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JJ Kinahan

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March 24, 2017

So Tired of Waiting: Yesterday On Repeat as Health Bill Remains Center Stage

Yogi Berra once said, “It’s like déjà vu all over again.” It feels that way now as investors wait for a health care vote in Washington.

March 23, 2017

Health Vote In Focus, But Tax Policy Implications Loom Large For Stock Market

Today is all about the health care bill, but the elephant in the room is tax policy. Trading could be a bit flat until there’s better insight into how the vote might play out.

March 22, 2017

Taking Perspective: One Bad Day Isn’t Entire Story, But Market Remains Nervous

More selling pressure could stalk the market early today following Tuesday’s plunge, but it’s important to take a big-picture look at the situation.

March 21, 2017

Lack of News on Trump Tax Policy Could Be Keeping Market In Snooze Mode

With little economic data on the horizon and the Fed meeting well behind, the market appears to be looking for new catalysts.

March 20, 2017

Trade Policy, Brexit Set Week’s Early Tone Ahead of Fed Speakers, Housing Data

Housing data, a slew of Fed speakers, and even some important earnings reports highlight the week ahead, but trade issues and Brexit weigh on prices early.

March 17, 2017

Stew of Data, Including Industrial Production, On Tap as Weekend Nears

The week may be almost over, but there’s still some data to comb through before people go home. Today’s numbers could help determine market direction.

March 16, 2017

Sticking to the Script: Lack of Hawkish Surprises From Fed Helps Launch Relief Rally

Despite all the anticipation of a rate hike, stocks surged on the news Wednesday. Stock futures pointed toward a higher open, helped by a slight recovery in oil.

March 15, 2017

Fed Sees Economy on Moderate Pace; Forecasts Rates at 3% by end of 2019

No surprises here: The Federal Reserve steps up interest rates by a quarter-percentage point and indicates it will do it again at least two more times this year.

March 15, 2017

Rate Hike Seen Likely Today, But Questions Surround Fed’s Future Policy

A rate hike today seems baked in, but what sort of picture will the Fed paint about future policy? Stock futures pointed toward a slightly higher open.

March 14, 2017

Snow Day? No Way. Fed Meeting Still On and In Focus As Blizzard Rages

Despite a fierce blizzard dumping snow on the Eastern Seaboard, markets remain open and the Fed meeting starts today.

March 13, 2017

Fed Ahead: Strong Jobs Report Solidifies Expectations For Rate Hike This Week

It’s all about the Fed this week, and the market might be a little flat in advance of the Fed's meeting. Meanwhile, buzz continues about Friday's strong jobs report.

March 10, 2017

All Clear Ahead: Positive Jobs and Wage Data Set Stage For Likely Rate Hike

The jobs picture continues to improve, very likely locking in a rate hike next week. Stock futures rose sharply after the data rolled out.

March 9, 2017

And Crude Comes Tumbling Down: Weak Oil, ECB In Focus Ahead of Jobs Data

Plunging crude oil prices and European central bank policy take center stage today, but everything comes down to tomorrow's U.S. jobs report.

March 8, 2017

Holding Pattern: Stocks Tread Water Ahead of ECB Meeting, Jobs Data

For the first time since January, the S&P 500 Index (SPX) has fallen two days in a row, and futures pointed toward a lower open Wednesday.

March 7, 2017

Geopolitical Concerns and Growing Rate Hike Trepidation Start to Weigh

Geopolitical concerns and worries about possible rising interest rates appear to have the markets under a little pressure early this week.

March 6, 2017

Market Still Buzzing Over Yellen’s Friday Comments As Rate Hike Odds Spike

At one point last month, the futures market projected chances of a March rate hike at 8%. By early Monday, that estimate was above 80%.

March 3, 2017

Yellen Takes Stage As Pausing Market Looks For Rate Hints Ahead of Meeting

Fed Chair Janet Yellen and others are share their thoughts Friday, meaning we may enter the weekend with a better sense of the Fed’s position on rate hikes.

March 2, 2017

Looking for Catalysts After Rally Above 21,000 As Rate Hike Chatter Persists

For the moment, it looks like a mixed open, with little in the way of catalysts other than continued chatter about a possible March rate hike.