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VIX Holds 25 as Small-Caps Enter Bear Market

​U.S. markets showed continued weakness on Monday after falling deeper into correction territory as Wall Street prepares for Wednesday’s Fed decision on interest rates. The small-caps fell into bear market territory after falling 20% below its all-time high from August while Tech gave up its gains for the year. ​The Dow fell 2.1% after trading […]

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Bears Get Weekly Win

U.S. markets opened Friday’s session lower with downside momentum into the closing bell despite encouraging trade news. China said it would suspend an additional tariff on U.S. autos while also confirming it would reduce a 40% charge on U.S. auto imports to 15% for 90 days. Global growth concerns and slightly disappointing economic news overshadowed […]

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12-13-2018 Todd’s Market Update

Small-Caps Slack as VIX Holds 20 U.S. markets struggled on Thursday after trading in a tighter trading range with the major indexes finishing mixed. Despite some positive developments, ongoing trade tensions between the U.S. and China remain the biggest factor influencing momentum. The small-caps led the overall market pullback while the blue-chips showed strength. Volatility […]

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12-12-2018 Todd’s Market Update

VIX Trending Lower but Still Elevated ​U.S. markets showed momentum throughout much of Wednesday’s action as the major indexes held their gains after President Trump said trade talks with China by phone were moving along very well. While this remains a major headwind, the market responded well as it could be anticipating a deal sooner […]

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12-11-2018 Todd’s Market Update

Early Momentum Fades on Political Tussle U.S. markets showed strength on Tuesday’s open after China confirmed it was still in talks with the White House in an effort to broker a comprehensive trade agreement. China’s Ministry of Commerce, China’s Vice Premier Liu He, U.S. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin and trade representative Lighthizer spoke by phone on […]

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12-10-2018 Todd’s Market Update

VIX Tests 25 Again for Possible Near-Term    Double Top​ U.S. markets showed continued weakness on Monday’s open with June and February support levels coming into play. Some of the nervousness came after U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer called the 90-day truce with China a hard deadline over the weekend. While a hard or soft […]

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12-09-2018 Todd’s Market Update

Dow Gives Up YTD Gains​ U.S. markets showed strength on Friday’s open following a tame employment report but quickly gave back their gains while ending the session with heavy losses. The reversal came following a report that the Fed is considering a wait and see approach after the rate hike at the December meeting. Continued […]

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12-06-2018 Todd’s Market Update

Small-Caps Test February Lows​ U.S. markets showed continued weakness on Thursday as hopes of a trade dispute resolution with China took an unexpected back step. The prospects of a heightened tariff war was back in focus following the arrest of a major CFO from a Chinese Tech company. While the White House knew of the […]

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12-04-2018 Todd’s Market Update

Bears Return, VIX Clears 20​ U.S. markets opened lower with the losses accelerating into the second half of action as fears of an inverted yield curve spooked Wall Street. It also appears that the U.S.-Sino deal was an agreement to agree, following more trade rhetoric, with much of the heavy lifting on detail yet to […]

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12-03-2018 Todd’s Market Update

Blue-Chips Clear 50-Day Moving Average​ U.S. markets showed strong momentum on Monday’s open after the U.S. and China agreed to a truce in their trade war over the weekend, with President Donald Trump saying he would not raise tariffs at the start of the new year as he had previously threatened to do. The major […]

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