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Weekly Market Update
Week of March 21, 2011
The Markets:

Between situations in Japan and Libya, stocks faced serious headwinds last week.  The Dow declined 1.5%, the S&P 500 fell 1.9% and the Nasdaq dropped 2.7%.[1]  The Libyan cease-fire announcement temporarily calmed concerns about developments in the Middle East on Thursday and Friday, but ongoing uncertainty eventually caused the rally to slow and it wasn't enough to recover from Wednesday's thrashing.[2] 


Recent events, including the nuclear disaster in Japan, international forces bombing in Libya, and the possibility of more currency market intervention will likely keep investors reacting to headlines in the weeks ahead.  We are currently facing an extremely media-driven market that responds quickly to what is visible in the news.  At times like this, it is more important than ever to avoid trading based on emotion rather than facts or fundamentals.[3]  Even when things are uncertain, there are often many promising opportunities to be found.  Consider one example:


Some people see huge opportunities in Japan.  Since experts are optimistic that the earthquake's impact will have a relatively mild long-term effect on Japan's economy,  a cross-section of investors are watching the Japanese market with the intent to invest - viewing the Nikkei's sharp drop as the best time to get in.  In fact, a whopping $956 million flowed into Japanese equities in the week ending March 16 alone, according to data from Thomson Reuters Lipper service.[4]  While we are not necessarily advocating this strategy for you, it does highlight the importance of seeking out opportunities even when things look grim.

Despite the complicated and unpredictable elements at play, these events remind us of the nature of the markets: ups and downs are to be expected.  Although we've quoted him before, now is a good time to recall the words of billionaire investor Warren Buffet who said, "Be Fearful When Others Are Greedy and Greedy When Others Are Fearful".  And always remember, we're monitoring the situation closely.*

ECONOMIC CALENDAR:                                        
Monday - Existing Home Sales                                    
Tuesday - Redbook                                 
Wednesday - New Home Sales, EIA Petroleum Status Report
Thursday - Durable Goods Orders, Jobless Claims                                                     
Friday - GDP, Consumer Sentiment 



Notes: All index returns exclude reinvested dividends, and the 5-year and 10-year returns are annualized.
Sources: Yahoo! Finance, MSCI Barra. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.
Indices are unmanaged and cannot be invested into directly. NA means not available.


America's top military commander says a United Nations-authorized no-fly zone over Libya has effectively been achieved.  The Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, is calling the initial phase of a multi-national effort to take control of Libyan airspace a success.  Mullen says Libyan command-and-control centers and air defense installations have been struck, and that leader Moammar Gadhafi's forces effectively are grounded.[5]


The U.S. cost of living hit a record high (127.4) in February, according to the Chained Consumer Price Index.  The previous high of 126.9 was reached in July 2008, before economic markers like unemployment and stock prices were affected.  Simultaneously, states will be cutting back services this year at the same time they increase taxes in order to close enormous budget deficits.[6] 


Japanese government officials say food and milk contaminated with radiation is being detected in a wider than expected area.  Some shipments are now being stopped, although authorities stress that ingesting the items will not immediately harm people.[7]


Nissan Motor Co. said Sunday that it will start parts production and vehicle assembly operations this week in Japan, becoming the first car maker to restart its entire auto production process after a devastating quake brought the country's auto industry to a standstill.[8]


Quote of the Week
"Everyone has inside him a piece of good news"
- Anne Frank
Recipe of the Week

Shrimp in Sherry-Garlic Sauce


From: The Food Channel
The sherry-garlic sauce in this appetizer offers a
delicious change of pace from the usual cocktail sauce.

Servings: This recipe makes 24 servings of 3 shrimp.
Prep: 10 mins

3 pounds shrimp, 21-25 count, peeled, deveined, tails on
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup garlic, minced
3/4 cup sherry, semi-dry, such as amontillado
1/4 cup parsley, minced
Lemon juice, fresh, to taste
1. Spread shrimp on a baking sheet and sprinkle with salt. Let rest for 5 minutes.
2. In a large skillet, heat 1/4 cup olive oil and garlic over medium high heat until the garlic begins to sizzle. Add 1 pound of shrimp and cook, stirring frequently, until the shrimp is opaque. Transfer shrimp to a container.

3. Return skillet to heat. Add another pound of shrimp to the skillet and additional olive oil as needed. Transfer cooked shrimp to container. Cook the final pound of shrimp, leaving it in the skillet when done.

4. Add reserved shrimp to the skillet and lower heat to medium. Add sherry and reduce until sauce slightly thickens. Stir in parsley, lemon juice and salt to taste.

5. Serve immediately.

Golf Tip of the Week
Can't Cut It?

Having trouble learning to cut the ball? Try opening your stance a bit and weakening your grip.  To cut the ball, you need to give the grip - and consequently the clubhead - a slight rotation under the ball at impact.  A strong grip impedes wrist motion down and under at impact.  A strong grip is, in essence, a pre-rotated grip.  You can't very well rotate what's already been rotated. 

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