Author Archives: Kathi Kwiatkowski

Prepping for the big kindergarten entrance exam

U.S. markets were higher today, as investors focused on encouraging earnings results instead of growing turmoil overseas. The same couldn’t be said for global markets, where most of the major indexes posted losses. The Dow gained 123 points, with 28 … Continue reading

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European banks back in the spotlight

Markets around the world were lower today as investors reacted to concerns over Portugal’s banking system and an economic slowdown in Europe. Espírito Santo International, the parent company of Banco Espírito Santo, Portugal’s largest publicly traded bank, missed payments on … Continue reading

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Stocks extend losses

Investors continued their profit-taking after the markets’ recent highs. Technology stocks were particularly hard-hit, with momentum stocks seeing the biggest declines. Twitter (TWTR) and Pandora (P) were each down 7%, LinkedIn (LNKD) fell 6%, and Facebook (FB) lost 3%. The … Continue reading

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Dow tops 17,000

A surge in hiring in June pleasantly surprised investors in a shortened trading session on Thursday. The positive news sent all of the markets higher and helped the Dow pass 17,000 for the first time. The Dow gained 92 points, … Continue reading

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Luxury goods get watered down

Stocks continued to focus on slow economic growth and turmoil overseas, and while they traded in the red most of the day, the markets closed higher. Volume increased toward the end of the day as the Russell indexes performed their … Continue reading

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Hungry for yield (or just the free burritos)?

The markets opened sharply lower today as the head of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, James Bullard, indicated that the Fed could increase interest rates as early as the first quarter of 2015. They bounced back from those … Continue reading

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2014 Midyear Outlook

Few events can freeze economic growth like extremely cold weather can—and did—at the beginning of the year. But with the warmer weather, growth returned—and our capital market strategists expect it to continue. Here are the key themes they’ve identified so … Continue reading

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All you need is “Yo”

With no new economic data and limited company-specific news, the markets continued their slow march higher, with the Dow and S&P 500 Index setting new records. The Dow rose 25 points, with 19 of its 30 components gaining ground; the … Continue reading

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Does a ticker make (or break) a stock?

After trading in the red for most of the day, the Dow and the S&P 500 Index climbed higher for their fifth consecutive day of gains. The Dow rose 14 points, the S&P 500 Index added 2 points and reached … Continue reading

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Is the selfie always a bad thing?

The markets traded in the red early in the day as investors kept a close eye on events unfolding in Iraq and digested disappointing news on consumer sentiment. However, they turned around by the end of the day, due in … Continue reading

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