Investors are still digesting the Phase One trade deal agreed to last week and looking ahead to housing data, Nike earnings and a quadruple witching later this week.
A day after stocks set fresh record highs on excitement about a possible U.S.-China trade deal, investors still seem to be sailing along on momentum from those trade winds.
Geopolitics dominate the picture as investors await the UK election and U.S. tariffs outcomes. Meanwhile, a big jump in jobless claims and a soft inflation number might stir economic worries.
The Fed likely surprised few if anyone Wednesday, leaving rates right where they were after three rate cuts in a row. Fed officials see muted inflation, a strong labor market, and soft business spending.
The Fed decision today could be anti-climactic, with futures prices indicating virtually no chance of any policy changes. At the same time, the Dec. 15 tariff deadline gets closer.
A report by The Wall Street Journal said the United States and China are working on a possible delay of the Dec. 15 tariffs.
A busy week began Monday with disappointing Chinese export data weighing on stocks. The Fed meeting begins tomorrow, and Dec. 15 marks an important new tariff deadline.
The week begins with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ($DJI) apparently ready to join its cousin indices at new record highs as positive trade news gives the markets an early boost.
The latest government report on the domestic employment situation came in way better than expected, offering the market another encouraging data point after a gauge of manufacturing in China pointed to expansion there.
It might have been a green morning for stocks, but a report raising questions about the chance of a long-term deal with China has indices under pressure. Strong earnings from Apple, Facebook and Starbucks late yesterday could help blunt the blow.
Stocks barely registered a reaction after the Fed cut rates this afternoon, a move analysts had widely expected. The Fed did signal a possible pause, but that also isn’t a big surprise.
The markets could feel a little slow this morning as investors await the Fed decision, Apple, and Facebook later today. In the meantime, GDP surprised with a reading that beat estimates.
The market is a bit subdued this morning as investors perhaps take some profits amid a generally positive, but mixed, bag of earnings news.
Today is the start of an epic week on Wall Street marked by around 150 S&P 500 companies reporting, a Fed meeting, and key payrolls and manufacturing data.
The markets may experience some hangover from Amazon’s disappointing earnings yesterday but could see some recovery as other major companies such as Visa, Intel, and Verizon showed more encouraging results.
It’s the busiest day of earnings season, with more than 40 S&P 500 companies set to report. Investors start the day poring over results from Twitter, Microsoft, and Tesla, with Amazon waiting in the wings.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average ($DJI) could find itself under pressure today after disappointing results from McDonald’s and Travelers, but there are plenty of positive earnings reports out there this morning as well.
Earnings continue to be the focus as nearly 25% of S&P 500 companies report this week. Today’s a little light, but tomorrow’s calendar is packed as investors prepare for McDonald’s, Lockheed Martin and others.
The market is in rally mode early Friday as optimism grows about possible progress in today’s trade talks. That said, there’s always a chance things could go south, so keep the seatbelts fastened.
It’s been hard to make sense of the news flow, and by this morning equities index futures had pared their losses as investors apparently strap in to see what actually happens.
Investors are once again more optimistic ahead of high-level trade talks that start tomorrow after Bloomberg reported that China is still open to a partial trade deal and a Financial Times article said the Asian nation has offered to boost its yearly purchases of U.S. farm products.
Trade talks start Thursday but the mood is negative on Wall Street this morning as negative reports in the news seem to dominate. A lower than expected inflation read is also in the mix.
With earnings season still a week away and the jobs report behind us, trade talks are likely to take center stage this week as China and the U.S. resume negotiations.
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All sectors finished lower Wednesday as concerns over weakness in manufacturing and fresh trade concerns weigh stock markets for the second straight day.
We’re seeing the slide continue today and global stocks took it on the chin. Lennar earnings offer some positive energy for the housing sector, and odds of a Fed rate cut are rising.
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A Fed rate cut yesterday doesn’t appear to be helping the market much today. Existing home sales are due later this morning and other central banks left rates unchanged.
In a move widely expected by the market, the Federal Open Market Committee lowered the target fed funds rate 25 basis points to a range between 1.75% and 2%. This marks the second cut in as many months. Despite expectations, stocks fell on the news.
The Fed is widely expected to cut rates this afternoon, so there’s not much intrigue there. However, FedEx earnings last night might have raised some eyebrows as trade pressure seems to be affecting its business.
The Fed meets today with chances of a rate cut still high but down from where they were. Geopolitics are still front and center as people assess crude’s huge rally and wait for more news from the Gulf.
Though negative rates haven’t appeared to help the European and Japanese economies much, they can’t be ruled out here eventually. Here’s why, and how to consider getting prepared.
Every quarter, the Fed provides a “dot plot” that shows its monetary policy projections for the next several years. Investors can glean the Fed’s thinking by “connecting the dots.”
Investors can expect more volatility in December, when the stock market could react to a number of events.
The October's stock saw volatile trading that had investors on a rock ride as earnings season got underway. The Nasdaq plunged into correction territory in a sudden late-month slide.
Gross domestic product (GDP) data is key to understanding the health of the U.S. economy, but may not be so critical for stock market traders and investors.
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Years of rising interest rates appear to be raising demand for the venerable certificate of deposit (CDs). As rates tick higher, it may be time to learn about these fixed income products.
The annual Jackson Hole Economic Symposium, hosted by the Kansas City Fed, pulled together central bankers and economic policymakers from across the world. Here’s what transpired at the 2018 gathering.
Geopolitical issues flared up again in August with Turkey’s potential currency crisis. Concerns over the headlines were seemingly tempered by strong earnings reports.
Bond and stock investors can look to the yield curve for one measure of inflation and interest rate expectations.
Learn about the Federal Reserve, the central bank of the U.S.—its makeup, policies, dual mandate of full employment and monetary stability, and the importance of Fed meetings.
In August, the Fed left rates unchanged and earnings season overall didn’t disappoint. What might be in store for September?
July seemed to be a repeat of what investors have experienced for much of 2018: geopolitical news and earnings competing for attention. By the end of the month, strong corporate numbers appeared to have the edge, at least for now.
July seemed to be a repeat of past months where market focus shifted between geopolitical headlines and corporate and economic data. Could this continue in August? Learn about upcoming market events and what to watch for in the coming month.
Investors adding bonds to a stock-heavy lineup may opt for securities with a shelf-life designed for today’s investing climate. That’s where duration comes in.
As the economy continues its march forward after the financial crisis of the last decade, are we finally seeing higher interest rates for CDs and other savings rates?
Learn how economic growth, inflation and interest rates link to the consumer price index and how the CPI, sometimes called the inflation index, affects the stock market as well as depicts the price of goods and services.
Jerome Powell takes over at the Federal Reserve at a time when a tight labor market could influence the direction and speed of interest rate hikes.
Annuities might be a good way to protect principal or guarantee retirement income. Learn how rising interest rates might affect annuity rates.
In low-interest rate environment, investors sometimes look to dividend-paying stocks as a mean of generating income.
Looking ahead to the second half, it’s possible that politics in Washington and Q2 earnings could help set the tone. Can strength seen in the first half conti
As the Federal Reserve continues its rate-tightening cycle, is it time to lock in low rates for home and auto loans?
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How might rising interest rates impact long-term investing decisions? Discuss the impact of a rate hike on long-term savings: fixed income, long-term care.
Interest rates may begin to rise for the first time in a while, which may be the first time some younger borrowers and savers have seen a hike in rates.
Investors feeling flooded by all the data generated every day may want to try a new tool that puts all the numbers in one place for comparison and easier unde
Looking for an indicator to measure the health of the U.S. manufacturing sector? Learn how to analyze industrial production and capacity utilization.
Oftentimes economic reports can move markets, which means you might want to brush up on your macroeconomics.
Learn why the Fed and traders follow the personal income and spending reports, especially the Personal Consumption Expenditures Index.
Each month more than 500 American households are polled via telephone for the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Survey. Find out how traders use it.
Gold and silver prices are up sharply this year. Can precious metals continue to hold their own if economies start improving?
Each month, economists and traders turn to the existing and new home sales reports. Learn how to read and apply these economic reports to your trading.
Negative interest rate policy is a fact in the eurozone and Japan. How has it affected those economies, and what might investors expect if such policy ever ar
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What if you get a pay hike? Use it to go down a better path for the future and stash it away. Here’s how.
Study intermarket analysis, specifically bonds, for potential clues on the next leg for Federal Reserve policy and stock market reaction.
Use a blend of off-the-grid economic data—from search-engine trends to a real-time GDP figure—to help inform investing hunches.
Compare interest-rate-sensitive stock sectors that could benefit or suffer at the hands of a Federal Reserve that’s soon to hike rates.
Only pros care about interest-rate trading, and bonds are boring, right? Not so fast. There’s more to them than meets the eye. Pros don't have all the fun.
With benchmark U.S. interest rates poised to climb, fixed-income investors should consider the implications for muni bonds.
Interest rates are going up. If you hold an annuity, or are considering one, it’s important to understand how these investments will be affected.
Cash alone won’t cut it as a lingering low-rate environment challenges income investing.
You can’t fight the Federal Reserve, but at the rate things change today, that doesn't mean you should bury your head in the sand. Fed indicators matter, too.
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