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I am currently editor of Reuters U.S. Markets; former writer of WSJ's MarketBeat Blog, author of Never Buy Another Stock Again.

That Escalated Quickly

blogs.reuters.com — It's hard to determine whether the two-day run in the S&P 500 is a sign of an emerging "blow-off" top of the market, where a frenzied rally gives way to several months of weakness (lately, weakness has been measured in hours and minutes, rather than weeks or months), or if it's the sign of investors growing more comfortable with the notion that the Fed's exit from its zero-interest-rate policy that has lasted for several years isn't such a bad thing, and that the economy can handle it.

Equities extend rally, oil rebounds

reuters.com — Credit: Reuters/Yuya Shino A man stands next to a stock quotation board displaying Japan's Nikkei average at the Tokyo Stock Exchange in Tokyo December 15, 2014. The gains came even as oil stayed under pressure, suggesting equity investors were beginning to see the positives in lower fuel costs and increased consumer spending power.

These Prices Are Insaaaaane!

blogs.reuters.com — Has the massive selloff in oil fundamentally changed the economic equation in the United States, and around the world, that investors need to think differently about equities going forward? Does the decline in bond yields to levels not seen in a year-and-a-half â and sharp falloff in inflation expectations â mean investors need to rethink the outlook for economic growth in the coming year?

The Putin Death Cross

blogs.reuters.com — Should we call the moment that the Russian ruble and a barrel of West Texas crude cross the Putin Death Cross (credit to Reuters Americas markets editor Dan Burns on this one)?

That’s a big Twinkie

blogs.reuters.com — The marketâs gyrations are a bit more than many people want to handle this time of the year, but itâs a time when stupid stuff happens, and lack of liquidity combined with concerns about the world economy are raising questions that, essentially, seem like the same question: Has this equity-market surge come too far, and are we due for the âbigâ Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man-sized thing that everyone has been anticipating since, well, more than two years now?

Oil, Toil and Trouble

blogs.reuters.com — A bit of tumult has entered global markets as the year comes to a close, with varying reasons cited for the gyrations that we've seen in Greece, Japan and China in recent days, some linked to fundamentals in those specific nations and the rest due to reduced liquidity.

Sapping Energy

blogs.reuters.com — Don't expect the selling in the energy sector to end anytime soon. With tax loss selling dominating the rest of the month, the energy stocks, which have been the worst performer this year in the Standard & Poor's 500, are slated to perhaps lose even more ground.

The Energy-Industrial Complex

blogs.reuters.com — The next few weeks will bring a few analyst meetings out of some of the bigger industrial companies, including Dover Corp. The company is expected to hold a confab Monday to discuss where things stand this year, particularly as it has a 36 percent exposure to the energy industry through businesses that produce equipment for the gas and oil extraction industries - pumps and other such equipment.

The Market’s Silly Season

blogs.reuters.com — The meaningful part of the year is drawing to a close (near as I can see it, there's tomorrow's jobs report, the Fed meeting in two weeks, and, yep, that's about it), and as we head into the silly season for happenings in our markets, here's a laundry list of oddball things to consider:

Microsoft’s 15-Year Itch

blogs.reuters.com — New Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will come to his first annual shareholder meeting having boosted the company's market value by about $90 billion in less than a year's time (that the stock market is running wild, and Microsoft with it, well, that's not the only thing that's important, one supposes) as Nadella has pushed ahead with various efforts to make Microsoft something closer to the powerhouse that it had been some years back.
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@drgrist Which has nothing to do with this press conference, btw.

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