Will This Summer Be Better Than Last?

Posted by Mark Pettinga

Friday’s market rally followed Europe’s move away from short-term austerity talk and toward a Continentwide bank-supporting and central debt-buying plan.  Friday’s 2.5% gain in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index to 1362 brought it quite close to the level where it sat the first week of July … Read More »


Crude Reckoning for Oil

Posted by Mark Pettinga

Entering June, a stock trader’s three wishes might have been for an ability to understand Greek, interpret Federal Reserve semaphore and parse rating-agency messages.  Now that the stock market has navigated reasonably well the month’s predictable obstacles of the Greek vote, the Federal Reserve’s latest … Read More »