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Gold rallies today with stocks; is this the answer to the gold drop mystery?

Usually gold, a safe haven, time-of-fear asset, rises when stocks stumble and worries climb. Not during last week's big sell off in stocks. Then gold and gold stocks moved down along with stocks. Today, however, as the Standard & Poor's 500 rallied to end the day up 4.60% and the VIX fear index tumbled by […]

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Gold is climbing while VIX falls and stocks set new records? But why?

Gold is supposed to go up when investors and traders are looking for safe havens and hedges against market volatility. So it makes sense the gold and gold mining stocks are gaining as coronavirus stalks through the land. Gold closed up 0.99% today to $1570.50 an ounce. But the financial markets don't seem to be […]

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Trick or Trend: China’s coronavirus outbreak is the perfect excuse to sell for investors and traders who were sitting on the fence

Our regular (or occasional or perhaps occasionally regular) Friday series (actually running on Friday this week) Trick or Trend looks at what might (or might not) be emerging investible trends. Exclusively on JAM. This post won't run anywhere else. Ever. I'm not going to argue that the scary news about the continued spread of this […]

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Stocks start 2020 in melt-up mood

We've seen this before. And investors and traders seem determined to keep a good thing going--until it doesn't work anymore. Today, January 2, the first trading day in the new year for U.S. markets, stocks were off to the rally races again. The Standard & Poor's 500 closed up 0.84% and the Dow Jones Industrials […]

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Failure to set Trump-Xi meeting place and date stalls market

It now looks likely that President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping may not be able to sign that Part 1 trade deal until December. The two sides still haven't set a date or a place. The Chinese have ruled out the first two U.S. suggestions of Iowa and Alaska and attention has shifted to […]

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China retaliates; Trump promises his retaliation to their retaliation this afternoon

Xi Jinping and Donald Trump upstaged Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell this morning. Powell's Jackson Hole speech this morning was supposed to be the day's big market event. (More on this speech in a later post.) But this morning China announced that it would retaliate to the last round of additional 10% tariffs on $300 […]

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Market goes to pessimism on trivial Pompeo comments–tells ya something, though

It didn't take much to end the optimism of the past few days and turn the market at least mildly pessimistic today. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told CNBC this morning that Huawei Technologies isn't the only Chinese company that poses security risks to the United States. Well, duh! Not so far back the […]

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A fine volatility this is–just kind of strange

This post should be song to the tune of "A Fine Romance." (It helps if you can dance like Fred Astaire. Or sing like Ella.) "A fine romance, with no kisses A fine romance, my friend, this is We should be like a couple of hot tomatoes But you're as cold as yesterday's mashed potatoes […]

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Negative economic numbers from both China and United States this morning

I'd give the edge to China in the "Whose news is worse?" sweepstakes this morning. For April China's retail sales rose 7.2% year over year--good news except that economists were projecting an 8.6% increase and that March showed 8.7% year over year growth. The April year over year retail sales growth was the lowest in […]

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What the market fears is what it doesn’t know about the U.S.-China trade wars

The Standard & Poor's 500 fell another 1.65% to 2,884.05 today on fears that there would be no agreement this week out of the U.S.-China trade talks and that President Donald Trump's threats to raise tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese exports to the United States to 25% from 10%--and to impose those new tariffs […]

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