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Stocks and the economy rocket higher, Fed helps: |  Stocks takeoff after Fed indicates inflation likely under control and GDP strengthened, unexpectedly, in the last 3-months of 2006, helping investors and traders to buy stocks today, driving the averages up. Mostly good economical data [Altria - Lilly - Boeing - Time Warner - Kodak] contributes to the DJIA rising 0.8 percent, the S&P 500 rising 0.7 percent, and the NASDAQ rising 0.6 percent.  |   The forecast continues to indicates CAUTION with a neutral  forecast-bias.   Wednesday, January 31, 2007,  5:37  P.M. Eastern

 

Stocks rally after benign rate-hike statement: |  Stocks rally Wednesday after upbeat GDP reading and a supper friendly Federal Reserve that signaled inflation may be under control to where the FOMC can keep interest rates stagnate. "Core inflation has improved modestly in recent months, and inflation pressures seem likely to moderate over time.  |   The DJIA, S&P 500, and NASDAQ are up over 1/2 percent late afternoon.   Wednesday, January 31, 2007,  3:38  P.M. Eastern

 

GDP strong in the 4-Q 2006: GDP, output of goods and services in the U.S., increased at an annual rate of 3.5 percent in the fourth quarter of 2006.   Wednesday, January 31, 2007,  2:23  P.M. Eastern

 

Wednesday stock market open: Look for a neutral flat open.   Fed FOMC and GDP in focus for the start.   Wednesday, January 31, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Investors upbeat but cautious going into trade Wednesday: |  All eyes are on GDP and the Fed FOMC rate-hike statement scheduled for release at 2:15 PM, ET. Investors and traders sent stocks higher Tuesday with the DJIA and NASDAQ closing modestly higher by 0.3 percent, the broader market closed with 0.6 percent gain.  |   The forecast continues to indicates CAUTION with a neutral  forecast-bias.   Tuesday, January 30, 2007,  6:00  P.M. Eastern

 

Tuesday stock market open: Look for a neutral flat open. Could turn mixed.   Earnings and the Fed in focus for the start.   Tuesday, January 30, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks end mixed ahead of FOMC meeting: U.S. stocks ended mixed Monday as investors and traders await fresh data to trade on. The major indices were nearly unchanged Monday as marketers are in a holding pattern until they can get something [data - earnings] to trade on. For Monday, stocks ended flat with the DJIA closing up slightly by 0.03 percent, the S&P 500 closed slightly lower by 0.1 percent, and the NASDAQ was higher by 0.2 percent.

Jammed pack week of data could see volatility in the markets starting with the Federal Reserve FOMC meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday with the expected hold on [interest] rates. The all important statement on future monetary policy that could give traders and investors an idea where [monetary] policy is going. Investors and traders fear the continuation of rate-hikes later this year;   they have been expecting a rate-cut, but that idea seems to be fading.  |  Also on Wednesday is GDP information on how the economy is doing- To high of a number could add fuel to rate-hike speculation. On Friday the all important [nonfarm] jobs creation report that the Fed will weigh against their decision on monetary policy change. Throw into the mix more earnings/ outlook and this could be a very volatile week.

The forecast continues to indicates CAUTION with a neutral  forecast-bias.    Monday, January 29, 2007,  5:29  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 the Fed.   Monday, January 29, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Equity market ends flat and mixed: |  Stocks end in mixed fashion Friday with a loss on the week. Ahead of the Fed FOMC meeting next week, investors and traders are nervous about the stance the Fed could take on the economy. Opening more fear about an eventual rate-hike because of a stronger economy than analysts had anticipated. The DJIA and S&P 500 were off slightly by 0.1 percent, the NASDAQ posted a slight gain of 0.1 percent.  |   The forecast continues to indicates CAUTION with a neutral  forecast-bias.   Friday, January 26, 2007,  9:48  P.M. Eastern

 

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

 

Bears win Thursday's market: |  Stocks get hammered Thursday on economical data [home sales data] and earnings/ outlook [Microsoft - Ford] as once again earnings-season volatility sees a traders stock market with the DJIA and S&P 500 off by 1-percent, while the NASDAQ lost 1.3 percent- Bulls turn Friday?  |   The forecast continues to indicates CAUTION with a neutral  forecast-bias.   Thursday, January 25, 2007,  5:49  P.M. Eastern- corrected 00:00 pm ET

 

Insurance jobless claims spike last week: Unemployment insurance claims (first time claims) was 325,000, an increase of 36,000 from the previous week. The 4-week moving average is 309,250.  |   Stocks turn lower Thursday with the tech index leading the broader market. The DJIA, S&P 500, and NASDAQ are down by a collective average of 0.3 percent in midmorning trade.   Thursday, January 25, 2007,  10:53  A.M. Eastern

 

Thursday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open.   Tech earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.   Thursday, January 25, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

DJIA hits record, tech leads the market Wednesday: |  Dow hit a new record, tech shares lead the market higher on earnings/ outlook [Yahoo - Sun Micro] Wednesday with the DJIA up 0.7 percent, the S&P 500 up by 0.9 percent, and the NASDAQ outperforms with a 1.4 percent gain on the day.  |   The forecast continues to indicates CAUTION with a neutral  forecast-bias.   Wednesday, January 24, 2007,  5:47  P.M. Eastern

 

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

 

Tech shares flat, broader market advances: |  The volatility of earnings season continues with the broader market advancing while tech stocks lag in [tech stocks downgraded] Tuesday market. Oil prices bounce on inventory reserves estimates. The DJIA rose 1/2 percent, the S&P 500 was up by 0.4 percent, but the NASDAQ was virtually unchanged.  |   The forecast continues to indicates CAUTION with a neutral  forecast-bias.   Tuesday, January 23, 2007,  5:59  P.M. Eastern

 

Tuesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.   Tuesday, January 23, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Tech stocks lead market lower Monday: |  Tech stocks lead the broader market lower on earnings outlook worries. The DJIA lost 0.7 percent, the S&P 500 lost 1/2 percent, and the NASDAQ lost 0.8 percent.  |   The forecast continues to indicates CAUTION with a neutral  forecast-bias.   Monday, January 22, 2007,  5:46  P.M. Eastern

 

Monday stock market open: Look for a neutral/flat-to-mixed open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.   Monday, January 22, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Broader market and tech end positive, DOW Ind. flat: |  Shortened week ends mixed as the U.S. stock market looks for direction. The DJIA ended Friday flat while the S&P 500 and NASDAQ end up by 0.3 percent.  |   The forecast continues to indicates CAUTION with a neutral  forecast-bias..   Friday, January 19, 2007,  5:31  P.M. Eastern

 

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

 

NASDAQ gets slammed, broader market slightly off: |  Between Fed talk, economical data, and earnings outlook, tech stocks get hammered while the broader market faired better with a slight loss on the day. The DJIA ended slightly off by 0.1 percent, the S&P 500 lost 0.3 percent, and the NASDAQ lost 1.5 percent.  |   The forecast indicates CAUTION with a neutral  forecast-bias.   Thursday, January 18, 2007,  5:43  P.M. Eastern

 

Broader market flat- NASDAQ sinks midday Thursday: Stocks were mixed midday Thursday as the tech index shows big losses while the broader market major indexes indicate flat trading. Economic data and Fed chief Bernanke-talk today has investors and traders split with respect to where the market is headed. The DJIA was flat, S&P 500 slightly lower by 0.2 percent, while the NASDAQ has slipped to a 1-percent loss.  |   Consumer Prices (CPI) increased 1/2-percent in December, energy prices rose 4.6 percent, with the index for petroleum-based energy increasing 7.7 percent. The index for all items less food and energy--- core CPI--- increased 0.2 percent.  |   Unemployment initial claims decreased to 290,000 with the 4-week moving average at 308,000, a decrease of 6,500 from the previous week's revised average.   Thursday, January 18, 2007,  1:01  P.M. Eastern

 

Thursday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open.   Economical data and earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.   Thursday, January 18, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Broader market ends flat, NASDAQ lost 3/4-percent: |  Wednesday's market was mixed, for the most part, ends with the NASDAQ taking a hit, while the broader market ended flat. The DJIA ended flat, the S&P 500 was down slightly by 0.1 percent, and the NASDAQ lost 3/4 percent.  |   Inflation data [PPI] released this morning came in stronger than most had expected that caused some of the mixed performance today.   Wednesday, January 17, 2007,  5:06  P.M. Eastern

 

December wholesale prices stronger than expected: Producer Prices, for finished goods, rose 0.9 percent in December;   the index other than foods and energy (core PPI), advanced 0.2 percent in December;   for the year 2006, core PPI rose 2-percent, and 1.4-percent rise in 2005, according to a Government report. ...more...   Wednesday, January 17, 2007,  1:07  P.M. Eastern

 

Wednesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Economical data in focus for the start.   Wednesday, January 17, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Mixed end to U.S. stocks Tuesday: |  U.S. stocks ended mixed Tuesday as oil prices continue to move lower while earnings/ outlook reports are mulled by investors and traders. The DJIA ended up by 0.2 percent, the S&P 500 was flat, and the NASDAQ ended lower by 0.2 percent.  |   The forecast indicates CAUTION with a neutral  forecast-bias.   Tuesday, January 16, 2007,  5:02  P.M. Eastern

 

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

 

Markets closed: |  Markets closed in the U.S. for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Markets will reopen tomorrow normal scheduled times.   Monday, January 15, 2007,  9:57  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks ramp higher ahead of long weekend: |  Investors and traders run stocks up Friday ahead of long weekend and very important economical data next week [PPI - CPI] with inflation data key. Oil makes a comeback and the major averages close up Friday with the DJIA up by 0.3 percent,  S&P 500 up 1/2 percent, and the NASDAQ up over 0.7 percent.|   Markets to be closed in the U.S. for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Markets will reopen Tuesday normal scheduled times.  |   The forecast now indicates CAUTION with a neutral  forecast-bias.   Friday, January 12, 2007,  5:02  P.M. Eastern

 

Friday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative open. Could turn mixed.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.   Friday, January 12, 2007,  9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks ramp higher on oil misfortune: |  Stocks rally Thursday while oil prices get hammered as traders and investors buy tech stocks;   the NASDAQ rallied with a 1.04 percent gain on the day, the DJIA and S&P 500 rose better than 1/2 percent.  |   Pre close Barometer model run triggered a forecast-bias change back to neutral as a new wave of buying power seems to have settled into the marketplace.  |   The forecast now indicates CAUTION with a neutral  forecast-bias.   Thursday, January 11, 2007,  5:42  P.M. Eastern

 

Unemployment initial claims dip below 300,000: Seasonally adjusted initial jobless claims dip to 299,000, a decrease of 26,000;   the 4-week moving average is 314,750..   Thursday, January 11, 2007,  11:43  A.M. Eastern

 

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

 

Stocks cautiously edge up Wednesday: |  [no extract] The DJIA and S&P 500 close up by 0.2 percent, the NASDAQ was up over 1/2 percent.  |   The forecast now indicates CAUTION with a negative  forecast-bias..   Wednesday, January 10, 2007,  5:02  P.M. Eastern

 

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

 

Stocks end Tuesday in mixed-mod: |  Stock major indexes close a lackluster day in mixed mode as earnings season takes off with Alcoa after the close. Markets are likely to be somewhat volatile on earnings- outlook- guidance for the next several weeks. Oil continues to sell off adding some positive sentiment. The DJIA and S&P 500 closed slightly lower by 0.1 percent;  the NASDAQ was up by 0.2 percent.  |   The forecast-bias was changed last evening to NEGATIVE as the forecast now reads CAUTION with a negative  forecast-bias.   Tuesday, January 9, 2007,  5:48  P.M. Eastern- corrected 5:51 pm ET

 

Forecast bias downgraded: |  Last evenings Barometer model run changed the forecast-bias to negative from neutral, as data from the model suggests a worsening market condition. A move from neutral to negative indicates the major stock market indexes should encounter less resistance as it moves lower and tougher resistance as the indexes move higher.   |   The forecast now indicates CAUTION with a negative  forecast-bias..   Tuesday, January 9, 2007,  10:51  A.M. Eastern

 

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

 

Popular average end slightly higher Monday: |  Traders and investors pull together Monday and drag the major indexes out of negative territory to end with slight gains with the DJIA, S&P 500, and NASDAQ ending up by 0.2 percent.  |   The forecast indicates CAUTION with a neutral forecast-bias..   Monday, January 8, 2007,  5:04  P.M. Eastern

 

Monday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.   Monday, January 8, 2007   9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Stock market moves lower on data: Payroll jobs report slams stocks Friday as investors get concerned over a hot jobs market in December;   unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.5 percent. The DJIA lost 0.7 percent, the S&P 500 lost 0.6 percent, and the NASDAQ lost 0.8 percent.  |   The forecast indicates CAUTION with a neutral forecast-bias....   Friday, January 5, 2007   5:44  P.M. Eastern

 

December nonfarm payroll jobs increase: Employment job creation increased by 167,000 in December, well over economists expectations, while the unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.5 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job gains were in several service providing industries, including professional and business services, health care, and food services. Average hourly earnings was up by 8 cents.   Friday, January 5, 2007   12:37  P.M. Eastern

 

Friday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   nonfarm payroll jobs report in focus for the start.   Friday, January 5, 2007   9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Broader market flat ahead of payroll: |  Tech index rallies while broader market ends flat. Oil dives back to the mid-fifties as all eyes are on nonfarm payroll report. The DJIA and S&P 500 end flat but up by 0.1 percent, while the NASDAQ spikes higher to end with a 1.25 percent gain.  |   Unemployment initial claims increased by 10,000-   the 4 week moving average, mostly steady, at 317,500.   Thursday, January 4, 2007   4:58  P.M. Eastern

 

Unemployment claims increase: Adjusted initial unemployment claims, last week, 4-week moving average was 317,500, an increase of 1,250 from the previous weeks reading.   Thursday, January 4, 2007   11:10  A.M. Eastern

 

Thursday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.   Thursday, January 4, 2007   9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Investors end rally and gear up for payroll report: |  New-Year's rally ends as investors sell off stocks in continued worries over inflation and the economy, as they prepare for the big economic report [the nonfarm payroll creation report] this Friday, that will disclose last months jobs creation employment situation. Meanwhile, today, a nervous investing community ended trading with the Dow [DJIA] and [S&P 500] closing mixed and flat, while the NASDAQ ended higher by 0.3 percent.  |   The forecast indicates CAUTION with a neutral forecast-bias.   Wednesday, January 3, 2007   5:35  P.M. Eastern

 

Wednesday stock market open: Look for a positive open and start.   World market gains and earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.   Wednesday, January 3, 2007   9:26  A.M. Eastern

 

Markets closed: U.S. markets will be closed Tuesday, January 2, 2007, as a National Day of Mourning, throughout the United States, for President Gerald R. Ford. Markets will open Wednesday, scheduled times.   Monday, January 1, 2007   nn:nn  P.M. Eastern- corrected nn:nn am ET

 
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