Category Archives: Daily Advantage

Bubble wrap: It just might save your life

The major indexes closed the day in mixed territory, following a string of earnings reports and government data that offered a mixed view of economic progress; as jobless claims declined, new-home sales weakened. The Dow fell 2 points, with 17 … Continue reading

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Your car’s miles per gallon might soon live up to its billing

The major indexes diverged today after a string of positive earnings reports from tech companies lifted the Nasdaq but left the Dow and the S&P 500 Index closer to the flatline. Led downward by Boeing, the Dow fell 26 points, … Continue reading

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Find your inner leader in a game of hide-and-seek

Shares across the major indexes rose today, following another wave of second-quarter earnings and government reports that indicated signs of economic improvement. The Dow rose 61 points, with 20 of its 30 components advancing; the S&P 500 Index climbed 9; … Continue reading

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Need cash? This town pays for new residents.

Continued geopolitical risk—particularly in Ukraine and Gaza—helped push stocks lower early in the session, but losses moderated in the afternoon. Russia’s MICEX Index fell 2.7% in today’s trading, pressured by the prospect of further sanctions against the country as the … 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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Stocks down after airline crash raises prospect of increasing Ukraine tension

Shares declined across the major indexes today, following news that a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet crashed in eastern Ukraine with an estimated 295 people on board. The cause of the crash is under investigation, but reports claimed the plane may … Continue reading

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New TV? Check it for lettuce.

The second-quarter earnings season continued its relatively good start, providing a lift to stocks. Industrial production expanded modestly, wholesale price increases stayed low, and 21st Century Fox’s rejected acquisition bid for Time Warner Inc. indicated a potential shakeup of the … Continue reading

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The economics of potato salad

A pair of better-than-expected earnings reports in the financials sector was balanced against mediocre gains in retail sales and comments from Fed Chair Janet Yellen about stretched valuations in certain corners of the markets. The major indexes ended the day … Continue reading

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The World Cup does not overflow with productivity

Stocks posted solid gains, helped by guarded optimism about the second-quarter earnings season and increased merger and acquisition activity. The Dow regained lost ground to once again close above 17,000 and approach a new record close. The Dow gained 111 … Continue reading

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SEC steps in on penny stock that costs too many pennies

Stocks were muted on a slow news day, with concerns over a major Portuguese bank somewhat abating after assurances from Portugal’s central bank that Banco Espirito Santo would not need additional funding. The Dow rose 28 points, with 19 of … Continue reading

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