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[28 Jul 2015 | One Comment | ]

Opinions on the impending Iran nuclear deal run the gamut from the salvation of society to apocalypse now.
If it works as the six-nations who negotiated it believe, it is the first and most important step on the long journey toward reconciliation of many conflicts in the Middle East. If it fails, views range from a moderate setback to a “catastrophic mistake” that could set off a new nuclear arms race leading even to Israel‘s annihilation.

I’m for it, though not without some trepidations, as anyone familiar with …

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[28 Jul 2015 | No Comment | ]

David Stockman reports:

Just a few companies are driving the gains in major U.S. stock indexes this year, raising fresh concerns about the health of the market’s advance.

Six firms— Amazon.com Inc., Google Inc., Apple Inc., Facebook Inc., Netflix Inc. and Gilead Sciences Inc.—now account for more than half of the $664 billion in value added this year to the Nasdaq Composite Index, according to data compiled by brokerage firm JonesTrading.

Amazon, Google, Apple, Facebook, Gilead and Walt Disney Co. account for more than all of the $199 billion in market-capitalization gains in the S&P 500.

The concentrated gains are spurring concerns that soft trading in much of the market could presage a pullback in the indexes. Many investors see echoes of prior market tops—including the 2007 peak and the late 1990s frenzy—when fewer and fewer stocks lifted the broader market. The S&P 500 is up 1% this year while the Nasdaq has gained 7.4%.

Just a reminder.

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Your Rush-Hour CTA Commute Could Be Getting More Crowded

But CTA officials say they aren’t worried about the additional CPS students traveling during rush hour.

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Chicago Golf Instructor Draws Top City Golfers to His Suburban Facility

Chicago’s Louis Sauer attracts golfers from Lakeview, Lincoln Park, Logan Square and other city hoods.