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Beware Of Earnings Volatility

by on January 23, 2012

The bulls took charge on Wall Street last week as investors reacted positively after a number of encouraging economic data releases. Home builders confidence and existing sales continue to point towards signs of a recovery in the battered down U.S. housing market. Better-than-expected jobless claims also helped restore confidence in the domestic economic recovery. Earnings euphoria also played a key role last week, although so far the results have been a mixed bag; industry giants like Google and Citigroup missed the mark, while Bank of America, IBM, and Intel beat analyst estimates.

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Vanguard, the Pennsylvania-based provider of ETFs and mutual funds known for its low management expenses, has further enhanced the cost efficiency on its lineup of sector-specific ETFs. The company announced that the expense ratios on a handful of its sector funds have been cut to 0.19%, making them slightly cheaper than the popular lineup of  Sector SPDRs and on par with several FocusShares ETFs. The Vanguard sector ETFs and their expense ratios are now as follows [sign up for the free ETFdb newsletter]: [click to continue…]

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Stocks dipped lower on Thursday after European leaders decided to schedule a second summit meeting for next week. The prolonged debate between Germany and France spooked equity markets seeing as how investors will now have to wait yet another week before a comprehensive plan is finalized. Equities managed to regain much of the lost ground […]

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Thanks to a general feeling of gloom hanging over the economy as of late, many investors have been looking for any bright spots no matter how dim they might initially appear to be. One sector that many have looked to for strength is the manufacturing and production sector, as a weaker dollar and high numbers […]

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Stay On The Sidelines

by on August 22, 2011

Equity markets struggled to pick a direction last week, fluctuating between small gains and pesky losses one day after the other. Late in the week, however, worse than expected economic data on the home front and escalating European debt woes managed to push the markets of a cliff one more time, with equity indexes sinking […]

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Beware Of A Dead Cat Bounce

by on August 15, 2011 | Updated August 18, 2011

Fear ran wild across every corner of the financial markets last week and nearly every asset class fell victim to brutally volatile trading. Friday was the only day during which the Dow Jones Industrial Average did not swing by more than 400 points, managing to regain some of the losses on Thursday and Friday and […]

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Although concerns remain over debt issues, corporate profits have come in pretty strong over the past few days as the summer earnings season kicked off without a hitch. The news has been especially good for companies in the industrial sector as railroad operators such as Union Pacific and CSX both reported solid results while Halliburton […]

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Picky Bulls, Broad Bears

by on July 18, 2011

Wall Street continued its wild ride last week as equity indexes sank lower after a discouraging downgrade of Ireland to junk status and ongoing worries about the debt ceiling on the home front. Alcoa started the week with upbeat results and Google left investors smiling on Friday as shares soared upwards of 10% after the […]

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With the Greek situation under control for the time being, eyes are likely to once again focus on the United States and its economic woes. The U.S. still has intolerably high unemployment, weak growth prospects, and continued uncertainty over the debt ceiling to boot. Thanks to these issues, many investors have looked to the small but important […]

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Despite turbulence late in the week and a poor jobs report, equity markets managed to finish ahead by close to 1.7% in the first full week of October. While equities and bonds might have had a lukewarm trading session, commodity markets soared higher thanks to ongoing supply worries in a variety of important resources as […]

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