Here's how an absence of doom and gloom overseas coupled with benign economic data and neutral corporate news can add up to a market rally.
Certain dumb moves make a mockery of stock picking. They don't happen often, but when they do, they make the whole exercise of doing homework a big waste of time.
People are nuts over just about anything these days. It's bad news for what has become a bedraggled market.
The battle is taking place on the stock exchanges of 3 countries, and right now the Russians and the Chinese are winning.
A lack of pipe and a shortage of refinery space are creating a discount on an already discounted oil price. Refiners are making a killing, and there's no end in sight.
Activists seem to be lurking everywhere, and boards of directors are listening to them. It's all part of an unexpected 2014 landscape that's making the market tough for negativists.
China still calls the shots on commodities, but there's a small sign of change.
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The company has made at least 4 acquisitions in the space, and few people have paid any attention.
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