Bad News Is Good News Again; Worst Productivity Numbers In 37 Years

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[Chart courtesy of MarketWatch.com] 1. Moving the Markets In the face of the worst productivity numbers in some 37 years, the markets did what they do best; rally! Although early enthusiasm gave way to a sell-off, the S&P 500 managed to climb back above the unchanged line by a fraction of a percentage after making new intra-day highs. But, investors …

Stocks Retreat In Directionless Trading

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[Chart courtesy of MarketWatch.com] 1. Moving the Markets Stocks retreated a bit from last week’s record closes on the heels of an alleged strong jobs report. Equities, which had been stuck in a holding pattern after hitting fresh highs in late July, rallied Friday after the government reported that a better-than-expected 255,000 jobs were created in July. It was the second straight month …

Disney Miss Brings Down Dow

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[Chart courtesy of MarketWatch.com] 1. Moving the Markets After posting its biggest daily gain since March 1, the Dow’s upward move did not last too long and the warm fuzzy feeling from yesterday dissipated in a hurry. Hitting the markets today, was the news that Staples (SPLS) decided to bail on its $6.3 billion acquisition of Office Depot (ODP) after …

Dow Falls For Fourth Straight Day

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[Chart courtesy of MarketWatch.com] 1. Moving the Markets Shares of Apple (AAPL) fell 3.2%, making it the biggest losing stock of the Dow. The tech giant is under pressure as worries about an economic slowdown in China raises concerns about its biggest growth market. On the economic front, investors continue to focus (speculatively) on when the Fed will boost interest …

Markets Move Lower; No Good News From Greece

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[Chart courtesy of MarketWatch.com] 1. Moving the Markets Markets shifted lower today amidst mixed domestic data, higher bond yields and (believe it or not) renewed concerns over Greece. After a myriad of budget cuts, a million lost jobs, 250,000 closed businesses and nearly 240 billion euros ($267 billion USD) in rescue loans, the country is once again on the brink …