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December 22, 2016

Data Deluge Starts With Strong GDP Figure, But Trading May Thin Later

Data hounds get their fix today, with gross domestic product, durable goods orders, and personal income among the highlights. Volume might sag as the day continues.

December 21, 2016

Historic Marker Ahead? DJIA Eyes 20,000 As Volume Thins in Holiday Trading

The market keeps knock, knock, knocking on the door of 20,000. It’s the story that doesn’t seem to end.

December 20, 2016

Japan Jump: Improved Economic Outlook Provides Lift Ahead of Earnings Data

The Bank of Japan (BOJ) decided to hold interest rates steady early Tuesday, and upped its views on the economy. The news provided positive early momentum.

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December 19, 2016

Noshing and Shopping: Consumer Confidence Strong as Holidays Near

Americans seem to be enjoying the holiday season so far, eating out more and loading up on their shopping. Restaurant sales hit their highest since February.

December 16, 2016

Post-Election Party Rolls On, With DJIA On Pace for 6th-Straight Week of Gains

It looks like the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) may put in its sixth-consecutive week of gains, and other indices also showed strength early Friday.

December 15, 2016

Still Digesting: Market Looks Flat A Day After Fed, With Profit-Taking a Factor

Sometimes the Fed does what everyone expects. Once in a while, it delivers a surprise. On Wednesday, the market got a bit of both.

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December 14, 2016

Fed Finally Does It! Interest Rates Rise and Fed Amps Lingo on More Ahead

Fed ups benchmark by quarter point and notes that improving economy may support three more hikes in 2017; end game may be at 1.25%-3.0%.

December 14, 2016

Hawks or Doves? After Rate Decision, Yellen and Fed’s Words Could Set Tone

The Fed is front and center, and with a rate hike pretty much a foregone conclusion, all eyes are on what Fed Chair Janet Yellen might say.

December 13, 2016

All Eyes on Fed As Meeting Begins, But Rallying Oil Could Steal Attention

Let the fun begin. Or is it, let the Fed begin? Indeed, today marks the start of another Fed meeting, and pretty much the entire world seems to expect a rate hike.

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December 12, 2016

Week Ahead: Yellen Remarks Could Be Focus As Rate Hike Seems Baked In

Fed week is here, but one could be forgiven for thinking it seems anti-climactic. Odds for a rate hike stood at 97% as of midday Friday, according to futures trading.

December 9, 2016

Record Highs Keep Coming, But Profit-Taking Possible As Weekend Looms

Can the major indices achieve new all-time highs Friday as the post-election party rolls on? Possibly, but be on the lookout for pre-weekend profit taking.

December 8, 2016

Safety Play: Bonds, Volatility Rose With Stocks, But Ease After ECB Meeting

Even as stock indices hit new highs Wednesday, fear seemed to creep back into the market, but bonds and VIX eased early Thursday.

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December 7, 2016

Hitting A Flat Note: Stocks Little Changed After Tuesday’s Record DJIA High

A holiday mood seems to be settling into the markets, with low volatility and another flat open Wednesday amid little news of note.

December 6, 2016

Pressing Pause: Market A Bit Flat After Monday’s Rally, Awaiting More Data

After a booming start to the week, stocks seemed set for a bit of a pause early Tuesday. Trade balance and factory orders data could help set the tone.

December 5, 2016

Want Any Mayo? Sandwich Week Between Jobs and Fed Puts Oil, Bonds In Focus

This coming week gets sandwiched between the jobs report and the following week’s Fed meeting. So the focus may remain on surging oil prices and bond yields.

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December 2, 2016

Jobs Data Offer Encouragement, But Focus Still on Fed, Holiday Sales

Friday’s jobs data came in near expectations, but might not have much impact considering a Fed rate hike is pretty much baked in.

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