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The Mad Tea Party Ride

Recent stock market action is reminding me far too much of the Alice in Wonderland inspired "Mad Tea Party Ride" at Disney. Once on board, you spin wildly round and round and round. When you get off, you are right back where you started. Yet you are so dizzy that tossing your cookies is a very strong possibility.

Does this sound like the 2014 stock market to you?

Violent moves up…then down...then rinse and repeat...and voila, you are about right where you started.

In time a new theme will emerge. That will be a steadier course in one direction or the other...most likely up. Until then, do the best you can to keep your head on straight and not be pressed into foolish decisions that harm your portfolio.

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Bull & Bear of the Day

Zacks Rank #1

ICICI Bank (IBN)

Largest private sector bank in India delivered solid quarterly results.

 

Zacks Rank #5

Olympic Steel (ZEUS)

Steel producers remain out of favor with investors.


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Options Strategies

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Video Reports

Thoughts on Rising Rates

Zacks experts weigh in on whether interest rates will rise sooner than expected.

This Week’s Growth & Income Stocks: (MMC) (SSS)

Growth & Income Stock Strategist, Todd Bunton, highlights Marsh & McLennan (MMC) and Sovran Self Storage (SSS) on March 19, 2014.

2 Revenue Weighted ETFs to beat the market

Revenues are arguably one of the best indicators of financial health of a firm.

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Recent Earnings Winners

Company Symbol Reported Surprise %Price Chg
RPM INTERNATIONAL INC RPM Apr 3 +0.12% +4.67%
EMMIS COMMUN CP CL A EMMS Apr 3 +0.71% +4.14%
SCHNITZER STEEL INDUSTRIES INC SCHN Apr 3 +0.13% +3.99%
PERRY ELLIS INTL INC PERY Apr 3 +0.06% +3.09%
POWER REIT COMMON SBI PW Apr 3 +0.04% +1.12%

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Company Symbol Consensus
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GREENBRIER COS GBX 0.75 0.79 Apr 3 2 +5.33
WINTRUST FINL WTFC 0.67 0.68 Apr 16 2 +1.49
COGECO CABLE T.CCA 1.09 1.10 Apr 9 2 +0.92
FIDELITY SOUTHN LION 0.20 0.22 Apr 17 2 +10.00
INTERACTIVE BRK IBKR 0.29 0.33 Apr 15 2 +13.79
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