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Flood Of Selling Hits In Last Minutes Of 2009 Regular Session Trading

Look for a neutral-to-positive open for the last trading day of 2009.   Jobless claims and end of year in focus for the start.  2009 trading goes out with a flurry of selling, but still holds onto big gains for the year.   Thursday, December 31, 2009,  9:15  A.M. Eastern- updated 10:50p Easter

>  Markets are scheduled to reopen Monday, normal time.

>  Jobless new claims sink by 22,000- chart.

 

Stocks End Flat As Investors Prepare For End Of Year

Look for a neutral-to-negative open.  Light volume sees real flat trading as year draws to close.  NASDAQ ended up 0.1 percent, the Dow and S&P 500 ended virtually unchanged.   Wednesday, December 30, 2009,  9:18  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:50p Easter

 

Santa Clause Rally Turns Into New Years Rally

Look for a neutral-to-positive open for Monday.  During slow periods, models have a different rule set to go by, thus, the Leading Indicator model will maintain a negative BLI status.   Monday, December 28, 2009,  9:14  A.M. Eastern- updated 12:15a Easter

 

Markets closed for Christmas holiday

Markets in the U.S. are closed to observe Christmas Day holiday. Markets are scheduled to reopen Monday, normal times.   Friday, December 25, 2009,  10:25  A.M. Eastern

 

Investors Take Another Look At Home Sales Data That Stifles The Broader Market

Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Futures indicate a positive start.  Home sales data turns yesterdays rally into a moderate gain for the broader market while tech still is pumped up.  S&P 500 is up against the upper limit of the trading range and could break out on top or move lower, which is more likely.   Wednesday, December 23, 2009,  7:51  A.M. Eastern- updated 12:25a Eastern

 

Investors Rally Around Home Sales, Sending Stocks Up Tuesday

Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   GDP data in focus for the start.  Stocks go positive Tuesday after mixed data.   Tuesday, December 22, 2009,  9:05  A.M. Eastern- updated 7:39p Eastern

>  GDP for Q-3 is 2.2 percent, revised lower.

 

U.S. Stock Market Rallies On Intel Alcoa Upgrades

Look for a neutral-to-positive open for Monday.  Shortened week saw Monday's stock market rally on upgrades.   Monday, December 21, 2009,  8:49  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:58p Eastern

 

Tech ramps up on earnings as the broader market advances on options expiration and index rebalancing

Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Research In Motion and Oracle earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Options expiration and balancing the indexes saw a share volume increase with tech stocks ramping up and the broader market posting a nice gain.   Friday, December 18, 2009,  8:49  A.M. Eastern- updated 10:08p Eastern

 

Spooked by unfriendly data and Citi offering, stocks drop 1-1/4 percent

Look for a negative open.  Jobless claims in focus for the start.  Investors don't like the unemployment data and send stocks down Thursday in a back in forth market.   Thursday, December 17, 2009,  8:49  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:29p Eastern

>  Unemployment new claims rise more than expected, sending stocks lower at the open.

 

Fed promotes stability but the market fickleness take stocks mixed

Look for a neutral-to-positive open Wednesday.   Fed FOMC meeting, Consumer Prices report, and Housing data in focus for the start.  Fed ends two day meeting leaving rates unchanged and little change in policy statement.  Equities trend off the high of the session to end mixed.   Wednesday, December 16, 2009,  8:50  A.M. Eastern- updated 10:38p Eastern

>  How flat is flat- we are back to where we were ten sessions ago on the S&P 500.

>  Fed ended FOMC meeting, keeping rates unchanged- equity market sinks, ending flat.

>  BLI continues at negative; indicates the stock market increasingly is subject to a direction change lower.

>  Fed leaves the target for the Fed funds rate unchanged.

>  Consumer prices rose 0.4 percent; core reading was unchanged in November.

 

Traders cow in face of surging manufacturing prices

Look for a neutral-to-negative open Tuesday.   Producer Prices report in focus for the start as well as Bulls really need another at least neutral day today.  Stocks go south Tuesday as traders and investors fear inflation.  Manufacturing report showed a surge in prices indicating an economic recovery is underway.  Fed FOMC meets today and Wednesday to consider a change in the monetary policy statement.  No rate change is expected.   Tuesday, December 15, 2009,  8:49  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:34p Eastern

>  The FOMC ends its December meeting Wednesday with a statement at 2:15 pm. ET, that most experts believe will contain little change in policy- no rate change is expected.

>  Fear tanks the U.S. equity market after a four day Bull run.

>  Well Fargo said it will repay TARP in full on December 18, 2009, redeeming its preferred stock for $25 billion.

>  Manufacturing prices surged in November 1.8 percent- core price up 1/2 percent.

 

 

M&A And TARP Payback Help U.S. Stock Market Advance

Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Citi to repay TARP and Exxon M&A in focus for the start.  M&A [Exxon - XTO], TARP payback by Citi, and AP's report of Abu Dhabi bailout of Dubai helped investors and traders to send stocks higher Monday.  Technology stocks led today with a one percent gain, the broader market was up 0.7 percent.  Model shows another couple of good stock days and we could be looking at another leg up to end the year.  BLI Barometer-plot is turning up indicating another move higher for stocks- a Santa rally.  See Bulls link below.   Monday, December 14, 2009,  8:49  A.M. Eastern- updated 11:37p Eastern

>  Bulls really- really need another good day to get a leg up; we need another positive, or at minimum, neutral flat day to get the rally moving again; click this link- then click the chart.

>  Good news got investors to send stocks higher Monday.

 

Broader market advances, tech struggled at the unchanged line

Look for a neutral-to-positive open Friday.  Could turn negative after the open.  Retail sales data in focus for the start.  The broader market put in a triple play today making it three in a row for stocks- tech lagged- ending virtual unchanged.   Friday, December 11, 2009,  8:49  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:36 Eastern

 

Equities Rise Putting Together A Much Needed Two In A Row

Look for a neutral-to-positive open Thursday.   Jobless new claims data in focus for the start.  We have two in a row positive sessions- onto hopefully more- but track record suggests we wont.  It appears that no one is going to bet big either way until 2010.  We can expect to continue going sideways.   Thursday, December 10, 2009,  8:51  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:30 pm Eastern Time

>  Barometer Leading Indicator model shows what two positive sessions can do; we need more positive days to get the rally moving again; click this link- then click the chart.

>  It appears we can expect range bound trading in the market.

>  New unemployment claims increase- better than expected- chart.

 

Modestly higher session Wednesday as stocks trek sideways

Look for a neutral flat open. Could turn mixed to negative.  Investors eke out a positive session as the major indexes posted nearly a half percent gain.  No change to the Forecast today as a positive performance today averted triggering a downgrade.  Thursdays session needs to be positive to avoid action from the models.   Wednesday, December  9, 2009,  9:00  A.M. Eastern- updated 9:53 pm Eastern Time Eastern

 

Dow off triple digits as Dollar strengthens; gold and oil move lower

Look for a negative open.  Not a good day for stocks as investors still have concern over the economic recovery.  Equities sell off with the broader market lower by 1-percent and tech stocks off by 3/4 percent.   Tuesday, December  8, 2009,  8:49  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:30 pm Eastern Time Eastern

>  Barometer Leading Indicator model shows that the stock market could move much lower- click this link- then click the chart.

>  As performance degrades in the U.S. stock market, Barometer models suggest a Bias change likely this week followed by a Forecast change if performance doesn't improve.

>  Stock market moves lower as recovery concerns grow.

>  The Dollar rose Tuesday while just about everything ells went lower as marketeers are concerned over the local and global economic recovery.

 

Stocks move slightly lower as the market continues its trek sideways

Look for a neutral flat open Monday.  Market opened flat, ended flat with a pop in the middle, as the stock market continues drifting sideways.  Slow market as traders and investors are ok with sideways movement, for the time being.   Monday, December  7, 2009,  8:55  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:37 pm Eastern Time Eastern

>  Mixed end Monday with the Dow up fractionally, the S&P 500 lower by 1/4 percent, and the NASDAQ down by 0.2 percent.

 

Rally fizzles but stocks hold small gain after jobs report

Look for a positive open Friday.   Nonfarm Jobs report in focus for the start.  Jobs report got investors and traders wired early on but as usual stocks decline but at least held on for a nice gain.  Gold and oil came under pressure Friday while stock prices rallied early but ended well off the highs of the session.   Friday, December  4, 2009,  8:55  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:02 pm Eastern Time Eastern

>  Tech stocks surge Friday while the broader market got trimmed.

>  Jobs lost shrinks to 11,000 in November.

>  Unemployment drops slightly to 10 percent.

 

Past Thirteen Sessions Mostly Sideways Movement For The S&P 500- Toying With 1100

Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Jobless new claims and productivity report in focus for the start.  Major indexes sink at the close ahead of the jobs report Friday morning.  S&P 500 posts a close just under 1100 where it's been difficult staying above it.   Thursday, December 3, 2009,  8:52  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:35 pm Eastern Time Eastern

>  Equities end lower ahead of payroll as S&P 500 continues testing 1100.

>  Nonfarm productivity revised lower to 8.1 percent, 3rd. quarter 2009.

>  Unemployment new claims continue to drop- chart.

 

Neither Bulls or Bears can hold onto a particular direction

Look for a neutral flat open.  Could turn mixed.  ADP report and Beige Book in focus for the start.  A directionless market as stocks continue to oscillate between positive and negative giving no clear signal.  U.S. major stock market indexes ended mixed with the broader market flat and tech gaining.   Wednesday, December 2, 2009,  8:49  A.M. Eastern- updated 10:11 pm Eastern Time Eastern

>  Sluggish trade Wednesday ends mixed ahead of more jobs data.

>  Gold price continues to ramp up with some analysts saying the sky is the limit.

>  Jobless new claims on deck with payroll report Friday could finally move the market one way or the other.

 

Dubai Worries Tabled As U.S. Stocks Rally To Start December

Look for a neutral-to-positive open Tuesday.  New month, new hope, or less surprises, just might see the rally continues, especially if stocks can project today's performance throughout the rest of this week.  The broader market posted a 1.2 percent gain, tech gained 1.5 percent.   Tuesday, December 1, 2009,  8:49  A.M.- updated 9:45 pm Eastern Time Eastern

>  Dollar continues under pressure- Euro - Yen chart.

>  U.S. stock market rallies- investors and traders  hope for more.

>  Gold price breaks through 1200, settles slightly lower Tuesday.

>  Even with a rally like today, we still need conviction by traders and investors to continue bidding shares higher. One day up- one day down- sideways market is not getting us anywhere.

 

Stocks ramp up at the close as Wall Street digests Dubai debt problem

Look for a neutral flat open Monday.  Dubai concerns in focus for the start as well as this is month-end and traders to adjust positions.  With a half-hour to go in Mondays session, the major indexes show flat and mixed results.  Stocks ramp-up towards the close as the Dubai debt problem becomes less of a worry.   Monday, November 30, 2009,  8:38  A.M. Eastern- updated 9:53 pm Eastern Time

>  Models continue to lock in negative BLI which means a market direction-change is still possible.

 

U.S. stocks sold off on Dubai debt concerns; had a cascading effect on global markets

Look for a negative open Friday.   Dubai in focus for the start.  Equity markets around the global sold off Friday on fear that the Dubai debt news could be a leg down for financials and the economy...   Friday, November 27, 2009,  9:16  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:51 pm Eastern Time

>  If black Fridays retail results come in better than expected, the Dubai news could be offset next week..

>  Gold price drops amid the Dubai debt concerns.

>  Oil prices dive early in the session but recover some lost ground.

 

Barometer Leading Indicator downgraded to negative Thursday evening

Market Barometer models, this evening, downgraded the Barometer Leading Indicator to negative...on AFP report of Dubai...   Thursday, November 26, 2009,  10:16  P.M. Eastern

 

U.S. Stocks Hold Onto Marginal Gain Going Into Holiday

Look for a neutral-to-positive open Wednesday.   Jobless new claims in focus for the start as well as Durable Goods report.  U.S. stocks get pulled sideways on Dollar weakness as gold price rallies towards $1,200.  Holiday spirits are with investors as the stock market puts in a gain.  U.S. markets will be closed Thursday for the Thanksgiving holiday.  Markets will reopen normal schedule Friday for a half day session.   Wednesday, November 25, 2009,  8:49  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:44 pm Eastern Time

>  S&P 500 index closes above 1100 for third session-chart.

>  Stocks eke out a gain in Wednesdays session ahead of U.S. holiday.

>  Gold prices closes in on the $1,200 level.

>  Unemployment new jobless claims drops below the 500,000 mark- chart.

 

Flat And Slow With Tech Lagging On This Shortened Week

Look for a neutral flat open Tuesday.   GDP data in focus for the start.  GDP second estimate was revised lower; trading on the stock market gets a slow start on this shortened week.  U.S. stock market ends well off the low of the session, but still in negative territory.   Tuesday, November 24, 2009,  8:49  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:46 pm Eastern Time

>  Lots of data today but slow markets in shortened week.

>  Bad news- stocks go negative again; good news S&P 500 is above 1100, day two.

>  GDP slows to 2.8 percent in third quarter- chart.

 

Averages ramp up, S&P 500 above 1100, low volume on short week

Look for a positive open Monday.  Equities rally Monday, end well off the highs of the session as the S&P 500 index closes north of 1100.  HP's earnings/ outlook could help stocks Tuesday.   Monday, November 23, 2009,  8:45  A.M. Eastern- updated 10:01 pm Eastern Time

>  Rally takes S&P 500 above 1,100. See if momentum can carry over to tomorrow.

>  Gold prices continue to trek higher.

>  HP announced results for 4Q;  net revenue $30.8 billion:  $0.99 EPS;  $1.14 non-GAAP EPS.

>  Dollar trade continues to drive the stock market.

 

Wall Street going for three in a row down days

Look for a negative open for Friday.  Investors continue to take profits as stocks are on a three day binge.  Off the lows but still underwater, stocks continue the trek lower.  Equities edge lower Thursday with the NASDAQ off 1/2 percent, the broader market off by 0.3 percent, and the DJIA off by 0.1 percent.   Friday, November 20, 2009,  8:55  A.M. Eastern- updated 10:00 pm Eastern Time

>  Looks bad for next week; model data degrading fast; click this link; then click chart.

>  Dollar trading appears to determine equity movement- charts.

>  After a great run, U.S. stock market appears to be rolling over; more of the same expected during the short week ahead.

 

Equities Sell Off As The Dollar Strengthens Against Most Currencies

Look for a negative open.   Jobless first time claims in focus for the start.  Jobless new claims data got the ball rolling this morning taking Futures down, with the Dollar turning direction and strengthening this morning, adding to the downturn Thursday.   Thursday, November 19, 2009,  8:49  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:31 pm Eastern Time

>  Forecast model [chart] shows possible trouble; click this link; then click chart.

>  Data and downgrade stifles stocks, Dollar strength caps session recovery.

>  Dollar "remote controls" equities Thursday, down then up- chart.

>  Stocks get hammered all day, but recover some lost ground.

>  Jobless new claims hold at 505,000- chart.

>  Chip downgrades get investors off on the wrong foot.

 

U.S. Stock Market Tries To Break Free, But Falls Short Of Unchanged

Look for a neutral-to-negative open Wednesday.  Could turn mixed.  Inflation [CPI] and housing data in focus for the start.  Equities try for a comeback, late in Tuesdays session, but come up short of the unchanged line as tech puts a drag on stocks.   Wednesday, November 18, 2009,  8:57  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:38 pm Eastern Time

>  Gold continues its trek higher, approaching $1,150.

>  Housing data upset markets, stocks hold negative territory for the session.

>  Inflation picks up slightly, both core and headline numbers.

 

Major indexes hold positive territory in light trade

Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Producer Price and sales data in focus for the start as well as more earnings.  S&P 500 holds above the 1100 mark, in flat trade Tuesday.   Tuesday, November 17, 2009,  8:50  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:42 pm Eastern Time

>  S&P 500 bottomed near 1102, stair stepping higher to end up 0.9 percent.

>  Inflation data has little effect on Futures, Tuesday.

 

Stocks Roar Higher, S&P 500 Passing 1100 Mark

Look for a neutral-to-positive open Monday.   Retail sales and earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Stocks up and running Monday as investors and traders drive shares higher after data and Bernanke.  Stock market rallies past the S&P 500 1100 mark adding better than 1 percent gain on the session.   Monday, November 16, 2009,  8:58  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:28 pm Eastern Time

>  S&P 500 index breaks through the 1100 level with a test likely Tuesday.

>  Fed to keep the Federal Funds rate -target- near zero for an extended period of time.

>  Retail sales help sentiment, sends stocks up Monday.

>  Rally Monday out of the gate after data helped along by Bernanke and the Dollar.

 

Stock Market Recovers Most Of Yesterdays Losses

Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   More economical data and earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Stocks end the week on a positive note, recovering some lost ground from yesterdays selling.   Friday, November 13, 2009,  8:50  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:36 pm Eastern Time

>  Past 10 session: 6-positive, 3-mixed, 1-negative.

>  U.S. stock market ends higher recovering some of Thursdays loss.

 

U.S. stock market slips in trade Thursday

Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Jobless new claims data and earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Data sets bad sentiment among traders, sending shares lower Thursday.   Thursday, November 12, 2009,  8:47  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:36 pm Eastern Time

>  New LI chart shows unexpected tick down- click this link then click chart- see orange pointer.

>  Today's unexpected downturn could be problematic.

>  Oil prices fall after inventory report, taking stocks lower- chart.

>  Jobless new claims data set the negative tone for Thursdays trade.

>  Jobless new claims decreased by 12,000- chart.

 

Stocks continue to meander but have a hold on positive territory

Look for a neutral-to-positive open for Wednesday.  Marketeers are happy with slight gains ahead of fresh data and more earnings reports.  A Very nice bounce off of the S&P 500 trend line may indicate another leg up in the stock market.   Wednesday, November 11, 2009,  8:53  A.M. Eastern- updated 10:15 pm Eastern Time

>  Advance LI model chart shows probable new leg up- click this link then click chart- see orange pointer.

>  Bounce off S&P trend line indicates possible new leg up for stocks.

>  HP to acquire 3com for 2.7 billion.

>  Stocks get a little boost at the end close short of the highs.

>  Investors and traders hold positive territory ahead of jobless new claims report.

 

Stocks at rest after yesterdays big run-up

Look for a neutral-to-negative open.  Choppy trading Tuesday as stocks meander with the Blue Chips trying to lead the pack into positive territory.  Market ends mixed and flat after three day surge.   Tuesday, November 10, 2009,  8:47  A.M. Eastern- updated 9:44 pm Eastern Time

>  Stock market meanders Tuesday after three day rally.

 

Stocks ramp up Monday with broad gains across most markets

Look for a positive open Monday.   M&A and McDonald's October sales in focus for the start as well as storm in the Gulf.  Pre close model run changed the BLI back to neutral.  Global markets kick in add to sentiment as stocks advance Monday better than 2 percent in the U.S.   Monday, November 9, 2009,  8:56  A.M. Eastern- updated 6:01 pm Eastern Time

>  Rally takes the major indexes higher by 2-percent.

>  Pre close Barometer model upgraded the Leading Indicator to neutral.

 

Choppy trading after negative economical data as stocks end with gains

Look for a negative open Friday.   Jobs lost report and unemployment rate in focus for the start.  Stocks end in positive territory after bobbing the unchanged-line throughout the session.   Friday, November 6, 2009,  8:58  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:27 pm Eastern Time

>  Equities hug unchanged for most of the session, advance to end with gains.

>  Stocks open lower, trended up to the unchanged line, briefly.

>  Corporations lost 190,000 jobs in October, a little worse than expected.

>  Unemployment rate 10.2 percent in October- worse than expected, Futures take a hit.

 

Overwhelming good economical data finally inspires to ramp stocks higher

Look for a neutral-to-positive open Thursday.   Jobless claims and Productivity report in focus for the start as well as earnings/ outlook.  Stocks rally aided by lots of good news and bullish statements.  Major indexes higher by 2 percent, overall.   Thursday, November 5, 2009,  8:52  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:30 pm Eastern Time

>  Equities rally Thursday as the Leading Indicator appears stuck at negative.

>  Investors and traders bid stocks higher after train of good news.

>  Productivity jumps 9.5 percent in Q3, largest since 2003.

>  Jobless new claims drop 20,000 last week- chart.

>  European Central Bank hold rates steady.

 

FOMC kept rates unchanged, bank stocks help the market lower

Look for a neutral-to-positive open Wednesday.   ADP report and the Fed FOMC in focus for the start as well as earnings.  ADP got shares moving higher Wednesday and the Fed FOMC says economy recovering and no rate change anytime soon.  U.S. stock market came off the rally and ended lower led by financials as investors may be thinking -near zero- rates may cap bank earnings.   Wednesday, November 4, 2009,  8:57  A.M. Eastern- updated 10:11 pm Eastern Time

>  Bank stocks help the downturn in the broader market Wednesday.

>  FOMC kept rate at zero to 1/4 percent, little change in statement, stocks bounce to session highs.

 

Tech and broader market flat, Dow under slight pressure

Look for a negative open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start as well as M&A.  Big M&A deal did little for stocks as the broader market eked out a small gain with the Dow sinking under slightly to end mixed.   Tuesday, November 3, 2009,  8:48  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:57 pm Eastern Time

>  Stocks end mixed Tuesday after an up and down day.

>  Berkshire Hathaway to buy Burlington Northern railroad.

 

Stocks reverse direction several time end positive

Look for a neutral-to-positive open Monday.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Stocks rally, dive, and rally back to end positive as the market prepares for more fresh data to trade on.   Monday, November 2, 2009,  8:53  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:56 pm Eastern Time

>  Chart shows decision time for the market.

>  Bulls come out on top as traders prepare for more data.

>  ISM manufacturing index jumps indicating economic expansion; helps early gains.

>  Ford earnings beat estimates helping early gains on Wall Street.

>  CIT Group announced Sunday of a prepackaged reorganization.

 

Yesterdays gain wiped out, volatility picks up, stocks sink on month-end selling and economic worries

Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Personal Income and Outlays report and earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Stocks slide Friday as a combination of; month-end selling; trimming positions; as well as some fear of the economy recovering; and of course, Shorts jumping-on as the stock market degraded Friday.  The model run kept the Forecast as is with the metrics that control the Bias near trigger levels. If Monday continues down the dark side, we could see further downgrades.    Friday, October 30, 2009,  8:53  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:47 pm Eastern Time

>  Anymore negative ness may cause much deeper sell off- chart.

>  Pre-close model leaves Forecast at positive; negative BLI means further weakness in stocks probable.

>  Stocks hit a brick wall as a combination of fear, month-end selling, and Shorting take equities down.

 

GDP send stocks soaring as Shorts cover and Investors bid higher

Look for a positive open Thursday.   GDP and earnings/ outlook in focus for the start as well as jobless new claims data.  Wall Street reverses direction Thursday after days of selling, as data released by the Government indicates a recovering economy.   Thursday, October 29, 2009,  9:03  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:53 pm Eastern Time

>  Big rally puts hold on Forecast change, for now.

>  The economy expands by 3.5 percent in the first look at the third quarter- chart.

>  GDP for third-quarter increases by 3.5. Set stocks to rally at the open.

>  Jobless new unemployment claims fell by 1,000 last week- chart.

 

Sell off continues as Leading Indicator gets downgraded

Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Durable Goods report and earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Afternoon model changes the Barometer Leading Indicator to negative.  Experts have been saying a pullback is near.  Looks like they were right as stocks, especially tech stocks, get hammered in past four sessions.   Wednesday, October 28, 2009,  8:53  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:31 pm Eastern Time

>  Thursday needs to be positive or LI chart shows trouble ahead- click chart to launch advance model.

>  Chart shows S&P 500 index real close to support that Bulls don't want penetrated.

>  Oil prices go lower on inventory report.

>  Stocks sink for a fourth session as pullback fear grips the market.

>  Afternoon model changed the BLI to negative; this could signal a more significant change.

 

Dow ends flat, broader market slightly lower, tech sell off

Look for a neutral flat open.  Could turn negative to mixed.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  NASDAQ got slammed Tuesday with the broader market ending slightly lower.  Mixed end as the stock market ends its third session of losses.  Barometer Model metrics near trigger levels that could change the Barometer Leading Indicator and the forecast bias.  Wednesdays session will be important.   Tuesday, October 27, 2009,  8:56  A.M. Eastern- updated 10:32 pm Eastern Time

>  The Forecast of positive, with a neutral BLI and Bias is good through the open Wednesday.

>  Tech NASDAQ stocks get hit hard, broader market of stocks end mixed.

 

More profit taking as stocks move lower continuing Fridays theme

Look for a neutral flat open for Monday, could turn mixed.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Stocks were in rally mode, until near 11:00am EST, at which time the Dollar moved sharply higher while stocks fell sharply.  It's not clear who led who, but the outcome for stocks is a loss.   Monday, October 26, 2009,  8:58  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:37 pm Eastern Time

>  Gold and Silver price dives near the time the Dollar spikes the Euro Monday.

>  In lockstep with Friday, stocks end lower by near the same amount.

>  Stocks dive early after Dollar runs sharply higher.

 

Tug of war with shares as stocks give back most of yesterdays gain

Look for a neutral-to-positive open Friday.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Amazon and Microsoft earnings-beat can't keep the broader market in the green as stocks give back most of yesterdays gain.  Stocks retreated Friday after ramping up yesterday.  We appear to be back to the tug-of-war scenario where stocks alternate days up and down.  Amazon and Microsoft earnings had little effect as stocks retreated 1/2 to 1 percent.   Friday, October 23, 2009,  8:47  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:45 pm Eastern Time

>  Stocks retreat as investors play tug-of-war where the market alternates days up and down.

 

Stocks ramp up recovering nearly two sessions of loss

Look for a neutral flat open.  Could turn mixed.   Jobless new claims data and earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Stocks trend-up into positive territory recovering yesterdays loss.  Thursday, October 22, 2009,  8:56  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:39 pm Eastern Time

>  Broader market ramps up better than 1 percent with tech up near 3/4 percent.

>  Jobless new claims jump 11,000 last week- chart.

 

Stocks dive in last half-hour of trade Wednesday

Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Beige Book gets blame for late dip in stocks.  Investors and traders take profit as some marketeers believe a pullback is near.   Wednesday, October 21, 2009,  8:53  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:17 pm Eastern Time

>  Late day sell off triggers pullback watch.

>  Early morning test of the S&P 500 1,100 fails, stocks dive in late session.

>  Stocks dip in the last hour of trade Wednesday as profits are taken.

 

Apple and TI earnings unable to help stocks today

Look for a neutral-to-mixed open Tuesday.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start as well as wholesale inflation data and housing starts data.   Upbeat profit reports wasn't enough to keep stocks on track Tuesday.  The major indexes, off the lows of the session, ended near one-half percent lower.   Tuesday, October 20, 2009,  8:49  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:42 pm Eastern Time

>  Stocks end lower as earnings and economical data lose lifting power.

>  Manufacturing [inflation] prices drop in September.

 

Earnings power stocks higher with more to come

Look for a neutral-to-positive open for Monday.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Earnings continue to move the stock market higher with today's rally showing one percent move higher with more earnings after the close.   Monday, October 19, 2009,  8:52  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:45 pm Eastern Time

>  Stocks rally, see Barometer LI chart- click the chart for today's update.

>  Stocks  and oil up, US Dollar continues to struggle.

>  The beat goes on as TI adds to the growing earnings list.

>  Apple blows away estimates on iPhone and Mac sales.

>  Stocks added another percent with more gains likely to come as companies report.

>  Texas Instruments and Apple earnings after the close.

 

After a nine day run, stocks rest as investors take profits

Look for a negative open Friday.   GE and BofA news in focus for the start.   Stocks rest after nine day run-up that saw Dow 10,000.  Bad news from General Electric and Bank of America was the catalysts for profit taking Friday.  Friday, October 16, 2009,  8:46  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:26 pm Eastern Time

>  Stocks give up Friday but trend off the lows of the session.

 

Dow holds 10,000, gains 1/2 percent while tech ended virtually unchanged

Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Jobless new claims and inflation (CPI) data is in focus for the start as well as earnings/ outlook.  Jobless claims and CPI data didn't help offset the Citi and Goldman news as stocks struggled for most of the session but still advanced in the last two hours of trade to end with gains.   Thursday, October 15, 2009,  8:55  A.M. Eastern- updated 11:38 pm Eastern Time

>  Google, IBM, and AMD post better than expected results. Could be a driver Friday.

>  Unemployment new claims chart show continued improvement.

>  CPI inflation headline and core data rose 0.2 percent in September.

 

Dow tests 10,000 mark midday, punching through late in the session

Look for a positive open Wednesday.   Intel earnings sparks futures.  Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start as well as oil prices.  With less than an hour to go, the Dow Jones Industrial Average tops the 10,000 mark, as the stock market found Intel earnings a catalysts.  With good earnings reported thus far, Intel's report started the latest round of biding shares-up as the Dow passes the magical 10k mark late in the day.    Wednesday, October 14, 2009,  8:52  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:31 pm Eastern Time

>  J.P. Morgan and retail sales help the Intel rally score the big 10,000 for the Dow

>  Dow crosses 10,000 mark as S&P 500 approaches 1,100 level.

 

Stocks meandering the unchanged line Tuesday

Look for a neutral flat open.  Could turn mixed.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Flat session Tuesday as all eyes are on Intel's earnings report after the close- could set tone for tomorrows trading.  Another flat session as Intel earnings report is pending.  Stocks meander Tuesday with the Dow, S&P 500, and NASDAQ showing mixed results.  Intel posts a better than expected earnings report, sending shares higher in the after hours session.  Tuesday, October 13, 2009,  8:53  A.M. Eastern- updated 6:00 pm Eastern Time

>  Cisco Systems to buy Starent Networks for about $2.9 billion.

>  Intel reports earnings, beating estimates handily, setting tone for Wednesday.

 

Banks and Bonds closed for holiday, stocks flat- tech lags

Look for a neutral-to-positive open Monday.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Broader market moved higher, this holiday Monday, while the Dow eked out a slight gain and tech stalled underwater with a slight loss.   Monday, October 12, 2009,  8:42  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:50 pm Eastern Time

>  Holiday saw slow activity in the markets but S&P 500 moves higher by 0.4 percent.

 

Stocks on track to add better than 4 percent for the week

Look for a neutral flat open.  Could turn negative.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  The major averages are on track to close a very positive week adding 4 percent, averaged aggregate.   Friday, October 9, 2009,  9:12  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:47 pm Eastern Time

>  U.S. stock market adds another 4-percent to the March rally.

 

Rally takes off after Alcoa inspires, helped along by data

Look for a positive open Thursday.   Alcoa earnings/ outlook is in focus for the start as well as Jobless claims data.  Alcoa set the tone for today's market with an assist from a better than expected jobless number and retails sales.   Thursday, October 8, 2009,  8:47  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:31 pm Eastern Time

>  Dollar continues its trek lower.

>  Gold price tops $1,060. before pulling back.

>  Good news continues to drive stocks up adding 3/4 percent gain.

>  Jobless new claims chart show improving unemployment picture.

>  Alcoa profit earnings report has Futures up Thursday.

 

Stocks rest after two day romp, ahead of Alcoa earnings

Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start as well as the price of gold.  Mini rally ends after mini pullback of the past two weeks.  The question now, will Alcoa's great earnings build more confidence in the recovery.  Answer may come Thursday after the jobless report.   Wednesday, October 7, 2009,  8:45  A.M. Eastern- updated 9:39 pm Eastern Time

>  Alcoa reported earnings, returns to profitability, reports cash increase.

>  U.S. equity market ends mixed ahead of Alcoa earnings.

 

Stocks ramp up for a second day with earnings getting underway, helped along by more M&A and IPO's

Look for a neutral-to-positive open Tuesday.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Gold is back-up, global markets ramp-up, and Australia hikes cash rate, all has U.S. stock market ramping up as well.   Tuesday, October 6, 2009,  8:59  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:36 pm Eastern Time

>  Weak Dollar contributes to rally.

>  Gold tops $1,040. mark in evening trade.

>  U.S. stocks make it two in a row.

>  Australia hiked the Policy Interest Rate Cash Target to 3.25 percent.

 

Four day mini pullback appears to be over with stocks ahead by 1 percent Monday

Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  With earnings season about to get started with Alcoa Wednesday, stocks ramp up with Alcoa leading the market Mondays.  Stocks takeoff Monday ahead of earnings season after two weeks of mostly negative trending.  The broader market staged a 1-1/2 percent gain with tech up by 1-percent- Dow up 1.2 percent.   Monday, October 5, 2009,  8:50  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:53 pm Eastern Time

>  U.S. stock market breaks four day downturn with a 1-1/2 percent gain.

 

After plunging at the open, stocks regain some lost territory, end 1/2 percent lower

Look for a negative open.   Job loss and unemployment report in focus for the start.  After a quick drop at the open, blamed on the payroll report, stocks trended higher throughout the session and actually spent some time in positive territory, only to fall on selling pressure and end 1/2 percent lower.   Friday, October 2, 2009,  8:48  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:49 pm Eastern Time

>  October is here and so is volatility, chart shows progress of pullback.

>  Unemployment rate rose to 9.8 percent in September.

>  American companies lost 263,000 jobs last month, more than expected.

>  Job loss number above expectation cause Futures to sink.

 

Overdue sell off hits Wall Street stocks

Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Jobless new claims and tomorrows payroll report in focus for the start.  Well overdue sell off finally hits the stock market with the major averages slipping 2 to 3 percent ahead of payroll report tomorrow.  Hold on as we are in October...   Thursday, October 1, 2009,  8:50  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:57 pm Eastern Time

>  Cisco Systems to acquire Tandberg, a Video conferencing company in Oslo, Norway for about 3 billion. 

>  Tomorrows job loss report of anything north of 250,000 could send stocks reeling.

>  ISM reported manufacturing for September expanded but at a slower rate; unexpected data helped stocks lower today.

>  U.S. auto sales fell in September, clunker program blamed.

>  Unemployment new claims increases slowing jobs recovery- chart.

 

Stocks under water for the day but the rally rolls on

Look for a neutral-to-positive open for Wednesday.   ADP payroll report and GDP in focus for the start as well as its the last regular trade session of third-quarter.  Iffy session as stocks in the last hour try to make positive territory.   Wednesday, September 30, 2009,  8:51  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:44 pm Eastern Time

>  Gold price tops the 1K mark again.

>  GDP comes in better than expected helping sentiment- chart.

>  End of the third quarter as investors and traders window dress.

>  GDP contracts less than expected (-0.7), helping Futures.

>  According to ADP data, small businesses lost 245,000 jobs.

 

News lacks as stocks go flat awaiting fresh data

Look for a neutral flat open.  Could turn mixed.  Little news Tuesday-  eye of the storm-- and investors are near content to keep prices flat.  Stocks ended flattish with the major averages showing a 0.3 percent loss on the session as all eyes are on fresh data that could bolster the rally or end it.   Tuesday, September 29, 2009,  8:56  A.M. Eastern- updated 10:19 pm Eastern Time

>  With less news to trade on, stocks were flat, end slightly lower.

>  Consumer Confidence data blamed for today's passé performance.

 

M&A, IPO, and fresh data has traders inspired sending stock to rally

Look for a positive open Monday.   Major fresh economical data --all week long-- is in focus for the start, as well as M&A activity.  More IPO's and M&A activity, set for this week, along with the hope that GDP and payroll data reports are going to show major improvement, has traders and investors rallying stocks Monday.   Monday, September 28, 2009,  8:59  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:47 pm Eastern Time

>  U.S. stocks rally Monday on hopeful data and M&A.

>  Abbott to acquire Solvay's pharmaceuticals business for more than 6 billion.

>  Cisco Systems gets upgraded, ramps up 4.4 percent.

>  Xerox to buy Affiliated Computer Services in a stock and cash deal.

 

Bummer for the day, the week, as economic outlook takes stocks down

Look for a negative open.   Durable Goods report in focus for the start.  Durable Goods data set stock in motion lower all session ending a week of negative ness.  Stocks end a third session lower as traders gear-up for major data points next week.   Friday, September 25, 2009,  8:54  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:55 pm Eastern Time

>  Even with this week of negative ness, chart still shows Bull is alive.

 

Selling for profits, day two, as investors consolidate

Look for a positive open.   Jobless new claims data in focus for the start.  Great read on new unemployment claims but not so good data on home sales prompts investors to consolidate.  Barometer chart shows a pullback or consolidation period at hand.   Thursday, September 24, 2009,  8:50  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:55 pm Eastern Time

>  Latest downturn could be mild- chart.

>  Not everything went down, IPO A123 Systems, turned in 50 percent gain.

>  Existing home sales put the breaks on stocks sending them lower.

>  Unemployment new claims drop by 21,000- chart.

 

Fed leaves rate unchanged, stocks sell off at the close

Look for a neutral flat open for Wednesday.   Federal Reserve FOMC meeting announcement this afternoon in focus for the start as well as IPO's.  The big event is over and the Fed leaves rates unchanged as expected, stocks slide near the close.  Stocks dive in the last half-hour of trade with the broader market lower by 1 percent.   Wednesday, September 23, 2009,  8:49  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:45 pm Eastern Time

>  Fed leaves rate at zero to 1/4 percent on the Fed funds target.

 

Stock, oil, and gold prices rise as investors drive the markets higher

Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Global markets in focus for the start as well as oil prices.  The Federal Reserve FOMC meets today and Wednesday with an announcement at about 2:15 pm EST on any updates to the monetary policy.  No rate change is expected but there may be a hint in the statement about the recession's end.  No reaction is expected from traders as there shouldn't be any surprises.   Tuesday, September 22, 2009,  8:53  A.M. Eastern- updated 10:45 pm Eastern Time

>  Stocks rise as the broader market adds near 3/4 percent, tech lags.

>  Oil price holds $71 bbl level.

>  Gold prices holding the 1k mark.

 

Split decision as the broader market rests while tech gets boost from M&A

Look for a negative open Monday.  M&A boosts tech while the broader market maintains a slight loss.   Monday, September 21, 2009,  8:51  A.M. Eastern- updated 3.48 pm Eastern Time

>  Market Barometer Leading Indicator chart continues to show pullback.

>  Economic Leading Indicator rose 0.6 percent in August according to The Conference Board.

>  Dell to buy Perot Systems, an IT services and consulting business for 3.9 billion.

Continuing to bid shares higher, stocks add another 1/3 percent

Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Options expirations in focus for the start.  On options expiration day, investors continue to build stock portfolios up with the major indexes posting 1/3 percent gain.   Friday, September 18, 2009,  8:59  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:23 pm Eastern Time

>  Shares of companies march on as investors drive stocks up.

 

Stocks rest as the major indexes post flat results Thursday

Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Economical data in focus for the start.  Housing starts, Philly Fed, new claims data got mixed results from traders Thursday as stocks head for a flat mixed close.  The Philadelphia region saw strength in manufacturing, and with zero chance of an inflation problem in the near future, investors could drive stocks even higher in the coming weeks.   Thursday, September 17, 2009,  8:56  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:50 pm Eastern Time

 

>  Is this the new pullback- consolidation?

>  Gold off slightly but advances above the $1,000. mark.

>  New chart study details concern over latest two week rally.

>  New unemployment claims drop by 12,000 last week.

 

Eight out of ten sessions are positive and still counting

Look for a neutral-to-positive open Wednesday.   Consumer price data in focus for the start.  U.S. stocks try for 8 positive sessions out of the past 10 with investors rallying stocks once again as the major averages are showing 1-percent gain on the day.   Wednesday, September 16, 2009,  8:56  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:29 pm Eastern Time

>  Has the stock market come to far to quick- new chart study.

>  Traders and investors send stocks soaring Wednesday.

>  Consumer prices (inflation) rose 0.4 percent last month.

 

Investors run stocks up with the Blue Chips in the lead

Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   PPI and retail sales in focus for the start.  Could turn mixed to negative.  With the recession "very likely over" and manufacturing prices increasing as well as retail sales, gave enough ammunition for investors to run shares up Tuesday.   Tuesday, September 15, 2009,  9:19  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:22 pm Eastern Time

>  Investors tack on another 1/2 percent Tuesday.

>  Fed Chief Bernanke says "very likely" recession is over, helps stocks.

>  Retail sales rose 2.7 percent helping sentiment.

>  Wholesale inflation picks up, helps stocks.

 

Broader market advances with tech in the lead

Look for a neutral-to-negative open Monday.  Investors and traders are not done with the March rally as a somewhat gloomy day ended with gains led by the tech sector.   Monday, September 14, 2009,  8:50  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:52 pm Eastern Time

>  Stocks make comeback in afternoon trade to end 1/2 percent higher.

 

Stocks end slightly off Friday, higher on the week as the March rally continues

Look for a neutral flat open for Friday.  Could turn mixed.   Import price data and 9-11 in focus for the start.  U.S. stock market ends flat Friday after ramping up for the past five sessions.  Gold back above 1k while oil prices slide.   Friday, September 11, 2009,  8:57  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:24 pm Eastern Time

>  Stock market trades flat, ends slightly lower, but a great week.

>  Gold back up over $1,000. mark as oil prices sink.

>  9-11 moment of silence observed before the open.

 

Bulls chalk up five in a row with more gains

Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   First time unemployment claims and economic deficit data in focus for the start.  Broader market adds one percent onto a five-day run.   Thursday, September 10, 2009,  8:59  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:27 pm Eastern Time

>  Multiple reports show insiders selling shares at a stepped up rate.

>  March rally keeps rolling along with another one percent.

>  Jobless new claims moves lower by 26,000.

 

Stocks recover from mid afternoon dip, end with gain

Look for a neutral flat open.  Dow and S&P 500 well off the highs as the indexes dive for the unchanged-line while the NASDAQ continues to hold nice gains.   Wednesday, September 9, 2009,  8:58  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:14 pm Eastern Time

>  Market recovers from dip on news reports, ends higher by 1/2 to 1 percent.

>  Fed report sees economy improving.

>  Hijacked Cancun plane unrelated to triple-nine warning.

 

First full day back investors and traders add to gains

Look for a neutral-to-positive open for Tuesday.  Traders and investors come back from a slumbering summer and got back to work adding to already heavy gains that began in March.  Unless volatility picks up and bears get their way, the Barometer models continue to indicate a positive market...   Tuesday, September 8, 2009,  8:48  A.M. Eastern- updated 10:06 pm Eastern Time

>  Stocks ramp up Tuesday helped by GE and M&A.

>  Gold tops $1,005 trends of high.

>  Oil pops over $71 a barrel.

 

Investors ramp stocks up ahead of long holiday weekend

Look for a neutral-to-positive open.  Could turn neutral to negative.   Payroll data is the focus for the start.  With less than a half-hour to go investors ramp up shares by 1 to 1-1/2 percent.   Friday, September 4, 2009,  8:56  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:44 pm Eastern Time

>  U.S. markets close for Labor Day holiday. Will reopen Tuesday normal schedule.

>  216,000 American jobs lost in August.

>  Unemployment jumps to 9.7 percent.

 

Wall Street reversing four days of losses with modest gain

Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Jobless new claims and tomorrows jobs report is in focus for the start.  Stocks trying for a positive close breaking days of selling.  Investors send stocks up Thursday ahead of the payroll jobs report to be released tomorrow morning where the job loss number could be disappointing.   Thursday, September 3, 2009,  8:58  A.M. Eastern- updated 10:30 pm Eastern Time

>  Days of losses end with a near one percent gain for the broader market.

>  Unemployment new claims little improved.

>  Services sector appears to continue contracting according to the ISM.

 

Stocks go flat after yesterdays sell off, data no factor

Look for a neutral-to-negative open Wednesday.   ADP and productivity report in focus for the start.  Data reports were little help to stocks Wednesday as movement was lackluster.  Shares of corporations end lower near flat on the session.   Wednesday, September 2, 2009,  8:51  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:52 pm Eastern Time

>  Major indexes posted an aggregate 1/4 percent loss in today's market.

>  ADP and productivity reports have little influence in trade today.

 

Stocks pullback as marketeers brace for expected correction

Look for a neutral-to-negative open Tuesday.  Most all the market is expecting a pullback to correct the huge run-up since the March rally began.  Nearly the entire market is expecting today as the beginning of the correction.  Or is this another head fake and investors miss this opportunity to get in.  Time will tell as markets are very unpredictable and nonconforming.    Tuesday, September 1, 2009,  8:53  A.M. Eastern- updated 9:44 pm Eastern Time

>  Asian stocks sell off Wednesday with U.S. market looking iffy.

>  Even with today's sell off, very little damage done to the S&P 500- chart.

>  Stocks drop two percent as expected correction gets underway.

>  The economy expanded in August according to the ISM.

 

Stocks fall Monday inspired by Global market sell off

Look for a negative open Monday.  Stocks move lower Monday after investors mull M&A activity.  Stocks are off across the board with the major averages lower by as much as 1-1/3 percent.   Monday, August 31, 2009,  8:53  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:37 pm Eastern Time

>  Asian markets recover some lost ground Tuesday, should help U.S. market.

>  Shares drop decisively breaking 9 day positive winning streak.

>  U.S. equities market falls following global markets.

>  Baker-Hughes to buy BJ Services.

>  Disney announces that they will acquire Marvel.

 

Stocks revert to its former self, flat and mixed

Look for a positive open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start as well as consumer income and spending data.  Despite Dell's earnings and Intel's outlook update, stocks remain flat as it has been the case all week long.  TGIF.  But wait, next week could be a clone as more traders and investors take off for the week.   Friday, August 28, 2009,  8:52  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:18 pm Eastern Time

>  Tough week with little in index movement, we'll see more next week.

>  Despite personal income spending report stocks continue trading flat.

 

Fresh economical data does nothing to spur trading

Look for a neutral flat open Thursday.  Could turn mixed.  GDP, unemployment new claims, and earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Shares of companies continue sluggish trading with the majority flat and a few in the financial sector making exceptional gains.  The stock market is doing well when you consider today's GDP and unemployment data was lacking expectations.   Thursday, August 27, 2009,  8:56  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:41 pm Eastern Time

>  Unemployment new claims chart continues to show improvement.

Dell shares soar in after hours on earnings, could be a catalyst Friday.

Stocks trend sideways with the major indexes posting a slight gain.

Jobless new claims decreased by 10,000 last week.

Second estimate GDP shows economy contracting one percent in Q2.

 

Stocks run along the unchanged line, light trading

Look for a neutral flat open.   Durable Goods report and earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Slow, slow, slow.  The major indexes virtually end the session unchanged as the typical August slowdown takes hold.   Wednesday, August 26, 2009,  8:57  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:36 pm Eastern Time

September may have traders and investors on edge.

Barely anybody came to work as indexes end virtually unchanged.

With just about an hour to go, stocks are flat but positive.

New home sales rose 9.6 percent.

Durable Goods orders- big ticket items- were up 4.6 percent.

 

Shares of U.S. stocks higher amid Chief Bernanke reappointment

Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   earnings/ outlook in focus for the start as well as Bernanke's reappointment.  U.S. stocks soared in the early going but fell apart as the day wore on.  The major indexes eked out a small gain, closing the seventh positive session of the past ten.   Tuesday, August 25, 2009,  8:43  A.M. Eastern- updated 9:42 pm Eastern Time

U.S. market helps move Asian and European markets higher Wednesday.

Oil prices are slammed Tuesday dropping back to near $72 bbl.

Bernanke re nomination inspires traders to ramp stocks up.

Consumer confidence and housing data helped stocks Tuesday.

Major indices post another positive session.

Fed chief Bernanke gets reappointed to second term.

 

Flat mixed Monday as investors await fresh data

Look for a neutral-to-positive open Monday.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Stocks ramped up in early trade Monday, trended lower all afternoon to end mixed with the financials retaining the bulk of the gains.   Monday, August 24, 2009,  8:55  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:29 pm Eastern Time

Everything is as it should be for now, but for how long.

Stocks try to end positive coming off a midday high.

 

Stocks zoom ahead with near two percent gain in the broader market

Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Stocks continue the advance leaving Bears short.  Major indexes look to put 1 to 1.5 percent more onto the rally by sessions end.  Bernanke's upbeat comments on the economy helped investors run-up shares Friday.   Friday, August 21, 2009,  8:54  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:41 pm Eastern Time

U.S. major indexes post. Dow +1.7%, NASDAQ +1.6%, S&P 500 +1.9%.

California nears 12 percent unemployment, U.S. average is 9.4.

Home sales and Bernanke help send shares higher Friday.

World market follows suit and tack on gains.

Bernanke says U.S. economy to recover, sends markets up.

 

Another positive day for the Bulls Thursday

Look for a neutral-to-mixed open Thursday.   Jobless initial claims data and earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Pre close model run is changing the Bias back to neutral.  Bulls put in 6 positive days in the past 10, adding another one percent today.   Thursday, August 20, 2009,  8:55  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:01 pm Eastern Time

Unemployment chart still shows new claims trending lower.

Jobless new claims rose unexpectedly last week dampening futures.

 

Energy gets tag for Wednesdays rally, up near 3/4 percent

Look for a negative open Wednesday.   Global market and earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Investors trying to hold onto positive territory with minutes to go Wednesday.  Major indexes showing near one-half percent gain.  Rally in oil prices helps U.S. stock market gain Wednesday.   Wednesday, August 19, 2009,  8:52  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:54 pm Eastern Time

Oil prices continue to edge higher after surging in the regular session.

So exactly when is the pullback going to get here?

Oil prices and energy shares help stock market to rally Wednesday.

 

Investors happy again sending stocks back up reversing negative sentiment

Look for a neutral-to-positive open Tuesday.   Manufacturing prices and yesterdays sell off is in focus for the start.  Investors, figuring they over did it yesterday, buy back and drive share prices up one percent.   Tuesday, August 18, 2009,  8:55  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:57 pm Eastern Time

With minutes to go stocks hold gains reversing yesterdays selling.

Manufacturing price index shows price drop in July.

 

U.S. takes after Global markets and sells off prompting Bias downgrade

Look for a negative open Monday.   Global market sell off and earnings/ outlook in focus for the start as well as U.S. manufacturing data.  Fear that the economy and global recovery is not on track send world markets to selling off with the U.S. stock market near 2 percent lower.  Pre close model changes Bias to negative.   Monday, August 17, 2009,  8:48  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:25 pm Eastern Time

Even with today's sell off, S&P 500 still looks in good shape- chart.

Global markets try to recover lost ground Tuesday after Mondays sell off.

Almost Everybody is ready for this pullback, some say its long overdue.

The Barometer pre close model run has changed the Bias to negative.

Investors pick up where global markets left off in selling tangent.

 

Market pulls back from recent run-up

Look for a neutral-to-mixed open.   CPI inflation data and earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Sentiment sinks taking stocks with it Friday as a pullback may be getting underway.  The major averages posted a 0.8 to 1.2 percent loss.   Friday, August 14, 2009,  8:42  A.M. Eastern- updated 9:25 pm Eastern Time

Well off the lows of the session, equities try for comeback, end short.

Rally stalls as investors regroup portfolios and await fresh data.

 

A big miss on retail sales didn't keep investors from pushing stocks higher

Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Retail sales data, jobless initial claims, and earnings/ outlook is in focus for the start.  With little time left in Thursdays session, stocks continue flat but mostly hanging just above positive territory.  Last minutes of trade, traders push stocks up to end 1/2 percent higher on the session.   Thursday, August 13, 2009,  8:52  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:59 pm Eastern Time

> Market Barometer models show we are in an iffy period- pullback?

> The economic downturn seems to be at or near a bottom, Fed says.

> Market spikes in last minutes of trade to end 1/2 percent higher.

> First time unemployment claims increases slightly- chart.

> Unexpected retail sales data puts damper on open.

 

Wall Street likes-- no action by Fed-- adds little to rally

Fed day--  look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Fed FOMC meet to decide on rates as well as earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Could see a mixed start.  Fed likely to deliver no rate change while the accompanying statement most likely will be very mild.  Stocks already in rally mode when Fed announces no policy change.  The major averages end the day up by 1 to 1.5 percent.   Wednesday, August 12, 2009,  8:37  A.M. Eastern- updated 9:40 pm Eastern Time

> Updated Barometer charts that shows progress of the rally.

> Market rallies with little help from the Fed.

> Fed holds interest  rates steady.

 

Investors take profits while waiting on the Fed to decide policy

Look for a neutral-to-negative open Tuesday.  Could turn mixed.   Fed meeting and earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Midday share indexes report near 1 percent loss but well off the lows.  The two day FOMC board meeting will conclude with an announcement--  tomorrow--  on any policy change.  Prices fall Tuesday as experts say it is well within expectations as the U.S. stock market sells off by near percent while marketeers await the 2:15 PM ET announcement.   Tuesday, August 11, 2009,  8:59  A.M. Eastern- updated 10:09 pm Eastern Time

 

> Major indexes show near one percent loss Tuesday.

> Nonfarm productivity ramped up 6.4 percent in the second-quarter.

Stocks off 1/3 percent ahead of two-day Fed meeting

Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start as the Fed FOMC board meeting.  Midday saw stocks hover just below the unchanged-line as the market awaits the Fed board meeting Tomorrow and Wednesday.  Off the lows of the session, stocks end lower as the market gets ready for the Fed.   Monday, August 10, 2009,  8:59  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:53 pm Eastern Time

> Stocks close down Monday off the worse levels of the session.

Fed ready for two day meeting, no rate change is expected.

The CPI inflation report is due out Friday; could be a market mover.

> Stocks in holding pattern waiting on the Fed FOMC meeting.

> FOMC begins two day board meeting Tuesday.

> Inflation data [CPI] will be released Friday.

 

Wall Street breaks two day losing streak with rally

Look for a positive open.   Payroll jobs and unemployment report in focus for the start as well as earnings.  A two-day losing streak was broken Friday with stocks ramping higher on a better than expected jobs report.  Continued hope that the economy is recovering sent stocks up with the Dow posting triple-digit gain...   Friday, August 7, 2009,  8:47  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:40 pm Eastern Time

> Wall Street closes week with a rally reversing two day loss.

> Way better than expected jobs report set stocks to rally Friday.

> Unemployment rate for July was 9.4 percent, June was 9.5.

 

Markets drift lower ahead of the big payroll jobs report tomorrow

Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Jobless initial claims and tomorrows payroll report as well as earnings/ outlook in focus for the start Thursday.  A decent start Thursday slips into negative territory as investors await payroll data.  The highly anticipated jobs report Friday has the stock market in a holding pattern as stocks generally move lower.   Thursday, August 6, 2009,  8:59  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:26 pm Eastern Time

> Major averages posted loss ahead of fresh economic data.

> New claims drop by 38,000, set stage for Fridays jobs report.

 

Stocks try for comeback, end short of positive territory, led by financials

Look for a neutral flat open Wednesday.   Payroll data and earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Midday, U.S. stock market is lower on data as investors feel stocks may be over bought.  With 30 minutes to go stocks tried to make a comeback with the banking sector leading the way.   Wednesday, August 5, 2009,  8:57  A.M. Eastern- updated 10:13 pm Eastern Time

> Markets major indexes post negative results but rally off the lows.

> All eyes on Cisco for leadership. Can the gear maker beat estimates.

> Sour data cant keep investors from bidding stocks higher.

 

Corporate shares ramp up into positive territory at the close Tuesday

Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  U.S. stocks started in negative territory but midday session sees share prices in the green with the major averages reporting positive.  Minutes from the close and the market is trying for positive territory.   Tuesday, August 4, 2009,  9:04  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:22 pm Eastern Time

> New study shows rally came early, but now what?

> Stocks jump into positive territory at the close Tuesday.

> Oil prices settle in at 71.34 BBL, slightly lower Tuesday.

> June disposable personal income decreased 1.3 percent.

 

August starts out looking very positive

Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  The March rally continues with the major averages posting a near 1.5 percent gain Monday.   Monday, August 3, 2009,  8:59  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:25 pm Eastern Time

Auto earnings and the economy was the stimulus for today's rally.

NASDAQ breaks through 2,000 to close at 2,008.

S&P 500 ends back above 1,000 as the Bulls push stocks higher.

 

Fridays stock market links

Look for a neutral-to-negative open Friday.   GDP and earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.   Friday, July 31, 2009,  9:03  A.M. Eastern

The economy contracted 1 percent, shows improvement.

 

Thursdays stock market links

Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.   Thursday, July 30, 2009,  9:17  A.M. Eastern

Broader market ramps up 1 percent in early trade.

Jobless initial claims increases [chart].

 

Wednesdays stock market links

Network problems caused delay in open publishing and model runs.  Models catch up and report no change in forecast data.  U.S. stock market opens lower.  Earnings and economic concerns was in focus for the start as well as Microsoft Yahoo deal.   Wednesday, July 29, 2009,  10:35  A.M. Eastern

Stocks move lower in morning trade on economic worry.

 

Tuesdays stock market links

Look for a neutral-to-negative open Tuesday.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.   Tuesday, July 28, 2009,  9:21  A.M. Eastern

Consumer confidence blamed for this mornings performance.

Tuesdays market indices.

 

Mondays stock market links

Look for a neutral-to-flat open.  Could turn mixed.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.   Monday, July 27, 2009,  9:23  A.M. Eastern

Mondays major market indexes.

 

Tech gets hit on earnings, broader market ends up

Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Microsoft and Amazon set the tone for tech stocks Friday.   Friday, July 24, 2009,  8:59  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:59 pm Eastern Time

Tech stocks correct while Dow and S&P 500 stocks go flat.

 

Bears on the run again sending shares to rally

Look for a neutral-to-positive open Thursday.  Could turn mixed.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Bears must be getting tired of having to run and cover as Bulls continue to bid stocks up with the major averages showing near 2-1/2 percent gain on the day.   Thursday, July 23, 2009,  9:02  A.M. Eastern- updated 9:46 pm Eastern Time

Earnings disappointments could cause pullback from today's rally.

Amazon earnings report disappoint.

Microsoft and American Express earnings report disappoint.

August rally may get here sooner than expected. S&P 500 chart.

S&P 500 chart shows range bound movement of the broader market.

New unemployment claims increases by 30,000.

 

Mixed end to trade for Wednesdays stock market

Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Mixed end today as investors regroup.  Broader market down slightly, tech scores 1/2 percent gain.   Wednesday, July 22, 2009,  9:03  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:59 pm Eastern Time

Stocks end mixed with tech NASDAQ gaining 1/2 percent.

Bernanke ends his testimony on the Hill today.

 

Stock market posts another positive session: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Investors continue to run stocks up on earnings, outlook, and economical recovery hope.   Tuesday, July 21, 2009,  8:47  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:49 pm Eastern Time

Major indexes post another win on Wall Street.

Fed FOMC to hold rate target for long time.

 

After consolidating Friday, stocks ramp back up: Look for a neutral-to-positive open Monday.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Bulls take another step in driving stocks up with the major averages posting better than one percent gain Monday.  Oil prices continue higher nearly in lockstep with equities.   Monday, July 20, 2009,  8:59  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:01 pm Eastern Time

Model data still shows new leg up for U.S. stocks.

Earnings and upgrades help rally the stock market Monday.

 

Wall Street pulls back Friday after weeklong rally: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Investors pullback slightly Friday after ramping stocks higher for the week.   Friday, July 17, 2009,  8:58  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:19 pm Eastern Time

 

Bears on the run again, rally continues: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.  Could turn mixed.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start as well as initial jobless claims.  Late afternoon model-run changed the BLI back to neutral.   Thursday, July 16, 2009,  8:53  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:31 pm Eastern Time

Afternoon Barometer model changes BLI to neutral.

Initial unemployment claims continues to plunge [chart].

JP Morgan blows by estimates, could help financials today.

 

Intel helps bears run and cover sending stocks upward: Look for a positive open Wednesday.   Intel and global markets in focus for the start as well as earnings.  Intel earnings and outlook is credited with the reigniting of the rally.  Nearing the close, stocks are hovering near the high of the session.   Wednesday, July 15, 2009,  8:52  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:55 pm Eastern Time

Today's rally pushes model metrics back staying changes.

Consumer inflation rose 0.7 percent, core price up 0.2.

Intel results help global markets and U.S. futures...

 

Investors hold up market ahead of more earnings: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.  Could turn mixed.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  With minutes to go, the major averages continue to show a slight positive gain on the session.  Earnings could turn the tide as Intel blows past estimates, could lead in Wednesdays session.   Tuesday, July 14, 2009,  8:59  A.M. Eastern- updated 10:22 pm Eastern Time

Intel post earnings, stock ramps up in after hours.

U.S. equities add to yesterdays gains; S&P 500 up 1/2 percent.

Manufacturing inflation prices jump 1.8 percent in June.

Goldman earnings came in well above expectations.

 

Mondays surge break weeks of negative sentiment: Look for a neutral-to-positive  open Monday.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Stocks continue ramping up Monday as investors turn to bank earnings.   Monday, July 13, 2009,  8:56  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:59 pm Eastern Time

Stocks rally after upgrade breaking weeks of selling.

 

Traders unable to keep positive spin on equities: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Another downer making it either a flat or a negative day for the past six sessions- tech shares continue to outperform.   Friday, July 10, 2009,  8:55  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:11 pm Eastern Time

Stocks oil continue to drop as fresh concerns over the recovery resurface.

 

Market flat as investors await more earnings and data: Look for a neutral-to-positive  open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start as well as jobless new claims.  Majority of stocks advance with the major indexes showing mixed as we approach the close.  Investors not willing to make too many changes ahead of fresh economical data and earnings.   Thursday, July  9, 2009,  8:59  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:00 pm Eastern Time

Small advance for stocks Thursday, outlook for the short term is iffy.

Big drop in new unemployment claims [chart] keeps Futures intact.

 

Equities end mixed on a down day ahead of Alcoa: Look for a neutral flat open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  After a brief visit to positive territory Wednesday morning,  U.S. shares decline into negative territory as traders worry over the recovery and whether equities are overvalued.  In the last half hour of the session, equities regain lost ground to close mixed.  Alcoa beat  expected results;  shares up in after hours;  could send the Dow higher tomorrow.   Wednesday, July  8, 2009,  9:05  A.M. Eastern- updated 6:01 pm Eastern Time

Major indexes make comeback, end mixed.

Pre close model changed the Leading Indicator to negative.

 

Stocks dive 2 percent ahead of earnings season: Look for a neutral flat open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Midmorning major indexes see a dip of 1-percnert in typical summer time trading.  Major indexes post a 2 percent loss ahead of earnings.   Tuesday, July  7, 2009,  8:52  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:50 pm Eastern Time

Oil continues its downward slide as investors fear a further fall.

 

Investors sell tech to rebalance portfolio: Look for a negative open for Monday.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  With earnings starting this week we may get market direction--  good or bad--  depending on forecasts from the companies reporting.  Monday's market saw investors trading out of tech to the non-tech market as stocks ended mixed.   Monday, July  6, 2009,  8:59  A.M. Eastern- updated 6:02 pm Eastern Time

oil continues its slide, hitting near $64. bbl.

Tech stocks get sold down, investors push the broader market up.

 

U.S. markets are closed for holiday: U.S. stock market is closed for the Independence Day holiday.  Markets will reopen at the normal time Monday..   Friday, July  3, 2009,  10:08  A.M. Eastern

 

Wall Street sinks ahead of long holiday weekend: Look for a negative open Thursday on worse than expected jobs data.   Jobs payroll unemployment report is the focus for the start.  Jobs data released this morning got Wall Street traders in a tailspin as stocks came under pressure from sellers. Thursday, July  2, 2009,  8:50  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:45 pm Eastern Time

Broader market post 3 percent loss on extended regular session.

U.S. stock market will be closed Friday for holiday.

Initial claims for unemployment decreased by 16,000 last week.

Corporations lost 467,000 jobs in June.

Unemployment rate hits 9-1/2 percent in June.

 

Ok start to Q3 with investors buying up shares: Look for a neutral-to-positive  open Wednesday.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start as well as ADP private jobs report.  Post open model changes the Barometer Leading Indicator to neutral.  With one jobs report down [ADP] and one to go, traders gear up for the big nonfarm report with hopes of seeing some improvement.   Wednesday, July  1, 2009,  9:03  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:50 pm Eastern Time

Good start to the new quarter, tech stocks up near 1/2 percent.

ISM manufacturing still contracting but up from previous month.

Leading Indicator changed to neutral during post open run.

ADP reports private company's loose 473,000 jobs.

 

Second Quarter sees nice gains but ends on a downer: Look for a neutral flat open.   Last trade day of the quarter.  Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Models were ready to upgrade the Leading Indicator but consumer confidence sends stocks in a nose dive.   Tuesday, June 30, 2009,  9:03  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:36 pm Eastern Time

Consumer Confidence sends stocks lower in last session of Q2.

 

Just off the highs, U.S. stocks post gains Monday: Look for a neutral-to-positive open Monday.  Investors continue to be mostly happy with positions as end of quarter window dressing strategy is in play.  Friday will be a test of sentiment as payroll jobs report could test strategy- but most everyone expect jobs to be bad with a high unemployment rate.   Monday, June 29, 2009,  8:57  A.M. Eastern- updated 9:23 pm Eastern Time

Stocks continue Thursdays theme ramping up, tech lagged.

Madoff gets 150 years.

 

Market sees mixed results as consolidation set in : Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Personal Spending and earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  After Thursdays big run-up, Wall Street shares consolidate as investors are happy with results and get ready to close the quarter next week   Friday, June 26, 2009,  8:58  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:45 pm Eastern Time

U.S. stock market posts mixed results ahead of quarters end.

Personal income and spending jump from stimulus.

 

Stocks rally Thursday as traders get back to work: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.  Could turn mixed.  GDP and jobless initial claims data in focus for the start as well as earnings.  Amid a decline in GDP, an increase in new unemployment claims, and Bernanke's testimony on the Hill, investors feeling good enough to bid shares higher with the major indexes posting 2 percent gain on the session...   Thursday, June 25, 2009,  8:45  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:14 pm Eastern Time

Study released last evening shows the rally intact.

Bernanke testifies on Capitol Hill about BofA role.

Jobless new claims increase but chart shows improvement.

GDP improves slightly but still contracts 5.5 percent.

 

Fed leaves rates unchanged, stock market goes mixed: Look for a positive open.   Fed FOMC statement and earnings/ outlook in focus for the start as well as the Durable Goods report.   Wednesday, June 24, 2009,  8:43  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:44 pm Eastern Time

Study just released shows rally could continue in mid August.

Market goes mixed in afternoon trade.

Federal Reserve keeps rates unchanged.

Durable Goods report showed orders up in May.

 

Investors trading flat ahead of the Fed and earnings: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Federal Reserve FOMC and earnings warnings in focus for the start.  Major indexes post flat results Tuesday ahead of rate change memo and earnings.   Tuesday, June 23, 2009,  8:40  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:14 pm Eastern Time

Oracle earnings beat estimates could rally investors tomorrow.

Markets end flat ahead of rate cut statement tomorrow.

FOMC meets today and tomorrow to determine policy changes.

Existing home sales up 2.4 percent.

 

Forecast downgrade, stock market ripe for pullback: Look for a negative open Monday.  Market Barometer models changed the Leading Indicator to negative during the pre close run.  Dow, S&P 500, NASDAQ, and the price of oil drop near 3 percent in Mondays session.  Global recession fear hits the stock market, shares tumble...    Monday, June 22, 2009,  8:57  A.M. Eastern- updated 10:20 pm Eastern Time

Stocks slammed Monday on renewed global economical fear.

Pre close model changed the Leading Indicator to negative.

 

Investors try for two in a row but come up short: Look for a positive open.   Options and Futures and hopeful of recession's end in focus for the start.  Wall Street gets off to a good start, helped along by improving sentiment.  The major indexes show all green with tech leading.  Options expirations session sees little activity as equities look to close mixed with NASDAQ stocks leading.   Friday, June 19, 2009,  9:11  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:14 pm Eastern Time

U.S. broader market ending flat with tech adding near 1 percent.

Europe sees economic light at the end of the tunnel.

 

Stocks lift higher to the close with tech lagging: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Unemployment initial claims is in focus for the start.  Stocks are going for a positive close with the tech heavy NASDAQ lagging...   Thursday, June 18, 2009,  9:03  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:57 pm Eastern Time

Mixed end for equities with tech lagging.

Jobless new claims [chart] move up by 3,000.

 

Financials keep broader market flat, tech posts up : Look for a neutral flat open.  Could turn mixed.   CPI inflation data and the Federal Reserve FOMC in focus for the start.  Banks keep the broader market flat, while Cisco helps kick tech shares higher.   Wednesday, June 17, 2009,  9:04  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:14 pm Eastern Time

U.S. stocks end mixed in choppy session.

Proposed Admin changes to financials keep banks in red.

FedEx gets investors in bad mood show slow recovery.

Inflation CPI report indicates less worry for Fed.

 

Another downer as we enter summer slowdown: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Economical data in focus for the start.  As summer vacations get underway and volume drops, stocks could meander lower until Fall.  Pre close model downgrades the Leading Indicator to neutral.  Stock Market pullback appears to be with us.   Tuesday, June 16, 2009,  9:09  A.M. Eastern- updated 6:09 pm Eastern Time

Selling accelerates taking indexes to the lows.

Pre close model run downgrades the BLI to neutral.

Housing starts and other data keep stocks flat.

Manufacturing inflation prices rose 0.2 percent.

 

Investors sell as pullback concerns get underway: Look for a negative open.  Rough start for stocks Monday morning as investors take profit, sending the major indexes lower by 2 percent.   Monday, June 15, 2009,  8:46  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:51 pm Eastern Time

Today's selling takes Dow back to loss for the year.

U.S. stock market falls more than 2 percent.

Investors fear pullback is here as stocks plunge.

 

Weekend stock market outlook update: Marker Barometer models continue to show the March rally is still alive.   Although we are still looking for a pullback, data strongly suggests more upside is near.   Saturday, June 13, 2009,  1:50  P.M. Eastern

New chart index shows preview and links.

 

U.S. stock market closes mixed Friday: Look for a negative open.   Friday, June 12, 2009,  8:05  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:46 pm Eastern Time

Dow posts in positive territory for the year.

Network upgrades today could cause some minor outages.

 

Banks back in focus helped to rally stocks: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open.   Jobless new claims and retail data in focus for the start.  Equities are on the way to close higher as banks ramp up helping sentiment.  Early gains in the market were nearly cut in half but still ended up 1/2 percent.   Thursday, June 11, 2009,  8:58  A.M. Eastern- updated 6:02 pm Eastern Time

Well off the highs, shares end with nice gains.

Retail sales up 1/2 percent, reversing previous months.

Jobless unemployment claims continues to drop [chart].

 

Wednesday sees profit taking driving stocks down: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.  Equity market ends down but well off the lows of the day.  Bias looked for upgrade but downside pressure kept it at neutral while the BLI and Forecast continue at positive.   Wednesday, June 10, 2009,  9:07  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:11 pm Eastern Time

 

NASDAQ ramps up broader stocks post gains: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.  Could turn mixed.  Stocks headed higher, in the last half-hour of trade, as investors hope for a better close than yesterday.  Dow lags while tech and S&P 500 stocks add to gains Tuesday.   Tuesday, June 9, 2009,  9:06  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:19 pm Eastern Time

Evidence building that we could see another big leg up.

Some big banks will be allowed to repay TARP.

 

Stocks slip after surge off lows and brief positive visit: Look for a negative open.  Stocks turn-up in last hour of trade Monday erasing the days losses.  Pre close model run changes the Leading Indicator back to positive.  Even though the market dropped after the BLI got upgraded, the change stands as model data sees the bounce of the session low as positive.   Monday, June 8, 2009,  8:55  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:18 pm Eastern Time

Leading Indicator gets boost from market late day surge.

Stocks make a comeback off the lows of the session.

 

Major market indexes post mixed after jobs surprise: Look for a positive open Friday.   Payroll jobs-loss and unemployment-rate in focus for the start.  Flat trading Friday ends mixed as investors are content with realized gains this week.   Friday, June 5, 2009,  8:59  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:59 pm Eastern Time

Better than expected data jump starts stocks at the open.

Jobs lost much less than expected, rate continue to grow.

 

Wall Street holds positive stance ahead of major data: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.  Jobless new claims and productivity data in focus for the start as well as the nonfarm payroll data to be released  tomorrow.  With a half-hour to go in Thursdays session, equities are maintaining one percent gain ahead of the payroll jobs and unemployment-rate report tomorrow morning.   Thursday, June 4, 2009,  8:54  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:14 pm Eastern Time

Traders push stocks up ahead of payroll Unempl report.

Durable goods manufacturing decline slows in Q1.

New unemployment claims continue to drop [chart].

 

Rally runs out of steam, pulls back near 1 percent: Look for a negative open.   ADP and nonfarm jobs payroll reports in focus for the start.  Stock market pulls back and settles well off the low of the session with the broader market posting a 1.4 percent loss.   Wednesday, June 3, 2009,  9:13  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:52 pm Eastern Time

Investors pullback as stocks slump ahead of data.

 

Stocks flat to positive as Bias gets upgraded: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.  Afternoon model upgrades the Bias back to neutral.  Traders rest Tuesday sending shares up slightly as the market eyes the nonfarm payroll unemployment data, just days away- could give a boost to the markets.   Tuesday, June 2, 2009,  8:51  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:57 pm Eastern Time

Forecast Bias gets upgraded to neutral this afternoon.

 

Stocks rock while GM files and Cisco moves to Dow: Look for a positive open Monday.  Midday model changed the BLI to neutral.  U.S. stock market takes off Monday on renewed hope for a better economy, and end, or at least a bottom to the recession.   Monday, June 1, 2009,  8:51  A.M. Eastern- updated 9:50 pm Eastern Time

Leading Indicator goes to neutral from negative.

Personal income rose 0.5 percent in April.

GM files for bankruptcy protection this morning.

 

Stock market ramps higher in closing minutes: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   GDP data in focus for the start as well as last trading day of May.  Flat market all day Friday until the close when shares ramped up to close better than 1-percent higher, making it a great month and continuation of the March rally.   Friday, May 29, 2009,  8:51  A.M. Eastern- updated 9:43 pm Eastern Time

Dow -3.15% - NASDAQ +12.51% - S&P 500 +1.76%, y-t-d.

GM shares drop below $1 looks to go to court Monday.

Second look at First Quarter GDP came in at -5.7 percent.

 

Investors hold onto gains shrugging off worries: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Durable Goods report and unemployment jobless new claims in focus for the start.  Stocks hold gains averting a forecast downgrade.   Thursday, May 28, 2009,  8:59  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:26 pm Eastern Time

Recovered most all of yesterdays sell off;  up 1.3 percent.

Jobless new unemployment claims continues to decline.

 

Stocks slip away in afternoon trade cause for alarm: Look for a neutral flat open, could turn mixed.  At the noon hour stocks maintain positive stance with the DJIA off slightly on GM while tech ramps up.  Afternoon model run changed the forecast-bias to negative.   Wednesday, May 27, 2009,  8:59  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:44 pm Eastern Time

Fear of contracting economy help stocks into negative territory.

Model data suggests correction could get deep.

North Korea threats military response.

Dow takes broader market lower over GM.

 

Wall Street starts the week with relief rally: Look for a negative open.  Geopolitical events in focus for the start.  Tuesday sees stocks takeoff with geopolitical aside and consumer confidence taking center stage boosting the U.S. stock market.  Models looked to continue the downgrade-cycle but holding off to see what develops later in the week.   Tuesday, May 26, 2009,  8:52  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:41 pm Eastern Time

Rally holds forecast in place Tuesday.

Consumer confidence help stocks rally.

 

U.S. Stock Market is closed for holiday: Markets in the U.S. are closed for the Memorial Day holiday.  Markets will reopen Tuesday, normal times.   Monday, May 25, 2009,  10:14  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks negative, low volume, ahead of long weekend: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.  Could turn mixed.  No forecast change today as stocks maintain a neutral position, slipping into negative territory late in the session, albeit on low volume.  Next week will be a better measure for market outlook.   Friday, May 22, 2009,  8:51  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:54 pm Eastern Time

Recession over, new claims looks to have peaked.

U.S. markets to close Monday for holiday.

Wall Street stocks fall in last few minutes of trade.

 

Equities dive as correction gets underway: Look for a negative open Thursday.   Look for forecast downgrade today.  BLI downgraded this afternoon to negative.  Stocks drop again Thursday making it 5 out of 10 sessions.   Thursday, May 21, 2009,  8:52  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:51 pm Eastern Time

Stocks drop 1.7 percent on global economic concerns.

Pre close model changes BLI to negative.

Unemployment new claims dropped 12,000 last week.

 

A turn for the worse has models are on edge: Look for a neutral-to-positive open. Could turn mixed.  Stocks turn lower near the close Wednesday.   Wednesday, May 20, 2009,  8:55  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:48 pm Eastern Time

Major indexes drop in last hour of trade Wednesday.

FOMC minutes not much comfort for traders and investors.

BofA raises 13.5 b shoring up reserves.

 

Flat market Tuesday ok for the forecast: Look for a neutral flat open. Could turn mixed.  Stocks look to end flat, in mixed mode, model data sees that as OK for the forecast.   Tuesday, May 19, 2009,  8:54  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:58 pm Eastern Time

U.S. stock market to start flat to lower.

Housing starts hit record low.

 

Optimism returns as investors bid shares up: Look for a positive open Monday.  The Barometer model run on Saturday changed the BLI to neutral.   Monday, May 18, 2009,  8:51  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:39 pm Eastern Time

Major indexes rise 2 to 3 percent with 15 min. to go.

Barometer Leading Indicator changed over the weekend.

 

Morning model-run changes the Leading Indicator: |  The morning model run downgraded the BLI to neutral... more...  Saturday, May 16, 2009,  11:13  A.M. Eastern

 

Four of five sessions see losses, cause for concern: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Consumer inflation [CPI] report in focus for the start.  Stocks continue to sink as model data suggest we could be looking at more declines next week.   Friday, May 15, 2009,  8:48  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:18 pm Eastern Time

Headline consumer prices unchanged, core rose 0.3.

 

Rebound Thursday as investors bid shares higher: Look for a neutral flat open. Could turn mixed.  Unemployment new claims and inflation data [PPI] in focus for the start.  U.S. equities near posting a positive session with the averages 1/2 to 1-1/2 percent higher.   Thursday, May 14, 2009,  8:46  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:18 pm Eastern Time

Investors turn market around; stocks gain 1 percent.

Inflation figures [PPI] are in for April, up 0.3 percent.

Jobless new claims jump causes concerns.

 

Stocks move lower, bias is downgraded to neutral: Look for a negative open.  Afternoon model changes the Bias to neutral.  Three day move lower with the Street taking profits.  Need a bounce back to positive in order to keep from falling into a correction.   Wednesday, May 13, 2009,  8:52  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:57 pm Eastern Time

U.S. stock indicators to close down 2 to 3 percent.

 

Positive ness comes back as shares ramp up: Look for a neutral-to-positive open for Tuesday.  Dow ramps up near the close while the broader market and tech lag.  Blue chips rise in afternoon trade Tuesday taking the rest of the market up, off the lows, but short of positive.   Tuesday, May 12, 2009,  8:57  A.M. Eastern- updated 6:01 pm Eastern Time

 

Stocks pullback to consolidate after big run up: Look for a negative open Monday.  U.S. equities rest Monday as investors deal with bank stocks repaying TARP.   Monday, May 11, 2009,  8:54  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:42 pm Eastern Time

Tech near flat, broader market 2 percent move lower.

 

Stress over, jobs loss improving, stocks continue rally: Look for a neutral-to-positive open Friday.   Jobs payroll data/ unemployment rate and the stress test report in focus for the start.  Rally continues with stress test over and a little bit better job-loss report,  stocks added 2 percent Friday.   Friday, May 8, 2009,  8:59  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:57 pm Eastern Time

Stress over Stress is over, Banks up, market follows.

Unemployment rate short of 9 percent.

Jobs lost in April comes in better than expected.

 

Investors rebalance pushing bank shares higher: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Stress test data and new unemployment claims in focus for the start as well as earnings.  More on today's consolidation.   Thursday, May 7, 2009,  8:52  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:58 pm Eastern Time

Stocks pullback as market tries to rebalance positions.

Gov reported nonfarm productivity up 0.8 percent in Q-1.

Unemployment new claims chart show big improvement.

 

Stocks ramp up, with banks leading, ahead of data: Look for a neutral-to-positive open for Wednesday.   Stress test and payroll unemployment reports in focus for the start as well as earnings.  Bank stocks rally ahead of stress test data, taking the majority of equities along for the ride.  U.S. stock market ends with banks in the lead.   Wednesday, May 6, 2009,  8:54  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:18 pm Eastern Time

Fresh data chart show one resistance level down.

Broader market ended up 1-3/4 percent, tech small gain.

 

Stocks rest ahead of stress test results tomorrow: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start as well as stress test results scheduled for release tomorrow.  With stress test results scheduled for Thursday and jobs data on deck for Friday, investors and traders rest from yesterdays rally, as the major indexes are showing a slight loss for today.   Tuesday, May 5, 2009,  8:50  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:49 pm Eastern Time corrected

NASDAQ down .5 percent, S&P 500 holds gain for year.

Bernanke sees economic growth later this year.

Bernanke on Capital Hill economic status report.

 

Stocks ramp higher on hope of positive stress test and bottom to ailing economy: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Investors and traders hope for a positive stress test result and Buffett bank comments send stocks back to rallying with the major indexes showing 2 to 3 percent gain.   Monday, May 4, 2009,  8:59  A.M. Eastern- updated 10:25 pm Eastern Time corrected

Rally Monday on positive stress test hope for banks.

 

Stocks ramp up as first session of May ends: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   The economy and earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Shares of U.S. corporations near flat all day Friday, turn higher to end with nice gains as marketeers consolidate on the first day of May after a profitable two month run.   Friday, May 1, 2009,  9:00  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:04 pm Eastern Time

Last minute surge take stocks into positive territory.

 

Stock market ends mixed as Chrysler files chapter 11: Look for a positive open for Thursday.   Chrysler bankruptcy and earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Jobless claims fall and Chrysler files for protection while investors, happy with April, look forward to May.   Thursday, April 30, 2009,  8:58  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:28 pm Eastern Time

Preview:  chart shows market at resistance Friday.

Unemployment lines saw less initial claims last week.

Bulls struggle to keep positive spin on stocks Thursday.

 

Rally on track as investors push shares up 2 percent: Look for a neutral to positive open.   GDP and FOMC in focus for the start.  Share prices continue to hold up with the major indexes posting 2 percent gain on the session.   Wednesday, April 29, 2009,  8:58  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:00 pm Eastern Time

Fed sees economy contracting, but at a slower pace.

Banks help stocks higher amid economic concerns.

Federal Reserve holds target rate at near zero percent.

Economy continues to contract in the first quarter.

 

Uncertainty and fear take trades flat Tuesday: Look for a negative open.   Swine flu is the focus for the start.  FOMC starts two-day meeting today.  Up down and all around, stocks ended flat Tuesday well off the low and the high of the session as concerns over banks and swine flue grab investors attention.   Tuesday, April 28, 2009,  8:50  A.M. Eastern- updated 9:45 pm Eastern Time

 

Swine flu fear take stocks lower Monday: Look for a negative open Monday.   Swine flu outbreak and GDP - FOMC in focus for the start.  Swine flu outbreak takes center stage [over Fed FOMC meeting and GDP later in the week].  Global stock markets take toll on U.S. but investors had recovered some lost ground.  Shares are still well into negative territory.   Monday, April 27, 2009,  8:59  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:40 pm Eastern Time

Swine flu concerns take markets down Monday.

 

Earnings, banks and Ford news take stocks higher: Look for a neutral-to-positive open for Friday.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start as well as Durable Goods report.  Ford news and other earnings reports and economical data has investors bidding stock up Friday.   Friday, April 24, 2009,  8:55  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:39 pm Eastern Time

 

Stocks pick up steam rally to the close: Look for a neutral-to-positive open. Could turn mixed.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Stocks ramp up into the close Thursday with the major indexes posting a 3/4 percent gain, averaged.   Thursday, April 23, 2009,  8:54  A.M. Eastern- updated 10:33 pm Eastern Time

Leading Indicator chart refreshed shows rally progress.

Unemployment initial claims rose by 27,000 last week.

 

Late move lower for stocks doesn't stop BLI upgrade: Look for a negative open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Equities continue to add gains going into the close Wednesday.  Afternoon model upgrades the BLI back to positive after a two day stay at neutral.  Stocks reverse direction and move lower in the last few minutes of trade.  Mixed end Wednesday as Dow and S&P 500 indexes fall negative in last few minutes of trade.  Despite the negative end, the BLI upgrade stands.   Wednesday, April 22, 2009,  8:58  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:56 pm Eastern Time

Broader market retreats, tech stands its ground.

BLI gets upgrade after temporary stay at neutral.

 

Equities rebound after fear abates: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start as well as the bank stocks.  Remove the fear and the Bulls regain the upper hand, sending stocks up.  No change to the BLI; could be back at positive tomorrow.   Tuesday, April 21, 2009,  8:48  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:45 pm Eastern Time

Stocks rally back on Geithner comments.

 

Markets hammered on fear of bank takeover: Look for a negative open Monday.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start as well as M&A activity.  Rally hits a wall of fear as stocks move lower Monday on fresh banking concerns.  Afternoon model run changed the Barometer Leading Indicator to neutral.   Monday, April 20, 2009,  8:55  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:03 pm Eastern Time

M&A and earnings profit cant slow the sell off.

Afternoon model kicks the Leading Indicator to neutral.

 

Investors to add another win, stocks end positive: Look for a neutral flat open. Could turn mixed with tech under pressure.   Earnings outlook in focus for the start.  Introducing a new chart that shows a close-up view of the Market Barometer Leading Indicator chart.  Google, GE, and Citi earnings help to close Friday in positive mode.   Friday, April 17, 2009,  9:16  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:51 pm Eastern Time- corrected

DJIA, S&P 500, and NASDAQ posting positive end Friday.

 

Rally on, as tech lagged yesterdays leads today: Look for a neutral-to-positive open Thursday.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Stocks ramp up Thursday as tech leads after yesterdays flat performance.  Could see rally Friday as Google beats estimates;  Google stock is up in after hours.   Thursday, April 16, 2009,  9:02  A.M. Eastern- updated 10:41 pm Eastern Time

Tech leads stocks higher, Google beats estimates.

 

Broader market advances, tech flat Wednesday: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Consumer price data and earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Broader market recovers midday, tech still underwater.  Broader market rallies back, tech ends flat.  More on today's trading.   Wednesday, April 15, 2009,  8:58  A.M. Eastern- updated 10:10 pm Eastern Time

Headline consumer price fell, core price rose 0.2 percent.

 

Stocks see profit taking, market lower by 2-percent: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   PPI data and earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Investors take profits ahead of earnings reports.  Manufacturing prices set stage for down day.   Tuesday, April 14, 2009,  8:57  A.M. Eastern- updated 6:12 pm Eastern Time

Manufacturing prices dive, core price unchanged.

 

Investors pump up stocks as banks prepare earnings: Look for a negative open Monday.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  U.S. stocks rest [major indexes] Monday as investors gear up for bank earnings this week.  Bulls win again as stocks make comeback to end mixed.   Monday, April 13, 2009,  9:08  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:54 pm Eastern Time

Banks lead market back, going for mixed close.

 

U.S. markets closed for Good Friday: U.S. markets will reopen at the normal times Monday.   Friday, April 10, 2009,  9:54  A.M. Eastern

 

Stocks surge inspired by banks and retail data: Look for a positive open Thursday.   Wells Fargo news and earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  News [Wells Fargo and retail data] has stocks in rally mode.  Market Barometer model data suggest that the rally continues before a correction is encountered.   Thursday, April 9, 2009,  8:53  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:48 pm ET Eastern

A new study is underway to support the forecast change.

Wells Fargo and retail news set Wall Street back to rally.

Unemployment new claims decreased by 20,000 last week.

 

Forecast changed to positive during pre close: Look for a neutral-to-positive open Wednesday.   Alcoa earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Pre close model changed the forecast to positive... more...   Wednesday, April 8, 2009,  8:46  A.M. Eastern- updated 9:33 pm ET Eastern

Stocks end positive after Dow struggled with unchanged.

 

Equities down second day ahead of Alcoa earnings: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Earnings season is upon us and investors take early withdrawals ahead of the unknown.  Unknown in that no one really knows how the market is going to react to the dismal earnings and guidance.   Tuesday, April 7, 2009,  8:56  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:44 pm ET Eastern

 

Pullback Monday as stocks trend off the noon low: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Market gets off on wrong foot as downgrades take stocks lower.  Watch is on to see how the market fairs in the last hour of trade Monday... more...   Monday, April 6, 2009,  8:56  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:52 pm ET Eastern

Stocks pullback but models see possible upgrade.

 

Stocks push higher to the close, rally intact: |  Look for a neutral-to-negative open Friday. Could turn mixed.   nonfarm jobs report and earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Investors pull out another one.  Where does it end, or, is this the real deal... more..   Friday, April 3, 2009,  8:13  A.M. Eastern- updated 10:53 pm ET Eastern

663,000 Jobs lost, unemployment rate 8.5% in March.

 

Investors bid stocks up ahead of payroll data: Look for a positive open Thursday.   Jobless new claims and tomorrows jobs report in focus for the start.  Another profitable day for investing as stocks continue the climb higher.  All eyes are on the payroll data report tomorrow morning...  Will this rally continue... more...   Thursday, April 2, 2009,  8:39  A.M. Eastern- updated 9:50 pm ET Eastern

Data suggests more positive sessions before upgrade.

Ken Lewis CNBC comments help financials rally.

Initial jobless claims points to big payroll drop Friday.

 

Stocks rock after nasty start: Look for a negative open Wednesday.  Rally on track as investors bid stocks up from morning low.  With unemployment data tomorrow and Friday, investors send equities up adding to the three-week rally.   Wednesday, April 1, 2009,  8:59  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:49 pm ET Eastern

Rally continues shoring up Barometer support.

 

Shares move higher Tuesday to end first quarter: Look for a positive open Tuesday.   Earnings season in focus for the start as well as investors to bid stocks up for the quarter.  Well off the high of the session, stocks end positive as investors take last minute profits.   Tuesday, March  31, 2009,  8:47  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:14 pm ET Eastern

Leading Indicator [chart] shows rally to continue.

Rally fades but stocks end quarter on a positive note.

Rally to the end of the quarter as investors add shares.

 

Market gets slammed on Auto and Bank fear: Look for a negative open.  Profit taking Monday as 1Q comes to a close.  Investors could pick up shares later today or tomorrow.  Stocks move lower Monday as profits are taken for the quarter as investors are ready to add to positions for the second quarter.  Unless there is real bad news it appears that investors are ready to bid stocks up tomorrow for the second-quarter... more...   Monday, March  30, 2009,  9:12  A.M. Eastern- updated 10:20 pm ET Eastern

Stocks move lower as investors book profits for 1Q.

 

Investors take profit as stocks settle back after big run: Look for a negative open.  U.S. equity market takes a rest Friday as investors and traders take profits after mega rally.  More consolidation Friday as stocks move lower after huge gains from rally.   Friday, March  27, 2009,  8:57  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:45 pm ET Eastern

Market pulls back, NASDAQ in the red for the year.

 

Earnings and economical data drive stocks higher: Look for a neutral-to-positive open Thursday.   GDP and unemployment initial claims in focus for the start.  With GDP and the jobless new claims report coming in as expected, investors bid shares higher, midday Thursday, with the major indexes showing near 2 percent gain.  Pre close model upgraded the bias to positive on continuing upside momentum of U.S. stock market.   Thursday, March  26, 2009,  8:11  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:54 pm ET Eastern

NASDAQ goes positive by 0.6 percent for the year.

Pre close Barometer model upgrades the bias to positive.

Unemployment new claims increased to 652,000.

GDP declined by 6.3 percent in Q4.

 

Stock market rallies back in last half-hour of trade: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Durable goods report in focus for the start.  Stocks bounce higher early Wednesday amid Goods and Home-sales data.  In and out of positive territory Wednesday as stocks try to recoup losses.  Stocks ramp up in closing minutes of trade Wednesday with financials leading the way.   Wednesday, March  25, 2009,  8:59  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:15 pm ET Eastern

Stocks continue trending lower leaving the rally behind.

Durable Goods report got stocks back in rally mode.

 

Consolidation sets in after Mondays huge rally: Look for a negative open.   Stocks could consolidate after large run-up yesterday.  Shares move lower Tuesday as the stock market rests after Mondays mega rally.   Tuesday, March  24, 2009,  8:37  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:44 pm ET Eastern

 

Stocks rip higher posting 6-7 percent gain Monday: Look for a positive open Monday. Market is set to rally at the open. Global markets and the Feds new bank plan is in focus for the start as well as earnings/ outlook.  U.S. stock market rallies at the open Monday on Global market performance and the Feds new detailed financial plan to by unveiled. Investors make it 6 out of 10 positive days Monday... more...   Monday, March  23, 2009,  8:30  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:48 pm ET Eastern

Bank plan and Global markets spark 6+ percent rally.

 

Stocks continue pullback Friday: Look for a neutral flat open.  Day two, investors take some profits to end the week.   Friday, March  20, 2009,  8:57  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:54 pm ET Eastern

Equities move lower Friday as investors regroup.

 

Stocks pullback as investors reassess positions: Look for a neutral-to-positive  open Thursday.  Stocks pulled back Thursday after rally hit some resistance levels.   Thursday, March  19, 2009,  9:04  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:50 pm ET Eastern

U.S. stock market pulls back gears up for Friday.

New Leading Indicator chart shows progress of rally.

New unemployment claims declined by 12,000 last week.

 

Fed jumpstarts stocks with announcement: Look for a neutral-to-negative open Wednesday.   AIG in focus for the start.  Fed to buy Treasuries comment got the rally back in focus Wednesday.   Wednesday, March  18, 2009,  8:04  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:00 pm ET Eastern

FOMC hold rates steady inspires sharp rise in shares.

Consumer prices rise 0.4 percent, core rose 0.2.

Last nights model run changed the forecast to caution.

 

Bank rally is back, investors bid stocks up Tuesday: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.   Inflation reports in focus for the start.  Post close model-run show probable forecast change later this evening.  Evening model-run is changing the forecast to caution from negative.   Tuesday, March  17, 2009,  8:59  A.M. Eastern- updated 10:29 pm ET Eastern

Late evening model run changes forecast to caution.

Manufacturing prices increase 0.1, core 0.2 percent.

 

Stocks rest Monday. Investors await another leg up: Look for a neutral-to-positive for Monday.  Bernanke comments over the weekend and global markets in focus for the start.  The BLI was changed to positive during the afternoon model run.   Monday, March  16, 2009,  8:51  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:00 pm ET Eastern

Broader market slips, tech off nearly 2-percent.

Rapidly improving conditions sparks change.

 

And the beat goes on- stocks continue upward move: Look for a neutral-to-positive.  Could turn mixed.  Friday the 13th didn't keep investors from bidding stocks higher with the averages posting a 0.6 percent advance, aggregate.   Friday, March  13, 2009,  8:23  A.M. Eastern- updated 3-14-09, 11:30 am ET Eastern

Barometer Forecast Bias was upgraded pre close.

 

After yesterdays rest, stocks continue the bank rally: |  Look for a neutral-to-negative open. Could turn mixed.   Jobless new claims in focus for the start.  Pre close model upgraded BLI to neutral.  Stocks continue the bank rally Thursday, prompts an upgrade.   Thursday, March  12, 2009,  9:07  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:24 pm ET Eastern

Leading Indicator goes neutral, anticipating upgrade.

Rally continues, BLI upgraded to neutral [chart].

New unemployment claims up slightly as expected.

 

Stocks add to yesterdays rally: Look for a neutral-to-positive open Wednesday.  Flat trading ends positive after mega rally yesterday.   Wednesday, March  11, 2009,  8:42  A.M. Eastern- updated 10:08 pm ET Eastern

Stocks consolidate early, push higher to the close.

 

U.S. stock market rallies on sign that Banks are alive: Look for a positive open Tuesday.   Citi Group in focus for the start as well as Bernanke.   U.S. equities rally midday Tuesday on depressed share prices motivated by Citi news.  The financials give life to Tuesdays rally with the indexes posting a 6-7 percent gain... more...    Tuesday, March  10, 2009,  8:29  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:55 pm ET Eastern

Is the bank or oversold rally Tuesday for real?

Stocks ramp higher Tuesday on Citi Group news.

 

Stocks fell 1-2 percent Monday as uncertainty rules: |  Look for a negative open.  M&A and Buffett comments has stocks flat for the most part early Monday.   Monday, March  9, 2009,  9:14  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:42 pm ET Eastern

U.S. stock market off to a choppy start Monday.

 

Stocks looking for support, any support: Look for a neutral-to-positive open Friday.   Payroll data and unemployment rate in focus for the start.  Stocks spent most of the day in negative territory, rallied back to close mixed.  Post close S&P 500 chart shows another chance for bounce next week.   Friday, March  6, 2009,  8:55  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:43 pm ET Eastern

Off the lows of the session stocks try for comeback.

Chart shows another chance next week for a bounce.

Unemployment rate jumps to 8.1 percent.

American companies lost a chunk of jobs in February.

 

Back to selling as indexes drop 4 percent Thursday: Look for a negative open Thursday.   Jobs and Personal Spending data in focus for the start.  Confidence slips again Thursday as more bad news [GE - GM - Citi Group] takes stocks lower with a treat of a sell off tomorrow.   Thursday, March  5, 2009,  9:11  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:41 pm ET Eastern

Citi, GM, and GE build investors fear, take stocks down.

Initial unemployment claims drop by 31,000 last week.

 

Investors bid stocks up ahead of payroll jobs report: Look for a neutral-to-positive open for Wednesday.   Jobs report in focus for the start.  Stock market on track to make it 2 wins 8 losses in the past 10-sessions.   Wednesday, March  4, 2009,  9:14  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:51 pm ET Eastern

Broke 5 session losing streak, back near Mondays level.

As GE dies, so goes the the market. Not today.

 

Stocks sink giving up small gain after yesterdays rout: Look for a positive open Tuesday.  Flat trading on the U.S. stock market after yesterdays big sell off... more...   Tuesday, March  3, 2009,  9:03  A.M. Eastern- updated 10:57 pm ET Eastern

Stocks flat with no reversal, tends to indicate no bottom.

Positive Tuesday may not be best interest of the Bull.

 

A four percent loss Monday on global banking funk: |  Look for a negative open.  Investors give-up Monday on more doom and gloom on Wall Street, as stocks fall 4 more percent... more...   Monday, March  2, 2009,  9:06  A.M. Eastern- updated 11:54 pm ET Eastern

Model data looking for "V"  reversal Tuesday.

AIG, banks, Global funk erase 4 more percent of equity.

 

Stocks going for 8 out of 10 negative sessions: |  Look for a negative open.   GDP in focus for the start as well as the banking crises.  With all the bad news today [GE - GDP - Citi Group] stocks did well to end 1 to 2 percent lower.   Friday, February  27, 2009,  8:15  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:37 pm ET Eastern

Market shrugs off real bad news, setting up next week.

GDP sinks 6.2 percent in Q-4, more than anticipated.

Next couple of sessions could shape next six months.  

 

Adding another downer to a growing negative market: Look for a neutral-to-positive  open Thursday.   Jobless new claims and Durable Goods report in focus for the start.  Headed for another negative close on negative outlook by investors.  Decision time for stocks; is the market ready to rally or drop another 20 percent; answer could come tomorrow... more...   Thursday, February  26, 2009,  8:56  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:46 pm ET Eastern

Stock market could be at crossroads, rally or bust.

Update to chart shows test of bottom Friday or next week.

Equities slump under water as negative sentiment grows.

Unemployment new claims adds another 36,000.

 

Equities try for positive close after down most of the session: Look for a negative open.   Obama Address last night is in focus for the start.  Investors struggle with bank and recession concerns, looking for recovery details;  stocks ended lower well off the lows.   Wednesday, February  25, 2009,  9:12  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:50 pm ET Eastern

Stocks end lower after try for positive territory.

 

Hope and oversold send stocks rallying Tuesday: Look for a neutral-to-positive open Tuesday.  Investor and traders bid stocks up Thursday after Bernanke puts down nationalization as all eyes are on Obama Address tonight.   Tuesday, February  24, 2009,  8:45  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:38 pm ET Eastern

Stocks rally on Bernanke comments and glimmer of hope.

 

Investors scuttle stocks on bank takeover fear: Look for a neutral-to-positive open.  Pre close model downgraded the forecast to negative... more...   Monday, February  23, 2009,  9:04  A.M. Eastern- updated 10:32 pm ET Eastern

Circumstances indicate fear could cost more market pain.

Updated Leading Indicator chart shows progress of test.

Forecast changed to negative during pre close.

 

Equities fall short after Administration plays down nationalization: Look for a negative open Friday.   Testing November lows... more...     Friday, February  20, 2009,  8:17  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:50 pm ET Eastern

New study sees possible bottom testing next week.

Stocks try to make up lost ground, led by tech.

Consumer inflation CPI report shows modest up tic.

Pre open model run changed the BLI to negative.

 

Sellers still have the floor as equities fall Thursday: Look for a neutral-to-positive open Thursday.   Jobless initial claims and inflation report [PPI] in focus for the start.  The negative sentiment continues with stocks trending lower Thursday.  Bias is downgraded to negative during the pre close model-run.   Thursday, February  19, 2009,  9:12  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:51 pm ET Eastern

Sellers in control as stocks continue to fall.

Manufacturing prices jump in January.

Jobless initial claims holds steady at 627,000.

 

Stocks flatline Wednesday on dubious news: Look for a neutral-to-positive open for Wednesday.   Stimulus still in focus for the start.  Mixed news Wednesday has stocks mixed-up with averages flat.   Wednesday, February  18, 2009,  9:00  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:25 pm ET Eastern

Indexes go nowhere as investors decipher the days news.

 

Continuing last weeks selling with vigor as stimulus gets signed: Look for a negative open Tuesday.  Stocks move lower Tuesday adding onto already deep losses.  Stimulus passes and gets signed into law as investors not happy, carry over selling of  stocks from last week... more...   Tuesday, February  17, 2009,  9:03  A.M. Eastern- updated 10:01 pm ET Eastern

Get the latest stimulus data and news from The Gov.

Indexes show 3-4 percent drop as stimulus gets legal.

 

Markets in the U.S. are closed: Markets are closed to observe President's Day holiday.  Markets will reopen Tuesday, normal schedule.   Monday, February  16, 2009,  9:14  A.M. Eastern

 

Downer day and week ahead of long weekend: |  Look for a neutral-to-negative open Friday. Could turn mixed.   Stimulus package and long holiday weekend in focus for the start.  Disappointing week but next week could be a different story, we hope.   Friday, February  13, 2009,  8:40  A.M. Eastern- updated 10:14 pm ET Eastern

More stimulus details and G7 could help stocks next week.

Long week as stocks give up 3 to 5 percent.

 

Market recovers to end flat, tech ramps ahead: Look for a negative open Thursday.   Bailout/ rescue package in focus as well as earnings/ outlook for today's start.  Well off the lows, stocks still 1 plus percent lower, back to near Tuesday.  Stocks recover days losses ending nearly unchanged... more...   Thursday, February  12, 2009,  8:29  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:37 pm ET Eastern

Tech stocks rally back, broader market flat.

Buyers step back in to bring losses to minimal Thursday.

Tuesdays selling continues today with 1 plus percent loss.

Unemployment new claims drop by 8,000.

 

Stocks languish amid testimony and rescue deal on the Hill: |  Look for a neutral-to-positive open for Wednesday. Could turn mixed.   Stimulus rescue package in focus for the start.  The day was spent watching testimony and waiting on approval of the stimulus plan.   Wednesday, February  11, 2009,  8:23  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:48 pm ET Eastern

Some gains made on bailout package agreement.

Near the close stocks hold onto positive territory.

 

Stocks sink on lack of details in bailout plan: Look for a negative open.  Investors still have no clue to how the bailout plan is going to work. Stocks continue sinking throughout the afternoon with the indexes showing 4 plus percent loss on the session.   Tuesday, February  10, 2009,  9:01  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:54 pm ET Eastern

Sell off in U.S. equities on lack of stimulus details.

More fear as investors sell out stocks by 3 plus percent.

 

U.S. stocks trend flat Monday closing mixed: Look for a neutral-to-negative open Monday.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.   Monday, February  9, 2009,  8:50  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:49 pm ET Eastern

Last week prices are maintained with flat market Monday.

Weekend analysis of models show possible market bottom.

 

Internet publishing services are down: The Publishing server connection to the Internet is down. Internet an Intranet websites are up and running. Publishing to the Internet will be delayed until problem is corrected.   Monday, February  9, 2009,  8:57  A.M. Eastern

 

Marketeers begin the "Wall of Worry" climb: Look for a neutral-to-positive open Friday.   Job payroll report and earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Stocks rally amid harsh jobs data. BLI upgraded to neutral on Wall of Worry syndrome.   Friday, February  6, 2009,  9:06  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:37 pm ET Eastern

Barometer channel chart indicates stock market bottom.

Three days of bad job data can't keep stocks down.

Leading Indicator was changed to neutral this morning.

Jobs lost 598k, unemployment 7.6% stock market opens flat.

 

Back and forth market sees gain ahead of major data: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Initial jobless claims and earnings/ outlook in focus for the start Thursday.  nonfarm jobs report out tomorrow could make stocks volatile, but for Thursday it's a positive end.   Thursday, February  5, 2009,  8:57  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:52 pm ET Eastern

Stocks held up as investor prepare for jobs report.

U.S. stocks held positive territory at the noon hour Thursday.

Unemployment grew by 35,000 last week.

 

Broader market slips 3/4 percent, tech stocks flat: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open Wednesday.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start as well as the ADP report.  Stocks headed for a mixed close Wednesday as all eyes are on initial claims Thursday  and payroll Friday.   Wednesday, February  4, 2009,  9:04  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:47 pm ET Eastern

Investors take back yesterdays profit ahead of jobs data.

 

Investors and traders bid stocks higher Tuesday: |  Look for a neutral-to-positive open Tuesday.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Stocks are ramping higher Tuesday afternoon with the big three indexes showing 1-2 percent gain.   Tuesday, February  3, 2009,  9:10  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:47 pm ET Eastern

Stocks trending up in the last hour of trade Tuesday.

 

Tech rallies as broader market goes flat, Dow sinks: Look for a negative open Monday.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start as well as personal income and spending report.  Tech ends nearly 1-1/4 percent higher while the DJIA lost near 1-percent, broader market was flat.   Monday, February  2, 2009,  9:05  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:44 pm ET Eastern

Tech stocks ramp higher, broader market goes flat.

 

Traders dumping stocks to end the month: Look for a neutral flat open Friday.   GDP in focus for the start as well as last trade day of the month.  Equities end in negative territory as fear takes center stage, the fear is, that as January goes, so goes 2009.   Friday, January 30, 2009,  8:59  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:51 pm ET Eastern

Losses mount as close approaches to end January trade.

GDP sinks 3.8 percent in the 4th. quarter, Government said.

 

Stocks rest from four day rally ahead of fresh data: Look for a negative open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start as well as unemployment new claims.  With the payroll jobs report and GDP report on deck, stocks rest Thursday after the 4 day rally that seems to have reversed sentiment.  Indexes show stock market giving back yesterdays gains ahead of data.   Thursday, January 29, 2009,  8:39  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:53 pm ET Eastern

Unemployment new claims adds another three thousand.

 

FOMC keeps rate range, stocks ramp higher for 4th session: Look for a positive open Wednesday.   Fed FOMC and earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Stocks ramp up continuing the positive streak, ahead of the Fed where it is expected rate target to be left unchanged. The late morning model-run changed the bias to neutral.   Wednesday, January 28, 2009,  8:39  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:42 pm ET Eastern

Stocks hit the 3 percent mark on rally for fourth day.

Federal Reserve keeps target for the Fed funds rate unchanged.

Late morning model run changed the bias to neutral.

 

Traders put together three in a row ahead of Fed action: |  Look for a neutral-to-positive open Tuesday. Could turn mixed.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Stocks maintain positive stance going into the close Tuesday.  Stocks continue trending higher with three in a row ahead of the FOMC two-day policy meeting. Meeting today and tomorrow with an announcement scheduled for tomorrow at 2:15 PM est.   Tuesday, January 27, 2009,  8:54  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:32 pm ET Eastern

Stocks hold onto 1-percent gain making it 3 in a row positive days.

 

Investors put aside bad news reversing earlier trend: |  Look for a neutral flat open Monday.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  With a brief dip into negative territory, stocks resume trending upward as investors reassess the days news.   Monday, January 26, 2009,  8:45  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:51 pm ET Eastern

Stocks make comeback after brief afternoon dip.

 

Stocks fight back from bad news to end positive, Dow lags: Look for a negative open Friday.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.   Equities rebound Friday to end mixed as the Dow lagged in negative territory while the NASDAQ and S&P 500 stocks advanced   Friday, January 23, 2009,  9:21  A.M. Eastern- updated 5:54 pm ET Eastern

Bad news for most of the week gets a mixed end to equities.

 

Unemployment new claims and Microsoft announcement take equities lower: |  Look for a negative open Thursday.   Jobless claims and earnings/ outlook in focus for the start, as well as Microsoft employment job cut report.  New unemployment claims and announcement by Microsoft takes its toll on investors, sending stocks lower Thursday.   Thursday, January 22, 2009,  8:51  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:30 pm ET Eastern

Traders take stocks lower on new claims & report of more to come.

Job cuts initial claims up 62,000 from previous week [chart].

 

Investors boost stocks win back some of Tuesdays loss: |  Look for a positive open.  Investors mood swings to the buy side as stocks roar back Wednesday.   Wednesday, January 21, 2009,  9:06  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:46 pm ET Eastern

U.S. stocks recover most of yesterdays major sell off.

 

Bank troubles sink equities on Inauguration day: Look for a neutral-to-negative open for Tuesday.   Inauguration in focus for the start.  Mid afternoon model run changed the Barometer Leading Indicator to negative..   Tuesday, January 20, 2009,  9:07  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:49 pm ET Eastern

If Wednesday negative watch for S&P 500 test of November low.

U.S. stock market sinks on continued fear prompts BLI downgrade.

Positive spin runs out as stocks move lower on same concerns.

 

Markets closed for holiday: U.S. markets are close for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday. Markets will reopen normal schedule Tuesday.   Monday, January 19, 2009,  9:31  A.M. Eastern

 

Investors put a positive spin on stocks ahead of holiday: Look for a neutral-to-positive open Friday.   CPI inflation data and earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Stocks went higher Friday ahead of a long holiday-weekend while more bad news from Citi and BofA didn't keep investors down.   Friday, January 16, 2009,  9:13  A.M. Eastern- updated 10:15 pm ET Eastern

Stocks to end 1 percent higher ahead of long holiday weekend.

Inflation CPI indicator unchanged in December.

 

Market reversed direction closes in positive territory: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Jobless new claims and producer prices [inflation] in focus for the start as well as earnings/ outlook.  With all the selling apparently done, investors bid stocks up.   Thursday, January 15, 2009,  8:40  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:09 pm ET Eastern

Stocks reverse loss, head higher in late afternoon trade.

Headline PPI declined 1.9 percent in December.

Unemployment new claims jumped by 54,000 last week.

 

Dismal retail sales data seen as catalyst for sell off: Look for a negative open Wednesday.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Barometer models indicate high probability for a major sell off today.  Dismal retail sales blamed for the sell off Wednesday, in addition to new concerns over banks and financial centers.   Wednesday, January 14, 2009,  9:07  A.M. Eastern- updated 11:27 pm ET Eastern

No enthusiasm to buy, retail sales upset, stocks sink 3 percent.

Midday model changed bias to negative, shows bottom test coming.

Stocks are dumped Wednesday on retail sales woe.

 

Flat and mixed trade as earnings take center stage: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Investors settled for a mixed end Tuesday with the tech-heavy NASDAQ up 1/2 percent as a dreaded earnings season gets underway.   Tuesday, January 13, 2009,  8:48  A.M. Eastern- updated 9:35 pm ET Eastern

Stocks end mixed, techs eke out 1/2 percent gain amid earnings.

 

Market sells off as earnings season gets underway: Look for a neutral flat open Monday. Could turn mixed.   Earnings/ outlook in focus for the start.  Outlook for corporate profits are of concern for investors as they sell down stocks ahead of the bad news.   Monday, January 12, 2009,  9:17  A.M. Eastern- updated 4:22 pm ET Eastern

Earnings underway, investors sell in advance of bad news.

 

Jobs and unemployment rate keep stocks down: Look for a neutral-to-mixed open Friday.   Payroll jobs and unemployment rate in focus for the start.  Stocks give-up as investors don't take the job loss/ unemployment data well. Starting the second-week in the hole as gains disappear and could be a preview of the year.   Friday, January 9, 2009,  9:11  A.M. Eastern- updated Jan 10, 2009 11:11 am ET Eastern

Economical data resets investors enthusiasm, taking stocks lower.

Unemployment rate ramps up to 7.2 percent.

Corporate jobs lost in December grows by 524,000.

 

Mixed market Thursday on mixed economic news: Look for a neutral-to-negative open.   Retail sales, Wal-Mart in focus for the start as well as unemployment new claims.  Mixed news has stocks mixed as investors try to decide where corporate profits are headed over the next 12 months or so.   Thursday, January 8, 2009,  8:50  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:46 pm ET Eastern

Stocks head for mixed close Thursday.

Wall-Mart and Intel get traders off to a bad start Thursday.

Jobless new claims drop unexpectedly last week.

 

Bad news takes its toll on stocks Wednesday: Look for a negative open Wednesday.  Investors sell almost all of the years gain as bad news finally gets their attention.   Wednesday, January 7, 2009,  9:00  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:48 pm ET Eastern

Intel and job loss reports take the stock market down hard.

 

Ignoring economical data, investors ramp up stocks: Look for a positive open.  Model data shows stocks up 6 out of the past 10 trading days with today's close.   Tuesday, January 6, 2009,  8:46  A.M. Eastern- updated 9:14 pm ET Eastern

Factory, home sales data can't stop investors from running stocks up.

Despite negative economical data, shares turn in positive day.

 

Stocks drifting lower as Madoff hearing underway: Look for a negative open Monday.  Choppy trade sees the major indexes in negative territory nearing the close.   Monday, January 5, 2009,  8:52  A.M. Eastern- updated 3:54 pm ET Eastern

Stocks lower Monday as investors await fresh data.

 

Dow passes 9000 as stocks rally to begin new year: Look for a neutral flat open Friday. Could turn mixed.  Bullish start for 2009 as stocks ramp up 3.5 percent with a full trading floor of investors return from holiday next week- see if this latest bullishness lasts.

   Friday, January 2, 2009,  9:15  A.M. Eastern- updated 1/3/09- 12:56 am ET Eastern

U.S. stocks surge on hope for a better year.

 

U.S. markets are closed: Markets in the U.S. are closed for the New Year's Day holiday. Markets will reopen normal schedule tomorrow.   Thursday, January 1, 2009,  10:12  A.M. Eastern

 

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