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05Dec2016 Market Close: US Markets Close Higher, WTI Crude Settles At $51.09, US Dollar Drops Below 100 Temporally

Written by Gary

Wall Street rose today, with the DOW setting a fresh intraday record high, as further gains in oil prices fueled the energy sector and data showed strength in the domestic economy. Crude rose above $55 a barrel today as prospects of a tightening market after last week's OPEC deal has given investors impetus to increase bets in this casino market.

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05Dec2016 Market Update: DOW Grows At Fastest Pace In A Year, WTI Crude Steady At $52, US Dollar Still Slipping, Investors Becoming Tired (and Sloppy)

Written by Gary

Afternoon trading has slipped off session highs, but is trading sideways on falling volume (SPY +0.5%). The Institute for Supply Management's gauge of service-sector growth rose to 57.2 last month from 54.8 in October.

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05Dec2016 Pre-Market Commentary: US Stock Future Indexes To Open Higher, DOW To Hit New Record, Crude Prices At 16 Month High, US Dollar Softens, Investors Ignore Italy's Political Shakeup

Written by Gary

U.S. stock futures indicated the Dow was ready to open at a fresh all-time high today (SPY +0.4%), with momentum driven as equity investors shook off the defeat of Italy's constitution-reform referendum and amid signs of steady U.S. economic growth. The euro rebounded from 20-month lows and crude prices rose to fresh multi-month highs.

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02Dec2016 Market Close: WTI Crude Climbed Back Up To Previous 51 Handle, US Dollar Index Trading At The100 Level, Oil Rig Count At 10-Month High

Written by Gary

US markets closed mixed and flat (SPY +0.02%) after a payrolls report did little to alter expectations for an interest rate hike from the Federal Reserve this month and bank stocks cooled for a second straight session. The dollar steadied today, trading unchanged against the yen and the euro and crude prices settled in the mid $51's.

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02Dec2016 Market Update: WTI Crude Climbed Back Up To Previous 51 Handle, US Dollar Index Trading At The100 Level, Oil Rig Count At 10-Month High

Written by Gary

US markets appear to be on a precipice and ready to fall off. Trading has been mostly sideways near the unchanged line trying to overcome Friday headwinds. Trading has been somewhat volatile, with major indexes fluctuating between positive and negative territory throughout the session. More downside is seen before the closing bell.

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02Dec2016 Pre-Market Commentary: US Stock Futures Flat, Crude Prices Slipping, US Dollar Falls Below 101, Gold Steady, Trump Rally Set To Fizzle

Written by Gary

US stock index futures are flat (SPY -0.07%) and expected to open flat. Investors took profits in crude today after an aggressive agreement among OPEC members to cut production and tackle the global supply glut. WTI crude is trading flat and on track for weekly gains of around 10%. Today's main market event, nonfarm payrolls (NFP), came in higher than expected.

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01Dec2016 Market Close: Crude Prices Back Off Session Highs, US Dollar Slipping, Technology Stocks Fall, DOW Up, Spooze Closes Down

Written by Gary

US major indexes closed fractionally lower with the DOW closing up 68 points (SPY -0.8%). Declining technology stocks pulled both the Nasdaq and the SP 500 indexes into the red today, while gains in bank and energy shares helped push the Dow to a record high close.

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01Dec2016 Pre-Market Commentary: There Is An Oil Deal But Markets May Open Down

Written by Gary

There is an OPEC oil deal to reduce the current oil glut, but many believe it will be short lived. USA markets are set to open down as the majority of the world markets are in the red.

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30Nov2016 Market Close: Oil Surges Over 8 Pct, Energy Stocks Gain But Broad Indexes Mixed; Dollar Stronger, Gold Down

Written by Gary

U.S. stocks were mixed after the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Oil & Gas, Basic Materials, and Financials sectors led shares higher while losses in the Utilities, Telecoms and, Consumer Goods sectors led shares lower. Crude oil for delivery in January rose 8.51% or 3.85 to hit $49.08 a barrel, while the February Brent oil contract rose 8.85% or 4.19 to trade at $51.51 a barrel. Gold for February delivery was down 1.31% or 15.65 to $1175.15, while the dollar rose against the euro and the yen, the US Dollar Index was up 0.57% at 101.56.

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