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Investors Needn't Fear a Double-Dip Recession

A new report contains some very good news for investors: Double-dip recessions are very rare. That means that a drop back into recessionary conditions looks less and less likely even as unemployment creeps higher and has crossed the 10% threshold for the first time in a quarter century. After reviewing U.S. economic history all the […]

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Continued Corruption on Wall Street is Sapping Investor Confidence on Main Street

A couple of days ago, I caught an episode of the American Experience on my local PBS station that covered 1929 stock market crash. The episode in question had premiered in 1990, and featured first-hand accounts - as well as interviews - with historian Robert Sobel and economist John Kenneth Galbraith. It has an interview with Patricia Livermore, daughter-in-law of trading great Jesse L. Livermore and the subject of the annotated version of "Reminiscences of a Stock Operator" that I just completed. (Publication date is Jan. 10).

A Year After the Crisis, the Global Economy is Firing on All Cylinders

What a difference 12 months can make.

Just one year after every national economy on earth was in deep trouble, a powerful global rebound is underway. In fact, the global upswing is a lot stronger than most investors realize.

So don't let a few days' decline here and there cause you to lose sight of one of the most important investing trends investors will find today.

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Hot Stocks: How the "Beta Chase" Could Spark a Major Breakout for Exxon

The shares of energy-sector heavyweight ExxonMobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM) could return to their highs for the year – a run of 10% or better – thanks to a bull-market event that I like to describe as the "beta chase." Large-cap stocks rose quite a bit more than their small-cap brethren last week, leading me to […]

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Upbeat Earnings Will Fuel the Bull Market's Next Leg

When it comes to the health of the U.S. stock market over the next few weeks, corporate earnings will tell the story. Alcoa Inc. (NYSE: AA) kicks off the third-quarter earnings season on Wednesday. My guess is that over the next few weeks, as third-quarter earnings are reported, we will have the opportunity to witness […]

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Long-Term Stock-Market Uptrend to Continue

Stocks moved lower for the third consecutive day on Friday, something that hasn't happened in more than three weeks, as the bulls just couldn't capitalize on a short-term overbought condition. Measures of selling pressure eased as the bears rested their knuckles after a two-day pummeling. Investors are worried. The big question – as always – […]

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