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Rudd’s MarketView Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Summary The producer price index rose in November as a result of rising gasoline prices in combination with a series of other goods to result in the largest annual gain for that index in nearly six years. The data, which came a day ahead of Fed’s widely-expected hike in interest rates could assuage concerns among…

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It Is That Time of The Year – Once Again

Streetwise for Sunday, December 10, 2017 It is that time of the year once again, the time for holiday parties, gift giving and a good time to be had by all…well maybe not all. There are many for whom the adversities of life, not to mention the economic downturn we call the Great Recession, have…

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The Stock Market Is Fickle

Streetwise for Friday, December 8, 2017 You may have noticed the recent shift out of technology and into finance. One key reason is the tax overhaul being worked on my Congress that is nearing completion. Another is the likelihood of an increase in interest rates in December. So, suddenly the technology sector is out of…

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Rudd’s MarketView Monday, December 11, 2017

Summary The major domestic equity indexes moved higher on Monday, due the accelerating interest in the technology and energy sectors, as oil prices rose in combination with an expected interest rate hike later in the week by the Fed. Technology stocks were back in favor with the largest amount in interest revolving around Apple as…

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Rudd’s MarketView Friday, December 8, 2017

Summary The major domestic equity indexes were higher on Friday, buoyed by a solid payrolls report for November that locked in expectations for an interest rate hike by the Fed next week and raised optimism about economic prospects in 2018. Technology stocks such as Microsoft, Apple and Oracle helped pace the advance, as they continued…

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Rudd’s MarketView Thursday, December 7, 2017

Summary The major domestic equity indexes ended the trading higher on Thursday, buoyed by popular technology companies including Facebook and Alphabet, while shares of Lululemon Athletica also worked up a sweat. Facebook rose 2.31 percent, while Google parent-company Alphabet added 1.23 percent, helping the S&P 500 end higher after the index lost ground for four…

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Rudd’s MarketView Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Summary The S&P 500 fell a tiny bit on Wednesday, with Microsoft and other technology stocks making modest gains but not quite offsetting losses in energy shares after oil prices dropped more than 2 percent. It was the index’s fourth straight negative session, the first such streak since March, underscoring uncertainty as the Senate attempts…

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Rudd’s MarketView Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Summary The major equity indexes were lower on Tuesday, as a technology rebound lost steam and Disney retreated, while investors assessed how a Republican tax overhaul would impact corporate earnings. The S&P 500 index fell for a third straight session, a streak not seen since early August, reducing the index’s return this year to 17…

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Could Hasbro Become Mattel’s White Knight?

Streetwise for Sunday, December 3, 2017 This is the holiday shopping season so let’s talk toys; from an investment perspective of course. Retail toy sales for 2017 are expected to chalk up a growth rate of 3.4 percent over last year. In addition, online and other non-store sales, which are included in the overall figure,…

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Time for a Heart-to-Heart

Streetwise for Friday, December 1, 2017 In the past, I have been a strong proponent of the idea that you need to have a “heart-to-heart” with your portfolio as we go into the last month of the year. The key reason is that at the close of any year, a little “tuning up” is probably…

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