This market cant seem to make up its mind.
At least that's the impression from the past few days of trading - or even the past eight weeks - which has seen the major averages whipsawed by varying reports of Trump administration plans, key industry data, jobless claims, and the all-important stance by the Federal Reserve on raising the federal funds rate.
On that last point, the recent March non-farm payroll data should have put the kibosh on any rate hikes until at least July, and that's the thinking of most of the Wall Street analysts, who actually get it right some of the time.
With just Friday remaining, unless stocks are donw close to one percent on the day, the week will finish positive, though it would be only the fourth positive week in the last eight, another sign of indecision.
At the Close, Thursday, April 20, 2017:
Dow: 20,578.71, +174.22 (0.85%)
NASDAQ: 5,916.78, +53.74 (0.92%)
S&P 500: 2,355.84, +17.67 (0.76%)
NYSE Composite: 11,427.73, +85.31 (0.75%)