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Monthly Archives: March 2011
The major indexes closed the first quarter with a mixed session. The Dow lost 30 points, the S&P 500 fell 2 points, and the Nasdaq gained 4 points. Twenty-two of the Dow’s 30 components lost ground, led by American Express… Continue reading
Next in line for a bailout: Portugal. Amazon.com puts music in the cloud (and beats Google and Apple to it). China on pace to publish more scientific papers than the U.S. or the United Kingdom by 2013. Will there be… Continue reading
A jobs report that met expectations helped push the markets solidly higher, one day before the end of what has so far been a very good quarter for stocks. Mergers and acquisitions activity provided a boost to optimism, as did… Continue reading
The markets traded solidly higher on low volume, likely in anticipation of the employment reports later this week and the lack of any significant bad news from Japan and Libya. The sovereign debt of Greece and Portugal was downgraded yet… Continue reading
The Fed has dual mandates imposed upon it by Congress: to seek “full employment” and “stable prices.” Admittedly the exact specifications of those objectives are somewhat squishy (meaning there are no explicit inflation or unemployment-rate targets), but the general goal… Continue reading
Potentially fatal levels of radiation were reported in water pooling outside of Japan’s compromised nuclear reactors today, a setback to efforts to contain the situation. In the U.S., consumer spending was up—a positive—but for all the wrong reasons, as rising… Continue reading
The past few years must have trained the markets how to handle calamities well. Normally, a week in which one country struggled to contain a potential nuclear catastrophe while a major oil-producing country was bombed by the U.S. and a… Continue reading
The major stock indexes advanced for the sixth session out of the past seven trading days. The Dow gained 50 points, the Nasdaq rose by 6, and the S&P 500 advanced 4. Thirteen of the Dow’s 30 components lost ground,… Continue reading
Ongoing economic recovery offers many attractive opportunities in both the fixed-income and equity markets and, particularly, in economically sensitive sectors. But first you need to find the good companies and then determine whether it’s the bond or stock of that… Continue reading