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Mike Larson
Several days ago, I hung hundreds of Christmas lights on our home, our trees, and our bushes to get ready for the holidays. I always enjoy decorating, and my wife indulges me — as long as I promise not to make the house look like Clark Griswold’s fictional manse! The whole process got me thinking about how far the housing…

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MARKET ROUNDUP
Dow +63.19 to 17,596.34
S&P 500 +9.19 to 2,035.33
Nasdaq +24.13 to 4,708.16
10-YR Yield +.009 to 2.178%
Gold -$3 to $1,226.40
Crude Oil -$1.26 to $59.67
All oil, all the time. That’s what it seems like the news is focused on, considering that crude prices just cracked through $60 a barrel today from a summer high near…

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Mike Burnick
It’s been said that “timing is everything,” and when it comes to financial markets, most investors would absolutely agree that good timing is essential. But if you’re a long-term investor like Warren Buffett, who claims his “favorite holding period is forever,” is precise timing really that important to be a successful investor? This is a key question we all must…

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MARKET ROUNDUP
Dow -268.05 to 17,533.15
S&P 500 -33.68 to 2,026.14
Nasdaq -82.44 to 4,684.03
10-YR Yield -0.051 to 2.169%
Gold -$5.20 to $1,226.80
Crude Oil -$2.46 to $61.36
I almost fell out of my chair when I saw the headline this morning at the Washington Post website: “Deal reached on $1.01 trillion spending bill” The story goes on to…

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Larry Edelson
The interim bear market in gold and other precious metals that I’ve been tracking for you isn’t the only bear market out there. As I warned quite some time ago, the price of crude oil would also fall substantially, down to below $70 a barrel, and quite possibly lower, before it bottoms. Since June 19, oil has plunged from $107.44…

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MARKET ROUNDUP
Dow -51.28 to 17,801.20
S&P 500 -0.49 to 2,059.82
Nasdaq +25.78 to 4,766.47
10-YR Yield -0.037 to  2.22%
Gold +$35.20  to $1,230.10
Crude Oil +$0.66 to $63.71
“Carry Trades” are dominating market action. Not just here. Not just in stocks. In virtually every asset class around the world. But now, some troubling tremors are starting to emerge – and…

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Jon Markman
Do you want to worry about something real, now that everyone is in such a good mood? I suggest worrying about the breakup of the euro zone again. Yeah, yeah, I know — that was the big fear two years ago during the first round of the sovereign debt crisis. Then European Central Bank President Mario Draghi gave his famous…

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MARKET ROUNDUP
Dow -106.31 to 17,852.48
S&P 500 -15.06 to 2,060.31
Nasdaq -40.07 to 4,740.69
10-YR Yield -0.05 to 2.257%
Gold +$13.70 to $1,204.10
Crude Oil -$2.83 to $63.01
I’m a Gen X-er. I was born in the 1970s, but grew up in the ’80s – and McDonald’s (MCD, Weiss Ratings: C+) was a regular part of my life. I…

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Here’s  a quick, executive summary of the stories for the holiday-shortened week, with a link to the full articles online. The No. 1 Stock in the World Right Now? Martin D. Weiss and his team go through the numbers, with the help of the Weiss Ratings model, and they’re ready to reveal it. Click here to read more. The Credit…

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MARKET ROUNDUP
Dow +58.69 to 17,958.79
S&P 500 +3.45 to 2,075.37
Nasdaq +11.32 to 4,780.76
10-YR Yield +.05 to 2.307%
Gold -$15.70 to $1,192
Crude Oil -$1.09 to $65.72
The U.S. Federal Reserve has trotted out excuse after excuse for keeping interest rates pegged at crisis-era levels. It has done so despite the fact we left the worst of the…

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Mike Larson
The economic data out of China has been downright awful. Just consider the following litany of depressing news: ==> The amount of bad loans clogging the Chinese banking system jumped 72.5 billion yuan to 766.9 billion yuan in the third quarter. That was the biggest quarterly rise in five years. ==> Home sales are dropping at double-digit, year-over-year rates, while…

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MARKET ROUNDUP
Dow -12.52 to 17,900.10
S&P 500 -2.42 to 2,071.91
Nasdaq -5.03 to 4,769.44
10-YR Yield -.03 to 2.257%
Gold -$2.50 to $1,206.20
Crude Oil -$0.65 to $66.73
“Draghi Drama!” That’s what drove the markets today without a doubt. The European Central Bank president, Mario Draghi, has been a huge advocate for easy money policies. In fact, he’s been…

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