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January small-business optimism

U.S. stock indexes closed at their highest levels in 2019 yesterday after lawmakers reached a tentative deal to prevent a government shutdown and as optimism grew over a potential trade deal between the U.S. and China. The number of job openings in the U.S. surged at...

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consumer credit has risen

Stocks struggled to find direction yesterday with investors focused on US/China trade negotiations kicking off this week in Beijing. If a deal isn’t worked out ahead of the March 1st deadline tariffs on Chinese goods will increase to 25%. For the first time ever,...

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Trade Rules

US Stocks finished mostly unchanged last week with earnings season coming to an end, investors are now focused on trade negotiations between the US and China. Investors are also focused on Washington and the looming second government shutdown possibly starting on...

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Friday Trade Jitters

A few details on productivity. The U.S. Labor Department released a few details from its fourth-quarter report on worker productivity. Manufacturing productivity increased 1.3% in the fourth quarter (higher than 1.1% third-quarter growth), while third-quarter nonfarm...

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Taking a Breather

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association total mortgage application volume fell 2.5 percent last week. Volume was nearly 10 percent lower than a year ago. Purchase applications fell 5 percent for the week and 2 percent annually. Applications to refinance a home...

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State of the Union

According to the IDC worldwide smart phone volumes declined 4.1% last year to a total of 1.4 billion units shipped. According to the Institute of Supply Management, its index on manufacturing increased 2.3% in January month over month. BP's annual profit doubled in...

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