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Sharpen Your Pencil – And Put These Three Stocks on Your "Shopping List"

Ask any of our gurus for advice on how to survive a stock-market sell-off – or even a whipsaw period like the one we’re navigating now – and you’ll get a surprising answer.

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  • Stock Market: Q1 Was One for the Record Books, So What's Next?

    The U.S. stock market logged an impressive first quarter.

    Shrugging off budget cuts, tax hikes, and more Eurozone misery, U.S. stocks climbed to record territory on several occasions.

    On March 5, the Dow broke through its record close of 14,165, previously hit Oct. 9, 2007. Meanwhile, the S&P has been flirting with its 1,565 record high for weeks.

    The most recent milestones came Thursday when the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at yet another record, and the Standard & Poor's 500 Index finally closed above its all-time high.

    Thursday closed out Q1 with the Dow adding 52.38 points, or 0.36%, to close at 14,578.54. The S&P tacked on 6.34, or 0.41%, to close at 1,569.19.

    Here's a look at the quarter's biggest gains and losses, as well as what investors should do now as we head into April.

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  • With Another Stock Market Record in Reach, Here's What to Do Now

    It's time for some insight.

    I'm constantly asked where I think the stock market is going next. Since the Dow recently reached new highs and the S&P 500 is pushing its old October 2007 highs, it's no wonder that's the question on everyone's mind and lips.

    My answer is: I don't know where it's going.  But I do know what to do about it.

    Here's the thing...

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  • How the Stock Market Today Digested Cyprus News Country Cyprus

    Worries over the plan to force bank depositors in Cyprus to help fund a $13 billion international bailout rattled global equities and sent the U.S. stock market today (Monday) lower. 

    Right after the open, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the Standard & Poor's 500 Index and the Nasdaq were all sharply lower.

    By mid-afternoon, all three indexes remained in negative territory with the Dow down 4.76, or .03% at 14,509.03; the S&P down 2.97, or 0.17%, at 1,557. 73, and the Nasdaq down 2.11, or 0.11%, at 3,247.

    Sending global markets lower Monday was the unprecedented agreement reached this weekend over Cyprus' bailout plan.

    The proposed plan - by representatives of the International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank and Eurozone's finance ministers - includes taxing deposits over 100,000 euros ($128,950) at 9.9%, while those with less than that amount would be subject to a 6.75% levy.

    The aim is to raise 5.8 billion euros ($7.52 billion) that would go toward the $13 billion international bailout of the country.

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  • Why this Ivy League Professor Sees Dow Hitting 18,000 Chart up exponential

    The bears predicting a stock market crash have it all wrong.

    So says Jeremy Siegel, finance professor at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and author of "Stocks for the Long Run." He predicts the Dow - which closed yesterday (Wednesday) at a new record high 14,455.28 - will continue the bull market run, ending this year in the 16,000 to 17,000 range.

    For 2014, he says, the "best bet goal" is the Dow will climb to 18,000.

    And the well-known bull has nearly 150 years of data to back up his bold prediction.

    Here's why Siegel is so bullish.  

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  • The FBI and the SEC Are Cracking Down on People Just Like You Police light If you happen to do something that you probably do, and have been doing - only, you didn't know it was "abusive manipulation" of the markets - they're already after you. Read More...
  • Why Recession 2013 Has Already Begun and What to Do About It Chart down small

    Pay no attention to the new market highs or the cheerleading of government officials - recession 2013 is already here.

    That's what Lakshman Achuthan, co-founder and chief operations officer for the Economic Cycle Research Institute (ECRI), is saying now.

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  • Dow Hits Record High – What Does That Say About the U.S. Economy?

    Equity market cheerleaders got very excited about the Dow Jones Industrial Average hitting a new record high yesterday (Tuesday).

    The Dow closed at 14,253.77, topping its previous record close of 14,164.53 on Oct. 9, 2007.

    While it is nice to see a sign that equities are improving following the devastating shock of the financial crisis of 2008, today's Dow Jones Industrial Average is not the same index as it was in 2007.

    In fact, if we look back at when the Dow Jones Industrial Average last exceeded 14,000, we'll see that the Dow seems to have less of a connection now to what is really happening in the economy than it did in 2007.

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  • Stock Market Today: With Dow at Record High, Will the Climb Last? Chart up exponential

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average was at a record high after nearly six years, as the stock market today (Tuesday) rallied enough to push the index up nearly 70 points at the open.

    Just minutes after the opening bell, the Dow sailed passed its all-time high of 14,165 hit on Oct. 9, 2007. Less than a half-hour into the trading session the Dow roared higher by triple digits propelling benchmark to yet another record.

    By 1 p.m. the Dow was up 146.99, or 1.04%, at 14,274.81. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index added 17.32 or 1.14%, to 1,542.52, leaving it in striking distance if its record close of 1,565 hit in 2007. The Nasdaq climbed 43.39 or 1.37% to 3,225.42.

    Money has poured into stocks over the last several months as individuals have begun to feel more comfortable about the health of the economy - but can it last?

    "The question is, can the Dow maintain these levels? The market is interested in risk-that's why the Dow is higher, why the riskier currencies are higher," Matthew Lifson, currency trader at Cambridge Mercantile Group in Princeton told Reuters.

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  • Does the Heinz Deal Mean Warren Buffett Has Become a Doomsday Prepper? At $28 billion, the famed ketchup maker is valued at a rich 23x earnings. And Buffett won't even control management. Given Warren's long and storied history of value investing and a hands-on style, this purchase is bizarre. Unless... Read More...
  • How to Prepare for Recession 2013 kfgonfox_02222013

    Restoration of the payroll tax and higher gas prices have put the squeeze on consumers, prompting nearly half of Americans to cut spending.

    Is the combination of higher taxes and higher gas prices enough to bring on a recession in 2013?

    Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald appeared Friday on FOX Business Network's "Varney & Co." to talk about the potential for an economic slowdown.

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  • As Volatility Hits New Lows, It Could Be Time to Sell Since January 1st, the average daily price volatility of stocks has fallen more than 60%. It's the biggest straight-line drop in 82 years.

    A lot of investors are rejoicing. After all, stocks have risen an average of 17% a year when volatility is this low, Bloomberg reports.

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    There is, however, a dark side. Periods of abnormally low volatility are a warning bell. Namely, they tend to precede powerful reversals that can wipe out investors, as was the case in 2000 and early 2008, and at other key turning points in the past 100 years.

    So today let's talk about what low volatility means for you - both in terms of upside and how to protect yourself in a downslide.

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  • The Great American Rebound Has Just Begun The American "manufacturing renaissance" is not some fantasy - it is actually happening.

    Jobs that had been outsourced to China and elsewhere really are returning to the United States. Believe it or not, this "reshoring" already has reversed the long, steady decline of manufacturing jobs in the U.S. In fact, since 2010, America has added 500,000 manufacturing jobs, an increase of 4.3%.

    The economic and investment implications of this reversal are considerable, to say the least.

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  • U.S. Economy: "Recovery" Doesn't Fool Struggling Americans Old Worn Wallet Being Squeezed in a C Clamp

    The government's numbers - primarily the monthly data on unemployment and inflation - tell the story of a slow but gradual recovery by the U.S. economy.

    But the experience of millions of Americans tells a far different story.

    According to a new national survey conducted by the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University, many Americans continue to suffer from the impact of the Great Recession.

    What's more, more than half of those surveyed believe the U.S. economy will not fully recover for another six years, and nearly one-third said the U.S. economy will never fully recover.

    "Millions of households were affected to some extent by the layoffs that occurred four years ago," Mark Szeltner, the lead researcher for the Rutgers survey, told The Daily Ticker.

    The Rutgers survey backs up what some other surveys have said.

    Last August, in a Pew Research survey of middle-class Americans, 42% said they were worse off than they were in 2008.

    A Rasmussen survey taken earlier this month showed that only 39% believed the U.S. economy would be stronger in five years - the first time, Rasmussen said, that figure had ever dipped below 40%.

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  • Will the Year of the Snake Bring Another Stock Market Crash? False Water Cobra The Chinese New Year officially began Feb. 10, starting what some investors consider a very bad zodiac year. Not only does the year of the snake havethe worst stock market returns, but some of the darkest moments in U.S. history. Take a look.
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  • As Insiders Head For the Exits, Do They Know Something "We" Don't Know? According to the latest Vickers Weekly Insider Report, in the past week, there have been nine insider sales for every one buyer among NYSE stocks.

    The last time insiders sold this aggressively was in early 2012 - right before the S&P 500 took a 10% header.

    Does that mean there’s a correction in the works?

    There are all kinds of legitimate reasons insiders sell their shares. But what concerns me is that insiders, particularly when you're talking about senior management types, typically know a lot more than the average investor. Further, they tend to have a consistent view of very specific longer term market conditions and, more importantly, its earnings potential.

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