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Bill Hall

As Managing Editor Mark Najarian pointed out in a recent Money and Markets column, the IPO market is moving along at a blistering pace. In fact, Investor’s Business Daily recently reported that the average new issue is up nearly 40 percent from its initial offering price.
And as I warned in a follow-up to Mark’s column, be wary of the

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MARKET ROUNDUP
Dow +5.26 to 17,060.68
S&P 500 -3.82 to 1,973.28
Nasdaq -24.03 to 4,416.39
10-YR Yield Flat at 2.549%
Gold -$12.40 to $1,294.30
Crude Oil -$1.02 to $99.89

Don’t laugh. But I love testimony days — those days when the current Federal Reserve chairman has to go before Congress and explain him or herself.
Some of the representatives and

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Bill Hall

Stocks flipped out on Wall Street last week following a selloff in the euro zone that was sparked by news of serious financial deficiencies at one of Portugal’s largest banks.
Normally, trouble at a Portuguese bank would not even make an eyelid flutter in New York, but this headline caught the collective unconscious in a vulnerable moment, inducing fears of

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MARKET ROUNDUP
Dow 111.61 to 17,055.42
S&P 500 +9.53 to 1,977.10
Nasdaq +24.93 to 4440.42
10-YR Yield +.029 to 2.549%
Gold -$28.90 to $1,308.50
Crude Oil +$.29 to $101.12

Throughout the early and middle stages of the stock market’s post-2009 rally, one thing was consistently M.I.A.
Buying power. Real, authentic, robust buying from corporations and individuals. Executives and average Americans

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Larry Edelson

I hope you paid attention to the market action this past week. The significance of it all is crucial to not only understanding what is going on, but also to protecting and growing your wealth.
First, the stock market has topped. All the evidence I am studying tells me we are now in a bear market that could last anywhere

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Martin Weiss

I’m traveling this week. So I’ll keep my comments brief …
If you think the Middle East conflict began just a few decades ago, you’d better take a closer look at history.
The instability in the region can actually be traced back to 1916, nearly one hundred years ago.
And if you believe this week’s eye-for-an-eye rocket and air-strike attacks

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MARKET ROUNDUP
Dow +28.74 to 16,943.81
S&P 500 +2.89 to 1,967.57
Nasdaq +19.29 to 4,415.49
10-YR Yield -0.012 to 2.52%
Gold -$0.30 to $1,338.90
Crude Oil -$2.26 to $100.67

Homeownership is supposed to be the American Dream. As American as baseball, Fourth of July fireworks and fresh-baked apple pie.
But maybe not anymore, at least not to a new generation

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Mike Larson

Last week, I did something in the Safe Money Report I haven’t done in years. I increased our model portfolio’s allocation to gold miners via one of my favorite exchange-traded funds.
Why? And what does that move say about my area of expertise, interest rates?
My colleague and precious metals expert Larry Edelson has several of his reasons why he

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MARKET ROUNDUP
Dow -70.54 to 16,915.07
S&P 500 -8.15 to 1,964.68
Nasdaq -22.83 to 4,396.20
10-YR Yield -.015 to 2.532%
Gold +12.20 to $1,336.50
Crude Oil +$.59 to $102.88

Remember the “PIIGS” crisis? It’s Baaaaaccckkkk!!
The acronym stands for “Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece and Spain.” Two to three years ago, stock indices and government bonds in those countries were tanking,

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Mike Burnick

It has been said that investors are operating in an era of unprecedented “financial repression” these days.
Since the financial crisis nearly sunk the global economy and financial markets in 2008, central banks led by the Federal Reserve, but ably assisted by the Bank of England, European Central Bank, Bank of Japan, etc. have pumped out trillions of dollars of

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MARKET ROUNDUP
Dow +78.99 to 16,985.61
S&P 500 +9.12 to 1,972.83
Nasdaq +27.57 to 4,419.03
10-YR Yield -0.018 to 2.547%
Gold +$12.50 to $1,329
Crude Oil -$1.25 to $102.15

Alcoa (Weiss Ratings: AA, C) traditionally kicks off the quarterly earnings season on Wall Street. And boy did it ever deliver in the second quarter.
The giant aluminum producer reported $138

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Mike Burnick

Last Wednesday in this space, I strongly implied that for a good number of individual investors, it was probably wise to just turn off the financial-news media and “hit the hammock” for the long weekend. Trading volume was so sparse that I reckoned it was dominated by a sort of “zombie trading” by quantitatively inclined, short-term professional investors — most

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