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Fed Day

Episode 4 of FOMC Season 2019 airs this morning 11pm PST and it looks like the Fed is backed into a corner. A failure now to suggest a rate cut later this year - or a pivot back to even a neutral stance - could cause a violent selloff by markets, but if Jerome Powell...

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Rates Fall

Stocks rose slightly on Monday, led by gains in tech, as investors looked ahead to a crucial Federal Reserve meeting this week. While other economic signs may be weakening, Americans are still confident about their job prospects. A recent New York Federal Reserve...

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Fed Week

Wall Street futures suggest modest gains at the open as investors adopt a cautious stance on risk heading into this week's Fed gathering. While market expectations point to an interest rate cut this year, most observers expect rates to stay unchanged at this meeting,...

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Flag Day!

U.S. stocks rose yesterday as investors mostly shrugged off a spate of geopolitical concerns. Meanwhile, oil prices reversed steep declines earlier this week amid reports of a suspected attack on tankers in the Gulf of Oman. The number of people who applied for...

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Stocks fell for a second day yesterday, pressured by declines in tech and bank shares, pausing a sharp rally to start off the month of June. Falling gasoline and used-vehicle prices held inflation in check in May and inflation pressures more broadly eased again,...

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Starting Down

US Stocks traded lower yesterday to break a 6-day winning streak as investors digest more signs of growing global economic stimulus. The index of small-business optimism from the National Federation of Independent Business rose to 105.0 in May.  Six of ten survey...

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Back to the Top

U.S. stocks extended their gains from last week yesterday after President Donald Trump decided not to impose tariffs on imports from Mexico, cooling tensions on one front of a multi-pronged trade war. China extended its gold-buying spree, adding to reserves for a...

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Merger Monday

US Stocks snapped a 6 week losing streak last week and had their best week of the year. The S&P 500 rose 4.7% after weak economic data pointed to the Federal Reserve cutting interest rates at some point this year. After deciding to exit escalators and air...

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Cheaper by the Minute

The US economy added a weaker-than-expected 75,000 jobs in May, although the unemployment rate remains at its lowest level in half a century. Non-farm payrolls rose by 75,000 last month, from April’s downwardly revised 224,000 (previously 263,000), the Department of...

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Big Week

Stocks advanced yesterday, trading near session highs in afternoon action, after a volatile morning that saw benchmarks flipping between gains and losses as investors digested a round of conflicting economic data that showed strength in the U.S. services sector but...

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Rally

The President may finally get the rate cut he has been demanding as top Fed officials began warning this week that the global trade war may force them to respond. Chair Jerome Powell made a subtle move in that direction on Tuesday, dropping his standard reference to...

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Tech Under Pressure

The House Judiciary Committee unveiled a sweeping "top-to-bottom" review of unnamed tech companies late Monday as reports surfaced of a dual effort from the DOJ and the FTC to tackle the perceived dominance and potential abuses of Big Tech. Shares yesterday plummeted...

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Interest Rates Plunge

Treasury yields added to their steep decline from May, with the benchmark 10-year treasury note falling below the 2.10 per cent mark for the first time since September 2017 as tariff threats against Mexico further rattled investors who are already on edge over renewed...

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More Trade Uncertainty

U.S. stocks were slightly higher yesterday, wavering between gains and losses as investors considered the latest hurdles to a U.S.-China trade deal. Uber reported earnings yesterday for the first time as a public company. The company lost $1 Billion on $3 Billion in...

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Not Since 2012 a Down May

Stocks fell again yesterday as bond yields declined again, triggering concerns about the economic outlook. Increasing trade tensions in the China-U.S. trade fight also weighed on markets. Shares of Johnson & Johnson fell as much as 6.2%, the biggest drop in five...

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Global Angst

Stocks fell yesterday as President Donald Trump’s latest remarks on trade weighed down market sentiment. Trump said Monday the U.S. was “not ready” to make a deal with China. National home prices rose 3.7% annually in March, down from 3.9% in February, according to...

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Short Week

US Stocks rose on Friday but were lower on the week last week the fifth week in a row US stocks declined, which is the longest losing streak since 2011. But in case anyone is worried about that fact they shouldn't be because US Stocks are still up 13% in 2019 and are...

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Long Weekend

Looking to jump-start its Prime one-day shipping program, Amazon is offering steep warehouse discounts of up to 75% to get sellers onboard. Independent merchants are particularly important to the goal, since they make up about 58% of Amazon's total online sales....

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Headline Worries

EU elections, Brexit drama and the usual U.S.-China tensions are sending stocks lower this morning. A flurry of U.S economic reports are also on tap, including the latest weekly jobless claims data, a flash reading of manufacturing and services PMI figures for May, as...

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Yo Yo

Target continued to gain the upper hand in the battle for US retail dollars, with its digital investment and aggressive push to offer same-day delivery powering sales for its latest quarter. The company, whose cheap-chic offerings and stylish celebrity partnerships...

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China Holding the Line

Home Depot reported a rise in earnings that beat analysts’ expectations in the first quarter -- The Atlanta-based company said net earnings rose to $2.5bn in the first quarter of fiscal 2019, beating expectations and up from $2.4bn the previous year. The company...

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Iran Worries

It's a rough start to the week for chipmakers as key semiconductor manufacturers cut off supplies to Huawei after the Trump administration added the Chinese company to a trade blacklist last week. Qualcomm, Intel, and Micron are all lower on the news. Google started...

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2 Down Weeks?

Stocks rose yesterday, and are a 3 day win streak as sentiment was boosted by strong earnings from Walmart and Cisco Systems while banks climbed on higher rates. The number of people who applied for unemployment benefits last week fell to the lowest level in a month,...

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Bounce Back

U.S. stocks staged a comeback yesterday afternoon after starting the day sharply lower, amid developments in U.S. international trade relations that were being viewed as optimistic by investors who have become increasingly sensitive to tariff headlines.  The market‘s...

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Nonfarm payroll on the rise.

Stocks traded higher yesterday, regaining some of the sharp losses from Monday’s trading session, as investors weighed the impact of the escalating trade war between the United States and China.  The market’s signal to the US and China on the trade war is that the...

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Down Draft

US Stocks fell sharply yesterday, with the S&P 500 and Nasdaq having their worst day of the year, after China decided to raise tariffs on some U.S. goods as the ongoing trade war between the world’s largest economies intensifies. Amazon wants its employees to...

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China – Back at You

Broad stock indexes had their worst week of 2019 last week, as it became apparent that President Trump was set to pull the trigger on his threat to raise tariffs on $200 billion in annual imports from China to 25% from 10%. Uber’s public offering last week was a big...

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Week of Red

Investors have held their nerve so far Friday as a sharp escalation in tariffs took effect as negotiations in Washington failed to produce a breakthrough.  Beijing’s commerce ministry said it “deeply regretted” increased US tariffs on $200bn worth of Chinese imports,...

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Correction Watch

Walt Disney eclipsed Wall Street expectations for sales and profits in the first set of quarterly results since closing its blockbuster acquisition of the Fox entertainment empire. The world’s largest traditional media company reported adjusted earnings of $1.61 a...

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Day Three

Wall Street is looking to stabilize following yesterday’s sell-off, as Chinese trade negotiators travel to Washington for high-level talks on Thursday and Friday. That leaves at least one more day for markets to contemplate how the talks will turn out and whether the...

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