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Tom McClellan: DJIA Arriving at the Real Seasonal Peak

Everyone has heard the old saying about “Sell in May and go away,” but history shows that the period of seasonal strength actually ends around August 1. But it is tougher to come up with a catchy rhyming phrase for that.  The question for this year, with such a strong market, is whether the normal seasonal weakness of August and September are really going to matter. Or will the market just power on through?

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Mary Ellen McGonagle: Marijuana Stocks Are Looking More Interesting Led By Increased Legalization and Growth in Medical Marijuana Sales.

As of April 2017, twenty-six states and the District of Columbia currently have laws broadly legalizing marijuana in some form.  Three other states will soon join them after recently passing measures permitting the use of medical marijuana. Those states that have not legalized it are in the process of at least reforming their cannabis laws.

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David Keller: A Deeper Look at Factor ETFs

"The trend is evident to a man who has an open mind and reasonably clear sight."  -Edwin Lefevre, in Reminiscences of a Stock Operator

I have a series of ChartLists that I follow during the day as a way to get a sense of the overall market trend.  One of the pages displays the four iShares MSCI factor ETFs, those that track Momentum (MTUM), Quality (QUAL), Size (SIZE), and Value (VLUE).  

I’ve found this to be a great complement to other pages which track broad market indexes, market internals and sector and industry performance.  By flipping through these pages, I can get a sense of what’s driving the market over time.

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