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France Downgrade Erodes Confidence

by on January 14, 2012

Equities inched higher throughout the week, bolstered by positive economic data release on the home front coupled with encouraging developments in the debt burdened Euro zone. Euphoria spread throughout Wall Street as investors digested better-than-expected consumer credit data along with optimistic forward looking commentary released by the Fed in the latest Beige Book report. Investors overseas were cheerful as well as borrowing costs dropped after successful Spanish and Italian debt auctions. However, much of the gains on the week evaporated on Friday as investors gave into selling pressures following the downgrade of France’s credit rating and worse-than-expected earnings results from J.P. Morgan.

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iShares has made another round of additions to its ETF lineup of well more than 200 products, debuting funds that target small cap stocks in Hong Kong and Singapore. The company also debuted an ETF linked to the MSCI World Index, a broad benchmark of stocks in developed markets:  [click to continue…]

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