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All Eyes on the Fed Following a Choppy Week

U.S. consumers remain strong, as evidenced by better-than-expected retail sales in November. Industrial production was also healthier than anticipated for...

Investors Favor Bonds, Defensive Sectors During Volatile Week

Last week saw mixed signals once again for the U.S. economy. On the plus side: The Institute for Supply Management’s...

Dovish Fed Comments Help Fuel Last Week’s Stock Market Surge

The U.S. economy showed signs of both strength and weakness last week. Updated second-quarter GDP data remained robust, at 3.5%,...

Investors Thankful for Foreign Equities and Bonds

The state of the housing market was in focus during the Thanksgiving holiday-shortened week. Existing home sales in October improved...

International Stocks Outperform During Choppy Week

A mixed week economically in the U.S., as better-than-expected retail sales growth in October was countered somewhat by soft industrial...

U.S. Stocks Rally, Led by Defensive Market Sectors

The Federal Reserve Board held interest rates steady, as expected, during a mixed week for the U.S. economy. On the...

Emerging Markets Lead as Stocks Rebound

A largely positive week for the U.S. economy included a stronger-than-expected jobs report for October and a stable (and historically...

U.S. Economy Remains Strong Despite Equity Volatility

Economic data released last week revealed strength in some key areas of the U.S. economy. For example, GDP growth during...

Cautious Investors Look to Defensive Sectors

Bright spots in the U.S. economy last week included better-than-expected initial jobless claims, a strong showing from the Philadelphia Fed...

Latest Market Volatility Affects Stocks

Prices on U.S. goods and services have generally been rising at roughly the pace investors expected, according to the latest...

Unemployment Rate Hits 48-Year-Low to Start Fourth Quarter

Domestic economic data was mixed last week. The biggest headline was that the U.S. added 134,000 new jobs in September—significantly...

Fed Raises Rates as Third Quarter Comes to a Close

The Fed, as expected, raised a key short-term interest rate last week as the U.S. economy exhibited a mix of...

Investors Shrug Off Trade Concerns and Push Stocks Higher

Weekly initial jobless claims came in much lower than expected last week, while the Philadelphia Fed manufacturing index significantly exceeded...

Investors Cheer Strong Consumers, Moderate Inflation

Optimistic consumers and lower-than-expected inflation characterized much of the economic news in the U.S. last week. The University of Michigan...

Strong Economy and Jobs Market As September Begins

It was another week of solid economic data in the U.S., including:

Stocks Up, Volatility Down as Q3 Begins

Economic news during the holiday-shortened week was mostly positive: We saw better-than-expected results from the Institute for Supply Management’s manufacturing...

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