U.S. Markets Tip Tapering On September 2013 Fed Move, The Potential Impact On Emerging Markets, Europe?

Traders Indecisive As NASDAQ Halts Trading, Jobless Claims & Housing Starts Down: Fed tapering will have an impact on world markets and the U.S. housing industry.  Economic data for the week ended August 23 mainly, initial jobless claims and new home sales data was below expectations. Jobless claims for August 15, 2013 came in at[…]

U.S. Economy Adds 175,000 New Jobs & Unemployment Rises To 7.6%, Why Taper?

Why Fed Tapering Talk Should End: All the talk about the Fed pulling the punch bowl on liquidity is a bit premature. Yes the stock market has been rising without pause for a few months but that doesn’t mean the economy is any more solid than 5 years ago when President Obama first entered the[…]

Durable Goods Orders March 2013 Fall 5.7%, FOMC May Hold QE Signals

No need to worry about the Fed ending QE with mixed economic data: Durable goods orders fell in March as businesses cut back on investment in capital equipment. The Commerce Department said durable-goods orders for long lasting manufactured goods fell by 5.7 percent from the prior month.  Some of the decrease in durable goods orders[…]

S&P 500 Nears All-Time High After FOMC March Rate Decision

Fed March 2013 Decision Keeps Rates Unchanged: The S&P 500 came within 4 points of the all-time closing high after the Fed decided to keep interest rates unchanged.  Stocks meandered through the session but got a bounce after the FOMC decision to keep interest rates at current levels was announced.  Equities retreated late in the[…]

FOMC January 2013 Meeting Minutes Put A Damper On Stocks

FOMC January 2013 Meeting Minutes Put A Damper On Stocks: Some committee members think QE may need to end soon. The Federal Open Market Committee’s January 29-30 2013 meeting minutes dragged down stocks today as investors took profits after the recent February 2013 rally became extended.  A sharp change in trend occurred after the meeting[…]

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Fed QE3 Helps Extend September 2012 Rally, 8 Things To Look For Next

Fed QE3 Helps Extend September 2012 Rally, 7 Things To Look For Next: Ben Bernanke last week announced a new QE3 program which helped keep the September 2012 rally alive.  Short sellers are jumping right back to their traditional talking points stressing the lift in stocks won’t continue.  Do they have it right? The Fed[…]

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Fed Implements QE3, Ben Bernanke “Gets To Work”: Is The “Romney Rally” Over?

Fed Implements QE3, Ben Bernanke “Gets To Work”: Is The “Romney Rally” Over? The Federal Reserve Bank has ended the debate over QE3.  It’s here.  Ben Bernanke has given the markets what they wanted.  The Fed will be buying up to $40 billion in bonds each month.  This is good news for equities and it[…]

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Stocks Rangebound Ahead Of Fed, ECB, July 2012 Jobs; Case Shiller Home Prices Up 2.2 Percent May

Stocks Rangebound Ahead Of Fed, ECB, July 2012 Jobs; Case Shiller Home Prices Up 2.2 Percent May: U.S. equities didn’t do much today and traded in a tight range ahead of the ECB meeting, the FOMC meeting and the July 2012 unemployment numbers due out this Friday.  Traders are also waiting for data from ADP[…]

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Markets Continue Slide As Investors Await Fed QE3, Jobless Claims, Philly Fed Weak

Markets Continue Slide As Investors Await Fed QE3, May 12 2012 Jobless Claims, Philly Fed Weak: U.S. equities continued to slide as more economic bad news came in with no reassurance from the Fed they might extend monetary policy to keep markets afloat and stimulate investment toward risky assets.  The S&P 500 took a drubbing[…]

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Fed Keeps Rates Unchanged March 13, 2012: Stocks Breakout of Rangebound Trading – NASDAQ Clears 3,000

Fed Keeps Rates Unchanged March 13, 2012: Stocks Breakout of Rangebound Trading – NASDAQ Clears 3,000: The Federal Reserve bank left rates unchanged today but changed their language regarding the U.S. economy.  We have claimed for the last few weeks that the economy has been getting stronger and today the Fed acknowledged that the U.S.[…]