Category Archives: Leading Indicators

Upbeat economic reports help investors forget about Fed

A slate of mostly upbeat U.S. economic reports helped lift stocks on Thursday and put Wednesday’s Federal Reserve comments about higher interest rates in the rearview mirror.

Posted in Housing, Jobs, Leading Indicators

Stocks brush off China, Walmart news

U.S. stocks got off to a weak start on Thursday following another negative report on the Chinese economy and a disappointing earnings report from Walmart but moved higher the rest of the day to close solidly in the green.

Posted in China, Europe, Facebook, Inflation, Jobs, Leading Indicators

Stocks drop, bonds gain on weak China economy report

An unexpected contraction in China’s manufacturing sector set off a global drop in stocks Thursday and a flight to high-grade bonds and currencies.

Posted in Bonds, China, Europe, Housing, Jobs, Leading Indicators

Stocks hang on to most of yesterday’s gains; DJIA at new high Thursday

After trading in negative territory for most of the morning, the Dow Jones Industrial Average eked out an 11-point or 0.1% rise Thursday to stretch its record run to 16179.

Posted in Economy, Leading Indicators

Stock prices rise in pre-Thanksgiving trading

Stock prices rose on Wednesday, led once again by tech stocks.

Posted in Consumer Confidence, Energy, Jobs, Leading Indicators, Purchasing Managers' Index

Stocks mixed as Fed economists call for more stimulus

The main U.S. stock market indexes were widely mixed on Wednesday, ahead of Thursday’s report on third quarter GDP.

Posted in Energy, Europe, Federal Reserve, Leading Indicators

Stocks and bonds pull back a bit after Wednesday’s post-Fed rally

U.S. stocks and bonds took a bit of a breather on Thursday following Wednesday’s big rally sparked by the Federal Reserve’s unexpected announcement that it has no immediate plans to start tapering its big bond purchasing program.

Posted in Housing, Jobs, Leading Indicators

NASDAQ computer glitch fails to dampen stock gains

Despite a computer glitch that halted trading on NASDAQ-listed stocks for more than three hours Thursday afternoon, U.S. stocks were higher thanks to a stream of positive economic reports from the U.S., Europe and China.

Posted in China, Europe, Jobs, Leading Indicators

Dow, S&P hit new records on good corporate news

The Dow and the S&P 500 hit new record highs on Thursday, boosted by some good corporate earnings reports – at least before the close – and continued bullish feelings following Fed chairman Ben Bernanke’s Congressional testimony.

Posted in Corporate Profits, Energy, Jobs, Leading Indicators

Global selloff follows Fed’s signal to “moderate” stimulus

Stocks, bonds and commodities – virtually all asset classes sold off for a second day after the Federal Reserve signaled that its quantitative easing program may be coming to an end.

Posted in China, Federal Reserve, Housing, Jobs, Leading Indicators