I have several items worthy of comment this week, but couldn't turn one into an entire article. So here are my thoughts of the week:Thought 1: The "Me Too" hashtag has gone viral as a means of denouncing sexual assault and harassment. Last week, the movement got a boost from Oprah Winfrey when she spoke out about gender equality. From an investment standpoint, there is a way to invest in companies that promote gender diversity.
The Dow advanced 2.3 percent in the first five days of the year. Historically, that's a good sign. When the Dow is up during the first week, the market continues to advance for the rest of the year about 80 percent of the time. What are our 2018 expectations? Read on. In 2016, value stocks outperformed growth. In 2017, and the first week of 2018, growth was better (especially the "FANG" stocks). I expect the pendulum will switch back to value.
Usually, the safest prediction one can make as a year begins is that stocks will be volatile. For 2017, that prediction was wrong. There were only two occasions where the S&P 500 retreated 2 percent and it never fell 3 percent. We are in the longest period in history without a 3-percent pullback. The year's worst performing ETFs were those tied to the VIX, a measure of market volatility. Stocks were very strong in 2017, but the Dow and S&P 500 overstated the gains.
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Selecting a term
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Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
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