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NASDAQ Composite



S&P 500 Index



Russell 2000



U.S. Aggregate Bond Index



MSCI All Country World



Source: Yahoo! Finance.  Data through 3-4-11

Global markets had a rocky week thanks to pressure from oil, and concerns that rising oil will put a damper on the economic recovery.  However, modest job growth and increasing corporate profits are still driving the market higher.  As I suspect in the short-term, we may be seeing smaller bumps in the market versus a large drop as it continues to move higher.

The upcoming week should be light in terms of economic news since earnings season is coming to a close.  However, the flip-side to that is that investors will be paying even more attention to the news overseas.  I will continue to monitor the oil (and inflation) news closely.

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