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One of the most important indicators that investors rely on to gauge the health of the housing market is the new home sales report. Released at the end of every month by the U.S. Census Bureau, the new home sales report showcases the number of new single-family homes that were sold during the prior month. Because new home sales spur demand for many other goods and services, this data release is considered to be a leading indicator and is closely watched by many. For example, a new home sale triggers demand for furniture, appliances, and other professional services that are associated with facilitating the transaction [see also How the S&P 500 Reacts to Unemployment Reports].  [click to continue…]

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10 of the Best ETF Trades of All Time

by on April 8, 2014 | Updated April 28, 2014

Timing the market has fascinated, frustrated, and confused the heck out of countless investors. Whether you’re a self-directed trader or a professional money manager, it’s very likely you’ve found yourself looking through charts, thinking: if only I could’ve had a piece of that trend! While it’s true that past performance is no guarantee of future returns, there is still a great deal of insights to be extracted from analyzing past booms and busts on Wall Street [see A Brief History of ETF Bubbles].

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Last week, all eyes were on the Federal Reserve as Chairwoman Janet Yellen testified on the Semiannual Monetary Policy Report before the House and Senate. After Yellen stated that she expects a great deal of continuity in the Fed’s approach to monetary policy, the Dow snapped its four-day losing streak, rallying 193 points. In other economic news, […]

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Wall Street was in for some up-and-down sessions during the holiday-shortened week, as mixed earnings and economic reports weighed heavily on the markets. On the economic front, 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. In earnings news, […]

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U.S. equities ended on a sour note last week as worse-than-expected labor data weighed heavily on the markets. Nonfarm Payrolls were reported at 74,000 for December, coming in far below analysts’ expectations of 197,000. The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 6.7% from 7%, largely as a result of people leaving the workforce. On the earnings front, […]

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As 2012 came to a close last year, we sat down and picked out some of the most promising ETF investments for the coming year. While few could have predicted just how far 2013′s bull-run would take us, we placed our ideas in various corners of the market to give investors of all shapes and […]

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Wall Street marked its second-straight weekly decline, as investors continued to weigh the possibility of the Federal Reserve tapering its bond buying purchases in the near future. Last week, investors paid close attention to speeches by Federal Reserve bank presidents James Bullard and Richard Fisher, which indicated that tapering could begin as early as this month. On […]

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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 […]

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The ups and downs on Wall Street have long been a foe of the inexperienced investor, while veterans have come to embrace the wild swings as opportunities to re-position for the next bull run. This decade alone has seen more than a handful of booms and busts all over the investment landscape, setting the scene […]

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Investors were finally able to focus on Wall Street last week, after Senate leaders managed to reach a last minute deal on Wednesday to reopen the government and suspend the debt ceiling. On the earnings front, Goldman Sachs (GS) reported disappointing Q3 results, missing revenue estimates, while JP Morgan (JPM) reported a loss in the third […]

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Buy On The Dip Prospects October 7th Edition

by on October 7, 2013

Here is a look at ETFs that currently offer attractive buying opportunities. The ETFs included in this list are rated as buy candidates for two reasons. First, each of these funds is deemed to be in an uptrend based on the fact that it is trading above its 200-day and 50-day moving averages, which are […]

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Stocks kicked off the week on a winning note as investors rejoiced after Larry Summers withdrew his bid to be the next Federal Reserve chairman. Markets were glad to see a hawk drop out of the running for the Fed seat, giving hope that the era of “ultra loose” monetary policy will persist at home [see […]

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