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Posted by in Raymond Merriman's Weekly Preview on January 21, 2017 .

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“Mr. Trump needs partners in Washington who can move his agenda, and he should recognize that Republicans in Congress are a source of expertise and counsel. If he uses them as allies and forms common cause, he can make his first two years the most significant since Reagan’s first term. If he goes to war with them for reasons of pique, or over marginal policy differences, Democrats will be...

Posted by in Raymond Merriman's Weekly Preview on January 14, 2017 .

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“The Dow index is about 90 points away from hitting 20,000 points and investors have been betting every day for the index to break this elusive number. But uncertainty around Trump's policies and disappointment around Wednesday's press conference has had investors cautious.” CNBC news, Friday morning,...

Posted by in Raymond Merriman's Weekly Preview on January 07, 2017 .

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“… a report by outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas said U.S.-based employers announced they would cut 33,627 jobs in December, up 25 percent from November's yearly low.” – Jeff Cox, “US private sector created 153K jobs in December, vs 170K expected: ADP,” cnbc.com, January 5 2017.  

The U.S. economy added 156,000 jobs in December, according to data from the Bureau of...

Posted by in Raymond Merriman's Weekly Preview on December 24, 2016 .

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NOTE: There will be no column next week. We are taking a holiday break. Happy holidays to all of our loyal readers. May 2017 bring you much joy and happiness!

 

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This is our last column of the year, and what a year it has been for the world and for the nation. We would be happy to review it, but we did much of that that in this year’s Forecast 2017 Book. To Financial Astrologers, it will...

Posted by in Raymond Merriman's Weekly Preview on December 17, 2016 .

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“U.S. government debt prices fell Thursday, continuing their path lower after the Federal Reserve raised its benchmark rate by 25 basis points Wednesday and signaled a faster-than-expected tightening cycle for next year…. Wednesday saw the Fed surprise markets with a forecast that showed it could raise rates three times next year, instead of two.” – Anmar Frangoul, “U.S. Treasury Yields...

Posted by in Raymond Merriman's Weekly Preview on December 10, 2016 .

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"It's a great time; everyone's having fun. But people need to remember that bull markets don't end on pessimism; they end in euphoria. I'd advise people to not get too euphoric," said Sean O'Hara, director at Pacer Financial. "People are predisposed to think stocks are maybe going to pay less in taxes" and that we're getting better economic data in the future, said Kim Forrest, senior equity...

Posted by in Raymond Merriman's Weekly Preview on December 03, 2016 .

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The U.S. economy added 178,000 jobs last month, the Labor Department said, with the unemployment rate falling to 4.6 percent. Economists polled by Reuters expected a gain of 175,000 with the unemployment rate holding steady at 4.9 percent. Wages, however, slumped to 2.5 percent. "The report reaffirms the conditions of the employment market of the past several years," said Bill Lawrence, chief...

Posted by in Raymond Merriman's Weekly Preview on November 26, 2016 .

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The USA stock market keeps rolling along to new all-time highs following the contradictory USA presidential election of November 8. Donald Trump, of course, won the Electoral College vote, and will be the next USA president, barring another surprising upset by Electoral College delegates who will cast their decisive votes on December 19. Hillary Clinton will not serve as the next USA president,...