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Summer weather is here and you’re either smiling about it or sweating it out. Corporate earnings have taken over the headlines as investors look to digest quarterly performance results from industry bellwethers in light of recent talks of the Fed potentially scaling back on stimulus efforts. Amid the ongoing bull run, clouds of uncertainty have started to gather over Wall Street, as volatility has historically made the summer months quite bumpy for the buy-and-hold crowd [see also The Cheapest ETF for Every Investment Objective].

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U.S. equities ended the day barely changed as investors turned their focus to the the latest FOMC minutes and Ben Bernanke’s press conference. The minutes hinted that central bank officials are divided on when the Fed should begin scaling back its massive bond-buying program. The minutes stated that “Several members judged that a reduction in asset purchases would likely soon be warranted, but many members indicated that further improvement in the outlook for the labor market would be required before it would be appropriate to slow the pace of asset purchases.” [see The Cheapest ETF for Every Investment Objective].

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Wall Street started off the month of July with a bang, with bullish momentum returning full force on upbeat economic data. Fueling today’s rally, the Institute for Supply Management reported that its manufacturing purchasing managers index rose to 50.9 in June, up from last month’s reading of 49 (a reading above 50 indicates industry expansion). […]

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The last six months have seen both the highest and lowest points in a variety of markets, and a flurry of economic data and announcements have promised to keep the rest of the year just as interesting. As we approach the halfway point for 2013, investors should take a moment to look back at the best […]

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U.S. equities slipped into negative territory today as investor concern over the Federal Reserve maintaining its current bond-purchasing program came to the forefront once again. As a result, the Dow Jones Industrial average snapped its win streak of 20-consecutive Tuesdays. In economic news, the U.S. trade deficit widened less than expected in April due to […]

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After a lackluster trading session, U.S. equities finished flat, though the S&P 500 briefly touched a new all-time high. Helping support stocks was a better-than-expected retail sales report; U.S. advanced retail sales came in at 0.1% for the month of April, compared to the expected -0.3% decline. In a separate report, U.S. business inventories came […]

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When State Street introduced its S&P 500 index Fund–the SPDR S&P 500 ETF –back in 1993, a revolution was sparked. Since then, exchange traded funds have become the go-to fund for both retail and institutional investors. Assets in ETFs continue to grow and there are currently more than 1,400 funds available for investors. Leading the […]

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U.S. equities struggled to find a definitive direction today as investors digested the latest earnings and economic reports. Boeing (BA) managed top analysts’ revenue expectations, while AT&T (T) missed the mark on revenues. AT&T’s results follow a recent trend seen this earnings season with companies beating profits not because revenues are up, but because costs […]

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Over the last few years, interest in the healthcare industry has been on the rise as investors embrace this popular corner of the market for its lucrative opportunities and attractive growth potential. The investment thesis behind this sector is quite simple: the U.S.’s growing aging population has made healthcare spending a significant portion of our […]

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Equities got off to a rough start this morning as ongoing economic and political concerns over Europe kept major U.S. benchmarks off their all-time highs. Keeping a cap on gains was disappointing data from the European Commission, which reported that its economic-sentiment indicator fell in March for the first time since October. In Italy, retail sails […]

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Wall Street shifted its focus off the Fed and back onto the grueling fiscal cliff negotiations once again today, pushing stocks down into negative territory. As investors continued to hold their breath, several rather cheery economic reports were greatly overshadowed. Jobless claims fell to 343,000 last week, much lower than expected. The producer price index […]

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This past year has been marked by uncertainty (though nothing compared to recent years), prompting investors to return in droves from safe haven accounts to the U.S. stock market. Investors have their eyes fixed on major indexes and other indicators to judge the overall health of our economy, but another judge of booming markets is […]

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