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Monthly Archives: April 2011

Mirror Images: Dollar Down, Stocks Up

 The US dollar fell nearly 1% last week, taking out its 2009 low and sliding to its lowest point since the 2008 financial crisis. The dollar now stands less than 5% above its all-time low, hit in ….

 

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Focus on the Fed

 The main event this week for financial markets is likely to be the Federal Reserve’s (The Fed) Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting and the first-ever post-FOMC press conference by Fed ….

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In a “Wait and See” Mode

 This week’s docket of economic data and events is relatively thin, which should allow market participants to absorb last week’s deluge of economic and policy news, and prepare for next week’s decision from the Federal Reserve (The Fed) and debate … 


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Earnings Season Preview

 The 2011 first quarter 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 ……

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Beige Book and Budget Battle Take Center Stage

 The outlook for Federal Reserve (Fed) policy provides the backdrop for this week’s batch of economic data and events in the United States. In addition, while the first skirmish in the great Budget Battle over 2011 is over, an even bigger battle lies ahead:……

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Who Turned Down the Volume?

U.S. stocks, measured by the S&P 500 Index, posted a solid first quarter total return of 5.9%. It was the strongest first quarter since 1998. Those gains were delivered on light trading volume. Actually, to say trading volume was light is an understatement. March 2011 was the lightest month for trading since December 1999. The trend of declining trading volume that began at the start of 2010 has continued.

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Policy Parade

As is often the case during the week following the release of the monthly employment report, this week’s economic calendar is relatively sparse. The few reports that are due out are not likely to be market-moving. Instead, market participants are likely to continue to mull over the March employment report (released Friday, April 1) and shift their focus to policy issues (both fiscal and monetary) at home……

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