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The U.S. jobs report for December a robust 312,000 new NFP jobs following revised November non farm payrolls of 161,000 new jobs with unemployment rising to 3.9% off 48 year lows. We are still digesting the effect trade wars on jobs with tensions affecting employers.

Consumer electronics giant Apple warned on Wednesday after the market close sending $AAPL down over 9% and spurred a flash crash in forex markets and sent risk assets lower. Last quarter the company missed iPhone shipment estimates.

The top ten dividend paying stocks in the DJIA make up the Dogs of the Dow for 2019. An investment strategy that in theory takes out of much the market risk while delivering higher yields. Not always the case as we saw with GE collapsing further last year.

The Nasdaq bias of biotechs and technology stocks where risk reward is high is great when they go up but with failure there are many busts along the way. The Nasdaq-100 ended down 3.9% for the year after being at record highs.

This year was the strongest for IPOs since 2014 with approximately $46.8 billion generated from 190 IPOs. Last year ROKU was the best performer, up a mammoth 269%. Here are the best IPOs in 2018: $TLRY $ALLK $ARMO $GSHD $ZS 

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