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January 26, 2015

Fed, Earnings to Test 'January Barometer'

January’s final week is the busiest so far for this round of quarterly earnings. The economic calendar is chock-full, too, including a Federal Reserve meeting ...

January 23, 2015

Spotty Earnings Grab Spotlight From Global News

Relief that Europe is doing more to revive its struggling economy pushed U.S. stock averages to their best gains in two weeks. Now what?

January 22, 2015

Draghi Delivers— Europe Gets More Cushion

Global stocks collectively cheered the European Central Bank’s (ECB) stimulus package, a package tied with a neat bow as the announcement contained little surprise ...

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January 21, 2015

Earnings and ECB Muscle for Market’s Attention

The European Central Bank is holding global financial markets captive ahead of a Thursday meeting expected to result in more monetary juice for the struggling...

January 20, 2015

Commodities, Currency Commotion Brings Volatility

Traders return from a long holiday weekend already riding a slippery slope of volatility greased by international events and uncertainty heading into earnings season...

January 16, 2015

Swiss Mess Reminds Us Black Swans Often Lurking

As global markets dig out from under the Swiss National Bank’s policy avalanche, time to exhale and take stock of the long reach of the $5.3 trillion-per day forex market...

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January 16, 2015

Swiss Avalanche Rolls On? Stocks Remain Volatile

The stock market is staring down a sixth straight loss today after a surprise move by the Swiss to unpeg their currency (now affectionately known as the Swiss Mess)...

January 15, 2015

Stocks Take Cues from Currency Shuffle, Banks

No shortage of potential market movers from around the globe for your Thursday. Anyone thinking of checking out early ahead of the Monday no-trading holiday...

January 14, 2015

U.S. Retail Miss Piles On To Global Growth Haircut

A big miss for this morning’s retail sales report dents the bullish case for the U.S. economy as the standout performer in an otherwise slowing globe . . .

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January 13, 2015

Oil’s Grip on Stock Market Not Letting Up

The two drivers behind stock sentiment early Tuesday are macro factors—Europe’s hope for policy help to remedy a weak economy and oil’s continued slide...

January 12, 2015

Oil Plunge, Dollar Brawn Add Dimension to Earnings

The Q4 earnings spigot opens wide a full week from now, but this week’s handful of teaser reports are big names in their own right...

January 9, 2015

Job Stats on Point Except For the Paychecks

Thursday’s monster rally may prove difficult to match, it was just that big. But another strong U.S. hiring tally is cushioning early trading...

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January 8, 2015

Hear That? Stock Bulls Cheering Fed Doves

The U.S. stock market broke a five-day slide with index gains north of 1% across the board Wednesday and indications point to back-to-back gains. Driving the action . . .

January 7, 2015

Can Stocks Snap 5-Day Skid With Fed, Job Data on Tap?

Early signs point up after Tuesday’s loss landed the S&P 500 (SPX) some 4% off the fresh record-high hit December 29...

January 6, 2015

Market Flash: S&P 500 Breaks 2K, Support Tested

Red screens are glowing midday Tuesday despite what looked like the bull’s efforts to ignore oil’s latest drop. Then came a batch of soft service-sector economic data ...

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January 6, 2015

Crude Reality: Oil Could Continue to Drive Stocks

Maybe not such a Happy New Year. Unless you crave volatility. Monday brought a pretty good dust-up across the indexes as crude-oil prices renewed their drop ...

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