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ICYMI My Article on MarketWatch on 1/28/15 About the Market

ALREADY A BEAR MARKET             It was February 2000 and I stood at the podium of an audience in New York City of traders. The audience knew me since I had done market timing commentary for Barron’s Financial Publication for over 5 years. 2000 marked the year that Jack Schwager’s bestselling book called the “Stock Market Wizards” also was released. I was fortunate enough to be a featured profile in Mr. Schwagers’ book. The audience knew me and also knew I was far from a politician. I was frank, direct, and ominous as I said, “You who are in the
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Market Predictions on Varney & Co

For those of you who watch Fox Business and are familiar with Varney & Co here was my segment on August 14th. The lows yesterday registered a 200 point pullback from the highs registered on Sept. 19 at 2014. 50. The NASDAQ recorded a full 10% pullback with yesterday’s action. Therefore we are seeing that there is some reality back into market turned bearish and do not forget that. Until we register a -1400 Tick or greater consider those short term bottoms.
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Environment Change

I have had a lot of success with selling or buying +/- 1000 Ticks. That was my most reliable entry point over the years. Over the last year they have not been very reliable as the Market has been controlled and not allowed to trade normally. The last couple weeks however, have been acting more normal and the 1000 Ticks have been working once again. Our advisory not only recommends trades it describes environments to trade in. Here is our morning advisory on Monday, October 6th, which did just that.
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Aug. 13th Afternoon Advisory Excerpt

The Advisory is composed of 3 sections, the Short Term, Intermediate Term and Interest Rate Outlook. We frequently provide advisory trade parameters on our advisory. Here is an example of the Wednesday trade that was achieved. Once again if you are interested please contact us and check out the Advisory Service tab at markdcook.com. *Please note that past performances do NOT indicate future.
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2014 Views and Forecast

General overview:  The most influential force of 2013 was the Federal Reserve. They not only impact the U.S. economy and trading markets but the world as well. I would say there has never been an unelected entity that has wielded more clout than we have seen in 2013. That will change in 2014. History has borne out that change happens radically and drastically with a newFederal Reservechief. It has not mattered what their bio reads, the first two years of a new Fed chief has always created volatility on many economic fronts. The plethora of problems confronting this 2014Federal Reserveis
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Pendulum Swing

The early Monday morning saw the S&P without a friend. However the erosion was contained and a rescue push was orchestrated to offset price deterioration. The market had a very heavy look to it but as of yet has not fallen with the heaviness that it portrays. The bonds have been able to probe above132 even though they have had to weather some storm sellers. The upside has had a ceiling that would be penetrated if we could close above 132 1/2. I was impressed with every bear raid was met with some buying presence. We approached the 1684 price area
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Outside Pressures from Syrian Crisis

Markets have a tendency to be influenced in different degrees. A person who has a sprained ankle is much more susceptible to an additional sprain situation than a completely healthy ankle. Similarly, the chronic or perhaps terminal health of the bond markets has raised rates. This is a contagion that will eventually spread to stocks. The stock market is vulnerable and will be affected by the degree of anxiety that influences will create. The Syrian crisis has reached prominence in a very short time frame. This is similar to another ankle sprain to an already stretched ligament weakened appendage. There
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Is the Market off the Juice?

The slow methodical rally last Monday pushed through resistance areas like a bulldozer in low gear. Not a typical type of action for a bullish move but rather a typical manipulative action of massive computers. The bonds were actually in a divergence as they were in the plus column as well as stocks. They did not allow a pullback to get us a good entrance for a long position. They were technically oversold in the short term with the 128 ’12 area being a major support. Each and every day I correlate the S&P with tick throughout the day. Tuesday the
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