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Barry Ritholtz

What Drives the Stock Market

Don't pay too much attention to individual data points.
If what she says about stocks bothers you, maybe you shouldn't listen.

If what she says about stocks bothers you, maybe you shouldn't listen.

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Good to be back in the saddle after of a week of traveling in Silicon Valley, Napa and San Francisco. And I thought New York real estate prices were crazy. 

Whenever I am away, I like to ease back into the groove by reviewing some broad market and economic metrics. It isn't that a lot changes in the day-to-day or even week-to-week numbers -- short-term measures are terribly noisy -- but rather it’s a good exercise to return to form.