Market News and Articles

Tariffs Strike Again
Tuesday, August 6, 2019
The Federal Open Market Committee completed what it called ‘a mid-cycle adjustment’ with a quarter-point rate cut last week. Some investors were unhappy when Fed officials implied there would not be another reduction this year. They’d been hoping for at least one, reported Barron&r...
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The Bulls Are Running
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Last week, the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index set a new record, closing above 3,000 for the first time. Other major U.S. stock indices also finished at record highs, reported Barron’s.   Company fundamentals, investor sentiment, and geopolitics all have the power to push stock pr...
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What Will the Federal Reserve Do Now?
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
There was unexpected economic news last week. On Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced 224,000 new jobs were added in June, which was more than analysts had anticipated. The gains were offset a bit by reductions in April and May employment estimates. However, overall, the pace of jobs gro...
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Everything Went Up – and That’s Unusual.
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Randall Forsyth of Barron’s explained, “Like our major political parties, the stock and bond markets seem to live in two different worlds these days. The former sits at record levels, suggesting we live in the best of all possible worlds. The latter sees things as bad and only getting wo...
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Surprise! It Was a Great Week for Markets.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Since the U.S.-China trade conflict resumed in early May, investors have been off balance. The possibility of escalating tariffs on Mexico heightened economic uncertainty. Then, last week’s unemployment report arrived with less than stellar news – just 75,000 jobs were created in May. Th...
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Tariff Trouble
Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Just two weeks ago, the U.S. government lifted tariffs on Mexico and Canada. So, it was a surprise last week when President Trump tweeted the United States would impose an escalating tariff on all goods imported from Mexico until the flow of migrants to the United States’ southern border stops...
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U.S. Stocks Have Had a Great Run
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
During the past decade, the profitability of U.S. companies increased rapidly. Strong corporate earnings helped the U.S. stock market outperform markets in other nations by a significant margin. According to Capital Economics, “Since the start of this decade, the average annual return from the...
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Trade War Trade-Off
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
There was some good news on trade, last week. The United States took steps to reduce trade friction with the European Union, Canada, Mexico, and Japan.   “The United States on Friday reached an agreement with Canada and Mexico to remove steel and aluminum tariffs, which had been a persi...
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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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