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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…]

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U.S. equities slipped into red territory for most of last week, as investors weighed the latest economic reports against the prospect of the Fed tapering its bond purchases soon. U.S. factory orders declined 0.1%, while ISM non-manufacturing PMI rose to 55.4 from 54.4 in October. U.S. GDP for the third quarter was reported to grow 2.8%, up from 2.5% in the previous quarter and well above the expectation of 2%. The Labor Department reported U.S. payrolls advancing by 204,000 jobs last month; analysts had expected an increase of only 120,000. Private sector jobs increased 212,000 in October, the strongest gain since February. The nation’s unemployment rate ticked slightly higher to 7.3% from 7.2%, reflecting the federal employees furloughed during the 16-day government shutdown. [click to continue…]

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Stocks continued their ascent on Tuesday thanks to upbeat economic data from China. Investors rejoiced over better-than-expected industrial production data as well as retail sales, sending a wave of optimism across emerging markets as well as developed ones, although industrial metals surprisingly didn’t take part in the rally. At home, Syria and the looming Fed […]

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Wall Street got off to a relatively positive start last week even as rising concerns over the conflict in Syria weighed heavily on the markets. Last Wednesday, the Senate approved President Obama’s request to strike Syria, bringing the U.S. one step closer to military intervention. On the economic front, the  Federal Reserve’s “beige book” showed the U.S. […]

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How To Play Earnings This Week

by on April 22, 2013

China growth fears and earnings jitters will remain key themes this week as investors look to decipher fundamental data releases, both at home and abroad, amid the bull market on Wall Street. In Europe, news of Giorgio Napolitano staying in office spurred a confidence rally in the bond market, although the eurozone as a whole still remains […]

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Correction Pressures Are Mounting

by on March 18, 2013

The bears swept in Monday morning after worrisome news from the Euro zone over the weekend prompted a rapid sell-off at Wall Street’s opening bell. Profit taking pressures were quick to emerge after it was reported that European policymakers proposed a tax on Cypriot bank deposits, leading many to worry that this policy change could […]

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Bears Lurking In Uncharted Territory

by on March 11, 2013

With the Dow Jones Industrial Average climbing to all-time highs last week it’s no surprise to see the divide between the bulls and the bears reach extremes as well. While some investors are calling this the start of the next great bull-run, others are equally convinced that equities are long-overdue for a major correction. As such, the […]

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Strong economic reports coupled with bullish momentum had the Dow Jones Industrial Average surging into uncharted territory, posting record-breaking all-time highs last week. The Institute for Supply Management non-manufacturing index climbed to 56% in February from 55.2% the month before, a good sign for the services sector. The labor market also posted encouraging data as private […]

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Investors continued to keep their focus on the ongoing fiscal cliff negotiations last week despite some expected, yet rather surprising, news from the Fed. On Wednesday, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, delivered his commentary after the central bank’s latest policy announcement. As was expected, the Fed extended its bond-buying program in an effort to boost the jobs […]

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Through the evolution of the global economy and ETF marketspace, investors now have access to funds and companies that they may have never even known about only five years ago. Perhaps one of the largest leaps for international investors is the opening up of frontier and emerging markets, a high risk and reward strategy many […]

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In a global environment riddled with uncertainties and looming debt burdens, it isn’t always the biggest or fastest growing economies that lure investors. Going beyond gross domestic product data, international investors often find themselves flocking to destinations that boast “safe haven” reputations, and not necessarily the most attractive balance sheets. In an effort to more accurately pinpoint people’s sentiment […]

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Bulls Running Low On Fuel, Catalyst Needed

by on September 17, 2012

QE3 arrived last week and investors expressed their approval of the Fed’s decision to enact another round of stimulus as markets rallied higher across the board. Although news of quantitative easing was well received on Wall Street, it’s really a double-edged sword because it implies that the Fed is more or less worried about the sluggish recovery at home, […]

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