An Early Rally Stumbles

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[Chart courtesy of MarketWatch.com] Moving the markets An early rally lost steam mid-day when reports (Bloomberg) surfaced that trade negotiations ran into a brick wall, as the Chinese pushed back to get more assurances on tariffs. That story was then rebuffed, as the WSJ offered a different version: Talks between the two nations are in the final stages, said individuals …

ETF Tracker Newsletter For March 8, 2019

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ETF Tracker StatSheet https://www.theetfbully.com/2019/03/weekly-statsheet-for-the-etf-tracker-newsletter-updated-through-03-07-2019/ ABYSMAL JOBS REPORT SENDS EQUITIES LOWER [Chart courtesy of MarketWatch.com] Moving the markets Today, it was a dismal jobs number that put equity markets on the defensive, as an ‘ugly’ payroll report showed that only 20k jobs were generated during February. It was filed in the “just bad enough” category that even computer algos did not …

Trade Optimism Slips—Equities Follow Suit

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[Chart courtesy of MarketWatch.com] Moving the markets The major indexes were unable to touch the plus side of the unchanged line, as the historic Christmas rebound struggled for the second day with the S&P 500 not being able to decisively cross above its apparent glass ceiling, namely the 2,800 level. Global markets slipped as well with investors waiting for new …

Ferocious Bears In Charge: Markets Get Mauled

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[Chart courtesy of MarketWatch.com] Moving the markets There was simply no hope at all for the bulls today, as we headed south right after the opening bell. Not helping the anxiety among traders were news that Trump was reluctant to sign a bill that would extend funding for the government to avoid a partial shutdown. That remark took the major …

Fed Hikes And Bulls Strike, As Markets Tank—Again

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[Chart courtesy of MarketWatch.com] Moving the markets The Fed did not cave to recent public pressure exerted by politicians and Wall Street traders but stayed the course and hiked rates ¼%, while also predicting another possible two increases next year down from the previously announced three. While two is better than three, at least in the minds of traders, this …

Zig-Zagging To Nowhere

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[Chart courtesy of MarketWatch.com] Moving the markets And the same story continues. An early rally ran into overhead resistance with markets fading the remainder of the session with neither bulls nor bears winning the tug-of-war as the “sell the rip” theme lingered on. The major indexes closed mixed with only the Dow squeezing out a fractional gain, while the S&P …