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Market Sentiment Remains Positive on Continued Easing of Trade Fears
May 22, 2018

Market Sentiment Remains Positive on Continued Easing of Trade Fears

After stocks rallied yesterday on news that the potential trade war between the U.S. and China was being put on hold, the positive news flow continued.

May 21, 2018

Warmer Trade Winds Blow As Progress On China Talks Lends Positive Tone

This week could help set the tone for the next several. Geopolitical events like U.S. trade relations with China are starting to dominate the conversation.

May 18, 2018

Deere in Headlights: Miss on Earnings, China Trade Talks Take Center Stage

The market has been tough on companies that didn’t quite meet expectations this earnings season, and Friday provided further examples.

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May 17, 2018

Wal-Mart Results Keep Retail Parade Marching, But Treasuries Cast Shadow

Wal-Mart (WMT) reported solid results, highlighted by its e-commerce business. But rising 10-year Treasury yields appear to be causing more concern for investors.

May 16, 2018

Investors Look for Direction Amid News on Retail, Housing, Korea

Investors appeared to be searching for direction Wednesday after yesterday’s selloff amid strong earnings from Macy’s (M) and mixed housing data.

May 15, 2018

Trade Concerns, Big Box Earnings Weigh Markets in Early Trade

It appears Wall Street may have trouble hanging on to a string of gains as a big home improvement retailer reported mixed earnings and trade worries seemed to flare up.

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May 14, 2018

Big Week Ahead For Retail As Data, Earnings Put Consumer Health In Focus

Wall Street goes shopping this week, starting with retail sales data tomorrow and then moving along to earnings reports from some of the major department srores.

May 11, 2018

Looking for Lucky Seven: DJIA On Six-Day Roll As Tech Helps Power Market

Today we’ll see if the market can roll a “lucky” seven as the Dow Jones Industrial Average ($DJI) enters Friday up six sessions in a row.

May 10, 2018

Oil Fuels Stock Rally; Muted CPI Reading Eases Inflation Fears

Oil fuels a lot of things. On Wednesday, it helped to fuel a move higher in stocks, with that momentum spilling over into the pre-market this morning ahead of news of ...

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May 9, 2018

Inflation Vacation: Weaker Price Growth in April Helps Lend Positive Tone

Inflation apparently took a breather last month, possibly helping set up Wall Street for more strength Wednesday. Watch financials and energy to see if strength continues.

May 8, 2018

Geopolitics Spotlight: Investors Looking Toward Iran Sanctions Decision

Geopolitical concerns once again appear in the forefront for investors as President Trump is set to announce his decision on whether to reimpose sanctions on Iran.

May 7, 2018

Momentum Check: Fed Speakers, Oil, Inflation In Focus After Friday Rally

As the new week dawns, the question is whether stocks can build on a pretty impressive turnaround rally that began late Thursday and carried into Friday.

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May 4, 2018

Job, Wage Gains Fall A Bit Short, But Data Could Help Ease Inflation Fears

Jobs growth seems to be leveling off a little after many months of feverish gains. Employment rose 164,000 in April and wage growth remained relatively low.

May 3, 2018

Investors Appear Nervous As China Trade Fears Re-Emerge

Investors seem to be nervous, unsure what to take away from the Fed statement and not bullish enough to push the market strongly higher despite strong earnings.

May 2, 2018

Fed Holds Steady: Sees Inflation Nearing its 2% Target But Also In Check

Inflation is closer to the Fed’s long-term target but seems to be under control, the Fed said as it kept its target rate unchanged between 1.5% and 1.75%.

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May 2, 2018

After Shiny Results From Apple, Investors Await Fed’s Latest Pronouncement

Investors are digestingTuesday afternoon’s Apple (AAPL) earnings report as they await the Fed meeting conclusion later today. No rate change is expected.

May 1, 2018

US Market Subdued Ahead of Apple, Fed, Jobs; Mixed Results From Big Pharma

The market got a checkup with Big Pharma earnings in focus as corporate reporting season rolls on. But trading was quiet as investors await AAPL earnings, Fed ...

April 30, 2018

Munching on McDonald’s To Start Busy Earnings Week as Fed, Jobs Data Loom

It’s hard to imagine a busier week. It includes a slew of key earnings reports, a Fed meeting, and the April employment report on Friday. MCD got things started.

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April 27, 2018

US Stock Futures Mixed as Exxon Miss Weighs; Tech Provides a Lift

As earnings season rolls on, it appears the economy is firing on all (or at least most) cylinders. But it may not be "full speed ahead" as a few potential headwinds remain.

April 26, 2018

Equities Futures Point to Higher US Opening, but Caution Remains

The market was revving its engine Monday morning, but a caution flag was still flying, keeping stocks from being off to the races. Momentum from Facebook’s (FB) ...

April 25, 2018

Boeing, Twitter Fly High in Q1, But Street's Struggles Appear To Persist

Companies keep churning out impressive earnings, but the market doesn’t seem to give them much credit. Instead, fear and caution remain the watchwords.

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April 24, 2018

Stock Futures Move Higher as Yield Rise Pauses; Some Earnings Help

Equities futures were pointing to a higher opening for U.S. stocks Tuesday morning as the 10-year Treasury yield paused close to a level that apparently has concerned ...

April 23, 2018

Earnings Deluge Ahead As 10-Year Yield Nears 3% For First Time Since 2014

A boatload of earnings drop anchor in coming days, and the benchmark 10-year yield is on the verge of hitting 3% for the first time in more than four years.

April 20, 2018

Earnings Parade Rolls Along With Positive Tidings From GE, Honeywell

The positive earnings flow continued Friday as General Electric (GE) and Honeywell (HON) saw their stocks lifted in pre-market trading after reporting results.

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April 19, 2018

Stock Market Slightly Lower, Volatility Muted as Investors Eye Direction

U.S. equities futures were slightly lower Thursday morning as the market was a bit directionless, waiting for more news after yesterday’s mixed finish. Volatility was ...

April 18, 2018

Five for Five: Morgan Stanley Rounds Out Big Bank Season With Earnings Beat

The big banks are five for five after Morgan Stanley (MS) beat Wall Street’s expectations Wednesday. The Q1 reporting season is off to a strong start.

April 17, 2018

Earnings Season Optimism Buoys Stocks; Volatility Ebbs

Investors appear to be focusing on earnings season and letting their worries about Syria and trade recede. Equity futures are stronger this morning ...

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April 16, 2018

Missiles Fly And Geopolitical Stress Eases, Turning Focus To Banks, Netflix

Missiles flashed over the Syrian skies late Friday, but by Monday, it looked like Wall Street had shrugged off the attacks and was ready to move higher.

April 13, 2018

Bank on It: Big Banks Beat Expectations As Earnings Season Starts Strong

After strong earnings from three of the biggest banks this morning, the S&P 500 (SPX) finds itself on the cusp of an important price level.

April 12, 2018

Easing Syria Tensions, Earnings Optimism Boost Stock Market

Equity futures were higher Thursday morning as worries about a U.S. missile strike on Syria abated and investors looked forward to what analysts expect to be a bumper Q1 earnings season.

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April 11, 2018

Welcome Back, Geopolitics: Volatility On Upswing After U.S. Missile Threat

Geopolitics stormed back into the picture early Wednesday, threatening to wipe out Tuesday’s sharp gains as investors fretted about possible U.S missile strikes on Syria.

April 10, 2018

China’s Conciliatory Note on Trade Renews Optimism in Stock Market

Equities futures were higher this morning, with investors apparently recouping some of the optimism that had faded toward the close yesterday.

April 9, 2018

Caution Flag Waving: Trade Still In Focus After Friday’s Late Plunge

Trade war jitters took the wind out of the sails Friday, and the question heading into the new week is whether this same issue might keep waving a yellow “caution” flag.

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April 6, 2018

Risk Off: Trade Rhetoric, Seems to Trigger Stock Selloff, Flight to Bonds

The market quickly retreated from its mid-week rally Friday as investors responded to new trade war rhetoric by scurrying for possible protection in the bond market.

April 6, 2018

Jobs Picture Cooled Off In March, Though Trend Remains Positive

Monthly jobs growth just went from terrific to tepid, though the overall trend remains pretty positive. Trade fears continue to stalk Wall Street as the weekend nears.

April 5, 2018

Stocks Seem to Shake off Tariff Fears, Continue March Higher in Early Trade

Equity futures continued their march higher ahead of the opening bell Thursday, a continuation of the turnaround that began mid-morning Wednesday.

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April 4, 2018

Tit-For-Tat: China’s New Tariffs Hit U.S. Firms, Rekindling Trade War Fears

The down button on the elevator lit up Wednesday morning one day after a brief recovery as fears of an expanded trade war with China surged on Wall Street.

April 3, 2018

As the Dust Settles: Markets Start With a Bounce After Painful Start to Q2

U.S. markets are looking cheerier following yesterday’s rout, but caution appears to be the name of the game this morning.

April 2, 2018

Spring Sling: Q2 Kicks off with Tech-Led, Broad-Based Selloff

That clunking sound you hear is Q2 trying to get its engine going. Markets didn’t even make it out of the driveway on Monday ...

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April 2, 2018

Trade Concerns Loom as Q2 Begins; Jobs Number, Other Data This Week

The somewhat disappointing Q1 is officially over, and today marks the start of Q2 trading.

March 29, 2018

Rebound Not Enough: Quarterly Win Streaks End at Nine For S&P 500, DJIA

After plunging earlier this week in a tech-led sell-off that scotched chances of a 10th-straight quarterly rise, stocks charged back Thursday in a broad-based rally.

March 29, 2018

Tech Licking Wounds As SPX On Pace For First Quarterly Loss Since 2015

Hope might spring eternal as the Major League Baseball season begins today, but there’s little hope of a 10th straight winning quarter for the S&P 500 Index (SPX).

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March 28, 2018

Seeking Equilibrium: Tech Worries Persist, But GDP Could Inject Optimism

A key question heading into Wednesday is whether the flagging info tech sector can turn things around. Tuesday’s steep losses wiped out the sector’s 2018 gains.

March 27, 2018

Firmer Footing: Optimism Seems Back in Town After Big Monday Bounce

Spring is in the air, especially when it comes to the stock market this week. Although blustery conditions continue, the market is showing a lot of green.

March 26, 2018

Milder Trade Winds Help Ease Chill as Last Week of Quarter Gets Underway

Better tidings on the U.S./China trade front this morning sent stocks up sharply in pre-market trading as investors hoped for some sort of reprieve.

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March 23, 2018

Late Day Blues: Financials, Tech Lead Stocks Lower; Volatility Spikes

Markets toppled from earlier gains and closed out the week with a combined two-day drop of more than 1,000 points in the Dow Jones Industrial Average ($DJI).

March 23, 2018

Playing Defense: Trade Fears Still Have Market On Edge, Volatility Elevated

The weather feels like early February across much of the country, and so does the stock market. Friday is shaping up to be a volatile session.

March 22, 2018

Nerves Flare Amid Concerns Over Potential Trade Battle With China

Trade fears stalk Wall Street early Thursday. Stocks fell triple-digits in pre-market action amid concerns that China and the U.S. could be edging closer to a trade war.

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March 21, 2018

No Shocker Here: Fed Raises Interest Rate, Indicates 2 More to Come in 2018

As widely expected, the Federal Open Market Committee raised target for Fed funds up a quarter-point to 1.5%-1.75%; said it expects to raise rates three times in 2019.

March 21, 2018

Tick, Tick, Tick: Markets Hover over Flat Line Ahead of Fed Rate Decision

Fed Reserve's decision on interest rate direction scheduled for later today with Powell's first press conference as chair following at 2:30 p.m. ET. Stay tuned.

March 20, 2018

Social Dive: Facebook, Big Tech Weigh Stocks Monday; Fed Watch Begins

Some strength in equities looks like it might help the markets open to a modest upside on the heels of the worst day in trading across the board in nearly six weeks.

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March 19, 2018

All Aboard For Fed Week: Hike Seen Amid Hopes For Clarity On Economic Path

Fed week dawns with high expectations of a rate hike, but a lot of uncertainty about the overall economic situation. Weak inflation and retail sales data raised questions.

March 16, 2018

Housing, Quadruple Witching In Focus As S&P 500 On Four-Day Loss Streak

It’s been nearly eight months since the S&P 500 Index (SPX) finished a whole week without recording even a single day of gains, but it has a chance to do that Friday.

March 15, 2018

Seeking Traction: S&P 500 In Hunt For First Positive Day This Week

Markets enter the session struggling to recover from yesterday’s swoon. The S&P 500 (SPX) has dropped each day this week after last Friday’s jobs-inspired rally.

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March 14, 2018

After Fatigue-Related Plunge Late Tuesday, Market Eyes Possible Comeback

Wall Street appeared to enjoy positive vibes after Tuesday’s late sell-off. Though trade fears played a role in the plunge, the main factor might have been simple fatigue.

March 13, 2018

Hold Tight: Markets Move to Upside but Lose Some Steam in Early Going

With earnings mostly reported, outside news could impact markets. Investors might want to take cautious approach when volume is low.

March 12, 2018

Market Still Buzzing Over Jobs Data As New Week Starts

Positive sentiment generated by last Friday’s jobs report appeared to roll over into the new week, as stocks turned higher in pre-market trading Monday.

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March 9, 2018

After “Goldilocks” Jobs Report, Wall Street Celebrates With A Friday Party

It’s hard to see how the script could have been any better for a Friday party on Wall Street. And the celebration went off just as you might expect.

March 9, 2018

Bulls Eye: Jobs Growth Off the Charts in February While Wage Increases Ease

Job growth rocketed higher in February, climbing by 313,000 and easily outpacing Wall Street analysts’ estimates for growth of around 200,000.

March 8, 2018

Payroll Data Up Next, But M&A, ECB, Tariffs in Focus Before Friday's Report

Today feels like a waiting game as investors tap their fingers and ponder what kind of reaction Friday’s non-farm payrolls report might bring.

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March 7, 2018

Tariff Talks Appear to Take Center Stage Again; Markets Drop in Early Going

Markets look poised for early trading falloff, apparently prompted by National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn's departure.

March 6, 2018

Tariff Tantrum Appears Calmer; Markets Find Higher Ground in Early Going

Benchmarks also look to get a boost after headlines surfaced about potential summit between North, South Korea. Is North Korea backing off aggressive military action?

March 5, 2018

Potential Global Trade War? Tough Talk on Tariffs Tilt Early Market Moves

Weekend and early morning rhetoric about tariffs on steel and aluminum plus potential instability in Europe after elections in Italy make headlines

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March 2, 2018

Technology, Small Cap Shares Lead in Volatile End to Volatile Week

The tariff retorts reverberated Friday throughout the markets, which were subject to another rocky session. Deep dips early in the day gave way to a late upturn as ...

March 2, 2018

Steel Yourself: After Tariff Pain, Retailer Woes Appear to Add New Chill

After President Trump’s tariff announcement, stocks sold off amid “trade war” speculation. Disappointing results from big retailers could add pressure Friday.

March 1, 2018

Talking Tariffs: Stocks Sink After Trump’s Announcement Sparks Trade Fears

March came in like a lion, blowing a cold breeze on the stock market amid new concerns about the potential for a trade war.

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March 1, 2018

Weakness Appears to Roll Into New Month As Investors Await Powell’s Round 2

The shortest month of the year seemed extra-long on Wall Street. Weakness seemed to roll over into pre-market trading Thursday ahead of Powell's remarks.

February 28, 2018

Throwing in the Powell: Fed Chair Helps Spark Inflation, Rate Hike Fears

Welcome to Wall Street, Chairman Jerome Powell. After two days of roaring stock market gains and falling yields, Powell appeared to re-ignite inflation concerns.

February 27, 2018

Testimony Tuesday: Relative Quiet as Markets Await Powell Comments on Hill

Markets don't like uncertainty and appear to lack direction ahead of Federal Reserve boss's insights on economy, inflation and interest rates

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February 26, 2018

Busy Week Ahead as Markets Gear Up for Fed Talk, Earnings, Economic Reports

Markets headed higher at the open but there's plenty of trading hours ahead. As has been seen in other sessions, what happens early doesn't necessarily continue.

February 23, 2018

Green across the Board! Last-Hour Trading Puts Markets in Positive Terrain

It looked pretty iffy early on, but a surge of buying in the final minutes of trading juiced benchmarks; could set the tests for next week.

February 23, 2018

Is This Movie a Rerun? Markets Appear Poised for Strength in Early Going

Day 3 of gains in early trading amid volatility and devoid of news. The first two were marked by late-day fade outs. Maybe today could be different. And maybe not.

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February 22, 2018

Another Rocky Day in Markets; Dow, S&P Manage to Break Two-Day Slide

There are days when it's tough to diagnose what made the markets move, no matter what the direction. Today might have been one of those days.

February 22, 2018

Trade with Caution: Little News to Influence Trading Could Cause Volatility

Markets looked like they were struggling for conviction in the early going. What swings an index early on might not hold it into the close.

February 21, 2018

Gyration Day: Release of Fed Minutes Sparks Rally, then Selloff

If there's one thing that can be said about this market, it's that anything can happen in the last hour of trading. Today was a case in point.

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February 21, 2018

Just Waiting on the Fed: Eyeing January Minutes For Inflation Insights

With news a little sparse in the early going, it looks like Wednesday’s session could be a countdown to Fed minutes. Pre-market trading saw signs of recovery.

February 20, 2018

Sale On Wall Street: Market Win Streak Over as Wal-Mart Tumbles 10%

Attention retail shoppers: The win streak is over on Wall Street. Shares of Wal-Mart fell 10% after releasing earnings that came up short of analysts’ expectations.

February 20, 2018

Win Streak Appears Threatened As Dollar Rises, Wal-Mart Earnings Flag

Retail earnings take center stage today, and Treasury bond auctions also get underway. Pre-market trading pointed to possible sharp losses.

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February 16, 2018

Late Selling Surge Erases Some Shine, But Rally Still Intact Into Weekend

Friday’s big early rally flamed out by the end of the day, but the S&P 500 (SPX) still had its sixth-straight daily gain and stocks had their best week since 2013.

February 16, 2018

Soft Drinks and Tractors: Coke, Deere Earnings In Focus Before Long Weekend

With a three-day weekend ahead, investors have a fast-flowing stream of earnings and a major data load to digest early Friday.

February 15, 2018

I Survived the Bear Market of...Last Week? Fierce Rally, But Watch VIX

It’s starting to feel like mid-January again, not mid-February, as the rally keeps rolling. It’s amazing how quickly the psychology has changed in this market.

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February 14, 2018

Sleep Late This Morning? You Might Have Missed the Break Before the Rally

After digesting a little bearish inflation and retail sales data just before the opening bell, the market recovered to post a fourth-straight session of solid gains.

February 14, 2018

Take a Breath: Stocks React Strongly to CPI Release but Calm Down at Open

The widely-watched CPI report appeared to confirm inflation worries if the initial stock market reaction was any indication. But as we've seen before, that could change

February 13, 2018

Tuesday Turn-Around Again: Stocks Recover; Post Third-Consecutive Up Day

(Tuesday Market Close) Well how about that? Finally the market had a day without triple-digit gains or losses. Major stock indices closed slightly higher Tuesday ...

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February 13, 2018

Sea Sick Yet? Ride Isn’t Over As Markets Seem To Face Pressure After Rally

The pendulum keeps swinging on Wall Street, where pre-market trading indicated weakness early Tuesday after Monday’s big rally. Volatility remains elevated.

February 12, 2018

Olympian Struggle Resumes On Street As Stocks Compete With Rising Yields

A weekend of snowboarding, skating, and skiing in South Korea is over. The jury is still out on whether stocks can resume rallying as borrowing costs track higher.

February 9, 2018

Happy Friday: Stocks Finish Day Up But Off 5% For Week As Volatility Surges

A shave and a haircut of about $2.5 trillion in market value rattled Wall Street in its worst week since 2008, but stocks ended the day on a much more positive note.

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February 9, 2018

Seat Belts Fastened: Strapping in After Wild Plunge As Volatility Looms

The government shutdown ended soon after it began. This crazy week is also about to end after days of wild swings, but volatility remains an issue.

February 8, 2018

Rout Repeated: Second Late Dive of Week Sends Stocks Into Correction Mode

Heavy selling picked up late in Thursday’s session, sending stocks to new lows for the week and into correction territory as interest rate fears continued to haunt.

February 8, 2018

Down, Up, Down, Up, Down: The Market Swings Continue into Early Trading

With rocky starts and roller coaster trading days so far this week, this market fickleness doesn’t appear to be one and done. Are fundamentals back in play?

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February 7, 2018

Shifting Into Reverse: Stocks Plunge Late As Yield Spike Seems to Spook

After spending most of the day higher Wednesday, stocks reversed course in the very last half hour of trade as bond yields spiked again.

February 7, 2018

Volatility Burst Not Over: Worst Selling Might Be Done But Pressure Remains

The word today remains volatility. The worst of the selling is probably over after Tuesday’s late recovery, but stocks still appear to face some pressure.

February 6, 2018

Turnaround Tuesday: Stocks Pick Up Steam, Post Big Gains After Early Flop

After Monday’s brutal plunge, trading remained volatile Tuesday but the results ended up looking very different. Stocks rocketed back in the final hour.

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February 6, 2018

Correction Mode: Shakiness Likely To Persist As Market Gyrates After Plunge

The market continues to veer toward craziness, and now it’s in correction territory. Still, investors have to be careful not to run around with their heads on fire.

February 5, 2018

Stocks Plunge Again to Worst Daily Point Loss Ever Amid Late Selling Wave

Stocks suffered their worst one-day point loss in history Monday and are now down for the year, a complete reversal of January’s glowing start to 2018.

February 5, 2018

Stocks Off Early Lows As Buyers Show Up After New Plunge to Start Week

Stocks remained lower as of mid-morning Monday, but clawed back a bit after another plunge that took the Dow Jones Industrial Average ($DJI) down 355 points.

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February 2, 2018

Jobs Jump in January, But Yield Rise Helps Send Stocks Dramatically Down

The U.S. economy cranked out new jobs again in January, to the tune of 200,000. But rising bond yields dragged down stocks as the market plummeted Friday.

February 1, 2018

Earnings Frenzy Peaks Today as Apple, Amazon, Other Big Hitters Due Later

The floodgates open today as earnings pour in from all over. Some of the biggest tech companies, including Apple (AAPL), get ready to share results this afternoon.

January 31, 2018

Yellen's Swan Song: Fed Keeps Interest Rates in 1.25%-1.5% Range

Janet Yellen concluded her reign as the first chairwoman of the Federal Reserve Board and its Open Market Committee; Powell takes over Feb. 5

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January 31, 2018

Yield Drop, Lofty Boeing Results Could Help Put Stocks in Take-Off Mode

The rate fear chills that helped send stocks to their biggest losses since last summer burned off Wednesday amid sunny earnings reports and declining Treasury yields.

January 30, 2018

Hang On: Pressure Still In Place After Monday’s Plunge as Rate Fears Climb

Anxiety stalks the Street early Tuesday. Attention seems locked on one indicator: The 10-year Treasury yield, above 2.7% for the first time since 2014.

January 29, 2018

Hungry? Eat A Sandwich As Fed, Earnings Nestle Between Inflation, Jobs Data

The coming week resembles a sandwich, with the bread consisting of key economic data and plenty of meat in between with a slew of earnings and a Fed meeting.

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January 26, 2018

GDP Growth Eased in Q4, But Earnings, Trump Speech Compete for Street Focus

A presidential speech and a first look at Q4 gross domestic product (GDP) highlight what looks like a busy Friday on Wall Street.

January 25, 2018

Caterpillar Bulldozes to a Big Quarter, Giving Market A Positive Early Ride

Stocks steamrolled to big gains in pre-market futures trading after Caterpillar (CAT) blew the doors off again with its Q4 results.

January 24, 2018

Turn on the Lights: GE Results Have Positive Side, And Ford Waits in Wings

It feels like turn back the clock day as the earnings spotlight narrows in on General Electric (GE) and Ford (F), two of the most venerable U.S. manufacturers.

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January 23, 2018

Markets Move Moderately Ahead in Early Going; Earnings, Davos on Tap

The energy sector helped push markets into record territory yesterday; could that happen again today?

January 22, 2018

Shutdown Weighs, But Markets Seem to Take D.C. Stalemate In Stride So Far

A government shutdown enters day three today, but markets around the world and on Wall Street seem to be taking it in stride, at least in the early going.

January 19, 2018

All Eyes on D.C. Amid Concerns Confidence Could Waver If Shutdown Occurs

The big question today is whether the lights go off or stay on in Washington. Action on Capitol Hill could help determine how things proceed on Wall Street.

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January 18, 2018

What a View! Stocks Appear Ready To Pause After Rallying to New Records

A day after a record-setting rally, another big bank posted robust results and China reported better than expected growth. Still, markets looked a little out of breath.

January 17, 2018

Early Trading Sees Benchmarks in Rally Mode, But Will They Close Higher?

Markets fight in early going to reverse yesterday's wild swings and losses; Dow on track to cross 27,000. Again. But could it hang on today?

January 16, 2018

Stocks in Rally Mode in Early Trading; Could it Close above 26,000 Today?

It's been only seven sessions since Dow passed 25,000. If it closes above 26,000 today, tomorrow or even just this week, it's on track for a history-making event.

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January 12, 2018

Off to the Races: Big Banks Fire Opening Salvos On Mostly Positive Note

Stocks remain on an impressive run, up eight times in the first nine sessions of the year as big financial firms kicked off earnings season. Results looked pretty strong.

January 11, 2018

Waiting for Results: Calm Prevails After Yesterday’s Slide As Earnings Loom

Earnings season is almost here, and stocks appear to be in a holding pattern as investors await the first Q4 salvos from major companies.

January 10, 2018

Brake Lights Shine As China News Sparks Higher Borrowing Cost Concerns

Lights turned red today for the first time this year amid concerns that rising bond yields could put a brake on the long rally.

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January 9, 2018

Dow, SPX, Nasdaq Head into Record Territory in Early Going. Again.

Monday trading appeared muted but still ended to the upside, notching records for SPX and Nasdaq. The SPX has risen in every trading day since the year began.

January 8, 2018

Earnings Countdown Begins: Big Banks in Vanguard After Strong Start To 2018

After a jobs report that was better under the surface than at the headline level, the first week of earnings season starts with bank results ahead.

January 5, 2018

Winter Winds Cool Off Jobs Growth, But Positive Trends Lurk Below Surface

Jobs growth looked a little ho-hum in December, rising just 148,000. But investors digging a little deeper into the data might find some positive signs.

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January 4, 2018

Venerable DJIA Eyes a New Possible Milestone Today, Approaching 25,000

A new market milestone looms as trading begins, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ($DJI) on the cusp of 25,000. Energy and tech are leading the sector race.

January 3, 2018

Transports Lead Way In First Rally of 2018 As Fed Minutes, Auto Sales Loom

The New Year got off to a strong start Tuesday, and judging from pre-market futures trading it looks like the rally might continue today. Transports and tech led the way.

January 2, 2018

A Hard Act to Follow: 2017 Was One for the Record Books; 2018 Starts Anew

It’s a new day, a new year and a new beginning for a stock market that logged one record after another in pretty tame trading throughout last year.

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December 29, 2017

One Trading Day Left: Might Dow, SPX Finish 2017 on High Notes?

Stocks headed higher in the early going as traders wrap up a year that has been marked by a series of record peaks in all three benchmarks. Happy New Year.

December 28, 2017

Tick, Tick, Tick: Two Trading Days Left in 2017; Markets Higher Early On

As the year fades away, the markets three major benchmarks are on track to post strong year-over-year gains amid a flurry of record highs.

December 27, 2017

Stocks Appear to Struggle in Early Going; Boeing Plane Deal in Works

Three major benchmarks floated in and out of positive territory in early trading; reports on consumer confidence and pending home sales might make difference

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December 26, 2017

Not Over Yet: Markets Enter Last Week of 2017 With Possible Milestones Left

There might actually be reason to push back from the holiday tables and pay attention this week. While the calendar isn’t heavy, it’s not empty either.

December 22, 2017

Politicians Send Investors A Gift: Less D.C. Drama Likely Ahead of Holiday

The last trading day before Christmas delivers a data-packed calendar, but potentially less Washington drama after a key spending measure passed Congress Thursday.

December 21, 2017

Welcome to Winter: GDP Data, BOJ Meeting, Taxes in Focus As Season Starts

A smattering of earnings reports, a batch of GDP data, a Bank of Japan meeting, and continued buzz about taxes all take center stage on the day winter officially begins.

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December 20, 2017

Wall Street Goes to Washington: House Tax Vote, Budget Battle Looming

Washington remains front and center, with a final House tax vote expected today and drama mounting about whether Congress can keep the government running.

December 19, 2017

Only Eight Sessions Left in 2017; Can Benchmarks Pace More Historic Gains?

The Dow has logged 70 market peaks in 2017 while the SPX has tracked 62. But the biggest percentage gainer, so far, has been the Nasdaq, up 30% as of Monday.

December 18, 2017

Market Merrymaking: Stock Prices Up Around World Amid Tax Reform Hopes

It looks increasingly likely that tax reform could be under the tree this holiday season, and investors appear to eagerly anticipate possible lower corporate rates.

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December 15, 2017

Tax Burden: Washington Wrangling Takes Center Stage as Weekend Nears

Corporate news and fresh data seem a little lacking today, meaning focus could turn once again toward a policy debate underway in a certain city along the Potomac.

December 14, 2017

Hollywood Lights: Disney Deal On Marquee But Central Banks Aren't Off Stage

It’s a deal. Disney (DIS) announced Thursday it would buy assets of 21st Century Fox (FOXA) for $52.4 billion in what media experts are calling a historic Hollywood merger.

December 13, 2017

Yes, Rates Went Up Today and They Could Again in 2018, 2019, 2020

Fed worries about inflation but feels good about economic outlook; forecasts interest rates hikes to reach 3.1% by end of 2020

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December 13, 2017

Wait Is On For Fed Move, But Highlight Might Be Yellen’s Press Conference

Drama is seriously lacking as today’s Fed decision looms, but things could get more interesting at Fed Chair Janet Yellen’s press conference afterward.

December 12, 2017

Is Snooze Fest Over? Dow, SPX Moved Higher in Early Going; Fed Meet Starts

Economic reports show that inflation is ticking higher; Federal Reserve policy makers start two-day confab today with rate-hike decision expected tomorrow.

December 11, 2017

Fed Week Ahead, But Tax Debate, ECB, And Inflation Data Also Loom Large

Buckle your seatbelts. The coming week is chock-full of potential news, with a Fed meeting, inflation data, and continued tax debate in Congress.

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December 8, 2017

Jobs Jubilee: Positive Tone On Street As Payroll Growth Crushes Estimates

November brought a jobs bonanza, with 228,000 new positions added and really high quality ones, too. If anyone needed another sign of economic vigor, this could be it.

December 7, 2017

Tax Bill Uncertainty, Potential Gov’t Shutdown Might Put Markets on Pause

Trading looks muted, but items on economic calendar like jobless numbers might provide oomph; remember end-of-year portfolio rebalancing is in play too

December 6, 2017

Defensive Unit In: “Safety” Investments Draw Interest As Asia, Europe Weak

Pressure from falling overseas markets and a lack of positive catalysts could weigh on U.S. stocks. Defensive investments like gold, the Japanese yen, and bonds rose.

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December 5, 2017

No Holiday Break: Volatility, Volume Up Amid Info Tech Shakeup, D.C. Drama

The question Tuesday is whether recent pressure on info tech might continue, and how much it might be countered by strength in other parts of the market.

December 4, 2017

Tax Party: Futures Point Toward Rally As Optimism Grows After Senate Vote

Stocks looked poised to leap out of the starting gate Monday as enthusiasm built about the possibility of tax cuts after the weekend’s Senate vote.

December 1, 2017

Volatility Back In Town As Tax Reform Hits Snag, Putting Markets on Edge

The stall last night in Republican tax reform efforts scared the market a bit and appeared to take the edge off many of the positive feelings generated Thursday.

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November 30, 2017

Gas and Taxes: OPEC, Senate Vote Move To Center Stage After Tech’s Trounce

Taxes and gasoline prices, two of those unavoidable facts of modern life, take the spotlight today as the Senate prepares for a vote on tax reform and OPEC meets.

November 29, 2017

Perched at Record Highs, Market Awaits Yellen After Strong GDP Reading

Stock futures moved solidly higher ahead of the opening bell Wednesday as the market appeared ready to build on its gains. Yellen testifies to Congress today.

November 28, 2017

Is it Summer? Markets Move in Slow Motion ahead of Powell's Visit to Senate

Market benchmarks tiptoe into positive territory in early going after Monday's mostly muted session. All three indices are within record-breaking territory. Again.

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November 27, 2017

Busy Week Ahead: Economic Data Galore, Congress Goes Back to Washington

Retail stocks might also be in focus today, Cyber Monday. Website data trackers expect biggest online sales day in history with a $6.6 billion forecast

November 24, 2017

Shopping Frenzy In Focus As Black Friday Starts, With Cyber Monday Ahead

Shoppers take their marks on Black Friday as they scurry to big retailers looking for bargains. Stock indices moved higher in pre-market trading.

November 22, 2017

Early Feast: Stocks Approach Holiday At Fresh Highs As Oil, Earnings Strong

The market barrels toward Thanksgiving and Black Friday with all the major indices at new highs and still charging along early Wednesday in pre-market trading action.

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November 21, 2017

Session Starts to the Upside; Watch for Economic Data, Earnings Reports

Holiday weeks tend to produce low trading volumes, which could be volatile. It’s worth keeping an eye on trading patterns throughout the day.

November 20, 2017

Courting the Consumer: Big Retailers Still In Focus As Black Friday Nears

Thanksgiving week dawns with a light economic calendar. Excitement might tick up on Black Friday when holiday shoppers hit the malls or go online.

November 17, 2017

Retail Delivery: Stores Keep Beating Expectations, Raising Holiday Hopes

The market is still buzzing over a stronger-than-expected earnings from big and small retailers alike that brought hope for a solid holiday season.

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November 16, 2017

Loading the Cart: Can Wal-Mart's Big Results Help Spark An Ailing Market?

Earnings might come to the rescue Thursday as two key companies outpaced Wall Street’s expectations and sent stock futures indices higher before the opening bell.

November 15, 2017

More Red Ahead? Overseas Weakness, Oil Slump, Retail Results Might Weigh

The market looked weak to start the day amid headwinds from Europe and Asia, concerns about the tax debate in Washington, and a crumbling oil market.

November 14, 2017

Markets Little Changed in Early Going; Earnings, Economic Data on Docket

Three major benchmarks move in tight trading range as Congress debates tax bill and economy's October results dribble in

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November 13, 2017

Wait - There’s More! Retail Earnings, Tax Debate Both in Store For New Week

Earnings took a trip to the mall last week with department store results, but attention now zeros in on big-box retailers. Tax policy also is likely to be a factor in days ahead.

November 10, 2017

Uncertainty Rocks Markets Ahead of Looming Tax Reform Deadlines

The Senate's tax reform bill differs from some key points of the House's version. Remember these are negotiable ahead of a final framework that goes for a vote.

November 9, 2017

Washington Worries: Tax Concerns Could Dog Market Amid Slew of Earnings

The menu this morning features two specials: department store earnings and tax policy. Both items seem to be pulling down stocks in pre-market trading.

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November 8, 2017

Taxing Proposition: Talk of Delay in Corporate Tax Cut Might Weigh Today

Tax reform is back in view and might weigh on stocks, while surging oil retreated. Additionally, President Trump visited China, so trade could be a conversation topic.

November 7, 2017

Jump To 2-Year Highs Has Oil in Focus, But Trump Trip, SNAP, Jobs Also Eyed

After months of shying from the headlines, crude oil pushed through the noise Monday and stole some thunder from earnings season.

November 6, 2017

Turning it Down a Notch: Market Eyes Lighter News Week After Recent Deluge

It seems hard to believe, but a quieter week might be on tap. Earnings season is about 75% complete and the Fed meeting is over. Economic data are rather light.

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November 3, 2017

Jobs Jolt: Big Growth In Key Sectors, Upward Revisions Could Support Stocks

The U.S. jobs market kicked back into gear with 261,000 new positions. The headline number was strong but missed some of the more bullish Street estimates.

November 2, 2017

Extra! Extra! Apple Earnings, Fed Chair Announcement, Tax Plan Loom Today

The market is full of intrigue today as investors wait for Apple’s (AAPL) earnings, the unveiling of a Republican tax plan, and the announcement of a new Fed chair.

November 1, 2017

Fed Stands Still on Interest Rates; Leaves Door Open for December Hike

As markets predicted, Fed keeps rates in 1%-1.25% range but changes wording to call economic activity 'solid,' replacing earlier assessment of 'modest'

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November 1, 2017

Waiting on a Tax Plan, But Facebook and Fed Center Stage as Rally Rolls On

Investors apparently will have to wait one more day for a Republican tax plan, but a Fed decision and earnings from Facebook (FB) could keep things from getting dull.

October 31, 2017

Bumpy Trading Sessions Continue, but Benchmarks Point to October Advances

Earnings, Fed's start of two-day meeting on agenda as Facebook, Alphabet and Twitter head to Congress. Keep an ear to the ground for news on tax proposals

October 30, 2017

AAPL, FB Earnings and More on Tap This Week; Jobs Numbers Out on Friday

A week chock-full of earnings and economic data could put more punch into the markets. Or not.

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October 27, 2017

Big Tech Blowout, GDP Might Move Dow to Record Territory. Again.

Earnings, earnings, earnings—they’re everywhere and the markets appear to respond favorably to the strength of many of the reports out this week.

October 26, 2017

Got Earnings? Lots of Them on Docket as Parade Marches On in Full Force

It's the busiest earnings day in the season, and the markets could repeat the pattern they've already etched out so far this week. Earnings drive the markets.

October 25, 2017

Ignoring D.C. Squabbles, Market Zeros in On Mostly Positive Earnings Flow

We’ve said it before and probably will say it again: Earnings drive the markets. That’s certainly been the case so far this week as major indices hit record highs Tuesday.

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October 24, 2017

From Tepid to Sizzling; Markets Moved Higher in Early Going Amid Earnings

As noted here many times, earnings powers markets no matter what the direction, and Q3 parade appears to head solidly to the upside

October 23, 2017

Momentary Interruption: ECB Meeting Could Provide Distraction From Earnings

Get ready for a gusher of a week. One of the biggest earnings days of the quarter comes this Thursday, the same day that the European Central Bank (ECB) meets.

October 20, 2017

Is the Bull Still on the Run? Benchmarks Look Notably Higher in Early Going

A tax reform budget blueprint narrowly passed the Senate last night, potentially giving stocks more fuel to power further ahead

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October 19, 2017

Might Markets Pull Back Today? Tax Reform, Earnings on Agenda

Remember that markets have seen little movement in recent sessions, and when they have it's rarely been to the downside

October 18, 2017

Nifty 50: DJIA Hits 50th Record of Year With American Express, eBay Ahead

The day dawns with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ($DJI) at 50. That is, 50 record highs so far this year. IBM beat, and stocks gained in pre-market action Wednesday.

October 17, 2017

Watching Dow 23,000: Index Flirts with Fresh Milestone, Financials Move Up

The Dow closed 43 points shy of another major milestone Monday as it and SPX passed fresh peaks; earnings results today might move markets

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October 16, 2017

Earnings Parade Underway: Netflix and More Big Banks To Start Busy Week

Big banks kicked off reporting season last week, but a bunch of other sectors get their turns at bat starting in coming days. Housing data also ahead.

October 13, 2017

Plenty to Ponder Amid Big Bank Q3 Results, Inflation Data, Retail Sales

Big bank earnings take the spotlight again Friday, as Bank of America and Wells Fargo step to center stage. Additionally, a host of data could help shape action.

October 12, 2017

First Two Big Banks Outpace Street’s Q3 Estimates Despite Hitch in Trading

Despite declines in trading revenue, two of the biggest U.S. banks managed to easily beat Wall Street’s earnings projections as reporting season got underway.

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October 11, 2017

Checking In With The Fed: September Minutes Could Provide Insight

Last month, the Fed announced it would begin unwinding its $4.5 trillion balance sheet. The release of minutes from the meeting could be in focus today.

October 10, 2017

Dancing With $50: Oil Could Be Story Today As Earnings Approach

Like a train barreling down the tracks, earnings season rapidly approaches as investors prepare for big banks to open their 3Q books later this week.

October 9, 2017

Back to Banks: Financial Sector Results Next After Weak Jobs Data

Earnings season gets underway this coming week after the U.S. jobs machine took a hurricane-induced hiatus in September. Bank earnings could shift the focus quickly.

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October 6, 2017

Hindered By Hurricanes: Storms Clipped Jobs Growth But Wages Rose

Blame it on the storms. For the first time in seven years, monthly job growth declined in September, falling 33,000 in the wake of hurricanes hitting the South.

October 5, 2017

Summer in Autumn? Dog Days Return Ahead Of Friday's Jobs Data

Parts of the country seem to be enjoying extended summer weather, and the market is acting in some ways like an extended summer market: Quiet and a little slow.

October 4, 2017

Win Streak In Jeopardy As Yellen Remarks, Friday Jobs Data Loom

Wall Street is on a winning streak, but might take a little break Wednesday if pre-market trading is any indication. Friday's jobs data and a Yellen speech are in focus.

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October 3, 2017

Can the SPX Do It Again? Benchmarks Look for Another Positive Day

Stocks appear headed for another day in the record books if the positive momentum, sluggish as it is, continues throughout the session; auto sales out later

October 2, 2017

Quarter Starts With Inflation Mystery Unsolved, Jobs Data On Way

A new quarter dawns on Wall Street in a week packed with data, including monthly payrolls. We'll see what Q4 brings as earnings season and economic numbers loom.

September 29, 2017

No Quibbles with Quarter: Stocks Near Record Highs As Q3 Ends

Hurricanes, missile threats, and Washington drama all dominated the quarter, but didn’t prevent strong market gains.

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September 28, 2017

Take Five: Stocks Look Ready for A Breather Despite Tax Plan, GDP

Markets start Thursday near record highs after Republicans unveiled tax reform details. Today brought a strong reading on GDP.

September 27, 2017

Tax Plan Unveiling, Weak Bonds In Focus As Yellen Speech Pondered

A tax plan from Congress and a big drop in bond prices could be market catalysts Wednesday, even as investors continue to ponder words from Fed Chair Janet Yellen.

September 26, 2017

Markets Struggle Early On; Yellen, Reports Might Provide Oopmh

Markets bounced around flat line in early going as investors appeared to be waiting for impetus to nudge them after three-day losing streak

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September 25, 2017

What Next? A Dash of GDP and Geopolitics as Eventful Q3 Nears End

Escalating geopolitical tensions, possible profit taking at the end of the quarter, and a few key economic numbers could be in focus on Wall Street over the coming days.

September 22, 2017

Scoring a Safety: Geopolitics Has Defensive Unit On Field

Aside from renewed geopolitical queasiness as North Korean and U.S. leaders trade barbs and threats, catalysts seem hard to find early Friday.

September 21, 2017

Markets Digest Fed, Hurricanes, Earthquakes, Economic Data

The Dow and S&P tapped fresh record peaks again yesterday, but can they keep it up? Benchmarks are flat in the early going

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September 20, 2017

History Made: Fed Moves to End Easy Money Policy; Rates Steady

Central Bank said it will unwind $4.5 trillion balance sheet beginning next month; Fed doesn't know why inflation is staying under 2%

September 20, 2017

Fed Watch Ramps Up: More Details on Balance Sheet Not Guaranteed

It’s watch and wait this morning as the Fed gets ready to wrap up its two-day meeting. Stocks and bonds could be range-bound for a few hours.

September 19, 2017

Markets Move Moderately Higher ahead of 2-Day Fed Policy Meeting

Another day, another record? Stocks trek into positive territory amid calm trading; Fed rate hike looks like a nonstarter but balance sheet reduction might not be

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September 18, 2017

Fed’s Not All: Bank of Japan, Housing Data, Geopolitics In Focus As FOMC Approaches

It’s Fed week, but there’s a lot more to it than just that. Investors might also want to focus on housing data as well as an interest rate decision by the Bank of Japan.

September 15, 2017

Taking Pause: Geopolitical Tensions Return Even As Market Ponders Host of Data

Geopolitical tension bubbled up again Friday after a short hiatus, reminding investors that trouble on the international front isn’t necessarily going away.

September 14, 2017

Milestone Marker: S&P 500 Near 2,500 As Surging Energy Sector Provides Jolt

The day opens with 2,500 in sight for the S&P 500. All three major indices set new highs Wednesday for the second-straight day with help from strong energy markets.

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September 13, 2017

Resilient Market Keeps Chugging Along, But Slight Weakness Seen Early Today

The bottom line is, the market seems resilient. Every time it’s been pressed down, it's hopped right back up, and now sits at record highs.

September 12, 2017

Another Day, Another Record Set? Market Benchmarks on Track to Rally Again?

The relief rally that started yesterday could continue ahead of a much-hyped Apple reveal event later that might rev up technology sectors

September 11, 2017

Hurricane Irma Calms Down; Markets Appear Ready to Move to Higher Ground

As investors appear to breathe a sigh of relief that the weekend did not end with larger losses of life and land, markets look to return to rally mode

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September 8, 2017

As Hurricane Irma Barrels Toward Florida, Weekend Waiting Game Begins

It’s a waiting game today as the weekend approaches and Hurricane Irma barrels toward the Florida coast. Futures turned lower in pre-market trading.

September 7, 2017

Hurricane Replaces Debt Ceiling On Front Pages, While ECB Keeps Rates Unchanged

Eyes turn overseas this morning as the European Central Bank (ECB) announced it’s keeping interest rates unchanged. Meanwhile, Hurricane Irma has Florida in its sights.

September 6, 2017

Yellow Flag Waving: Investors Seem Reluctant to Commit Amid Geopolitical Fears

In auto racing, a yellow flag warns drivers to be cautious. Investors might also be seeing yellow this morning after yesterday’s sharp move lower.

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September 5, 2017

Markets Digest News of North Korean Missile Testing; Fed Speakers on Tap Too

Stepped up worries about geopolitical uncertainty might keep investors on their toes; 10-year yields fall near lows as markets gear up for hints of Fed rate decision

September 1, 2017

More To The Picture: Jobs Growth Slows, But Data Hold Positive Hints For Economy

Jobs growth slowed in August and the government reduced its estimates for previous months. Wages barely budged. Still, Friday’s report offered signs of progress.

August 31, 2017

Au Revoir, Summer: Market On Late-Season Upswing Ahead of Friday's August Jobs Data

The stock market keeps shaking off hurricanes and North Korean missiles, and starts the last day of meteorological summer today riding a four-session rally.

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August 30, 2017

Hurricane Harvey, N. Korea Still On Front Burner, But Market Signaling Resilience

Despite a massive hurricane and continued noise out of North Korea, the S&P 500 Index (SPX) has a chance Wednesday to post its fourth consecutive day of gains.

August 29, 2017

North Korean Missile Launch Rattles Markets; Rhetoric Might Rule Rest of Day

Investors appear to be switching gears from complacency to uncertainty amid jitters caused by NK's bold move and ongoing havoc Tropical Storm Harvey is wreaking.

August 28, 2017

Yellen Mum on Policy, So Focus Shifts To Approaching Jobs, Inflation, GDP Data

Fed Chair Janet Yellen usually delivers when investors expect her to address monetary policy and the economy. But she didn't Friday, so data could tell tale.

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August 25, 2017

Round 1: Yellen Vs. Hurricane Harvey As Speech Competes with Storm For Market’s Focus

Hurricane Harvey is blowing toward the Gulf Coast, but the market’s collective attention rests thousands of miles away. Yellen speaks today at Jackson Hole.

August 24, 2017

Wyoming Watch: Choppiness Possible In Low Volume As Jackson Hole Gets Underway

As the sun rises over Wall Street, investors look west toward the Rocky Mountains in hopes of a catalyst that might help wake the sleepy markets. Yellen speaks Friday.

August 23, 2017

Dog Days Are Barking: Thin Volume Possible As Jackson Hole, Durable Goods Awaited

The countdown to Jackson Hole is on after one of the market’s biggest rallies of the year. Low volume continues to be the story in these dog days of summer.

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August 22, 2017

Market-Moving Catalysts are Missing as Summer Comes to End; Be Wary of Low Volume

Earnings season is in its endgame, leaving market-moving stimulus behind with little ahead beyond Jackson Hole symposium and durable goods report later this week.

August 21, 2017

Teton Vacation: Yellen Speech Ahead As Market Digests Last Two Volatile Weeks

Last year when Fed Chair Janet Yellen addressed investors from Jackson Hole, markets were finishing a dull, placid summer. How things have changed.

August 18, 2017

Safety Back in Play After Sell-off Driven By Perceived Weakness In Key Earnings

The safety trade is back in town after yesterday’s earnings-driven sell-off, with gold, bonds and the VIX all on the upswing.

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August 17, 2017

Wal-Mart Greeters Stayed Busy in Q2 But Forecast Less Rosy; Fed Minutes Digested

Shoppers flocked to the nation’s biggest retailer last quarter, but it might not be enough to satisfy the market. Fed minutes are still being assessed.

August 16, 2017

Counting Down the Minutes: Fed Release Eyed For Hints On Rates, Balance Sheet Plans

Fed minutes and Target (TGT) results step into the spotlight today as the market continues to ease back on the so-called “fear trade” after last week’s volatile action.

August 15, 2017

Fear Exits Stage Left, Putting Focus on Strong Retail Sales, Home Depot Earnings Beat

As quickly as it surfaced, the so-called “fear trade” appears to be receding into the murky depths as tensions over North Korea fade.

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August 14, 2017

Retail Therapy: Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Target All Ahead But Korea Fears Persist

A stormy week is over, but the new week promises excitement with the fast moving Korea situation and some major retail earnings likely to remain on front pages.

August 11, 2017

Seeking Safety: Cautious Tone Prevails Amid Geopolitical Tension, Rising Volatility

Fear awoke and once again stalks the markets as tension sizzles between the U.S. and North Korea. We're seeing some flight-to-safety type trade.

August 10, 2017

Tough Talk: N. Korea Tensions Take Center Stage Even As Retail Results Pour In

Attention shoppers: Big retailers report today. These closely watched earnings compete for investor attention as the U.S./North Korea standoff casts a shadow.

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August 9, 2017

Defensive Measures: Investors Flock To “Safe Havens” As North Korea Tension Flares

Geopolitics splashed cold water on the markets as tensions grew between North Korea and the United States. The 9-day streak of record DJIA closes is over.

August 8, 2017

Can Slow Brew Rally Continue? DJIA's Win Streak Reflects Focus on Earnings

Like a train rolling uphill, the Dow Jones Industrial Average ($DJI) keeps moving steadily higher, even if the gains haven’t been very steep lately.

August 7, 2017

Sizzling Jobs Growth, But Will It Raise Inflation Or Spending? Week Ahead Could Give Hints

The question going into the new week is whether the economy’s big jobs growth starts to show up in other areas, like inflation and retailer performance.

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August 4, 2017

Need Work? Job Creation Stayed Lofty In July, With Wage Growth A Healthy Sign

The U.S. jobs machine continues to churn, creating 209,000 jobs in July and unemployment down to 4.3%. The report provides more evidence of economic vigor.

August 3, 2017

Currency Caution: Dollar Woes Front and Center Despite DJIA Topping 22,000

Asian and many European markets fell overnight, lending a negative vibe. Underlying the cautious tone is weakness in the dollar, which sits at 15-month lows.

August 2, 2017

Rolling a Six? DJIA Eyes Sixth-Straight Record Day As Apple Earnings Drive Market Higher

The hits just keep on coming. The DJIA posted new record highs each of the last five sessions, and looks like it might leap over the 22,000 hurdle today for the first time.

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August 1, 2017

Check Your Phone: Apple Earnings After Close As Next iPhone Launch Date Eyed

The dog days of August open with Apple (AAPL) earnings front and center. The company reports this afternoon, capping off the tech phase of reporting season.

July 31, 2017

Don’t Head For the Hammock Yet: Busy Week Includes Apple Earnings, Jobs Data

It looks like another quiet summer week, interrupted only by dozens of key earnings reports, Treasury auctions, auto sales, and the Fed’s favorite inflation indicator.

July 28, 2017

Taking Pause: Amazon’s Miss on Earnings Front and Center, But GDP Growth Improves

The earnings season, which got off to a rip-roaring start, stumbled slightly late this week as some key companies like Amazon and Exxon Mobil fell short of projections.

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July 27, 2017

Tech Takes Center Stage After Strong Facebook Results, With Amazon in the Wings

The earnings extravaganza keeps on churning today, with a boatload of companies stepping into the spotlight, including Amazon (AMZN).

July 26, 2017

Fed Follows Playbook and Keeps Rates Intact; Hints Balance Sheet Selloff Is 'Soon'

Fed still sees economy chugging along and worries about inflation; appears acquiescent to stubborn inflation below 2% objective...

July 26, 2017

What Fed Meeting? Earnings Party Helps Stocks Hit Highs As Fed Seen Holding Pat

Heat up the coffee and get ready for another day bursting with earnings news, accompanied by a Fed meeting for a bit of extra intrigue.

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July 25, 2017

Shamrock Shakes, Trucks, and Tractors: McDonald’s, GM, CAT All Beat Earnings Estimates

The cavalcade of earnings continues today, with better than expected results from three stalwarts — McDonald’s (MCD), Caterpillar (CAT), and General Motors (GM).

July 24, 2017

What Dog Days of Summer? Earnings, Economic Reports, Fed Barking Too

Earnings out from big hitters like Google, Facebook, McDonald's, Coca-Cola, ExxonMobile, Chevron, Caterpillar, Verizon, GM, Ford and Boeing...

July 21, 2017

Stocks, Crude Oil Creep Higher in Sleepy Summer Market

There’s a saying on Wall Street that the bulls walk up the stairs and the bears fall out the windows. As is typical during most summer trading, volume has been low, but ...

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July 20, 2017

Up We Go: Despite Some Muddy Earnings Reports, New All-Time Highs Keep Coming

Another day; another record. The go-go market of earlier this year seems to be back, with the Nasdaq and S&P 500 posting new highs Wednesday.

July 19, 2017

Today’s Recipe: Mix Caution And Record Highs As Morgan Stanley Beats, Tech Rolls On

Caution remains the feeling on Wall Street, but the Nasdaq and S&P 500 hit new all-time highs yesterday and info tech continues to rally.

July 18, 2017

Bank on It: Goldman, Bank of America Beat Expectations Despite Tough Circumstances

Two of the nation’s biggest banks beat earnings expectations Tuesday, but showed signs of struggle in a challenging environment. A cautious tone prevails.

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July 17, 2017

Up Next: Big Week With Bank, Info Tech Results Along With Central Bank Meetings

The market rolls into mid-summer near record highs as it faces a cluster of earnings, central bank meetings, and a heavy economic calendar. It’s definitely a full week.

July 14, 2017

3-2-1 Liftoff! Earnings Clock Underway As Bank Results Point to Healthy Consumer

Big banks got earnings season off to a pretty good start Friday, with results suggesting the consumer economy remains healthy despite weaker trading.

July 13, 2017

More Yellen On Tap, But Big Bank Earnings Come Into View As Market Hits Records

Fed Chair Janet Yellen told the market pretty much what it wanted to hear yesterday in her testimony to Congress, putting a charge into stock prices.

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July 12, 2017

Yellen Up to Bat at Capitol, With Fed’s Bulging Balance Sheet Possible Topic Du Jour

Arguably the real opening today is at 10 a.m. ET, when Fed Chair Janet Yellen is scheduled to begin delivering her semi-annual testimony on monetary policy.

July 11, 2017

It’s Earnings Season Again: Big Banks A Highlight, But Fed Speeches In View Too

The overriding theme this week is big bank earnings, with some Fed speeches sprinkled in. There’s a lot of excitement to finally get earnings season underway.

July 10, 2017

Strong Job Growth? Check it Off. Market Now Eyes Yellen, Bank Earnings, Inflation Data

The rubber hits the road this coming week as Yellen speaks and earnings season starts. Markets start on a positive note following a rock solid June job report.

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July 7, 2017

Jobs Revival: Big Payroll Growth Outguns Expectations With Widespread Strength

U.S. jobs growth got back on track in June, with a solid tally washing away the bad taste left by a weak May report.

July 6, 2017

Pressure Cooker: North Korean Tensions Start to Weigh on U.S., World Markets

Geopolitics charged back toward center court early Thursday as market participants eyed developments in North Korea. Volatility is up in the early going.

July 5, 2017

Watching the Minutes: Fed Release Today Could Give Insight On Rates, Economy

The Fed steps up to the plate Wednesday afternoon with minutes from its June meeting, and that’s likely to be the main highlight of the day.

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July 3, 2017

Fireworks Ahead? Holiday Looms, But Week Resumes With Key Data, Including Jobs

Monday is a “check the box” day: A trading day wedged between a holiday and a weekend. But later in the week some big data loom, including monthly payrolls.

June 30, 2017

Market Licking Wounds After Sell-Off, With End-of-Quarter Profit Taking A Factor

It’s the last day of the quarter and the first half, and the stock market is coming off a steep decline Thursday. Still, it’s important to keep things in perspective.

June 29, 2017

Can Momentum Continue? Big Banks in Focus After Fed Oks Dividends, Buybacks

As the week winds down, stocks find themselves coming off the biggest daily S&P 500 (SPX) gain since late April and the third highest one-day rally of the year.

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June 28, 2017

Halo Effect: Health Bill Delay Reinforces Market Fears About D.C. Bottlenecks

As Washington struggles to push ahead with a business-friendly agenda, there’s a note of caution for stocks heading into the mid-year point.

June 27, 2017

FAANG or Fed: Take Your Pick As GOOG is Fined, Yellen Speaks Later Today

The spotlight is firmly on tech as Tuesday begins, with a number of stocks in the sector trading lower after EU regulators fined Alphabet (GOOG) $2.7 billion.

June 26, 2017

Key Data on Tap Might Offer More Insight into Economic Growth in First Half

Durable goods and GDP estimate are in pipeline this week as Q2 winds down and investors prepare for the long 4th of July holiday

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June 23, 2017

Busy Day of Trading: Russell Indexes Rebalance; Oil on Track for 5th Week of Losses

Markets mixed as Russell reconstitutes its indexes, banks pass Fed Reserves stress tests, and oil prices bounce around in bear territory

June 22, 2017

Markets Struggle, but Remember They’re Still in Record Territory

Crude oil prices are fighting to stay in the green as oil's bear market appears to grab investor sentiment again. Look for pockets of good earnings news

June 21, 2017

Oil Grabs Market Attention as Inventory Levels Remain High

Traders await government's report on crude oil supplies; markets, still in record territory, slump as first day of summer might mark onset of seasonal slowdown

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June 20, 2017

European Stocks Join U.S. On a Record Run as Summer Looms

Today marks the first full day of the Northern Hemisphere summer (it actually officially begins at 11:24 p.m. CDT). It’s as good a time as any for a “Eurotrip” of sorts for the markets. European stock indexes have joined U.S. counterparts in a recent record run, with traders ...

June 19, 2017

Digesting Amazon’s Whole Foods Buy, Awaiting Fed Speakers As New Week Starts

If the past news week was dinner, investors and traders got served a few heaping platefuls. Still digesting Amazon's buy of Whole Foods, Fed move, as week begins.

June 16, 2017

Quadruple Witching, Amazon's Purchase of Whole Foods Take Center Stage

It’s been a shaky week for the “high five” tech stocks, which fell again Thursday before rebounding a bit in pre-market futures trading. Amazon buys Whole Foods.

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June 15, 2017

Rate Rehash: Fed’s Second Hike of Year Has Market Pondering If a Third In Store

The Fed raised rates for a second time this year, but the outstanding question remains whether it will act again before 2018. Stock futures came under pressure.

June 14, 2017

No Cliffhanger Here: Fed Ups Rate a Quarter Point— But Tapering Ahead

Market expectations were spot-on again regarding the direction the Fed would take on interest rates. As widely predicted, it stepped up the target Fed funds range.

June 14, 2017

Fed Countdown Underway, But No Surprises Expected as Rate Hike Looks Baked In

The Fed decision is just around the corner, but before that, there’s some key data to mull, including May retail sales and the consumer price index (CPI).

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June 13, 2017

Looking for Mystery? Read a Novel, as Markets See 99% Chance of Rate Hike

As info tech stocks lick their wounds, attention shifts to the Fed. There’s not much sense of mystery, however, with chances of a rate hike standing near 99%.

June 12, 2017

Apple Cart Upset: Tech Stocks Stumble As Week Begins, But Can Pullback Last?

This was supposed to be a week focused on the Fed and a host of new data. Then tech stocks took a dive late Friday, raising questions about the sector.

June 9, 2017

Great Expectations for Week End With A Whimper as Market Impact Muted

The week began with great expectations, but Thursday’s major events ended up hardly registering on Wall Street as stocks made new highs.

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June 8, 2017

Freaky Thursday: Comey Testimony, UK Election, ECB Move To Front and Center

It’s finally “freaky Thursday” and investors find themselves bracing for potential impact from three major events they’ve been waiting for all week.

June 7, 2017

Wall Street Waiting Game: Troika of Events, Including Comey Testimony, In Focus

It’s a waiting game today as the market’s attention centers on three big political and economic events tomorrow.

June 6, 2017

A Market Triple Crown: Comey Testimony, UK Vote, ECB All Loom Later This Week

The stock market seems tentative early Tuesday, as most participants await a “triple crown” of events later this week that could potentially provide more direction.

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June 5, 2017

Fed Watch Begins: June Rate Hike Still Seen Likely Despite Disappointing Jobs Data

For the second-straight May, jobs growth disappointed. But this time, it’s not seen as likely to change minds about rate hikes over at Fed headquarters.

June 2, 2017

Slumping May Job Growth Casts Shadow, But Decent Nuggets Under the Surface

The jobs report was no bed of roses, but then again it wasn’t as bad as it might have seemed at first glance or as some might be thinking.

June 1, 2017

Horsemen of Risk At Starting Gate As Focus On VIX, Gold, Bonds Ahead of Jobs Data

Ahead of key jobs data tomorrow, investors might want to watch the so-called “three horsemen of risk” later Thursday to see what expectations the market is building in.

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May 31, 2017

Clearing the Decks: Focus Turns to Fiscal Policy, British Election After Long Rally Ends

It was nice while it lasted, but the seven-day run of gains that sent the S&P 500 Index (SPX) up a total of 2.5% ended Tuesday. Fiscal policy is now in the spotlight.

May 30, 2017

High-Flying Market Begins New Week Near Records, But Faces Host of Key Data

Coming back from the holiday weekend, the market finds itself near record highs as the S&P 500 Index (SPX) rides a seven-day win streak.

May 26, 2017

Trying For Lucky 7: Retail Results Help Rally Reach 6 Days As Long Weekend Nears

Earlier this week, the market was in “recovery” mode. Now that the S&P 500 has closed at all-time highs, we might need a new word for this rally.

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May 25, 2017

OPEC, Fed Could Take Back Seat To Strong Earnings as Market Nears Record High

The hits keep on coming as the market marks five days of the current rally. Thursday begins with the S&P 500 Index (SPX) resting just below all-time record highs.

May 24, 2017

Recovery Rally Reaches Four Days As Market Eyes Fed Minutes, OPEC Meeting

Shaking off a terror attack and political uncertainty, the stock market finds itself back to nearly where it was a week ago before last Wednesday’s sharp sell-off.

May 23, 2017

Can Rally Advance? Terror Attack, OPEC, Washington In Focus After 3 Days Of Gains

Last Wednesday’s sharp sell-off seems like a long time ago following three consecutive days of gains. The question is whether the rally can continue.

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May 22, 2017

Washington Watch Persists, But Focus Shifts To Housing Data, GDP, Fed Minutes

In the absence of notable earnings this coming week, Fed minutes, home sales, and, of course, the possibility of more Washington drama could be the focus.

May 19, 2017

Drama Diminishes As Politics Take Back Seat To Firm Deere Earnings, Economic Data

Earnings season is nearly over, but the end of the week brought a new batch of quarterly reports and strong data that could help distract the market from politics.

May 18, 2017

D.C. Haymaker: Market Licks Wounds, Investors Seek Shelter Amid Political Storm

The market continues to shiver as icy winds of political controversy blow through Washington, D.C. Yesterday’s big sell-off generated lots of fear.

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May 17, 2017

Fear Factor Returns: Safe Havens Sought As Political Concerns Swirl Around Market

Volatility is back after a long vacation, and Washington politics may be partly to blame. The market seems to be entering a news-driven period.

May 16, 2017

Energy Burst: New Records for Stock Market As Retail Earnings Season Rolls On

Major indices start the day at or near record highs after a boost from the energy market. More good news came in the form of solid earnings from Home Depot (HD).

May 15, 2017

Not Over Yet: Earnings Season Rolls on With Wal-Mart, Target, Deere In Sight

Attention U.S. shoppers: Two of the country’s biggest retailers report this coming week as earnings season grinds on. Housing data are also on the way.

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May 12, 2017

Retail Sales Climb, But Miss Expectations as Brick and Mortar Stores Still Weak

Shoppers flocked to gasoline stations and Internet retailers last month as retail sales rose for the first time since January, the government said early Friday.

May 11, 2017

Department Store Earnings On Display, And Macy’s Starts Parade With a Miss

Department stores threw open their earnings showrooms today, and a miss by Macy’s (M) highlights some of the pressures these companies face.

May 10, 2017

Slumber Disturbed: Comey Firing Assessed for Impact on Economic Agenda

A market desperate for news to trade has some thanks to President Trump, whose firing of FBI Director James Comey dominates talk on Wall Street this morning.

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May 9, 2017

What’s Next, Market? Record High Indices, Low Volatility As Catalysts Retreat

Records are made to be broken, but what happens now with key indices at new all-time highs? It’s unclear what sort of catalyst might keep the elevators going up.

May 8, 2017

Vive La France! Election Over, So Earnings and Economic Data Back In Spotlight

Markets charged up to record or near-record highs Friday ahead of the French election. With voting over, the focus is on retailer results and inflation data.

May 5, 2017

That’s More Like It: Broad-Based April Job Gains Help Ease Economic Concerns

Today’s strong jobs report could give the market some relief from recent concerns about soft economic numbers and give the Fed more leeway to raise rates.

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May 4, 2017

Fear Retreats For Now After Fed Statement Soothes, But Jobs, French Vote Loom

Soothing language from the Fed is helping put the “fear trade” into retreat. The dollar is up, gold is getting plastered, and stocks look stronger as well.

May 3, 2017

What Fed Decision? Markets Barely Blink as Fed Steers Steady Interest Rate Path

There was little anticipation that the Federal Reserve would hike interest rates today; statement notes slowing 1Q growth as 'transitory'

May 3, 2017

Fed Takes Spotlight After Apple’s iPhone Sales Miss, with Jobs Data in Wings

It’s decision day at the Fed even as the market buzzes over Apple’s slightly disappointing earnings. Facebook (FB) reports later Wednesday.

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May 2, 2017

Apple Watch: All Eyes on iPhone Maker, But Don’t Forget Auto Sales, Fed Mtg

Apple’s (AAPL) results may grab the headlines today, but auto sales and a Fed meeting also compete for attention.

May 1, 2017

Looking for Action? Plenty Ahead, Including Fed, Jobs Data, Facebook, Apple

Anyone who likes a lot of action can start right here. This coming week promises a smorgasbord, testing the market’s mettle with indices at or near record highs.

April 28, 2017

Earnings in Control: Corporate Strength May Outweigh Geopolitical, GDP News

The earnings train continues to click along, perhaps putting concerns about geopolitics and a weak GDP report on the back-burner.

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April 27, 2017

More Earnings Fun Ahead, But Market Still Buzzing Over Taxes, D.C. Policy

Earnings news dominates as a veritable stew of major firms serve up quarterly results. But policy issues, including buzz about the Trump tax plan, remain in the headlines.

April 26, 2017

Tweet This: Twitter Beats Estimates As Firm’s Most Famous User Unveils Tax Plan

Twitter earnings beat estimates and Trump unveils his tax plan after two days of sharp market gains to record or near-record highs.

April 25, 2017

Counting to 6,000: Nasdaq Nears Key Milestone as Relief Rally Marches On

For the first time in more than 17 years, the Nasdaq has a new big-round number in its sights: 6,000. The relief rally continues from yesterday.

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April 24, 2017

Spell Out Relief: French Vote Gives Lift But Tax Reform, Earnings Now In Focus

A relief rally looks likely Monday after the French centrist candidate made it to the next round of voting. European stock indices and the euro scampered higher.

April 21, 2017

Earnings Tailwind, Tax Hopes Give Boost, But Caution Seen Ahead of France Vote

After stumbling through much of March and early April seeking a positive catalyst, the stock market seems to have found one: Strong earnings.

April 20, 2017

Earnings Overdrive: Q1 Results Wrestle With Geopolitics, Oil For Prominence

It’s an earnings extravaganza today on Wall Street, with the market likely to focus on quarterly results from a number of big names.

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April 19, 2017

Hitting Refresh: Strong Morgan Stanley Q1 Eases Fears, But Volatility Remains

A blowout quarter from Morgan Stanley (MS) appears to be soothing investors still reeling after yesterday’s surprise miss by Goldman Sachs (GS).

April 18, 2017

Still On Edge: Earnings Roll In, But International Picture Creating Caution

The market snapped its three-day losing streak Monday in a very convincing manner, but Tuesday opened with caution still the watchword.

April 17, 2017

Back to Work: Earnings, Geopolitics Vie For Attention After Long Weekend

After a long weekend of egg painting and matzo crunching, the markets open Monday with international tensions still in the air. Will defensive trading continue?

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April 13, 2017

Big Bank Earnings Look Mostly Strong, But Market’s Nerves Remain Frayed

Can big banks swoop in to change the conversation on Wall Street? Earnings announced early Thursday by three financial stalwarts appeared mostly good.

April 12, 2017

Today’s Word is Caution as Geopolitical Concerns, Earnings Picture In Focus

Geopolitical concerns keep stalking the markets, helping so-called “safe haven” investments and putting pressure on equities ahead of earnings season.

April 11, 2017

Geopolitics Still Center Stage as Congress Goes on Recess and Earnings Loom

The market is on the cusp of earnings season, but geopolitics remain front and center. Concerns about Syria and North Korea could keep investors on their toes.

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April 10, 2017

Low Payroll Growth, International Tension Raise Concerns Ahead of Earnings

Leaving aside concerns about international relations, attention could remain on Friday’s anemic jobs report as investors try to figure out what happened.

April 7, 2017

Weak Jobs Data, U.S. Missile Strikes Take Focus Away From Trump/China Meeting

A tepid jobs report competed for attention early Friday with U.S. missile strikes on Syria and the U.S./China summit meeting. Futures prices fell.

April 6, 2017

They’re Back! Volume, Volatility Return As Trump Meets Xi And Jobs Data Loom

Anyone who was missing volatility, volume, and intraday price movement got plenty of all three yesterday, and more could be on the way as the week winds down.

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April 5, 2017

Excitement Ahead? China Summit Meeting, Fed Minutes, Jobs Data All Loom

It’s still a waiting game on Wall Street, as investors prepare for Thursday’s U.S./China summit meeting and seek guidance from Fed minutes later today.

April 4, 2017

Caution Rules the Day As Markets Brace for Trump’s Meeting With Chinese Leader

A cautious tone pervades Wall Street early Tuesday ahead of a key meeting between President Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping later this week.

April 3, 2017

No Fooling: April Starts Out with Busy Economic Calendar

A busy economic calendar welcomes in the start of Q2 as investors weigh the strength of the economy. Q1 earnings results, out soon, might offer insight

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March 31, 2017

Markets Look to Mark More Records as Week, Month and Quarter Closes

Nasdaq and SPX on track to post fifth best straight month and best week in six. Dow struggles in early going to break even as fund managers attempt to square positions.

March 30, 2017

Fed Speakers, Final Q4 GDP Reading Take Center Stage As End of Quarter Nears

The final word is in on Q4 gross domestic product (GDP), and it’s a bit better than expected. That and a host of Fed speakers could dominate the scene today.

March 29, 2017

Vote of Confidence: After Strong Consumer Data, D.C. Policy Back in Focus

Consumer confidence data inspired Tuesday's rally, and now the question is whether the markets can build on that. Indices remain just about 1.5% below all-time highs.

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March 28, 2017

Keeping Things In Perspective: Glass Half-Full Scenarios Not Hard To Find

(Tuesday Market Open) An eight-day losing streak for the DJIA doesn’t necessarily mean the sky is falling, though there's a tendency to think that way.

March 27, 2017

With Health Care Bill Dead For Now, Market Focus Turns To Tax Reform, Key Data

Health care legislation never made it to a vote Friday, but surprisingly, the stock market didn’t react much, and could open the new week focused on tax reform.

March 24, 2017

So Tired of Waiting: Yesterday On Repeat as Health Bill Remains Center Stage

Yogi Berra once said, “It’s like déjà vu all over again.” It feels that way now as investors wait for a health care vote in Washington.

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March 23, 2017

Health Vote In Focus, But Tax Policy Implications Loom Large For Stock Market

Today is all about the health care bill, but the elephant in the room is tax policy. Trading could be a bit flat until there’s better insight into how the vote might play out.

March 22, 2017

Taking Perspective: One Bad Day Isn’t Entire Story, But Market Remains Nervous

More selling pressure could stalk the market early today following Tuesday’s plunge, but it’s important to take a big-picture look at the situation.

March 21, 2017

Lack of News on Trump Tax Policy Could Be Keeping Market In Snooze Mode

With little economic data on the horizon and the Fed meeting well behind, the market appears to be looking for new catalysts.

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March 20, 2017

Trade Policy, Brexit Set Week’s Early Tone Ahead of Fed Speakers, Housing Data

Housing data, a slew of Fed speakers, and even some important earnings reports highlight the week ahead, but trade issues and Brexit weigh on prices early.

March 17, 2017

Stew of Data, Including Industrial Production, On Tap as Weekend Nears

The week may be almost over, but there’s still some data to comb through before people go home. Today’s numbers could help determine market direction.

March 16, 2017

Sticking to the Script: Lack of Hawkish Surprises From Fed Helps Launch Relief Rally

Despite all the anticipation of a rate hike, stocks surged on the news Wednesday. Stock futures pointed toward a higher open, helped by a slight recovery in oil.

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March 15, 2017

Fed Sees Economy on Moderate Pace; Forecasts Rates at 3% by end of 2019

No surprises here: The Federal Reserve steps up interest rates by a quarter-percentage point and indicates it will do it again at least two more times this year.

March 15, 2017

Rate Hike Seen Likely Today, But Questions Surround Fed’s Future Policy

A rate hike today seems baked in, but what sort of picture will the Fed paint about future policy? Stock futures pointed toward a slightly higher open.

March 14, 2017

Snow Day? No Way. Fed Meeting Still On and In Focus As Blizzard Rages

Despite a fierce blizzard dumping snow on the Eastern Seaboard, markets remain open and the Fed meeting starts today.

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March 13, 2017

Fed Ahead: Strong Jobs Report Solidifies Expectations For Rate Hike This Week

It’s all about the Fed this week, and the market might be a little flat in advance of the Fed's meeting. Meanwhile, buzz continues about Friday's strong jobs report.

March 10, 2017

All Clear Ahead: Positive Jobs and Wage Data Set Stage For Likely Rate Hike

The jobs picture continues to improve, very likely locking in a rate hike next week. Stock futures rose sharply after the data rolled out.

March 9, 2017

And Crude Comes Tumbling Down: Weak Oil, ECB In Focus Ahead of Jobs Data

Plunging crude oil prices and European central bank policy take center stage today, but everything comes down to tomorrow's U.S. jobs report.

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March 8, 2017

Holding Pattern: Stocks Tread Water Ahead of ECB Meeting, Jobs Data

For the first time since January, the S&P 500 Index (SPX) has fallen two days in a row, and futures pointed toward a lower open Wednesday.

March 7, 2017

Geopolitical Concerns and Growing Rate Hike Trepidation Start to Weigh

Geopolitical concerns and worries about possible rising interest rates appear to have the markets under a little pressure early this week.

March 6, 2017

Market Still Buzzing Over Yellen’s Friday Comments As Rate Hike Odds Spike

At one point last month, the futures market projected chances of a March rate hike at 8%. By early Monday, that estimate was above 80%.

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March 3, 2017

Yellen Takes Stage As Pausing Market Looks For Rate Hints Ahead of Meeting

Fed Chair Janet Yellen and others are share their thoughts Friday, meaning we may enter the weekend with a better sense of the Fed’s position on rate hikes.

March 2, 2017

Looking for Catalysts After Rally Above 21,000 As Rate Hike Chatter Persists

For the moment, it looks like a mixed open, with little in the way of catalysts other than continued chatter about a possible March rate hike.

March 1, 2017

Trump Speech Re-Charges Market After DJIA Streak Of Records Ends

Stock futures signaled a much higher open Wednesday after the President’s speech, even as odds for a March rate hike climbed significantly.

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February 28, 2017

What Will Trump Say? Another Day of Wait-and-See Appears on Tap for Markets

Maybe President Trump might be able to nudge the markets in one direction or another after he rolls out plans on taxes, health care and deregulation tonight.

February 27, 2017

Look, Markets Appear to Be Doing it Again: Waiting for Oomph

Markets open marginally lower, threatening halt to record-highs rally, ahead of at least two important speeches this week from President Trump and Fed Chair Yellen

February 24, 2017

Pushing Pause: Red Numbers Pop Up Amid Overseas Weakness, Policy Caution

Steep losses overseas and policy caution may put the Dow Jones Industrial Average’s ($DJI) 10-day streak of record highs in peril.

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February 23, 2017

Fed Minutes Don’t Offer Much To Chew On, But Home Builder Results Tell Story

Many market participants seem focused on Fed minutes. But to get a picture of the economy, it may make more sense to look at an earnings report.

February 22, 2017

Tick, Tick, Tick.... Markets Appear to Be on Hold Until Fed Minutes Come Out

After hitting fresh highs again yesterday, the three major benchmarks are barely budging in the early going. Insight into Fed thinking on interest rates might jolt them.

February 21, 2017

Major Market Benchmarks Open at Record Highs. Again. Can they Hold?

If upward trajectory holds throughout the day, it will mark eight of nine days to the upside and four straight weeks. Stay tuned.

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February 17, 2017

Despite End to Record SPX Streak, Markets Seem Resilient On Tax Policy Hopes

The streak of five record closes for the Nasdaq and S&P 500 (SPX) is over, but the market appears to remain resilient amid hopes for business-friendly tax policy.

February 16, 2017

Rate Hikes Getting Closer? Economic Data, Hawkish Fed Take Center Stage

Expectations for a rate hike appear to be getting closer, judging by action in Fed funds futures. Stock prices pulled back in pre-market trading Thursday.

February 15, 2017

More Market Records Fall Even as Yellen Takes a Hawkish Tone To Congress

How ironic that on the very day Fed Chair Yellen sounded about as hawkish as she ever has in a meeting with Congress, all the major indices rang up new record highs.

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February 14, 2017

What Will Yellen Say? Fed Chair Addresses Congress After Market Climbs To Highs

The “Trump jump” continues, with all major indices setting new record highs Monday. Today's highlight is Fed Chair Janet Yellen's testimony to Congress.

February 13, 2017

Market Looks Set For New Records Ahead of Yellen Testimony Later in Week

The main bulk of earnings are in the rear view mirror, but there’s plenty of excitement this week, including key data and a visit to Capitol Hill by Fed Chair Janet Yellen.

February 10, 2017

Tax Party: Indices Hit New-All-Time Highs As Trump Promise Helps Invigorate

President Trump’s promise of a “phenomenal” tax policy announcement in the next two to three weeks appears to have put the markets into party mode.

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February 9, 2017

Not Much to Tweet About: TWTR Results Disappoint, But Stocks Aim for Highs

Both CocaCola (KO) and Twitter (TWTR) posted quarterly results today, and despite TWTR weakness, stock futures point to another possible test of recent highs.

February 8, 2017

Party Crasher? Watching Crude For Signs of Weakness Flowing Into Equities

Crude is back in the news, with tumbling oil prices hurting the energy sector this week and possibly posing a threat to the broader market.

February 7, 2017

After Lackluster Post-Game Monday, GM Earnings, Europe Set Positive Tone

Did overtime in the big game make investors sleepy on Monday? Maybe Tuesday’s overseas trade and GM earnings could give markets a jolt.

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February 6, 2017

Earnings Season Rolls On, But Other Near-Term Catalysts Look A Little Thin

The market put on its rally shoes Friday after a week that featured earnings reports, a Fed meeting and jobs data. What can it do for an encore?

February 3, 2017

Jobs Report Delivers Big Employment Gains, But Overall Picture Mixed

The big number looks good, but overall, today’s jobs report could be seen as something of a mixed bag. Even so, the market seems to like it.

February 2, 2017

Facebook’s Strong Earnings Follow Apple’s as Market Digests Fed’s Wording

Another afternoon; another earnings report from a big tech company. On Wednesday, it was Facebook (FB) rather than Apple (AAPL).

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February 1, 2017

Steady as she goes: Fed leave rates untouched, offers no hint of hikes ahead

The Federal Reserve said in December that it might raise rates three times this year, but didn't happen to mention it in today's statement. Markets appear to think June.

February 1, 2017

Ringing up the iPhones: Apple's Q1 Helps Re-Charge Market Ahead of Fed

Apple (AAPL) unleashed a zinger of an earnings report late Tuesday that could help set the tone today, especially in the info tech sector. Stock futures tipped higher.

January 31, 2017

Fed in Spotlight As Meeting Starts, But Stay Tuned for AAPL Earnings Later

On a day when the Fed’s latest meeting begins, focus may end up being several thousand miles further west.

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January 30, 2017

No Time For Rest as Markets Await Fed Meeting, Host of Earnings, Jobs Data

What would you call a week that features a Fed meeting, a hefty batch of earnings, and a monthly jobs report? Well, it's one of the busiest weeks of the quarter.

January 27, 2017

A Little Indigestion? Markets Slow Down Amid Slew of Earnings, Economic Data

There’s a lot of earnings and data news to digest this morning, and the markets look like they’re slowing down a little to take it all in after recent record highs.

January 26, 2017

More Than a Number: Rise to 20,000 In Lockstep With Record SPX, Nasdaq Highs

An earnings extravaganza is on tap, with a stew of reports bubbling among key industries one day after the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) topped 20,000.

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January 25, 2017

In the Pipeline: Trump’s Keystone Order Brings New Highs, Economic Optimism

Markets soared to new all-time highs Tuesday, and looked stronger Wednesday morning as well, with Trump's Keystone pipeline order the main instigator.

January 24, 2017

Stocks Stuck in Trading Range As Additional Trump Policy Details Awaited

Last year may have been the year of the Fed, but this year looks like it could be the year of policy. And recent trading appears to reflect that. A flat open is expected.

January 23, 2017

New President’s Policies Eyed, But Busy Earnings Week Also In Spotlight

Now that Donald Trump is officially our 45th president, we enter the new week with many market participants pondering, “What’s next?” Earnings remain in focus, too.

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January 20, 2017

Countdown to Inauguration: Washington Events in Focus As Market Awaits Trump

There’s really only one major story in the markets today: The inauguration of a new U.S. president. Market participants are likely to listen closely to Trump's remarks.

January 19, 2017

All Eyes on Washington: Inauguration and What Comes Next Both In Focus

Earnings reports, speeches by Fed Chair Janet Yellen, and economic data are starting to take a backseat to a big event planned in Washington, D.C. tomorrow.

January 18, 2017

Goldman Sachs’ Big Beat Highlights Morning; Netflix, Yellen On Tap After Close

Like clockwork, big bank earnings keep rolling in better than expected. Goldman Sachs (GS) and Citi (C), are the latest to beat Wall Street’s bottom-line estimates.

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January 17, 2017

Brexit is Back: Market Falls After May Speech Despite Strong Bank Earnings

This week, the rubber hits the road as more big banks report. But stocks looked likely to open lower, hurt in part by Brexit concerns after a speech by Theresa May.

January 13, 2017

Big Banks Benefit From Post-Election Trading Binge, But Retail Sales A Bit Light

Investors got hit with a truckload of earnings and economic data Friday morning, and may spend much of today deciding what it all means.

January 12, 2017

Fed Speakers On Tap, But Market Counting Time Until Friday’s Key Data, Earnings

With economic data and earnings looking rather sparse today, many market participants seem focused on tomorrow's economic data and bank earnings.

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January 11, 2017

What Will He Say? Trump’s Press Conference In Focus As Data, Earnings Sparse

With no major economic data on today’s schedule and key earnings still a couple days away, President-elect Donald Trump's press conference is in the spotlight.

January 10, 2017

Catalyst Awaited: Market In Cautious Mode Ahead of Key Earnings Due Friday

The market appears to be in a wait and see mode early Tuesday, looking for a catalyst ahead of some key earnings reports later this week.

January 9, 2017

Who’s Up First? Financial Sector Leading Off As Q4 Earnings Season Begins

With the December jobs report in the rear-view mirror, it’s time for the start of earnings season. The financial sector will be the first major port of call.

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January 6, 2017

Finding the Silver Lining: Jobs Growth Below Expectations But There Are Positives

December’s jobs report looked a bit lukewarm on the surface, but had its share of silver linings. Market reaction was muted early Friday.

January 5, 2017

Waiting Game: After Fast Start to 2017, Focus Shifts To Looming Jobs Data

The new year is off to a fast start. After a strong showing Wednesday that saw nine of 11 sectors rise, Friday's jobs data now moves into focus.

January 4, 2017

Auto Sales, Fed Minutes Ahead After Impressive Rally To Start New Year

Yesterday’s impressive rally and a positive tone in pre-market trading Wednesday seem to put stocks on firm footing to start the year.

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January 3, 2017

Get Ready for Another Market Marathon in 2017

After the low-volume trading that marked the last week of what became a volatile year, traders appear to be ready to rock and roll into the new year.

December 30, 2016

Ta-Ta 2016. Markets Bid Farewell on a High Note as Investors Look to 2017

Barring any unforeseen incidents, the three major benchmarks look like they may end with the biggest bang in at least two years, thanks to strength in Q4.

December 29, 2016

Is Dow 20k a Resistance Level? Milestone Looks Like a No Go in 2016

The Dow may have found a resistance level in that 20,000 marker. Despite repeated attempts to penetrate it, it appears it's just not meant to be for the time being.

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December 28, 2016

Should We Prepare for the Dow 20,000 Party Yet? Markets Tread Lightly

Will today be The Day? The numbers are edging higher again as volume trickles to lowest levels all year, but the elusive milestone is within striking distance. Again.

December 27, 2016

Waiting for Santa: Will The Week Ahead Offer Any More Gifts For Investors?

Maybe Santa Claus came early this year. At least it seems that way from a market standpoint.

December 23, 2016

20,000 Today? Early Trading Says No, But It's Not Over Till Closing Bell Rings

Are stocks taking a pre-Christmas nap before the long weekend? At the open, Santa rally appears on pause amid thin early trading before investors head for the exits.

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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.

December 1, 2016

Jobs Up Next, But Market Still Buzzing Over OPEC Move, Energy Rally

With OPEC’s production agreement out of the way, the deck is cleared for Friday’s jobs report, one of the last major economic highlights before the Fed meeting.

November 30, 2016

What a Difference A Day Makes: Stocks Energized By Possible OPEC Deal

Oil hit a gusher early Wednesday on hopes for an OPEC deal, and stocks, especially the energy sector, appeared set to follow suit.

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November 29, 2016

Black and Green: Crude Oil, Dollar Taking Center Stage Early in Session

Tumbling crude oil prices and a pause in the dollar rally came into focus early Tuesday, and both factors remain strong influences on the broader market.

November 28, 2016

Back to Work: OPEC Meeting, Jobs Data Take Center Stage After Holiday

With Thanksgiving feasts and “Black Friday” out of the way for another year, investors face another data-packed week, highlighted by employment on Friday.

November 25, 2016

Retail Rumpus: Black Friday Sales in Focus as Post-Election Rally Continues

Stocks again seemed poised for new record highs early Friday as the holiday shopping season began in earnest.

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November 23, 2016

Rally Pause: Markets Open Lower As Tepid, Pre-Holiday Trading Sets Tone

With markets closed Thursday for Thanksgiving and a shortened trading day scheduled for Friday, a lot of people could be headed for the exits early today.

November 22, 2016

Record Run Continues, Driven By Oil Ahead of Possible Output Cut

The incredible stock market run to all-time highs continues, fueled in part by rising oil prices. Can the current strength develop into a so-called “Santa Claus” rally?

November 21, 2016

Thanksgiving Break? Short Week Could Quiet Things Down, But Data Loom

It's a short, holiday week, but there’s still going to be some economic data, as well as Fed minutes, to keep things simmering ahead of those Thanksgiving feasts.

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November 18, 2016

New Record Ahead? March Toward All-Time Highs Eyed as Weekend Looms

A frenzied week is nearly over, leaving investors with a major question as the weekend approaches: Can stocks set a new record high today?

November 17, 2016

Jam-Packed Day Ahead Highlighted By Yellen, Wal-Mart, Inflation Reading

There’s excitement and intrigue today as investors digest the latest economic prognosis from Fed Chair Janet Yellen, along with Wal-Mart earnings and CPI.

November 16, 2016

Stocks Under Pressure Amid Oil Losses, Growing Rate Hike Expectations

Oil prices slumped early Wednesday, and the stock market followed suit. Meanwhile, a Fed interest rate hike next month appears more likely than ever.

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November 15, 2016

Can Rally Keep Going? Strong Retail Sales, Earnings Set Positive Early Tone

Can the election-related rally continue? Strong retail sales, rising oil prices, and better-than-expected Home Depot earnings provided early support.

November 14, 2016

Potential Trump Cabinet Picks, Economic Data, Could Keep Market Humming

After an historic week on Wall Street, there may not be much time to rest as the new week begins. There could be more excitement as election buzz lingers.

November 11, 2016

Putting on the Brakes: Election Rally Starts To Fade As Weekend Approaches

After a big week for stocks, profit taking could be the theme of Friday’s session as investors start unwinding some positions ahead of the weekend.

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November 10, 2016

Trump Jump: Market Rally Continues On Hopes For Improved Economic Times

The incredible post-election rally that began yesterday and continues today is the opposite of what most investors expected, and it's all about economic optimism.

November 9, 2016

Clawing Back: After Huge Plunge on Trump Win, Stocks Recover Some Losses

Stock markets fell overnight after Trump won the presidential election. However, by early in the day, most markets had recovered a great deal of their losses.

November 8, 2016

Waiting Game: Slow Trade Now But Look Out Tonight as Vote Results Come In

After posting their best day since March, stocks retreated a little early Tuesday as voters headed to the polls. It looks like a slow day, but tonight may be different.

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November 7, 2016

Poll Watching: Stocks Leap, VIX Plummets On Latest Election Development

The flagging stock market popped back to life in pre-market trade Monday after a major weekend election development, helping cool feverish volatility.

November 4, 2016

Jobs to the Rescue? Investors Digest Data As Market Loss Streak At Eight

Can jobs data help the SPX break its worst losing streak in eight years? With the SPX down almost 2% so far this week, a bit of a bounce seems possible.

November 3, 2016

Unlucky Seven: Looking For Catalyst to Break Longest Loss Streak Since 2011

Chicago Cub fans waited 108 years for a World Series win. How much longer do investors need to wait for stocks to break their seven-day losing streak?

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November 2, 2016

Fed Non-Decision Decision Reaction: Markets Move to Session Lows

As futures showed, the Fed held interest rates steady. Though it did not commit itself to a December rate hike, as it did a year ago, it noted inflation is edging higher.

November 2, 2016

Volatility Spikes as Stocks Fall To Near 4-Month Low: Fed, Facebook on Tap

There’s intrigue galore going into World Series Game Seven tonight, but the conclusion of today’s Fed meeting could hardly bring less anticipation.

November 1, 2016

Scrambling for Protection: Hedging Activity, Gold on Rise as Election Looms

Pre-election jitters may finally be making their way onto the Street with a week to go until the vote, and trading activity has begun to reflect that.

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October 31, 2016

Trick or Treat! Are Surprises in the Bag as Fed Meeting, Earnings, Jobs All Loom?

Halloween is upon us, and so are more earnings, the monthly jobs report, a Fed meeting, and economic data on everything from car sales to factory orders.

October 28, 2016

Energy, GDP, Rising Bond Yields On Menu Today After Mixed Tech Results

Oil majors are starting to report in earnest; bonds are down, and Gross Domestic Product (GDP) beat expectations, all after mixed results from AMZN and GOOG.

October 27, 2016

The “A-Team” Returns: Amazon, Alphabet Highlight Tech-Dominated Day

Stocks came into Thursday with a bit of momentum, having clawed their way back from early losses the day before. Amazon and Alphabet report this afternoon.

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October 26, 2016

Apple Under Pressure From Earnings, But Falling Crude Oil May Be Bigger Story

A few spots on the Apple put pressure on the stock market early, but the bigger story today may end up being falling crude oil prices.

October 25, 2016

Epic Earnings: Apple Later On As Large Majority of Firms Beating Expectations

It’s an epic earnings day on Wall Street, as a collection of massive U.S. companies report results, including Apple (AAPL) and five other Dow components.

October 24, 2016

What’s Up This Week? Earnings Galore, Fed Speakers and More Data

The pace of Fed speakers coupled with a handful of data points may impact markets, the dollar, and, yes, the Fed’s decision on whether to raise interest rates.

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October 21, 2016

MSFT, MCD Shares Pop amid Strong Earnings but Major Benchmarks Sink

Markets floating in a sea of red in the early going, even as positive earnings news streamed in that may eventually help them turn higher; MSFT hit all-time high

October 20, 2016

Drilling Into Recent Close Correlation Between Oil, Equities: Can it Last?

The question Thursday is, will the stock market track crude oil, as it’s done over the last week; or trade independently from crude, the longer-term pattern?

October 19, 2016

Morgan Stanley Latest Bank to Surpass Expectations; Fed Beige Book Ahead

Another morning and another big bank with a blowout earnings report. But the overall market doesn’t seem to be getting much of a boost from the news.

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October 18, 2016

Rolling Right Along: Goldman, Netflix Earnings Provide An Early Boost

Banks stayed hot Tuesday, and Netflix (NFLX) delivered strong results as well, giving the stock market a positive tone as the day began.

October 17, 2016

Plenty to Chew On: Heart of Earnings Approaches Along with CPI, Fed Speakers

A heaping plate of earnings is on the way, accompanied by Fed speeches and a smattering of data. Investors looking for news aren’t likely to go hungry.

October 14, 2016

Big Banks Bonanza: Key Banks Beat Q3 Earnings, Revenue Estimates

Big banks take the spotlight today, as JPMorgan Chase (JPM), Citigroup (C), and Wells Fargo (WFC) all surpassed earnings expectations. Stock futures climbed.

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October 13, 2016

Another Selloff Ahead? China’s Economic Woes Appear to Rattle U.S. Markets

China's exports unexpectedly dive 10% and appear to put pressure on markets in Europe and Asia. Can these early losses in U.S. markets be reversed?

October 12, 2016

Is the Sell-Off Pain Over? Markets Slump in Early Going; Can They Recover?

What’s likely to put a fire under the markets today? Investors will scrutinize Fed’s transcripts of last month’s FOMC meeting later today. Was there a Fed fight?

October 11, 2016

Benchmarks Lose Monday’s Mojo as Oil Strives to Stay Above $50 a Barrel.

Correlation between crude-oil prices and SPX looks to be in play again; markets also juggle earnings results, Twitter, Tesla, small-business confidence and other matters.

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October 10, 2016

Oh No, Here Comes the Fed Again! Interest Rates May Take Center Stage Now

Central banks appear headed to spotlight again after Friday’s tepid jobs report and anxiety popping up in Europe. How will markets absorb these matters this week?

October 7, 2016

Jobs Report below Projections, but Results Still ‘Solid,’ Fed's Mester Says

They came, they saw, they got jobs. But was that enough for the Federal Reserve to nudge interest rates before the year is out? FedFund tool pegs probability at 63%.

October 6, 2016

Tick-Tock, Tick-Tock… Are Investors Waiting for Friday’s Jobs Numbers?

Is it still summer? The markets looked to be straddling the flat line as traders appear to be taking risk off the table ahead of much-anticipated employment report.

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October 5, 2016

Follow the Oil: Can Rising Crude Lift Equities Ahead of Friday Jobs Data?

Fed speakers and a hard-charging oil market took center stage early Wednesday, but the main event of the week remains Friday’s jobs report.

October 4, 2016

Brexit Revisited: British Pound Hits 31-Year Low as EU Exit Concerns Mount

Lovers of 1980s nostalgia are getting the chance to relive those days, as the British pound fell on Monday to its lowest level vs. the dollar since 1985.

October 3, 2016

Batter Up! Fresh Jobs Data, Fed Speakers, Chain Store Sales on Tap

Get your pencils and scorecards ready. Baseball’s playoffs begin this coming week, accompanied by a fresh batch of jobs data and more Fed speakers.

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September 30, 2016

2014 Replay: European Bank Concerns Back in the Saddle as Month Ends

The sky isn’t falling, though Thursday’s market plunge amid concerns about Deutsche Bank (DB) might have made it seem that way at times.

September 29, 2016

Yellen and Company Still Dominating News Cycle As Quarter Nears An End

Even though last week’s Fed meeting ended without a rate hike, Fed Chair Janet Yellen and company remain center stage here in the final days of the quarter.

September 28, 2016

Fed Reserve Members Out in Full Force; Will Words Move the Markets?

Benchmarks were moving nowhere in early going today amid push and pull of some major Dow components as well as crude-oil prices. What might give it energy?

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September 27, 2016

What Happened to Post-Debate Push? Oil Prices Appeared To, That’s What.

Market reaction during the presidential debate and immediately afterward appeared to show that investors may have liked what they saw. Then oil producers talked.

September 26, 2016

Move Over Fed, It’s Time To Debate: Market Focus May Shift Toward Election

The Fed meeting is over and earnings are still well ahead, meaning the spotlight this coming week may shine on politics as the U.S. election draws nearer.

September 23, 2016

Easy Money: Central Banks’ Dovish Policies Intensify Search for Yield

The central banks have spoken, and the message appears to be more easy money for a longer period. As rate hike threats ebb, investors search for yield opportunity.

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September 22, 2016

Thanks, Fed! Markets Rally After Yellen and Crew Deliver As Anticipated

No surprises. That’s the main takeaway from this week’s Fed meeting, and investors seem happy with the results.

September 21, 2016

Fed Reaction: Rates Stay Put For Now. Is Another Holiday Hike Ahead?

Case for a step up in the fed funds rates 'has strengthened,' but today was not the day to raise rates. November and December meetings are still 'live'

September 21, 2016

The End is Near! Might Fed Announcement Move Traders to Trade Again?

Volume has been low, market movement has been muted as traders took risk off the table ahead of the Federal Reserve's decision on the how and when on interest rates

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September 20, 2016

Markets Head Higher Ahead of Fed, BOJ Monetary Policy Meetings

Investors again appear to be treading cautiously ahead of central banks decisions. Can you hear Tom Petty singing, "waiting is the hardest part"?

September 19, 2016

Waiting for the Fed: Hike Seen Unlikely But Post-FOMC Statement in Focus

There’s a famous 20th century play in which the two main characters spend the entire performance waiting for some mysterious man to arrive. He never does.

September 16, 2016

Wallet Feeling Lighter? Market Digests Inflation Data With Fed Ahead

The U.S. consumer remains under the microscope today after Thursday’s tepid retail sales data, with a key inflation reading coming in higher than expected.

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September 15, 2016

Disappointing Data: Retail Sales Fail To Impress As Fed Meeting Approaches

The string of disappointing economic data continued Thursday as retail sales for August came in below expectations.

September 14, 2016

First They’re Up, Then Down, Back Up. Day 4 on Market Rollercoaster Begins

Investors asked for volatility and they're getting it. But after three days of raucous moves in the markets, might this be a day of calm? Time will tell.

September 13, 2016

Is that Volatility Knocking? Could Fundamentals Be Making a Comeback?

After a yawn of a summer in the markets, are traders finally getting back to the nitty-gritty of trades based on something that's not speculative Fed talk?

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September 12, 2016

Stocks Broke Out of Summer Slumber Friday. Are They Still Awake Today?

This week’s trading might be marked by anecdotes and expirations, given what’s on tap and Friday's fallout. Are traders nervous enough to pull markets down again?

September 9, 2016

Will the Fed Hike Rates? Rosengren Makes Case; Markets Move Lower

Finally, something to move the markets—even if it doesn’t appear to be exactly bolstering them. Is volatility a bad thing?

September 8, 2016

Investors Appear to Tighten Reins Amid Uncertainty on Rates, Presidential Election

What’s so bad about taking a wait-and-see approach to trading amid such ambiguity? Is no move a smart move?

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September 7, 2016

Markets Open with a Big Yawn as They Seek Direction, Await Fed Input

Markets continue to appear to go nowhere in a hurry as the major benchmarks once again hug the flat line in the early going. Is anything out there today to change that?

September 6, 2016

Farewell Summer: Lukewarm Jobs Data Mark Autumn’s Beginning

Summer is over, the kids are back in school, and the market faces a shortened holiday week still contemplating a somewhat tepid August jobs report.

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.

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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?

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.

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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?

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?

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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.

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.

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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.

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?

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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.

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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August 11, 2016

Shoppers Show Up: Big Retailers Beat With Earnings Ahead of Retail Sales

Anyone nostalgic about trips downtown to go shopping with their families is likely to appreciate Thursday’s full menu of department store earnings.

August 10, 2016

Lazy Days of Summer: Stocks in Narrow Range But Keep Posting New Highs

It’s the dog days of summer. Volatility is low. Oil prices are under pressure. Earnings are just about over. But the resilient stock market keeps posting highs.

August 9, 2016

Where’s the Mo? Markets Wedged in Sideways Trading as Volume Stays Low

Markets have been stuck in 2% trading range for more than two weeks now. Why? Traders are taking in those last days of summer before the kids head back to school.

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August 8, 2016

What’s the Encore? Retail Sales Ahead After Blockbuster Jobs Data

What’s the next act after Friday’s July jobs report blew away expectations and lifted stocks to new highs? Retail sales for one, and several other reports are also on tap.

August 5, 2016

Jobs Party Raged On in July, As Second Strong Report in A Row Supports Stocks

The U.S. is still creating jobs in a big way, according to Friday’s July Non-farm Payrolls report. Can the data help light a fire under a sluggish stock market?

August 4, 2016

Cheerio! Bank of England Rate Cut In Spotlight As Earnings Wind Down

With earnings season waning, the market may get a new catalyst from the Bank of England, which cut rates Thursday for the first time since 2009.

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August 3, 2016

Is Rally Simmering? Oil Tips into Bear-Market Territory; Pulls Down Dow, S&P 500

Broad-base pullback in global markets sees ties to oil price slump. Are the markets again dependent on the ebbs and flows of oil prices?

August 2, 2016

Can the Markets Find Some Oomph? Low Oil Prices Hold Stocks in Check Again

Crude oil dips below $40 a barrel as supply far outweighs demand; investors worry about European, Japanese markets. Good news? Consumers are still spending.

August 1, 2016

After Surprisingly Weak GDP, Market Looks Ahead to Jobs, More Earnings

Investors still digesting Friday’s surprisingly sluggish Q2 gross domestic product (GDP) data face another critical week, highlighted by the July employment report.

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July 29, 2016

Beyond Earnings: Plunging Oil and Surprisingly Weak GDP Take Center Stage

It’s a busy day to end a busy week on Wall Street, and it’s starting with a thud. Today’s first government estimate of Q2 GDP came in way below expectations.

July 28, 2016

Old and New: Energy and Internet firms In Spotlight as Earnings Roll On

Social media outdid bricks and mortar, at least in the latest 24 hours of earnings season. Facebook earnings got a big "like," but Ford, ConocoPhillips disappointed.

July 27, 2016

Fed Keeps Interest Rate as Is; Opens Gate for 2016 Hike as Risks Have 'Diminished'

Markets reaction is predictive too as benchmarks climb but don't budge much off the flat lines ahead of session's close.

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July 27, 2016

Let’s Get This Party Going! Fed Reserve Decision May Provide Fireworks

Traders appear to be mostly standing still in the early going as they usually do ahead of the closely watched interest-rate outcome from the Fed. What's the tone?

July 26, 2016

Investors Scramble to Sidelines Ahead of Fed Decision on Interest Rates

Traders took on a guarded tone ahead of the Federal Reserve meeting, a flood of earnings reports, and a packed week of economic reports. Why jump in so soon?

July 25, 2016

Earnings, GDP, and the Fed: Busy Week Ahead Could Keep Investors On Toes

The recipe for this coming week? A stew of earnings, peppered with data and a Fed meeting. Also ahead: A first look at estimated Q2 gross domestic product (GDP).

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July 22, 2016

Earnings Extravaganza Rolls On, With Strong Results Bolstering Market

After weeks of jubilation, stocks appear ready to extend their rally Friday as positive news from the earnings front keep rolling in. The strength comes despite weak oil.

July 21, 2016

Markets Looking For Direction As Earnings Parade Keeps Coming

The slow grind higher persists, and today may resemble a carbon copy of early yesterday, with stocks bouncing around as investors look for something to trade on.

July 20, 2016

Markets Advancing; Fear and Greed Index Screaming ‘Extreme Greed.’

The market record ride looks to continue again amid better-than-expected Q2 results. Will today’s earnings parade provide enough dazzle to power new peaks?

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July 19, 2016

Where’s the Market Momentum? Stocks Struggle for Direction

In the early going, the three major benchmarks were flagging the flat line in search of direction. Could the better-than-expected housing starts fuel another record day?

July 18, 2016

Can Bank Earnings Keep Humming? Financial Sector Remains Key In Busy Week

Economic data slows a bit in the coming week, but that’s more than made up for by a heavy earnings docket. The financial earnings season continues in full swing.

July 15, 2016

Strong Bank Earnings, Retail Sales In Focus, But France Attack Darkens Day

U.S. investors have a host of earnings and data to digest on Friday, but Thursday’s terror attack in France casts a shadow on the trading day.

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July 14, 2016

Yin and Yang: Strong Earnings From JP Morgan But UK Holds Rates Steady

It may be a yin and yang type of day, as strength in the U.S. financial sector competes for attention with a disappointing development out of the UK.

July 13, 2016

Can the Markets Do It Again? Major Benchmarks on Track for Fresh Peaks

The Dow Jones Industrials (DJIA) and the S&P 500 (SPX) touched pinnacles never seen before yesterday as energy and materials shares rallied. What’s on tap today?

July 12, 2016

What’s Driving Market Mania? Investors’ Appetites for Risk Appear Voracious

Welcome to the search for yield. Last week's warmly welcomed jobs report and the U.K.'s new prime minister help power benchmarks to record-breaking highs.

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July 11, 2016

After Blowout Jobs Report, Can Rally Continue Ahead of Earnings, Key Data?

Friday’s blowout jobs report gave the market some positive momentum heading into a big week. But can the rally continue? Earnings and retail sales data loom large.

July 8, 2016

Jobs Party! Big Surprise as June Jobs Growth 100,000 Above Consensus

The job market hit a home run in June, with 287,000 jobs created. That’s well above consensus expectations for 175,000 and a sharp turn-around from May.

July 7, 2016

Jobs Watch: Resilient Market Looks Ahead to Key Friday Employment Data

The waiting game is on to see if last month’s shockingly weak jobs number was an anomaly or the start of a trend. On Friday, investors get a look at June job growth.

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July 6, 2016

The Brexit Crush: Is this Panic Selling or a Steady Selloff?

Global markets tumble; U.S. follows suit. Bond yields collapse to levels never seen before, the pound plunges, gold advances as investors scurry to safe-haven assets.

July 5, 2016

No Summer Doldrums This Year: Jobs Report, Earnings Loom After Brexit Volatility

After a long holiday weekend, investors return this coming week in anticipation of a key jobs report and the start of earnings season.

July 1, 2016

Treasury Yields Touch Record Lows as Safety Trade Intact Ahead of July 4

U.S. Treasury bond yields continue to crater, and remain in focus as the three-day holiday weekend approaches. U.S. Treasury bond yields fell to record lows.

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June 30, 2016

Brexit Vote In Rear-View Mirror, Markets Seen Quieter After Five Days Of Fireworks

After four of the most volatile days of the year, markets seem calmer Thursday as the July 4 holiday approaches, and trading could remain in a tight range.

June 29, 2016

Hold on! Dow Opens in Triple Digits, S&P Advances as Brexit Fears Settle

Stocks go up and stocks go down, and this week we’ve seen sharp swings in both directions. What drove Tuesday’s market mania and is it powering markets today?

June 28, 2016

Is the Post-Brexit Routing Over? Markets Recovering But Will They Hold?

Brexit boomerang on the markets appears to have come to an abrupt halt as U.S. markets moved solidly higher in the early going. Is this real or a dead-cat bounce?

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June 27, 2016

Brexit Aftermath: Fewer Market Fireworks But More Economic Uncertainty

So how do the markets follow up a momentous week? Pressure may continue amid economic uncertainty stemming from the vote.

June 24, 2016

Brexit Bust: Stocks Fall To Near Session Lows Late Despite Bargain Hunting

It’s a Brexit bust in the stock market. U.S. stocks fell to one-month lows by midday Friday in the wake of Britain’s historic Brexit vote, and tested key support levels.

June 24, 2016

Carnage in the Market: Brexit Vote Smacks Stocks, But Long Process Ahead

Brexit won and the markets appear to have lost. After Britain astonished the world with its vote to leave the E.U., markets fell sharply. The U.S. wasn’t immune.

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June 23, 2016

Global Markets Up as Pound Hits 2016 High on Hopes for a British “Stay” Vote

The long awaited “Brexit” vote is underway, and judging from the positive early market tone, there’s a sense Britain might choose to stay in the EU.

June 22, 2016

How Many More Days of This? Markets Hug Flat Line Again Ahead of Brexit Vote

And the holding pattern continues. Volume is low as investors huddle on sidelines

June 21, 2016

Let’s Get Brexit Over With Already So the Markets Can Move On

Brexit appears to rule the roost in trading again today, with the markets moving to the upside as investors bet that the U.K. will keep its place in the European Union

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June 20, 2016

The Seatbelt Sign Is On: Watch For Turbulence Ahead as Brexit Vote Nears

Mind the gap! There could be turbulence ahead as Britain takes center stage this coming week. Thursday’s British “Brexit” vote on is likely to remain the focus.

June 17, 2016

Is There Anything Besides Brexit That Will Move the Markets?

Markets moved marginally lower in the early going Friday after Brexit campaigning came to halt in the aftermath of the murder of a British lawmaker.

June 16, 2016

Lower for Longer? Fed, Global Banks Hold Rates Steady; Markets Retreat

Fear and ambiguity appear to be choking the global markets after government officials on all sides of the ponds took a wait-and-see stance on interest rates.

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June 15, 2016

Fed Reaction: No Surprises As Fed Stands Pat; July Hike Seen Far Less Likely

There was little drama Wednesday as the Fed did what the markets thought it would and elected to keep the Fed funds rate in a range between 0.25% and 0.5%.

June 15, 2016

Waiting Game: Fed Not Seen Raising Rates, But Will Yellen Provide Insight?

Fed day is here, but there’s little expectation of a rate hike. Speculation centers on what the Fed may say about the economy and possible future rate strategy.

June 14, 2016

Union Jack: Jittery Markets Focus on Brexit Vote Even as Fed Mtg Begins

The Fed meets today and tomorrow, but attention appears to be nearly 4,000 miles to the east. All around the world, markets seem spooked about "Brexit."

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June 13, 2016

Retail Sales Data, Fed Meeting, Brexit Concerns Could Mean Volatile Week

This coming week could be like going to a movie when you already know the ending. The Fed is meeting, but almost no one expects it to raise rates.

June 10, 2016

Safety Dance: Bond Rally Puts Pressure on Stocks Ahead of Fed Mtg, Brexit

Safe havens beckoned Friday as anxiety filtered through both U.S. and overseas markets. A rally in bonds appears to be weighing on the stock market.

June 9, 2016

Oil Back in the Saddle: With Data Sparse, Lower Crude Could Lead The Way

Earlier this year, stock markets around the world closely tracked oil. That faded a bit recently, but seems to be the theme again early Thursday.

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June 8, 2016

SPX and Crude Holding Hands Again as Both Reach Fresh Peaks

The markets edged higher in the early going, riding off yesterday’s upward momentum amid higher oil prices. Can it hold throughout the day?

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?

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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.

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.

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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.

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?

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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.

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.

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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?

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

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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?

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?

May 13, 2016

Good April Retail Sales Results Shave Early Losses. But Will Markets Rise?

Upbeat government report on April sales stemmed early losses. Is it the first sign that consumers have not taken their toys and gone home?

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May 12, 2016

Seesaw Week Continues As Investors Await Friday’s Retail Sales Data

The market’s seesaw week continued Thursday, with major stock indices climbing slightly after Wednesday’s sharp losses.

May 11, 2016

Will a Mouse Take a Bite Out of Stock Market’s Upward Momentum?

Will Walt Disney (DIS) and its famous mouse prevent the market from building on Tuesday’s gains? Exuberance that lifted stocks to two-week highs is threatened.

May 10, 2016

Markets Appear to Lack Conviction. Will JOLTs Report, Well, Jolt It?

Market activity appears to show some signs of strength with most arrows pointing upward, but there’s little conviction given the pullback from solid gains earlier.

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May 9, 2016

With Jobs Data In Rear View Mirror, Retail Sales, PPI Among Key Data Ahead

With most of the big earnings and the April jobs report now behind, two key data reports dominate the coming week: Retail sales and the Producer Price Index (PPI).

May 6, 2016

No Surprise Here: Job Numbers Disappoint; Markets React

The markets turned deeper to the downside early Friday after the government's all-important employment numbers revealed that nonfarm job growth is slowing.

May 5, 2016

Wildfires Rage, Crude Prices Jump and Markets Advance

Higher oil prices got a lift from wildfires impacting oil production in Canada to ignite the markets after three days of trading to the downside.

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May 4, 2016

Sell in May and Go Away? Is the Old Stock-Market Maxim in Play?

“Sell in May and go away” advocates getting out of equity markets now to sidestep May-October seasonal volatility. Will the adage prove itself out this year?

May 3, 2016

China Syndrome: Street Stumbles on Weak Chinese Manufacturing Data, Dollar

China continues to haunt markets, as disappointing manufacturing data from the Asian giant tripped up U.S. and European stocks early Tuesday.

May 2, 2016

Gorilla in the Room: Jobs Report Looms But More Earnings Also on Tap

After two feverish weeks of earnings reports and a couple of central bank meetings, key data this coming Friday may give an even better picture of the economy.

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April 29, 2016

As Earnings Season Wanes, Worries About Bank Policy Back on Front Burner

With the bulk of earnings season fading in the rear-view mirror, interest rate policy is back on the front burner Friday and uncertainty is the key word.

April 28, 2016

Street Caught in Cross Currents Between Weak Overseas Markets, Earnings

U.S. markets appeared caught in some cross currents early Thursday, with the Bank of Japan’s interest rate policy competing with a slew of earnings for attention.

April 27, 2016

AAPL, Tech Pressure Markets Early; Will Fed Decision on Rates Later?

A nasty after-hours session Tuesday set the tone for today’s downward pitch in trading but there are glimmers of hope -- see crude prices -- elsewhere.

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April 26, 2016

What Might Move Markets? Will It Be Earnings Results? Fed Decision?

Markets are looking for some oomph amid a bevy of economic reports, earnings and the Federal Reserve decisions on interest-rate hikes

April 25, 2016

Earnings Deluge Ahead, Peppered With Consumer Data, Fed Meeting

After two weeks of feverish earnings activity, investors approach the coming week still looking for direction.

April 22, 2016

Street Focus Shifts to Big Three: GE, Caterpillar and McDonald’s

Today’s trade likely will be dictated by three stocks reporting earnings this morning: General Electric (GE), Caterpillar (CAT) and McDonald’s (MCD).

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April 21, 2016

Will ECB’s Draghi Move Markets Again? Early Focus on His Remarks

Oil and earnings continue to grab attention, but European Central Bank President Mario Draghi is expected to carry the day, at least in the early going.

April 20, 2016

Markets Tread on Shaky Ground Amid Oil, Earnings Concerns

The markets are on wobbly ground today but will an influx of blue-chip earnings reports crush the base that has supported a two-day run to fresh peaks?

April 19, 2016

Are We There Yet? All Indexes Are Rallying for Fresh Peaks

An anticipated meltdown after Doha meeting failed to bring results never came; the markets have brushed it all off and are continuing on their merry way.

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April 18, 2016

Earnings Potpourri Ahead, With Big Hitters Stepping Up to the Plate

Let’s call the coming week “the potpourri of earnings,” because investors are going to be slammed with quarterly reports from some big guns starting on Monday...

April 15, 2016

Can Street Overcome Early Pressure and Beat the Friday Blues?

Financial sector earnings remain top of mind for the Street on Friday with Citigroup (C) beating top- and bottom-line expectations, but can the market extend its rally?

April 14, 2016

Bank of America, Wells Fargo Earnings In Focus After Rally To 2016 Highs

Financial stocks led a big rally Wednesday, but mixed results from Bank of America (BAC) and Wells Fargo (WFC) brought a lack of conviction early Thursday.

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April 13, 2016

Markets Stay in Rally Mode; Can S&P Index Break New Levels?

The markets rolled open in higher territory this morning, following strong sessions abroad and on the heels of Tuesday’s rally in the markets. But can it hold?

April 12, 2016

Will the Battalion of Fed Speakers Give Markets Better Direction?

If yesterday’s topsy-turvy day of trading taught us anything, it’s that there’s little conviction on the direction of trading. Will we see more of it today?

April 11, 2016

Financial Sector To Kick Off Earnings Season, But Economic Data Also Loom

Financial sector earnings are likely to grab headlines this coming week, but there’s also important data on the way that may help give a better reading of the economy.

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April 8, 2016

Follow the Oil: Flagging Street Gets a Boost From Surging Crude Market

What can the markets do for an encore after falling out of bed on Thursday? Follow the oil, it seems.

April 7, 2016

Where are the Catalysts? Market Awaits Earnings Season for Direction

The markets are struggling a bit for direction here as earnings season approaches, looking for a catalyst and trading on whatever the news of the day is.

April 6, 2016

Markets Struggle to Rebound; Await Minutes from Fed Meeting

Stocks struggle to rebound as oil prices find higher territory amid bullish reports on inventories and renewed hope that a freeze in production is on the horizon.

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April 5, 2016

Markets Retreat as Investors Step Back Ahead of Earnings Season

Is market retreat housecleaning or could investors be finally turning their attention to fundamentals?

April 4, 2016

Can Jobs Report Still Drive Markets to the Upside in Coming Week?

Friday’s jobs numbers were mostly good and helped drive the markets higher. Will that happen again this week?

April 1, 2016

Mixed Jobs Numbers Offer Something For Both Bears and Bulls

Jobs numbers came in as expected. But deeper in the report there were positive data and also some numbers that raise concern about the state of the economy.

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March 31, 2016

Can Yellen Rally Continue? Street Looks Ahead to Jobs Report

With monthly U.S. jobs data a day away and the end of the quarter looming, stock prices were little changed early Thursday.

March 30, 2016

Yellen's Go-Slow Approach Helps Rally Markets to Year's High

Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen’s dovish statements pumped tons of energy into lifeless markets yesterday and again today.

March 29, 2016

All Eyes on Fed's Yellen: What’s Her Take on Economy?

Today, all eyes will be on the Federal Reserve—really on its chairwoman Janet Yellen, who is speaking at the Economic Club of New York.

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March 28, 2016

Jobs Report to Highlight Data-Packed Week After Hawkish Fed Talk Chills Rally

Will this coming data-packed week put some punch back into the stock market party that ended abruptly last week?

March 24, 2016

Could Five-Week Win Streak Be Broken? Street Lower On Weak Oil, Fed Remarks

Pressure continued to stalk the Street early Thursday amid concerns about Fed policy, falling commodity prices, a stronger dollar, and weakness overseas.

March 23, 2016

Oil, Home Sales Data Ahead as Markets Recover From Attacks in Brussels

Stocks were relatively flat early Wednesday after the S&P 500 (SPX) broke its streak of gains yesterday in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Brussels.

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March 22, 2016

Fear Factor Back on Street After Terror Attacks in Brussels

Terror attacks in Brussels early Tuesday brought fear into the U.S. stock market, pushing indices lower and boosting prices of safe-haven assets like gold.

March 21, 2016

After a Five-Week Romp to 2016 Highs, What’s Next For Equities?

Five straight weeks of gains. It’s been quite a run. Few probably would have believed back in mid-February that such a surge was coming.

March 18, 2016

Can Upward Momentum Continue? Street Higher With Fed Speakers Ahead

With the end of the quarter approaching, U.S. stock indices have reached equilibrium for the year, trading at or near where they finished 2015.

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March 17, 2016

Fed Decision Behind, Markets A Little Lower as Overseas Weakness Weighs

A day after the Fed announced it’s keeping interest rates unchanged, a decision that was in line with expectations, stock prices moved slightly lower early Thursday.

March 16, 2016

Fed Reaction: Markets Embrace Fed’s Dovish Tone

Once again, the Federal Reserve met expectations on interest rates Wednesday afternoon, leaving the Fed funds rate in a range between 0.25% and 0.5%.

March 16, 2016

Fed Ahead: Markets Flat As Street Awaits Afternoon Decision on Rates

It’s Fed day, and markets traded flat ahead of this afternoon’s announcement. Most economists don’t expect the Fed to make any interest rate moves today.

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March 15, 2016

Equity Markets Under Pressure Ahead of Fed; Weak Oil, Data Weigh

With the Fed’s two-day meeting starting, weaker economic data coming in and oil prices sinking, stocks came under some early pressure Tuesday.

March 14, 2016

Week Ahead: U.S. Fed Meeting, Economic Data Highlight Busy Stretch

This coming week is packed with important economic data, meetings of the U.S. Fed and the Bank of Japan, and a quadruple witching, giving investors plenty to digest.

March 11, 2016

Street Celebrates Friday with Early Strength, Helped by Europe, Oil

U.S. stocks began Friday with strength, supported by market rallies in Europe and Asia, rising oil prices, and Thursday's ECB stimulus.

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March 10, 2016

Can Strong Move by ECB Boost Stocks? Market Up Early on Stimulus

The Street’s focus Thursday is on Europe, where the ECB announced a 10-basis-point cut in the deposit rate, expanded asset purchases, and cut its key lending rate.

March 9, 2016

Oil Rebound Propels Street Higher Ahead of Thursday European Bank Meeting

The story so far this year is oil prices locking closely with the stock market, and that was evident again early Wednesday as stocks moved higher after a rebound in oil.

March 8, 2016

After Five Days of Gains, Market Takes a Pause on Weak China Data

Stocks tipped lower Tuesday as the market reacted to disappointing data from China and took a pause from its recent dramatic rally.

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March 7, 2016

Week Ahead: Will Jobs Report Help Street Continue Recent Strength?

This week is going to be light on new data, giving investors plenty of time to continue chewing over Friday’s jobs report.

March 4, 2016

February Jobs Growth Above Expectations, Boosting Market Early

Stocks moved higher in early action Friday as job report headlines revealed stronger-than-expected hiring in February, steady unemployment, and lower wages.

March 3, 2016

Street Rally Fades as Market Awaits Friday's Key U.S. Jobs Data

The Street’s recent rally showed signs of a fade early Thursday as investors waited for Friday’s key monthly jobs report.

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March 2, 2016

Can Rally Continue? Street Off a Bit After Tuesday’s Data-Fueled Climb

Stocks were flat to slightly lower early Wednesday, one day after strong U.S. economic data helped fuel the biggest rally since January.

March 1, 2016

March Rally? Stocks Looking Stronger in New Month, Boosted by China, Oil

March is traditionally a strong month for the U.S. stock market, and stocks looked primed to rally Tuesday on fresh stimulus news out of China and rising oil prices.

February 29, 2016

Week Ahead: Jobs Report, Auto Sales Keep Focus On Consumer

Stocks swung both positive and negative Friday, but still ended the week at their highest level since early January, building on gains that began mid-month.

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February 26, 2016

Stocks Try For Three in a Row As Oil Strength Continues To Build

Stocks took a stab at a third-straight session of rallies Friday, having pushed above what many analysts saw as key psychological resistance.

February 25, 2016

Street Looks To Build on Wednesday’s Late Rally As Europe Gains

Stocks are tracking flat in early action after an impressive late rally Wednesday. Overnight gains in Europe lent some support.

February 24, 2016

It’s All About Oil As Commodity Concerns Pressure Stock Market

Stocks slid in early trading Wednesday after Saudi Arabia said no to oil production cuts, sending oil prices back toward the psychologically important $30 level.

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February 23, 2016

Consumer Data, Retail Earnings In Focus For Stocks After Monday Gains

Stocks pivoted around unchanged early Tuesday as investors eyed several earnings reports and other key data.

February 22, 2016

Week Ahead: Will Retail Earnings, Housing Data Lift Confidence in Consumer?

Stocks ended a largely winning week with choppy action on Friday as investors seek more clarity in coming sessions from a volatile oil market, the interest rate outlook.

February 19, 2016

Stocks Start Down With Focus on Inflation Data, Weak Overseas Markets

After cooling off Thursday following a three-day win streak, the stock market tipped lower again Friday with investors closely watching government data.

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February 18, 2016

Street Tries to Extend Streak, Encouraged By Fed, Oil

Stock averages will try for a fourth straight day of gains if early action holds. The S&P 500 (SPX) and other leading indices jumped Wednesday after Fed ...

February 17, 2016

Stock Market Endorses Dovish Fed Indications; Oil on the Move

Stocks took a stab at a third session for gains early Wednesday; the dollar traded lower against chief counterparts and global stock markets were mixed.

February 16, 2016

Week Ahead: Fed Speakers, Price Data Likely to Feature

Stocks finished a volatile trading week under pressure from steep declines in oil, weakness overseas, and market-crushing remarks by U.S. Federal Reserve ...

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February 12, 2016

Relief Rally Ahead? Stocks Post Rebound Amid Oil Recovery as Data Eyed

A rebound in oil overnight and stronger-than-expected retail sales helped stocks track a moderately higher open, but the question is whether the market ...

February 11, 2016

Yellen Testimony Deemed Bearish, Sending Stocks Plunging

Stocks moved sharply lower in early action Thursday as investors continue to contemplate guardedly upbeat comments from Federal Reserve Chair ...

February 10, 2016

Stocks Climb in Anticipation of Yellen Testimony, Stronger European Markets

Stocks are scrambling for modest gains early Wednesday after a rough start to the week. The Street is pulling some juice from a rally in Europe ...

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February 9, 2016

Stocks Struggle Amid Global Questions, Interest Rate Rethink

U.S. stocks twitched in volatile trading Tuesday but held up relatively well considering a more than 5% drop for Japan’s Nikkei stock average ...

February 8, 2016

Week Ahead: Disney Earnings, Retail Readout Put Emphasis on Consumer

Stocks wrapped the trading week on wobbly footing as investors digested a decidedly mixed reading on the U.S. job market and a fleeting ...

February 5, 2016

Is Slower Job Growth Latest Sign of Economic Cracks?

Stocks tipped lower in early action Friday as job report headlines revealed slower hiring but other details, including wages, proved more positive.

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February 4, 2016

Repeat Theme? Weaker Dollar, Stronger Oil Propping Up Stocks

Oil was pointing higher for a second session and that was good enough for Wall Street in Thursday’s early action. Add in the presumed benefits for ...

February 3, 2016

Stocks Sway Between Gains and Losses; Eyes on Hiring, Oil’s Drag

U.S. stocks struggled between narrow gains and losses in early action, tracking declines in Asian and European stocks and following a steep drop ...

February 2, 2016

Oil’s Drag Returns for Stocks; Car Sales and Earnings in Focus

Oil and stocks decoupled for a day, allowing the broad equity averages to close essentially flat to start the week despite another sharp drop in crude prices.

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February 1, 2016

Busy Stock Week Ahead: Global Action, Oil Swings, Earnings, Jobs

The U.S. stock market remains tethered to oil but Friday’s action offered another gentle reminder: global stock and economic moves reach U.S. shores quickly.

January 29, 2016

U.S. Looks to Join Global Stock Rally Tickled by Japan Stimulus

The Bank of Japan doesn’t want to wait around for deeper evidence of an economic setback. Policymakers there surprised global markets on Friday with a shift to ...

January 28, 2016

Struggles and More Volatility for Stocks as Fed Assessed, Oil Improves

U.S. stocks struggled in early action but could find some sector-specific relief as Facebook (FB) and other select stocks find traction following earnings.

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January 27, 2016

Add Fed Uncertainty to Stock Market Worry List

Stocks nosed higher then turned choppy, while Treasury yields fell and the dollar weakened after the Federal Reserve conceded that U.S. economic growth ...

January 27, 2016

Slower Apple iPhone Sales Could Set Sour Tone; Fed Wraps Up

U.S. stocks tipped lower early Wednesday as Apple (AAPL) and Boeing (BA) dropped post earnings, oil dipped back under $31 a barrel, and the Fed ...

January 26, 2016

Stocks Try for Rebound in Step with Oil as Fed, Earnings Also Factor

A recovery session may be in order on Tuesday after fresh losses topping 1% for the leading stock averages leave the S&P 500 (SPX) and the Dow Jones...

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January 25, 2016

Stock Market Week Ahead: Oil-Splashed Fed Meeting

Investors will be treated to a buffet of economic data this week, covering consumer attitudes, housing, a GDP revision, and more ...

January 22, 2016

Oil Price Rebound Could Lift Stocks to End Tough Week

Crude futures prices were up as much as 5%-6% overnight and early Friday, a move that looked to sweep up stocks in a short-term recovery.

January 21, 2016

Wide Stock Swings Continue for Major Indexes as Oil, China Dominate

Wild swings in stock futures action and early regular trading hit on Thursday as volatility continues to mark the start of 2016. More sharp losses in Asia ...

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January 20, 2016

Market Flash: Oil Glut Still Shaking Out, Leaving Stocks On Shaky Ground

U.S. stock averages bled red Wednesday amid concern for global markets and a fresh drop for oil prices below $28 a barrel as growth slows in ...

January 19, 2016

Stock Market Week Ahead: Earnings and More Oil Price Reality

Stocks are flirting with a revisit of August levels. Late summer was a time when China’s economic and market challenges risked creeping all the way around ...

January 15, 2016

Market Flash: Sub-$30 Oil Sends Stocks Down Through August Lows

Stocks stumbled through levels posted in August, hit during the last China market scare, to trade at their lowest in over a year.

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January 15, 2016

Stocks Facing Tough Session Amid China Bear, Sub-$30 Oil

Stocks stumbled in early Friday action, pummeled by a fresh move lower for global oil prices, which are now below the psychologically significant $30-per-barrel mark.

January 14, 2016

Stocks Try for Cautious Gains as Banks Could Get Earnings Lift

Stock futures were soft overnight, initially indicating a tough start for Wall Street after Wednesday’s slide. But early stock action improved, in part when ...

January 13, 2016

Are Stocks Ready to Chip Away Again at That 2016 Deficit?

Sleeping stock traders woke on Wednesday to market indicators in hot pursuit of a third straight day of gains, at least for the broad-based S&P 500 (SPX) and Dow ...

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January 12, 2016

The Search for Stabilization: Stocks Tip Higher as Earnings Kick Off

Is a recovery brewing? Stocks indicate mild gains after the major averages clawed back to a narrowly mixed finished on Monday, a minor victory for bulls ...

January 11, 2016

Stock Market Week Ahead: High Volatility Themes Are Not Going Away

Stock investors should brace for more potential volatility as 2016 trading stretches into week two and brings the launch of a fresh earnings round.

January 8, 2016

In the Mood for a Bounce? Stocks to Try for Late-Week Rebound

A stock market already in the mood for a bounce got a little extra goose from a solid December jobs report issued Friday morning.

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January 7, 2016

Stock Market Update: China Chaos Persists but Cooler Heads Emerge

The S&P 500 (SPX) tested chart support near 1960-68 in Thursday’s session before a mild bounce that leaves both bulls and bears taking a new look ...

January 7, 2016

China Triggers Another Global Stock Retreat; Oil Plays its Part, Too

Different day, same drivers. Another stock rout in China and further depreciation for the price of oil are expected to drill U.S. stock averages at least initially on Thursday.

January 6, 2016

Street Eyes Another Tumble as North Korea Bomb Test Adds to Nerves

U.S. stock action pointed to potential sharp losses in Wednesday’s session as a renewed drop for oil prices, another round of weaker Chinese data, and ...

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January 5, 2016

Stock Market Improves But Braces for More Potential Wild Swings

U.S. stocks twisted between small gains and losses as Tuesday’s session progressed, a day after Monday’s slide marked the worst start to a trading year ...

January 4, 2016

Market Flash: Rough Start to 2016; Jobs Report a Looming Test

U.S. stocks tumbled to start 2016--a drubbing once again at the hands of Chinese news that provides a not-so-gentle reminder about the intimacy between all major markets.

January 4, 2016

Stock Week Ahead: Jobs Report is Likely First Big Test in New Year

Are you ready for a fresh round of market tests in the New Year? Actually, the late-2015 sputter leaves many on Wall Street wondering if a few unresolved market ...

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December 30, 2015

S&P 500 Clinging to 2015 Gains, Splashed Again With Volatile Oil

The S&P 500’s (SPX) fight for 2015 gains continues. The bullish spirit took hold in Tuesday’s session, driving the SPX to a 0.8% gain for the year, but the stock ...

December 29, 2015

Stock Action Remains Pinned to Oil Market’s Whims

Want help with guessing the near-term direction for stocks? Just check in on oil. Stocks look to remain hitched to oil prices for now. As evidence, a retreat for ...

December 28, 2015

Week Ahead: Holiday-Thin Stock Trading Could Focus on Financials, Oil

Stocks twisted between gains and losses in the lead-up to the Christmas break, a pattern that may repeat in coming days. Holiday trading could remain thin ...

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December 24, 2015

No Scrooge Here? Stock Market Tries for Cheery Cap to Upbeat Holiday Week

Stock indexes traded mixed in pre-market action but eventually tipped higher, a potentially upbeat wrap to a shortened, but strong, trading stretch ...

December 23, 2015

Stocks Trying for Day Three of Gains; Mixed Data Clouds Economic Picture

Broad stock measures are trying for a third straight day of gains as volumes continue to thin heading into the Christmas holiday. Vulnerability was apparent ...

December 22, 2015

Stock Market Unpredictability Continues; GDP Trimmed

The typical “Santa Rally” may be in hibernation this year. Stocks were gearing up for another choppy session on Tuesday, struggling to build on Monday’s solid gains ...

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December 21, 2015

Stock Market Week Ahead: Oil’s Stain, Data Deluge, SPX 2000

Sinking oil prices sapped what was shaping up to be sharp weekly gains for the broad stock averages early last week, leaving the major averages essentially ...

December 18, 2015

Stocks Suffer as Oil Market Remains on Slippery Footing

Stocks are stacking up for a wild Friday after continued declines for oil and other commodities smack the equity indexes. Asia wielded its influence as well.

December 17, 2015

Fed Rally or Santa Rally, Stocks are Trying for Day Four of Gains

U.S. stocks were trying for a fourth straight day of gains on Thursday, energized by clarity from the Federal Reserve’s first interest rate increase in nearly a decade.

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December 16, 2015

Market Flash: Stocks Gain as Fed Lifts Rates, Signals Go-Slow Path

Stocks extended tentative gains Wednesday after the Federal Reserve bumped up key short-term interest rates for the first time since 2006, a welcome vote ...

December 16, 2015

Stocks Higher Ahead of Fed Meeting, Market Wants Vote of Confidence

Is today the day? The first U.S. interest rate hike in nearly a decade? We’ve been talking about this Federal Reserve meeting outcome for months. It feels like years.

December 15, 2015

Stocks Look to Recover as Crude Still Holds Sway, Fed Looms

Oil’s influence on stock market direction looks to continue Tuesday. Major indexes are tagged for early gains, building on a late-Monday rebound ...

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December 14, 2015

Stock Market Week Ahead: Distracted Fed Faces Big Task

Major stock indexes logged a weekly loss last week, their first in a month, plagued by weakness for energy and materials shares at a time when few ...

December 11, 2015

Sliding Oil, Budget Hang Up Spells Bad Chemistry on Street Despite Mega Merger

Stocks headed lower early Friday and were on track for weekly losses, under the influence of weaker oil prices and Washington’s budget wrangling.

December 10, 2015

Can Stocks Snap Skid as Crude Oil Stabilizes Near $37?

U.S. stocks could tally their first advance in four days Thursday if early indicators hold up. Oil and metals trading volatility continues to ripple through stocks ...

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December 9, 2015

Stocks Track Oil Mostly Lower; Big-Name Chemical Deal News Helps DJIA

Much of the broader stock market was on track to log a third straight down day in Wednesday’s session, reflecting ongoing sensitivity to weaker oil and ...

December 8, 2015

China Exports, Vulnerable Oil Price Hits Home Again for U.S. Stocks

Stocks looked at risk to repeat Monday’s tough start, based on early indicators that centered on oil volatility and another potential warning sign from China.

December 7, 2015

Stock Market Week Ahead: Consumer Spending, Energy Swings

Hired? Yes. But spending? After the increase in November payrolls reported on Friday, this week’s economic lineup of consumer sentiment, mortgage demand...

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December 4, 2015

Jobs Data Looks to Restore Market Confidence in Likely Fed Move

U.S. stock markets added to early modest gains and the U.S. dollar rose after November hiring stats proved stronger than Wall Street expected.

December 3, 2015

U.S. Stocks Slip as Europe’s Growth-Generating Efforts Studied

A choppy stock trading day may follow closely watched news from across the Atlantic, where the European Central Bank cut a deposit rate and took ...

December 2, 2015

Soggy Stock Start After SPX Clears Closely Watched 2100 Line; Fed in Focus

Stocks are mixed but look to build on mild gains after Tuesday’s broad-market push landed the S&P 500 (SPX) above the closely watched 2100 line ...

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December 1, 2015

Upbeat December Stock Start is Possible as Spending Brings Street Cheer

U.S. stock indexes pointed to a higher start for December, a day after a modestly weaker final November session slightly trimmed monthly gains.

November 30, 2015

Stock Week Ahead: Sizing Up Holiday Sales, Car Demand, Hiring Pace

Stocks largely gained in a thinly traded Thanksgiving week—small moves logged while Wall Street welcomed a spate of economic data and a cautious outlook ...

November 27, 2015

Holiday Optimism Props Up U.S. Stocks, Defying Global Drop

Early action in U.S. stocks pointed up this Black Friday, as thin volume with potential spurts of volatility colors a shortened trading session. Markets will close at 1 p.m. ...

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November 25, 2015

Stocks Trying for More Gains as Bearish Headlines Barely Dent the Mood

Early stock gains take shape Wednesday after a flurry of mostly bearish headlines in yesterday’s pre-market were shrugged off, allowing the major stock averages ...

November 24, 2015

Stocks Choppy as Downed Russian Plane Stirs Geopolitical Tension

It’s a shortened holiday week that’s already testing relationships. U.S. stock futures fell, recovered, and fell anew early Tuesday, after news reports said Turkey shot...

November 23, 2015

Short Stock Trading Week is Long on Economic, Earnings Drivers

How much potentially market-moving economic data can be stuffed into a shortened Thanksgiving week? Short answer: plenty.

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November 20, 2015

Weekly Stock Gain on Track, Made Possible By Wednesday’s Fed Cheer

Green screens flashed for major stock averages early Friday, keeping the main benchmarks on track to log a seventh weekly gain out of the past eight.

November 19, 2015

Stocks Rally as Fed Calm Returns to Street Psyche

Stocks gained Wednesday and could build on that move if early Thursday indicators hold. In fact, stock bulls around the world appeared to find some comfort in ...

November 18, 2015

Cautious Stock Trading Ahead of Fed Meeting Minutes

A choppy stock session could be in the works after a weaker-than-expected housing construction reading knocked some of the air out of Wall Street’s early gains ...

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November 17, 2015

Stocks May Find Traction in Wal-Mart Report, Inflation Data

Stocks are positioning for a stronger start Tuesday as Wall Street looks to slap together back-to-back gains after tough trading last week.

November 16, 2015

Stock Week Ahead: Volatility Potentially Flares as Fed Agenda in Question

U.S. stocks fell Friday, snapping a broad-market streak at six weekly wins. Stocks felt the tug from weak energy prices and revived nerves centered on ...

November 13, 2015

Freaky Friday for Stocks as Street Digests Soggy Data, Questions Fed

Broad stock averages headed lower Friday and put a streak of weekly wins in jeopardy. Is the bad luck of Friday the 13th at work? Probably not. This lower ...

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November 12, 2015

Stocks Back in Defensive Mode as Many Fed Members Take the Mike

It’s a tale of two banks. Bank one is the U.S. Federal Reserve and what many believe is an inclination there to raise interest rates sooner versus later.

November 11, 2015

Stock Sellers Take a Break as Fed Fears Cool Off

Broad stock averages are positioning for back to back gains on Wednesday after Tuesday’s late-session spring higher broke what had been a string of four declines...

November 10, 2015

S&P 500 Tracking Fifth Straight Drop as Fed Jitters Return

The S&P 500 (SPX) tips lower in early action, leaving the broad index on track for a fifth straight drop as worries for a potential interest rate overshoot brew again.

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November 9, 2015

Stock Week Ahead: Handicapping the Pace of Fed Moves is Back in Play

The S&P 500 (SPX) logged a sixth straight weekly gain even after a challenging Friday—a streak that most analysts think could have some backbone.

November 6, 2015

Stocks’ Weekly Gains Streak Looks to Get Lift From Strong Hiring

Stocks tilt higher and Treasury yields rise (moving the opposite of falling bond prices) after the latest labor market check-in shows the U.S. economy ...

November 5, 2015

S&P 500 Up on the Week But Continues its Churn Near 2100

Stocks are tipping higher in early action, with broader indexes finding traction on the back of mostly encouraging earnings news outside of the energy sector.

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November 4, 2015

Can Full Fed Docket, Job Market Clues Fuel Stock Win Streak?

Stocks bend higher in early action Wednesday, setting up the major averages for what could be a third straight day for gains, and so far largely untouched by ...

November 3, 2015

Solid November Start May Be Up for a Breather Amid Earnings, Deal News

Stocks started November by continuing October’s charge, but action turned choppy early Tuesday. The pause follows the Dow industrials’ ($DJI) move ..

November 2, 2015

Stock Week Ahead: Will Jobs Data Score Points for Fed Hawks?

Can November echo the stock market’s chart-busting October? It was the best single-month performance for broad averages in four years ...

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October 30, 2015

Few Boos Here—Stock Market Logging Best Month in Years

Small stock gains may be in order for Friday but that’s a headline buried by the fact the broader stock market is on track for its biggest monthly percentage gain ...

October 29, 2015

Is the Economy Just Hot Enough to Trigger a Dec. Rate Hike?

Stocks tip lower as Wall Street continues to chew over a strong signal from the Federal Reserve that a December interest rate hike is on the table.

October 28, 2015

Fed Reaction: No Action Today But December Hike Could Happen

As expected, the Federal Reserve took no action on interest rates Wednesday, delaying what will be the first rate hike since 2006 for at least another ...

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October 28, 2015

Fed Watch: Are Hawks and Doves Growing Further Apart?

With the Fed clock ticking, the stock market is tilting higher, snapping two days of declines, after a flurry of mostly upbeat earnings news ...

October 27, 2015

Pending Fed Decision, Apple Earnings Feed Choppy Stock Trading

Stocks hunkered down in a defensive position Tuesday following equity weakness overseas and a drop in a closely followed reading on big-ticket goods ...

October 26, 2015

Stock Week Ahead: Big Tests for Fed, Apple

Heading into a trading week packed with a pivotal Federal Reserve meeting and another flutter of earnings news, major stock averages have now retraced ...

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October 23, 2015

Tech Trio’s Upbeat Earnings Look to Power Stocks Higher

U.S. stocks appeared headed for Friday and weekly gains, boosted by a tech powerhouse threesome that delivered Street-beating earnings ...

October 22, 2015

Stocks Tip Higher as Big-Name Earnings Are All Over the Board

Broad stock indexes have a shot at the first higher finish in three days if early indicators hold. That’s after Wednesday’s deal-driven and IPO-fueled ...

October 21, 2015

Deals, Industrial-Sector Earnings, IPO Buzz Rally Stocks

Stock indicators point higher Wednesday with Wall Street energized by deal news and the buzz around Ferrari’s market debut. A mixed bag of earnings news ...

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October 20, 2015

Earnings Drizzle Leaves Major Stock Averages Soggy to Start

Stock indicators are in defensive mode Tuesday as earnings season largely disappoints a Wall Street that had braced itself for downbeat news.

October 19, 2015

Week Ahead: Housing Data May Fill in Gaps for Fed

It may not have been a pretty finish but the stock market’s Friday performance was enough to hand Wall Street bulls their third straight weekly gain.

October 16, 2015

Stocks Back to Pre-Plunge Territory, Can it Hold?

Leading U.S. stock averages point higher Friday after a rebound from a two-day drop landed the indexes back at key chart levels. Chinese stocks closed ...

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October 15, 2015

Stock Gains May Be Vulnerable to Fedspeak, Spotty Earnings

Stocks are positioning for mild gains Thursday, spurred on by an Asian stock advance. But the move could be vulnerable to volatility swings.

October 14, 2015

Stocks Twist on Signs of Economic Cooling Here and Abroad

Global stock shares slumped and may pull U.S. markets down, too, although equity futures trading was mixed early on. The big fundamental driver was yet another ...

October 13, 2015

Stock Streak at Risk after Mixed Earnings, Report of Oil Abundance

U.S. stocks indicated a sloppy open Tuesday, which could halt the Dow Jones Industrial Average’s ($DJI) longest win streak for 2015.

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October 12, 2015

Week Ahead: Bank Earnings and More Share Crowded Slate with Retail Data

There’s much to chew on in the stock market this week, not limited to an intensifying earnings line-up that features big banks ...

October 9, 2015

Weekly Stock Gains, Key Chart Tests in Sight as Fed, Earnings Loom

U.S. stocks could get a boost from upbeat global sentiment, although the prospects for uncertain Fed interest rate policy, and a potentially sketchy earnings ...

October 8, 2015

Streaking Stocks May Face Test in Fed Minutes, Heart of Earnings Season

U.S. stocks could churn in defensive action on Thursday, based on early indicators. Two potentially big market tests could be waiting in the afternoon release of ...

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October 7, 2015

Oil Price Bounce Could Grease Stock Market’s Next Move

U.S. stocks joined a global equity advance early Wednesday, as traders tracked the some 2% gain in crude oil prices and ignored spotty earnings news—for now.

October 6, 2015

Stock Win Streak at Risk as Street Braces for Earnings Unknown

Pre-earnings choppiness may be in order with stocks tipping lower after several sessions of gains. That included five straight higher finishes ...

October 5, 2015

Can S&P 500 Defy Another Quarter Marked for a Projected Earnings Slump?

Does anyone think that volatility will quiet down anytime soon, especially with earnings season on its way? Not likely.

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October 2, 2015

Hiring Freeze? Weak Job Data Complicates Fed Picture, Sends Stocks Lower

Stocks fell early Friday after the latest snapshot of U.S. job growth shocked many with its wide shortfall in expected September hiring. They rebounded late.

October 1, 2015

Stock Mood Change? Q4 Off to Solid Start Despite Global Factory Slowdown

An ugly Q3 in the books clouds the near-term reality—U.S. stocks were positioning for a third straight day of gains in early action.

September 30, 2015

Stock Market Tries for Vulnerable Gains to End Bruising Quarter

That may be a collective “Amen” heard round the markets as we close the books on a Q3 that delivered the steepest declines for a number of the globe’s leading ...

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September 29, 2015

Stock Sellers May Come Up for Air but Market Vulnerability Remains

An early Tuesday stock market bounce was taking shape but action could remain volatile as Wall Street posted its lowest close since late August ...

September 28, 2015

Jobs Data Crowns Busy Trading Week that Puts Washington in Spotlight

Stock market volatility could ramp up as Capitol Hill’s budget scramble and Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s sit-down shares the Federal Reserve’s spotlight ...

September 25, 2015

Fed’s Yellen Opens Up About Rate Hikes, Stocks Take Off

Remember way back to earlier this year when the slightest hint that the Federal Reserve was getting ready to raise interest rates for the first time since 2006...

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September 24, 2015

Fed’s Yellen’s Inflation Stance May Hold Market’s Short-Term Fate

Stock indications point lower Thursday, setting up what could be a third straight drop for a nervous Street looking ahead to an early evening speech on inflation ...

September 23, 2015

Stocks Tip Scale Back to Buying as Choppy Trading Persists

U.S. stocks flash early signals for gains on Wednesday, defying what’s so far been sloppy two-directional trading in Europe and hefty declines across most Asian ...

September 22, 2015

Fed, China Puzzle Leaves Street Unsettled in Data-Light Week

A Tuesday retreat for U.S. stocks is taking shape but the culprit is elusive. Asia gained, but Europe followed up with broad stock declines ...

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September 21, 2015

Fed Speak, Housing Data Dominate a Week That Keeps Rate Debate Alive

Federal Reserve policy obsession has died down since last week’s interest rate meeting but hasn’t entirely disappeared. The “will they or won’t they?” tug ...

September 18, 2015

Fed Flexibility or Uncertainty? Slumping Stock Market’s Not Sure

Volatility is back to stay and how that sits with traders just depends on who you ask. The no-action Federal Reserve has a lot to do with market gyrations ...

September 17, 2015

Fed Reaction: Stocks Mixed as Rate Hike Could Still Happen in 2015

Stocks were jostled in the immediate wake of a no-action Federal Reserve meeting. The panel left key lending rates unchanged, but some members signaled...

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September 16, 2015

Heated Fed Debate Idles Stocks as Rate Hike Remains Tough Call

The Federal Reserve huddles today for the first session of a two-day meeting that industry analysts believe is the closest interest rate policy call in recent memory.

September 15, 2015

Stock Action in Limbo Ahead of Fed’s Tough Decision

U.S. stock market action is essentially suspended, jiggling between narrow gains and losses, as participants await the Thursday decision by the Fed ...

September 14, 2015

Fed Rate Hike: For First Time in Years, Truly a Toss-Up

Fed. Fed. Fed. Fed. Did you hear? The Federal Reserve has a meeting this week. And wouldn’t you know it, plenty of stock uncertainty is in the mix.

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September 11, 2015

Oil Slide Pressures Stocks but Weekly Gain Intact

Stocks point lower in early action but a weekly gain for the major averages is still salvageable and adds to the tension facing interest rate decision-makers.

September 10, 2015

Good Economic News is Depressing Street, Seen Greenlighting Fed Hike

Sloppiness for European and Asian shares could spread to U.S. equities, although the futures market bobbed between gains and losses in a follow-up to ...

September 9, 2015

Apple Product Parade Returns Stock Market's Focus to Big Names

Today’s story might get micro, real fast. If there’s one individual stock that can grip the entire market with news, it’s Apple.

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September 8, 2015

Stocks Goosed by Hopes China’s Sagging Numbers Will Trigger Stimulus

U.S. stock indexes are positioned to start a holiday-shortened week with gains, taking cues from relative stability in Chinese markets even as China’s ...

September 4, 2015

August’s Ho-Hum Hiring May Not Be Enough to Slow Fed

Early stock indicators slumped ahead of and after a fuzzy Friday morning job-market report that only intensifies the debate around the mid-month ...

September 3, 2015

Can Stocks Log Three Wins in a Row? Ready-to-Act ECB Could Help

U.S. stocks logged early gains Thursday, spurred on by European stock gains after dovish comments from the European Central Bank.

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September 2, 2015

China’s Stock Bounce Translates to U.S. Gains, Boosted By Jobs Data

Calm temporarily returned to Chinese markets, helped by a looming two-day market close for a holiday there and a report in the Chinese press of pledge ...

September 1, 2015

September is Stocks’ Cruelest Month but Did Punishment Come Early?

Strap in. This retreat is no small affair as long as China’s economic problems and interest rate uncertainty smother financial markets. The downbeat backdrop ...

August 31, 2015

Will U.S. Stocks Follow Asia’s Red-Ink Finish to a Volatile August?

After one of the craziest weeks in memory, Wall Street digs in for more volatility as investors revalue the stock market. This mind shift plays out ...

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August 28, 2015

Volatile End to Dizzying Week? Market Turmoil Clouds Fed Talks

A propped-up Chinese stock market logged a second day of gains but the action may not be enough to soothe jittery investors across major markets ...

August 27, 2015

Flimsy Rebound or Stock Staying-Power? Oil, China, GDP Factor in Trading

Can this stock market bounce stretch to back-to-back days? Early action pointed to U.S. stock gains, which would build on a late-day Wednesday rally ...

August 26, 2015

Rally May Find Legs in Factory Data, Deal News but Volatility Persists

U.S. stocks positioned for another rally attempt, with Wall Street spurred on by China’s scurry to plump up the globe’s second-largest economy ...

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August 25, 2015

Be Ready – Stock Stampede Works Both Ways

China’s new day dawned with aggressive stock selling even as its central bank cut interest rates for the fifth time since November and shored up bank reserves.

August 24, 2015

Update: Rocky Conditions Return for Market’s Week Ahead

Monday’s stock market washout has been all but mopped up this afternoon—a sign that high-volume volatility is likely to be a multi-week event, not a few days’ ...

August 21, 2015

Update: Healthy Haircut for Stocks? SPX 2000 Must Hold

Is this the stock market’s healthy back-to-school haircut? Or a butch that will force the bulls (and the Federal Reserve) to take a good look at the global economy?

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August 20, 2015

Stocks Continue to Slide on Oil Slick, Fed Fuzziness

Stocks were on track for a third day in the red as traders come to terms with an indecisive Federal Reserve and the continued slump in oil prices ...

August 19, 2015

New Concern for Stock Investors? Housing-Sector Inflation

Early stock indicators point lower, remaining there after a report showed U.S. consumer prices edged up marginally but included a jump in housing...

August 18, 2015

China’s Misfire Dents Stock Shares, Though Housing Starts Limit Street Losses

China’s fresh currency and stock plunge are yanking U.S. stocks lower in early action Tuesday, leaving Monday’s respectable U.S. housing-boosted stock ...

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August 17, 2015

Has the Fed had to Rethink its Policy Approach? Minutes Could Tell

Just how worried is the Federal Reserve that global currency gaps and falling crude oil prices could derail the central bank’s course to wean the U.S. economy...

August 14, 2015

Sloppy Finish Could Sap Stocks’ Weekly Gains

Weekly gains for U.S. stocks were in jeopardy given Friday’s sloppy start. The major averages struggled to find a definitive direction as Wall Street ...

August 13, 2015

U.S. Stocks Churn as Part of Global Bounce — Retail Picture Still Not Clear

Taking cues from Asia and Europe, U.S. stocks tipped higher early Thursday, but trimmed gains, while the dollar eased slightly and Treasury yields rose ...

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August 12, 2015

Currency-Induced Volatility Hits Broad Stock Averages; Apple, Too

U.S. stocks pointed to steep losses Wednesday as whipsaw action continues. Monday’s strong bounce erased last week’s stock losses; Tuesday’s tumble ...

August 11, 2015

Global Markets Ruffled After China Devalues Currency

China’s latest efforts to shore up its economy set global markets spinning on Tuesday, including stock selloffs in Asia and Europe that look to spread ...

August 10, 2015

Commodities, Retail Tests Leave Stocks Skimming Low End of Range

U.S. stock indexes positioned for a mild Monday bounce but did little to shake Wall Street from its cautious posture. The nagging issue of a sky-high dollar’s ...

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August 7, 2015

Jobs Report Good Enough? Rate Markets Nudge Up September Hike Odds

U.S. stock index futures fell, Treasury yields edged up, and the dollar gained after the latest installment of jobs data was perceived to be strong enough ...

August 6, 2015

Stocks Shuffle After Low-Velocity Results from Tesla, Green Mountain

Stocks twisted between narrow gains and losses in Thursday’s early action as participants digest continued revenue misses, including from Tesla (TSLA) ...

August 5, 2015

Stock Market in Limbo as Fed Decision Up in the Air

The stock market looks to snap a three-day slide, untethering for now from a deteriorating Apple’s (AAPL) grip on the broader market and watching the Fed.

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August 4, 2015

Choppy Stock Trading Looks to Follow the Whims of Crude Oil, Apple

U.S. stocks look set for a choppy trading day, likely taking cues once again from the volatile crude oil market. Crude prices bounced slightly Tuesday ...

August 3, 2015

Stock Market Mood Back to Neutral Ahead of Key Jobs Report

July ended largely with a whimper on Wall Street, which may suit stock market bulls just fine. When the commotion stirred by a washout in commodities ...

July 31, 2015

Stocks Wobbly as July Wraps with Notable Drops for Oil, Chinese Stocks

A shaky U.S. stock session could be in the works on Friday, fueled in part by end-of-the-month position-squaring by large participants.

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July 30, 2015

That’s Better — Economy Recovered in Q2, But Enough to Force Fed?

Early stock indicators soured and Treasury yields rose Thursday after an improved Q2 GDP reading wasn’t quite up to snuff and jobless benefits claims ticked higher.

July 29, 2015

Stocks Edge Higher But Suspended in Pre-Fed Uncertainty

The stock market is trying for back-to-back winning sessions after logging a five-session losing streak. A looming Fed statement limits early action.

July 28, 2015

Sliding Wall Street Pauses Even as China Drops Again

Early stock action pointed to cautious gains on Tuesday, the first after a five-session slide that has tracked China’s stock market retreat and a washout in commodities ...

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July 27, 2015

Stocks Track Commodities Pullback, Fed Timing Puzzle

Stocks tracked commodities into a bearish funk last week and early Monday—a shift in backdrop as investors navigate another heavy round of corporate ...

July 24, 2015

Weekly Stock Losses Could Follow Commodities Shake Out, China’s Growth Pause

Early stock indicators point up but there’s likely not enough conviction to reverse weekly losses for the broader market. Bulls may declare short-term victory if ...

July 23, 2015

Global Growth Concerns Creeping Into Earnings Outlooks, CAT Included

Bulls and bears are able to pick their spots as the earnings barrage continues. More than 10% of the S&P 500 (SPX) reports today alone.

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July 22, 2015

Apple’s Sales Outlook Sours Tech Stock, Broad Market Sentiment

Wall Street had pretty much hitched its wagon to Apple (AAPL) on the way up for much of this year; AAPL itself is up 39% over the past year.

July 21, 2015

Tentative Stock Trading Near Records Ahead of Apple’s Earnings

All eyes are on Apple (AAPL), limiting stock market action in the meantime. AAPL, a component of S&P 500 (SPX), has the potential to lift the broad index ...

July 20, 2015

Stock Volatility at 2015 Low as Earnings-Fueled Mood Runs High

Greece who? Technology was last week’s stock driver. Do tech-sector earnings—and the broader market—have the legs for more upside?

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July 17, 2015

Record Closes and Dizzying Heights: Tech Earnings Boost Indexes

Liftoff! The Nasdaq is up for five of the last six days; yesterday it closed at all-time record highs. The tech-heavy index could get an even bigger boost today ...

July 16, 2015

Greece Bailout Clears Vote; Fed’s Yellen Confirms Hike Expectations for Congress

The market sold off slightly yesterday, ending a four-day streak of higher closes on concerns about the internal vote overnight from Greece. But a successful vote ...

July 15, 2015

SPX Breaks Resistance; Fed Chief Yellen Visits Congress

Yesterday’s rally gave us the first consecutive four-day winning streak for the S&P 500 (SPX) since January. The index pierced through resistance at the 2100 level. ...

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July 14, 2015

Earnings Season! Meeting Expectations Is Great, But Revenue Is Greater

Yesterday’s trading saw a second day of strong gains—once again most major indexes were up nearly 1%. The Greek deal continues to set a positive tone for the ...

July 13, 2015

Stock Market Drama Expands Beyond Greece to Bank Earnings, Fed-Speak

July fireworks continued into a second week and could persist as a plunge—followed by a mild bounce—in Chinese stock shares, plus more bailout drama ...

July 10, 2015

Optimism is a Powerful Stock Driver—Street Tracks Greece, China Bounce

And a new day dawns. Bulls may have the upper hand Friday as early broad stock indicators suggest U.S. markets could follow the rebound for battered Chinese...

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July 9, 2015

Breather Time? Stock Market Breaks from Selling, Turns to Earnings

Wall Street’s sellers look likely to come up for air in an expected recovery session on Thursday. That’s after stock averages were battered on Wednesday ...

July 8, 2015

Never Mind ‘Grexit’ Risk for Now, Exodus is in Chinese Stocks

U.S. stocks could join the global retreat, part of a ripple launched in China. Chinese shares plunged pre-halts as investors there largely shrugged off a series of ...

July 7, 2015

U.S. Stocks Tip Higher Even as Greece Pins European Stocks, Euro Lower

U.S. stock futures tip higher in early action although traders are reluctant to stick out their necks given the tenuous situation for the eurozone.

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July 6, 2015

Comedy or Tragedy: Get Used to More Greek Drama; Earnings Under Way

It’ll be interesting to see if company-specific news can crawl out from Greece’s news shadow and bring a new focus to a Wall Street that limped ...

July 2, 2015

Far From a Firecracker of a Jobs Report – And Wall Street’s Okay With That

Not great. Just okay? Hard to find the right words for this much-anticipated economic report. It’s hard, too, to tell if the largely positive early reaction ...

July 1, 2015

Stocks Looking Up After Closing the Books on Ugly Q2

Bulls have moved on, apparently. It’s all sunshine and roses to start a new quarter with stocks pointed higher in early action. Glass-half-full participants choose ...

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June 30, 2015

Greece’s Dicey Dance Shakes Stock Volatility from Spring Slumber

U.S. stocks have a big bounce in sight for Tuesday, a day after a Greek-led selloff bruised markets around the globe. Monday’s move was enough to shake ...

June 29, 2015

Stock Uncertainty Swells as Gully Widens for Greece

A nail-biter for Greece and China, major U.S. economic data, and end-of-quarter position squaring headline a holiday-abbreviated trading week.

June 26, 2015

Stock Market Fireworks May Come Early with China’s Plunge and Greece’s Gap

We may not go quietly into the weekend. China’s flirtation with bear territory and the continued clod-footed dance between Greece and its creditors leave ...

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June 25, 2015

Stocks Higher but Move Lacks Traction as Greek Troubles Persist

Wall Street was trying for tepid stock market gains Thursday, a mild rebound from its finish in the red on Wednesday. Upbeat consumer spending news ...

June 24, 2015

Stock Streak at Risk as GDP Revision Uninspiring, Gully Persists in Greek Talks

Even bulls need to catch their breath. The S&P 500 (SPX) has gained in five of the last six trading days but may churn in mixed to lower action Wednesday.

June 23, 2015

Greece Nearer to Buying Some Time and That’s Enough for Wall Street

You can hang a lot on hope. And it’s the hope for a short-term Greek debt resolution that’s propping up U.S. and European equity indexes.

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June 22, 2015

Rate-Sensitive Stocks Lag as Strong Finish Caps Steady-Eddy First Half

The S&P 500 (SPX) clings to a 2.8% year-to-date gain while market volatility measures sit near 2015 lows with just seven trading days remaining in Q2.

June 19, 2015

Will Win Streak Hold? Street Prefers Fed’s Love to Greece’s Fight

Stocks are jockeying for a fourth straight session of gains, riding high on the dovish tone set by the Federal Reserve earlier this week. The bulls are shrugging off ...

June 18, 2015

Fed Doves Coo, Stock Market Softly Trudges Forward

Stocks wrapped Wednesday’s choppy post-Fed session a touch in the green. Early indicators today set up the broader market for a three-session win streak ...

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June 17, 2015

Fed Jitters Hold Stock Market Captive, So What Happens Post-Meeting?

Stocks tip higher in early action Wednesday although subdued trading remains the norm. I know plenty of traders drooling for the 2 p.m. ET Fed statement ...

June 16, 2015

Greece Has Spotlight but Bigger Pressure is on Fed’s Yellen to Deliver Clarity

U.S. stock averages were on track for a third straight session in the red with Wall Street cautious given the lack of progress for Greece’s debt talks ...

June 15, 2015

Greece, Fed Hold the Focus as Street Readies for New Rate Reality

The S&P 500 (SPX) has seen its fair share of ups and downs in the first half of June, but the overall direction lacks conviction. Or is that changing? Like, real soon.

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June 12, 2015

U.S. Stocks Hobbled as Officials Stomp Out of Greek Talks, PPI Gains

Why can’t we all just get along? European stock markets fell Friday for the first time in three days and global stock sentiment was sullied after ...

June 11, 2015

Stocks Wobbly as Strong Retail Report Might Mean Aggressive Fed Response

Stocks are shaky to start a new trading session, twisting flat to lower in the immediate wake of a report showing a gain in May retail sales.

June 10, 2015

Stock Sellers Come Up for Air but the Sting of Higher Yields Still in Focus

A mixed finish for major stock averages on Tuesday and choppy early action is likely considered a minor victory for stock bulls. As sellers pause, the broader ...

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June 9, 2015

Stocks Flirt with Breakout at Range Bottom as China’s Slump, Fed Move in Focus

U.S. stock averages were on track for a fourth straight losing session based on early weakness Tuesday. Chinese stocks fell after wimpy inflation data ...

June 8, 2015

Is a Warning Brewing as Volatility Gains Heat Up?

Volatility gains were tracked across a number of asset classes during several days of choppy trading last week. Last week marked the first time in a month ...

June 5, 2015

Economy Turns Job-Generator and Wall Street’s Turned Off?

Investors’ collective knee-jerk reaction to the robust May jobs report issued Friday morning was noticeably negative. It marked another trip into an alternative ...

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June 4, 2015

Street in Wait-and-See Mood as Greece Puts Up a Fight, Job Data on Tap

We’re seeing tepid volumes and a few more folks holding their nose at risk as we inch closer to Friday’s payrolls report and a number of potential ...

June 3, 2015

Traction for U.S. Stocks after Solid Private Hiring Data, Europe’s Optimism

Choppy trading near record highs for the major stock indexes is getting a little boring, but it’s also been a productive time for some traders ...

June 2, 2015

Greek Drama, Looming Jobs Data, Beefy Dollar Keep Stock Traders on Edge

Early stock action Tuesday is all over the board, driven by Greece’s saga, jitters ahead of Friday’s closely watched monthly jobs data, and renewed ...

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June 1, 2015

After Choppy May, Will Payrolls Bring a Stock Market Payoff?

The final week of May was a seesaw affair on Wall Street without much conviction or direction. Choppy trading seemed to reflect uncertainty on several fronts ...

May 29, 2015

Negative GDP Reading (Again) but Stock Market Little Moved

Gross domestic product (GDP)—the broadest of the economic measures—contracted (again!), according to revised data out this morning.

May 28, 2015

Home on the Range? Stock Market Stuck as Rate Worries Linger

Christmas came early? But that’s not necessarily a bullish nod. The major index charts are nearly equally striped red and green—one day up, one day down ...

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May 27, 2015

Stock Market Comes Up For Air After Swoon on Fed, Commodities Fears

Bulls looked to muscle out the bears early Wednesday, indicating a mild rebound from a sharp selloff in the previous trading session ...

May 26, 2015

Too Soon for Summer’s “Low Vol” Sentiment to Grip Street?

It was more whimper than roar, but the S&P 500 (SPX) ground to another record high last week. This achievement was scored within whisker-thin trading ...

May 22, 2015

Consumer Inflation Burns a Little Hotter, So Stocks Cool Off

U.S. stock averages opened a touch in the red Friday after a stronger-than-expected consumer price index report raised worries for higher interest rates ...

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May 21, 2015

Waiting for a Driver – Stocks Choppy as Earnings, M&A, Economic Data Flow

Choppy trading continues early Thursday, still near record highs, after an important close for the bulls when the S&P 500 (SPX) held 2120 ...

May 20, 2015

Stock Market Hunkers Down Ahead of Fed Interest Rate Update

U.S. stock market indicators were confined to tight ranges early today, with many participants holding back ahead of the afternoon release of ...

May 19, 2015

S&P 500’s Record Close Puts Tough 2140 Line in Street’s Sight

Well, another day, another S&P 500 (SPX) record. And now the challenge is 2140, formidable resistance and yet only a whisker away ...

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May 18, 2015

So Much for Market-Cooling Rate Jitters? Volatility Near 2015 Lows

The six-year bull market lives on after the S&P 500 (SPX) finished at record highs—and in a week for mediocre economic and earnings numbers ...

May 15, 2015

Ugly Week Could Turn to Pretty Finish in Record Stock Territory

Stocks have been all over the board this week yet the S&P 500 (SPX) notched a fresh record closing high on Thursday. Early indicators suggest it could try to ...

May 14, 2015

Stock Bulls Hanging In There as Data Duds Seen Slowing the Fed

Stocks tip higher in early action as Wall Street embraces lackluster economic data as an indication the Federal Reserve, although not backing away ...

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May 13, 2015

Questions Plague Street. First Up: Where’s the U.S. Consumer?

U.S. stocks were trying to claw back from a two-day losing streak, a down move that sent the Dow Jones Industrial Average to test its 50-day moving average ...

May 12, 2015

Bond Market’s Bruising Spreads to Stocks

Soggy trading at the get-go today as stocks largely track the bond market. Although we did have a stock index selloff Monday, particularly on the close, volume was ...

May 11, 2015

Job Growth Satisfied. Can Retailers Deliver?

Stocks and bonds rallied Friday although maintained recent ranges after the April jobs report felt like the three bears’ third bowl of porridge—not too hot to raise ...

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May 8, 2015

Jobs Report: Not Too Hot, Not Too Cold for Wary Wall Street?

The latest temperature reading for the U.S. job market is … a comforting middle of the road? The report was not quite as strong as Street economists ...

May 7, 2015

Stocks Are Rocky as Yellen Sweats Valuation, Europe’s Bond Yields Rise

U.S. stock markets flashed a deep-in-the-red open early Thursday then clawed back to near even as a better-than-expected jobless claims reading paled next to ...

May 6, 2015

Cold Comfort: Slower Jobs Growth Could Slow Fed Policy

If the stock market wasn’t already fixated on Friday’s jobs report, it likely is now. That’s after a pretty ugly report on private-sector hiring from ADP ...

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May 5, 2015

Fresh Stock Records Dangling Overhead But That Jobs Report Looms

Wall Street is spinning its wheels early Tuesday after Monday’s flat finish followed two days of gains for the major indexes. The S&P 500 (SPX) closed ...

May 4, 2015

Ultra-Low Stock Volatility May Greet Vital Jobs Report

Risk perceptions are down sharply by many measures, but not all. Check out the bond market. Treasury prices fell sharply last week, driving 10-year yields ...

May 1, 2015

Will May Live Up to ‘Sell’ Label? Sector-Watching Matters

May kicks off with analysts and investors debating if the old “sell in May and go away” banner still flies. Just as many pundits love to punch holes in the theory.

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April 30, 2015

Stocks Slip as Fed Dismisses Q1 Slump, Keeps Rate Options Open

It’s been a tough few days on Wall Street with little early news on Thursday that points to a reversal of fortune. A fuzzy Federal Reserve statement may ...

April 29, 2015

Few Envy Fed: GDP Sputter Only Complicates Rate Timing

“Caution” has been the stock market’s buzz word this week and today could be no different ahead of the afternoon Fed statement release.

April 28, 2015

Pre-Fed Jitters Dull Some of Apple’s Earnings Shine

Hear that? A quiet woo-hoo on Wall Street as Apple’s (AAPL) results blew past estimates. The early reaction leaves its shares on track for a record.

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April 27, 2015

Apple Earnings, Fed’s Comfort Level Fight for Market Attention

After tacking on another 2.5% over the past few weeks, the S&P 500 (SPX) scratched out a fresh record high heading into the final four trading days of April ...

April 24, 2015

Formidable Tech Trio Could Launch Stocks to New Highs

If Friday’s early stock action is any indicator, more tech-sector upside is possible on the shoulders of (AMZN), Microsoft (MSFT), and Google (GOOG) ...

April 23, 2015

Strong Dollar's Sting, Revenue Results Dominate Earnings Chatter

Early stock market action tips lower. Barely. Still, it’s a sign that few participants may be willing to stick their necks out as big-name tech stocks ...

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April 22, 2015

Can Technology Earnings Tear Stocks Free From Limbo?

Technology earnings queue up in the post-close hours, a cap to blue-chip earnings that delivered mostly bullish news. Revenue continues to be the pain point ...

April 21, 2015

Big Blue and Big Mac Front Revenue-Obsessed Earnings Week

A revenue-obsessed earnings week continues, but the net effect so far has been a choppy market, dangling around the key 2100 line in the S&P 500 (SPX).

April 20, 2015

Tech Earnings Parade Follows Volatile Week for Stocks

Stock investor sentiment was rattled Friday when worrisome headlines from overseas diverted attention from earnings. Tech results could be another test ...

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April 17, 2015

China’s Regulatory Shift Ripples Across Global Stock Markets

Friday’s stock market influence could come from afar if the selling current that started in Asia and carried to Europe washes up on U.S. shores.

April 16, 2015

Netflix Delivers and Housing Thaws But Repeat Stock Performance Challenged

It’s been a slow, sometimes painful, grind but bulls got their win—the S&P 500 (SPX) cleared 2100 at Wednesday’s close. By a hair. Bulls will be looking for more ...

April 15, 2015

Tough Revenue Expectations Color Start of Earnings Season

Sometimes profit isn’t enough. Wall Street is proving to be a bit of a stickler when it comes to revenue generation reported in this earnings round.

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April 14, 2015

Mixed Earnings, Sub-Par Retail Bounce Fail to Meet Street’s Tough Standards

After a day of drift on Monday, this morning brings some of the highly anticipated earnings that much of Wall Street has been waiting for.

April 13, 2015

Stocks Elevated, Anxiety Low. But Here Come the Bank Earnings

Well, whadda ya know? Choppy trading actually turned into two consecutive winning weeks for the S&P 500 (SPX) for a push above closely watched 2100 ...

April 10, 2015

Big News Day for Giants: GE’s Done Banking, Apple Makes ‘Em Wait

Good old fashioned deal-making could lift the mood on Wall Street in this week’s final trading day. General Electric (GE) makes what some Street analysts claim is ...

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April 9, 2015

Stocks Waver as Some Wonder if a Patient Fed is an Uncertain Fed

Wednesday marked another day of intra-session swings but little change for major stock averages once the final bell clanged. Is Thursday off to a similar start?

April 8, 2015

Alcoa Launches Earnings Season That Leaves Many Bracing for Bad News

Nod off at your own risk as a potential snoozer in early market action could quickly change. Looming events include Fed intelligence and Alcoa’s (AA) results.

April 7, 2015

What Will Earnings, Oil's Next Turn Reveal About State of the World?

Early stock action is choppy as participants have to dig deep to follow up a respectable Monday advance absent a ton of fresh data due today and with the next earnings ...

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April 6, 2015

Was Jobs Report Stinker So Bad? Earnings May Mean More

Good Friday delivered the worst job market report in 15 months and leaves many in the stock market wondering if a Federal Reserve interest rate hike is on ice.

April 2, 2015

Another Sloppy Stock Day as Jobs Report, Long Weekend Loom?

Yes, yesterday’s close marked a back-to-back drop and the sixth lower finish out of the past eight sessions. But the remarkable aspect ...

April 1, 2015

Hang on Tight, Stock Volatility Finds Spring Awakening

Volatility woke up early Wednesday morning as Asia’s stock market drop and a fresh flurry of “safe haven” yen buying after a weaker Japanese business ...

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March 31, 2015

Can Deal-Driven Stock Stamina Continue as Quarter Closes?

Add it up: Over $17 billion in deals in Monday’s session to push major stock indices solidly higher for the day. That included the strongest session for ...

March 30, 2015

Will Good Friday Jobs Release Be Kind to Stocks?

Put another quarter in the books. As Q1 wraps this week, new job market data and end-of-quarter position-squaring are likely to drive market action ...

March 27, 2015

Losing Skid is Deepest Since January as Economy Paused

Five days of red? U.S. stock futures maintained negative ground and the dollar turned lower as the government had no revision to a 2.2% U.S. Q4 GDP reading ...

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March 26, 2015

Could Stock Market's Wake-Up Call Come From Afar?

Stock indicators are flashing warning signs for a second day and the biggest headline overnight may be renewed Middle East tensions ...

March 25, 2015

Durable-Goods Downer Could Kill Mega-Deal Buzz

Is there some secret holiday at work in the stock and currency markets that I’m unaware of? Volume is non-existent, with only deal buzz potentially stirring ...

March 24, 2015

Sloppy Stocks Track Mixed Batch of Data, Dollar Slack

Wall Street’s leading stock averages finished with a tint of red on Monday thanks to a late-day pullback. But the tiny move still allowed the S&P 500 (SPX) to cling ...

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March 23, 2015

Stock Volatility Cools but Other Markets Stay Heated

Last week’s turnaround snapped the broader stock market’s weekly losing streak and landed the S&P 500 (SPX) within striking distance of a fresh record high ...

March 20, 2015

After All That, Stocks Could Clock Weekly Gain

Oil stained the stock averages again on Thursday yet early indications today leave Wall Street on track for roughly 1.8% to 3% weekly gains.

March 19, 2015

Sloppy Footing for Stocks After Fed’s Dove Delivers

Little traction for stocks early today on the heels of a volatile session on Wednesday, when the indexes wiped away early losses to close sharply higher.

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March 18, 2015

Fed Fears, Crude Reality? The Waiting Continues

No one’s really afraid of the Federal Reserve. Janet Yellen and crew are getting pretty good at clueing markets in to their process. And, today’s policy meeting ...

March 17, 2015

Soggy Housing Data Add to Pre-Fed Stress

Wall Street is struggling for repeat green this St. Patrick’s Day even after robust gains lit up the screens in a light-volume rally.

March 16, 2015

Will Fed Open Door to Rate Hike, More Stock Losses?

The roller coaster continued on Wall Street and may not stop as another potentially market-moving Federal Reserve meeting dominates the agenda this week.

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March 13, 2015

Wild Week Wraps with Attention Already on Fed

Back on the plus-side! Anyone else’s neck kinked after this week’s swings? Tugged higher by Thursday’s gains for financial shares, stocks logged their biggest gain ...

March 12, 2015

Stock Market Follows the Money, Eyeing Euro Parity

The stock market followed up its worst day in five months with a soggy finish on Wednesday as fears bubble up for the health of future export-sensitive earnings.

March 11, 2015

Could Fed Uncertainty Take Street Out at the Knees?

Early stock indicators today do show stock sellers coming up for air, but there’s likely little to change sentiment heading into the Fed meeting next week.

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March 10, 2015

Street Struggling to Shake Rate-Hike Nerves

The stock market has been on edge since a February payrolls report ignited speculation the Fed could start to tighten the monetary policy screws.

March 9, 2015

Wobbly SPX Sectors Attached at the Hip; New Worry for Bulls

The S&P 500 suffered its biggest loss in two months as March roared in like a lion. And the main driver behind Friday’s stock crumble was actually “good” news.

March 6, 2015

Jobs Report Packs More Questions Than Answers

Can you hear the collective hmmm from the stock market? The February payrolls report was good. No doubt. But great?

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March 5, 2015

Caution Creeps In On China Growth Cut, Payrolls Nerves

Early stock indicators reveal some Wall Street worry following a haircut for China’s economy and another potentially critical meeting of the European Central Bank.

March 4, 2015

Stock Pressure Percolating Ahead of Payrolls Data

U.S. stock markets shuffle in the red as record highs and the NASDAQ Composite's tickle of 5,000 has ...

March 3, 2015

Stocks Sluggish, Volatility Low After NASDAQ 5K

Plenty of high-water marks of note to kick off the week, and yet, a pretty sluggish trade in the early going on Tuesday ...

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March 2, 2015

March: In Like a Lion or In Like a Bull?

After a touch-and-go start to 2015, the S&P 500 (SPX) banged out a solid 5.4% February gain and is up 2.2% year to date. Now, a couple of market tests are hitting ...

February 27, 2015

Tech, Small Caps Headline February Gains

Fresh record highs lit up the boards on Thursday, although the S&P 500 (SPX) closed a whisker in the red, weighed down by energy stocks ...

February 26, 2015

Durable Data in Factory-Sector Report

Ms. Yellen is done. We can all get back to trading now. And two of the first pieces of economic information for the Fed and markets alike included ...

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February 25, 2015

Fed Fears Quieted But Dollar Does Some Damage

Back for more today with the smooth-talking Janet Yellen. Her tone on Tuesday pushed stocks up to—ho hum—another record high ...

February 24, 2015

Is Street Watching Fed’s Yellen Like a Hawk?

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen heads to Capitol Hill Tuesday for the first of two days of congressional testimony ...

February 23, 2015

Will Skinny Market Moves Hold in Data-Packed Week?

With earnings season winding down and a temporary Greek debt deal hammered out, stock market attention turns this week to a full slate of economic data ...

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February 20, 2015

Oil, Greece Bring Waiting Game to Stocks

Friday is possibly shaping up to mirror Thursday’s very narrow stock action, a day that left the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) and S&P 500 (SPX) flat ...

February 19, 2015

Oil Slump, Greece Grind Blamed for Lost Fed Buzz

The Federal Reserve’s stock market gift was chucked aside early Thursday, sullied by drops for crude prices and related energy shares and Greece's slowed progress ...

February 18, 2015

Pause at the Top? Marking Time Ahead of Greece, Fed

The S&P 500 (SPX) tickled 2100 for a new record high on Tuesday. The relatively bump-free move to this level could cause the bulls to pause for breath ...

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February 17, 2015

Will Greece Pull Out the Rug on Patient Bulls?

February’s first two weeks sure have rewarded patient investors. But an impasse in Greek debt talks may grate on some nerves ...

February 13, 2015

Stock Market: Second Wind or Left a Little Breathless?

Wall Street looks ready to grab Europe’s coattails today (a strong showing for Asian equities helps, too) as better-than-expected German growth numbers...

February 12, 2015

Ukraine Peace, Greece Progress Cheer Stock Bulls

Ukraine had been all but eliminated from business press headlines in recent weeks. Not so early Thursday. Stock indicators point up ...

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February 11, 2015

Greek Drama Holds Stock Market Captive

Stocks scratched back late Tuesday but that momentum fizzled in overnight and early action today. Wall Street, and much of the world, anxiously awaits a decision on ...

February 10, 2015

Street Mood Sways With Hope for Greek Cure

The Federal Reserve may continue to emphasize the relative insulation of the U.S. economy from Europe’s shocks. Wall Street? Not so convinced...

February 9, 2015

For SPX and VIX, Conscious Uncoupling?

February is off to a fast start. The S&P 500 (SPX) rallied in three of the last five trading sessions and erased nearly all of its losses from January. SPX got a lift from ...

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February 6, 2015

Hey, Wage Gains: Welcome to the Party

It’s hard to find much wrong with the January jobs report, especially one that included signs of life for those elusive wage gains ...

February 5, 2015

U.S. Focus Back on Earnings as Greece Put in its Place

Early indicators point up for U.S. stocks as a late-day scare from Greece apparently looks a little better in the light of a new day...

February 4, 2015

Tough Crowd: Good Earnings Not Good Enough

Earnings, the dollar, and oil are driving this market but, really, it’s about the black gold, baby. Stocks remain cozied up to the crude market, pulling back ...

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February 3, 2015

Will Factory Data Gum the Gears, Spoil Oil-Led Rally?

No shortage of early drivers for U.S. stocks. That includes potential newsmakers on your front porch and way Down Under ...

February 2, 2015

Stock Blanket of Red as Earnings, Data Don’t Let Up

Welcome to February. The first week of the shortest month plunges us into another round of trading sessions that are packed with earnings and economic data...

January 30, 2015

Economy Taps Brakes. Will Street Do the Same?

If there’s been a key message to pull from this latest earnings round, it’s the cautionary words of CEOs ...

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January 29, 2015

Fed Persistence Sobering for Stock Investors

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) stubbornly stuck to flat ranges until a more-hawkish Federal Reserve slapped around the blue-chip index ...

January 28, 2015

Can Apple Carry the Day?

After Tuesday’s stock market crumble—the biggest drop in three weeks—the Street put plenty of pressure on Apple’s post-bell results. The iPhone giant delivered...

January 27, 2015

Market Flash: Earnings, Data a One-Two Punch

More than a few export-heavy U.S. companies—we’re talking icons like Caterpillar (CAT) and Proctor & Gamble (PG)—blamed dollar muscle and soft commodities ...

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January 27, 2015

Strong Dollar Chews Up Exporter Earnings

The Northeast storm that wasn’t (easy for me to say from this perch) may still leave trading desks operating with skeleton crews today. That could make for interesting...

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?

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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 ...

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...

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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...

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...

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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 . . .

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...

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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...

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...

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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 ...

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 ...

January 5, 2015

Volatility, Bond Yields Pack Trading Cues

There’s no limping into January for a Wall Street that closed the books on a powerful advance in 2014.

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January 2, 2015

Stock Market Hangover or Another Banner Year?

If early stock indicators hold up, U.S. equity markets look to kick off their first trading day of a new year solidly ...

December 31, 2014

Record-Popping New Year for Stocks?

Early stock indicators flash green Wednesday, meaning there’s a chance—maybe a slim one—that the major market indexes go out at the year’s highs.

December 30, 2014

Risk of Greek Tragedy, Oil Slick Reach U.S. Markets

Red screens! We’d gotten pretty used to the green glow in recent sessions but early indications show at least a...

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December 29, 2014

Santa Rally Often Hangs Over to New Year’s. This Year, Too?

With three days until the calendar flips, the news flow is expected to be light in below-average volume, but end-of-year position squaring, including year-end fund...

December 26, 2014

Market Goes Through the Motions – Enough for Santa Rally?

So, this is the unofficial official week of the “Santa Rally,” so says the history books. Christmas Eve performances left the broader stock market poised for a solid finish...

December 24, 2014

Streak at Stake — Can Street Make it Six Straight in Short Day?

Asian markets gained overnight but Europe isn’t convinced, trading mixed so far on this Christmas Eve. U.S. stock markets have the spirit so far, as early indicators...

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December 23, 2014

Economy Rides On Consumers’ Backs – Just As It Should Be

‘Tis the season that many of us take note of personal milestones we achieved throughout the past year (and ambitiously take on a big To-Do for next year). Well...

December 22, 2014

Volatility Update: Santa Rally or Early Vacation for the Big Guy?

Whether or not jolly old St. Nicholas delivers presents to Wall Street in 2014 might very well depend on upcoming economic data. That’s because the earnings...

December 19, 2014

No One Wants to Play Scrooge on Street. Is That a Good Thing?

Things get a little crazy this time of year. Help me remember: was it just a week ago that the stock market was skidding along a giant oil slick as crude prices tumbled?

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December 18, 2014

Gentle Fed Welcomed on Wall Street, Around Globe

Stock indicators nod toward a strong early performance after sizeable gains Wednesday followed a dovish Federal Reserve statement and a broad adjustment across most markets, including commodities.

December 17, 2014

Jittery Market Leans on Fed to Make Sense of Jobs, Inflation, Oil, Russia

A late slide for stocks Tuesday unraveled a midday surge. Traders joked throughout the day: In a wrong position? Just give it a few minutes. In the end, it was the third...

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