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On Wall Street, investors turned their attention to Washington last week, as Congress continues to struggle to come to a bipartisan budget agreement. Since Tuesday, the U.S. federal government has officially shut down, closing the doors on all “non-essential” operations. And though investors saw glimmers of progress in the talks to end the shutdown later last week, markets still struggled to stay afloat, dipping into red territory for the majority of the week. On the economic front, the Labor Department reported initial jobless claims rising to 308,000 last week, just shy of the expected 314,000 figure. The Labor Department did not, however, issue its highly anticipated September jobs report on Friday because of the government shutdown. This week, investors will once again see a slew of economic reports. Below, we outline three ETFs that should see a fair amount of activity during the week ahead [see The Best (And Worst) Performing ETFs For Every Quarter]. [click to continue…]

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Wall Street was in for several down sessions last week, as investors turned their attention to escalating tensions in the Middle East. Following reports of the Syrian government using chemical weapons against its own people, President Obama along with several political leaders in Europe and the Middle East quickly responded and began talks regarding whether or not an intervention will be needed. As a result, U.S. equities traded lower while crude oil surged. Meanwhile, in economic news, U.S. GDP was revised up to a 2.5% annual rate versus the initial estimate of 1.7%. U.S. personal spending rose 0.1% in July, a slower rate than in June, while personal incomes rose only 0.1%, the slowest advance since April. This week, investors will once again see a slew of economic reports. Below, we outline three ETFs that should see a fair amount of activity during the week ahead [see The Best (And Worst) Performing ETFs For Every Quarter]:

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Wall Street was in for several lackluster trading sessions last week, as a mixed bag of earnings and economic reports kept equities trading in a narrow range. Travelers (TRV), Apple (AAPL) and Facebook (FB) beat both earnings and revenue estimates, but fast-food giant McDonald’s (MCD), Hasbro (HAS)  and Haliburton (HAL) missed analyst expectations. On the economic front, existing-home sales fell […]

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U.S. markets kicked off the month of July on a relatively strong note last week, though political turmoil in Europe and the Mideast overshadowed a slew of upbeat domestic economic reports. ISM manufacturing PMI, construction spending, auto sales, factory-orders and labor data all came in above beat analysts’ expectations. Despite the encouraging data, escalating protests and […]

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Since their inception, ETFs have made their way into countless portfolios, giving investors access to nearly every corner of the global market. In light of U.S. markets closing July 4th to celebrate Independence Day, we are looking into the historical battle for returns between U.S. markets and their British counterparts [check out the 25 Wild ETF […]

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A slew of better-than-expected economic reports helped bolster U.S. equities last week, though investors still kept their eye on commentary from Fed officials. Housing, consumer confidence, durable goods and employment data all topped analysts’ expectations. Meanwhile, U.S. GDP was reported to have grown by only 1.8% during the first quarter of 2013, revised downward from the […]

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After a long holiday weekend, U.S. equities got off to a relatively good start last week, though a mixed bag of economic data weighed heavily on the markets. The S&P Case-Shiller 20-City home price index and the Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index topped analysts expectations, while an unexpected increase in weekly jobless claims, a decline in […]

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The bulls finally eased off the buying trigger as the latest FOMC minutes cast a cloud of worry across Wall Street. Major equity indexes ended yesterday’s trading session with a fairly sharp sell-off into the close, marking the first profit taking wave since the last mini-correction seen in mid-April. Stocks dropped after comments from Chairman Bernanke revealed that the […]

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U.S. equity markets started off with a bang last week, with both the Nasdaq and S&P 500 indexes pushing into uncharted territory. Several disappointing earnings and economics report managed to curb momentum on Wednesday, though equity markets bounced right back after encouraging labor data and a rate cut by the European Central Bank sent stocks […]

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The bulls and the bears continued their tug-of-war last week, as investors digested a slew of economic news from around the globe. Disappointing ISM and labor data weighed heavily on the markets, with manufacturing, initial jobless claims, private sector jobs, and nonfarm payrolls all coming in below expectations. Meanwhile, Japan’s central bank announced a series of aggressive easing […]

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Equity markets were in for some choppy trading sessions last week as investors digested the latest developments in Europe and a mixed bag of economic reports. But after Cyprus reached a last minute deal and reopened banks at the end of last week, investors finally regained their confidence, pushing equity markets to record levels once […]

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European Tensions On The Horizon

by on March 25, 2013

U.S. equity markets kicked off the week with a whimper as Cyprus bailout woes over the weekend rightfully took a bite out of investors’ confidence. The exact terms of Cypriot bailout remain hazy, however, one thing for certain is that it may set a dangerous precedent for the next bailout(s) in the European currency bloc as policymakers […]

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