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Monthly Archives: January 2011

A Pro-Business State of the Union

This year’s State of the Union Address, scheduled for Tuesday evening (January 25), is likely to be different in tone and substance from last year’s address. At that time, the President’s tone was forceful as he voiced strident attacks on the business community ……

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Policy Week

 Monetary and fiscal policy may dominate headlines this week, even as market participants absorb more than 128 fourth quarter earnings reports from S&P 500 companies and a busy slate of economic data. In addition, several major central banks meet…….

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Competing For Attention

 Housing, the Federal Reserve’s (Fed) monetary policy, and the manufacturing sector in early 2011 are likely to compete for market participants’ attention this week. This data comes amid a flurry of corporate earnings reports for ……

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Measuring the Risks

While the stocks of the large companies tracked by the major U.S. stock market indexes have extended their gains to make new two-year highs, mid- and small-cap stocks have fared even better. In fact, mid-cap stocks, measured by the S&P 400 Mid-Cap index ……

 

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A Tale of Two Surveys

The release of the Fed’s Beige Book, a qualitative assessment of the economy in each of the 12 regional Federal Reserve districts, along with the December retail sales report highlight a busy week of U.S. economic data. Data on the export sector, import prices, consumer …….

 

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year: Earnings Season

The fourth quarter 2010 earnings reporting season kicks off this week. Four times a year investors focus on the most fundamental driver of investment performance: earnings. As you can see in Chart 1, the performance of the S&P 500 and analysts’ revisions to their earnings per share (EPS) estimates are closely ……

 

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A Busy Start to 2011

Financial market participants return to their desks this week reflecting on a mixed end, data-wise, to 2010 and are bracing for a full slate of key U.S. economic reports. The Federal Reserve ……

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Investors’ New Year’s Resolution: Buy U.S. Stocks

 About $90 billion has been pulled from U.S. stock mutual funds since the “flash crash” on the afternoon of May 6, 2010, according to data from the Investment Company Institute. On that day, the Dow Jones Industrial Average experienced the biggest intraday point decline, 998.5 points, in its 114-year history ……

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