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Since 1997, the Schwab Center for Financial Research (SCFR) has provided top-quality research, timely market insights, and practical guidance to help investors make better decisions. Schwab experts are featured regularly in the news media, sharing their views on topics including markets, the economy, financial and retirement planning, portfolio management, and investment strategy. SCFR also produces Schwab Equity Ratings.

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On Hold: Stocks Drift in Lackluster Trading as Investors Await Consumer Confidence, Fed Speakers November 28, 2023 9:14 AM   |  

Without Nonfarm Payrolls at the end of the week, Wall Street faces a new month with something of a data drought. Fed speakers, including Powell on Friday, may fill the vacuum.

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Check the Receipts: Cyber Monday Dawns Calmly Ahead of Key Inflation Data, Fed Talk Later In Week November 27, 2023 9:15 AM   |  

There were signs of strong holiday shopping over the weekend as several additional retailers prepare to report this week, but stocks felt pressure early Monday from weak Chinese industrial profits data. Several Treasury auctions run today and Fed speakers return tomorrow.

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Mall Crawl: As Shoppers Hunt Bargains, Investors Watch Slight Pop in Rates During Shortened Session November 24, 2023 9:14 AM   |  

Today’s a shortened session, but investors will be digesting Friday’s Black Friday retail reports with their turkey dinners. Next week’s attention turns to key housing data and Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE), the Fed’s favorite inflation indicator.

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Getaway Day: Lots to Digest Before Turkey as OPEC Delays, OpenAI CEO Returns, Nvidia Earnings Pondered November 22, 2023 9:20 AM   |  

There's a bunch of fresh news this morning including a surprise delay by OPEC of its weekend meeting, the return of Sam Altman to OpenAI, and an Nvidia earnings report that mostly impressed. Volume could lighten as the day continues ahead of tomorrow's U.S. holiday closure.

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AI Week: Market Waits to See if Nvidia’s Numbers Keep Tech in a Holiday Mood as OpenAI Storm Swirls November 21, 2023 9:00 AM   |  

Artificial intelligence is front and center today as investors watch for new developments in the storm centering around OpenAI even as Nvidia’s earnings are expected after the close. Fed minutes are also in the picture and several big retailers reported today.

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Short Week Stuffed with Data: Leading Indicators, Existing Homes, Fed Minutes Arrive Before the Turkey November 20, 2023 9:09 AM   |  

The shortened holiday week offers plenty of action, including an OPEC meeting, Nvidia earnings, and Treasury auctions. The dollar index is near three-month lows, which could provide support for equities. Microsoft shares rose in premarket trading on a key new hire.

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Pre-Weekend Pop: Stocks Boosted by Falling Treasury Yields as Hopes for Early 2024 Rate Cut Grow November 17, 2023 9:10 AM   |  

Wall Street got a boost open from falling Treasury yields as the futures market built in growing chances of a Fed rate cut as soon as Q1 of 2024. Much depends on data between now and then, however. Next week is short, but includes Fed minutes, Nvidia earnings, and Leading Indicators.

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Corporate Caution Rattles Market: Walmart, Cisco Disappoint with Guidance, Threatening Rally November 16, 2023 9:14 AM   |  

The long rally could be at risk as Walmart and Cisco both expressed caution in their guidance. Shares of both companies lost ground ahead of the open, and the weakness appeared to spread to the major indexes. Treasury yields, however, remain near the bottom of their range.

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Cool Prices, Hot Sales: Encouraging Inflation Data Buoys Stocks, But Yields Rise on Strong Retail Report November 15, 2023 9:33 AM   |  

Inflation cooled on the wholesale side in October, helped by falling gas prices, but retail sales remained hotter than expected. This could mean consumers stayed healthy amid low unemployment. Treasury yields got an initial bounce from the retail sales data.

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Hikes Over? Cool October CPI Report Lifts Stocks, Hammers Yields on Ideas that Rates Have Peaked November 14, 2023 9:29 AM   |  

The October Consumer Price Index (CPI) report this morning showed flat headline growth month-over-month and the lightest yearly gain in core prices in two years. Stocks immediately lifted off after the data as investors dialed down chances of near-term rate hikes to practically zero.

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