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U.S. equities dipped into red territory for four out of five sessions last week as investors weighed positive economic data against the prospects of a Fed taper. In labor news, 215,000 private sector jobs were added last month, up from 130,000 in October and above the expected 178,000. The Commerce Department also reported initial jobless claims falling more than expected; in the most recent week, claims fell by 23,000 to a seasonally adjusted 298,000. The monthly labor report showed 203,000 jobs being added in November and the unemployment rate dropping to 7.0%. [click to continue…]
U.S. equities were in the red this week as upbeat economic data had investors weighing the possibility of the Fed scaling back its stimulus program in the near future. On the labor front, 215,000 private sector jobs were added last month, up from 130,000 in October and above the expected 178,000. The Commerce Department also reported initial jobless claims falling more than expected; in the most recent week, claims fell by 23,000 to a seasonally adjusted 298,000. U.S. GDP was also reported to grow at a 3.6% seasonally adjusted annual rate in the third quarter – an upward revision from the previously recorded 2.8% estimate [see The Fed Effect: How Monetary Policy Impacts Your ETFs].
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U.S. equities edged lower this week as the prospect of a pullback in the central bank’s bond-buying program weighed heavily on the markets. In economic news, the ISM manufacturing index rose to 57.3 in November from the previous 56.4; the ISM non-manufacturing index was reported to have expanded in November at a slower pace than [...]
In November, investors witnessed the Dow Jones Industrial Average pierce the 16,000 mark, closing above that level for the first time; the Nasdaq also breached the 4,000 level for the first time in 13 years. In economic news, the Federal Reserve dominated the headlines after the Senate Banking Committee voted to approve Janet Yellen’s nomination, sending [...]
Trading was relatively subdued last week, with U.S. markets closed on Thanksgiving day. Investors did, however, witness the Nasdaq Composite Index breach 4,000 for the first time in 13 years, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average traded above the 16,000 level, a record high logged earlier in November. On the economic front, home building permits rose [...]
During the holiday-shortened week, investors witnessed the Nasdaq Composite Index breach 4,000 for the first time in 13 years; meanwhile, the Dow Jones Industrial Average traded above the 16,000 level, a record high logged in the week prior. On the economic front, home building permits rose 6.2% in October, the highest level in five years, [...]
The 2013 holiday season is just around the corner, and already the U.S. retail sector is gearing up for what could be another make-or-break year for many companies. Many retailers generate significant portions of annual revenues and profit during the holiday months of November and December, with Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales accounting for a significant portion of yearly [...]
Last week, Wall Street witnessed the Dow Jones Industrial Average pierce the 16,000 mark, closing above the level for the first time on Thursday. In economic news, the latest FOMC minutes showed that Fed policy makers will likely decide to begin tapering its bond buying purchases in the coming months. Also on the Fed front, the Senate Banking [...]
Though the Dow Jones Industrial Average pierced the 16000 mark earlier this week, investors turned their attention to the Fed once again as the latest FOMC minutes were released. In the minutes, policy makers “generally expected that the data would prove consistent with the committee’s outlook for ongoing improvement in labor market conditions and would [...]
This week, investors saw the Dow Jones Industrial Average break the 16,000 mark during intraday trading. Despite the record, Wall Street shifted its focus to the Fed as the latest FOMC minutes were released and Janet Yellen took one step closer to becoming the next central bank leader. In the minutes, policy makers “generally expected that [...]
With interest rates looking to stay near zero for some time yet, yield-hungry investors have taken to equity markets for juicier sources of income. And in the world of exchange-traded products, dividend ETFs have become even more popular in recent years, thanks to their low costs, transparency, and wide array of dividend-focused strategies. Whether you [...]
U.S. equities edged higher throughout last week, with blue chips logging in several record highs. For the most part, investors turned their attention to Fed Vice Chairwoman Janet Yellen, Obama’s nominee for the next chairman, as she faced questions from lawmakers at the Senate Banking Committee. In the hearing, Yellen emphasized “It’s important not to remove support especially [...]