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Stock Markets While it was trade-deals that were expected to drive the markets last week, the limelight moved quickly to economic fundamentals, which drove global stocks higher. It appears that international stocks outperformed domestic ones based on the fourth straight month of improvement in global manufacturing PMI, which is seen as a reflection of...
Stock Markets U.S. stocks rallied once again last week to a another all-time high. That accounts for the 26th record high of the current year. Clearly there is continued optimism that the US and China are making progress in their efforts to pound out a "Phase 1" trade deal, hopefully before year-end. Other data...
Stock Markets In what is the longest streak in two years, U.S. stocks reached another all-time record high, gaining for the sixth straight week this week.  US-China trade negotiations remain fluid and, the possibility of a limited deal between the two countries has been the real power behind the month-long market rally. The news...
Stock Markets U.S. stocks extended recent gains this week, ending higher for the fifth week in a row. The continued signs of progress with U.S.-China trade negotiations accompanied by better-than-expected corporate earnings for the season, have helped ease the fears of recession for the whole month and moved investor sentiment into the positive zone....
Stock Markets U.S. stocks reached new record highs following the October jobs report which indicated that the economy added more jobs than expected. That is positive despite potential impact from significant events such as the GM worker strike and the loss of temporary U.S. Census jobs. In an expected move,...
Stock Markets U.S. stocks closed near record highs this week as they rose for the third straight week. The primary driver of market action continues to be earnings. Nearly all third-quarter results coming in so far have been better than expected. The markets got an additional lift as reports that the U.S. and China...
Stock Markets U.S. stocks ended slighter higher in a week when better-than-expected earnings and some newfound optimism for a positive Brexit outcome were contrasted against continuing global growth concerns. This is the kickoff of the important third-quarter U.S. earnings season. Major banks were reporting solid earnings last week despite depressed investor expectations, which lead the...
Stock Markets U.S. stocks and the global group all rose this week buoyed by optimism that Chinese and U.S. officials had made real progress in negotiations late in the week. They expect that the groundwork for a truce on additional tariffs will allay further volatility. There were also positive comments from leaders on the...
Stock Markets U.S. stocks were in decline for a third straight week but offset by a rise in bonds, which helped to settle the volatility for most investors with balanced portfolios. A series of disappointing U.S. economic data points supported worries about the potential slowdown in manufacturing that analysts suggest could spread to other...
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