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Most U.S. equities ended narrowly mixed today, though technology stocks charged higher, as investors digested a mixed bag of earnings and economic reports. The Conference Board reported its consumer-confidence index falling to 80.3 in July, slightly below analyst expectations of 81.5. Meanwhile, the S&P/Case-Shiller 20-City home-price index rose 12.2% in May on the year versus the 12.4% uptick analysts were expecting. In corporate news, pharma giant Pfizer (PFE) reported better than expected earnings, though revenues came in just below forecasts. And though Merck (MRK) beat earnings estimates, the company posted a significant decline in earnings and revenues from year-earlier levels [see also The Complete Visual History Of SPY].

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Bullish momentum returned on Wall Street today, pushing equities to the highest levels in almost three weeks as the Federal Reserve kicked off their two-day meeting to discuss its bond-buying program. In economic news, the consumer price index for May rose 0.1%, slightly below expectations. On the housing front, building permits fell in May, while housing starts rose 6.8% to 914,000 units, missing analysts’ expectations of a 950,000 figure [see The Cheapest ETF for Every Investment Objective].

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Bullish momentum returned on Wall Street today, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average closing above the milestone 15,000 level for the first time. Meanwhile, investors digested several encouraging economic developments from overseas: in Australia, the Reserve Bank of Australia surprised investors after it lowered its key interest rate by 0.25% to a record low of 2.75%. German […]

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Technological innovation and development have certainly been game changers in the investment world. Last year was an active one for the technology industry, with the launch of several new Apple and Windows products, a lawsuit between two top tech firms, and the rather dreary public offering of social media giant Facebook. Despite some bumps in […]

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Mixed trading dominated Wall Street on Wednesday as investors digested conflicting data. On the bright side, U.S. housing data welcomed the bulls after the September housing starts figure blew expectations out of the water; this reading came in at 872,000, well above estimates of 770,000 as well as the previous month’s figure of 758,000. On […]

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Stocks markets around the globe kicked off the week on a dismal note as intensifying pressures over Europe’s debt drama welcomed back the bears on Wall Street. Gold and oil tanked alongside major equity indexes as concerns over rising yields on Spanish and Italian government bonds prompted officials overseas to impose a temporary ban on […]

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AdvisorShares added another actively-managed ETF to its lineup this week, rolling out a fund in partnership with an experienced money manager who also happens to be a popular financial blogger. The new AdvisorShares Global Alpha & Beta ETF (RRGR) will offer exposure to multiple asset classes, including domestic and international stocks and bonds, in an […]

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As we dive further into earnings season, investors will do their best to focus on relatively strong U.S. data, as opposed to decisions by the Fed, the Greek debt crisis, and other factors hindering the recovery. On Tuesday, investors saw Apple (AAPL) crush market estimates with their quarterly earnings. The shares soared the most in […]

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Vanguard, the Pennsylvania-based provider of ETFs and mutual funds known for its low management expenses, has further enhanced the cost efficiency on its lineup of sector-specific ETFs. The company announced that the expense ratios on a handful of its sector funds have been cut to 0.19%, making them slightly cheaper than the popular lineup of […]

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ETFs may have been designed with the long-term, buy-and-hold investor in mind, but as the industry has evolved the potential benefits of the exchange-traded structure have been acknowledged and embraced by other types of investors as well. Several ETFs are designed primarily as trading instruments for those who measure holding periods in hours and minutes, […]

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After being hammered during the most recent recession, the technology sector has enjoyed a stellar recovery over the last 18 months, thanks to an impressive string of innovations that includes 3-D television, touchscreen tablet computers, and a new generation of mobile phones that seem to become both more sophisticated and more ubiquitous by the day. […]

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Perhaps now more than at any point in recent memory, Wall Street is keeping a close eye on Washington. In the wake of the recent recession, government regulation and interaction has become a relatively frequent and significant source of risk to various corners of the U.S. economy. First a wave of uncertainty washed over the […]

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