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Mike Burnick
A recent Bloomberg story caught my eye by posing a very good question: “What do America’s banks know about the state of the U.S. economy that has them hoarding ultra-safe bonds?” It seems that some of America’s biggest financial institutions have been big buyers of U.S. Treasury securities. In fact, banks have been consistent bond buyers for 16 months straight…

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MARKET ROUNDUP
Dow +15.38 to 18,224.57
S&P 500 -1.62 to 2,113.86
Nasdaq -1.65 to 4,966.47
10-YR Yield -.019 to 1.969%
Gold +$7 to $1,204.30
Crude Oil +$1.48 to $50.76
On the surface, there wasn’t much to like about today’s inventory data out of the Energy Information Administration (EIA). Crude oil supplies rose by another 8.4 million barrels, after increasing 7.7…

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Larry Edelson
I have never seen such an outpouring of emotions. Everywhere I turn I see thousands of investors shaking in their boots over gold and silver. As if I didn’t warn them, repeatedly over the last few months: “Precious metals are still in a bear market. Don’t buy yet.” I’ve said the same about mining shares. So if you’ve been following…

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MARKET ROUNDUP
Dow +92.35 to 18,209.19
S&P 500 +5.82 to 2,115.48
Nasdaq +7.15 to 4,968.12
10-YR Yield -0.07 to 1.99%
Gold -$0.90 to $1,199.90
Crude Oil -$0.33 to $49.15
Here’s What it Means for Markets … One of the Federal Reserve Chairman’s most, ahem, “enviable” tasks is the semi-annual appearance before Congress. I often wonder if Fed Chairs feel a…

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Jon Markman
We have talked a lot in recent months about the panorama of technology innovation, but in our lifetimes there have been very few truly revolutionary technology developments. The standard is high. One of the first great technology innovations for mankind was the wheel. Beat that, Apple! The harnessing of fire was another big one. The invention of sailing ships was…

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MARKET ROUNDUP
Dow -23.60 to 18,116.84
S&P 500 -0.64 to 2,109.66
Nasdaq +5.00 to 4,960.97
10-YR Yield -0.074 to 2.059%
Gold -$2.90 to $1,202.10
Crude Oil -$1.54 to $49.27
I’m a born and bred South Floridian. I’ve lived within a two-hour drive of Orlando all my life (save for my college years in Boston). I have 9- and 12-year-old daughters,…

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Dr. Martin Weiss
Suddenly and without warning, a number of major companies are jumping into a field that until just recently was considered pure science fiction: Driverless vehicles and drones. Don’t get me wrong. I like high tech. But I hate it when someone mucks up the old, familiar technology that I’m comfortable with. On my camera, for example, auto-focus is a royal…

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Here’s a quick, executive summary of stories from this trading week, with a link to the full articles online. World Peace or World War III? On the blood-stained battlegrounds of Eastern Ukraine, a new cease-fire officially went into effect this week. All of Europe heaved a deep sigh of relief at the prospect of peace. The world rejoiced. And global…

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MARKET ROUNDUP
Dow +154.67 to 18,140.44
S&P 500 +12.85 to 2,110.30
Nasdaq +31.27 to 4,955.97
10-YR Yield +0.02 to 2.133%
Gold -$6.30 to $1,201.30
Crude Oil -$0.88 to $50.95
The end game is here in the epic fight between Greece and Germany. On one side, you have a massive debtor nation with a long history of default. Greek Finance Minister…

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Mike Larson
Which investment strategies worked for most of last year? Buy the dollar; sell the euro. Buy Treasury bonds; sell emerging market and junk bonds. Buy U.S. stocks; sell foreign ones. Buy inverse commodity ETFs; sell oil and energy. And while you’re at it: Avoid Brazil, Russia, Europe, and South America like the plague! I embraced many of those strategies, and…

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MARKET ROUNDUP
Dow -44.08 to 17,985.77
S&P 500 -2.23 to 2,097.45
Nasdaq +18.34 to 4,924.70
10-YR Yield +.047 to 2.113%
Gold +$7.10 to $1,207.30
Crude Oil -$0.87 to $51.27
Will Other Companies Follow? The economic recovery’s missing link is wages. Now, Wal-Mart Stores (WMT, Weiss Ratings: B+) is doing something about it. The nation’s largest private employer shocked Wall Street…

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Mike Burnick
In recent years, the U.S. economy and stock market have been viewed by global investors as the best game in town, but now that story may be changing. The U.S. economy has rightfully been viewed as a bastion of relative prosperity in a slow-growth world. And U.S. stocks have consistently outperformed most international stock markets as a result. But market…

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