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Monthly Archives: November 2010

Black Friday Has Investors Seeing Green

Last week’s shortened holiday trading was a rough ride as Ireland and North Korea reminded investors that aftershocks of the global financial crisis continue and geopolitical risks are ever present. Later in the week, investors turned their attention to slightly better-than-expected retail sales over the Thanksgiving weekend—the traditional start of the ……

 

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Current Conditions Index

 Over the past week, the LPL Financial Current Conditions Index was relatively unchanged at 232. The level of the CCI indicates an environment fostering growth in the economy and markets. The CCI is off of the highs of the year back in April, but has stabilized over recent months……

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Bernanke Battles Back

In the days leading up to “Black Friday”, the traditional kick-off to the holiday shopping season, markets will digest news on inflation, manufacturing and home sales for October, as well as the minutes of the Fed’s November 3 FOMC meeting. Overseas, Europe’s rescue of Ireland’s finances is likely to dominate the headlines, although the refrain ……

 

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Seeking Yield in Stocks

The big three headlines surrounding Ireland’s debt problems, China’s actions to slow lending, and the delay in tax cut negotiations kept the U.S. stock markets volatile, but unchanged last week as individual investors stayed on the sidelines. The positive news was easier to miss. What we found most interesting last week was the key developments in support of an emerging investment theme: the return of the ……

 

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Answering the Critics

This week is a busy week for economic data as the market may begin to judge the effectiveness and wisdom of quantitative easing (QE). The latest flare-up in the European fiscal saga will compete for attention this week with a cornucopia of U.S. economic data for October and November. The data, which includes reports on retail sales ……

 

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Blowing Bubbles

This week the attention of most market participants will be on what action Congress takes in their sole week of session for the month of November. The most important item facing Congress is the looming expiration of the Bush tax cuts. Some progress is likely this week with both parties facing a backlash if no action is taken and all tax rates ……

 

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The Calm After the Storm

The midterm elections, the decision by the Federal Reserve to embark on another round of quantitative easing (QE 2), and a better-than-expected jobs report for October made last week one for the history books. Market historians may not remember the upcoming week as clearly, however, given the lack of economic and policy events ……

 

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Lame Duck Could Move Markets

 The long-awaited events of last week included the mid-term elections and Federal Reserve (Fed) announcing the details of another stimulus program. Stock market momentum had stalled out in the two weeks leading up to last week as investors held their breath awaiting the outcome. The events unfolded just as the markets had anticipated and mostly priced in during the double-digit gain in the S&P 500 that took place during September and October. As investors breathed a sigh of ……
 

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At Last

For months now, we and most other market observers have been pointing to this week (November 1 – November 5), aka the “First Week in November” as a watershed week for markets and the economy, and for good reason. Economics, policy, and politics will fight for room in the headlines this week, as the long awaited First Week in November ……

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Market Implications of the Election

This week may be the most important of the year for the markets. The week starts off with the Monday release of the closely-watched Institute for Supply Management (ISM) report on U.S. manufacturing, followed by the mid-term elections on Tuesday, the Federal Reserve meeting on Wednesday, which is expected ……

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