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Does Europe Matter?

Thursday morning the ECB rolled out a number of measures to further stimulate the European economy. Yes, there were already signs of improvements in the region. But disinflation remains a nagging concern that they want to nip in the bud before it becomes a more difficult situation (like the 20 year funk Japan went through).

Many of the ECBs moves were widely expected, yet still gave a boost to European and US stock right after the announcement. These programs improve the odds for higher growth in Europe. And that is a positive for worldwide economic growth including the good ol? US.

The next hurdle for stock investors is the May Employment situation this morning. Gladly, the soft showing for the ADP Report on Wednesday has subdued expectations for this government read on employment making it easier to impress investors. If all goes well, then expect another new high on the way. If not, then this leg of the bull rally will likely stall out for a while as we await the next catalyst.

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