Manufacturing and Travel and Leisure Drive Crude Oil and Energy Stocks

A strong manufacturing report indicative of an expanding economy, plus the Memorial Day weekend’s sharp uptick in travel and leisure activites, aligned nicely with the post-pandemic reopening investment theme. Both of these fundamentally improved the demand outlook for…

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Weak Economic Data Discourages Bulls and Validates Fed’s Inflation Policy

On the surface, today’s stock market results were mixed and relatively unchanged. Deeper analysis indicates sellers are in control and bulls are not as eager to commit new capital, especially in …

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Fed Minutes Indicate a Shift in Attitude towards Tapering

The risk-off trade is dominating investor sentiment. One place where this is clearly evident is in cryptocurrencies which are undergoing a savage correction. Meanwhile, the US Central Bank, aka the Fed Reserve, is beginning to pivot from its accomodative monetary policy. The latest minutes show some of its members are more open to discussing the tapering of asset purchases. The implication of such is

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Fed Assurances Stave Off Inflation to Supports Stocks

Although today’s economic calendar was light, data in Manufacturing pointed to expansion in this phase of the business cycle. Pent-up demand is driving this growth and putting upward pressure on commodity prices, such as Gold and Oil. Energy and Basic Materials stocks easily outperformed the stock market indexes and all other major sectors. The Federal Reserve, for its part, provided…

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“Transitory Inflation” Gains Credibility with Wall Street

Even though the market ended the week with an impressive two-day rally underscored by the superior performance of large-cap tech and small-cap stocks, it was not enough to prevent a weekly loss. In lieu of this, a few new insights were learned about the character of this market or its cycle:

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