Spiking Into The Close

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[Chart courtesy of MarketWatch.com] Moving the markets Throughout the session, the major indexes hovered below their respective unchanged lines, as US-China trade news offered a mixed picture, while a look ahead to the upcoming central bank policy meetings kept traders on edge. Except for a last-minute spike in equities, interest rates kept a lid on advances with the 10-year bond …

Markets Find Some Footing; Retail Sales And Walmart Throw An Assist; Bond Yields Crash

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[Chart courtesy of MarketWatch.com] Moving the markets The market got an unexpected assist, which prevented a continuation of yesterday’s slide; at least for the time being. Retail sales surged in July, but that does not mean all is well, as these surges in the past have been followed by contractions. But for this moment in time, it was a positive …

Equities Get Crushed As The Bear Is Alive And Well

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[Chart courtesy of MarketWatch.com] 1. Moving the Markets Intense selling returned to Wall Street in afternoon trading Wednesday, pushing the Dow down 365 points and slicing 3.4% off of the tech-packed Nasdaq, dashing hopes for a third straight day of gains on Wall Street and extending the financial pain in what has been a horrific start to the year. Earlier …

No Headaches For Investors Tuesday

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[Chart courtesy of MarketWatch.com] 1. Moving the Markets Wall Street entered the second day of trading of 2016 on the defensive as investors still reeled from a global stock sell-off Monday and evaluated the most recent steps taken by Chinese authorities to stabilize markets and reduce jitters. Overnight, shares in mainland China stabilized with the help once again from government …

New ETFs On The Block: PowerShares S&P 500 Momentum Portfolio (SPMO)

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Factor-based investing has been quite popular within the investment community and, at a time when valuations seem a little stretched, momentum factor based strategies managed to find increasing favor with investors. PowerShares, the fourth-largest US issuer of exchange-traded funds and one of the biggest purveyors of factor-based investment, recently added a momentum factor based ETF to their lineup after the …