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The 2013 holiday season is just around the corner, and already the U.S. retail sector is gearing up for what could be another make-or-break year for many companies. Many retailers generate significant portions of annual revenues and profit during the holiday months of November and December, with Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales accounting for a significant portion of yearly revenue. And with markets continuing to push to record highs, companies are hoping to finish the year with some holiday cheer [see The Best (And Worst) Performing ETFs For Every Quarter]. [click to continue…]

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In the last few years, investors have slowly found their way back to equity markets as more lucrative opportunities continue to present themselves. And with more and more investors adopting higher risk tolerances, bullish momentum has undoubtedly become a dominant force on Wall Street, pushing equity markets into uncharted territory. And though across the board, most corners of the equity market have flourished in recent years, there have been certain sectors that have continuously outperformed while others have missed the mark [see 25 Wild ETF Charts From 1H 2013]. [click to continue…]

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With the 2012 holiday season just around the corner, the U.S. retail sector is already gearing  up for what could be another make-or-break year for many companies. Many retailers generate significant portions of annual revenues and profit during the holiday months of November and December, with Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales accounting for a significant portion […]

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Wall Street was in for some volatile trading sessions last week, as mixed economic data and lackluster earnings had stocks dipping in and out of red territory. While the Fed reiterated its rather grim outlook for the economy during its FOMC meeting, investors welcomed better-than-expected GDP data, which showed a slight uptick from July to […]

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Earnings Jitters Are Back

by on July 9, 2012

Equity markets opened lower on Monday morning as investors fretted over rising yields on Spanish bonds, further intensifying uncertainties over the already fragile currency bloc. Profit taking pressures on the home front were also fueled by anticipation of corporate earnings season which kicks off after the closing bell today with performance results from aluminum giant Alcoa. Corporate […]

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After yesterday’s brief period of euphoria, markets got their reality check today as poor U.S. data got trading off to a rocky start this morning, reminding investors just how difficult the road to recovery is. U.S. retail sales fell for the second consecutive month by 0.2%, prompting the first string of declines in almost two years. Although […]

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Will Holiday Cheer Be Enough?

by on December 19, 2011

Euphoria was quick to evaporate from the markets last week as investors fretted over ongoing uncertainty in the Euro zone. Selling pressures prevailed across equity markets as lawmakers have yet to outline a comprehensive plan of action for restoring stability to the debt burdened currency bloc. Gold futures tanked as investors took profits in the […]

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Investors Shopping For Hope

by on November 28, 2011

Investors were left empty handed before the Thanksgiving Holiday; the Euro drama theme dominated financial markets last week as ongoing debt woes stemming from overseas overshadowed a host of positive economic data releases on the home front, including a surprise to the upside in durable goods orders. We anticipate for the spotlight to remain fixated […]

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With the holidays quickly approaching, the retail sector of the U.S. economy is gearing up for a short stretch that could make or break profitability forecasts and the mid-term outlook for companies that have exhibited surprising strength over the past 12 months. Retailers are already preparing for blow-out sales, Black Friday mania, and the oncoming […]

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After a record-setting October gave investors hope that 2011 would finish on a strong note, the first couple weeks of November have effectively taken any wind out of those sails. The culprit–surprise, surprise–has been the cash-strapped PIIGS economies of Europe, with Italy now grabbing the spotlight as a serious credit risk and a grave threat […]

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Thus far, this week has been quite sour for investors, as markets have been reacting poorly to data from all around the world. With the dollar trending back and forth, commodities have taken a major hit as oil prices have been smothered as of late, falling all the way down below $97 per barrel. On […]

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So much for a nice, quiet Thanksgiving week. Between the back-and-forth negotiations surrounding a bailout of Ireland and yet another escalation of tensions between North and South Korea, recent sessions have featured no shortage of action. Now investors turn their attention to the U.S. consumer, preparing to analyze spending habits during the make-it-or-break-it shopping season. 

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