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The beginning of earnings season last week provided a welcome distraction from the more troubling forums that have been capturing the attention of investors in recent weeks. The latest developments in Europe’s ongoing debt saga and twists and turns in Washington related to the fast-approaching debt ceiling have been steering markets in recent sessions. Those events will no doubt continue to influence asset prices this week, but investors will also have a slew of earnings reports from industry bellwethers to consider as well. But the slew of bellwethers reporting earnings this week should provide additional consideration for investors still trying to evaluate the status of the U.S. recovery.

The earnings reports form last week were generally positive, highlighted by Google’s impressive second quarter results. The search engine giant jumped more than 12% in after hours trading on Thursday after beating analyst expectations, reclaiming part of the spotlight from smaller tech companies that have attracted huge investment in recent weeks. [click to continue…]

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Most markets inched higher last week, but hit a bit of road bump on Friday after investors digested news of declining consumer sentiment for January and a worse-than-expected GDP report. Gold and oil both traded lower during the week, but both commodities were able to stage a small rallies on Friday amidst all the uncertainty that weighted down equities. International markets didn’t fare too well last week either, with civil unrest continuing to develop in Egypt, Standard and Poor’s downgrading Japan, and a suicide bomber attack in Moscow’s Domodedovo airport which killed at least 35 people and injured more than 100. [click to continue…]

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Although growth prospects remain dim and job creation remains minimal, investors continue to snatch up equities thanks to a weak dollar and hopes that the Fed will resume its quantitative easing program in the not-so-distant future. However, speculation of this program and brighter futures in emerging markets are combining to produce some collateral damage, as […]

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The first week of earnings season brought mixed results from many bellwethers and did not help to give the market any direction heading into the third quarter. The financials sector took a hit with Citigroup and Bank of America both reporting weak revenues numbers while Internet and consumer sectors also slumped on the back of poor outlooks […]

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With investors divided over the prospects for equity markets heading into the second half of 2010, another highly anticipated earnings season kicked off last week, with mixed results. After a flat Monday, markets surged higher following a slew of impressive reports, only to retreat after some disappointing numbers from the financial sector and a shockingly […]

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Heading into the second half of the year, investors are divided over where global financial markets are headed. There is no shortage of bears, who point to depressing unemployment and consumer confidence figures as evidence that the recovery is quickly losing momentum (or perhaps never really had any in the first place). Others believe that […]

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Overcoming a weak Wednesday, equity markets trended higher on the week; investors bought beaten-down shares as fears over the contagion in Europe temporarily subsided. The bulk of the week’s gain came on Thursday as the Dow gained 2.8% and the S&P 500 gained 3% on upbeat comments from the ECB as well as strong data […]

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Through almost six months, 2010 has not been kind to many of the world’s largest companies, as a choppy market has given investors plenty of reasons to stay on the sidelines; debt issues threaten to drag down bank profits and a massive oil spill in the Gulf has sliced BP’s shares nearly in half since […]

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So much for a smooth month of May. Recent weeks have taken investors on a roller coaster ride, with the Dow dropping more than 1,500 points last week before skyrocketing higher yesterday. Things have not been any better abroad; the Nikkei lost over 7%, while France’s CAC 40 sunk more than 8% last week week. […]

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Equity markets had a rough end to April, as debt downgrades across Europe weighed on the global markets last week. Spain and Portugal saw their credit ratings cut, while Greek debt fell into junk status as the world anxiously awaits news regarding a bailout package for the highly indebted Mediterranean nation. Although equity markets regained […]

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Five Facts About HOLDRS Every ETF Investor Must Know

by on March 10, 2010 | Updated December 8, 2014

For the most part, ETFs are pretty similar regardless of which issuer is behind the fund. But as many investors know, there’s one notable exception to this rule. The HOLDRS products from Merrill Lynch are similar to traditional ETFs in many ways, but also feature some nuances that make them very different in others. HOLDRS […]

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With interest rates still hovering just above zero and growing concerns over an unavoidable uptick in inflation, many investors are anticipating that the Federal Reserve will have no choice but to raise rates from their historically low levels in the near future. Ben Bernanke, the Chairman of the Fed, recently unveiled a strategy to unwind […]

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