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June 7, 2016

Markets Appear to Like Lower Likelihood of Summer Interest-Rate Hike

Markets react favorably to Fed Chair Yellen's slightly hawkish comments about interest-rate hike; S&P 500 flirts with all-time high and Dow pushes toward 18,000

June 6, 2016

Game Changer? Jobs Report Puts New Scrutiny On Economy, Fed Strategy

Does Friday’s disappointing May jobs report dramatically change the U.S. economic outlook? And how will it shape the Fed’s strategy going forward?

June 3, 2016

Big Miss! Job Growth of Just 38,000 Raises Questions About Economy’s Health

Talk about a letdown. Friday’s monthly jobs report was a big whiff, raising questions about the health of the economy and the odds of a summer interest rate hike.

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June 2, 2016

U.S. Job Data Looms, But First a Few Words From Europe and OPEC

One day before the U.S. May jobs report, attention turned overseas Thursday as Europe held rates steady and OPEC officials debated a possible output ceiling.

June 1, 2016

How Strong Is this Economic Recovery? Beige Book Will Show, May Move Markets

In data-packed day, any piece of economic news like the ISM index, auto sales and, later on, the Federal Reserve’s Beige Book, may sharply turn market sentiment.

May 31, 2016

Short Week But Lots of Data Ahead After Yellen Ups Ante on Possible Rate Hike

Fed Chair Janet Yellen capped off Friday with remarks echoing what investors have heard from other Fed officials recently: A near-term rate hike may be in order.

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May 27, 2016

Plans for Long Weekend? Contemplate Revised GDP Data, Yellen Speech

The long weekend beckons, but before it starts there’s updated U.S. growth data, a Janet Yellen speech, and disappointing economic news from China to ponder.

May 26, 2016

GDP Data, Yellen to Take Center Stage As Market Nears Long Weekend

Looming data and a speech by Fed Chair Janet Yellen scheduled for Friday loom large as the markets open. Could investors take some money off the table later?

May 25, 2016

Pre-Holiday Rally Mode Looks Better than Losses, But Can It Continue?

The three major benchmarks vaulted to their largest daily gains in three months, with financial and technology stocks leading the way. But we've been here before.

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May 24, 2016

Let’s Call This Week’s Trading ‘The Big Yawn’ Ahead of Holiday

Where’s the oomph? Investors appear to be in a wait-and-see mode as talk of an interest-rate hike in June gains ground ahead of the long Memorial Day weekend.

May 23, 2016

Hawk Talk: Fed Rate Hike Worries Inject Turbulence Into Markets

How the tables have turned. Just weeks ago, Fed-funds futures showed little chance of a June rate hike. But after hawkish Fed speeches last week, that's changed.

May 20, 2016

Friday Blues: Can Market Generate Positive Momentum at End of Week?

The last few Fridays haven’t been kind to the Street, with the market closing lower three weeks in a row. Will today be a different story?

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May 19, 2016

Fed Remains Center Stage Despite Strong Wal-Mart, Cisco Earnings

After so many brick-and-mortar retailers disappointed with weak first-quarter results, Wal-Mart (WMT) easily surpassed estimates. Still, Fed policy is the focus.

May 18, 2016

Fed Phobia Takes Hold; Markets Retreat Ahead of Release of FOMC Minutes

Major benchmarks trend lower as investors worry that the closely watched minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee’s last meeting will lean toward June hike

May 17, 2016

Apple Shares and Crude Edge Higher Again, But Benchmarks Hug Flat Line

Stocks wandered into negative territory in early trading Tuesday, giving back some of yesterday’s gains. Was Monday’s rally an anomaly?

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May 16, 2016

Plenty of Data Ahead, But Unclear if Numbers Can Jump-Start A Stalled Market

Could Friday’s strong retail sales report, along with numerous data this coming week and rising Q2 GDP estimates, help revive a sluggish market?

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