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Options Market Once More Signals Trouble Ahead 11-24-14

A quick glance at the stock market’s performance over the past month, six months, even the past year, is apt to put a smile on your face. No doubt you also look forward to even more new highs in the months ahead. But we all know that stocks inevitably undergo corrections; even new market highs can give way to periodic retrenchments—sometimes large ones. Read more about Options Market Once More Signals Trouble Ahead 11-24-14

A Big Day for Our Recommendation 11-17-14

That was quick. In the November issue we recommended selling Valeant Pharmaceuticals International (VRX) and buying this stock to replace it. Valeant (with the aid of the hedge fund Pershing Square Capital Management) had spent six months of hostile wrangling trying to acquire the eye care company. Not to diminish Valeant, but it was our opinion that our current recommendation is a better company, and also worth much more than the $189 a share Valeant would have paid if the deal closed on Friday. Read more about A Big Day for Our Recommendation 11-17-14

Is the Bull Market Due for an Unscheduled Stop? 11-10-14

Blue chip stocks notched more new highs last week, but more cracks are appearing in the bull market’s façade. Share prices advanced last week on indications that the U.S. Read more about Is the Bull Market Due for an Unscheduled Stop? 11-10-14

Japan Goes for the Nuclear Option 11-3-14

After decades of sluggish growth and ineffective policies designed to combat deflation, Japan has opted to use the ultimate weapon to fight the malaise in which it’s mired. The Bank of Japan on Friday surprised virtually everyone with plans to spend $1.4 trillion over the next two years buying assets to pump newly printed yen into its economy. Read more about Japan Goes for the Nuclear Option 11-3-14

Clear Skies Through Year’s End, But Beyond? 10-27-14

Investors plowed back into stocks en masse last week, breaking a four-week string of losses and generating the biggest weekly returns since the beginning of 2013. The major averages were oversold heading into last week and due for some sort of bounce. Signs that the U.S. Read more about Clear Skies Through Year’s End, But Beyond? 10-27-14

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