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A weekly roundup of financial news by Warren Cole Smith.

Dollars and Sense: Markets rise despite mediocre earnings and weak jobs outlook

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Money | Up and upper. It was another pretty good week for the stock market. In fact, it’s been a good week, month, and year. The S&P 500 is up 22 percent this…

Dollars and Sense: Crisis averted, on to earnings season

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Money | Crisis averted. “Our long national nightmare for the markets is over.” Those were the famous words Gerald Ford used at the end of the Watergate scandal,

Dollars and Sense: Wall Street watching Washington

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Money | Down and downer. This week was all Washington, all the time. Almost no other news mattered. And for the most part, that meant the markets sank over concerns…

Dollars and Sense: Shutdown not the only force pushing the markets

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Money | Shutdown? This is the first week of a government shutdown. Did we experience economic disaster? The straight answer is: No, we did not. U.S. stocks did drop…

Dollars and Sense: Pouring more liquor in the punch bowl

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Money | Bernanke speaks. The big news this week was the Federal Reserve announcement. It was big news for a couple of reasons. For one, any time the Fed meets, the…

Dollars and Sense: Anticipating a reaction

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Money | An up week, generally. The week gone by was a pretty good one in the stock markets. The markets drifted a bit on Thursday, but in the five days before that,

Dollars and Sense: All eyes on Congress

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Money | A busy week. Even though this past week was shortened by the holiday, it was nonetheless pretty busy. On Tuesday, it looked like things were getting off to a…

Dollars and Sense: Falling into fall

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Money | Not with a bang. The week, and the month, ended not with a bang, but with a whimper, at least on the stock market. The Dow slid more than 5 percent during…

Dollars and Sense: Technical glitches enliven sluggish week

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Money | NAS-Crash. A quiet August week on Wall Street got a little livelier when the Nasdaq exchange crashed on Thursday. Trading on Nasdaq, the second-biggest U.S.

Dollars and Sense: Earnings surprises, interest rates give investors the blues

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Money | Earnings surprise. Last week I warned you that a few last minute earnings surprises might disrupt the normally calm markets, and that’s exactly what…

Dollars and Sense: Positive economic news prods the bears

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Money | Quiet week. This week was a fairly quiet one on Wall Street, but that’s about what we expected. Second-quarter earnings season is just about over. Congress…

Dollars and Sense: News just good enough to fuel the rally

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Money | July ends strong. We ended the month this past week on a high note for all three major stock indexes. For the month of July, The Dow Jones Industrial Average…

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