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Dow Hits 13,000, But Markets Aren’t in Clear Yet

February 28, 2012
CNBC

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is scheduled to deliver his semi-annual testimony on monetary policy to Congress (colloquially known as the Humphrey Hawkins speech) on Wednesday, speaking before the House Financial Services committee at 10am ET. “I don’t expect any surprises in the written testimony but the Q&A portion could be interesting,” said Brian Battle, vice president of trading at Performance Trust Capital Partners. “This is the new era of transparency and [the Fed] has been trying to be more detailed and descriptive.”

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Stocks Log Weekly Gain, Dow Just Shy of 13,000

February 17, 2012
CNBC

Stocks closed mixed in thin trading Friday ahead of the three-day holiday weekend, but all major averages logged robust gains for the week following some positive economic news and amid optimism that Greece will soon find a solution to its debt crisis. "No one wants to risk staying short if there is really a deal in Greece over the weekend," said Brian Battle, vice president of trading at Performance Trust Capital Partners. "But the sustainability of the rally is another question."

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Analysis: Smart money points to more gains in U.S. stocks

January 7, 2009
Reuters

While the opening minutes of trading is dominated by retail investors reacting to morning news, it's the close of the session that matters more. That's when institutional investors who have spent the day digesting the data and headlines stake their claim. If avoiding getting blindsided by news from Europe is the reason for the dislocation between the open and the close, it suggests additional caution by traders, who remain concerned about what is called "tail risk" - the unknown surprise factor. "We could have a huge downdraft off the simplest bad news," said Brian Battle, vice president of trading at Performance Trust Capital Partners in Chicago.

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U.S. Stocks – Wall St. ticks higher after Greece deal

February 9, 2012
Reuters

U.S. stocks edged higher on Thursday after Greece reached a deal to secure a financial bailout, but investors took a wait-and-see attitude in a market that has become extended after weeks of gains. There's some optimism that Greece has made it this far, but the reaction is muted because we've seen this before and there's still a lot of caution about Europe," said Brian Battle, vice president of trading at Performance Trust Capital Partners in Chicago.

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Trading at Noon: Wall Street jumps on overseas optimism

February 1, 2012
Reuters

Optimism over the economy spurred gains in industrials, financials and basic materials, which rose between 1.5 percent and 2 percent. "The numbers aren't horrible, the trend continues that the news is OK," said Brian Battle, vice president of trading at Performance Trust Capital Partners in Chicago. "I think we're going to grind higher."

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