Category Archives: Savings and Consumer Spending

Stocks, bonds post big gains for August

Worsening global headlines and a weaker than expected report on U.S. consumer spending and income failed to dampen investor moods on Friday, sending the major indexes to their best monthly gains since February.

Posted in Bonds, Consumer Confidence, Europe, Savings and Consumer Spending

Stocks suffer small losses on soft consumer spending report

U.S. consumers increased their savings in May – which is not necessarily a bad thing – but consumer spending declined in real terms for a second month running – which is at least a little troubling. Personal income rose 0.4% … Continue reading

Posted in Bonds, Economy, Savings and Consumer Spending

S&P 500 and Dow close at highs as May ends

Stocks finished the final trading day of May on the uptick, with the S&P 500 advancing 0.2% to a new high. The Dow gained 18 points or 0.1% to 16717, and that was just enough to eclipse its mid-May peak … Continue reading

Posted in Bonds, Savings and Consumer Spending, Stocks

U.S. stocks closed mixed as most of world takes May Day off

On a day when most of the world’s markets were closed for the May Day holiday, U.S. stocks finished narrowly mixed on Thursday.

Posted in Bonds, Jobs, Purchasing Managers' Index, Savings and Consumer Spending

Profit taking takes NASDAQ Composite below its beginning-of-the-year level

As it has for most of this week, stocks started strong today only to give up gains in afternoon trading, except that on Friday prices firmed near the close and ended in positive territory for the day (although not for … Continue reading

Posted in Bonds, Consumer Confidence, Savings and Consumer Spending, The Long Term

Dow drops 150 points in week, 900 in January

Despite two days on which the Dow climbed an average of 100 points, three days of declines averaging more than 125 points took the Dow down 180 points or 1.1% in the final week of January.

Posted in Emerging Markets, Savings and Consumer Spending, Stocks

Global rally continues on Apple, economic news

The global stock rally continued into Christmas week on Monday, boosted by positive U.S. economic reports, upbeat comments by the head of the International Monetary Fund about American economic growth, and a big gain in the price of Apple Inc. … Continue reading

Posted in Apple Inc., Consumer Confidence, Facebook, Savings and Consumer Spending

Stocks end lower Friday while bonds rise again

Last week’s market euphoria over the Federal Reserve’s reluctance to begin tapering its bond purchase program gave way this week to investor concerns about the federal budget and the debt ceiling.

Posted in Bonds, Consumer Confidence, Savings and Consumer Spending, U.S. Debt Ceiling

August ends with losses for stocks

U.S. stocks finished off their worst month of the year on Friday with another down day, but the S&P 500 and NASDAQ remain in the black so far in the third quarter, and most stocks still sport double-digit returns after … Continue reading

Posted in Consumer Confidence, Japan, Savings and Consumer Spending

Stocks rise, bonds surge on weak July payrolls report

A weaker than expected July payroll report sent U.S. stocks down initially on Friday, but prices quickly rebounded and continued to increase the rest of the day.

Posted in Bonds, Jobs, Savings and Consumer Spending