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JJ Kinahan

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May 26, 2017

Trying For Lucky 7: Retail Results Help Rally Reach 6 Days As Long Weekend Nears

Earlier this week, the market was in “recovery” mode. Now that the S&P 500 has closed at all-time highs, we might need a new word for this rally.

May 25, 2017

OPEC, Fed Could Take Back Seat To Strong Earnings as Market Nears Record High

The hits keep on coming as the market marks five days of the current rally. Thursday begins with the S&P 500 Index (SPX) resting just below all-time record highs.

May 24, 2017

Recovery Rally Reaches Four Days As Market Eyes Fed Minutes, OPEC Meeting

Shaking off a terror attack and political uncertainty, the stock market finds itself back to nearly where it was a week ago before last Wednesday’s sharp sell-off.

May 23, 2017

Can Rally Advance? Terror Attack, OPEC, Washington In Focus After 3 Days Of Gains

Last Wednesday’s sharp sell-off seems like a long time ago following three consecutive days of gains. The question is whether the rally can continue.

May 22, 2017

Washington Watch Persists, But Focus Shifts To Housing Data, GDP, Fed Minutes

In the absence of notable earnings this coming week, Fed minutes, home sales, and, of course, the possibility of more Washington drama could be the focus.

May 19, 2017

Drama Diminishes As Politics Take Back Seat To Firm Deere Earnings, Economic Data

Earnings season is nearly over, but the end of the week brought a new batch of quarterly reports and strong data that could help distract the market from politics.

May 18, 2017

D.C. Haymaker: Market Licks Wounds, Investors Seek Shelter Amid Political Storm

The market continues to shiver as icy winds of political controversy blow through Washington, D.C. Yesterday’s big sell-off generated lots of fear.

May 17, 2017

Fear Factor Returns: Safe Havens Sought As Political Concerns Swirl Around Market

Volatility is back after a long vacation, and Washington politics may be partly to blame. The market seems to be entering a news-driven period.

May 16, 2017

Energy Burst: New Records for Stock Market As Retail Earnings Season Rolls On

Major indices start the day at or near record highs after a boost from the energy market. More good news came in the form of solid earnings from Home Depot (HD).

May 15, 2017

Not Over Yet: Earnings Season Rolls on With Wal-Mart, Target, Deere In Sight

Attention U.S. shoppers: Two of the country’s biggest retailers report this coming week as earnings season grinds on. Housing data are also on the way.

May 12, 2017

Retail Sales Climb, But Miss Expectations as Brick and Mortar Stores Still Weak

Shoppers flocked to gasoline stations and Internet retailers last month as retail sales rose for the first time since January, the government said early Friday.

May 11, 2017

Department Store Earnings On Display, And Macy’s Starts Parade With a Miss

Department stores threw open their earnings showrooms today, and a miss by Macy’s (M) highlights some of the pressures these companies face.

May 10, 2017

Slumber Disturbed: Comey Firing Assessed for Impact on Economic Agenda

A market desperate for news to trade has some thanks to President Trump, whose firing of FBI Director James Comey dominates talk on Wall Street this morning.

May 9, 2017

What’s Next, Market? Record High Indices, Low Volatility As Catalysts Retreat

Records are made to be broken, but what happens now with key indices at new all-time highs? It’s unclear what sort of catalyst might keep the elevators going up.

May 8, 2017

Vive La France! Election Over, So Earnings and Economic Data Back In Spotlight

Markets charged up to record or near-record highs Friday ahead of the French election. With voting over, the focus is on retailer results and inflation data.

May 5, 2017

That’s More Like It: Broad-Based April Job Gains Help Ease Economic Concerns

Today’s strong jobs report could give the market some relief from recent concerns about soft economic numbers and give the Fed more leeway to raise rates.

May 4, 2017

Fear Retreats For Now After Fed Statement Soothes, But Jobs, French Vote Loom

Soothing language from the Fed is helping put the “fear trade” into retreat. The dollar is up, gold is getting plastered, and stocks look stronger as well.

May 3, 2017

What Fed Decision? Markets Barely Blink as Fed Steers Steady Interest Rate Path

There was little anticipation that the Federal Reserve would hike interest rates today; statement notes slowing 1Q growth as 'transitory'