.   the Barometer forecast continues to indicates CAUTION with a neutral forecast-bias, but is subject to change.   Monday, June 18, 2007,  6:11  P.M. Eastern

 

Monday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Monday, June 18, 2007,  9:24  A.M. Eastern

 

Another rally thanks to friendly consumer inflation report: Stocks rally Friday at the open on data that shows inflation tame, if you don't include food and energy products and services;   the consumer inflation report issued this morning, before the stock market opened, showed inflation increase but less than what market experts had expected;   the 10-year treasury note yield fell moving stocks up in trade Friday;   the DJIA, S&P 500, and the NASDAQ are higher by 0.8 percent, aggregated, Friday;   the Barometer forecast continues to indicates CAUTION with a neutral forecast-bias, but is subject to change.   Friday, June 15, 2007,  6:16  P.M. Eastern

 

Friday stock market open: Look for a positive open.   Inflation [CPI] data in focus for the start.   Friday, June 15, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Thursday stock market open: Look for a neutral mixed open.   More data in focus for the start.   Thursday, June 14, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Investors put-on finishing touches Wednesday, as stocks ramped higher, over 1-percent: |  U.S. stocks started the session in positive mode Wednesday, trended-off the highs of the morning, ramped-up in late afternoon, to end well above 1-percent;   investors grab retail sales data and the Governments Beige Book to rally around, sending stocks higher, recovering recent losses;   helping today's action was the move lower on the 10-year Treasury;   the DJIA racked up over 187 points to end up by 1.4 percent, the S&P 500 ended higher by 1-1/2 percent, and the NASDAQ was up by 1.3 percent;   the Barometer forecast continues to indicates CAUTION with a neutral forecast-bias.   Wednesday, June 13, 2007,  6:04  P.M. Eastern

 

Wednesday stock market open: Look for a positive open.   Retail sales data in focus for the start.   Wednesday, June 13, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

10-year Treasury spikes, sending stocks lower Tuesday: |  Continued worries over rate-hike possibilities [bond yields move up] and a void of good news, had marketers selling on Tuesday;   the Dow Jones average, S&P 500, and the NASDAQ were lower by 0.4 percent, midday;   stocks ramped up in afternoon trade only to drop off a cliff, on reportedly, Greenspan comments;   the 10-year spiked higher sending equity marketers dumping stocks, as the major indexes dive nearly 1-percent on the day.   The Barometer forecast is subject to change in Wednesdays session, but currently shows CAUTION with a neutral forecast-bias, good through this evening.   Tuesday, June 12, 2007,  6:13  P.M. Eastern

 

Tuesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Rate worries continue to be a focus for investors.   Tuesday, June 12, 2007,  9:21  A.M. Eastern

 

U.S. equity market goes flat, ends mixed, Monday: |  Stocks flat as the popular averages show in-and-out of positive territory, as stock trading seen flat until fresh economical data can be mulled. Gold, silver, and oil show positive trades, as the major indexes are virtually unchanged in late morning trade.   |  Stocks ramp up in midday trade but petered-out and trended lower to end flat and mixed with the DJIA closing flat, the S&P 500 closed up 0.1 percent, while the NASDAQ ended slightly off by 0.1 percent. the Barometer forecast continues to indicates CAUTION with a neutral forecast-bias.   Monday, June 11, 2007,  5:59  P.M. Eastern

 

Monday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Monday, June 11, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks make big reversal Friday, make up for earlier losses: |  Stocks make big comeback Friday after a three day sell off;   10-year bond relents and falls back some  as oil, gold, and silver lost ground;   economical data  --consumer confidence and trade deficit--   also figured in on today's rally;   the DJIA rose 1.2 percent;   the S&P 500 rose by 1.1 percent;   the NASDAQ rose 1.3 percent;   the Barometer forecast continues to indicates CAUTION with a neutral forecast-bias.   Friday, June 8, 2007,  6:05  P.M. Eastern

 

Friday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open.   Inflation, economy, and bonds in focus for the start.   Friday, June 8, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Day three of a sinking U.S. stock market: |  U.S. stock market continues its losing streak amid rate-hike and geopolitical worries;   bond yields and retail sales-data also on minds of marketers Thursday;   the Government reported a decrease of 1,000 unemployment initial claims for the past week;   the DJIA was off by 1/2 percent, while the S&P 500 and NASDAQ were off by about 1-percent in early afternoon trade;   it got worse as the afternoon session progressed with the major indexes just about doubling on the downside from midday. The Dow ended down by 1-1/2 percent;   the S&P 500 and NASDAQ ended down by 1.8 percent;   the forecast models still show the bias at neutral, but indications are that it won't take much more for the bias to go negative-  the forecast bias is an indicator of forecast change,  not  an indicator of how the market is performing, necessarily, but it does closely mimics market action.   Thursday, June 7, 2007,  6:15  P.M. Eastern

 

Thursday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Rate worries still in focus for investors.   Thursday, June 7, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks dive for second-day on rate-hike worries: |  Investors and traders don't like what they heard from Fed Chief Bernanke yesterday and continue on the sidelines and watch sellers take the indexes lower;   Productivity change [report] for the first-quarter was revised to 1-percent in the nonfarm business sector, according to a Government report today;   midday the averages were off by 0.9 percent, aggregate;   stocks continued the move lower in afternoon trade and made a slight upward move to end off the lows but still well into negative territory;   the Dow Jones average was off by 1-percent;   the S&P 500 lost 0.9 percent;   the NASDAQ lost 0.9 percent;   the Barometer forecast continues to indicates CAUTION with a neutral forecast-bias.    Wednesday, June 6, 2007,  6:04  P.M. Eastern

 

Wednesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Rate-hike worries in focus for the start.   Wednesday, June 6, 2007,  9:27  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks move lower Tuesday as investors worry about Feds monetary policy: |  Stocks opened lower, at the get-go Tuesday, as futures indicated on remarks from Fed Chief Bernanke, that led investors and traders to more concerns over inflation risks;   the DJIA, S&P 500, and NASDAQ were down by 0.7 percent in early afternoon trade;   the more talk about "not getting a rate cut", but now-   a rate-hike, cause more selling with the Dow, at worst, off by triple-digits;   stocks rebound from midday lows to end with losses;   the DJIA off by 0.6 percent;   the S&P 500 off by 1/2 percent;   the NASDAQ off by 0.3 percent;   the Barometer forecast continues to indicates CAUTION with a neutral forecast-bias.   Tuesday, June 5, 2007,  6:20  P.M. Eastern

 

Tuesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Economy in focus for the start.   Tuesday, June 5, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks struggled on China concerns but close in the green Monday: |  U.S. stock market started Monday lower as investors and traders were still concerned over China's stock market;   oil makes move above $66. bbl, helps to eke out a positive day on Wall Street;   stocks turn, cut losses, with the major indexes ending flat, but in positive territory;   the Barometer forecast continues to indicates CAUTION with a neutral forecast-bias.   Monday, June 4, 2007,  6:06  P.M. Eastern

 

Monday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative  open.   World markets in focus for the start.   Monday, June 4, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

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Economic data take stocks higher Friday: |  U.S. stock market jumps at the start Friday on economical data, trended lower through the morning session;   Investors mulled the economical data with nonfarm payroll report and the manufacturing data high on their list;   stocks ended the day well into positive territory while investors may be split on how the data relates to Fed monetary policy- rate are steady at 5-1/4 percent;   the Barometer forecast indicates CAUTION with a neutral forecast-bias.   Friday, June 1, 2007,  5:59  P.M. Eastern

 

Friday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   nonfarm jobs data in focus for the start.   Friday, June 1, 2007,  9:08  A.M. Eastern

 

Techs ramp higher broader market flat Thursday: |  U.S. stocks rose in trade Thursday morning after weak economic data and more deals [Wachovia - A.G. Edwards] and a Fed that still is somewhat concerned with inflation;   the Government reported [GDP} a slow 0.6 percent growth (annualized) in the  the economy for the first-quarter, well off the track for a growing economy;   Government also reported unemployment jobless claims were down by 4,000 last week;   the DJIA and S&P 500 ended mixed and flat, while the NASDAQ rose by 1/2 percent Thursday.   Thursday, May 31, 2007,  5:48  P.M. Eastern

 

Thursday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Data and deals in focus for the start.   Thursday, May 31, 2007,  9:11  A.M. Eastern

 

Wednesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Wednesday, May 30, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

NASDAQ leads broader market higher Tuesday: Oil slides;   NASDAQ leads market higher;   major indexes post gains ahead of major data;  Barometer forecast maintains CAUTION.   Tuesday, May 29, 2007,  5:45  P.M. Eastern

 

Tuesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Deals and data in focus for the start.   Tuesday, May 29, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Friday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive  open.   Deals and long weekend holiday in focus for the start.   Friday, May 25, 2007,  9:25  A.M. Eastern

 

Market succumbs to local and world economy fear: |  U.S. stocks dipped in and out of positive territory early-on in the session Thursday as investors mull new home sales/price data and Greenspan comments on China;   The DJIA bouncing around the unchanged-line, while the S&P 500 and NASDAQ were off by 1/2 to 1-percent, midday Thursday;   the Government reported initial unemployment claims rose to 311,000, an increase of 15,000 from the previous week;   stocks took a nose dive in afternoon trade and ended 1-percent lower, in the aggregate;   the Barometer forecast-bias was downgraded to neutral prior to the close as the models are showing more stress on equity prices.   Thursday, May 24, 2007,  6:17  P.M. Eastern

 

Thursday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open.   U.S. and world economy in focus for the start..   Thursday, May 24, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks give-up midday gains, end negative in trade Wednesday: | U.S. stocks up again in trade Wednesday morning as investors prepare for GDP next week and payroll- jobs report, that follows;   the Dow, S&P 500, and the NASDAQ were up by 0.3 percent in late morning trade Wednesday;   stocks give-up all the days gains in afternoon trade and end well into negative territory with the DJIA, S&P 500 off slightly but 0.1 percent, the NASDAQ was off by 0.4 percent;   the Market Barometer forecast reads CAUTION with a positive forecast-bias.   Wednesday, May 23, 2007,  5:45  P.M. Eastern

 

Wednesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Earnings and deals continue to be in focus for the start.   Wednesday, May 23, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Broader market flat, NASDAQ up in Tuesdays market: |  [no extract] The DJIA and S&P 500 ended Tuesday flat, while the NASDAQ tech index ended higher by 0.4 percent.   |   The Market Barometer forecast reads CAUTION with a positive forecast-bias.   Tuesday, May 22, 2007,  5:48  P.M. Eastern

 

Tuesday stock market open: Look for a neutral flat open. Could turn mixed.   Tuesday, May 22, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Broader market moves up, Dow slips slightly in trade Monday: |  U.S. stock market goes mixed Monday morning as investors wait for more data and deals to assimilate;   midday, the NASDAQ was up by nearly 1-percent-   the S&P 500 and Dow were slightly higher;   Dow retreats in afternoon trade while the broader market and tech stocks go higher, as deals continue to inspire investors;   the DJIA ended slightly lower by 0.1 percent, the S&P 500 was up by 0.2 percent, and the start of the day, the NASDAQ, was higher by 0.8 percent.   The Market Barometer forecast now reads CAUTION with a positive forecast-bias.    Monday, May 21, 2007,  6:07  P.M. Eastern

 

Monday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open.   More M&A and earnings in focus for the start..   Monday, May 21, 2007,  9:22  A.M. Eastern

 

Happy investors and traders move stocks up Friday: |  Stocks on the rise Friday after friendly economical data [sentiment triggers buying];   more deals Friday [Microsoft - Aquantive , GE Plastics] helps stocks move up in early trade;   the DJIA closed up by 0.6 percent, the S&P 500 was up by 0.7 percent, and the NASDAQ was higher by 0.8 percent;   the forecast-bias was changed to positive on sentiment, but, the forecast remains at CAUTION.   Friday, May 18, 2007,  5:54  P.M. Eastern

 

Friday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Deals and earnings/ outlook in focus for the start..   Friday, May 18, 2007,  9:24  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks flat- slightly negative- in trade Thursday: U.S. stock market gets off to a slow/ flat start and continued to trend sideways near unchanged with the indices within 0.2 percent of unchanged almost all day;   the Government reported a decline of 5,000 initial unemployment claims in the past week;   with little to trade on, stocks lingered and moved into positive territory only to fall short of unchanged, to end the day with the broader market slightly off by 0.1;   the tech heavy NASDAQ ended- off by 0.3 percent.  The Market Barometer forecast now reads CAUTION with a neutral forecast-bias.    Thursday, May 17, 2007,  6:05  P.M. Eastern

 

Thursday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Thursday, May 17, 2007,  9:20  A.M. Eastern

 

Investors trade the market higher after null start Wednesday: |  Stocks got off to a positive start Wednesday but in late morning trade, enthusiasm dwindled and stocks come off the highs of the morning and dipped into negative territory, where, at midday, the market was seen as flat but in positive territory. Investors and traders decided the news [inflation and earnings] wasn't that bad and moved stocks up in a continuation, of now, weeks old rally. The DJIA was up in trade by 0.8 percent, the S&P 500 and NASDAQ closed up by 0.9 percent. The Market Barometer forecast now reads CAUTION with a neutral forecast-bias.   Wednesday, May 16, 2007,  6:04  P.M. Eastern

 

Wednesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.   Wednesday, May 16, 2007,  9:24  A.M. Eastern

 

U.S. stocks give up rally end mixed Tuesday: |  U.S. stocks ramp higher Tuesday morning after a Government report showed consumer prices (inflation report) for April came-in less than most economists expected. Investors eyed the data hoping for a chance that the FOMC  drop rates sometime later this year or maybe in 2008. The DJIA, S&P 500, and NASDAQ gains spread from 0.3 to nearly 1-percent for the Dow with tech stocks lagging. Investors and traders turned the market lower with all the major indices moving well off the highs of the morning rally. Dow ends with another record, S&P ended flat, and the NASDAQ tech stocks got hammered again losing 1-1/2 percent for the past two days. The Market Barometer forecast now reads CAUTION with a neutral forecast-bias.    Tuesday, May 15, 2007,  6:12  P.M.

 

Tuesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open.   Inflation data (CPI) and earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.   Tuesday, May 15, 2007,  8:51  A.M. Eastern- UPDATED 9:23 am ET

 

Monday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Inflation (CPI) data and more deals in focus for the start.   Monday, May 14, 2007,  9:21  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks move higher Friday on inflation report: |  Stocks in the U.S. regain some lost territory from yesterdays decline. Yesterdays decline came on retail sales disappointment and today's advance came as the manufacturing report indicates inflation to be somewhat tame. The Barometer-bias was changed yesterday to neutral from positive indicating a somewhat greater chance that this latest bull run may be coming to a close. Sentiment in the U.S. stock market is decaying and a pullback could be in the near future, according to Barometer models. The DJIA, S&P 500, and NASDAQ were higher by nearly 1-percent, in aggregate.  The Market Barometer forecast now reads CAUTION with a neutral forecast-bias.   Friday, May 11, 2007,  6:10  P.M. Eastern

 

Friday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open. Could turn mixed.   Inflation- retail sales data, as well as, earnings/ outlook in focus for the start..   Friday, May 11, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks get hammered on retail sales: |  Stocks move well off yesterdays close, not on rate-hike concerns, but on retails sales data. Major theme of today's market was Wal Mart and Target report of weak retail sales for April. It got bad enough for the Barometer models to move the forecast-bias to NEUTRAL from its long running positive stance. The DJIA lost 1.1 percent, the S&P 500 lost 1.4 percent, and the NASDAQ, hardest hit, lost 1.7 percent.   |   The Market Barometer forecast now reads CAUTION with a neutral forecast-bias.   Thursday, May 10, 2007,  6:02  P.M. Eastern

 

Thursday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   The economy and earnings/ outlook in focus for the start..   Thursday, May 10, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks move up in trade Wednesday after Fed kept rates unchanged: |  Investors kept stocks moving sideways in mixed fashion Wednesday morning-  but as expected-  the Fed FOMC left rates at 5.25 percent. The major indices spiked higher after the rate announcement as investors see little change in the monetary policy announcement verbiage. The Dow ramped higher for another record while the S&P 500 and NASDAQ added to gains.  The Market Barometer forecast continues to indicate CAUTION with a positive forecast-bias.   Wednesday, May 9, 2007,  6:19  P.M. Eastern

 

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

 

Investors consolidate Tuesday and gear up for the Fed FOMC meeting tomorrow: |  Investors and traders may not take any new major positions until the FOMC meeting rate announcement tomorrow scheduled for 2:15 pm ET, where it is expected the Fed funds rate- target- will be kept at 5.25 percent;    the important thing for investors and traders will be any detectable change [in language] , or hint of change, to monetary policy;   the major averages opened lower with the Dow Jones Ind. Average, S&P 500, and NASDAQ lower by 0.4 percent, at midday Tuesday;   buyers came in and bought their way back to close the major averages flat for the day, a consolidation and holding point for investors until tomorrow afternoon;   the Market Barometer forecast maintains a CAUTION with a positive forecast-bias going into tomorrow open.   Tuesday, May 8, 2007,  5:46  P.M. Eastern

 

Tuesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Earnings and the Fed in focus for the start.   Tuesday, May 8, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Forex investor alert: NASAA and CFTC have issued an alert warning retail investors of forex trading frauds... launch NASAA report.   Monday, May 7, 2007,  10:23  P.M. Eastern

 

Buyers mostly in positive mood with M&A and FOMC ahead: |  Broader market was higher Monday with the tech's lagging as mergers and acquisitions power investors and traders to continue buying shares;   Alcoa Inc. announced today that it will make an offer to acquire all of the outstanding common shares of Alcan Inc. for $58.60 in cash and 0.4108 of a share of Alcoa common for each outstanding common share of Alcan- Alcoa expects to begin its offer on Tuesday, May 8, 2007;   investors keep a positive attitude while the wait is on for the Fed FOMC meeting where it is expected that rates will remain 5 -1/4%;   the DJIA, S&P 500, and NASDAQ indexes ended higher by 0.3 percent, aggregate;    the Market Barometer forecast maintains a CAUTION with a positive forecast-bias going into tomorrow open.   Monday, May 7, 2007,  5:53  P.M. Eastern

 

Monday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   More M&A and earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.   Monday, May 7, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks up Friday on friendly jobs report: Dow Jones Industrial Average reaches for another record, dragging the broader market along;   nonfarm payroll report and more deals [Microsoft - Yahoo  |  Reuters bid] continue to give buyers a stair-step-up for a foundation- stocks continue building momentum;   the Government reported that 88,000 new jobs had been added to the economy last month, less than was expected by marketers;   the Government also said that April unemployment rate rose slightly to 4.5 percent;   it is widely reported that Microsoft is in talks with Yahoo in  a possible acquisition bid- as reported by the major news outlets;   the DJIA, S&P 500, and NASDAQ ended up by 0.2 percent, aggregate;   the Market Barometer forecast maintains a CAUTION with a positive forecast-bias going into Mondays open.    Friday, May 4, 2007,  5:49  P.M. Eastern

 

Friday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   nonfarm payroll report and earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.   Friday, May 4, 2007,  9:12  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks higher ahead of jobs data: |  U.S. stocks hold onto gains Thursday ahead of  the April jobs report to be released early tomorrow morning;   productivity change for the first quarter, 2007, is 1.3% for the business sector and 1.7% for the nonfarm business sector, according to a Government report today;   unemployment first-time jobless claims decrease by 21,000 from the previous weeks report;   earnings [GM - BMW - CBS - OfficeMax - Shell - UBS] continue to drive stocks up while investors are gearing-up for the nonfarm jobs report scheduled for release tomorrow morning- the jobs report can make markets volatile if the data [number of new jobs] comes in higher or lower than analysts expect;   the DJIA closed up by 0.2 percent, the S&P 500 close higher by 0.4 percent, and the NASDAQ was up by 0.3 percent;   the Market Barometer forecast maintains a CAUTION with a positive forecast-bias going into tomorrows open.   Thursday, May 3, 2007,  5:50  A.M. Eastern

 

Thursday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.   Thursday, May 3, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Earnings, bids and buyouts pushes the equity market higher: |  The momentum continues for stocks in the U.S. as traders and investors ramp up the buying spree;   economical data [Factory orders], earnings business-outlook [Time Warner - Sprint Nextel], bids and buyouts [Dolan Family Cablevision AND News Corp. Dow Jones] continue to provide a foundation for buyers in the U.S. equity markets;   the major indexes moved higher today with the indices posting  .5  to  1-percent gain;   the Market Barometer forecast maintains a CAUTION with a positive forecast-bias going into tomorrows open.   Wednesday, May 2, 2007,  6:07  P.M. Eastern

 

Wednesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open.   Earnings/ outlook and deals in focus for the start.   Wednesday, May 2, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Dow Jones Ind. average ramps higher taking techs and the broader market along for the ride: |  Stocks mixed and flat through the lunch-hour, as investors and traders mull data [manufacturing strengthens] and earnings [Procter & Gamble - Archer Daniels - Qwests];   early afternoon the Dow jumps amid news of News Corp bid for the Dow Jones company [Wall Street Journal...] taking the tech heavy NASDAQ and the S&P 500 out of negative territory to close with gains;   the DJIA sets another record as it closed up by 0.6 percent;   the S&P 500 and NASDAQ closed up by 0.3 percent;   the Market Barometer forecast maintains a CAUTION with a positive forecast-bias going into Wednesdays open.   Tuesday, May 1, 2007,  6:12  P.M. Eastern

 

Tuesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open. Could turn mixed.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.   Tuesday, May 1, 2007, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

U.S. stock market sags Monday but puts in record month: |  Mondays stock market saw a flat- mixed- start while investors await more economical data and earnings to mull;   Delta Air Lines and subsidiaries exit chapter 11 protection today;   investors eye consumer spending and await the nonfarm payroll jobs report scheduled for release Friday morning- nonfarm payroll data can be a market mover if data is stronger or weaker than expected;   at midday, the major indexes were mixed within 0.1 percent of unchanged;   marketers take profits to close out the month of April. The DJIA lost 0.4 percent, the S&P 500 lost 0.8 percent, and the NASDAQ lost 1.3 percent;   the Market Barometer forecast maintains a CAUTION with a positive forecast-bias going into Tuesdays open.   Monday, April 30, 2007,  5:59  P.M. Eastern

 

Monday stock market open: Look for a neutral flat open. Could turn mixed.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start as well as economical data.   Monday, April 30, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Dow Jones index continues its trek- stocks end flat: |  A slow economic start to 2007 as the Government said-   in an advance estimates report-   the economy grew by 1.3 percent for the first three months of the year;   stocks opened lower and had trended somewhat flat during the morning session as investors mull the data- it appears that inflation continues to be a concern;   in midday trade, the DJIA continues its trek, the broader market lagged;   the DJIA continues moving into record territory while the broader market appears to be consolidating;   the major indexes closed flat within 0.1 percent of the unchanged-line;   the Market Barometer forecast continues to indicate CAUTION with a positive forecast-bias.   Friday, April 27, 2007,  5:39 P.M. Eastern

 

Friday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   GDP data and earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.   Friday, April 27, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Broader market consolidates; Dow Jones treks to 13,105; another record run: Day after 13,000 the Dow Jones index holds its gain as the broader market is mixed going into the lunch-hour;   earnings [ExxonMobil - Ford - 3M - Apple] and economical data [unemployment claims], once again leads investors and traders on this trek upward;   question is, will 13,000 be retested, or is it onto the next milestone-   13,000 [level] is not a technical level;   at midday the major indexes were flat and mixed;   as the Dow Jones Industrial average continues its higher move, the broader market settles back and consolidates, as if to get a footing for another surge higher;   The DJIA closed up by 0.1 percent, the S&P 500 closed off by 0.1 percent, the NASDAQ was up by 0.3 percent;   the Market Barometer forecast continues to indicate CAUTION with a positive forecast-bias.   Thursday, April 26, 2007,  5:52  P.M. Eastern

 

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

 

Dow pushes past 13,000 as market ramps up 1-percent Wednesday: Dow Jones Industrial average shoots up to test 13,000 early in Wednesdays session;   Dow tests the milestone and pushes even higher in afternoon trade to end well over 100 point higher as the broader market ramps up;   earnings [Amazon - Boeing - PepsiCo - ConocoPhillips and many more]  and economical data [New home sales - Durable Goods orders] win the harts of traders and investors early-on in Wednesdays market, as the major indexes posted an early 1/2 percent gain by midday trade;   The major indexes pushed even higher to end with the DJIA posting a 1.1 percent gain, the S&P 500 posted a 1-percent gain, and the NASDAQ closed out with a 0.9 percent gain;    the Market Barometer forecast continues to indicate CAUTION with a positive forecast-bias.   Wednesday, April 25, 2007,  6:04  P.M. Eastern

 

Wednesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Economical data and earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.   Wednesday, April 25, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Split market Tuesday as consolidation continues, while investors mull data: |  Tuesdays market started on a positive note, as the Dow Jones Industrial average posted mostly positive through late morning;   earnings [DuPont - Texas Instruments - AT&T - Whirlpool - Lockheed Martin - Intel - Amazon] and economical data [consumer confidence - existing home sales] being mulled by investors to get some sort of market direction;   The DJIA ended higher by 0.3 percent, while the S&P 500 and NASDAQ was split, near unchanged;   the Market Barometer forecast continues to indicate CAUTION with a positive forecast-bias.   Tuesday, April 24, 2007,  5:41  P.M. Eastern

 

Tuesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.   Tuesday, April 24, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Market trends slightly lower in trade Mondays: |  U.S. stock market opens flat, turned mixed, and held close to the unchanged-line in midmorning trade Monday;   after Fridays rally, investors and traders may consolidate positions as they await new fresh economic data;   Investors also eye recent M&A activity [Barclays/ ABN Amro - Ban of America/ LaSalle] and continue to filter through earnings and business forecasts;   oil strong today closing over $65. as stock major indexes ended lower with the DJIA, off by 0.3 percent, the S&P 500, off by 0.2 percent, and the NASDAQ off by 0.1 percent.   Monday, April 23, 2007,  6:10  P.M. Eastern

 

Monday stock market open: Look for a neutral flat open. Could turn mixed.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start as well as M&A activity.   Monday, April 23, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Dow to test 13,000, Google - Caterpillar spark rally Friday: |  U.S. stocks takeoff at the open Friday after earnings from Google beat estimates [stock up over 2.3 percent] and Caterpillar's [stock up 4.7 percent] business forecast upgrade;   Pfizer, Honeywell, McDonalds, and Yahoo news also a factor for investors and traders Friday;   investors and trader now refocus on Dow 13,000, could come as early as next week;   near midday, the DJIA, S&P 500, and NASDAQ were over 1/2 percent higher;   the stock market continued higher in heavy trading to close the Dow Jones Industrial average with another record;   the DJIA closed up by 1.2 percent, the S&P 500 closed up by 0.9 percent, and the NASDAQ closed up by 0.8 percent;   the Market Barometer forecast continues to indicate CAUTION with a positive forecast-bias.   Friday, April 20, 2007,  5:55  P.M. Eastern

 

Friday stock market open: Look for a positive open.   World markets and earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.   Friday, April 20, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Stock market averages end- off the lows- in mixed fashion Thursday: |  World markets [Asia & China] influence traders and investors in the U.S. to sell stocks early-on Thursday, as the major indexes opened in negative territory;   by midmorning-   trending off the lows of the morning-   the major indexes had reclaimed most of the losses of the open, but had not yet reached the unchanged-line;   investors pushed blue-chips high enough, well off the lows of the day, to end the Dow Jones Industrial average with another record;   the DJIA ended flat but with a record close, the S&P 500 closed off slightly by 0.1 percent, and the NASDAQ was lower by 0.3 percent;    the Government reported a decrease of 4,000 unemployment initial jobless claims, said the 4-week moving average stands at 328,750;   the Market Barometer forecast continues to indicate CAUTION with a positive forecast-bias.   Thursday, April 19, 2007,  6:14  P.M. Eastern

 

Thursday stock market open: Look for a negative open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.   Thursday, April 19, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks go mixed in Wednesdays market: |  U.S. stock market opens trade Wednesday in negative territory amid earnings [Yahoo - IBM - Intel - JP Morgan - Motorola] but recovers somewhat in late morning session to go mixed, with the NASDAQ lagging;   The Dow Jones Industrial average closed up by 0.2 percent, the S&P 500 was slightly higher by 0.1 percent, and the NASDAQ was lower on the day by 0.3 percent;   the Market Barometer forecast continues to indicate CAUTION with a positive forecast-bias.   Wednesday, April 18, 2007,  6:03  P.M. Eastern

 

Wednesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.   Wednesday, April 18, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Broader market continues the rally, techs left behind: |  The broader stock market continues to power forward while tech heavy NASDAQ struggles near the flat line in Tuesday session;   a stream of earnings [Coke - Johnson & Johnson] along with inflation data [Consumer Price Index] had stocks moving higher Tuesday;   core consumer prices (CPI)  was mostly inline with expectations, while the CPI index, with food and energy added, was higher in March-   energy prices accounted for the strong reading;   in other financial news, housing starts were reported up;   traders and investors are awaiting IBM, Intel, and Yahoo earnings and outlook after the close;   the DJIA was higher by 0.4 percent, the S&P 500 was up by 0.2 percent, and the NASDAQ was flat, ended just slightly lower;   the Market Barometer forecast continues to indicate CAUTION with a positive forecast-bias.   Tuesday, April 17, 2007,  6:09  P.M. Eastern

 

Tuesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start as well as CPI inflation data.   Tuesday, April 17, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks ramp higher- day three- ahead of key inflation data: |  Stocks took off early Monday-  three days and counting-  on earnings [CitiGroup - Wal Mart - ExxonMobil] and deal making, with the news of a Sallie Mae buyout;   the DJIA, S&P 500, and the NASDAQ ramped nearly 1-percent higher by midmorning;   stocks ended with a 1-percent gain ahead of the important consumer prices (CPI) data to be released tomorrow morning;   In other news, a gunman at Virginia Tech campus kills 30- plus- wounds more...   the Market Barometer forecast continues to indicate CAUTION with a positive forecast-bias.   Monday, April 16, 2007,  6:12  P.M. Eastern

 

Monday stock market open: Look for a positive open.   Economical data and deals in focus for the start.   Monday, April 16, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

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Broader market runs higher, tech stocks tag along: |  U.S. stocks got off to a positive start Friday, quickly turned mixed through midmorning, with the indices hanging close to the unchanged-line;   the Government reported manufacturing prices [PPI report] rose by 1-percent, while the core price [excluding food and energy] was unchanged in March;   investors and traders may opt to wait for more fresh inflation data with the release of the consumer prices (CPI) scheduled for Tuesday morning;   stocks were mixed for most of the day until late in the session when the NASDAQ shot up into positive territory to end with half-percent gain with the Dow Jones average- S&P 500 rose 0.4 percent on the day;   the Market Barometer forecast continues to indicate CAUTION with a positive forecast-bias.   Friday, April 13, 2007,  5:49  P.M. Eastern

 

Friday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open. Could turn mixed.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start as well as economical data.   Friday, April 13, 2007,  9:25  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks shrug off early loss to end with gains: |  U.S. stocks under pressure early Thursday, turned-up, off the lows, to show gains during midmorning trade;   the Department of Labor reported 19,000 new unemployment jobless claims last week making the total initial claims at 342,000;   stocks ramp higher in afternoon trade with the indices closing out with better than 1/2 percent gain on the day.   Thursday, April 12, 2007,  5:47  P.M. Eastern

 

Thursday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Earnings [outlook] and retail data in focus for the start.   Thursday, April 12, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks move lower on IMF and Fed: |  Stocks slip after report that the IMF said the U.S. economy will slow in 2007 but a booming world economy would not be affected;   the DJIA, S&P 500, and NASDAQ all lower in the early going;   it got worse when the Fed minutes from March were released and as much indicated that the FOMC are still concerned over inflation getting out of hand;   the market  is-  was-  looking for a rate-cut, not a rate-hike;   for the market-  equity side-  to only lose 0.7 percent, across the board, indicates that investors and traders may bounce back tomorrow or Friday, especially if the PPI and CPI data is friendly;   the Dow Jones industrial average, S&P 500, and the NASDAQ lost nearly 3/4 percent today;   the Market Barometer forecast continues to indicate CAUTION with a positive forecast-bias.   Wednesday, April 11, 2007,  5:59  P.M. Eastern

 

Wednesday stock market open: Look for a neutral flat open. Could turn mixed.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.   Wednesday, April 11, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks positive ahead of earnings season- Alcoa first up: |  The lack of fresh economical data to move the markets had investors and traders on hold  awaiting the start of earnings season [Alcoa's first-quarter earnings and conference call, first-up];   stocks trended sideways nearly all day [investors] not willing to bet either way until Alcoa's earnings, but more important their business outlook for the rest of 2007 can be determined;   gold,  silver,  oil  trended higher Tuesday as U.S. stocks continued to hold close to the unchanged-line;   The DJIA ended flat, S&P 500, and the NASDAQ ended higher by 0.3 percent;   the Market Barometer forecast continues to indicate CAUTION with a positive forecast-bias.   Tuesday, April 10, 2007,  6:00  P.M. Eastern

 

Tuesday stock market open: Look for a neutral, flat open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.   Tuesday, April 10, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks go flat and end mixed Monday: |  U.S. stock market got off to a flat start as investors and traders look for more economical data [payroll jobs data released over the holiday] to digest as marketers continue to look for direction;   a catalyst could be earnings season as reporting companies get underway with quarterly earnings and more important company outlook and forecasts;   the DJIA and S&P 500 closed slightly higher by 0.1 percent-  the NASDAQ was off slightly by 0.1 percent;   the Market Barometer forecast reads CAUTION with a positive forecast-bias.   Monday, April 9, 2007,  6:04  P.M. Eastern

 

Monday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Jobs creation data and earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.   Monday, April 9, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Equity market closed for Good Friday holiday: |  Equity market- regular session- is closed today for Good Friday holiday;   markets will open normal time Monday;   the Government reported today that 180,000 new jobs were created in March, higher than expected;   unemployment rate dropped to 4.4 percent.   Friday, April 6, 2007,  9:24  A.M. Eastern

 

Equity market ends in positive territory ahead of long weekend-holiday and jobs report: |  U.S. stocks started the last trade day of the short week flat and mixed as investors geared-up for the holiday and the nonfarm payroll-  economical data-  report due out tomorrow morning;   the Government reported today 11,000 first time unemployment claims were added last week;   the DJIA and S&P 500 ended up by nearly 0.4 percent, the NASDAQ ramped higher by 1/2 percent;   the employment-  nonfarm jobs creation-  report for March, 2007, is scheduled to be released tomorrow, April 6, at 8:30 A.M. (EDT);   equity markets will be closed for Good Friday holiday tomorrow;   the Market Barometer forecast reads CAUTION with a positive forecast-bias.   Thursday, April 5, 2007,  6:05  P.M. Eastern

 

Thursday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open.   Thursday, April 5, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks post another positive day in trade Wednesday: |  Stocks got off to a mixed start as investors and traders eyed the Iran-UK news for any positive developments;   In early afternoon trade the Dow and NASDAQ were up in positive territory with the S&P 500 bouncing around the flat-line;   the S&P 500 caught up with the Dow Jones Industrial average and the NASDAQ  to close with an aggregate gain of 0.2 percent;   oil price continues to fluctuate around the $64. bbl on Iran-UK concerns as well as storm predictions for the summer season;   yesterday, during the pre-close model run, data from the Barometer models indicated a slight improvement in the market, thus, the forecast-bias was changed to positive indicating a possible forecast change if conditions continue to improve.   Wednesday, April 4, 2007,  5:48  P.M. Eastern

 

Wednesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open.   Positive news coming from Iran in focus for the start.   Wednesday, April 4, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

U.S. Stocks ramp up ending 1-percent higher on data and Iran: |  U.S. stocks took off early Tuesday when tensions between the UK and Iran seemed to be lessening;   marketers expect improving conditions, leading to release of the captive British military personnel;   The Dow Jones Industrial average, S&P 500, and NASDAQ were up by more than 1-percent in midmorning trade;   Stocks continued trending higher to end the session with the major indices posting a 1-percent gain, aggregate;   Oil prices move lower on less tension with Iran;   The forecast-bias was changed, pre close, to positive as model data shows a 'bit' of improvement.   Tuesday, April 3, 2007,  6:03 pm ET

 

Tuesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Iran, oil, and the economy in focus for the start..   Tuesday, April 3, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks somewhat flat but positive in Mondays session: |  Stocks mixed going into the last hour of trade with the broader market up slightly while the tech heavy NASDAQ down by 0.3 percent;   NASDAQ lagged but eked out a small gain to end slightly above the unchanged-line;   DJIA, S&P 500, and the NASDAQ were up by less than 0.3 percent.   New Century mortgage company files for protection [subprime bankruptcy] sending a negative signal to marketers;   Manufacturing data [ISM] shows slowing production giving more concerns over the economy's strength.  |   The forecast reads CAUTION with a NEUTRAL forecast-bias.   Monday, April 2, 2007,  5:57  P.M. Eastern

 

Monday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Monday, April 2, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

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