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Mike Larson
As you read this, the world’s elite money men and women are cozied up in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. They’re tucked away in hunting lodges, the country version of the Ivory Towers they’re used to inhabiting. And they think they’re safe … That they’re in complete control … That the Old Guard world they’ve created is going to last as far…

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MARKET ROUNDUP
Dow +60.43 to 17,039.56
S&P 500 +5.87 to 1,992.38
Nasdaq +5.62 to 4,532.10
10-YR Yield -0.019 to 2.407%
Gold -$17 to $1,278.20
Crude Oil +$0.59 to $94.04
When I bought my first home in 1999, I used a 15-year mortgage. Why? I could get a lower interest rate than I could with a 30-year loan. I’d build equity…

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Mike Burnick
The headline from last Thursday’s Wall Street Journal read: “Global Gold Demand Down 16%” quoting recent data from the World Gold Council (WGC) to explain why “global demand for gold slumped … ” but the facts from the actual report aren’t nearly as bearish as this headline suggests. First, according to data from the WGC, demand for the yellow metal…

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MARKET ROUNDUP
Dow +59.54 to 16,979.13
S&P 500 +4.91 to 1,986.51
Nasdaq -1.03 to 4,526.48
10-YR Yield +0.021 to 2.426%
Gold -$4.50 to $1,292.20
Crude Oil +$1.59 to $96.07
Many investors think it’s easy to make money from the energy markets. If energy prices are going up, they figure they can just log on to their online brokerage account ……

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Mike Burnick
To listen to the opinion-makers poring over this season’s results of retailers, you might think that the sector is a third-rail industry to invest in right now. But I remain sanguine about the near-term future, and see some opportunities developing in the area. And I have some pretty strong names highlighted by their elevated Weiss Ratings to choose from. A…

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Bill Hall
There is no doubt about it: We have experienced one of the great bull runs in history — already 5¼-years old. On March 6, 2009, the S&P 500 was 676.53; on May 31, 2014, it was 1,923.57. Total price appreciation: 284 percent. Compounded annual price appreciation: 22 percent! These are astonishing numbers for any era, for any market, but especially…

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MARKET ROUNDUP
Dow +80.85 to 16,919.59
S&P 500 +9.86 to 1,981.60
Nasdaq +19.20 to 4,527.51
10-YR Yield +0.018 to 2.405%
Gold -$2.90 to $1,296.40
Crude Oil -$1.48 to $94.93
I’m a sucker for irony when it comes to news headlines. When I did my morning check of overnight developments, I was struck by the juxtaposition of two on Bloomberg News:…

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Bill Hall
Stocks and pretty much every other asset class are heading higher this week for a very interesting reason that has confounded bears, who can’t catch a break. The catalyst was a weaker-than-expected retail sales report last week — as well as soft data out of China and Europe — that re-energized hopes that the Federal Reserve would delay its decision to…

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MARKET ROUNDUP
Dow +175.83 to 16,838.74
S&P 500 +16.67 to 1,971.73
Nasdaq +43.38 to 4,508.31
10-YR Yield +0.042 to 2.387%
Gold -$6.40 to $1,299.80
Crude Oil -$0.82 to $96.53
Do you have an E-ZPass transponder you use in New York? A SunPass in Florida? A FasTrak in California? Or maybe you’re one of those old-fashioned types who likes the sound…

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Larry Edelson
The markets of late have been like watching paint dry. I’ll address them in a few minutes. But first, let me tell you about some reflective thoughts I had while watching the markets this past week. Thoughts about what a mess the world is in. There’s a whole lot going on that I don’t like one bit at all. I…

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Martin here with important breaking news: Sunoco Logistics Partners (SXL), an energy stock that Mike Larson has in his model portfolio, is surging to new highs. And there’s a bigger energy story behind it which is also gaining momentum. Given these events — plus the enthusiastic response we got from my interview with Mike two weeks ago — I just…

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MARKET ROUNDUP
Dow -50.67 to 16,662.91
S&P 500 -0.12 to 1,955.06
Nasdaq +11.93 to 4,464.93
10-YR Yield -0.055 to 2.345%
Gold -$10.30 to $1,305.40
Crude Oil +$1.41 to $97.01
Is the “New Cold War” between Russia and the West going hot? That’s the serious question investors and governments are wrestling with today, as conditions on the ground in Europe rapidly…

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