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Stock markets logged another session in green territory as upbeat earnings results collided with optimistic speculation that Spain would soon request bailout assistance. Positive economic data at home also helped to restore investors’ confidence in the recovery; industrial production in September increased by 0.4%, marking a major improvement from the previous month’s reading, which showed a contraction of 1.4% [see 101 ETF Lessons Every Financial Advisor Should Learn]. [click to continue…]

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ETFs have earned the respect of countless investors as viable financial instruments well suited as core building blocs for achieving diversified, cost-efficient exposure to virtually any asset class. Exchange-traded products have also become a favorite of many active traders who value their ease-of-use, liquidity and unparalleled transparency. As such, these vehicles can serve as tools for anyone looking to make a tactical play in the market, and with the presidential election inching closer every day, several intriguing ETFs may warrant a closer look [see also ETF Insider: Bears Are Lurking].

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This week saw earnings season kick into high gear as markets reacted to the most recent performances of the nation’s biggest firms. Big name companies like Halliburton, Texas Instruments, and Abbott Labs all brought good news to markets with their strong marks, while others like Johnson & Johnson and Amazon disappointed investors, coming in below […]

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With health care remaining a major issue in today’s political and financial world, big pharmaceutical firms have been under the microscope for some time. Legislation earlier this year from Washington created quite a buzz, as the bill executed an overhaul of our entire health care system. On top of this, many big pharma firms who […]

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Equity markets see-sawed between gains and loses for most of the day, but a late surge in the last hour of trading left shares marginally higher to end Wednesday trading for the Dow; the S&P 500 finished lower by 0.1%. Technology and financials sectors were boosted by solid earnings reports out of Apple and Morgan […]

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