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Rebound

Retail sales reverse two-month slide. Retail sales rose 0.8% in October. The U.S. consumer is the healthiest in years, aided by fiscal stimulus and modestly accelerating wages, and strong consumer demand will drive output going forward. (LPL) Tensions are heating up...

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5 down days

The S&P 500 closed down yesterday, its fifth straight day of losses. It's now in the red for the month of November. Does market volatility seem more elevated than you are used to? Through the first half of 2018, the market saw 39 days in which it experienced a 1%+...

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Lumpy Market

Stocks pause after back-to-back weekly gains. After rebounding from October's volatility spike over the past two weeks, investors used negative headlines tied to a few bellwether firms in the U.S., along with political tensions in Europe and Washington as reasons to...

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Wholesale Inflation Jumps

The Labor Department said vacancies edged lower to just over 7 million, according to the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey. The ranks of the unemployed was 6.08 million in October. One of the impacts of the recent midterm elections could be on gun stocks. Firearm...

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Student Debt At Age 60

The number of women-owned businesses is on the rise. Four in 10 companies in the U.S. are now majority-owned, operated, and controlled by women, according to CNBC. The Wall Street Journal reported that US companies are raising prices on their products after years of...

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Rising Rate Concerns

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association mortgage applications to purchase a home fell 5 percent for the week to the lowest level in two years. Purchase applications were 0.2 percent lower than a year ago. Mortgage applications to refinance fell 3 percent last...

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