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One Strike But Not Yet Out 02-13-17

One labor strike launched last week serves as a wakeup call. If we see another two or more labor strikes, things could get very serious indeed. We refer to the strike at Chile’s Escondida mine, one of the world’s largest copper mines, which in a matter of days has sent the red metal’s price up to an 18-month high. Read more about One Strike But Not Yet Out 02-13-17

Uncertainties Can Benefit Certain Stocks and Sectors 02-06-17

Opinions vary greatly on President Trump. Whatever yours, however, we should all recognize his ascension as a result of perceived failure by the many who have come before. His demeanor and goals sharply contrast to his predecessors—consistent with America’s desire for something different, completely different. Read more about Uncertainties Can Benefit Certain Stocks and Sectors 02-06-17

A Potential Trade War Could Affect Markets “Now” 01-30-17

President Trump has already stirred up his share of controversy. But in a market place where only U.S. dollars count, stocks have remained resilient as hopes for tax cuts and infrastructure spending buoy prospects for growth. Keep in mind the market is cold-blooded. Read more about A Potential Trade War Could Affect Markets “Now” 01-30-17

Uncertainty the Biggest Market Bugaboo 01-23-17

Markets are known for their malleability—when times change, they adjust. Sometimes they change dramatically, with radical adjustments, as happens in the case of major bear markets. Sometimes, such changes can act as positives as was the case when new technologies promised increased productivity in the 80s and 90s. But right now, the market faces a most problematic bugaboo, uncertainty. Read more about Uncertainty the Biggest Market Bugaboo 01-23-17

China’s Trade Data Say It’s Fine 01-17-17

Probably the most important numbers reported last week: China’s December trade data. Its trade surplus declined to about to about $41 billion in December. Exports decreased slightly while imports increased. The surplus was one of China’s lowest in 2016. We see two key takeaways. First the Chinese economy is doing fine without gains in exports. Read more about China’s Trade Data Say It’s Fine 01-17-17

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