Market News and Articles

Trade Talk Trouble Took a Toll Last Week
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Major U.S. stock indices moved lower when trade talks between the United States and China broke down. The Standard & Poor’s (S&P) 500 Index, Nasdaq Composite, and Dow Jones Industrial Index all finished the week down between 2 percent and 3 percent, reported Ben Levisohn of Barron&rsqu...
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The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index is Off to its Best Start in 20 Years
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Despite the exceptional performance of U.S. stock markets year-to-date, and data that suggest economic growth remains steady, some analysts and investors have been pecking at Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell. They’re keen for the Fed to implement a rate cut, which could stimulate economic g...
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It Wasn’t an ‘Avengers End Game’ Spoiler, But There Was Big News Last Week.
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Economic growth in the United States was strong during the first quarter. The Bureau Of Economic Analysis (BEA) announced gross domestic product (GDP), which is the value of all goods and services produced in the United States, increased by 3.2 percent.   The estimate came as a surprise. It w...
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And the Answer Is…
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
A Jeopardy! contestant captured the nation’s attention last week by setting multiple records for the most money earned in a single episode. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index has been setting some records, too.   Michael Mackenzie of Financial Times explained:   “Les...
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Investors Took an Intermission.
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
The curtain appeared to close on the first act of 2019 last week – and what an impressive act it was. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index delivered some dramatic returns and is less than 1 percent away from a new all-time high.   Despite relatively few shares changing hands, major...
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Is it a Soft Landing?
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Economists use aviation metaphors to describe the results of central banks’ efforts to manage rapidly growing economies. If the Federal Reserve lifts rates enough to prevent the economy from overheating without jolting it into recession, then it has engineered a soft landing, according to Inve...
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Investors were Pleased with the Federal Reserve’s (Fed) New Approach to its Balance Sheet.
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Investors were pleased with the Federal Reserve’s (Fed) new approach to its balance sheet.   The Fed delivered its semi-annual Monetary Policy Report to Congress last week. The report recapped the events of late 2018 and reiterated the Fed’s intention to “…be patient ...
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Central Banks Take a Turn
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
At its first policy meeting of 2019, the U.S. Federal Reserve changed direction. After four rate increases in 2018, Chair Jerome Powell announced interest rates were on hold. Last week, banks in the United Kingdom, Australia, and India followed suit by either reducing rates or cautioning rate reduct...
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And, U.S. Stock Markets Celebrated.
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
And, U.S. stock markets celebrated.   Last week, the Federal Reserve put itself on hold. The Federal Open Market Committee met on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, to discuss the state of the economy and determine policy. After the meeting, Fed Chair Jerome Powell offered a positive assessment of ...
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U.S. Stock Investors Took a Breather Last Week
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Like competitors who’ve completed a difficult section in an endurance race, U.S. stock investors took a breather last week.    The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, which has gotten off to its best start since 1987, ended the week with a slight loss, while the Dow Jones Indust...
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