Posts By: Jason Roque

Fear The Fed

Market data was great this last week, with strong housing data, improved industrial production, and softening core inflation data. By the way, the Federal Reserve decided to screw everything up… US Data Monday came with news that Berkshire Hathaway had purchased $1B in Apple stock on its recent woes. This…
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Unlucky Friday

Friday the 13th… often marred by the stigma of being an unlucky day. Holding to form, this past Friday markets shed 1%. The question should be, was the down-turn warranted? US Data Job openings, as measured by the JOLT’s report came in at 5.757 million openings[1]. A great measure of…
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Week Two

After 10 weeks of steady gains, the market has now rattled off two straight weeks of losses. Are the bears coming back or is a prelude to a bull run? There is nothing wrong with being cautious and fearing that this could be the start to another slide like last…
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1973

[1] Disco music, bell bottom pants, and low unemployment… Who does not love 1973??? So what is the deal with 1973? It was the last time initial unemployment claims were at the level reached last week, 247K. While March unemployment ticked up, that had to do with strengthening optimism in…
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Rope A Dope???

Markets rebounded last week as the global economy showed unexpected strength. Did investors just get ‘rope a doped’ or is this going to be short lived? US Data Weekly initial jobless claims hit the lowest level since 1973, at 253,000[1]. The population was much smaller at that time, which makes…
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A Chance for Tailwinds!

A dovish Federal Reserve Board (FRB), falling oil reserves, strengthening European PMI data… the markets went up, right? Wrong! The markets shed a little weight for the first time since early February. The week was marked by dovish language from the FRB, as well as oil inventories that reflected a…
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The Battle of Hawks & Doves

There seems to be some discord in the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC). Let the battle begin! Several members of the FOMC came out two weeks ago as proponents of a rate hike as soon as April, five to be exact. They are firmly in belief that the economy is…
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Oil & Doves

Oil firming, A dovish Federal Reserve Board (FRB), and the falling dollar… Is this a recipe for a rally??? Oil prices have been firming since February 11th. Last week they took a step back as inventories and drilling were higher than expected. This is likely a temporary impact as volatility…
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Oil Rally

 5 weeks of gains on the oil and stock markets put us into positive territory for the year on equity markets; while oil cross into the $40 range. February 11th marked the market lows. Since that point markets have rattled off 5 weeks in a row of gains. Fears of…
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Happy Birthday!

Happy birthday bull Market! Last Wednesday marked the 7th year since the market bottomed out in 2009. Since the bottoming of the equity markets 7 years ago, we have seen US quantitative easing, an inflation scare, a debt ceiling debacle, operation twist, a government shutdown, taper tantrums, Eurozone breaking the…
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