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MARKET WEEK: MARCH 30, 2015

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The Markets An uptick in equities on Friday couldn’t overcome the four-day downdraft across the board that preceded it. Whether the slump was caused by weak economic data, a fresh outbreak of Middle East conflict, a discouraging report about corporate profits, or simple profit-taking after the previous week’s strength, it left the S&P 500 a […]

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MARKET WEEK: MARCH 23, 2015

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The Markets An easy-does-it approach from the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy committee calmed immediate investor anxiety about future rate hikes. That gave both the Dow and the S&P 500 relief from a three-week losing streak. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq closed less than half a percentage point away from its all-time closing high of 5048.62, set in […]

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MARKET WEEK: MARCH 16, 2015

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The Markets Bulls and bears duked it out last week, with the Dow experiencing multiple triple-digit intraday swings. In the end, the bears prevailed as the Dow and S&P 500 had their third straight week of losses, which sent both back into negative territory for the year. The dollar continued to gain strength, hitting $1.06 […]

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MARKET WEEK: MARCH 9, 2015

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The Markets Good news about unemployment proved bad news for the equities markets. The Dow industrials closed 279 points lower after Friday’s strong jobs report as investors feared it might help hasten the end of the Fed’s near-zero target interest rate. Nevertheless, the Nasdaq topped 5,000 earlier in the week for the first time since […]

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Market Week: March 2, 2015

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The Markets Equities markets were mildly buoyed by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen’s congressional testimony and the grudging approval of Greece’s plans for qualifying for additional assistance. The S&P 500 and Russell 2000 hit new record highs during the week. However, both had backed away from those highs by week’s end after U.S. economic growth […]

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MARKET WEEK: FEBRUARY 23, 2015

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The Markets Reprieve relief: Even a temporary agreement about Greek debt helped equities edge upward. Friday‘s relief rally gave the S&P 500 its third straight week of gains, though the Nasdaq continued to lead the pack. Meanwhile, as oil prices remained relatively stable at roughly $50 a barrel, the benchmark 10-year Treasury yield rose.

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MARKET WEEK: FEBRUARY 17, 2015

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The Markets Domestic equities continued to shake off their winter chill as the S&P 500 and Russell 2000 squeaked into record territory once again. The Dow industrials rose above 18,000 for the first time since New Year’s Eve, and the Nasdaq’s 3% gain put the index at its highest level since March 2000. Meanwhile, oil […]

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MARKET WEEK: FEBRUARY 9, 2015

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The Markets Hit the reset button: A rebound in the price of oil and some promising economic data helped equities recoup their losses of the week before, returning them to roughly even for the year. As oil rose above $50 a barrel once again and investors regained confidence in equities, the yield of the benchmark […]

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MARKET WEEK: FEBRUARY 2, 2015

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The Markets The strength of the U.S. dollar contributed to weak Q4 earnings reports from some major blue-chip companies that earn a substantial portion of their revenues overseas. That in turn contributed to more losses for equities across the board, with the Dow and S&P 500 suffering the most. As a result, investors continued to […]

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MARKET WEEK: JANUARY 26, 2015

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The Markets It was a clean sweep for the Nasdaq as it posted gains on all four days of a market week shortened by Martin Luther King Day. As the Nasdaq was moving into positive territory for the year, the other major indices lost ground on Friday, at least in part due to the uncertainty […]

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