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26May2016 Pre-Market Commentary: US Futures Fractionally In The Green, WTI Crude Breaks $50, Durable Goods Jump Higher

Written by Gary

US stock future indexes are flat to fractionally higher (SPY +0.09%), WTI crude rose 1.14% ( $50.20) and the Euro is higher by +0.14% vs. dollar. Durable goods orders jumped 3.4%, coming in higher than the estimate for a rise of 0.5%. Continuing Claims came in higher and Initial Jobless Claims reported lower.

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25May2016 Market Close: Markets Close Up, SP500 Closes Just Below 2100, WTI Crude Ready To Blow Past $50

Written by Gary

US markets closed higher for the second day, but traded all morning and afternoon in a narrow band that was mostly sideways. The DOW closed up 145 points and the Spooze closed up at 2091, just short of the 2100 resistance. Crude settled in the trading pit in the mid to high 49, just unable to pierce the $50 resistance barrier. Short-term indicators remain moderately bullish, but the SP500 has to pierce the 2100 level to have this bull rally continue.

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25May2016 Market Update: Markets Up 1%, Volume Declining, Short-Term Indicators Moderately Bullish

Written by Gary

US markets up almost one percentage point from the opening bell and have been trading in a narrow band since 10 am for the second straight session after logging their best daily gains in nearly three months. Crude is volatile and remains just below the $50 resistance, the US dollar is trending, albeit slowly, down and gold futures are at risk of booking a sixth straight losing session as near-term sentiment for precious metals remains gloomy.

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25May2016 Pre-Market Commentary: Futures Are Up Fractionally, Crude Climbing, Yesterday's Big Rally Is Expected To Continue Today

Written by Gary

US stock future indexes are up fractionally, Dow futures up 0.4% at 17,757, Nasdaq-100 futures up 0.5% at 4,467 and SPY is up 0.5%. The mood is more positive in the markets, crude is rising toward $50 a barrel for the first time in seven months and yesterday's big rally in the West has continued around the globe. Markets are expected to open higher.

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24May2016 Market Close: Wall Street Closed Higher Along With Tech Stocks Pushing The DOW Up

Written by Gary

Markets closed higher as Wall Street surged over 1 percent today, with the DOW up 1.21%, WTI crude settling at high 48's and the US dollar settling just below its resistance of 50. Also with stocks soaring on the heels of oil's miraculous resurrection, the new normal narrative appears to be that higher oil prices are now "unequivocally good." Stochastics and the RSI have turned neutral to bullish signaling that sideways to higher prices are possible near-term.

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24May2016 Pre-Market Commentary: Another Down Day?

Written by Gary

European markets are up but Asian markets are down and at 11 week lows. Oil is down for the fifth day. The Fed hawks are still rattling the sabre for a federal funds rate increase. The dollar strengthened. So is it any surprise the markets are looking to open down?

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23May2016 Market Close: Markets End The Day Marginally Lower, Oil Also Slightly Down

Written by Gary

The Federal Reserve FOMC members continue to indicate that a federal funds interest rate hike could be sooner than the markets expect - and the markets closed slightly in the red. No economic releases were scheduled today, so the only other influence on the markets was oil which ended the sessions marginally lower.

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23May2016 Pre-Market Commentary: Communications From The Federal Reserve

Written by Gary

Markets look to open flat following a mixed showing in global markets. Appears USA suffers from uncertainty on when the Fed intends to raise its federal funds rate - so much for mixed signals from the communicating Federal Reserve.

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20May2016 Market Close: Week Ends On A High Note

Written by Gary

All major USA exchanges closed up to end the week. Oil ended the week up 4%. Most news today was market friendly.

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