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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 of profits. And with this year’s rather dreary global economic outlook, companies have already begun ramping up advertisements and marketing strategies to get Americans on board again with the holiday shopping craze [see also Consumer-Centric ETFdb Portfolio].  [click to continue…]

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Bearish momentum continued to be a dominant force on Wall Street last week as investors shifted their focus to fiscal cliff woes and eurozone drama. President Obama reinforced his solution for the United States’ deficit reduction, taking a tough stance and drawing an aggressive line on his policies, which include $1.6 trillion in new tax revenues. While some believe that a tax hike is a necessary step that Congress must take, others criticize that the looming rise of taxes and government spending cuts will ultimately push the United States back into a recession. Meanwhile in the eurozone, policymakers agreed to give Greece two more years, until 2016, to pay down its budget deficit and stick with the euro; additionally, finance ministers put off the decision on just exactly how to meet further Greek aid needs until November 20. This holiday-shortened week, investors will once again see a number of economic reports from around the world. Below, we outline three ETFs that should see a fair amount of activity during the week ahead [see also 7 Simple & Cheap ETF Model Portfolio]:

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Sour global growth data combined with a rocky start to this quarter’s earning season left markets down in the dumps during last week’s holiday-shortened trading session. The International Monetary Fund announced that it cut its forecast for global economic expansion to 3.3% from 3.5% in 2012, leading many to believe that this earnings season will reflect […]

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Last week was chock-full of economic reports from around the globe, leading to some choppy trading sessions on Wall Street. Spain once again took center stage, as circulating rumors forced Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to emphasize that his country’s request for a bailout, which would unleash a round of Spanish bond-buying by the European Central bank, […]

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Despite being a holiday-shortened week, there was no shortage of headlines during last week’s up and down session. For the most part, markets saw little to no activity as investors kept a close and cautious eye on the highly anticipated ECB meeting. To investors’ relief, Draghi unveiled a new bond-buying program, which entails the central bank […]

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Investors finally saw some action in the markets today after a slew of economic reports helped jump start some much needed momentum. Unfortunately, the enthusiasm didn’t last long as investors seemingly shrugged off the latest headlines during the final hour of trading, forcing stocks to finish essentially flat. The ever-resilient Germany posted somewhat disappointing growth data today, showing a […]

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Central bankers across the globe were in the limelight once again last week, as both the Fed and the ECB delivered rather disappointing commentary to the markets. Recently, ECB President Draghi had emphasized the ECB’s willingness to take “unconventional measures,” but now the central bank is applying restrictions on their promise, stating that further action will only […]

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Equity markets were dominated by back-and-forth trading last week as mixed economic data releases at home collided with interest rate cuts in China and Europe. On the homefront, investors expressed their concerns as ISM manufacturing data showed a slowdown, although better-than-expected factory orders did offer some relief before the 4th of July holiday break for […]

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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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Buy On The Dip With Caution

by on June 11, 2012

Equity markets have kicked off the week on a positive note although profit taking pressures continue to lurk around the corner as analysts scrutinize the Spanish bank-bailout plan proposed over the weekend. Domestic major equity indexes appear to have regained their footing; the S&P 500 Index has bounced off support at the 1,275 level and […]

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Gear Up For Turbulence

by on April 23, 2012

Investors got an unfriendly reminder of the looming Euro zone debt woes last week as resurfacing fears surrounding rising yields on Spanish government bonds paved the way for profit taking across the board. Earnings season at home remains a “mixed bag” judging by Wall Street’s movement last week, although surprises have been predominantly upbeat. As […]

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Do Fundamentals Justify The Wall Street Rally?

by on March 26, 2012 | Updated March 30, 2012

Stock markets retreated last week as sparse economic data releases paved the way for profit taking. This week will see a host of important fundamental news on the home front as investors digest durable goods orders, GDP, and consumer spending data. Markets are off to a hot start as Ben Bernanke’s speech on Monday morning lifted hopes […]

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