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Investors bid stocks higher to end rough year: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open Wednesday.   Jobless new claims is the focus for the start as well as end of year.  Dismal year concluded as investors look to 2009 for better times?   Wednesday, December 31, 2008,  8:53  A.M. Eastern- updated 11:26 pm ET Eastern

Will the individual investor make a comeback in 2009?

Unemployment initial claims dive by 94,000 last week.

 

Equities recoup yesterdays loss and then some: Look for a positive open Tuesday.  Stocks ended higher Tuesday adding one to two percent on the major indexes ahead of the last day for trading for the year.   Tuesday, December 30, 2008,  8:51  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:46 pm ET Eastern

Stocks add 2 percent ahead of  the final trade of 2008.

 

With days left in 2008, stocks unable to advance: Look for a neutral flat open Monday.   Monday, December 29, 2008,  9:03  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:58 pm ET Eastern

Stocks lower but well off the lows with 2-days left in 2008.

 

Stocks positive in trade going into the final days of 2008: Look for a neutral-to-positive open Friday. Stocks end on a positive note Friday ahead of the last week of trading for 2008.   Friday, December 26, 2008,  8:58  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:13 pm ET Eastern

 

Markets closed for Christmas Day holiday: U.S. markets are closed for Christmas Day holiday, will reopen Friday at normal times.   Thursday, December 25, 2008,  8:24  A.M. Eastern

 

Investors put in positive session before leaving for holiday: Look for a neutral-to-positive open Thursday.   Economical data and the holidays are in focus for the start.  Half day session is over as traders pull out a positive end. Markets are closed Thursday will reopen Friday.   Wednesday, December 24, 2008,  8:59  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:52 pm ET Eastern

Barometer channel data suggests bottom building.

Unemployment grew by 30,000 last week.

 

Stocks are dumped again, cause forecast changes: |  Look for a neutral-to-positive open Tuesday. Could turn mixed.   GDP data in focus for the start.  Afternoon model-run changed the BLI to neutral as fresh wave of selling appears to be underway.  Pre close model run changed the bias to neutral as selling appears to have replaced the two week rally.   Tuesday, December 23, 2008,  9:00  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:39 pm ET Eastern

Last 5 negative sessions show little damage to S&P 500.

Another head fake but data suggest bottom is near.

Stocks under pressure causes downgrades in forecast.

GDP contracts at a rate of 0.5 percent in the third-quarter.

 

No neutral market Monday, stocks decisively lower: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open.   This week and next week are shortened because of holidays, trading should be light, neutrality could dominate.   Monday, December 22, 2008,  9:15  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:46 pm ET Eastern

 

Stocks going for mixed close Friday: Look for a neutral-to-positive open Friday.   U.S. Automakers get bailout from White House- focus for the start Friday.   Friday, December 19, 2008,  9:24  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:43 pm ET Eastern

Stocks end mixed on last full trading week of the year.

Stocks pop higher early Friday amid automaker bailout plan.

 

Stocks extend losses Thursday: Look for a neutral-to-positive open Thursday.  Investors continue selling, pressured by negative news, with little incentive to bid equities up.   Thursday, December 18, 2008,  8:41  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:52 pm ET Eastern

Loss of past days is small compared to run-up from late Nov.

Investors continue yesterdays theme of taking profits.

Unemployment new claims fell by 21,000 last week.

 

Stocks fall Wednesday, likely consolidating: Look for a neutral-to-negative open Wednesday.  Stocks go flat in final hour as consolidation sets in.  The Barometer forecast continues to indicate a caution as investors took some profits Wednesday, most likely consolidating after the large advance Tuesday.   Wednesday, December 17, 2008,  8:57  A.M. Eastern- updated 11:37 pm ET Eastern

Stocks rolled over Wednesday as profit taking set in.

 

Stocks rally Tuesday on the back of Fed rate cut: |  Look for a positive open Tuesday.   FOMC rate-cut in focus for the start as well as CPI inflation data and Housing Starts data.  Stocks surge ahead after the FOMC cut the Fed funds rate back to a 0 to 1/4 point range.   Tuesday, December 16, 2008,  8:45  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:42 pm ET Eastern

Equities power ahead on rate cut, bargains, short covering.

Fed sets a range from zero to 1/4 point for funds rate.

Consumer price index plunged 1.7 percent in November.

 

Equities sell off ahead of anticipated rate cut: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open.   FOMC in focus for the start.  Stocks move lower Monday ahead of the FOMC rate cut expected tomorrow afternoon.  The forecast, at caution, will be maintained through the expected 50 basis point rate cut announcement tomorrow afternoon.   Monday, December 15, 2008,  9:16  A.M. Eastern- updated 6:03 pm ET Eastern

Stock market slips Monday awaiting the FOMC.

 

Stocks spike higher Friday after dismal start: Look for a negative open Friday.   Senate rejection of automaker bailout is in focus for the start as well as inflation reports. Investors will have to price in what this rejection could do to the economy and corporate earnings.  News that the White House could step in this weekend to bailout automakers became less of a concern for investors as they sent stocks up to post gains Friday.   Friday, December 12, 2008,  8:59  A.M.- updated 10:08 pm ET Eastern

Investors and traders reversed direction sending equities higher.

Headline wholesale prices sank in November, core up slightly.

 

Investors take a chunk out of stocks sending them lower: Look for a negative open Thursday.   Jobless new claims in focus for the start.  U.S. equities sell off Thursday as the rally stalls amid an 'on again off again' automaker bailout plan.   Thursday, December 11, 2008,  8:52  A.M. Eastern- updated 9:44 pm ET

The unemployed add 58,000 to their ranks last week.

 

Investors push stock up 1 percent Wednesday: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.  As the automaker bailout plan hits Capital Hill again and over to the White House, investors bid stocks up adding to 2-week rally.   Wednesday, December 10, 2008,  8:54  A.M. Eastern- updated 9:29 am ET- updated 9:30 pm ET

Stocks reverse yesterdays pullback to continue rally.

 

Rally on hold as investors take profits Tuesday: |  Look for a negative open Tuesday.   Could see profit taking today.   Tuesday, December 9, 2008,  8:47  A.M. Eastern- updated 9:29 am ET- updated 3:41 pm ET

Going for the close, Dow -2.7%,  NASDAQ -1.1,  S&P 500 -2.1%.

 

U.S. stock market rallies 8 of the past 10 sessions: Look for a positive open Monday.  Barometer forecast was upgraded to caution during the early afternoon model-run.   Monday, December 8, 2008,  9:00  A.M. Eastern- updated 9:13 pm ET

The rally continues with U.S. equities.

Barometer model changes forecast to caution as expected.

 

Stocks ramp higher disregarding jobs report: Look for a negative open Friday.   Jobs contraction data and unemployment rate in focus for the start.  Regardless of today's reaction to the payroll data, the BLI and bias change is good through the open Monday.   Friday, December 5, 2008,  9:06  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:37 pm ET

Payroll jobless data doesn't stop rally.

Unemployment rate slips to 6.7 percent.

America lost over a half million jobs last month.

 

Investors take profits ahead of payroll data: Look for a negative open Thursday.   Jobless new claims, earnings/ outlook in focus for the start, as well as automakers back on the Hill.  Midday model changed the bias to positive leading the way to unfreeze the forecast from negative to caution probably in the coming week.   Thursday, December 4, 2008,  8:51  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:27 pm ET

Barometer forecast bias was upgraded to positive.

Jobless new claims decreases by 21,000.

 

Stocks surge as BLI is upgraded to positive: Look for a negative open.   Economical data in focus for the start.  The Barometer Leading Indicator went positive during the pre close model run. Shifting the indicator to positive means the models have picked up a changing market place. Obviously this is still a very dynamic market and the forecast still shows negative, but this is a good sign.   Wednesday, December 3, 2008,  8:59  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:40 pm ET

Pre close model upgrades BLI to positive.

Stocks shoot up in last 30 minutes of trade.

nonfarm productivity grew 1.3 percent in the third-quarter.

 

Investors add to last weeks gains after yesterdays sell off: Look for a positive open.  Look for investors to try and hold gains Tuesday. Last hour of trade is important in determining sentiment.   Tuesday, December 2, 2008,  8:58  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:47 pm ET

Investors continue the rally with additional gains Tuesday.

 

5-day rally ends with today's 9-percent pullback: Look for a negative open Monday, as marketeers expect some consolidation after last weeks huge advance in stocks.  Investors pullback but still maintain an 11 to 12 percent advantage from last weeks 5-day bull market. The last half-hour of trade will be an important vote on where stocks go from here.  Votes in- SELL SELL SELL. Market tanks but Tuesday is another day, see if we can build onto gains or sell more- forecast holds for now.   Monday, December 1, 2008,  9:09  A.M. Eastern- updated 10:23 pm ET

Stocks tank but hold onto nearly half of last weeks gain.

 

Short session saw rally to end trade for November: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Last trade day for November is the focus for the start.   Friday, November 28, 2008,  9:20  A.M. Eastern- updated 2:13 pm ET

Stocks rally near end of session, tech lagged.

End of November trade sees mixed to flat session.

 

U.S. markets closed for Thanksgiving Day: Markets will reopen normal schedule Friday for shortened schedule.   Thursday, November 27, 2008,  8:13  A.M. Eastern

 

Rally continues, BLI and bias upgraded: Look for a negative open Wednesday.   Economical data in focus for the start.  Midday model-run changed the BLI to neutral, suggesting a sentiment change. Afternoon model changed the Bias to neutral.  Model data looks good but it could take weeks to determine where this phase of the market is going. With Friday being a half day session, it may be next week before we know if this is another "head fake".   Wednesday, November 26, 2008,  8:58  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:56 pm ET

Four day rally, models see more to come, x-bad news.

New unemployment claims decreased by 14,000.

 

Broader market healthy end, tech lags: |  Look for a positive open.   GDP in focus for the start.  Stocks turn mixed and somewhat flat as Barometer models decide upgrade potential this afternoon.  Major win for investors, as the broader market ends well on Tuesday, after big two day rally. Wednesday could indicate if things are really getting better or will it be back to volatility.   Tuesday, November 25, 2008,  8:24  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:53 pm ET

Mixed end Tuesday as Gov introduces new plan.

No forecast change, but was close.

GDP revised slightly lower to help bid stocks higher.

 

Stocks rally amid Citi Group rescue plan: Look for a positive open.   Citi Group rescue plan in focus for the start.  Investors are ramping up the bid on shares as the close looms. Nearing the close the indexes are posting 5 to 7 percent gain.   Monday, November 24, 2008,  9:19  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:58 pm ET

Barometer models primed for forecast change Tuesday.

Citi Group bailout plan sets off second day rally.

 

Investor reverse direction send stocks back up: Look for a positive open Friday.   Looking for a market-bottom, Citi group, and automaker bailout in focus for the start.   Friday, November 21, 2008,  9:02  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:38 pm ET

Equities soar Friday afternoon after days of major selling.

 

Stumbling automaker bailout plan has stocks reeling: |  Look for a negative open.   Unemployment initial claims in focus for the start.  Stocks move decisively lower Thursday after bridge loans for the U.S. auto manufacturers was shelved.    Thursday, November 20, 2008,  8:47  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:16 pm ET

The Fed expands its December meeting to two days.

Stocks once again are hammered on fear.

Unemployment new claims moves up.

 

Stocks make new lows going to the close: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.  Consumer price data and Fed recession prediction has investors accelerating the selling of stocks at the close Wednesday.   Wednesday, November 19, 2008,  8:57  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:51 pm ET

Investors dump stocks at the close.

Consumer prices plunge, setting off a negative start.

 

Investors push stocks up to close positive: |  Look for a neutral-to-mixed open Tuesday.   PPI inflation data and earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  After two days of losses, investors find some buying opportunities and bid shares up to close Tuesday with gains.   Tuesday, November 18, 2008,  8:28  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:39 pm ET

Stocks ramp up in last hour, NASDAQ just making positive.

Headline inflation plunged 2.8 percent, core rose 0.4 percent.

 

Stocks are slammed in last minutes of trade: Look for a negative open. The Worlds economy and corporation cutbacks in focus for the start. The Barometer Leading indicator (BLI) was downgraded to negative during the evening model-run Friday.   Monday, November 17, 2008,  9:14  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:42 pm ET

Back to full negative market, where's the bottom.

Evening model-run changed the Bias to negative.

Investors dump stocks at the close.

Uneventful day sees stocks modestly lower.

 

Profit taking on equities after yesterdays big rally: Look for a negative open. Retail sales and earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  The Friday evening model run changed the leading indicator (BLI) back to negative. Data suggests more volatility in up and down markets while investors search for a bottom to build upon.   Friday, November 14, 2008,  9:27  A.M. Eastern- updated 10:26 pm ET

BLI downgraded, model data shows bottom fishing. 

Stocks turn south for the close, down by 4 to 5 percent.

 

Investors look for bargains after 3-day plunge: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open.  Investors in buying mood, pick up discounts after a three-day plunge in prices.   Thursday, November 13, 2008,  9:24  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:42 pm ET

Rally Thursday regains all of yesterdays losses.

Unemployment initial claims soars above 500,000.

 

Earnings outlook trash stocks, prompts change in BLI: |  Look for a negative open Wednesday.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start as well as the economy.  Investors punish stocks, once again, with the averages posting near 5 percent loss for the session, prompting a downgrade in the Barometer Leading Indicator.  A neutral BLI means that if Thursdays market is as unsettling as today's, the BLI could change to negative, indicating further, deeper, declines in the U.S. stock market.   Wednesday, November 12, 2008,  9:02  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:12 pm ET

Oil prices continue to sink on the global slowdown.

Stocks hammered on Gov plan and earning outlook.

Afternoon model changed the BLI indicator to neutral.

 

Early afternoon rally failed to reach the unchanged line: Look for a negative open.  Investors ramp up bidding to send stocks higher in early afternoon trade that nearly reached the unchanged line.  Renewed selling pressure set stocks on a trend lower but off the lows of the morning session.    Tuesday, November 11, 2008,  9:17  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:50 pm ET

 

Sellers takeover sending early gains to the loss column: Look for a positive open.   Investors look to buy stocks Monday on news that China will stimulate their economy.  Stocks start positive but trend lower to close down by 1.3 percent.   Monday, November 10, 2008,  9:26  A.M. Eastern- updated 10:36 pm ET

Stocks close out Monday with moderate loss.

 

Market rebounds as investors get hope for sick economy: Look for a neutral-to-positive open Friday. Could turn mixed.   Payroll jobs report in focus for the start.   Friday, November 7, 2008,  9:23  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:00 pm ET

Stocks end two days off losses, ending up by 3 percent.

Unemployment rate jumps to 6.5 percent in October.

The economy lost 240,000 jobs with revisions.

 

Stocks plunge on building recession concerns, anew: Look for a negative open Thursday.   Global recession fear in focus for the start as well as unemployment data this morning and tomorrow.  Ahead of unemployment report tomorrow,  stocks plunge,  once again,  as World economic slump grabs new attention among investors.   Post close model shows BLI holding onto positive even with losses of past two days. Fridays market could see turnaround if payroll jobs report is not a horrible number.   Thursday, November 6, 2008,  8:39  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:59 pm ET

Stocks plunge second day on global recession concerns.

Unemployment new claims decrease last week.

 

Stocks sell off after election and ahead of fresh data: Look for a negative open Wednesday.   Earnings and the economy in focus for the start as well as election results.  Concerns still with investors over the economy and what's next with the financial crises.   Wednesday, November 5, 2008,  8:43  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:49 pm ET

Stocks plunge in last hour of trade Wednesday.

 

Investors push stocks up on election day: Look for a positive open Tuesday.   U.S. votes for next President while investors bid stocks higher. Equity market is expected to open in positive territory.  Investors and traders push stocks higher on Tuesday, as Americans go to vote for their favorite, for President. The mid afternoon model upgraded the BLI (forecast leading indicator) to positive. This status change of the BLI indicates a probable turnaround for the U.S. equity market. The BLI leads the forecast which still shows a negative environment, although the bias had turned to neutral yesterday.   Tuesday, November 4, 2008,  9:12  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:51 pm ET

Stocks rally to end near the high of the session.

 

Stocks meander ahead of Tuesdays vote: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Earnings and the economy in focus for the start as well as the Presidential election.  With little news to trade on, investors send stocks to a mixed end Monday. The midday Barometer model changed the bias to neutral from negative, data showed improving conditions.   Monday, November 3, 2008,  9:24  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:57 pm ET

Bias upgraded to neutral at the late morning model run.

 

Friday stock market report: Look for a neutral-to-negative open Friday.   Earnings/ outlook and the economy in focus for the start.   Friday, October 31, 2008,  7:05  A.M. Eastern

 

Thursdays stock market report: Ahead of GDP data this morning, the U.S. stock market is set for a positive open.   GDP data, Jobless claims, Fed rate cut, and earnings/ outlook is in focus for the start. Yesterday evening model run upgraded the BLI [the Barometer forecast leading indicator] to neutral from negative. Data suggests a possible turnaround in the market.   Thursday, October 30, 2008,  5:47  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:59 am ET

GDP sinks negative 0.3 percent.

Jobless claims comes in unchanged last week.

 

Wednesdays stock market report: Look for a neutral flat open Wednesday. Could turn mixed.   Fed FOMC rate-cut and earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  The evening model run changed the BLI to neutral from negative. Even though we ended mixed and the S&P 500 was down over 1 percent, model data indicates a possible turnaround in the market, specifically the broader stocks, represented by the S&P 500. Further positive days will be needed for the BLI to turn positive.   Wednesday, October 29, 2008,  7:40  A.M. Eastern- updated 9:04 pm ET

Stocks end mixed after Fed cuts rate.

The Federal Reserve cut the interest rate by 1/2 percent.

 

Tuesdays stock market report: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Fed FOMC meeting and earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.   Tuesday, October 28, 2008,  7:31  A.M. Eastern

Big rally ahead of FOMC rate cut.

Oil prices continue to dive taking gas prices lower.

 

Mondays stock market start report: Look for a negative open Monday.   Global markets and earnings/ outlook in focus for the start as well as the Fed.   Monday, October 27, 2008,  6:06  A.M. Eastern

 

Fridays stock market start report: Look for a negative open this morning.   Global market sell off will cause an extraordinary lower open in the U.S. stock market.  We could have had a major plunge Friday but after it was all over, stocks didn't crash, just a very hard landing.   Friday, October 24, 2008,  8:57  A.M. Eastern- updated 9:31 pm ET

Global recession fear sets stocks down Friday.

 

Stocks struggle but break positive going to the close: Look for a neutral flat open. Could turn mixed to positive.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  All but tech stocks tack on gains, as this seesaw market ends mixed.   Thursday, October 23, 2008,  9:22  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:11 pm ET

Fast moving market ends mixed in Thursdays trade.

broader market off 1-2 percent heading into the close.

Unemployment new claims rose by 15,000 last week.

 

Recession worries and earnings forecasts take toll: Look for a negative open Wednesday.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Investors pile on the sell orders in the last hour of trade, with the indexes falling off a cliff, posting a 5 to 6 percent decline Wednesday.   Wednesday, October 22, 2008,  9:00  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:52 pm ET

Gold and other commodities sink on Wednesday.

Not only stocks, oil prices plunge Wednesday.

Stocks slammed Wednesday on global recession fear.

 

Investors still bent on taking profits: Look for a negative open Tuesday.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Investors still taking any and all profits when confronted.  U.S. stocks trend lower in the last hour of trade Tuesday.   Tuesday, October 21, 2008,  8:52  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:40 pm ET

Stocks end lower as seesaw battle continues.

 

Investors send stocks higher on stimulus hope: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  With another stimulus package in the works and other recovery plans in motion, investors, with little bad news on the day, send equities higher Monday.   Monday, October 20, 2008,  8:48  A.M. Eastern- updated 11:59 pm ET

Stocks ramp higher on new stimulus plans.

 

Stocks reverse course giving up days gains: |  Look for a negative open Friday.   Housing data and earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.   Friday, October 17, 2008,  8:58  A.M. Eastern- updated 11:59 pm ET

sea saw battle to the close as volatility still reigns.

 

Here today, gone tomorrow, stocks rally once again: Look for a positive open.   Jobless new claims and consumer prices in focus for the start as well as earnings.   Thursday, October 16, 2008,  9:20  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:36 pm ET

Stocks turn, ramp up, like there's no tomorrow.

Consumer prices goes flat in September.

Unemployment new claims decreases for second week.

 

Fear grips investors, sells most of Mondays gain: Look for a negative open Wednesday.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Worse than expected retail sales number [-1.2 percent] sinks stocks, driving the major indexes down.   Wednesday, October 15, 2008,  8:38  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:18 pm ET

Recession worries cuts deep into Mondays rally.

Manufacturing prices decrease 0.4 percent in September.

 

Ten steps forward, 2 steps back, consolidation sets in: Look for a positive open Tuesday.   New bank rescue package [250 billion] in focus for the start.  Some positions are trimmed today,  but yesterdays mega rally is intact. Could see more consolidation this week.   Tuesday, October 14, 2008,  9:25  A.M. Eastern- updated 11:28 pm ET

Stocks rallied early but sunk back for a loss Tuesday.

Stocks move lower giving back some of yesterdays gains.

 

Stocks rally recovering some lost ground from last weeks sell off: Look for a positive open Monday.   Bank rescue details in focus for the start.  Stocks rally on new Government plans for banks as investors pick up bargains from last weeks selling spree.   Monday, October 13, 2008,  8:52  A.M. Eastern- updated 9:41 pm ET

U.S. stocks rally over 11 percent on recovery hopes.

 

After volatile week stocks try for a mixed close: Look for a negative open Friday.  Investors can't decide where to end the day, as all eyes are on the Government this weekend as well as the G7.   Friday, October 10, 2008,  9:27  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:53 pm ET

Broader shares down, tech up in Volatile session.

 

Stocks hammered again amid GM concerns: Look for a neutral-to-positive open Thursday.   Jobless claims in focus for the start.  Selling accelerates at the close as investors are getting close to panic-selling as Shorts are welcomed back.   Thursday, October 9, 2008,  9:28  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:46 pm ET

Another 4 to 5 percent loss day after day, as S&P sinks.

Jobless [unemployment] initial claims decreased by 20,000.

 

Stocks give up gains after global rate cut: |  Look for a negative open for Wednesdays session.   Coordinated rate cuts by global Governments in focus for the start.  Back and forth day sees many crossings into and out of positive territory, as the sixth day selling spree continues.   Wednesday, October 8, 2008,  8:47  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:48 pm ET

Bad habits are hard to break as Wall Street sells the farm.

Central banks cut rates in concert sending unified message.

 

Barrage of bad news keeps the sell off rolling: Look for a neutral-to-positive open Tuesday.  Stocks continue to sink after a continual barrage of bad news in the U.S. and globally. The mid afternoon Barometer model changed the forecast to negative, [data] showing major downturns in the model metrics.   Tuesday, October 7, 2008,  9:25  A.M. Eastern- updated 10:24 pm ET

Multiple news events cause another 5 percent drop.

Mid afternoon model run changed forecast to negative.

 

Dow falls to near 10,000, as stocks dip 3 to 4 percent: Look for a negative open for Monday.  Stocks were hammered Monday as the bloodletting continues on Wall Street. Investors fear that the financial crises has gone global and that there is no sign the troubles will get better anytime soon. The popular indexes are posting 3 to 4 percent loss on the session. As a result of the early loss on the S&P 500 index, the models downgraded the Bias to negative during the midday model run.   Monday, October 6, 2008,  8:44  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:57 pm ET

Stocks tank but recover half of Mondays record loss.

Bias downgraded to negative at the midday model run.

 

Rescue package approved, stock market rally deflates: Look for a neutral-to-positive open Friday.   Payroll data and unemployment in focus for the start as well as waiting for the House vote on the financial rescue package.  Done deal as President signs the financial rescue bill into Law. Now that's out of the way, investors sell down stocks, build up cash, wait for next week.   Friday, October 3, 2008,  8:47  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:48 pm ET

Rescue plan has passed, focus turns to other matters.

Stocks hammered back as the bailout comes to law.

159,000 jobs lost, unemployment steady at 6.1 percent.

 

House has stocks running south on bill worries: Look for a negative open Thursday.   Senate rescue bill passage and House in focus for the start as well as today's jobless claims and tomorrows job unemployment report.  Stocks run south again on numerous negative news items, including the House financial market rescue package to manufacturing and employment data.   Thursday, October 2, 2008,  8:56  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:56 pm ET

Close to the end or just beginning of a market downturn.

Stocks sink, investors nervous over House vote.

Equities get beaten up, investors brace for payroll data.

 

Market tries to recover, comes up short ahead of vote: Look for a negative open Wednesday.   Rescue bailout bill in focus for the start as well as new quarter, getting ready for earnings.  Up one day down the next, buyers and sellers take turns driving stocks on fear. Slightly improving conditions allow stocks to price mixed, as all eyes are on the U.S. Senate this evening to see if they can pass the rescue bailout package to re ignite the economy.   Wednesday, October 1, 2008,  9:23  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:11 pm ET

S&P 500 trying to recover, nearing unchanged mark.

Senate to vote on rescue package helps stocks off lows.

 

Investors drive stocks up recovering half of Mondays plunge: Look for a positive open Tuesday after Mondays huge sell off.   Bailout rescue package House failure and "what's next" is in focus for the start.  U.S. stock market recoups three-quarters of yesterdays big sell off as now investors believe and hope for a bailout rescue plan approval by weeks end.   Tuesday, September 30, 2008,  8:48  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:57 pm ET

Stock market anticipates bill passage driving stocks up.

 

U.S. stock market is slammed on failure of bailout plan: Look for a negative open Monday.   Asian market turmoil, European banking troubles, and the bailout-rescue plan is the focus for the start Monday.  Stocks drop like a rock,  as the deepening financial crises, that the House can't fix, worsens. The Dow nears 800 point loss with the broader market plunging nearly 9-percent.   Monday, September 29, 2008,  8:52  A.M. Eastern- updated 10:07 pm ET

Something did go up Monday, gold, investors pile on.

Oil prices get slammed along with stocks on economics.

As of the close model run, bias maintains a neutral stance.

Dow settling past close, tops 700 point loss on bill failure.

 

Bailout plan awaited, stocks trend up, NASDAQ lags: Look for a negative open Friday.   Washington Mutual failure, bailout package stalls is the focus for the start as well as GDP data.  Stocks open and hang lower Friday, while awaiting Capital Hill's battle over a bailout package.  Trending off the lows, the broader market trends up into positive territory with tech stocks lagging. Investors are confident that a bailout plan will be forthcoming.   Friday, September 26, 2008,  9:01  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:54 pm ET

No bailout package, Wall Street ramp stocks higher Friday.

Final GDP for second-quarter 2008 lowered to 2.8 percent.

 

Equity prices ramp higher anticipating passage of bailout plan: Look for a neutral-to-positive open Thursday.   Bailout package and the Presidents announcement about the financial crises is in focus for the start as well as Durable Goods and Jobless Claims.  Investors take stocks higher Thursday, anticipating that Capital Hill will pass the so called bank bailout package,  to build a foundation of trust,  so that banks and the economy can begin the healing process.   Thursday, September 25, 2008,  8:58  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:04 pm ET

Bailout package hope gets investors ramping stocks higher.

Jobless initial claims jump 32,000 last week [chart].

 

Mixed market as Capital Hill eyes bailout plan: Look for a neutral-to-positive open Wednesday.   Congress and the bank bailout plan in focus for the start as well as Buffett Goldman news.  As Capital Hill continues the bailout hearings, investors and traders do little but watch the ongoing event. Stocks ended flat with the major indexes posting mixed results.   Wednesday, September 24, 2008,  8:48  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:02 pm ET

Stocks flat as House and Senate work on bailout plans.

Mixed end to stocks amid hope for bailout plan resolution.

 

Bailout plan makes for nervous market: Look for a neutral-to-positive open Tuesday.  Stocks headed for a loss as traders and investors try and get their arms around all that is happening in the financial world and the economy.   Tuesday, September 23, 2008,  8:50  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:42 pm ET

Stocks ended with a loss as Congress eyes bank bailout plan.

Volatility swings broader market to a 1.5 percent loss.

 

Stocks are slammed Monday on more bad bank news: Look for a neutral open for Monday. Could turn mixed.  With such a run-up in stock prices last Thursday and Friday,  some quick bad news this morning [Goldman - Morgan], nervous investors took profits as "shoot first and then ask questions" sentiment takes center stage on Wall Street. The DJIA, S&P 500, and NASDAQ lost 3 to 4 percent, effectively wiping out Fridays gains.   Monday, September 22, 2008,  8:43  A.M. Eastern- updated 10:08 pm ET

Dollar suffers over Government bailout plans.

Gold prices nearing 1k as commodities are back in focus.

Oil surges past  $120 bbl Monday.

More banking concerns for investors send shares lower.

 

Rally continues on Government intervention: Look for a rally to open Fridays market.   Governments ongoing steps to shore up markets is in focus for the start.  The Government to guarantee money markets and restrictions on short selling financial institutions helped investors to sent equities higher at the open.  Most investors, less Shorts, like the Governments intervention, as the stock market has rallied for two days with impressive gains that almost recovered the previous 10 sessions [S&P 500].   Friday, September 19, 2008,  8:59  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:38 pm ET

Investors surge into stocks on multiple Gov bailout plans.

Pre open model changed bias to neutral on bullish Futures.

 

Volatility continues, investors ramp stocks higher after yesterdays massive sell off: Look for a positive open Thursday.   The financial system and unemployment in focus for the start.  After the Dow showed a negative 150 point start,  stocks snap back, ramp higher, adding 400 plus points to the upside in a very volatile market..   Thursday, September 18, 2008,  9:02  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:48 pm ET

Stocks all over the map end up on Gov plans to bail financials.

Jobless new claims rose 10,000 attributed to a hurricane.

 

Stocks slide amid AIG takeover: Look for a negative open Wednesday.   Credit crises and housing starts in focus for the start.  Another big sell off as investors had to deal with AIG takeover by the Government.  Stocks get slammed with the average posting a 4 to 5 percent loss on the day.   Wednesday, September 17, 2008,  8:54  A.M. Eastern- updated 9:23 pm ET

Stocks hammered Wednesday as selling intensifies.

 

Stocks ramp up after Fed and massive sell off yesterday: Look for a negative open Tuesday.   Fed liquidity injection to the banking system and the FOMC meeting in focus for the start.  U.S. stock market opened lower on the continuing credit crises that bank-mongers have created. Hope is that the FOMC will help with this ever continuing crises with an increasingly expected rate ease. The Federal Reserve FOMC meets today and a statement about monetary policy [rates] is expected at 2:15 pm ET. The major averages are flat awaiting the announcement.  Traders overcome caution and buy shares, sending the market higher after the Fed and into the close. The broader market ended higher by nearly 2 percent.   Tuesday, September 16, 2008,  9:23  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:25 pm ET

Equities end higher after the Fed and yesterdays selling spree.

The FOMC keeps rates unchanged at 2 percent.

Stocks trade flat ahead of the FOMC rate announcement.

 

Stocks slammed on financial troubles: Look for a negative open for Monday.   AIG, Lehman, Bank of America, and banking in general in focus for the start as well as oil prices.  Losses on Wall Street deepen near the close as financials drop stock prices again, as Lehman Brothers chapter 11 and AIG news kills the equities market. The major indexes are posting a three to four percent loss with oil prices continuing to slide as well. Hurricane Ike did less than expected damage, helping oil prices to drop.   Monday, September 15, 2008,  8:48  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:27 pm ET

Bad bank news hits stocks with the Dow diving 500 points.

Oil prices continue to drop, this time on less damage from Ike.

Pre open Barometer model-run changed the bias to negative.

 

Site outage because of hurricane Ike: Some website Internet services could be delayed or unavailable because of Ike. Publishing computers are located in Houston and some damage and utility outages are affecting the Website.   Sunday, September 14, 2008,  10:03  P.M. Eastern

 

U.S. stocks end flat after up and down day: Look for a neutral-to-negative open Friday.   Wholesale prices (PPI) and retail data in focus for the start.   Friday, September 12, 2008,  8:57  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:09 pm ET

With Lehman in focus and mixed inflation data, stocks end flat.

Wholesale prices drop 0.9 percent in August, core prices up.

 

Investors buy back early losses, ramping stocks higher: Look for a negative open Thursday.   Jobless and trade reports in focus for the start as well as the continuing financial crises.  Talk of Lehman takeover near the close of trade today, accelerated investor buying sending the equity market higher, to end near the highs of the session. The Dow Jones Industrials posted up by 1.5 percent, the S&P 500 index up by 1.4 percent, and the NASDAQ up by 1.3 percent.   Thursday, September 11, 2008,  8:45  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:37 pm ET

Lehman take over talk sparks surge, how about Fridays.

Stocks regain positive momentum ramping higher to the close.

Equities trend off highs to settle flat after reversing early losses.

Jobless new claims decreased last week by 6,000 [chart].

 

Market rebounds from yesterdays major slide: Look for a neutral-to-positive open for Wednesday.   Lehman Brothers in focus for the start as well as Ike.  Major indexes off the lows and highs of the session, as banking news [Lehman and WaMu] cut into the days advance, to close well into positive territory with the DJIA up 0.3 percent, the S&P 500 up by 0.6 percent, and the NASDAQ up 0.9 percent.   Wednesday, September 10, 2008,  8:52  A.M. Eastern- updated 6:02 pm ET

More unsettling credit news cut into Wednesdays rally.

 

Stocks slide on continuing credit market troubles: Look for a neutral flat open Tuesday. Could turn mixed.   Freddie and Fannie still in focus for today's start as well as Ike.  Midday Barometer model set the BLI to negative in anticipation of further weakness in the U.S. stock market.   Tuesday, September 9, 2008,  8:36  A.M. Eastern- updated 12:43 pm ET

Bailout or no bailout, investors take profits from yesterdays run-up.

 

Freddie and Fannie generate rally: Look for a positive open Monday.   Freddie and Fannie takeover by the Government in focus for the start.  Rally over Government takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac into conservatorship; oil price watch as Ike's next target could be the Gulf where Rigs and Facilities are at risk.   Monday, September 8, 2008,  8:53  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:53 pm ET

Stocks rally as Government bails out mortgage companies.

 

Flat end Friday after Thursdays sell off: Look for a negative open.   Job creation and unemployment rate in focus for the start of business Friday.  Yesterdays sell off got it right. With a real bad nonfarm report this morning,  stocks did rather well today, with the S&P 500 gaining 0.4 percent, the Dow higher by 0.3 percent, and the NASDAQ ending flat.   Friday, September 5, 2008,  8:57  A.M. Eastern- updated 9/6/08, 10:18 am ET

With yesterdays sell off, priced-in jobs report had little effect.

Corporations lost 84,000 jobs, unemployment surges to 6.1 percent.

 

Stocks trashed as investors prepare for jobs report: Look for a negative open Thursday.   Unemployment new claims in focus for the start.  Equity market is crushed with stocks losing 2-3 percent as investors anticipate a bad jobs payroll number tomorrow. Oil prices continue to the downside but don't help stocks. Jobless new claims report, retail sales data, and ADP sank sentiment Thursday as traders continue to be negative on the economy and bank- financials.   Thursday, September 4, 2008,  8:43  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:05 pm ET

Dow down 300 plus points as investors dump stocks.

 

Stocks sink prompts bias downgrade: Look for a neutral-to-negative open for Wednesday.  Negative day causes Barometer afternoon model-run to change the Bias to neutral from positive.   Mixed end to a negative day with investors analyzing economical data [Factory Orders and Beige Book] as they let trades slip. The Barometer Bias was downgraded to neutral from positive during the late afternoon model run.   Wednesday, September 3, 2008,  8:39  A.M. Eastern- updated 9:33 pm ET

Stock performance sucks, where's the bear bottom to this market.

Dow Jones pulls out a winner, the broader market ends lower.

Model run turned the Bias to NEUTRAL this afternoon.

 

Stocks give up rally, tech leads market lower: Look for a positive open Tuesday.   Oil in focus for the start today as traders come back from holiday and Summer vacation.  Stocks rallied early on Tuesday, but turned and sold off along with oil prices. As trading posts come to full strength over the next couple of weeks, equities could get [more] volatile while the market searches for direction.   Tuesday, September 2, 2008,  8:57  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:43 pm ET

200 plus point Dow rally evaporates.

Stocks and oil prices get canned as traders return to work.

 

U.S. markets closed for Labor Day holiday: The markets in the U.S. will be closed today, Monday September 1, 2008, for the Labor Day holiday. Markets are scheduled to reopen tomorrow, Tuesday, at the normal scheduled times.      Monday, September 1, 2008,  10:12  A.M. Eastern- updated 10:29 am ET

 

Selling continues for stocks as August comes to a close: Look for a neutral-to-negative open Friday.   Personal Income and Outlays report and Gustav in focus for the start as well as long holiday weekend. Also last session of the month when investors could dump out of favor shares in the morning and, possibly, buy new positions for September. But stocks could remain in negative territory today with a recovery to the buy side in the next session.   Friday, August 29, 2008,  9:05  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:42 pm ET

Volatility continues, stocks drop on income/ spending report.

 

Surprise GDP data sends stocks to rally Thursday: Look for a neutral-to-positive  open Thursday.   Equity investors crank out a nice gain Thursday amid a GDP report showing a surge in second-quarter productivity, along with a report showing a decline in unemployment new claims for the past three weeks,  all helped stock averages rise 1.5 percent.   Thursday, August 28, 2008,  8:54  A.M. Eastern- updated 10:17 pm ET

U.S. stocks rally on economy as oil slips ahead of Gustav.

Early afternoon Barometer model run sets BIAS to positive.

Jobless initial claims continues to drop- third week.

GDP accelerates in second quarter to 3.3 percent.

 

Investors ramp stocks continuing Fridays push higher: Look for a neutral flat open Wednesday.   Durable Goods report and Fed talk in focus for the start as well as oil prices.  Economical data (Durable Goods and oil inventory report) and a storm brewing in the Caribbean, that looks good to enter the Gulf, is enough to send stocks rallying higher; oil, gold, and the 10-year also making advances. Upcoming data points, [GDP and payroll jobs report] on deck, will add to market volatility.   Wednesday, August 27, 2008,  8:52  A.M. Eastern- updated 2:18 pm ET

Stocks up .8 percent ahead of economic data and more bank woes.

Gold prices along with oil and the 10-year advance Wednesday.

Oil prices moving up Wednesday on storm watch.

 

Flat S&P 500 prompts leading indicator downgrade: Look for a neutral flat open for Tuesday, could turn mixed.  Pre close Barometer model changed the Barometer Leading Indicator (BLI) to neutral from positive.  Mixed end to Tuesdays session as the broader market rises slightly and tech slips under the unchanged line.     Tuesday, August 26, 2008,  9:02  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:59 pm ET

Dow and S&P 500 up today, tech heavy NASDAQ ends lower.

The BLI was downgraded, this afternoon, on S&P 500 performance.

 

Dow 200 plus point downer, investors still uneasy: Look for a neutral-to-negative open for Monday.  Little buying Monday as investors are uneasy over the upcoming data [GDP - jobs report] and have no newsworthy reason to get into stocks-  summer slowdown effect.  The DJIA, S&P 500, and NASDAQ off by 2-percent.   Monday, August 25, 2008,  8:51  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:34 pm ET

Dow closed 242 points lower on banking worries and a slow day.

 

Rally back from weeks loss helped by Bernanke and oil: Look for a positive open Friday.  Bernanke helps U.S. stocks to rally Friday, helped along by oil prices falling back from yesterdays surge.   Friday, August 22, 2008,  8:47  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:31 pm ET

Oil drop helps send stocks higher Friday.

Investors regain almost all of the weeks early losses.

 

S&P 500 leads the market back from negative territory: Look for a negative open Thursday.  Equities go mixed Thursday with tech left in negative territory. Unemployment new claims came in at a decrease for the week, relieving some of the concerns over the past couple weeks. The broader market is up leading the market back from a mostly off day.   Thursday, August 21, 2008,  9:04  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:36 pm ET

>  Oil takes off again passing $122. bbl before settling out Thursday.

>  Mixed end to trade Thursday with S&P 500 leading stocks higher.

>  Unemployment new claims drops for second week [chart].

 

Dow and S&P eke out nice gain, tech lags: Look for a neutral-to-positive open Wednesday. Could turn mixed.  Bulls and Bears battle for control this week as stocks go flat after a two day romp by the Bears.  Late day gains sent stocks up with tech underperforming. HP helped investors today with little negative effect coming from Freddie and Fannie news.  Wednesday, August 20, 2008,  9:04  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:53 pm ET

>  HP earnings help U.S. stock market break Bear grip for a day.

 

Inflation and housing take stocks down Tuesday: Look for a negative open Tuesday.   Inflation and housing data in focus for the start.  Bears when day two, as manufacturing data shows inflation and housing starts sent fear into investors Tuesday. Stocks nearly gave up 1.0 to 1.5 percent Tuesday. Tuesday, August 19, 2008,  9:02  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:53 pm ET

>  U.S. stock market slips again on more fear, inflation this time.

>  Bias was changed back to neutral during midmorning model run.

>  Inflation jump causes investors to step back from buying stocks.

 

Bank news once again sinks stocks: Look for a neutral-to-positive open Monday.  Little buying going on in the stock market Monday. The continuing drama over Freddie and Fannie has stocks, once again, sinking further into negative territory.  The financial condition of banks and financial institutions are in question and buyers are not likely to buildup positions until things look and feel better. The DJIA, S&P 500, and NASDAQ are lower by 1.6 percent.   Monday, August 18, 2008,  8:51  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:00 pm ET

>  Bears take the lead 1-0 in fight for control of this weeks market.

 

Broader market flat, NASDAQ up for the week: Look for a neutral-to-positive open Friday.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Broader shares ease forward Friday to finish flat for the week, with the tech heavy NASDAQ scoring 1-percent gain, as investors bought technology shares. Oil continues to lose strength as next week could see a trend change for stocks if commodities continue to move lower, especially oil. Investors could be ready to move stocks out of range bound trading to start the fall rally a little early this year. Forecast continues to show caution going into next week as the financial crises still looms.   Friday, August 15, 2008,  9:10  A.M. Eastern

>  Stock market was flat this week, bear and bull fight next week.

>  Mixed end to a near flat week of trading.

>  Oil, Gas , and Natgas all lower as commodities continue to dive.

 

Inflation and unemployment move stocks up: Look for a neutral-to-negative open Thursday.   CPI and jobless new claims in focus for the start.  Seems inflation worry and new jobless claims data hasn't put a damper on Thursdays stock market, as stocks rise with the major indexes showing 1/2 to 1-percent gain.    Thursday, August 14, 2008,  9:05  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:26 pm ET

>  U.S. Stocks held on for a positive close Thursday.

>  Inflation, unemployment didn't keep investors away Thursday.

>  Consumer prices rose in July with energy and food leading.

>  First time unemployment claims dropped 10,000 last week.

 

Stocks try for recovery, Blue Chips lag: Look for a neutral-to-negative open Wednesday. Could turn mixed. Retail sales data and earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Stocks bounce off session lows trying for a comeback in the last hour of trade with the Dow lagging the broader market.   Wednesday, August 13, 2008,  9:02  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:57 pm ET

>  Financial troubles still loom, oil prices up, stocks down.

 

Investors consolidate positions after run-up rally: Look for a neutral-to-negative open Tuesday.   Trade deficit report and earnings/ outlook in focus for the start as well as oil prices.  Stocks wither Tuesday as more bank financial news sink stocks as oil prices continue to abate.   Tuesday, August 12, 2008,  9:03  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:41 pm ET

>  Equities fall Tuesday on bank concerns, consolidate past gains.

 

Stocks ramp up continuing last weeks rally: Look for a neutral-to-negative open Monday.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Stocks started the day in negative territory, tech turned midmorning to run higher, taking the broader market with it. Investors turned up the heat and sent stocks ramping up in rally mode, but since turned off the highs of the session, still showing positive, though. With little news on the day, investors are trading on last weeks momentum, carrying shares higher.   Monday, August 11, 2008,  9:01  A.M. Eastern- updated 10:13 pm ET

>  Oil prices continue sliding, closing north of $114.00 bbl Monday.

>  Stocks higher Monday continuing last weeks rally.

>  The Bias was changed to positive during the afternoon model run.

 

U.S. stocks rally Friday, oil lower, Dollar up: Look for a neutral to mixed open Friday.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start as well as productivity data.  The Dow has added 300 plus points as investors drive stocks higher Friday, while oil prices continue to drop, and the Dollar makes headway against the Euro. The S&P 500 and NASDAQ are up by 2.4 percent.   Friday, August 8, 2008,  9:05  A.M. Eastern- updated 9:41 pm ET

>  Dollar rallies against Euro on European union economic worry.

>  Oil slides and holds the $115. bbl mark Friday.

>  Mega rally sees investors ramping it up, oil, Dollar, shorts help.

>  nonfarm productivity increased by 2.2% in the second quarter.

 

Tech gives up follows broader market lower: Look for a neutral-to-negative open for Thursday.   Jobless claims and earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Bad news and unemployment claims given the reason for the sell off Thursday, as the summertime blues continue. The DJIA, S&P 500, and NASDAQ down 1 - 2 percent.     Thursday, August 7, 2008,  9:11  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:58 pm ET

>  Jobless claims got the blame for Thursdays sell off.

>  Spike in unemployment claims sparks opening sell off in stocks.

 

Iffy day turns positive with tech leading the way: Look for a neutral-to-negative Wednesday.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Non tech consolidated Wednesday and lifted to end in positive territory, while the tech heavy NASDAQ continues flying high with Cisco Systems, continuing yesterdays rally.  The broader market started flat;  gold and oil was under pressure;  the Dow and S&P 500 ended .3 to .4 percent higher, while tech ended 1.2 percent higher.   Wednesday, August 6, 2008,  9:06  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:34 pm ET

>  Oil continues under pressure closing under $19 bbl.

>  Broader shares consolidate, tech continues to party with Cisco.

 

Rally Tuesday, can Cisco keep the momentum train rolling: Look for a neutral-to-positive open Tuesday.   FOMC rate-cut meeting in focus for the start. Stocks add to morning gains after the Fed kept rates unchanged and stated that inflation is a risk with a flattish economy. Investors had expected the verbiage of the statement and had expected no rate cut. The market could be at a bottom for the summer and we could see an upside move as declared by the BLI.   Tuesday, August 5, 2008,  8:56  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:57 pm ET

>  Will Cisco earnings help, or does volatility set in Wednesday.

>  Rally intact as investors pile on, after Fed, to end at the highs.

>  FOMC keeps Fed funds rate at 2 percent stocks hold gains.

>  Fed keeps the target for the Fed funds rate at 2 percent.

 

Stocks under pressure on inflation, ahead of FOMC: Look for a neutral-to-negative open Monday.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start as well as economical data.  With economical data showing inflation and the FOMC rate-cut meeting ahead, the stock market is nervous and has been in negative territory for most of the day with large caps turning positive late in the session. The troubled credit banking system still the main concern with inflation surfacing.   Monday, August 4, 2008,  8:48  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:36 pm ET

>  Oil prices fall  to $121.41 bbl but doesn't help stocks.

>  DJIA  turns negative in late trade joining the broader market.

>  Late morning Barometer model changed the Bias to neutral.

>  Stocks shed prices Monday morning on personal income data.

 

Stocks to close well off the lows helped by financials: Look for a neutral-to-positive open Friday.   Payroll nonfarm jobs report in focus for the start.  A good start turns sour Friday as investors digest jobs report. In late morning trade, the broader market is lower by 1/2 percent, tech down 1 percent.  Stocks bounce off the lows of the session and made way for the unchanged-line. Unable to continue the positive upside momentum,  equities stalled and ended in negative territory.   Friday, August 1, 2008,  8:48  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:58 pm ET

>  Geopolitical concerns over Iran nuclear program sends oil higher.

>  Investor hope for better times fade Friday with losses mounting.  

>  Payroll jobs report gives little help to U.S. stocks Friday.

 

Tech gives up big gain, ends negative ahead of data: |  Look for a negative open Thursday.   GDP and jobless initial claims data in focus for the start.  Gov report says the economy grew [GDP] at 1.9 percent for their first look at the Second-Quarter, while weekly jobless initial claims [unemployment] surged by 44,000.  The market is digesting the data and awaits the nonfarm payroll report scheduled for release tomorrow.   Thursday, July 31, 2008,  8:48  A.M. Eastern- updated 10:20 pm ET

>  Investors sell out, take profit ahead of major data Friday. 

>  Midday stock prices are mixed on spiking unemployment claims.

>  Unemployment initial claims ramps up by 44,000, see chart.

>  Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew at 1.9 percent in 2-Q.

 

Stocks struggle but bulls win out in late session: Look for a neutral-to-positive open Wednesday.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Investors become more confident, but cautious, for stocks and the economy, sending the averages mixed Wednesday midday.  A better than expected ADP report set the stage for tomorrows Government payroll employment report that marketers hope will help stocks get out of this quagmire. Yesterday, the Market Barometer pre close models upgraded two key forecast components;  the BLI was upgraded to positive;  and the forecast itself was upgrade to caution from negative. Model data suggests improving conditions ahead.   Wednesday, July 30, 2008,  9:20  A.M. Eastern- updated 9:29 pm ET- corrected 11:57 pm ET

>  Stocks rally Wednesday amid surging oil prices.

>  Stocks rally,  go flat midday then surge into the close.

 

Market ramps up, leads to multiple forecast upgrades: Look for a neutral-to-positive open for Tuesday.   Financial/ banks in focus for the start as well as earnings.  Getting dizzy?  One day stocks ramp ahead,  the next, they dive. Today, stocks ramp up [Dow passing 200] on oil prices as the Dollar gains ground;  good earnings reports helps today's sentiment.   Bulls win the day, as stock prices kick out two forecast upgrades.  Barometer models consider today a great day that sees the BLI and the forecast get changed. According to the data, the market could get a bit more friendlier, especially after earnings season-  that's assuming no bank news that gets investors back into defensive mode.  Hopefully better time are ahead.  Tuesday, July 29, 2008,  8:54  A.M. Eastern- updated 10:08 pm ET

>  Oil price drop helps to ease economic fear for consumers.

>  Barometer forecast was upgraded to caution from negative.

>  Pre close model changed the BLI from neutral to positive.

>  Stocks ramp up Tuesday on oil prices and the Dollar.

 

Stocks move lower Monday on earnings and worry: Look for a neutral-to-negative open Monday.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Worried investors continue to sell stocks during this typical summer slowdown period.  The major indexes are showing a 1-percent plus loss.   Monday, July 28, 2008,  8:52  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:08 pm ET

>  Earnings kill stocks 2 percent Monday with little relief in sight.

>  Summer time selling seen continuing through earnings.

>  The Bias was changed to positive from neutral Friday evening.

 

Broader market moderately higher, techs ramp up: Look for a neutral-to-positive open Friday.   Durable Goods report in focus for the start as well as earnings.  Investors and traders vacillate between the good, the bad, and the ugly,  sending share prices all over the map.  In today's market, Durable Goods and Consumer Confidence data along with quarterly earnings put a fair spin on stocks, sending the major indexes into positive territory.   Friday, July 25, 2008,  8:43  A.M. Eastern- updated 12:09 pm ET

>  Evening Barometer model run changed the Bias to positive.

>  Tech stocks lead the market higher on data and earnings.

>  Stocks hold onto slight gains after yesterdays selling spree.

 

Losses mount as investors can't shake fear: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open Thursday.   Weekly jobless claims data in focus for the start as well as earnings.  Stocks move lower Thursday as investors continue to worry over the economy. The latest jobs data shows unemployment claims surging causing fresh concerns. The market is very concerned over the economy and the ability of Corporations to make a profit.   Thursday, July 24, 2008,  8:52  A.M. Eastern- updated 12:03 pm ET

>  Decline in home sales blamed for sharp sell off in the stock market.

>  Stocks continue to sink Thursday on economic and profit worry.

>  Unemployment claims surge 34,000, exceeding the 400,000 mark.

 

UP day as investors absorb earnings and economic data: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open Wednesday.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start as well as oil prices.   Wednesday, July 23, 2008,  8:49  A.M. Eastern- updated 9:24 am ET

>  Positive day as investors eye economic data, earnings, and oil price.

 

Investors overcome concerns sending stocks up: Look for a negative open Tuesday.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Earnings set the tone for traders, casting mixed results for Wall Street share prices, as stocks continues to struggle near unchanged.  Struggling with economics and earnings came to and end in late afternoon trade, when investors and traders sent stocks in rally mode, with the indices showing a strong finish Tuesday.  Next couple of days could tell if the bounce off of trend-line [S&P 500] was successful, Barometer indicators could be updated as early as in Wednesdays session.   Tuesday, July 22, 2008,  8:49  A.M. Eastern- updated, 10:20 pm ET

>  Next couple days could tell if bounce off S&P 500 was successful.

>  Investors overcome concerns send stocks up Tuesday.

>  Stocks flat as earnings and the economy keep investors concerned.

 

Stocks off slightly on earnings outlook forecast: Look for a neutral-to-positive open for Monday.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Last weeks positive sentiment has lessened somewhat; buyers step back as share prices trend off the high of the morning.  Stocks end in neutral territory, as buyers and sellers are not showing much commitment in either direction.   Monday, July 21, 2008,  8:45  A.M. Eastern- updated, 9:26 pm ET

>  Economy, earnings keep stocks stagnate, close to opening prices.

 

Broader market consolidates, tech under pressure: Look for a neutral flat open Friday. Could turn mixed.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Stocks are trading mixed, as investors are not sure what to do after a 2-day rally.  U.S. stocks could consolidate and end mixed-to-flat, which would be acceptable after such a run-up in share prices..   Friday, July 18, 2008,  8:59  A.M. Eastern- updated, 12:20 am ET

>  After two day rally, broader market consolidates while tech slumps.

>  The BLI was upgraded to neutral yesterday evening.

 

Stocks maintain rally on earnings and oil: Look for a neutral-to-positive open for Thursday.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Stocks take off on a two day rally,  ramping higher, recovering some of the lost territory of the past two months.  Barometer models indicate a possible carry through to Fridays market, where it's possible that another bias upgrade could take effect, leading the way for a possible forecast change next week.   Thursday, July 17, 2008,  8:58  A.M. Eastern- updated, 3:19 pm ET

>  The Barometer Leading Indicator was upgraded to neutral.

>  Rally continues on earnings and lower oil prices.

 

Rally intact, inspired by Intel, financials, and oil: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open Wednesday.   Intel earnings/ outlook in focus for the start as well as inflation CPI data.  U.S. stocks advance after considerable selling pressure of the past several days.  Yesterdays Intel earnings report and today's Wells Fargo dividend increase, helped stocks advance, all the while,  oil prices continue to plunge,  this time on the inventory reserves report.  The Market Barometer bias was changed yesterday from negative to neutral,  as data metrics from the model indicated a bounce back in the equity market.   Wednesday, July 16, 2008,  8:47  A.M. Eastern- updated, 12:24 pm ET

>  Inventory reserves report keeps oil prices diving.

>  Traders extend rally to the close led by the financials and tech.

>  Food and energy sends consumer prices (CPI) higher in June.

 

Intel may lift stocks Wednesday, but today mixed: Look for a negative open Tuesday.   Credit market concerns in focus for the start as well as earnings outlook.   Share prices come off the lows of the session, as traders and investors try to decide on a direction for this volatile market. The market has one eye on the capital sector, the other deciphering the Fed and watching oil prices plunge, trying to make sense of what is transpiring on Wall Street.  Tuesday, July 15, 2008,  8:40  A.M. Eastern- updated, 12:56 pm ET

>  Stocks ended mixed, Intel could inspire Tech buying tomorrow.

>  Investors hoped plunging oil prices would help stocks Tuesday.

>  Bias upgraded by afternoon model,  sees improving conditions.

>  Manufacturing prices increase 1.8 percent June,  core 0.2 percent.

 

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Stocks drop as investors fear more financial disaster: Look for a positive open Monday.  Financial crises and the economy in focus for the start. Buyers were unable to sustain a positive mood Monday morning,  as investors get more bad news about the banking/ financial system.  The major indexes show negative results for Monday and could intensify selling with more negative news.   Monday, July 14, 2008,  9:03  A.M. Eastern- updated, 3:27 pm ET

>  Stocks were beaten back, credit problems continue to aggravate.

 

Fear driven market ends off the lows on a volatile day: Look for a negative open Friday.   Concerns for Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae is the focus for the start.  U.S. stocks are under considerable pressure Friday as marketers eye sell-off of Freddie and Fannie. Headed lower, passing the 1-percent, stocks continue to slide as Financial worries grow.   Friday, July 11, 2008,  8:48  A.M. Eastern- updated, 4:54 pm ET

>  Oil ramps back up on geopolitical concerns.

>  Fear on Wall Street take stocks for a ride with heavy loss.

 

Investors buy beaten up stocks sending market up: |  Look for a neutral-to-negative open Thursday.   M&A and earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Traders eye the latest M&A news but continue to worry over the financial markets, sending the broader market up following tech heavy NASDAQ.   Thursday, July 10, 2008,  8:48  A.M. Eastern- updated, 9:42 pm ET

>  M&A and GE spin-off overcomes worry,  sends stocks up.

>  Traders still worried but end Thursday with gains.

>  Big drop in initial unemployment claims helps investors mood.

 

U.S. stocks extend losses on economic worry: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open for Wednesday.   Earnings season in focus for the start.  Stocks languish around the unchanged line Wednesday as investors deal with geopolitical news while assimilating earnings.  Investors pull back from the buy side and sell out positions, wiping out yesterdays gains.  Worry over geopolitical events and the ability of Corporations to make a buck into 2009 has taken the steam out of the bulls. Stocks end at the lows of the day.   Wednesday, July 9, 2008,  8:46  A.M. Eastern- updated, 3:24 pm ET

>  Oil prices gyrate but end virtually unchanged Wednesday.

>  Stocks under pressure as bad economic news worries investors.

 

Investors take advantage of falling stock prices: Look for a neutral-to-negative open Tuesday.   Financial system and earnings in focus for the start,  as well as Bernanke.  Oil prices plunge as marketers study Bernanke and the Feds new rules and procedures. The stock market has rebounded off the morning lows into positive territory where the indices trend higher into the afternoon session.   Tuesday, July 8, 2008,  9:00  A.M. Eastern- updated, 9:18 pm ET

>  S&P 500 chart shows rebound due after 5 weeks of selling.

>  Stocks rebound off morning lows,  gain back little lost ground.

>  Oil prices under pressure,  selling off,  but no help for stocks.

 

Stocks negative performance causes forecast downgrade: Look for a neutral-to-positive open Monday.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Stocks drop well into negative territory as the market await the start of earnings.  Mid afternoon Barometer model-run changed the forecast to negative from caution, as conditions continue to degrade.  Less confidence in earnings, the economy,  and inflation-control continue to mount,  causing investors to adjust positions,  taking a negative stance.   Monday, July 7, 2008,  8:38  A.M. Eastern- updated, 9:21 pm ET

>  Well off the low of the day,  stocks still end in negative territory.

>  Models have downgraded the Barometer forecast to negative.

 

U.S. markets closed: |  U.S. markets are closed.  Markets will reopen Monday,  July 7, 2008,  normal schedule.   Friday, July 4, 2008,  9:45  A.M. Eastern- updated 7/5/08, 10:08 am ET

 

Equities close mixed on this long holiday weekend: Look for a neutral-to-positive open Thursday.   Jobs payroll unemployment report in focus for the start.  With a mostly in-line payroll jobs report and nagging oil prices,  investors settled on a mixed day,  to end this holiday shortened week.  U.S. markets will reopen Monday at the normal schedule,  market are closed Friday for holiday.   Thursday, July 3, 2008,  8:48  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:20 pm ET

>  The Gov reported new unemployment claims increased by 16,000.

>  American corporations lost 62,000 jobs in June, near expectations.

>  The unemployment rate held steady at 5-1/2 percent for June.

 

Investors don't wait for data, they send averages lower: Look for a neutral-to-positive open Wednesday.   Payroll jobs creation and earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  U.S. stock market off to a positive start with the indices reporting gains ahead of tomorrows employment jobs report.  Worry hits buyers as they step back sending the major indexes lower ahead of payroll data tomorrow.   Wednesday, July 2, 2008,  9:09  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:00 pm ET

>  Oil inventory report sends oil prices higher Wednesday.

>  Modest gain in factory orders doesn't help stock market.

 

Volatile session but bulls when the day: Look for a negative open Tuesday.  Manufacturing report and beginning of 3rd. Quarter in focus for the start as well as earnings next week.  Stocks moved lower Tuesday midday as investors had little reason to buy-  payroll jobs report Thursday and earnings starting next week.  Bargain  hunters stepped in and drove stocks higher into positive territory with the NASDAQ gaining 1/2 percent,  the broader market trailed with 0.35 percent gain.   Tuesday, July 1, 2008,  8:54  A.M. Eastern- updated 6:03 pm ET

>  Bargain  hunters stepped up and drove stocks higher Tuesday.

 

Mixed end Monday, earnings season begins next week: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open Monday.   Oil and end of quarter in focus for the start.  U.S. stock market is showing mixed results as the 2nd. Quarter comes to an end and earning season gets underway.  Over the weekend,  the Market Barometer Leading Indicator (BLI) was redeployed to give a better view of the U.S. equity market. The BLI is currently indicating negative.  Mixed end Monday as the broader market moves counter to tech stocks.  S&P 500 flat while tech NASDAQ lost 1-percent.   Monday, June 30, 2008,  8:55  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:51 pm ET

>  Barometer Leading Indicator redeployed over the weekend.

 

Stocks sell off as investors dump end of quarter losers: Look for a neutral-to-positive open Friday. Could turn mixed.   Oil prices and yesterdays sell off in focus for the start.  Day two of the sell-off, although not as bad as Thursday, has the DJIA off by nearly 1 percent, the S&P 500 and NASDAQ faired better with near quarter point lower. Investors could buy stocks Monday to end the quarter since it looks like the selling may be over for now.  Friday, June 27, 2008,  8:43  A.M. Eastern- updated 10:25 pm ET

>  The Leading Indicator has been redeployed and indicates negative.

>  The BLI is online and ready to establish a position by the open.

>  As 2Q ends, markets rebalance, with selling today, buying Monday.

>  Income increased $226B;  disposable income rose $600B.

 

Stocks down 3 percent, as investors respond to the Fed: Look for a negative open for Thursday.   Fed action or inaction in focus for the start.  Selling continues as buyers are not willing to step-up just yet.  The major averages are off  3 percent in active trade Thursday.   Thursday, June 26, 2008,  8:42  A.M. Eastern- updated 10:32 pm ET

>  Gold ramps higher Thursday to $912.20 per Oz.

>  Forecast maintains caution with a negative bias for the open.

>  Sell off accelerates in last hour of trade, stocks down 3 percent.

>  Stock sell off has market down 2 percent midday Thursday.

 

Tech heavy NASDAQ rallies after Fed action, broader market makes nice gain: Look for a neutral-to-positive open Wednesday.   FOMC rate and policy meeting- announcement in focus for the start.  Fed is expected to hold rates steady.  Rate decision and policy announcement is scheduled for mid afternoon.  FOMC holds Fed target at 2 percent with an indication that a rate-hike could be coming in months.  Investors like today's action and the NASDAQ gains substantial ground while the broader market put in a good gain.   Wednesday, June 25, 2008,  9:20  A.M. Eastern- updated 9:25 pm ET

>  Stocks gain after FOMC, watch Thursday, could be a turning point.

>  FOMC keeps its interest rates target unchanged today.

>  Investors happy sending stocks up ahead of the FOMC.

 

Stocks end lower led by tech, market awaits FOMC: Look for a neutral-to-negative open Tuesday.  Fed in focus for the start as well as Dow price increase news.  NASDAQ trades lower while the broader market is flat ahead of the FOMC announcement tomorrow.  U.S. stocks end Tuesday in negative territory as investors await the Fed decision on interest rates.  It is expected that rates will be held steady and that the accompanying statement will hint at a rate-hike in the very near future.  The stock market could become volatile Wednesday depending on events.  The forecast remains at caution.   Tuesday, June 24, 2008,  9:20  A.M. Eastern- updated 2:57 pm ET

 

Stocks unsettled as tech leads market lower: Look for a neutral-to-positive open Monday.   Fed in focus for the start.  Dow and S&P stocks flat, while the tech heavy NASDAQ moves decisively lower.  Financials under pressure Monday,  forcing buyers too the sidelines. The FOMC meets this week with an anticipated hold on interest rates,  as they are expected to signal a rate hike in the near future.     Monday, June 23, 2008,  9:22  A.M. Eastern- updated 9:41 pm ET

 

Dow Jones drops 200 points, worst in months: Look for a neutral-to-negative open for Friday.   oil and the economy in focus for the start.  Dow drops over 200 points Friday as investors are continually reminded of the credit problems and the weakening economy, add to the mix, geological events that has stocks lower by nearly 2-percent.   Friday, June 20, 2008,  9:21  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:00 pm ET

>  U.S. stocks beat-up over economic- inflation concerns and Iran.

 

Tech stocks lead the broader market higher Thursday: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open Thursday.   Bank financials in focus for the start as well as jobless claims.  Tech tries to lead recovery Thursday afternoon,  with the DJIA and S&P 500 posting small gains,  oil prices under pressure is helping the come aback of the stock market.   Thursday, June 19, 2008,  9:22  A.M. Eastern- updated 2:40 pm ET

>  Tech heavy NASDAQ leads the broader market higher.

>  The economic Leading Indicator inches up in May.

>  Unemployment initial claims decreased slightly last week.

 

Financial woes and earnings take toll on stocks: Look for a negative open Wednesday.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Stocks are lower Wednesday amid disappointing earnings and as investors awaited oil reserves inventory report,  the major averages are off by near 1/2 percent,  midday.  With economical concerns building,  stocks continued trending lower,  with the averages posting a 1-percent loss on the day.   Wednesday, June 18, 2008,  9:21  A.M. Eastern- updated 9:39 pm ET

>  S&P 500 chart sees up day,  but negative news will cause pain.

>  Financial problems, earnings disappointment take stocks lower.

 

Oil splashes wholesale prices and stocks Tuesday: Look for a neutral-to-positive open Tuesday.   Inflation and the PPI report in focus for the start as well as earnings.  The surge in oil and food prices cause concern over the economy and worries by investors over corporations to make a profit.  Mid afternoon, the DJIA was off by 1/2 percentthe S&P 500 and NASDAQ was lower by 0.2 percent.  Stocks continue trending lower,  in afternoon trade, with no room for buyers.  The DJIA lost 0.9 percent,  the S&P 500 and NASDAQ moved lower by 0.7 percent.   Tuesday, June 17, 2008,  9:21  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:45 pm ET

>  The Barometer Leading Indicator was taken offline for remodeling.

>  Buyers sidelined as the economy becomes more of a focus.

>  Stocks move lower on concerns over corporate earnings.

>  Wholesale prices ramp higher causing inflation concerns.

 

Equity market ends mixed amid oil spike and earnings: Look for a neutral-to-negative open Monday.   Oil prices and earnings in focus for the start.  Stocks decline Monday morning while oil prices spike towards $140. as bank earnings take center stage,  the major averages are mixed,  in late morning trade.  Stocks end mixed Monday as oil hit record and mixed earnings reviews.  The Dow posts a small loss, the S&P 500 virtually unchanged, NASDAQ gains 0.8 percent.   Monday, June 16, 2008,  9:21  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:56 pm ET

>  Stocks end mixed after oil spike and earning, tech ramps up.

>  Oil spiking as the Dollar is under pressure Monday.

 

Inflation concern ignored, investors send stocks back up: Look for a neutral-to-positive open Friday.   Consumer prices and inflation in focus for the start.  Stocks are higher midday as inflation data --consumer prices-- give hope to investors for a positive response from the Fed when they next meet.  The major averages are higher by 1 percent midday.  The Dow, S&P 500, and NASDAQ ended Friday at the high of the session with the major averages posting 1.4 to 2 percent gain.   Friday, June 13, 2008,  9:22  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:54 pm ET

>  Oil prices moved lower Friday helping equity investors.

>  Stocks higher by 1 percent in midday trade Friday.

>  Consumer prices rise 0.6 percent in May, core CPI up 0.2 percent.

 

Rally loses momentum, stocks end well off the highs: Look for a positive open Thursday.   Jobless new claims in focus for the start as well as oil prices Relief rally take stocks near one percent higher Thursday, mid afternoon, but data chart indicates more downside possible.   Thursday, June 12, 2008,  9:21  A.M. Eastern- updated 1:53 pm ET

>  Stock indexes trending off midday highs, as rally loses steam.

>  Consumer retail spending increased in May.

 

Oil price jump and economic concerns send stocks lower: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open Wednesday.   Economic data in focus for the start as well as oil inventory report later today.  Investors have major concerns over the economy, higher oil prices, and inflation, send stocks lower by one-percent, in late morning session Wednesday.  Growing concerns over the economy, inflation, and corporate earnings has buyers stepping back,  as stocks continue declining in Wednesdays market. The Market Barometer forecast-bias was downgraded by the midday model-run and now reads negative.   Wednesday, June 11, 2008,  9:20  A.M. Eastern- updated 12:33 pm ET

>  Oil prices jump Wednesday as stocks slid on inflation concerns.

>  Stocks hit hard Wednesday, investors see hard times ahead.

>  Beige Book confirms economic problems will persist.

>  Midday Barometer model run downgrades forecast bias.

>  Buyers step back,  stocks fall,  midday model-run lowers bias.

>  Investors concerns has major averages reporting 1-percent loss.

 

Investors mixed on the economy, stocks end in same fashion: Look for a negative open Tuesday.   Oil prices and inflation in focus for the start.  Dow, S&P 500 flat with the tech heavy NASDAQ off by 1/2 percent, mid afternoon trade.  Buyers and sellers push and pull the market,  broader stocks end flatNASDAQ down in Tuesdays trade.   Tuesday, June 10, 2008,  9:24  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:56 pm ET

>  Stocks end mixed Tuesday as marketers debate the economy.

>  Broad market flat while tech heavy NASDAQ off by 1/2 percent.

 

Monday stock market report: Look for a neutral-to-positive open Monday.   Lehman news in focus for the start as well as oil prices The broader market is higher, while techs struggle in early tradeInvestors digest Lehman news and continue to eye oil and gas prices.  Stocks end mixed Monday with blue chip and tech stocks going in different directions. The S&P 500 virtually ended flat Monday, June 9, 2008,  9:20  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:39 pm ET

>  Investor struggle with continuing credit problems sees a mixed end.

>  Lehman reports loss,  announced it would raise fresh capital.

 

Stocks hammered on oil and unemployment concerns: Look for a negative open.   Unemployment rate jump to 5.5 percent is the focus for the start as well as the loss of jobs in May.  Price of oil spiking again this morning causing some concern.  Stocks are hammered Friday with oil prices and unemployment surging and no good reason to buy, investors and Short sell stocks off.   Friday, June 6, 2008,  9:22  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:59 pm ET

>  U.S. stock market has real bad day with stocks dropping 3-percent.

>  Price of oil tops $138. bbl Friday on a wild two-day romp.

>  Stocks dive on oil price surge while unemployment is growing.

>  Oil ramps higher to $134. bbl in late morning trade Friday.

>  Job market weakens again in May,  NYT reports.

>  Unemployment rate jump sends equity futures lower for the open.

 

Stocks ramp higher off trend-line, bulls are back for now: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Jobless claims in focus for the start as well as S&P 500 trend line test today.  Investors bought stocks Thursday, driving the market higher on mostly OK news,  amid M&A activity,  as oil prices spiked higher.  The Dow closed up 1.7 percent,  the S&P 500 was higher by 2-percent,  and the NASDAQ ramped up by 1.9 percent... Thursday, June 5, 2008,  9:17  A.M. Eastern- updated 9:50 pm ET

>  Oil spikes Thursday reaching all the way back-up to $127. bbl.

>  Investors jump on stocks on good news and pent-up demand.

>  Stocks holding onto near 1-percent gain going into midday session.

>  Stocks are poised for leg up according to S&P chart.

>  Unemployment new claims drop by 18,000,  futures extend gains.

 

Wednesdays stock market: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Economical data in focus for the start.   NASDAQ closes with gains, broader market closed slightly off... Wednesday, June 4, 2008,  9:22  A.M. Eastern- updated 9:32 pm ET

 

Tuesday stock market report: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Bernanke and the economy in focus for the start.   Tuesday, June 3, 2008,  9:24  A.M. Eastern

>  Off the lows of the session,  stocks end in negative territory.

>  Market pressure causes test of the S&P 500 trend line.

>  Stocks advance midday with tech leading amid Bernanke speech.

>  Fed could hold rates steady,  sights slow growth.

 

Mondays stock market report: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Wachovia news in focus for the start as well as economical data and oil prices.  Stocks were slammed by unsettling bank news which got investors off to a misstep this morning that continued through the day... Monday, June 2, 2008,  9:20  A.M. Eastern- updated 9:40 pm ET

>  Stocks get hit Monday on continued credit- banking news.

>  Wachovia CEO news sets tone for trading Monday.

 

Fridays stock market: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Dell earnings and economical report in focus for the start as well as oil price.  Back to back mostly positive days sees the broader stocks higher with tech leading.  The DJIA ended flat with the S&P 500 up slightly, and the NASDAQ ramping up by over 1/2 percent... Friday, May 30, 2008,  9:22  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:50 pm ET

>  Stocks mostly higher, led by tech, Dow flat.

>  Personal spending and income slows.

 

Thursday stock market report: |  Look for a neutral-to-negative open. Could turn mixed.   GDP and jobless claims in focus for the start as well as oil prices.  Stocks rock higher Thursday after surprise economic data and hope for a new leg up in the market.  The broader stocks ended higher by 1/2 percent,  and the tech stocks up 0.9 percent... Dell after hours surprise earnings could take techs higher Friday.   Thursday, May 29, 2008,  9:22  A.M. Eastern- CORRECTED 9:33 am ET

>  The economy grew at a surprising 0.9 percent in the first-quarter.

>  First time unemployment claims rose by 4,000 last week.

 

Wednesdays stock market: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Durable goods data in focus for the start as well as oil prices.  Stocks end higher Wednesday [] [] with charts [] still showing a very good chance of continued bulls sentiment.   Wednesday, May 28, 2008,  9:20  A.M. Eastern

 

Tuesday stock market report: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open.  Stock up Tuesday after long holiday-weekend with the broader market averages up 0.6 - 0.7 percent,  and the tech stocks [NASDAQ] up 1-1/2 percent... Tuesday, May 27, 2008,  9:20  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:59 pm ET

 

U.S. markets closed Monday: Markets in the U.S. are closed for the Memorial Day holiday.  Market will reopen regular session Tuesday.   Monday, May 26, 2008,  10:32  A.M. Eastern

 

Friday stock market report: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.  All is not lost,  as you might think,  with today's downturn in stocks. The charts still show a good market is still there to be had if buyers can overcome concerns...   Today,  stocks fell with the DJIA posting a 1.2 percent loss,  the S&P 500 lost 1.3 percent,  and the NASDAQ did a little better with a 0.8 percent loss... Friday, May 23, 2008,  9:25  A.M. Eastern- updated 6:00 pm ET

 

Thursdays stock market: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open.   Fed minutes in focus for the start as well as weekly jobless claims.   Thursday, May 22, 2008,  9:22  A.M. Eastern

>  Stocks maintain positive stance Thursday led by techs.

>  Market forecast continues to show caution with upbeat S&P chart.

>  First time jobless claims decreased by 9,000.

 

Wednesday stock market report: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open.   Oil price in focus for the start as well as Fed minutes.  Once again stocks relent and dive on Fed minutes and amid ramping oil prices... Wednesday, May 21, 2008,  9:21  A.M. Eastern- updated 9:18 pm ET

>  Stocks lower,  into negative territory amid oil price spike and Fed.

>  Investors find Fed minutes a concern.

>  Chart shows room for downside to keep new market 'leg-up' intact.

 

Tuesdays stock market: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Inflation (PPI report) in focus for the start.  Stocks tumble amid  and economic report that suggests the slowdown may not be as pronounced as first thought.  The broader market moved lower by nearly 1-percent,  while the Dow tumbled 1-1/2 percent... Tuesday, May 20, 2008,  9:22  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:40 pm ET

>  Oil prices and economic news stalls the latest market advance.

>  Oil price tops $129.00 bbl with rumors of more to come.

>  Producer Price jumps causing some concerns.

 

Monday stock market: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open.   Microsoft and Yahoo in focus for the start as well as economical data.   Mixed bag of economical and tech news sent buyers to the sidelines Monday after stocks were nearing 1-percent gain for the day.   Stocks fell to mixed end as investors survey their positions... Monday, May 19, 2008,  9:20  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:54 pm ET

>  Techs under pressure take the broader market lower Monday.

>  Conference Board report indicates slowdown may be short.

 

Fridays stock market: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Housing start and permits in focus for the start.  Fridays market ends flat and mixed as investors rest for a busy coming week... Friday, May 16, 2008,  9:22  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:56 pm ET

>  Housing starts had stocks up but profit taking sends equities flat.

>  Housing starts and building permit data helps investors early on.

 

Investors put together string of positive days, sending sentiment higher: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open.   Economical data and more deals in focus for the start.  Stocks ramp higher Thursday as investors get mixed economical reports and some iffy news.  Stocks higher by 3/4 to 1-percent... Thursday, May 15, 2008,  9:21  A.M. Eastern

>  Couple more good days could see a forecast change- see chart...

>  April industrial production fell, companies feel the weak economy.

>  S&P 500 leading indicator chart shows bottom testing.

>  Stocks mixed at lunch as investors look over data and deals.

>  Initial unemployment claims increased by 6,000 last week.

 

Wednesdays stock market: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Inflation report and earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Early rally falls apart but investors still drive the indexes up, but well off the highs of the session... Wednesday, May 14, 2008,  9:21  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:58 pm ET

>  Inflation indicator shows some taming sends stocks higher.

>  CPI [inflation] rose 0.2 percent- core prices 0.1 percent.

 

Tuesday stock market: Look for a neutral-to-positive open. Could turn mixed.  Stocks hiccup and end mixed on mixed news,  DJIA and S&P 500 down slightly, techs up slightly... Tuesday, May 13, 2008,  9:22  A.M. Eastern

>  Stocks mixed Wednesday as retail sales data set tone for investors.

>  Oil and gas set records, oil up $125.80 bbl in Wednesdays trade.

>  Stocks trend lower, broader market slightly off, Dow off by 0.6...

 

Stocks ramp higher on deals and Dollar advance: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Monday deal news [Cablevision/ Newsday  -  HP/ EDS]  and a smidgen of bad news sees stocks rise with the DJIA and S&P 500 posting a 1-percent gain,  while the NASDAQ posted a 1.8 percent gain... Monday, May 12, 2008,  9:23  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:55 pm ET

>  Stocks higher propelled by M&A and upbeat trending Dollar.

>  Cablevision, oil prices, and the Dollar have investors buying stocks.

 

Investors back on the sidelines, stocks lower on AIG news: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   AIG and earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Investors give up,  move away from bidding stocks up on oil prices and AIG news.  With bad news setting the tone and nothing to help buyers, stocks move lower with the DJIA off by 0.9 percent,  the S&P 500 went lower by 0.7 percent,  and the NASDAQ off by 0.2 percent... Friday, May 9, 2008,  9:20  A.M. Eastern- updated 6:02 pm ET

 

Thursdays stock market: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start as well as economical data.  Stocks eked out a save Thursday with the DJIA closing up by 0.4 percent,  the S&P 500 up 0.3 percent,  and the NASDAQ higher by 1/2 percent.   Thursday, May 8, 2008,  9:18  A.M. Eastern- updated 9:29 pm ET

>  S&P chart shows upbeat market forecast for May and beyond.

>  Stock higher after Wednesdays sell off as investors eye sales data.

>  Unemployment new claims fell by 18,000 last week.

 

Wednesday stock market: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open.   Productivity data and earnings outlook in focus for the start.  Stocks major decline Wednesday as bad news creeps back in and earnings forecast bummer  takes the Dow down by 1.6 percent,  the S&P 500 and NASDAQ took a 1.8 percent hit... Wednesday, May 7, 2008,  9:20  A.M. Eastern- UPDATED 6:01 pm ET

>  Downer of day but a stock market chart shows a possible leg up.

>  Oil tops $123,  closes Wednesday at $123.53 bbl, up 1.69.

>  Productivity in the first-quarter rose 2.2 percent.

 

Tuesdays stock market: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Fannie Mae and earnings outlook in focus for the start.  Stocks trend off the lows of the morning to post gains Tuesday... Tuesday, May 6, 2008,  9:24  A.M. Eastern - UPDATED 9:23 pm ET

 

Monday stock market: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Microsoft- Yahoo and earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Stocks continue to move lower as market conditions degrade.  The DJIA, S&P 500, and NASDAQ lost 0.6 percent, aggregate... Monday, May 5, 2008,  9:20  A.M. Eastern- UPDATED 6:03 pm ET

>  Pre close forecast model-run downgraded the bias to neutral.

 

Rally fails, stocks end mixed Friday: Look for a positive open.   Payroll jobs data,  earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Early rally falls by the wayside as the major indexes show mixed end to a profitable week.  The DJIA rose 0.4 percent,  the S&P 500 rose 0.3 percent,  but the tech index lost 0.2 percent... Friday, May 2, 2008,  9:22  A.M. Eastern-  UPDATED 5:57 pm ET

 

Thursdays stock market: Look for a neutral-to-negative open. Could turn mixed.   Fed rate-cut statement,  earnings/ outlook in focus for the start as well as jobless claims and consumer spending report.  Investors send stocks ramping higher Thursdays on the first trade day of the month.  The market, thus far, likes what it sees and sent equities higher with the DJIA up 1.5 percent,  the S&P 500 was up 1.7 percent,  and the NASDAQ was up nearly 2 percent... Thursday, May 1, 2008,  9:20  A.M. Eastern- UPDATED 5:59 pm ET

>  S&P 500 chart graphs the forecast, it shows bottom testing continues.

>  Gov report shows unemployment added 35,000 new claims.

>  Personal income increased $38.8 billion, or 0.3 percent...

 

Wednesdays stock market: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   The Fed rate-cut statement and GDP data in focus for the start as well as earnings. The Fed cut the target for the Fed funds rate and hint it's done. Stocks ramp higher but turn and profits were booked on this last trade of April. Tomorrow will be a better look at how investors feel about corporate profits and the economy. The DJIA moved slightly lower by 0.1 percent,  the S&P 500 was off by 0.4 percent,  and the NASDAQ was off by 0.6 percent... Wednesday, April 30, 2008,  9:20  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:01 pm ET

>  Government reports a slowing economy in the first quarter.

>  Starbucks reports second quarter drop in earnings.

>  Market equity investors take profits to end April trading.

>  Stocks give up gains, move lower, investors deciding strategy.

>  FOMC lowered its interest target to 2 percent this afternoon.

>  Market Barometer forecast was changed to caution from negative.

>  GDP grows at 0.6 percent in the first-quarter.

 

Tuesday stock market: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Fed watch and earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Stocks ended flat ahead of the all important rate-cut and accompanying statement that marketers are waiting-on to see if the rate-lowering cycle is over.  The U.S. stock market ended mixed with the DJIA off by 0.3 percent, the S&P 500 off by 0.4 percent, and the NASDAQ ended up slightly by 0.1 percent... Tuesday, April 29, 2008,  9:22  A.M. Eastern- corrected 9:21 pm ET

>  Stocks end flat as investors gear up for Fed rate cut.

>  Consumer confidence in the economy drops as house price do.

>  Home prices drop nearly 13-percent- foreclosures up.

>  Gold and oil prices move lower Tuesday ahead of the FOMC.

 

Mondays stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open.   Fed in focus for the start as well as M&A.   Monday, April 28, 2008,  9:20  A.M. Eastern

>  Oil hits $120. as gas price continues to climb... 

>  Markets prepares for expected last Fed interest rate cut.

>  Mars and Berkshire to acquire Wrigley's.

 

Fridays stock market: Look for a neutral-to-positive open. Could turn mixed.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Stocks end mixed with the DJIA higher by 0.3 percent,  the NASDAQ off by 0.3 percent,  and the S&P 500 outperforming by moving into positive territory by 0.7 percent... Friday, April 25, 2008,  9:22  A.M. Eastern- updated 9:31 pm ET

>  Food - oil prices,  less income cause consumer confidence to fall.

 

Stocks ramp higher after flat start, prompts forecast change

Investors send U.S.  stocks up Thursday after a mixed news-set of earnings and economical reports. The Dow and S&P 500, up 0.7 percent, aggregate,  and the NASDAQ up by 1-percent... Market Barometer model run upgraded the forecast bias to positive, leading the way for a forecast change... Thursday, April 24, 2008,  9:40  P.M. Eastern

>  Motorola reported loss for first quarter.

>  New home sales fell in March, worst since last recession.

>  Unemployment initial jobless claims fell 33,000,  to 342,000.

 

Thursdays stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open.   Jobless claims and Durable Goods reports in focus for the start as well as earnings..   Thursday, April 24, 2008,  9:20  A.M. Eastern

>  Afternoon Barometer model upgraded the forecast bias to positive.

>  Stocks turn late morning move into positive territory.

>  Unemployment claims drop to 342,000 last week.

 

Tech leads the broader market higher

Stocks went higher Wednesday as earnings  - earnings outlook-  continue to please, or at least satisfy.  The NASDAQ rose 1.2 percent,  taking the broader market higher by 0.3 percent... Wednesday, April 23, 2008,  9:27  P.M. Eastern

>  Stocks rise Wednesday as techs led the broader market.

>  U.P.S. profits rise on weak economy but warns forecast.

>  Delta and Northwest to merge in troubled industry.

>  Boeing beats expectations on ramping income.

 

Wednesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.   Wednesday, April 23, 2008,  9:21  A.M. Eastern

 

Tuesdays stock market: Look for a neutral-to-negative open. Could turn mixed.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Stocks sink Tuesday as earnings and high oil prices take center stage. The DJIA lost 0.8 percent,  the S&P 500 lost 0.9 percent,  and the NASDAQ lost 1.3 percent... Tuesday, April 22, 2008,  9:19  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:55 pm ET

>  Yahoo reported first quarter results ahead of expectations.

>  Stocks under pressure, indexes lower by 1-percent early afternoon.

>  Existing home sales fell 2-percent in March.

 

Broader market ends flattish, techs slightly higher

Earnings set tone for Monday with BofA reporting and a slew of earnings after session close.  The broader market ended lower by 0.2 percent,  techs ended up by 0.2 percent... Monday, April 21, 2008,  9:29  P.M. Eastern

>  Bank of America profits fall sending stocks mixed Monday.

>  Oil closed to another record,  now above $117. bbl.

>  Mattel posts first-quarter loss.

>  Eli Lilly reports First-quarter, misses expectations.

>  Merck reports first quarter profit.

 

Monday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.   Monday, April 21, 2008,  9:20  A.M. Eastern

 

Fridays stock market: Look for a positive open.   Google earnings, and earnings/ outlook in general,  is the focus for the start Friday.  Pre open Barometer model upgraded the forecast-bias to neutral on improving sentiment.  Intel, IBM, and Goggle earnings send stocks in rally mode Friday with the broader market higher by 1.8 percent,  and tech stocks ramping higher by 2.6 percent... Friday, April 18, 2008,  9:22  A.M. Eastern- updated  5:51 pm ET

>  Techs rally on Google, Intel, and IBM, sending broader market up.

>  Honeywell beats earnings forecast.

>  Barometer pre open model sets forecast bias to neutral Friday.

 

Thursday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative open. Could turn mixed.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start as well as jobless claims.   Thursday, April 17, 2008,  9:20  A.M. Eastern

 

Wednesdays stock market open: Look for a positive open.   Inflation CPI data and earnings/ outlook in focus for the start as well as housing data.   Wednesday, April 16, 2008,  9:17  A.M. Eastern

>  IBM beats earnings forecast on global demand and the dollar.

>  Stocks ramp higher Wednesday after inflation data and earnings.

>  Investors take stocks up sharply amid mostly good news.

>  Consumer prices rise in March near expectations.

 

Stocks advance amid M&A, inflation data, and oil price news

Stocks meander,  end higher, as investors get ready for the consumer inflation (CPI)  report tomorrow that could cause volatility. Tuesday, despite the PPI inflation news, investors buy stocks sending the DJIA,  the S&P 500, and the NASDAQ up by 1/2 percent... Barometer model data indicated a chance of a forecast-bias upgrade to neutral tomorrow if reaction to inflation data is positive. With strength from Intel, stocks could see a good day Wednesday if inflation data is tame.  Data is scheduled to be released at 8:30 am, ET... Tuesday, April 15, 2008,  9:59  P.M. Eastern

>  Stocks end higher by 1/2 percent ahead of more inflation data.

>  Oil closes up near the high of the session.

>  Delta Air Lines and Northwest to merge.

>  Producer price data (PPI report) indicates inflation trouble ahead.

 

Tuesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Manufacturing inflation data (PPI) and earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.   Tuesday, April 15, 2008,  9:21  A.M. Eastern

>  Producer prices increase cause little concern Tuesday morning.

>  Delta and Northwest to merge.

 

Stocks negative, cause for forecast change to same

U.S. stocks went negative Monday on fear by investors on the ability of corporations to make progress past the credit market problems that seems to be spreading.  With no good reason to buy, investors sell the market down with the Dow posting a 0.2 percent loss,  the S&P 500 lost 0.3 percent,  and the tech index was off by 0.6 percent... The Barometer pre close model changed the forecast to negative,  indicating a very slight chance that things will get better in the near term... Monday, April 14, 2008,  9:32  P.M. Eastern

 

Mondays stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start as well as retail sales data.   Monday, April 14, 2008,  9:19  A.M. Eastern

>  Pre close model changed the forecast to negative Monday.

>  Wachovia seeks billions in capital.

 

Friday stock market open: Look for a negative open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start, specifically GE's report.   Friday, April 11, 2008,  9:16  A.M. Eastern

>  GE sinks stocks Friday after earnings and shaky outlook.

 

Thursdays stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start as well as jobless claims data.   Thursday, April 10, 2008,  9:21  A.M. Eastern

 

Investors sell equities continuing yesterdays theme

Oil and gas go for record while other bad news [UPS warns] holds any attempt to move stocks up. The Dow lost 0.4 percent,  the S&P 500 lost 0.8 percent,  and the tech stock index lost 1.1 percent... Mid afternoon Barometer-forecast model changed the forecast-bias back to negative,  as the latest S&P 500 bottom-building test seems to be failing [chart].. Wednesday, April 9, 2008,  6:01  P.M. Eastern

 

Wednesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open.   Earnings in focus for the start.   Wednesday, April 9, 2008,  9:19  A.M. Eastern

>  Mid afternoon Barometer model changes forecast-bias to negative.

 

Earnings and the Fed hold stocks from gains Tuesday

Edgy investors unable to send stocks higher amid earnings and Fed concerns over housing and Financials causing a slowdown in the economy.  The Dow lost 0.3 percent,  the S&P 500 and Techs went lower by 0.6 percent, aggregate... Tuesday, April 8, 2008,  5:51  P.M. Eastern

>  WaMu sets tone for markets gets help from Fed minutes.

>  Fed worries about economy,  housing and Financials concerns.

>  Washington Mutual gets $7 billion, warns of losses.

>  New home sales report indicates, to some, an economic slowdown.

 

Tuesdays stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.   Tuesday, April 8, 2008,  9:21  A.M. Eastern

>  Washington Mutual secures $7 billion.

 

Mondays rally fizzles as stocks go mixed at days end

The DJIA ended flat,  the S&P 500 ended up slightly by 0.1 percent, and the NASDAQ lost 0.3 percent... Monday, April 7, 2008,  9:16  P.M. Eastern

 

Monday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Monday, April 7, 2008,  9:18  A.M. Eastern

 

Jobs lost had little negative effect over stocks Friday

No overreaction today from a dismal jobs report that showed 80,000 jobs lost in March and unemployment rise to 5.1 percent.  Stocks meandered today, and for the most part,  for the past several days, with the DJIA ending slightly lower by 0.1 percent,  the S&P 500 gaining slightly by 0.1 percent,  and the NASDAQ ended higher by 0.3 percent... Friday, April 4, 2008,  5:50  P.M. Eastern

>  Stocks ended mixed after jobs report.

>  Gov said economy lost 80,000 jobs in March with unemployment at 5.1%.

 

Fridays stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Payroll jobs data in focus for the start.   Friday, April 4, 2008,  9:15  A.M. Eastern

>  Stocks meander midday after job loss report.

>  Unemployment rate jumps to 5.1 percent in March.

>  Job loss of 80,000 for March exceeds estimates by experts.

 

Stocks meander, market focused on Congress testimony

Stocks tread water Thursday,  end slightly higher,  as the investing community eye Congressional inquiry into the Bear deal.  Everybody is gearing up for the payroll jobs report tomorrow morning. Today's jobless initial claims had the Futures down this morning before the open.  There shouldn't be any surprise [to investors] that companies are going to layoff.  It was an overreaction this morning and probably will be one tomorrow when we find out how many jobs were created in March, if any.  Unfortunately, the market, at some point, will be applauding companies for laying off, maybe not out loud, but by buying the market and sending shares higher.  The DJIA, S&P 500,  and the NASDAQ ended slightly higher Thursday.   Thursday, April 3, 2008,  5:56  P.M. Eastern

>  Stocks flat Thursday as investors eye Bear testimony.

>  Stocks held back after jobless claims data.

>  Jobless claims sink futures market.

 

Thursday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Jobless claims in focus for the start.   Thursday, April 3, 2008,  9:17  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks near neutral amid Bernanke economic talk to Congress

U.S. stock market held to near flat Wednesday,  ended slightly lower as investors deciphered comments from Federal Reserve Chief Bernanke.  Other than factory order data and more Bear news,  stocks hung-around unchanged, with the DJIA closing lower by 0.4 percent,  the S&P 500 off by 0.2 percent,  and the NASDAQ slightly lower by 0.1 percent...    Wednesday, April 2, 2008,  5:55  P.M. Eastern

>  Stocks end slightly lower after Bernanke comments.

>  Factory orders drop 1.3 percent in February.

 

Wednesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start as well as Fed Chief Bernanke.   Wednesday, April 2, 2008,  9:20  A.M. Eastern

>  Stocks hold up amid Bernanke talk to Congress.

>  Bernanke gives state of the economy to Congress.

 

Stocks surge to start quarter, led by banks and Shorts

Stocks roar ahead,  garnishing 3 to 4 percent, on start of second-quarter, led by banks and short-covering.  Feeling is that the bottom, of this down market, has been tested and passed with this rally...    The major indexes ramped forward by 3 percent,  nearly 4-percent for the NASDAQ... Pre close Barometer model changed the forecast-bias to neutral as market conditions improve.  Metrics of the data from the model-run indicate further strengthening possible... Tuesday, April 1, 2008,  6:02  P.M. Eastern

>  Barometer pre close model changed the forecast-bias to neutral...

>  Banks led Tuesdays rally with indexes posting better than 3 percent.

>  UBS, Lehman, and ISM report get stocks ramping higher Tuesday.

>  ISM manufacturing activity rose slightly helping sentiment.

 

Tuesday stock market open: Look for a positive open.   Earnings season and improving sentiment in focus for the start as well as manufacturing data-release later this morning.   Tuesday, April 1, 2008,  9:20  A.M. Eastern

>  Pre close Barometer model changed the forecast-bias to neutral.

>  Stocks roar higher on manufacturing report,  2-plus percent higher.

>  Stocks rally ahead of ISM manufacturing data.

 

Last trade of the quarter sees stocks up in the green

Stocks remain positive Monday closing out the month and quarter, with investors still concerned over the credit markets.  The DJIA was up by 0.4 percent, the S&P 500 was up by 0.6 percent, and the NASDAQ higher by 0.8 percent... No change to the forecast today as model data  suggest Tuesday needs to be positive in order for the forecast-bias to be upgraded to neutral. The forecast currently maintains a CAUTION with a negative bias... Monday, March 31, 2008,  5:51  P.M. Eastern

>  Paulson proposes financial plan.

>  Stocks end the quarter in positive territory.

 

Monday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.   Monday, March 31, 2008,  9:20  A.M. Eastern

 

Negative sentiment continues to take stocks lower

Sellers are still in command of the U.S. stock market as equities continue stair stepping lower,  with the major indexes posting a loss of nearly 1-percent,  ahead of the last trade day of the quarter.  Stocks could be in for more trouble Monday as investors prepare for Q-2... Barometer models are showing more metrics turn negative,  positioning the forecast for a downgrade to negative-  we haven't seen a capitulation yet which most times signals a bottom.   Friday, March 28, 2008,  5:56  P.M. Eastern

 

Fridays stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start as well as economic data.   Friday, March 28, 2008,  9:21  A.M. Eastern

 

Oracle tanks techs, taking the broader market lower

Oracles misfortune takes tech stocks down Thursday, leading the broader market lower as well.  GDP data showing an economic slowdown helped the selling,  a decrease in unemployment jobless claims didn't help an already negative environment... Evening Barometer model-run is expected to change the forecast-bias back to negative.  It appears investors are continuing the practice of selling into rallies, which could keep stocks range bound. The change to the bias is expected prior to Fridays open...   Thursday, March 27, 2008,  6:01  P.M. Eastern

>  Evening model-run changed the forecast-bias to negative.

>  Production in the U.S. slowed down to 0.6 percent last quarter.

>  Unemployment initial claims drop 9,000 last week.

>  Oracle pressures techs and broader market.

 

Thursday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open.   GDP and jobless claims in focus for the start as well as Oracle earnings report.   Thursday, March 27, 2008,  9:20  A.M. Eastern

 

Stock market consolidates, buyers on the sidelines

Stocks got sold off Wednesday to consolidate,  help along by weak economical data... Wednesday, March 26, 2008,  6:00  P.M. Eastern

>  Stocks fall after weak reports.

>  NASAA and SIPC remind investors of safeguards already in place.

>  Oracle reports, stock falls after hours.

 

Some Market-Barometer Internet services are down

Some Internet services are down on Market-Barometer.com site but should be restored shortly.  Intranet services not affected.   Wednesday, March 26, 2008,  3:59  P.M. Eastern

 

Wednesdays stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Economic data in focus for the start.   Wednesday, March 26, 2008,  9:20  A.M. Eastern

 

Broader market consolidates, techs ramp higher

Investors rested Tuesday after mixed news and economic data, as the broader  market consolidated around the unchanged-line,  tech stocks rose over 1/2 percent... Tuesday, March 25, 2008,  5:56  P.M. Eastern

>  Home prices fall taking stocks down midmorning Tuesday.

>  Broader market consolidates, ends mixed, techs ramp up.

>  Consumer confidence drops sending stocks mixed Tuesday.

 

Tuesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open.   Tuesday, March 25, 2008,  9:19  A.M. Eastern

 

Rested investors send stocks higher on good news

Less bad news, a stream of good news,  and rested [holiday] investors sent stocks up Monday while the Barometer model turns the bias back to neutral. Stocks ramp up, settled off the highs but with nice gains. The broader market advanced by 1.5 percent, while tech stocks ramped up 3-percent... Late morning Barometer model-run changed the forecast-bias to neutral.  Data suggests bottom-testing is favorable with the metrics of the model indicating more positive days ahead... Monday, March 24, 2008,  6:00  P.M. Eastern

>  Barometer model changes the forecast-bias to neutral.

>  Stocks rally Monday on JP Morgan-Bear news.

>  Existing home sales data helps stocks.

>  Stocks rock Monday continuing Thursdays rally.

 

 

Monday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   JP Morgan and Bear Stearns in focus for the start.   Monday, March 24, 2008,  9:21  A.M. Eastern

>  Late morning Barometer model-run changed the forecast-bias to neutral.

 

Stocks gain back nearly all of yesterdays sell-off

U.S. equities come back to recover virtually all of Wednesdays loss.  The DJIA and NASDAQ rose 2.2 percent, while the broader market advanced 2.4 percent... The major news of the day [for forecasters] is stocks advancing while commodities sell off,  allowing investors to buy stocks at the floor [sector switching], or, what is possibly seen  as the floor to the stock market.  Several days of buying is needed to trigger a forecast change- charts seem to show a bottom to months of selling... Thursday, March 20, 2008,  9:44  P.M. Eastern

>  Weekly jobless claims rose by 22,000.

>  Oil and gold prices continue to fall.

>  Friday markets are closed for holiday.

 

Thursdays stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open.   Economical data and earnings in focus for the start as well as trading for long holiday weekend.   Thursday, March 20, 2008,  9:20  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks giveback much of yesterdays mega rally

Sellers make comeback into the market, take stocks down, eroding yesterdays foundation. The DJIA, S&P 500, and NASDAQ gave up 2- 1/2 percent, most of yesterdays rally... No Barometer change, models indicated today's market could see a pullback. The key now is what happens over the next several trade days. This bottom building/ testing is a work in progress, stay alert.   Wednesday, March 19, 2008,  9:54  P.M. Eastern

>  Gold and oil plunge Wednesday.

 

Wednesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Earnings in focus for the start.   Wednesday, March 19, 2008,  9:19  A.M. Eastern

 

Wall Street responds with mega rally to FOMC rate cut

Investors gobble up stocks.  Shorts buyback send stocks up in response to the Fed rate cut this afternoon and other major positive news Tuesday... Barometer models are near triggering the bias to a neutral stance but Wednesdays start is very important.  It's important for the bulls that stocks start out and completed the session in positive mode.  Allowing Shorts to take back momentum will have a very negative effect on bullishness.  The Barometer forecast models sees Wednesday as a confirmation of the bottom of this 4-month downturn.  Any wavering Wednesday could cause much more selling.   Tuesday, March 18, 2008,  6:02  P.M. Eastern

>  PPI report shows inflation making a comeback.

>  Fed cuts key rate back to 2.25 percent, sending stocks soaring Tuesday.

>  Inflation shown in producer price report.

>  Visa IPO draws billions as it goes public.

 

Tuesdays stock market open: Look for a positive open.   Fed rate-cut and earnings in focus for the start as well as economical data.   Tuesday, March 18, 2008,  9:18  A.M. Eastern

 

Investors uneasy with latest weekend moves and ahead of Fed Tuesday

Stocks recover in the market Monday after early selling amid Bear Stearns news and Fed discount cut this weekend.  More volatility ahead Tuesday if the Fed undershoots investors hope... Barometer models are near triggering a forecast change depending on reaction by investors to the Fed tomorrow- could bring about a downgrade of the forecast to negative- markets are that unsteady that reaction could be reversed after the knee-jerk.   Monday, March 17, 2008,  9:56  P.M. Eastern

>  JP Morgan to buy Bear Stearns.

>  Dollar under pressure amid Fed discount cut.

>  Factory data helps put pressure on stocks.

>  Forecast is close to downgrade Tuesday.

 

Monday stock market open: Look for a negative open.   Bear Stearns in focus for the start as well as yesterdays Fed rate cut.   Monday, March 17, 2008,  9:23  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks hit again this time Bear Stearns credit issues

Bear Stearns gets help with finances but investors tear the stock up- to nearly 50  percent loss in Fridays market.  Investors sell into the weekend with continued fear that the banking system is iffy, at best.  Not knowing what will come next, had stocks selling off by 2-percent in the broader market... Friday, March 14, 2008,  9:26  P.M. Eastern

>  The Gov reported CPI unchanged in February. Did little for stocks.

>  Gold stays above the 1k mark going into the evening at $1,002.50.

>  Bear Stearns sink stocks;  BSC  tumbles nearly 50-percent.

 

Fridays stock market open: Look for a positive open.   Bear Stearns news in focus for the start as well as economical data.   Friday, March 14, 2008,  9:25  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks reverse direction midday amid S&P report

A report by Standard & Poor's indicated the end to write-downs from the sub prime mess may be insight.  Investors have been fearful of these credit issues that had been reflected in stock markets, globally. The DJIA and S&P 500 ended up by 0.3 and 0.5 percent, while the NASDAQ gained 0.9 percent on the session... The forecast bias was downgraded to negative during the midday model run indicating further declines are still possible... Thursday, March 13, 2008,  6:01  P.M. Eastern- corrected nn:nn am ET

>  Initial unemployment claims unchanged from a week ago.

>  Forecast bias was changed to negative during the midday model run.

>  Gold tops $1000, settles back to $994 during evening pricing.

>  Stocks reverse losses gain on S&P report.

>  U.S. stock market recovers early loss, ramps up on report.

 

Thursday stock market open: Look for a negative open.   Global markets and Carlyle in focus for the start.   Thursday, March 13, 2008,  9:22  A.M. Eastern

>  Stocks turnaround and move into positive territory.

>  Stocks lower as the midday model changed the bias to negative.

 

Fed inspired rally lost steam as stocks end in red

Bulls ran out of buying power late morning Wednesday and took profits as has been the mark of sessions with up days... The Dow [DJIA] and NASDAQ lost 0.4 and 0.5 percent, respectively;  the S&P 500 lost nearly 1-percent... Wednesday, March 12, 2008,  5:52  P.M. Eastern

>  Gas at record, oil tops $110. bbl.

>  Stocks ramp up in early trade, give up all the gains to end in the red.

>  Oil closes up $109.92 a barrel in U.S. trade Wednesday.

 

Wednesdays stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open.   Fed injection plan still a focus for the start.   Wednesday, March 12, 2008,  9:25  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks roar Tuesday after Fed injection

The Federal Reserve said Tuesday morning it plans to inject $200b into the economy;  U.S. futures ramped higher in pre market activity;  stocks opened in rally mode and ended 3 to 4-percent higher for the day... Mid afternoon Barometer model changed the forecast-bias back to neutral, as data suggests this rally could have legs, at least for the short-term.... Tuesday, March 11, 2008,  6:00  P.M. Eastern

>  Fed to inject $200 billion into the economy.

>  Barometer model changed the bias to neutral in the afternoon run.

>  Kroger reports 4Q earnings.

 

Tuesday stock market open: Look for a positive open and start.   Fed liquidity action in focus for the start.   Tuesday, March 11, 2008,  9:19  A.M. Eastern

>  Fed to inject $200b into the economy.

 

Stocks continue to slid on credit mess and high gas oil prices

More bad news has stocks continue moving lower Monday as buyers are on the sidelines, as the bad news keeps Rolling on.  Barometer models indicate forecast triggers for a downgrade to negative- could happen in Tuesdays session. The DJIA lost 1.3 percent,  the S&P 500 lost 1.6 percent,  the NASDAQ lost 2-percent... Monday, March 10, 2008,  5:56  P.M. Eastern

>  Stocks fall again on continued credit mess.

>  Gas prices ramp up, oil surges Monday.

>  Oil passes $108, settles back towards $107.88 bbl.

 

Mondays stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open.   Credit concerns continue to be a focus as well as the economy.   Monday, March 10, 2008,  9:21  A.M. Eastern

 

Friday stock market open: Look for a negative open.   Nonfarm payroll data in focus for the start.   Friday, March 7, 2008,  9:24  A.M. Eastern

>  Gov reported a loss of 69,000 jobs in February, lower that expected.

>  Unemployment trend lower to 4.8 percent for February.

>  Investors now expect a 75 basis point cut in rates amid weak data.

>  Stocks fall on jobs report.

>  Barometer post close model changed the forecast bias to negative.

 

More bad news, more losses for stocks Thursday

Carlyle mortgage news started investors selling Thursday followed by more bad news as buyers have no interest in trying to bid stocks up. The DJIA lost 1.8 percent, the S&P 500 lost 2.2 percent, and the NASDAQ lost 2.3 percent... Thursday, March 6, 2008,  5:58  P.M. Eastern

>  Carlyle Group news got investors selling early in Thursdays session.

>  World markets and Ambac continue to have affect over equities.

>  Jobless initial claims fall by 24,000 helping Thursday selling spree.

>  Europe holds interest rates steady.

>  Retail sales turn-up mixed for February.

>  Credit concerns take U.S. stocks lower Thursday.

>  Home foreclosure report help tank stocks.

 

Thursdays stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Carlyle Mortgage, world markets in focus for the start as well as Ambac.   Thursday, March 6, 2008,  9:25  A.M. Eastern

 

U.S. equities close midweek trading higher

Stocks rose Wednesday amid mixed news that investors took as mostly positive, sending stocks up to close the broader market 1/2 percent higher. The NASDAQ closed with 1/2 percent gain,  the Dow was up 0.3 percent... Wednesday, March 5, 2008,  5:58  P.M. Eastern

>  Ambac offering sends stocks higher.

>  Beige Book shows widespread slowdown.

>  Slew of economic reports send stocks higher Wednesday.

>  Oil jumps to $104 bbl on data, Opec.

>  Gold continues to make gains.

 

Wednesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Payroll jobs data, earnings/ outlook in focus for the start as well as oil prices.   Wednesday, March 5, 2008,  9:24  A.M. Eastern

 

Equity market recovers most losses of the session, ends mixed

Ambac report of financial help and Cisco forecast news helps recover losses of the session to end mixed ahead of the payroll data Friday. The DJIA lost 0.4 percent, the S&P 500 lost 0.3 percent, and the NASDAQ ended up by 0.1 percent... Tuesday, March 4, 2008,  5:56  P.M. Eastern

>  Volatile day as Ambac rumor and Cisco forecast send stocks up.

>  Intel and Merrill- Citi news set sellers in motion Tuesday morning.

>  Opec and inventory send oil prices lower after big run-up to $104.

 

Tuesday stock market open: Look for a negative open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.   Tuesday, March 4, 2008,  9:08  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks mixed Monday on economics, ahead of payroll data

The Dow and S&P 500 end flat Monday while the tech heavy NASDAQ moved lower by 0.6 percent... Story two, story two, story two...   Monday, March 3, 2008,  6:03  P.M. Eastern

>  Early afternoon Barometer model changed the bias to neutral.

>  Stocks end mixed as oil goes for record.

>  Oil top $104, backs off to $102.45 bbl [chart].

 

Monday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open.   Global markets and recession-talk in focus for the start.   Monday, March 3, 2008,  9:22  A.M. Eastern

>  Afternoon model downgraded the bias to neutral from positive.

 

Stocks hammered Friday with one bad story after another

Bad economic news, recession fear, continued write-downs for the credit market, and a ricin scare, take investors to the sidelines Friday.  Add all that to pre weekend-trading and month-end takes its toll on investors as they sell stocks nonstop, over 2- 1/2 percent in a steady drop of prices. The DJIA lost 2.5 percent, the NASDAQ lost 2.6 percent, and the S&P 500 lost 2.7 percent... Friday, February 29, 2008,  10:21  P.M. Eastern

>  Personal income report adds to selling Friday.

>  Stocks are hammered on economics and recession fear.

>  Berkshire Hathaway profit falls.

 

Friday stock market open: Look for a negative open.   Credit market and earnings/ outlook in focus for the start as well as economic data.   Friday, February 29, 2008,  9:22  A.M. Eastern

 

Buyers on the sidelines Thursday, stocks drop

Stocks drop nearly 1-percent Thursday on profit taking after some edgy news and several days of positive momentum... Thursday, February 28, 2008,  9:44  P.M. Eastern

>  Stocks go south, investors take profits on economics.

>  GDP remains 0.6 percent annualized in the fourth-quarter.

>  oil surges on weak dollar.

 

Thursdays stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   GDP data and earnings in focus for the start- could turn mixed.   Thursday, February 28, 2008,  9:22  A.M. Eastern

 

Investors take profits, build tech up, stocks end mixed

Blue chips end flat,  broader market slightly lower, while tech stocks move up to close .4 percent higher on mixed news from Bernanke,  home sales, and the continuing credit problems... Wednesday, February 27, 2008,  9:24  P.M. Eastern

>  Fed will support economy, Bernanke reports.

>  Orders for durable goods down, causes some concern.

>  Stocks rise on Bernanke talk of economic support- rate cut bagged.

>  Gold at record on weak dollar.

>  Home sales and prices continue to decline.

>  Fannie Mae posts loss.

>  Toll Brothers reports loss.

 

Wednesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Economical data in focus for the start as well as Fed Chief Bernanke talk.   Wednesday, February 27, 2008,  9:20  A.M. Eastern

 

Tuesdays stock market

Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Inflation data in focus for the start.... Stocks ramp higher amid mixed news of inflation and IBM buyback news. DJIA rose 0.9 percent,  the S&P 500 rose 0.7 percent,  and the NASDAQ rose 0.8 percent...    Tuesday, February 26, 2008,  9:26  P.M. Eastern

>  PPI inflation index ramps up 1-percent, 0.4 percent for core prices.

>  Stocks rose Tuesday amid rising inflation while home prices slip.

>  IBM buyback lifts shares.

 

Stocks ramp higher on good news volley

The DJIA rose 1- 1/2 percent,  the S&P 500 rose 1.4 percent,  and the NASDAQ higher by 1-percent... The late morning model run changed the forecast to caution on improving conditions...    Monday, February 25, 2008,  9:21  P.M. Eastern

>  Late morning model run upgraded the Barometer Forecast.

>  Stocks up Monday amid housing data.

>  Visa Corporation to IPO 18+ billion offering.

>  Ambac news sends stocks ramping higher.

 

Mondays stock market open: Look for a neutral, flat open.   Ambac and the economy in focus for the start as well as Fed talk.   Monday, February 25, 2008,  9:22  A.M. Eastern

>  Stocks edge higher;  models change the forecast to caution.

 

Stocks ramp higher on Ambac bailout rumor

Stocks rose after a rumor  that banks were considering a deal that could help troubled Ambac Financial Group.  Stocks immediately turned and advanced on the news and ended a mostly-  negative session-  with 0.8 percent gain for the broader market and a 0.2 percent gain for techs...   Friday, February 22, 2008,  9:32  P.M. Eastern- corrected 9:37 pm ET

 

Fridays stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Earnings and credit issues in focus for the start.   Friday, February 22, 2008,  9:21  A.M. Eastern

 

Skittish market reverse, moves lower for loss

Investors are skittish reacting to any hint of good or bad news. Today's S&P 500 loss takes the average back to yesterdays start;  S&P 500 lost 1.3 percent, the Dow and NASDAQ lost 1.2 percent...    Thursday, February 21, 2008,  9:44  P.M. Eastern

>  Last weeks unemployment situation saw a decrease of 9,000 new claims.

 

Thursday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start as well as unemployment new claims.   Thursday, February 21, 2008,  9:20  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks reverse direction, ramp higher Wednesday

Stocks shot up, at the lunch-hour, into positive territory with the major indexes posting gains of nearly 1-percent. Barometer models indicate any further positive market-trends like this afternoon could cause an upgrade of the forecast to caution. The Dow Jones ended higher by 0.7 percent, the S&P 500 was higher by 0.8 percent, and the NASDAQ advanced by 0.9 percent...    Wednesday, February 20, 2008,  6:01  P.M. Eastern

>  Oil prices pass $101 Wednesday.

>  Fed sees slower economic growth.

>  Consumer prices rise in January.

 

Wednesday stock market open: Look for a negative open.   Fed minutes and economical data in focus for the start as well as earnings.   Wednesday, February 20, 2008,  9:17  A.M. Eastern

 

Investors give-up and let the rally die

Stocks end lower Tuesday after a very nice rally in the early going. Barometer models had indicated a potential forecast upgrade but did not happen today. Although stocks ended [indices] lower on the day, sentiment has been looking positive. Wednesdays market could see a turn up in sentiment which could lead to a forecast upgrade to caution. The Dow Jones and S&P 500 ended near flat, NASDAQ end well off by 0.9 percent...    Tuesday, February 19, 2008,  6:01  P.M. Eastern

>  Oil jumps, stocks give up gains Tuesday.

>  Oil jumps to $100 bbl.

>  Wal-Mart reports profit.

>  Delta Airlines to buy Northwest.

 

Tuesday stock market open: Look for a positive open.   Global markets, Castro news, and investor outlook in focus for the start;  look for a forecast change if positive sentiment continues.   Tuesday, February 19, 2008,  9:23  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks end mixed, investors opt to resume strategy after long weekend

Stocks end mixed as investors opt to wait for next week and not to go into the long holiday weekend with to many fresh trades. The DJIA closed off by 0.2 percent, the S&P 500 ended slightly higher by 0.1 percent, and the tech [NASDAQ] market was off 1/2 percent...    Friday, February 15, 2008,  9:25  P.M. Eastern

>  Stocks mixed on economic factors and taking cover for the weekend.

 

Friday stock market open: Look for a negative open.   New bank write down concerns and earnings outlook in focus for the start as well as long holiday weekend for investors.   Friday, February 15, 2008,  9:22  A.M. Eastern

 

Economical woes continue as stocks fall after 3 day rally

Stocks got off to a troubled start Thursday after 3 days of gains, as buyers rethink economical woes, with little buying of stocks, sellers take control moving the averages lower by 1- 1/2 percent, aggregate...    Thursday, February 14, 2008,  5:56  P.M. Eastern- corrected 9:34 pm ET

>  Bernanke testimony unsettles market.

>  Unemployment initial claims drops 9,000.

 

Thursday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open.   Fed Chief Bernanke testimony in focus for the start.   Thursday, February 14, 2008,  9:20  A.M. Eastern

 

Rally on retail sales, broader market up over 1-percent, techs more than 2-percent

U.S. stock market rallies, making it a 3-day advance on good news- this time retail sales for January exceeded expert expectations, driving the indexes up... ...   Wednesday, February 13, 2008,  5:58  P.M. Eastern

>  Retail sales rose 0.3 percent in January.

>  Stocks rise on retail sales report.

>  Morgan Stanley cuts jobs.

>  Waste Management report profits.

>  Coke profits surge.

 

Wednesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Retail sales data in focus for the start.   Wednesday, February 13, 2008,  9:20  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks rally after Buffett rescue offer

Stocks pushed higher Tuesday after Buffett said on CNBC this morning that he had offered to insure bond re- insurance...   Stocks rallied early giving back some with the NASDAQ ending virtually unchanged...    Tuesday, February 12, 2008,  5:45  P.M. Eastern

>  Models changed the bias to positive showing improved conditions.

>  Broader market rallies amid Buffett reinsure news.

>  Broader market rallies, tech stocks lag.

 

Tuesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Earnings in focus for the start.   Tuesday, February 12, 2008,  9:20  A.M. Eastern

>  Midday model run upgraded the forecast-bias to positive.

 

Stocks run higher Monday as investors buy tech

The Dow was higher by 1/2 percent, the S&P 500 up by 0.6 percent, and the NASDAQ was up 0.7 percent...    Monday, February 11, 2008,  5:55  P.M. Eastern

>  Yahoo rejects Microsoft bid offer.

>  Stocks up Monday in modest trade.

 

Monday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open.   Monday, February 11, 2008,  9:22  A.M. Eastern

 

Investors build position in tech at expense of the broader market

Investors sell stocks in the broader market and add to the tech-heavy NASDAQ, as the U.S. stock market ends Friday mixed.  The NASDAQ was higher by 1/2 percent,  while the DJIA sold off by 1/2 percent and the S&P 500 by 0.4 percent...    Friday, February 8, 2008,  9:42  P.M. Eastern

 

Friday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative open. Could turn mixed.   Friday, February 8, 2008,  9:14  A.M. Eastern

 

Investors cautious sending stocks higher Thursday

Cisco Systems and Wal-Mart set the tone for Thursday trading as investors are very cautious sending the major indexes up slightly after several large down days....    Thursday, February 7, 2008,  5:56  P.M. Eastern

>  Cisco and Wal-Mart disappointing news sets tone for today's market.

>  Unemployment initial claims dropped by 22,000 last week.

 

Thursday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Cisco and Wal-Mart in focus for the start as well as initial jobless claims data.   Thursday, February 7, 2008,  9:13  A.M. Eastern

 

Market reverses direction after Fed inflation talk

Stocks rebounded in morning trade Wednesday, from days of selling, but turned and moved lower while investors eye Fed comments on inflation. Stocks lost positive momentum Wednesday, drifted lower to end with the Dow off by 1/2 percent,  S&P 500 off by 0.8 percent, and the NASDAQ,  moved lower by 1.3 percent...    Wednesday, February 6, 2008,  9:33  P.M. Eastern

>  Data released before the open helps stocks in early trade.

>  Stocks continue Tuesdays fall after 100+ points on the Dow.

>  Buyers step back after Fed inflation comment.

 

Wednesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Earnings and economical data in focus for the start.   Wednesday, February 6, 2008,  9:20  A.M. Eastern

 

U.S. stocks dive 3-percent on troubling economic data

Look for a negative open Tuesday-  manufacturing data and the economy were in focus for the start...   Stocks are hammered Tuesday on data that could be perceived as recession indicator...    Tuesday, February 5, 2008,  6:03  P.M. Eastern

>  Late morning Barometer model changed the forecast-bias to neutral.

>  BP misses, plans layoff.

>  GMAC Financial reports earnings.

>  Soft data causes stocks to fall 3 percent.

>  Disney beats projections, upbeat on forecast.

>  Whirlpool profits up on global sales.

 

Stocks go south on economical worries

Broader market moved lower Monday by 1-percent, while tech stocks on the NASDAQ was off by 1.3 percent...    Monday, February 4, 2008,  5:56  P.M. Eastern

>  Factory orders rise in December.

>  Stocks fall Monday as investors worry about the economy.

 

Monday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open Monday.   Monday, February 4, 2008,  9:18  A.M. Eastern

 

M&A and economic data lead stocks higher

Microsoft bidding for Yahoo before the open got investors searching for stocks to buy,  sending U.S. stocks higher in afternoon trade Friday...   Stocks start the day in mixed mode,  spending most of the morning in flat territory, until buyers ramped up sending the major indexes higher...      Friday, February 1, 2008,  5:59  P.M. Eastern

>  Barometer bias was upgraded during the evening model run.

>  17,000 new payroll jobs added to the economy, well under estimates.

>  Unemployment slipped to 4.9 percent in January.

>  U.S. stocks rise after economical data release.

>  China and Alcoa to buy stake in Rio Tinto.

 

Friday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open.   Microsoft - Yahoo and jobs payroll in focus for the start.   Friday, February 1, 2008,  9:15  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks ramp higher day after rate cut

Stocks ramp up as investors continue the rally with the major indexes posting 1.7 percent- across the board gains...   Unemployment first time claims jump 69,000 last week...    Thursday, January 31, 2008,  5:48  P.M. Eastern

>  Jobless claims roar higher posting large increase.

>  Stocks rebound on bond insurance news.

>  Sony profits increase.

 

Thursday stock market open: Look for a negative open.   Recession fears and continued credit issues in focus for the start as well as fresh data-  jobless claims.   Thursday, January 31, 2008,  8:59  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks end lower after Fed rate cut

Stocks rallied after the Fed cut the key interest rate to 3-percent, gave it up and ended well into negative territory Wednesday...    Sometimes its the day after the cut that investors react- watch out for Thursday.   Nations production of goods and services (GDP) increased at an annual rate of 0.6 percent in the fourth quarter of 2007;  2.2 percent for the year...    Wednesday, January 30, 2008,  5:54  P.M. Eastern- UPDATED 9:35 pm ET

>  Fed cuts key interest rate 50 basis points to 3 percent.

>  Fed cut rates, stocks fall on economic concerns.

 

Wednesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Fed rate-cut this afternoon and statement of policy is in focus for the start as well as GDP data.   Wednesday, January 30, 2008,  8:56  A.M. Eastern

 

Investors throttle-up, sending stocks higher ahead of the Fed: |  U.S. stocks ramped higher Monday, as investors expect a 50 basis-point cut to the target of the Federal funds rate.  The two-day meeting will conclude Wednesday afternoon with a statement of their decision on rates and any change to monetary policy- markets are expecting the Fed funds target to be cut to 3-percent.  During Mondays early afternoon model run, the forecast-bias was set to neutral which indicates an improving stock market. The overall indication is still negative which indicates further declines are expected. Obviously the FOMC decision on rates and any other news can change market direction.   Tuesday, January 29, 2008,  8:28  A.M. Eastern

>  Forecast-bias was changed to neutral midday Monday.

 

Monday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open.   Global markets and the U.S. economy in focus for the start as well as the Fed rate-cut.   Monday, January 28, 2008,  9:21  A.M. Eastern

 

Earnings help stocks early, negative news sets-in moving investors to sell: Stock gains evaporate midday as negative sentiment sets-in and investors and traders drive stocks down to close the DJIA off by 1.4 percent, the S&P 500 was off by 1.6 percent, and the NASDAQ was off by 1- 1/2 percent.   Friday, January 25, 2008,  5:50  P.M. Eastern

>  Early gains lost as investors sell down stocks Friday afternoon.

>  Microsoft inspires traders to buy stocks Friday morning.

 

Friday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Stimulus package and the FOMC in focus for the start.   Friday, January 25, 2008,  9:20  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks continue to move up with across the board gains: More gains Wednesday as investors continue to buy stocks, sending the major averages up by 1 to 2 percent, with the tech heavy index outperforming the broader markets.     Thursday, January 24, 2008,  9:17  P.M. Eastern

>  Unemployment jobless claims drop 1,000 last week.

>  Microsoft reports profits up, could help rally Friday.

>  Wall Street extends Wednesdays rally.

>  House Ok's economical stimulus package.

>  More earnings reports...

 

Thursday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Stimulus package and Insurers in focus for the start.   Thursday, January 24, 2008,  9:24  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks reverse course, rally, with the broader market up over 2-percent: Stocks bounce off the lows midday to rally on news of a rescue to the bond insurers. The Dow rallied some 600 points off the low, to close up by 2- 1/2 percent,  the S&P 500 closed up by nearly 2- 1/4 percent, and the NASDAQ was up by 1-percent.   Wednesday, January 23, 2008,  9:23  P.M. Eastern

>  Qualcomm reports first quarter profit.

>  Other companies report quarterly results.

 

Wednesday stock market open: Look for a negative open.   Wednesday, January 23, 2008,  9:22  A.M. Eastern

 

Fed cut rates, global markets sell off,  U.S. makes come back off the lows: Stocks are hammered around the globe Monday and Tuesday as investors continue to fear a U.S. recession and what that could do to the world economy. It all caught up to the U.S. when it finally opened after a long-holiday weekend. Stocks could have relent but after a brief bottom stocks began to come back with the DJIA and S&P 500 off by 1.1 percent, the NASDAQ doubled that and was down 2-percent.   Tuesday, January 22, 2008,  5:59  P.M. Eastern

>  Fed cut rates in a move to prop up a weakening economy.

>  Wachovia earnings drops 98-percent.

>  DuPont fourth quarter profit drops.

>  United reports earnings loss.

>  UnitedHealth and other co's report earnings.

 

Tuesday stock market open: Look for a negative open.   Fear grips global markets, Fed cuts rates.   Tuesday, January 22, 2008,  9:21  A.M. Eastern

 

U.S. markets closed for holiday: |  Markets are closed today for Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.  Markets will reopen normal times Tuesday.   Monday, January 21, 2008,  8:33  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks fall on stimulus plan, still months away: President Bush announces plan to stimulate the economy but could take months before the consumer and businesses see relief. The Fed has nearly promised a rate- cut but no rate cut seen today as investors get edgy with a long holiday weekend ahead, sell stocks down, with the Dow and S&P 500 off by nearly 1/2 percent, the NASDAQ was off by 0.3 percent. The markets will be closed Monday to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. Markets will reopen regular sessions Tuesday.   Friday, January 18, 2008,  6:01  P.M. Eastern

>  Stocks fall after Bush announces stimulus plan.

>  GE reports earnings, mostly inline with expectations.

 

Friday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   FOMC and President Bush in focus for the start.   Friday, January 18, 2008,  9:14  A.M. Eastern

 

Inaction sends stocks sharply lower Thursday: Stocks dive Thursday  adding to an already [short-term] oversold condition, as investors and traders look for economic stimulus and a rate-cut that, some say, is overdue. Everybody is talking about it, but no action today from the Government to avert a recession. Investors take matters into their own hands and sell the market with the DJIA lower by 2- 1/2 percent, the S&P 500 off by 3-percent, and the NASDAQ lower by 2-percent. Midday Barometer model run downgraded the forecast-bias to negative which could indicate more downside action to come.   Thursday, January 17, 2008,  9:18  P.M. Eastern

>  Forecast-bias set to negative during the midday model run.

>  Stocks sharply lower on inaction on the economy and rates.

>  Merrill Lynch posts loss.

>  New home sales construction falls in December.

>  Bernanke backs economical stimulus and action by the Fed.

>  Initial jobless claims dropped to 301,000, a decrease of 21,000.

 

Thursday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Economical data and the Fed in focus for the start..   Thursday, January 17, 2008,  9:20  A.M. Eastern

 

Investors almost pull out a positive day: Stocks zigzag through the session Wednesday as bears and bulls each had the upper hand at times. Investors finally reverse direction and send stocks into negative territory with the DJIA lower by 0.3 percent,  the S&P 500 was off by 0.6 percent,  and the NASDAQ was down by 1-percent.   Wednesday, January 16, 2008,  5:54  P.M. Eastern

>  Consumer price report and Intel's earnings set investors mood.

>  Stocks reverse direction, end in negative territory Wednesday.

>  Inflation data send stocks lower Wednesday.

>  Inflation (CPI report) edges up in 2007.

 

Wednesday stock market open: Look for a negative open.   Intel and the Fed in focus for the start.   Wednesday, January 16, 2008,  9:17  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks dive on Citi and economic woes: The NASDAQ and S&P 500 sold off by 2- 1/2 percent, while the Dow was off 2.2 percent Tuesday on continued bad news of all sorts-  economics-  credit problems-  earnings-   that continue to plague investors.  Problems to continue Wednesday with Intel's earnings report that has sent the stock tumbling in the after hours session; consumer inflation report is scheduled for release at 8:30et tomorrow that could amplify volatility.       Tuesday, January 15, 2008,  9:56  P.M. Eastern

>  Manufacturing prices helped the selling of stocks Wednesday.

>  Citigroup's almost 10 billion write-down sent stocks tumbling.

>  Stocks fall on economic and credit news.

>  Intel forecast sets economic alarms- stage set for another sell off.

 

Tuesday stock market open: Look for a negative open.   Citigroup and inflation in focus for the start.   Tuesday, January 15, 2008,  9:20  A.M. Eastern

 

Monday stock market open: Look for a positive open.   IBM earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.   Monday, January 14, 2008,  9:17  A.M. Eastern

 

Friday stock market snapshot: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start as well as continued credit issues. Stocks hammered again today as the fight between the bears and the bulls continues. The major indices closed lower out by 1- 3/4 percent, aggregated.   Friday, January 11, 2008,  6:08  P.M. Eastern

>  Subprime problems continues to affect stock trading.

>  U.S. trade deficit continues to widen.

>  B of A buys Countrywide.

 

Stocks ramp up on Bernanke rate-cut hope: Stocks surge on comments from Fed Chief Bernanke today as investors drive stocks higher on probable rate-cut of 50 basis points later in the month, if not sooner. The DJIA rose 0.9 percent, the S&P 500 rose 0.8 percent, and the NASDAQ rose 0.6 percent. The midday Barometer model run set the forecast to negative and in the afternoon session the bias was set to neutral. The model data indicates that the [short-term] future of the equity market is subject to additional losses.   Thursday, January 10, 2008,  9:29  P.M. Eastern

>  Midday model run set the forecast to negative maintaining a negative bias.

>  Late afternoon model run sets forecast-bias to neutral on improving conditions.

>  Initial unemployment jobless claims drop by 15,000 in latest week.

>  Stocks ramp up on FOMC Chief Bernanke comments Thursday.

 

Thursday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start as well as rate-cut hope.   Thursday, January 10, 2008,  9:20  A.M. Eastern

>  Midday model run set the forecast to negative, leaving the bias at negative.

>  Some on Wall Street are upset with Federal Reserve.

 

U.S. equities make comeback in afternoon trade Wednesday: Stocks rebound Wednesday, in afternoon trading, as investors buy stocks at session low and drive the indexes up to close at the high.  Investors await Thursdays trade to see if the positive momentum has follow-through. The DJIA closed out with 1.2 percent increase, the S&P 500 closed with a 1.4 percent increase, and the NASDAQ was up by 1.4 percent.   Wednesday, January 9, 2008,  5:58  P.M. Eastern

>  Stocks reverse direction in sea-saw trading Wednesday.

>  Stocks rebound Wednesday ending days of selling.

 

Wednesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.   Wednesday, January 9, 2008,  9:20  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks hammered as investors are uncertain of the economy and earnings power: Stocks dive, once again, as the broad base sell off continues with investors taking profits on any advance. The forecast-bias was downgraded to negative, ushering in a full blown negative forecast if prices don't improve in Wednesdays market. The DJIA and the S&P 500 lost nearly 2-percent, and the NASDAQ lost nearly 2.5 percent.   Tuesday, January 8, 2008,  6:05  P.M. Eastern

>  Forecast bias was downgraded to negative Tuesday after the close.

>  AT&T sees slowdown.

>  Socks fall as volatile trading continues in U.S. stocks.

>  Countrywide stock falls helping the broader market sell off.

 

Tuesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Tuesday, January 8, 2008,  9:22  A.M. Eastern

 

Volatile day sees Monday ending in mixed mode: Stocks all over the map today as investors and traders are hard pressed to make any commitment passed intra-session. The DJIA rose 0.2 percent, the S&P 500 rose 0.3 percent, and the NASDAQ lost 0.2 percent.   Monday, January 7, 2008,  5:55  P.M. Eastern

>  Stocks all over the map, end mixed Monday, January 7, 2008.

>  Rate-cut hopes causes volatility in the stock market.

 

Monday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Fed speak in focus for the start.   Monday, January 7, 2008,  9:20  A.M. Eastern

 

Market on the verge of moving much lower: Equity market was sold-off Friday on Decembers nonfarm jobs report that showed less than expected new jobs added to the economy, it was well off estimates. The report also showed a jump in unemployment, both sparking fear of a recession by investors.  The DJIA lost nearly 2-percent, the S&P 500 lost 2-1/2 percent, and the NASDAQ lost 3.75 percent.  Barometer model data indicates Monday could be a turnaround for stocks, otherwise, data shows much more losses in store for investors over the short-term if Monday becomes another selling point.   Saturday, January 5, 2008,  10:03  A.M. Eastern

>  The economy added 18,000 new jobs in December, well below estimates.

>  Nations unemployment jumps to 5-percent in December.

>  Jobs data sends stocks lower Friday.

>  Job growth slammed in December causes volatile markets.

 

Fridays stock market open: Look for a negative open. The economy, jobs, and unemployment in focus for the start.   Friday, January 4, 2008,  9:21  A.M. Eastern

 

U.S. equities end flat ahead of the jobs creation report: Stocks were in and out of positive territory Thursday, as investors are not willing to outguess market direction before the Government releases the all important payroll jobs report. Stock major indexes were flat ahead of major data with the indices ending mixed. Jobless claims fell by 21,000 but was attributed to less activity during Christmas week.   Thursday, January 3, 2008,  9:29  P.M. Eastern

>  Stocks end mixed ahead of jobs creation report.

>  Oil tops $100 bbl again, slips at the close.

>  Unemployment new claims fall during holiday week.

 

Thursday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open.   Thursday, January 3, 2008,  9:20  A.M. Eastern

 

Stock market hammered as investors continue to dump equities: The U.S. stock market gets sold off Wednesday after economical data and Fed minutes hold investors fearful of 2008 economy and interest rates. The DJIA lost 1.7 percent,  the S&P 500 lost 1.4 percent,  and the NASDAQ lost 1.6 percent. The forecast-bias was lowered to neutral Monday as the Barometer model metrics continue to degrade.   Wednesday, January 2, 2008,  6:15  P.M. Eastern

>  Stocks move lower on contracting manufacturing ISM report.

>  Oil tops $100 bbl closing slightly lower Wednesday...   chart....

>  Bias was changed to neutral during Monday evening model run.

>  Dow drops triple-digits on first trade day of 2008.

 

Wednesday stock market open: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open.   Wednesday, January 2, 2008,  9:20  A.M. Eastern

 

Markets closed for New Year's Day: Market are closed Tuesday for the New Year's Day holiday.  Markets are scheduled to reopen tomorrow at normal scheduled times.   Tuesday, January 1, 2008,  4:09  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks fall on last trade day of 2007: Stocks gave in to selling pressures as the DJIA and NASDAQ lost 0.8 percent, the S&P 500 lost 0.7 percent. For the year, the NASDAQ gained 9.8 percent, the Dow was up by 6.4 percent, and the S&P 500 higher by 3.5 percent..   Tuesday, January 1, 2008,  3:26  A.M. Eastern

>  Barometer forecast-bias was cut to neutral during the post-close model run.

>  Existing home sales was reported slightly higher in November.

>  Market ends lower on the last trading day of 2007.

 

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