U.S. equities were up-and-down during this holiday-shortened week, as mixed earnings and economic reports weighed heavily on the markets. In economic news, data showed China’s manufacturing activity contracting in January, which caused the CBOE Volatility index to spike 11% – its biggest one-day jump since December 11. On the corporate front, Verizon, Travelers, Norfolk Southern, and Netflix managed the beat Wall Street’s earnings and revenue estimates, while International Business Machines (IBM) missed both marks. Elsewhere, investors were introduced to a slew of new funds this week, including Van Eck’s suite of “quality” ETFs [see The Fed Effect: How Monetary Policy Impacts Your ETFs].
Below, we highlight seven insightful articles circulating around the financial space this week:
- Everything you ever wanted to know about the Oracle of Omaha (Dividend.com)
- Don’t hate the asset, hate the price (Joshua M. Brown)
- The divergent emergent markets (Market Anthropology)
- Is France finally getting its act together? (Cam Hui)
- Mohamed El-Erian leaves Pimco (Quartz)
- Check out RIABiz’s top 10 industry blogs (RIABiz)
- Is General Motors a “Dividend Stock“? (Sizemore Insights)
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