January Barometer Looking Good So Far

First four are up strong...lets see if Monday follows through to make it a strong "First five" confirmation for the January barometer!

Happy Friday!

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Bloomberg: Asia Stocks Extend Strong 2018 Start; Dollar Slips: Markets Wrap
Asian stocks are on the cusp of their best week in almost six months as investors around the world pile into equities at the start of 2018 amid robust economic data from the U.S. to Europe to China. [more...]
Bloomberg: Apple Says All Macs, iPhones and iPads Exposed to Chip Security Flaws
Apple Inc. said all Mac computers and iOS devices, like iPhones and iPads, are affected by chip security flaws unearthed this week, but the company stressed there are no known exploits impacting users. [more...]
Bloomberg: Ripple Slides After Coinbase Says Not Adding New Crypto Coins
Ripple, the white-hot crypto currency that more than doubled in the past week, plunged as much as 20 percent after Coinbase said it’s not adding any new coins to its exchange at this time. [more...]
Bloomberg: Uber Co-Founder Travis Kalanick Plans to Sell 29% of Stake
Former Uber Technologies Inc. Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick, who has long boasted that he’s never sold any shares in the company he co-founded, plans to sell about 29 percent of his stake in the ride-hailing company, people with knowledge of the matter said. [more...]
Bloomberg: Blizzard Triggers a 60-Fold Surge in Prices for U.S. Natural Gas
Natural gas surged to 60 times the going rate as howling blizzard conditions stoked demand for the furnace fuel across the U.S. Northeast. [more...]
Bloomberg: Cold Bursts to Disrupt Otherwise Mild January Weather in Europe
January is expected to be warmer than normal in Europe with bursts of cold snaps in the west that will send demand for natural gas and power surging for short periods. [more...]
Bloomberg: Dollar's Rout Poses Risk of 2018 Rally That Blindsides Markets
Investors scanning the horizon for risks might want to question the consensus call for a weaker dollar, particularly after the market’s bullish view at the start of 2017 proved ill-founded. [more...]
Reuters: Solid U.S. job growth expected in December; wages seen rising
U.S. employers likely maintained a brisk pace of hiring in December while increasing wages for workers amid growing confidence in the economy, which could pave the way for the Federal Reserve to increase interest rates in March. [more...]
Reuters: Dow tops 25,000 milestone; Wall St extends New Year's rally
The Dow industrials broke above the 25,000 level for the first time on Thursday and other major indexes hit closing record highs again, propelled by strong global economic data that extended the New Year’s rally for the stock market. [more...]
CNBC: A cryptocurrency created as a parody is now worth more than $1 billion
A cryptocurrency that was created as a parody and named after an internet meme now has a market value of more than $1 billion. [more...]
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Bloomberg: Japan Stocks Roar Into 2018, Leading Asia Higher: Markets Wrap
Asian stocks climbed toward a new record, with Japan’s markets roaring back from New Year holidays to post the biggest daily jump since 2016. Oil prices climbed, leading a broader measure of commodities to the highest level in 10 months. [more...]
Bloomberg: Commodities Forge Record-Setting Run of Gains as Bulls in Charge
Commodities are forging a record-setting run of gains that straddles the end of 2017 and the start of the new year as crude oil notches multiyear highs and investors bet that synchronized global economic growth will help to sustain rising demand. [more...]
Bloomberg: Here Are the Stocks to Watch as a Major Snowstorm Hits the East Coast
The worst winter storm yet this season is already hitting the Southeast and expected to sweep the Northeast Thursday, threatening to send electricity prices and natural gas demand even higher, boosting energy stocks. [more...]
Bloomberg: China's Growth May Surprise Again This Year
From the strength of global trade to the resilience of domestic consumption, reasons to think China’s economy won’t slow as much as expected this year are gathering. [more...]
Bloomberg: China to Curb Power Supply for Some Bitcoin Miners
China plans to limit power use by some bitcoin miners, people familiar with the matter said, a potential challenge to an industry whose energy-intensive computer networks enable transactions in the cryptocurrency. [more...]
Reuters: Fed policymakers see future rate rises guided by inflation, fiscal stimulus
U.S. Federal Reserve policymakers showed worry over the fate of currently low inflation and saw recent tax changes as providing a boost to consumer spending, according to the minutes of the U.S. central bank’s last policy meeting on Dec. 12-13 released on Wednesday. [more...]
Reuters: Asian shares scale 10-year peak, oil elevated on Iran unrest
Asian shares flirted with 10-year highs on Thursday as solid economic data from the United States and Germany reinforced investors’ optimism, while oil prices hovered at a 2-1/2-year high with unrest in Iran stoking supply disruption concerns. [more...]
CNBC: Pakistan is ditching the dollar for trade with China — 24 hours after Trump denounced the country
Just 24 hours after President Donald Trump took aim at Pakistan on Twitter, the South Asian nation already appears to be cozying up to the world's second-largest economy. [more...]
CNBC: Here's what you need to know about the security flaw that could affect almost every computer
The computer industry is scrambling on Wednesday to patch a massive security vulnerability that's present in the processors used on almost all the computers in the world. [more...]
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Latest News Headlines
Bloomberg: Asian Stocks Extend Advance After U.S. Tech Surge: Markets Wrap
Asian equities extended gains after a rally in technology companies boosted U.S. stocks to record highs. Bonds fell in Australia and New Zealand following a drop in Treasuries, while crude oil held above $60 a barrel. [more...]
Bloomberg: Gold Is on Its Best Run Since 2011
Gold is starting the new year on the front foot. Bullion advanced for an eighth session to head for the longest stretch of gains since mid-2011, building on an annual surge. [more...]
Bloomberg: The Criminal Underworld Is Dropping Bitcoin for Another Currency
Bitcoin is losing its luster with some of its earliest and most avid fans -- criminals -- giving rise to a new breed of virtual currency. Privacy coins such as monero, designed to avoid tracking, have climbed faster over the past two months as law enforcers adopt software tools to monitor people using bitcoin. [more...]
Bloomberg: Amazon Will Buy Target This Year, Gene Munster Predicts
Amazon.com Inc.’s shake-up of the retail landscape may not be over, according to one well-known technology analyst. [more...]
Bloomberg: Bitcoin Gains on Report Peter Thiel Makes Bet on Cryptocurrency
Bitcoin is getting a boost from a report that billionaire Peter Thiel is making a big bet on cryptocurrency. Founders Fund, the venture-capital firm co-founded by Thiel, has amassed hundreds of millions of dollars of bitcoin, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday, citing unnamed people familiar with the matter. [more...]
Bloomberg: Asia's Top-Performing Currency Is Still Raring to Go in 2018
Bets are on for South Korea’s won to climb past any weakness as the risk of a conflict eases after Pyongyang called for talks with its southern neighbor, notwithstanding the current standoff with the U.S., according to Kiwoom Securities Co. [more...]
Reuters: Asia stocks flirt with historic highs on global growth cheer
Asian stocks struck a range of new peaks on Wednesday as risk appetites were whetted by a feast of upbeat manufacturing surveys that confirmed a synchronised upturn in the world economy was well under way. [more...]
Reuters: Euro takes breather after rally; dollar holds steady
The euro eased on Wednesday to take a breather from a rally prompted by optimism over the euro zone’s economy and expectations the European Central Bank will wind down its bond-buying stimulus in 2018. [more...]
CNBC: Trump says his 'Nuclear Button' is 'bigger' and more powerful than Kim Jong Un's
President Donald Trump said Tuesday evening that his "Nuclear Button" is "much bigger & more powerful" than the one controlled by North Korea's Kim Jong Un. [more...]
CNBC: Oil could hit $80 per barrel by the end of 2018, says portfolio manager
This year could mark a comeback for commodities, with oil potentially hitting $80 per barrel, a portfolio manager said on Wednesday. [more...]
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