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September 2, 2016

Jobs Letdown: Weak Data Likely To Put September Rate Hike Talk On Hold

There were greater expectations for Friday’s monthly jobs report, but the disappointing data quickly quieted talk of a possible September rate hike.

September 1, 2016

Over and Out: Market’s 6-Month Win Streak Ends As Jobs Report Looms

The stock market’s string of six-straight positive months ended Wednesday as August went out with a whimper ahead of Friday’s jobs data.

August 31, 2016

Will Markets Pick up Steam in September? History Has a Theory

Investors now turn to September for a fresh take on trading. But September's track record isn't pretty. Will history repeat itself in the investing arena?

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August 30, 2016

AAPL in the News, Moves Lower; Benchmarks Move Sideways in Early Going

It’s still August and the lull of a lethargic summer appears to still be hanging over the markets, which had its most sluggish trading day all year yesterday.

August 29, 2016

A Yawner From Yellen: Attention Now on Jobs Data After Speech Fails to Excite

Friday’s speech by Fed Chair Janet Yellen, awaited all last week, turned out somewhat anti-climactic, providing no real insight into timing of the next rate hike.

August 26, 2016

Tidings from the Tetons: Yellen Speech Awaited for Possible Insight Into Rates

After a placid summer, word comes down from Wyoming on Friday as Fed Chair Janet Yellen speaks. What might she say about potential rate hikes?

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August 25, 2016

Waiting for Yellen: What Might Fed Chair Say About Economy, Rate Policy?

Today’s theme gets its name from an old movie. But instead of waiting for someone named Guffman, the market is waiting for Yellen. What will she say Friday?

August 24, 2016

Hello? Is Anyone Out There Trading?? Markets Stay Muted Again

Yellen, Yellen, Yellen. The major benchmarks stand still in early trading as investors wait on what Fed chair says about interest rates at Friday's Jackson Hole speech.

August 23, 2016

Markets Bounce Back at Open. Can Meaningful Momentum Hold?

Given the dearth of economic data, it appears investors have been mostly hanging on the sidelines until Janet Yellen speaks in Jackson Hole.

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August 22, 2016

It’s Yellen Time: Quiet Market Could Liven With Fed Chair Speech, New Data

A week that looks like it might start out slowly could end with some fireworks as key data and a speech by Fed Chair Janet Yellen loom large.

August 19, 2016

Down on the Farm: Deere Results Surprise as Strong Earnings Week Continues

The retail earnings parade continued Friday, but there was also some news from the fields, as Deere & Co (DE) reported stronger-than-expected results.

August 18, 2016

A Tale of Two Earnings: Wal-Mart and Target Results Tell Different Stories

Like an Olympic gymnast sticking a landing, Wal-Mart (WMT) delivered on quarterly earnings early Thursday, beating expectations on top-and bottom-lines.

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August 17, 2016

Tap, Tap, Tap...Markets Appear to Wait for Direction from Fed's FOMC minutes

Briefing typically offers insight into thinking among Fed members, giving investors a glimpse into when to expect a hike in interest rates. Is December on the books?

August 16, 2016

Markets Hit a Hurdle in the Early Going. Will Momentum Shift before the Close?

Monday's record close for all three benchmarks, only the second time since 1999, was challenged early by currency moves and market slumps in Europe and Asia.

August 15, 2016

Consumer in Focus: Get Ready For Lowe’s, Home Depot Earnings, and CPI

As the summer doldrums roll on, a nap may seem tempting. But stay awake this coming week for a host of data that may give more insight into U.S. consumers.

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August 12, 2016

Benchmark Trio Struggles in Negative Territory after Market Trifecta

If trading moves off the flat line to higher ground yet today, the most important market benchmarks may be looking at another lap at the record podium.

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