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Global Markets—Global stocks, euro rise on Greek debt hopes

September 13, 2011
Reuters

Brian Battle, a trader at Performance Trust Capital Partners in Chicago, said stocks were being pulled by those who see them as overvauled given the economy is on the cusp of recession, and those who say stocks are historically cheap. "We're going to wrestle around and remain range-bound until we figure out which theory is true," Battle said.

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US Stocks—Wall St. seeks direction, industrials higher

September 13, 2011
Reuters

Large-cap stocks that pay dividends are viewed by some as relatively safe from market risk. "There are two theories: the idea that stocks are overvalued, given global issues that could signal another recession, and the idea that stocks are cheap by historical standards," said Brian Battle, vice president of trading at Performance Trust Capital Partners in Chicago. "We're going to wrestle around and remain range-bound until we figure out which theory is true."

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Stocks End Higher on Italy/China Bond Report

September 12, 2011
CNBC.com

Stocks rallied in the final hour to finish near session highs Monday, erasing their earlier losses in choppy trading, following an FT report that China was in talks with Italy to purchase its bonds. “[Italy’s move] seems logical—when you need money, you go to the guys that have it," said Brian Battle, vice president of trading at Performance Trust Capital Partners. “It’s good news that Italy’s seeking a solution, but it’s bad that they need a solution.”

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Stocks surge after three-day rout

September 7, 2011
CNN Money.com

Stocks rallied right out of the gate and picked up steam through the day to end sharply higher Wednesday. The renewed optimism came on the back of solid gains in stock markets around the world, after a German court ruling rejected lawsuits intended to block Germany's involvement in providing other eurozone members with bailout packages. "The court ruling confirms [German Chancellor] Angela Merkel's ability to help bail out Europe's troubled areas, and that provides a great amount of confidence that we will see some sort of solution in Europe soon enough," said Brian Battle, director with Performance Trust Capital Partners.

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Wall St. Week Ahead: QE3 no silver bullet for markets

September 3, 2011
Reuters

Wall Street tumbled over 2 percent on Friday as investors fretted more about the economic outlook rather than looking ahead to another round of Fed bond buying. "This downdraft is based on sentiment and that has to be turned around," said Brian Battle, vice president of trading at Performance Trust Capital Partners in Chicago. "I think we're in for a longer trend of either malaise or just a down channel."

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