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With one of the busiest retail weekend behind us, and with Cyber Monday in full swing, the retail industry continues to be in focus in December, as consumers prepare for the holidays. Analysts are quite optimistic about this year’s retail sales in December, and given just how much certain retailers rely on this season, we take a look at sales forecasts and highlight which ETFs investors should keep an eye on [see also Invest Like a Billionaire: Under the Hood of the IBLN ETF]. [click to continue…]

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U.S. equities were in for another up-and-down week as mixed economic reports weighed heavily on the markets. U.S. residential construction slid 16% in January, while building permits declined 5.4%. The Philadelphia Federal Reserve index of manufacturing activity was negative for the first time in nine months; the Fed cited severe winter weather as the primary reason behind the weakness. The Conference Board’s Leading Economic Index for January rose 0.3%, below expectations of a 0.4% rise. Lastly, jobless claims fell in line with forecasts [see The Fed Effect: How Monetary Policy Impacts Your ETFs].

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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 several up-and-down sessions last week, as worse-than-expected economic reports weighed heavily on the markets. In January, the ISM manufacturing PMI came in at 51.3, the lowest figure since May. In labor news, ADP said that 175,000 private sector jobs were created in January, which was below expectations of 193,000; weekly jobless […]

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All eyes were on the Federal Reserve last week, as the central bank announced it would cut back further on its stimulus measures, which consequently sent emerging market equities into a tailspin. On Thursday, however, a positive fourth quarter U.S. GDP report helped stabilize markets; data showed the economy expanding 3.2% in the last quarter […]

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All eyes were on the Federal Reserve this week, as the central bank announced it would cut back further on its stimulus measures, which consequently sent emerging market equities into a tailspin. On Thursday, however, a positive fourth quarter U.S. GDP report helped stabilize markets; data showed the economy expanding 3.2% in the last quarter […]

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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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Wall Street was in for an up and down week as a mixed bag of earnings and economic reports weighed heavily on investors. In earnings news, JP Morgan, Citigroup, and Wells Fargo reported mixed quarterly results, while Bank of America and Morgan Stanley beat the Street’s estimates. Corporate heavyweights GE and Intel, however, missed Wall […]

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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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Following another holiday-shortened trading week, Wall Street started off the New Year on a sour note. U.S. equity markets did, however, manage to close out the year with broad gains; the Dow Jones Industrial Average logged in its biggest annual rally in 18 years, while the S&P 500 rose 30% in 2013 – its best […]

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Following a holiday-shortened trading week, Wall Street will close once again this Wednesday in celebration of the New Year. After a whirlwind of a year, investors will more than likely turn their attention once again to the Federal Reserve, as the central bank begins tapering its bond-buying program. In January, the Fed will purchase $40 billion worth […]

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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 […]

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