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Before attending Illinois State, he served as an infantryman in the United States Marines Corps.
A better than expected jobs report may have injected some optimism into the stock markets. Meanwhile, further tensions with China and virus stimulus talks may remain in focus as the trading week comes to a close.
Investors finally got some good news on the jobs front early Thursday as weekly initial jobless claims fell substantially. This could raise spirits heading into tomorrow’s July payrolls report. Meanwhile, investors await any possible stimulus news from Washington.
Disney shares are up solidly in the premarket after delivering solid earnings and subscription numbers. Meanwhile, an analyst downgrade of Apple has some questioning whether the recent runup in tech shares has gotten ahead of itself.
Today’s post-session earnings lineup includes results from Disney and Wynn Resorts. However, we’re about three-quarters of the way through earnings season, and some of the investor focus seems to be turning back toward worrisome virus headlines.
In addition to earnings, investors will be focused on any news from Washington that has to do with the next round of stimulus. Another piece of information expected today is ISM manufacturing data.
As the COVID-19 pandemic ground commercial activity to a halt in early 2020, the United States turned to fiscal and monetary authorities for help in getting the flagging economy up and running. Here’s a primer on these two types of stimulus.
As the U.S. economy pulled back in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Reserve turned to a tool it used in the 2008–09 financial crisis: quantitative easing (QE). Here’s a crash course for investors.
The monthly U.S. Employment Situation report—commonly called the jobs report—is perhaps the most closely watched fundamental indicator for traders and investors. Here’s why.
Large caps might get a lot of attention, but small-cap stocks are still a popular investment subset. And it’s important to track them separately from their larger siblings. Learn about small-cap stocks and the Russell 2000 Index.
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