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I am a retired college faculty in Philosophy, with specializations in Ethics, Socio-political Theory and Rational Choice/Decision Theory. My teaching focus was on Business Ethics, Medical Ethics and Logic. After retirement I freelanced as a Grant Writer/Fund Raising Consultant. I have taught at... More
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  • Dogging The Market: Week 19 0 comments
    May 12, 2013 7:39 PM

    Seems like the market was a mixed bag of tricks last week -- on the whole, the Dow and the S&P did well, but not every stock contained therein did as well as others.

    Let's look at the Dow groups:

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    The Dogs managed to erase any gains the Pedigrees made last week, and, for the most part, the difference seemed to boil down to two companies: Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) in the Dogs, and Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT) for the Pedigrees. HP seemed to get back to its winning ways, pushing ahead ~ 650 BPS - a nice one-week gain. Microsoft, on the other hand, managed to limp to a loss of 314 BPS.

    How about the S&P 500:

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    Here, the Dogs managed to make up some of the distance between their performance and that of the Pedigrees. On the Dogs' side, this is due mainly to two companies: R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co. (NASDAQ:RRD) and Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. (NYSE:CLF). Donnelley was up by a noteworthy 550 BPS +, while Cliffs exploded for an impressive gain of 939 BPS - a very good week for a company that has had its problems so far this year.

    For the Pedigrees, the only real bright spot was Analog Devices Inc. (NYSE:ADI), which jumped up by 425 BPS; the other Pedigrees performed passably well with a mixture of small gains and small losses.

    All in all, one of those weeks that leaves you scratching your head.

    Disclosure: I am long PFE.

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