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May Day S&P 500 Performance Since 1950

It's May Day: half of the Western world is taking a holiday, but markets in the Americas are opening for business. In contrast to the...
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Fed Tapers While GDP Slows: Not So New-sy

On the same day that investors received confirmation that the economy slowed to a crawl (advance Q1 GDP logged in at +0.1), they also...
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S&P 500 Weekend Update: Uncertainty Keeps Markets Choppy

As the market chop continues, so does the uncertainty. This isn't necessarily a bad thing (nor a good thing). It just means that market...
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2013 Cash Reserves Ranking: Apple, U.S. Corporates Lead Way

Most humans, apart from most teenagers, tend to be naturally averse to risk.  We try to avoid situations that are dangerous, embarrassing or in...

Wage Growth and The Retail Sector, One Year Later

In October 2013, Mr. Market seemed unable to gain quick traction from the summer lows.  Then, we shared a study of wage growth for...
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TBTF Banks: Setting Up A Different Kind of Stress Test

With a single exception, the major money center banks and bank holding companies we checked in on at the market's February bottom (here) are...
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Stocks Bounce: But How Far Will They Go?

That's always the follow up question, isn't it? Earlier we considered how far small caps might go after bears succeeded in tripping the thirteenth 50-Day...

Citifail: How the Fed Confirmed What the Market Already Knows

Following yesterday's close, the Fed released the final installment of its annual stress test (the CCAR) of the 30 largest TBTF "systemically significant" banking institutions...
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U.S. Financial Markets Recap For February 2014

by Greg Naylor     February was an eventful month for U.S. financial markets, as conflict in the Ukraine rattled investors and news from China continued...

November Soybeans Go Vertical: In Need Of Consolidation

November Soybeans are enjoying a nice multi-week rally. Similar to other Ag commodities, this rally comes on the heels of several months of pain. To...

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