Author Archives: Kathi Kwiatkowski

Back to school shopping trends

Corporate deals helped send stocks higher today, with the S&P 500 Index crossing the 2,000-point threshold for the first time during intraday trading. The Dow gained 75 points, with 24 of its 30 components advancing; the S&P 500 Index added … Continue reading

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Why you shouldn’t tell yourself you’re not a math person

Stocks traded flat for most of the day, as investors sat on the sidelines prior to the release of the minutes from the July Federal Reserve meeting. The minutes didn’t contain much new insight for the markets to react negatively … Continue reading

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Move over Hollywood—the cool kids are on YouTube

Geopolitical tensions eased over the weekend, and without any major news to drive direction, the markets moved higher on recent positive earnings and economic news. The Dow gained 175 points, with 26 of its 30 components advancing; the S&P 500 … Continue reading

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Your genes say a lot about you, including who your friends are

Reports that Ukraine attacked a Russian military convoy today erased early gains in the markets and initially sent shares sharply lower. However, by the end of the day, the markets reversed those losses and closed mixed. The Dow fell 50 … Continue reading

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Sharks, tornadoes, and cheese

Friday morning saw the markets extend the downward momentum from Thursday’s 300-plus-point loss, and the Dow fell as much as 126 points. However, a positive jobs report and some positive earnings news helped stem some of those losses. The Dow … Continue reading

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Market Roundup for August: False dawns and dusks

Fed Chair Yellen pointed out in her semiannual report to Congress that the U.S. economy has encountered a number of false dawns—when a hoped-for acceleration in growth has failed to materialize—during this recovery. That’s one reason—maybe the main reason—she is … Continue reading

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Time flies (and scientists may know why)

Investors focused on earnings today, as disappointing results from Amazon and a cut in Visa’s revenue forecast dragged the markets lower. The Dow lost 123 points, with 23 of its 30 components declining; the S&P 500 Index dropped 9; and … Continue reading

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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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