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Equities staged a rebound to close virtually unchanged from over a 1.0% deficit following a statement from a Federal Reserve official that policy moves are not predetermined amid the recent market turmoil. The dollar weakened and oil fell.
Fisher’s dovish comments added to optimism that central banks from US, Japan and Europe are ready to what is needed to spur growth. My comment—has the global central banks done enough and competent fiscal policy is now what is needed?
This is a big earnings and data week. Approximately 20% of the S & P 500 post results. Friday the BLS posts January’s labor report. How will the results be interpreted?
Speaking of earnings, after the market closed Alphabet/Google posted results, results that exceeded expectations. Shares have added about 5%. Will GOOG mark the end of the surge of the “must own momentum driven growth stocks?” In my view the hype is no longer there even as GOOG has surpassed AAPL as the most valuable company. AAPL is down about 30% from its all-time apex reached last year.
What will happen today? Markets may open moderately lower, perhaps the result of a drop in oil and decline in European shares.. As noted several times, the markets are most correlated to oil since 2011. Is this result of algorithmic trading where everything is correlated? Absolutely!
Last night the foreign markets were down. London was down 1.64%, Paris down 1.67% and Frankfurt down 1.08%. China was up 2.26%, Japan down 0.64% and Hang Sang down 0.76%.
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Ken Engelke

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