Author Archives: Jeremy Ryan

Leftovers go high-tech

Anticipation over what the Federal Open Market Committee minutes might hint about upcoming rate increases made for a choppy day of trading. Stocks initially rallied after it appeared from the minutes that a June rate increase was unlikely, but the … Continue reading

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Memorial Day traffic gets ready to feed on lower gas prices

Stocks closed moderately higher at the tail end of first-quarter earnings season, which showed modest earnings advances on average compared with what many analysts had thought would be steeper declines. The Dow and S&P 500 Index reached new highs. The … Continue reading

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When no one’s the boss, is everyone the boss?

Tepid retail sales in April kept a lid on the markets, and the major indexes closed essentially flat. The Dow lost 7 points, although 20 of its 30 components posted gains. The blue chip index was dragged down by DuPont, … Continue reading

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Millennials: A financial mindset shaped by recession

I’m a big fan of the Beloit College Mindset List. Every year, the authors publish a list of things that define—or don’t define—the reality of the incoming class of college freshman. In this year’s list, for example, we learn that … Continue reading

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Unbundled cable might be pricey for sports fans

Another interest-rate cut in China and rumbles from negotiations with Greece helped set a more worrisome tone for the day, and the major indexes closed lower. The Dow fell 85 points, with 24 of its 30 components retreating; the S&P … Continue reading

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If you have a spare $100 million, these homes await

A disappointing private-sector jobs report, declining productivity, and cautious remarks about stock valuations from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen combined to pull stocks lower for the session. The Dow fell 86 points, with 22 of its 30 components retreating; the … Continue reading

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No love for Facebook likes

Stocks posted moderate gains after Friday’s rally, helped by a decent report on factory orders. The Dow rose 46 points, with 21 of its 30 components gaining ground; the S&P 500 Index gained 6; and the Nasdaq climbed 11. Advancers … Continue reading

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It’s not water; it’s a pre-frozen ice cube, now on sale

The Federal Open Market Committee’s latest policy statement gave no more clues than previous statements about the timing of interest-rate hikes, while first-quarter gross domestic product nearly flatlined. The Dow fell 74 points, with 21 of its 30 components retreating; … Continue reading

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Four reasons why investors should consider alternatives

Today we have a guest post by Dr. Sudhir Krishnamurthi, Ronald van der Wouden, and Kenneth LaPlace from The Rock Creek Group, LP (Rock Creek). Dr. Krishnamurthi, Mr. van der Wouden, and Mr. LaPlace are portfolio managers of the Wells … Continue reading

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Overground shipping, meet underground shipping

Morning gains faded into the red in afternoon trading as investors prepared for a big week of earnings announcements, including Apple’s earnings, out after market close today. The Dow fell 42 points, with 19 of its 30 components retreating; the … Continue reading

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