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MARKET > Commentary

Monday, June 18, 2001 |  by: Derek E. Baltimore
Level 3 Gets Leveled
Before the market opened this morning, we got our typical slew of earnings warnings and downgrades, predominately from the battered and beaten down telecom sector.

Sunday, June 17, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Expirations and Exasperations
Three witches rode into Wall Street on Friday, propelled by an evil wind out of the North.

Thursday, June 14, 2001 |  by: Bruce Feldman
Thursday Thumping
Tech company earnings warnings, EU commission warnings on the GE-Honeywell deal, ECB growth warnings, warnings from Charles Schwab (NYSE:SCH -1.32), even tropical storm warnings on the Gulf Coast that caused energy concerns.

Wednesday, June 13, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Investors Forego Tech For Food
Cell phones, routers and semiconductors took a backseat on Wednesday to Nabisco cookies, Post cereal and Philly cream cheese, as the long awaited Kraft Foods IPO hit the street.

Tuesday, June 12, 2001 |  by: Matt Paolucci
Stocks Rebound
We knew second quarter pre-announcements season would likely get ugly.

Monday, June 11, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Where Did The Buyers Go?
Or the sellers for that matter.

Sunday, June 10, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Chicken Or The Egg
Or in this case, networking companies or the semiconductors.

Thursday, June 07, 2001 
Chips Don't Dip
Intel (NASDAQ:INTC +1.34) gave its first-ever mid-quarter update just after the bell, reaffirming second quarter guidance and suggesting stronger earnings in the second half.

Wednesday, June 06, 2001 |  by: PJ Mitchell
Stocks Crumple Under Weight of Warnings
The Sun (NASDAQ:SUNW +0.59) tried to shine on the market this morning, climbing $1.06 to $18.08 in pre-open trading.

Tuesday, June 05, 2001 |  by: Matt Paolucci
Bulls Regain Upper Hand
Data suggesting that the economy was getting weaker came fast and furious this morning.

Monday, June 04, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Oil Stocks See Slick Gains
Oil stocks gushed higher on Monday, giving the market a slippery foothold on which it could add to Friday's gains.

Sunday, June 03, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
So Close And Yet So Far
The major averages managed to muster up a Friday rally, but they couldn't quite make it over key resistance levels.

Thursday, May 31, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
X-Games Hit Wall Street
While it used to be acceptable to play golf at a leisurely pace and even use a cart in the process, a new version of "extreme golf" has swept the country.

Wednesday, May 30, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Overseas Worries Sink Tech
It was another rough day for tech stocks, as one of their former leaders admitted to troubling trends in Europe and Asia.

Tuesday, May 29, 2001 |  by: Matt Paolucci
Tech Stocks Unravel
Paint drying, grass growing, and the time it takes Dante Bichette to prepare for a pitch were all I could come up with when trying to describe forever, which is about how long Tuesday's session felt like, in my opinion.

Sunday, May 27, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Rudderless
Two weeks ago, investors acted like instinctual migratory birds that seemed satisfied heading in one direction (up) just because it felt right.

Thursday, May 24, 2001 |  by: Bruce Feldman
Stocks Show Resilience
The markets were hit this morning with a triple whammy of bad news before investors even had time to finish their toast.

Wednesday, May 23, 2001 |  by: Jim Booth
The Winning Streak Comes To An End
After six consecutive positive days, the NASDAQ took a break from its impressive rally.

Tuesday, May 22, 2001 |  by: Bruce Feldman
Time Out
Firestone and Ford cut the knot after 95 years.

Monday, May 21, 2001 |  by: Jim Booth
Open Season on Bears
Critically wounded and limping into the sunset, bears are under continued attack.

Sunday, May 20, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Three In A Row
After hitting the equivalent of a homerun on Wednesday, the market followed up with two well-earned base hits to end the week on a positive note.

Thursday, May 17, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Don't Look Now
After breaking through key levels on the Dow and S&P 500 just yesterday, we followed up it with a good ol' fashion follow through session today.

Wednesday, May 16, 2001 |  by: S.P. Brown
Three Cuts and a Bump
No, I'm not referring to a bad outing with a dull razor.

Tuesday, May 15, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Fed Comes Through
The Fed gave investors exactly what they wanted today.

Monday, May 14, 2001 |  by: Jim Booth
Can the Fed Break the Trading Doldrums?
The market was characterized by more listless trading today, as all eyes are focused upon tomorrow's FOMC meeting.

Sunday, May 13, 2001 |  by: S.P. Brown
All Good Things Must End
With that cliché in mind, you knew the market's recent winning streak would eventually end, which it did on Friday when all three major indices finished in the red.

Thursday, May 10, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
More Ammo For The Bulls
Given today's trifecta of upbeat news, you'd think the market would have held onto more of its early gains.

Wednesday, May 09, 2001 |  by: S.P. Brown
The Cisco Skid
According to an old investor aphorism, there are two kinds of businesses in this world: ones that have trouble and ones that are going to have trouble.

Tuesday, May 08, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Waiting On Cisco
A number of analysts jumped the gun in the Cisco waiting game, creating an air of confusion going into the networking giant's earnings release.

Monday, May 07, 2001 |  by: Jim Booth
And Then They Rested
There are very strong arguments (as always) for buying and selling and this resulted in a very narrow trading range for the major markets today.

Sunday, May 06, 2001 |  by: S.P. Brown
Markets Survive And Then Thrive
A bear-market trap or the beginning of a bull-market?

Thursday, May 03, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Unemployment Figures Unravel Market
We all knew that layoffs have accelerated, but today's jobless claims data seemed to rekindle economic worries that had been largely absent over the past week.

Wednesday, May 02, 2001 |  by: Jim Booth
The Quick and the Nearly Dead
The story of the week has been the rally in technology stocks, particularly in the stocks of networking, semiconductors and Internet companies.

Tuesday, May 01, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Stocks Make Hay On May Day
May Day has two traditions, one being the celebration of the first spring planting, the other being the unification of laborers around the world through rallies, speeches and riots.

Monday, April 30, 2001 |  by: Jim Booth
Another Rotation Monday
The end of the earnings season appears to be giving way to the portfolio adjustment process.

Sunday, April 29, 2001 |  by: S.P. Brown
No More Chicken Little
Maybe things really are not that bad after all, at least if you trust last week's slate of economic data sets.

Thursday, April 26, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Construction Zone
You know the road signs, the ones on the highway that warn you at you will be "experiencing" construction hazards over the next ten or so miles.

Wednesday, April 25, 2001 |  by: S.P. Brown
Markets Reverse Course
In Sunday's commentary I said that the equity markets would likely trade flat to down this week.

Tuesday, April 24, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Who Could Ask For Anything More?
Even though it's been hard to be upbeat about the recent market action, from a technical standpoint, it deserves a gold star.

Monday, April 23, 2001 |  by: Jim Booth
The Power of Perception
We are nearing the end of the first quarter earnings release period.

Sunday, April 22, 2001 |  by: S.P. Brown
Time Out
And who wouldn't need one after running like the equity markets have over the past 10 days?

Thursday, April 19, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Fed Is On Our Side
With the Fed out in front blocking, investors are now more willing to take the ball and run.

Wednesday, April 18, 2001 |  by: S.P. Brown
Fed Speaks, Wall Street Listens
Well, the Street finally got what it wanted today -- an inter-FOMC meeting interest rate cut, and the response was as swift as it was bullish.

Tuesday, April 17, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
We'll Take It
While today's market action wasn't all that impressive at first glance, things are starting to come together nicely behind the scenes.

Monday, April 16, 2001 |  by: Jim Booth
A Mixed Start
Technology stock traders were a bit nervous today.

Thursday, April 12, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
NASDAQ Strings Together Four
On the day before Good Friday, the market could do no wrong.

Wednesday, April 11, 2001 |  by: S.P. Brown
Chip Flip
So who do you believe, Lehman Brothers' Dan Niles or Salomon Smith Barney's Jonathan Joseph?

Tuesday, April 10, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Dow 10,000 In Rearview Mirror
March 15th was the last trading day that we closed above the psychologically important 10,000 mark.

Monday, April 09, 2001 |  by: Jim Booth
Treading Water
Today's action saw a decided lack of conviction from bears and bulls alike.

Sunday, April 08, 2001 |  by: S.P. Brown
Back To Square One
The streak ends at two; that is, if you can call it a streak at all.

Thursday, April 05, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Dell Says All Is Swell
Michael Dell's announcement that his computer company would likely meet its first-quarter EPS and sales estimates was all that was needed to jump start the averages today.

Wednesday, April 04, 2001 |  by: S.P. Brown
Stocks Go On A Wild Ride
Few, though, took a wilder ride than Lucent Technologies (NYSE:LU).

Tuesday, April 03, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Baseball Is Back
While baseball fans started flooding ballparks around the country to watch their favorite players swing for the fences, the market was doing its best not to strike out.

Monday, April 02, 2001 |  by: Jim Booth
New Quarter, More of the Same?
Spring is here.

Sunday, April 01, 2001 |  by: S.P. Brown
Prelude To A Rally?
Okay, so maybe I am jumping the gun, but for the second consecutive week, the three major indices closed a Friday in the black.

Thursday, March 29, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Window Dressing
As the first quarter of 2001 mercifully winds down, many mutual fund managers will be scurrying to add some winners to a list of holdings that almost certainly is littered with bow-wows.

Wednesday, March 28, 2001 |  by: S.P. Brown
Everybody Down
After today's abysmal trading session, I figure I'd go with a diametrically opposed title to Splittrader's Sunday commentary title of "Everybody Up."

Tuesday, March 27, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
And The Oscar Goes To……
The market!

Monday, March 26, 2001 |  by: Jim Booth
The NYSE Bargain Barn
The sideline cash jumped to the floor of the NYSE today lending further credence to the theory that the triple symbol stocks may have put in a significant bottom last week.

Sunday, March 25, 2001 |  by: S.P. Brown
Everybody Up
Finally, traders and investors had a reason to tip a few back on a Friday evening.

Thursday, March 22, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Taming Of The Bear
The bears will have to wait another day before the DOW succumbs to their grasp.

Wednesday, March 21, 2001 |  by: S.P. Brown
Dow Makes for Bear Territory
It was only a matter of time.

Tuesday, March 20, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Vernal Equi-knocks
Today marked the vernal equinox, where day and night are equal, balanced and poised, but about to spill over towards the side of light and warmer days (for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere).

Monday, March 19, 2001 |  by: Jim Booth
Waking up the Bull
Only hindsight will tell us for sure when the market finally reached a bottom.

Sunday, March 18, 2001 |  by: S.P. Brown
One For The Ages
The South Sea Company and the Mississippi Company have nothing on today's technology sector.

Thursday, March 15, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Consumer Sentiment On Trial
Traders beware, before you relax and start making St. Patrick's Day plans, keep in mind tomorrow will give us triple-witch combined with a quartet of economic news.

Wednesday, March 14, 2001 |  by: Eric Utley
Parabolic Fear
The Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDU) has lost roughly 885 points in the last four trading sessions.

Tuesday, March 13, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Market Must Be Down
I know this to be true now because Lou Dobbs made his token appearance as the headline guest on the Today show this morning.

Monday, March 12, 2001 |  by: Jim Booth
Pouncing Bears, Hidden Bulls
The general Investor's Intelligence sentiment indicators are still bullish.

Sunday, March 11, 2001 |  by: S.P. Brown
Public Flagellation
"It's déjà vu all over again," so supposedly said the king of the malapropism Yogi Berra.

Thursday, March 08, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Dow Makes It Five Straight
While the NASDAQ called it quits after three in a row, the Dow was propelled higher today by the oldest of the old economy stocks.

Wednesday, March 07, 2001 |  by: S.P. Brown
Dear Abbey Keeps the Rally Rolling
Abbey Joseph Cohen gave her two-cents on the state of the stock market today, and traders liked what they heard.

Tuesday, March 06, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Baffling Bounce
Can I get a side of doubt with that rally?

Monday, March 05, 2001 |  by: Jim Booth
Escaping the Cold
It may be March but the bears went back into hibernation for the second consecutive Monday.

Sunday, March 04, 2001 |  by: S.P. Brown
Capitulation
You knew it was only a matter of time before the last of the big-cap tech stocks would raise the white flag.

Thursday, March 01, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
International Rumor Machine
International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM) sparked a sharp late session rally on swirling rumors that an analyst was reiterating his positive 2001 outlook for the computer giant and that the company had supposedly given optimistic comments at an investor meeting.

Wednesday, February 28, 2001 |  by: S.P. Brown
We're No Angells
And thank goodness for that.

Tuesday, February 27, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Takin'_Losses Says It's True
A disgruntled Cisco (NYSE:CSCO) investor, Takin'_Losses, just posted a message that we are going to get a 50-basis point intra-meeting rate cut, Cisco is going to warn and the NASDAQ will rally 30% before the end of March.

Monday, February 26, 2001 |  by: Jim Booth
Anticipation
According to the classic Carly Simon song, anticipation is something that is making us wait, but market participants are not waiting.

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