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Posted by in Raymond Merriman's Weekly Preview on January 19, 2018 .

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Gold prices rose half a percent (early) on Friday as the dollar labored near a three-year low amid heightened fears of a U.S. government shutdown, but the precious metal was still on track for its first weekly drop in six weeks. - Reuters, “Gold Up as Dollar Hurt by US Government Shutdown Fears,” January 19, 2018.

Several stock markets of the world continued their surge to new...

Posted by in Raymond Merriman's Weekly Preview on January 13, 2018 .

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Jerome Powell (soon-to-be new Fed Chair, is) confronting some agonizing trade-offs in the next year or two. What if low inflation calls for low interest rates but those low interest rates make an eventual, destructive asset bust more likely? Should he lean against an incipient bubble by raising rates faster now, or plan to mop up the mess if assets collapse later? – Greg Ip, “For...

Posted by in Raymond Merriman's Weekly Preview on January 06, 2018 .

 

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The U.S. economy added a disappointing 148,000 jobs in December while the unemployment rate held at 4.1 percent, according to a closely watched Labor Department report Friday. Economists surveyed by Reuters had been expecting nonfarm payrolls to grow by 190,000. The total was well below the November pace of 252,000. An unexpected loss of 20,000 retail positions during the holiday...

Posted by in Raymond Merriman's Weekly Preview on January 01, 2018 .

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The hardest thing about a nice, long, holiday break is that you have to come back and find your rhythm again. But in the end, it’s still there, with a little effort and review. So, as I wish everyone a happy and prosperous New Year, let’s review the last few days of 2017 from the geocosmic viewpoint, and prepare for what promises to be an exciting 2018.

 

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Posted by in Raymond Merriman's Weekly Preview on December 23, 2017 .

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Bitcoin plunged Friday, taking the digital currency briefly below $11,000 and down 44 percent from a record high hit at the start of the week. Bitcoin had rallied to a record high above $19,800 on Sunday and was trading near $15,500 for much of Thursday New York time, according to Coinbase. But an afternoon selloff accelerated into the night, and bitcoin dropped 30.2 percent Friday morning...

Posted by in Raymond Merriman's Weekly Preview on December 16, 2017 .

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"A cut in the corporate tax rate, effective next year, along with continued deregulation should bolster profits," said Ed Yardeni, president and chief investment strategist at Yardeni Research. "Industry analysts are projecting earnings gains of 10.9% this year, 11.4% next year, and 10.1% in 2019. Presumably, these numbers don't fully reflect the likely big positive impact of a cut in...

Posted by in Raymond Merriman's Weekly Preview on December 09, 2017 .

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U.S. non-farm payrolls rose by 228,000 jobs in November amid broad gains in hiring as distortions from recent hurricanes faded. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast payrolls rising by 200,000 jobs last month. But analysts said average hourly earnings were lower than expected. Average hourly earnings rose five cents or 0.2 percent in November, but economists expected a 0.3 percent...

Posted by in Raymond Merriman's Weekly Preview on December 01, 2017 .

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Due to my youngest daughter’s wedding this week, on a cruise to Mexico, November 30-December 4, I will not be writing our normal free weekly column. Instead, I share with you this chapter from the soon-to-be-released Forecast 2018 Book. Enjoy! And the regular column will return next week.

 

 

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